Sunday, December 27, 2009

Decade In Review: 2001 - 2002

College Football: Oklahoma over Florida State 13-2, Orange Bowl January 3, 2001
Superbowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens over the New York Giants 34-7, January 28, 2001
World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks over the New York Yankees 4 games to 3, November 4, 2001
Highest Grossing Film: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Best Picture: A Beautiful Mind

I started out 2001 living in Oakland and ended it living in San Francisco. I still worked in Oakland however, at MerryMakers. I don't have any digital pictures from back then because I was still taking pictures with regular film at the time. Sure digital cameras existed. I just didn't have one, and I'm too lazy to scan something in.

So instead, you get this picture of Bud Smith's no-hitter, which I saw live and in person on September 3, 2001.

College Football: Miami over Nebraska 37-14, Rose Bowl, January 3, 2002
Superbowl XXXVI: New England Patriots over the St. Louis Rams 20-17, February 3, 2002
World Series: Anaheim Angels over the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 3, October 27, 2002
Highest Grossing Film: The Two Towers
Best Picture: Chicago

This was the year that improv really started to supplant scripted theater as my extracurricular activity. I still directed and wrote plays. I even had one produced, but I was involved in running the Sunday Players at BATS and then moved into the Belfry. Then the Belfry got axed, and a group of us started meeting weekly to plan our own improv theater company. We'd organized a lot by the time the Belfry performed its last show in December of 2002, but the project that would become the Un-Scripted Theater Company was still known by the working title of Chicken Sandwich. Again, I still did not own a digital camera, so instead you get this preview for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers which was the highest grossing movie that year:

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