I was walking to work today, (more about that in a minute) and the weather was beautiful and everyone was sitting outside at the sidewalk tables at the cafes and sitting on the grass in the median strip – leaning against the signs saying Keep Off – eating pizza or just standing around, but there was a little more buzz than usual even for the noon crowd on a hot day.
Continuing on up the street, I see a couple cop cars, big trucks, and lots of big guys with 2 way radios and ball caps and part of the street blocked off. I figured it was a movie – not an unknown sight in these parts. I asked, when I stopped in for my bakery delight, and the counter guy said a customer told him they were filming an episode of Nash Bridges but somehow(!) that didn’t seem right to me so I went closer and took a few pictures and asked a few questions.
A friendly big guy with a 2 way radio told me they were filming a pilot for a show on NBC called Parenthood. Well, yup, just read the chairs.
These are a couple of about 10 carts of tripods. I had only a little interest in standing around and seeing what would happen, because the real action would undoubtedly be happening inside of Saul’s Delicatessen and I had to get to work, but I now have an ever so peripheral interest in tracking the life of the pilot called Parenthood.
Yes, so about going to work. I agreed to be the testing coordinator for an elementary school giving the required statewide tests. I did it last year and swore I would never do it again so why did I say yes this year? The very nice principal got me with a combination of wily flattery and her anxiety. The job has a limited run of about 3 or 4 weeks, but there is so much picky detail. And rules. And more rules. Every scrap of paper has to be counted, recounted, and counted again, daily! I should just think of the nice piece of paper I will get in the end. The one with the dollar sign on it.