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Tread, tread, tread

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Here is Alfie, supervising the set-up of a treadmill in my studio in Maine. I have one in Cambridge but soon will move up to Maine for the summer and need to continue trudging away. My friend Kay has convinced (make that coerced) me to go with her in January to a place that I am thinking of as Torture Resort (see website: http://www.theashram.com) so I have to prepare myself. Kay doesn't need to; Kay is always prepared! As I speak she is leaving for Peru to hike the Inca Trail; and she spends time each day at the gym, or rowing on the Charles River, but only of course when she is not off trekking the tundra of northern Canada.

The childish part of me (my main component part, actually) would like to say, of Kay, "Well, nyah, nyah, she can't write a book!" but the fact is she is in the middle of writing a book right now, while she is on sabattical from her teaching chores at Harvard.

The treadmill allows me to prop up my Kindle and read while treading, and I have just finished Barbara Walters' much-publicized memoir. In it she mentions a question she sometimes asks during interviews: 'What do you think is the biggest misconception that people hold about you?' So I have been thinking about that, and mentioned it to Martin (who arrived here yesterday) over a glass of wine last night. I told him that my first response was "that I am well-organized."

Then, after a second, I said, "But I am pretty well-organized, actually," and he agreed.

So far I have not come up with another answer.

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Ken Storey Monday, 29 November 1999

How was Milk? I want to see it but I don't want to see a story that Hollywood ruined, its great and so sad in its original form, did they keep it that way or did they make it all Hollywood like?

Steven Rousey Monday, 29 November 1999

I was so generously reading your blog for Gathering Blue because I didn't read it back when you first put it up (oh no! Of course I waited to read Gathering Blue the night before the opening performance which thusly flaunts my insatiable knack for procrastination) when I happily discovered this post! I find it ironic that you went to go see Milk (by the way, was it good?) because, just as I was in the workshopped musical of Gathering Blue, based off of your book and playing the singer, so was I also in the workshopped play of Dear Harvey, a play centered around him and a young gay man (played by none other than myself. Luckily I‘m both of those so I didn‘t have to do extensive character development. Whew!) who begins to learn about the wonderful legacy of Harvey Milk. It was a powerful show and was involuntarily moving. I remember at one particular rehearsal I began bawling for no reason at all. Oh the joys of theatre.
Steven Rousey

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