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SNM #23: NIGHT OF THE FIRST DEBATE (10-03-12)

Mr. McKittrick wins by a landslide!!  Yeah…I didn’t watch the debates last night.  On my Tivo.  Maybe I’ll skim through it later. 

  • When I was at check-in last night, the staff member asked me if I had been there before and what number visit this was.  She wrote it down.  Is there some type of poll/list being made? 
  • The lovely Violet and Leopold were on hand last night in Manderley.  Maximillian was apparently Down Under having to rescue his brother Montgomery from incarceration.   Hope everything is okay and that it wasn’t too serious of a charge.
  •  Matthew Oaks as MacDuff last night.  Absolutely superb!  I need to learn how to walk on walls and ceilings.  Must set up a table similar to the one in the Crypt and focus more on my crow pose.  I really wish he had visited Manderley afterwards as I would have really liked the chance to thank him personally for all his tremendous contributions to the show (although I probably would have shied away as I do most of the time).
  •  It is one thing to watch Lady MacDuff’s resurrection from in front of the sofa.  It is quite another to have her limp murdered body in your lap and experience it from this perspective.  Thanks to Mr. Oaks for entrusting me with this moment.  Lily Ockwell – you astound me and I would follow you anywhere.
  • I love love love when the MacDuff’s sing along to the radio.  “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” must be their wedding song.  It was all so tender and full of hope.  Huge smiley face under my mask.
  • I think Nick Bruder’s gaze is like one of those paintings where no matter what position you stand in - it’s always like he’s looking directly at you.   I wasn’t even following his MacBeth last night but every time I was in his presence, I couldn’t look away.  He just invades your mind without even trying. Judy Garland also had this ability. 
  • I must be getting closer to becoming one of Hecate’s familiars.  She tells me her stories and I start laughing along with her.  Maybe she’s starting to finally trust me.  Maybe I’m starting to trust her.  Hmm…
  • Honestly, where does the time go?  It all seemed to rush past me at warp speed last night.  I need to stop wearing a watch.
  • New chanteuse at Manderley?  Vivian Nightshade? Or was it Victoria?  Excellent set!
  • The Pulled Brisket Toast at Gallow Green is incredibly decadent and delicious.
  • Career advice from Annabella up in Gallow Green after Manderley.  I will try to focus more on the big picture and accept what the Universe is giving me now. 
  • Tumblr Tuesday on October 9th.  See you then!
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As I was thinking of how to set up my room at school this year, I decided I would have a Sleep No More shelf! I won’t be able to visit my favorite hotel very much for the next 10 months or so, especially for the next month while I study to take the LSATs, I cannot allow myself to spend so much time not being anxious and nervous about my impending test. With this shelf, I have a little bit of the hotel for me to see every day. I miss it dearly. If anyone wants to mail me goodies from inside the hotel, ask box me for my address. I promise I will return the generous favor with a hug, a drink, and anything else I can muster.  From left to right, top to bottom.

minor spoilers

  • Film - The detective agency. Of my design. Hard to see, but it’s there!
  • Mask - Littered with kisses and a ink’d palm via Annabella. From one of the best nights at the hotel I’ve ever had.
  • Bag of herbs - Courtesy of Annabella (a to-be recurring theme) filled with lemon grass, roses, other goodies, and of course, a shell or two.
  • McKittrick Postcard - Given to us with the check at our second night at Gallow Green, courtesy of our good friend Dante.
  • Potion - A special and specific potion made by Annabella and myself. Contains two images to symbolize my sweetheart, Emily, and I tied together, linking us forever. Who ever said you can’t get married in the Manderley Bar?
  • McKittrick box o’ goodies (See close up) - The content of this box includes a feather from Malcolm, a wilted flower from the lady on the roof, a locket for protection from Agnes, a black marble and dragon’s blood from Annabella, a piece of lavender from the plant my friends and I planted in one of the plants in Gallow Green, and a note ripped to shreds by Hecate.
  • Ace Playing Card Print - I spent entirely too much money on that.
  • My handprint on McKittrick hotel stationary - Used to read my palm by, of course, Annabella (dated 1939).
  • Wooden Branch - A piece of a branch given to me on my birthday by, you guessed it, Annabella. This branch if from the oldest tree on the island of Manhattan, known as Hangman’s Elm, located in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park. Imagine how many people walk by this tree every day and have no idea.
  • “The Mckittrick hotel” book - A must have for any Sleep No More fan. It makes a wonderful holiday gift for friends and family.
  • 6 (7 including the one on the box) Room Keys - My oldest one in the front. I had not known were that was until I recently cleaned out an old wallet. Oh, the things you find when you clean.
  • Ship - A wooden models ship I’ve had since I was 7. I bought it at an art store who sold exclusively convict made art. Mighty interesting. It certainly fits the motif.
Three masked Tumblrs walk into the Speakeasy (10/9/12)

Three masked Tumblrs walk into the Speakeasy.  The first one looks at the Bartender behind the counter and says nothing.  The second one looks at the Bartender and says nothing.  The third one looks at the other two Tumblrs and says…

I’ve been trying to think of a punchline for this ever since Tuesday night (well, that’s my excuse for not posting anything before now anyway).  There has to be a joke in here somewhere.  Very difficult, though, since technically no one should be saying anything with their mask on.  I’m not really a joke teller, joke maker, or a joker of any kind.  After a few cocktails, my bantering skills may improve and I can throw out a few good zingers but I’m never the kind of person who says “Hey, you gotta hear this one…”

If anyone can think of an end to what is probably not a joke at all, please let me know.

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Annabella and Montoya throwing off so much heat! One of my favorite moments of the night.

-Cawdor

So incredibly stoked to see that Alba Albanese, the actress that plays Annabella, posted a link to Emily’s post (my girlfriend’s tumblr) about a potion we made together to send her. Annabella has really been just so incredibly sweet and genuinely interested every time I have seen her and increasingly so in subsequent visits. I really cannot say enough about this wonderful person.