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A side of the film industry most people never see.

Of all the days for me to pack light.

Generally, what I take to work is about the same no matter what I’m doing – items get added and subtracted depending on circumstances (rain gear, for instance, isn’t necessary in the summer months). In an effort to pack light, if I’m certain I’m not going to need something I won’t bring it.

Yesterday, I thought I was going to be the board operator, so I left certain items at home – like my toolbelt. Really, I don’t need the toolbelt if I’m going to be sitting in a chair pushing buttons all day, so it’s just added weight in the bag that my back will thank me to leave at home. Ditto the stiff work shoes that give me ankle support when I’m carrying something heavy – if I’m sitting in a chair all day, I can get away with wearing soft sneakers that are much more comfortable.

So when I got to work yesterday, I was surprised (and a little dismayed given what I’d left at home) to find the regular board operator siting there – first unit were out on location, so he’d stayed behind. Since he’s been running the board on this show since it started, he’s really the best choice for the job under any circumstance (I’m just the redheaded stepchild here), so I just inwardly groaned at now being woefully unprepared to do my job.

Luckily, I was able to borrow some gloves (the one thing I absolutely cannot do without), and then if I needed a tool throughout the day I just had to find one of my co-workers and beg.


Lucky (or unlucky) for me everyone just thought this was funny.

The other serious miscalculation I made involved the gym. Last week, I got clearance from the doctor to go back to the gym (I have to wear the knee brace at work, and am still forbidden from running, but it’s a start), so on Sunday I worked out like crazy, thinking I’d be sitting in a chair most of the day yesterday.


Of course, this particular set is two levels, and three guesses who kept having to go upstairs and up the ladders? Actually, going up wasn’t bad – it was coming down that really hurt.

It’s probably better that I didn’t sit all day, because this morning I’m not nearly as stiff as I would have been – so I guess I can’t really complain. I’m also a lot less tense right now.

At wrap, one of our actors commented: “You seem much happier today than usual”

I don’t know if I was happier or just distracted because of the pain. Probably a little bit of both.
When I don’t work out, I get cranky. I guess the gym is where I vent my pent-up modern city dwelling aggression, so I’m much calmer when I’m working out (I guess this makes me an addict) – On the drive home, I didn’t yell insults at the other motorists nearly as much as I usually do. I just sat in the car, happily listening to the new CD I bought, and then when I got home, I soaked in a tub full of Epsom salts before I went to bed.

I’m still a little sore this morning, but since I know that I’m going to be running around, I can pack accordingly (laptop? no. Work shoes? Yes. Arnica cream for sore legs? Oh hell, yes)

I might even bring my gym bag and try to hit the gym after work (depending on what time we wrap and how much turnaround we have).

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5 Responses

  1. Charli says:

    You wanna work-out after a day’s work? You are an addict. I haven’t hit the gym since I moved to Santa Monica. I did however get my bike serviced, bought bike shorts, but uh, uh, haven’t really gone out on my bike. I can’t help it. It’s so nice and sunny here, all I want to do is sit and read!

  2. Dan says:

    French eh? I tried learning French in college and was miserable at it. I went 15 years thinking I was a language learning idiot, then I stumbled on Pimsleur all audio language courses. Turns out my college french teachers were the idiots. Je parle francias comme une vache espanole. But hey, not bad. I tackling Japanese now with pimsleur. I don’t know what level you’re at, but you might look into them. You’ll be able to finish an entire lesson before you find a parking space at fox!

  3. JCW says:

    An actor actually SPOKE to you? Good Lord! The times they are a chang’in. Guess it’s not the 80’s anymore.

  4. Peter says:

    You’re absolutely right about the gym. Best tension and stress reliever there is. Next to a bottle of whiskey, at least.

  5. boskolives says:

    And the reason you don’t keep a catch all pile of shit in the trunk of your car is….?

    Being a sound mixer means I usually have some shelf space in the camera truck, or at least some room at the bottom of my cart, but I still will carry a spare pair of jeans, socks and boots, as well as my parka in my car.

    If any one of those items will come in handy once a year, I feel validated.

    Jerry W.

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