More often than not we as technicians and designers blow off alot of steam about not being understood or dealing with various issues. Occassionaly it is both nice and reaferming to get a compliment. Today I sat with the director of my current show (Everyman). We spent a few hours creating the rough cues for the show. At the end of the afternoon he turned to me and said "I love working with you. Its great to see you work." I asked him what he meant, by his compliment and he replied, "I forget your a designer too. Whatching you program the cues was like watching a painter paint. You added color and texture and created some beautiful images on the stage." Its nice to take a moment out of our gear head lives and realize that yes we are designers. We are artists of light. We compose our pictures with color, shadow, texture and direction. I thought it was nice that my director acknowledged that, rather than taking it for granted. If you have had an experience like that, please share it, we can have a little antithises to the punching bag.