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Mar 1 2010

BBBS: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Production Program)

Big Brothers Big Sisters is pretty awesome about getting us free or discounted tickets to kid-friendly events, and Jessica and I have been making an effort to see as many plays as possible. When BBBS sent out an email that they had tickets to Harold and the Purple Crayon, my inner three-year-old went “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” and I promptly reserved our tickets.

My inner three-year-old was not disappointed.

Actually, I wouldn’t take a very small child to see this; the actress (yes, actress) playing Harold and the one playing Harold’s girl friend wore baby-face masks that were downright creepy, and a scary Martian and evil witch add some scary moments. Otherwise, it was very entertaining; there was no dialogue, except for the unseen narrator, so the actors had to express everything through movement. The minimal set design echoes the simplicity of the books, and the projected animations and props were mostly adorable. As an adult, I really appreciated the artistry that the five-person cast brought to the production, which lasted about an hour, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

Obviously, we couldn’t take photos once the production began, but I did take some prior to the play:

Chandelier at Juanita K. Hammons Hall

Jessica plays games on my phone

Jessica and Me


Jan 28 2010

BBBS: Bowling with Jessica

Bowling Shoes

Jessica and I went bowling the other day.

Jessica makes a face

Ready to bowl

Off to battle the evil pins


And despite having the gutter railings up, and earning the screen above, neither of us cracked 100 either game. Oh well…. better luck next time!

These photos and more on Flickr.

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May 7 2009

BBBS: At the circus

Circus Elephants
The annual Shriner’s circus is becoming something of a tradition with Jessica, and my dear friend Lea Ann and her two small boys, and me. This is the second year that the five of us have gotten together to go to the circus, and we’re already planning next year’s trip!

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Feb 12 2009

BBBS: The Phantom Tollbooth

Big Brothers Big Sisters is constantly working to get us good deals on kid-friendly activities in our area, and last week our match advisor sent me an email that they had some pairs of free tickets to several upcoming plays. Since Jessica had mentioned a time or ten that we hadn’t been to a play in a while, I reserved two tickets to The Phantom Tollbooth (based on a book by the same name), which was presented on February 9, 2009 at the Juanita K. Hammons Center for the Performing Arts here on campus.


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Feb 10 2009

Big Brothers Big Sisters

This March will mark the two-year anniversary of my match with a delightful young lady named Jessica, who is 10 years old, and with the permission of her family and Big Brothers Big Sisters, I will be posting articles about our activities and the good times we share. For many of these articles, Jessica will be contributing as well, so stay tuned! We should have lots of good stuff for you.


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