Sunday, October 2, 2005

October 02, 2005


Table of Contents:
I. Hessenius Group #2 - October 11th
II. Computer Advice

Hello everyone.

"And the beat goes on.........."

Tooting my own horn indirectly:
"You're still the one............."

A personal note: Last week the New York Dance Community awarded Alonzo King - the creative director of the organization I now run - Alonzo King's LINES Ballet - its coveted BESSIE Award in the Choreography / Creation category:

"For building a graceful bridge between tradition and innovation in LINES Ballet and other companies, and for infusing classical ballet with cultural expansiveness and a contemporary slant on human vulnerability."
--Bessie Awards Committee, 2004-05

Congratulations Alonzo.

ARTS DAY in CALIFORNIA is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th. Write your local newspapers and call your local television and radio stations and leave a ten second message urging them to "cover" ARTS DAY. And celebrate the rich, diverse cultural heritage and legacy that is yours.

"Do it to me one more time, once is never enough.........."

The second HESSENIUS GROUP will go online at 9:00 am Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 11th. Slated for the panel are:

Sandra Gibson
Wayne Lawson
Diane Mataraza
Sam Miller
Cora Mirikitani
Andrew Taylor
Jerry Yoshitomi

and maybe, subject to availablility,
Ben Cameron
Bob Lynch

Bookmark the blog site now - - and then follow the Group that week. Enter your comments and thoughts by clicking on the "comments" button.

Ideas for topics? Email me at - hit "reply" button in your toolbar.

"Here's my story, it's sad but true..........."

My computer crashed last week. No apparent reason. A Dell Laptop(NOT recommended, particularly in light of their virtually useless and, unfortunately, often times completely erroneous technical support - which takes anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours to connect to - so much for "customer service"). After countless hours of their 'help', it was finally identified as a hard drive problem - but not until they incorrectly had me reinstall Windows XP thus making possible retrieval of data virtually impossible without recourse to specialists. I spent almost all of last week trying to identify the problem and get it fixed. Still working on it. Lost a lot of data - due to the bad "technical advice" from Dell. Fortunately for me, I can recover most of it - though it will take more time out, and some out of pocket expense.

The reason I bring this up, is that I didn't back up all of the data as I should. Most of us do this at the office (though not all - and those of you who don't are courting disaster), but fewer of us do this at home. Save yourself a lot of time and a huge hassle - back up your most important documents and files on a regular basis. Use a Zip Drive, make CD copies - email it to your office - doesn't matter - just do it. You don't think your computer will crash, but it is a far more common occurance than you might suppose. Do it now. You'll be glad you did.

Just when I was thinking the fates were singling me out to "dump" on me, I saw a great bumper sticker on a car. It read:

"Only one-sixth billionth of life on planet earth, is about YOU!"

Put it all into perspective.

Short Update this week - back to the computer problem. Please pass the word to your colleagues about next Tuesday's Hessenius Group.

Have a great week.

Don't Quit!