Dallas Catch-up, Week 2

Gorgeous hotel room in Dallas

Gorgeous hotel room in Dallas

I’ve been lazy about my blogging in Dallas! I think it’s because there has been so much to do. Dallas is far superior (in my opinion) to Houston, even though the weather hasn’t been much better. At least here there are a lot of cute neighborhoods and things to do and good restaurants. And although the downtown area where we are staying isn’t exactly bustling, it is undergoing some renovation and there are lots of places to visit within walking distance.

So here’s a catch-up from last week.

Last Monday I went to the 6th Floor Museum with Ken. The museum is located on the sixth floor of the Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot JFK. There is a very detailed and moving exhibit on the 6th floor, which details JFK’s presidency, his visit to Dallas, the assassination and the aftermath, touching on the investigation and some of the conspiracy theories. There is a mock-up of the sniper’s nest and you can look out the windows to the street where JFK’s motorcade drove through, from the same vantage point as the assassin. It is very eerie. I thought the exhibit was very well put together with just the right mix of reading and photos and video, and I also thought it was a very fair display of the facts and theories of what happened. On the seventh floor of the museum is an exhibit of the law enforcement officers that were on duty the day JFK was shot and all their reports. There is also some more detailed information on Oswald and Jack Ruby, who is the man who shot Oswald the day after the shooting of JFK.

After visiting the museum, Ken and I walked around the “grassy knoll” which is the lawn area in front of the Book Depository building. We saw the picket fence, where it is thought a second sniper may have been hiding. In the road in front of the grassy knoll, there are two white “x”s indicating where the two shots hit Kennedy. The second shot is the one that killed him.

The area around the building and the grassy knoll is not much changed from the footage that you have seen from 1963. It was very surreal to be standing there 45 years later and for it to look so much the same. I felt the same way when I saw the Lorraine motel where Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis.

The Grassy Knoll

The Grassy Knoll

The X is where JFK was shot

The X is where JFK was shot

The sixth floor window

The sixth floor window

On Tuesday night last week, Paula and Mitchell had a “hell” party at their rental house. I think the theme “hell” just meant everyone could dress goth or slutty and it gave Mitchell a chance to borrow a coffin from his local hair guy, who is also a mortician, to put the stereo in. It was a really fun time and we had a laugh at the over-the-top bathroom with walk-in shower that was visible from the kitchen through two big windows. There were a lot of staged photos taken in that bathroom! Nigel and Patrick put on an especially funny show, pretending they were taking a shower together, “not knowing” that everyone was in the kitchen watching them. It was hilarious, and of course staged for our enjoyment.

Julie, Callie, and Amy

Julie, Callie, and Amy

Jamie, her husband Mark and Paula

Jamie, her husband Mark and Paula

The coffin/stereo

The coffin/stereo

Last week, we also discovered a very fun bar near the theater, called the Elbow Room. It has all the good bar activities that one should need – darts, pool and shuffleboard. Plus it serves food late, has just the right grimy quality to be considered a dive, and best of all, is not crowded.

A couple of snaps from the Elbow Room:

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Ken, Jovon and I went to the hospital to visit Jaki on Thursday. She was still pretty hopped up on pain meds when we were there, but is doing so much better. She was moved the next day to a rehabilitation center and is beginning physical therapy. She’s got a long road ahead of her – she broke her right femur and has fractures in her left ankle, but is doing really well and will be fine. We brought her a bag of English candies and some books and DVDs to help her pass the time while she recuperates. Get well soon, Jak!

On Sunday night we bid good-bye to Jamie Karen, one of our female ensemble members, and Lady of the Lake cover. There were shenanigans during the show to commemorate her final performance, including two rubber chickens as substitutes for Jamie’s mace balls in the ball dance section of Camelot. Jamie was a big presence in this company – one of the nicest and funniest members of Spamalot. She will be sorely missed!

Jamie as Lady of the Lake

Jamie as Lady of the Lake

More soon about week 3 – Suzanne’s BBQ, Whirly-ball, the Dallas Arboretum and the Nasher Sculpture Museum. Whew!

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