IT’S MY LIFE!! (Part two)

In the previous issue, this writer wrote about a tale between a woman’s attempt to move all of her goods from one place to another, and the person who was there to assist in the best way one can.

The story, recapping as brief as possible, has Gloria (not her real name, ‘natch) attempting to pack and move the things she had kept for some twenty years, only to cram as much of that stuff in a place that is only a fraction of size and space. The person making that said attempt to complete this feat is with the aid of an associate (“me”) doing his damnedest in making the impossible possible, along with the trails and tribulations that goes along with it all!

The name of this tale (as listed above) comes from the answer this humble writer received from Gloria when asked why she is packing about five boxes worth of clothing that may never be worn ever again! The answer received to a question she may have perceived as “stupid” was “Because those clothes are my life!”

So let’s pick up from where we left off, shall we…?

So here I am. I’m packing a wardrobe of clothing that may never see the light of day again for somebody who insists that these cherished garments stay in their place. Many of these pieces appear (to this writer anyway) as something one can find in any discount department store, such as a Sears or even a Target or Walmart-type outlet. A few pieces look rather fancy with many of those items holding some kind of backstory to them. This writer even packed the actual outfit Gloria wore when attending the wedding of the couple that once owned the condo from some some twenty years before! I looked at the photos I took during that wedding day (taken on 35mm film), and those photos do feature Gloria donning that same outfit when she was twenty years younger and about forty pounds lighter!! I also saw a few t-shirts with the likeness of the cartoon characters found on brands of General Mills cereals! (Lucky the Leprechaun, Sonny the Cookoo Bird, etc.) I learned that those t-shirts were part of a premium offer that General Mills featured in the middle 1990’s, but this is all besides the point!

After a few hours, we were able to pack a total of five boxes of “good” clothes and four trash bags full of unwanted duds. The good clothing were all set for storage while the bags of cast-off clothes were set for the local Goodwill.

We already knew about the bags, but what was the fate of the boxes? Granted, Gloria’s place is a small room, and the lady renting out the room didn’t have any storage space to speak of. Unless Gloria was willing to rent (and pay) for a storage space to place the rather large boxes, she was stuck!

It turned out that the brother who served as the executor of the estate did have some space in the family garage, and would be willing to keep the boxes on Gloria’s behalf. However, their garage was one of a typical garage found among the older homes located in the San Fernando Valley area. The garage itself was rather dusty, full of cobwebs, along with the fact that there was enough junk kept inside to keep the garage packed as it existed! However, the brother being the good sport as he was, was willing to keep the boxes in place until Gloria would claim them back, or when the brother’s patience ran out–whatever came first!

Gloria’s collection of furnishings were limed to a few pieces: A bed’s headboard, a pair of end tables, a bureau, a student desk, along with a TV cart on wheels. These few items would be moved next. Lucky for her, she has a method of getting the furnishings from her old place to her new. Gloria asked (nagged?) a co-worker of hers who has a big deal Ford F-150 pick-up truck that were able and willing to haul the bedroom set off to her new place. Gloria did purchase a new mattress and box spring set from a nearby dealer. That retailer did deliver the set to her new location, so it was waiting for the rest of the goods to arrive in order to complete Gloria’s room the way she desired.

As this essay is being written, Gloria as yet to complete her move! It’s been around six weeks from the time she started to pack her goods (when the woman died) to the moment where this story ends for now. And the rest of her “good” clothes has yet to be moved from one spot to another! Perhaps the reason for this delay would speak for the fact that these outfits are part of Gloria’s life. Even if that life is shifting gears from an unkept and rather messy place to a newer space that is prim and proper as one can get away with. But once everything falls into place, Gloria will have a spot of her own, complete with the furnishings and the wardrobe that is indeed, part of her life!

And I helped! (Sort of…!)

Performing at Hollywood’s New American Theatre is BAD HAMLET, a unique and interactive look upon a four hundred plus year old work set for the new post-modern millennium.

The work itself is Hamlet, Willie Shakespeare’s stage piece about the king of Denmark, back in the day when it was an emerging nation rather than a country linked to contemporary furniture design. Here, through the use of shorter episodes told with duo senerios, monologues, and various interpretations with the aid of multimedia applications bearing a significance, the tale (or myth) of Hamlet is exposed. Granted, Hamlet himself, along with his entourage, never really existed by personalty. (If they did, they are all dead, far forgotten, and their likeness long fell into the public domain!)

But this single-act new work, based upon the legend of the bad quarto, a supposedly early draft of this play was taken upon and recreated by one of the original cast members when this play was first presented back around the turn of the 17th century, is finally exposed long after its fact!

This presentation, devised by the ensemble cast and directed by Rob Adler, is a program that isn’t linear in any traditional sense. It’s just a reemergence to a classic piece of theater and set within an interpretation upon the ins and out of the characters, settings, and the outcome through the reasons behind how things got rotten in the name nation. In short, it’s another method of making The Bard’s work (or those credited to The Bard anyway) a whole lot less painful–assuming it’s indeed painful to begin with!

The ensemble cast that appear in this program features as listed in their alphabetical order, Zack Davidson, Casey Dunn, Marguerite French, Julian Juaquin, Akshaya Pattanayak, Elisa Rosin, Chris Schultz, Hanna Trujillo, and Lauren Vitz.

Billed as “bootlegged” by William Shakespeare and the people of Los Angeles, BAD HAMLET isn’t “bad” in any way. In fact, it’s quite appealing! It won’t be a spoiler alert to inform those that has yet to experience this new method of stage storytelling that everyone meets their match since the original source as extracted is some multiple centuries old, but that is what occurs. Call this piece as Shakespeare for a new generation.

BAD HAMLET, presented by Coin & Ghost, performs at The New American Theatre, 1312 North Wilton Place (south of Sunset Blvd.). Hollywood, until August 24th. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM.

For more information and for ticket reservations, visit online at
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (Universal) stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the title characters, Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham). Both are based on opposite side of the world: Hobbs is in L.A., while Shaw is in London, each doing the same thing–making sure that they get their way no matter what! Hobbs lives his life near the beaches of Venice while driving his motorcycles and his tricked out Dodge M37 pick up truck. Shaw dwells among the posh side of London while using a 2018 McLaren 720S as his set of wheels. Both of these characters worked with each other before, but never really got along with the notion of vowing to never be in the same presence again! That is, until they both hear about a case where Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba) described as a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, get hold of a deadly bio virus code named “The Snowflake” so deadly, one contact will turn any person into a pile of goo! Meanwhile, a tough M16 agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) who also happens to be Deckard’s sibling, is also on the case. However, her team was wiped out in an ambush. She was its sole surviver, but was injected with The Snowflake. As time is running out for her, she seeks a cure while Luke and Deckard are out to find the source for The Snowflake, traveling through the ends of the earth by and with all means necessary!

This feature is the latest entry to Universal’s biggest franchise that they own outright, part of the multiple Fast & Furious line of action/adventure pics. Although it’s really not part of the F&F franchise per se (it could be dubbed as Fast & Furious 7 1/2), it does feature two characters that were connected to the F&F team. Johnson, who first appeared in the fifth entry while Shaw made his mark in the sixth. (Furious Five and Fast & Furious 6, just in case anyone is keeping track!)

As with the other entries of the F&F connection, there are plenty of the expected scenes that make this series just what it is, complete with explosions, gunfire, lots of snappy if not chiched dialogue (for an action/adventure pic), as well as a few peeks of some “quiet” moments before the for noted gunfire and explosions takes its toll! Chris Morgan’s story with screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pierce, doesn’t hold anything new and unique expected for the said action. In fact, it’s quite reminiscent to a shoot-em-up from the 1980’s and 1990’s when such stars as Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger were at their peak. This time around, the special effects that are part of this movie is a whole lot better then they were as seen by the late 20th century-era film making school of comic book-style adventure movies!

There are other lead characters featured as well, such as Cliff Curtis as Jonah Hobbs (Luke’s bro), Helen Mirren as Queenie Shaw (Deckard’s sis), Eiza González as Madam M, a mysterious weapons dealer and “fixer”, and Eddie Marsan as Professor Andreiko, the title genius who knows of a cure for The Snowflake. But who and what they contain doesn’t really matter here! Just as long as the action is good and plenty thanks to film director David Leitch take, it’s all about what comes out in the end.

Based on how this movie does box office wise, one can bet that Universal, perhaps the only major movie studio that can catch up to their crosstown rivals, The Walt Disney Company in terms of creating money making features–the real reason why movies are made in the first place, will churn out more of this kind in the many years ahead! Just as long as the F&F series keeps its gas tanks full, this won’t be the last time one is gonna see the likes of Hobbs ‘n Shaw!

This movie is rated “R” for cussing and violence. Now appearing at all of the multiplexes nationwide.
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