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Drinks in the booth

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by danhr, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. danhr

    danhr Active Member

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    So......My day so far. Matinee today of It's a Wonderful Life, sold out. My phone rings 45 to curtain. AD says, "911! The director spilled a cup of coffee in the light computer!" I say, "Look under the tech counter. There's a spare laptop, loaded with the app and drivers". The LD backed up everything when she finished last week. All was up again before house opened. This is why we plan ahead.........And I'm buying the director a sippy cup.
     
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  2. Amiers

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    Ouch. But good thinking with the redundant.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    .......And the director is buying a new "light computer".

    :clap: for the implementation of a backup plan.
     
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    seanandkate Active Member Fight Leukemia

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    Solid save. Nobody ever needs a backup until they NEED a backup. And if you're buying the sippy cup, I hope the director is buying the "light computer" service gift card...
     
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    JohnD Well-Known Member Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Consider for a moment, perhaps the coffee spill was part of the directors "artistic vision" for the piece. The purpose of the coffee spill was so that the entire cast and crew would be "innervated" for the performance. Okay, just inform the director that the booth, in fact any technical spaces are off limits, or they will be gaff taped to a seat in the auditorium.
     
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    I favor the Tervis 20 ounce sport bottle with the snap-shut cap, myself. The insulated walls and some ice will keep my drink cold all day and you have to basically throw it against the wall at high speed to get the lid to pop. It also has a molded in hanging hooks on the top. And it's about 20 bucks. That's much cheaper than a replacement ion.
     
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    Imprisonment, one more use to the list of uses for gaff tape
     
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    Drinks in the booth = No!
    Great to have backup, but at some point you risk some show-critical element that has no backup.
     
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    I once saw someone with a can of pop in the same room as the dimmer rack >_<
     
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    Thankfully not an Ion, we use the Lights Up! app (for the last 6 years) that will run on practically any computer with a pulse. It's limited in features but anyone here can learn it in 10 minutes and so far it has been utterly bulletproof. Didn't make my heart pound any less, tho....
     
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    Why was the director in the booth to begin with.
     
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  12. EdSavoie

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    My director's favorite show pass time is to invade Clearcom and tell us to be quiet while we are trying to figure out a last minute cue change or correction. :rolleyes:

    Now that I think about it, the same director has spilled tea on our strand MX before. We sleuthed it was that person because they are the only one who drank tea at the time, and had the correct key.

    Hmm...
     
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    But not opened yet, right?
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard.
     
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    Apparently he was assigned to run some sound cues to keep him busy because he was driving everyone to distraction pacing around backstage. Maybe I'll give him a gameboy to go with the sippy cup....:).
    I talked to him yesterday after the show and he was in tears about it. I have never heard anyone apologize so many times in five minutes. Chalk up an important lesson learned by all.....
    BTW Ethan, thanks again for that great rigging session in York, PA a while back! I use what I learned most often to discourage flying people on our budget!
     
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    "Mic Kill"
     
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    I've done those when said person was really starting to tick me off, though the defacto solution is to put that director on channel B and only set merge A+B when absolutely needed.

    Heh heh heh...
     
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    I've always thought that button needed to be a Big Red Mushroom mounted in the desktop...
     
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  18. StradivariusBone

    StradivariusBone Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    At least it wasn't a can of soda...

    <regional dialect flamewar engaged>
     
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    On the opening night for a play I was light board op for the director decided to watch the show from the light booth. He kept making disparaging remarks about the cast at a volume the audience could surely hear. I tried to grin and bear it for a while waiting for the stage manager (who was in the same booth) to handle the situation. I finally lost my patience and threw a clipboard with a pad of paper and a pencil at him and told him that if he had any more comments, he could write them down. The next day I posted "No directors allowed" signs on the booth doors.
     
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    JohnD Well-Known Member Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    It's soda pop, so there!!!!!
     
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