I had it all figured out for today – I was going to get up early, pack my lunch, and then walk the two blocks to the bus stop so I could save some gas and get that nice eco-smug feeling. What’s not to love?
The bus was due at 6:05 (have to be across town for a 7 am call), and as I was getting ready to leave, the cat started following me around and crying.
I picked her up and was petting her, then her eyes bulged and a veritable fountain of vomit erupted. She didn’t even make that ‘huk huk huk’ noise. Just puked.
It went everywhere. Down my shirt, into my bra, in my hair where I turned my head to keep said puke out of my mouth.
Since I definitely didn’t want to spend the next 11 hours smelling like cat barf (or any barf, really), I peeled off my now very gross clothes and hopped in the shower.
So much for that bus ride.
After a frantic wash and clothing change, I looked at the time and went pale. I might make it, I might not, and one can never predict what the traffic’s going to do.
So, I texted the best boy with the information that I might be late because my cat barfed on me.
Worst. Excuse. Ever.
Shockingly, I made it to work with minutes to spare and we climbed up into the perms.
In response to a comment on the last post – not only do rigging crews not get lunch*, they don’t even get air conditioning.
The air is only turned on when the shooting company arrives. Since it’s currently July, it’s quite hot in the perms.
Our boss has made the very sensible decision that we’re only to be ‘up high’ before lunch, and then in the hottest part of the day we come down and do work on the floor (wiring fixtures, labelling equipment, etc…).
So the morning was all about sweat and sore muscles (after two days of carrying cable, I’m in serious pain), and the afternoon was all about frustration as we attempted to re-install some fixtures from last season in exactly the same places they were before.
The clock ran out before we finished, so we’ll have to try to pick it up tomorrow.
After we were dismissed, I walked out to my car, which was parked on the street as this particular lot has the most difficult parking ever so it’s just easier.
I’d parked under a tree and the avian residents had left their calling card, so to speak.
Although the idea was to get back across town before the traffic got too bad, I had to stop and get the car washed, as I couldn’t see out of the windshield.
*Film crews can either be on production, which means the shooting unit, or off production, which means anything not actively making the movie. On production means one gets free parking, free meals, climate control and craft service. Off production means you get reasonable hours (usually) and don’t have to carry a walkie, but you have to pay for your own food and parking (depending where you are. Paramount Studios, for example, charges for parking, but if you’re on production you get a voucher. Riggers have to suck up and pay it).
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