I. The Repertory Ensemble
Scott is a retired Web developer and former member of the Customer Communications group of the University of Virginia’s Information Technology Services. He is also the author of this blog, so he is writing about himself right now in the third person, which is a bit pretentious and kinda creepy.
Scott has a Master’s degree in Art History, which isn’t worth the proverbial bucket of warm spit as a job credential, but it does mean that he likes art a lot and writes about it from time to time. In 2015, he also earned a certification from the University of Toronto for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). He’s got the certificate, and he’s not afraid to use it.
Well, maybe a little afraid.
Carol is a retired astrophysicist who has worked with the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the legendary Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. In case all that blew by you too fast, she’s really really smart. She also loves painting, making jewelry, and riding horses.
Carol grew up in England (Cheshire), which makes her the sensible one in the family, and also the most well-adapted to crappy weather. She has by far the most extensive travel resume of our little band, having over the years gone abroad for work and pleasure to most parts of the globe.
Pippin the Wonderdog
Pippin is a Coton de Tulear, which is kind of like a Bichon Frise, except it’s harder to pronounce. A breed that is named for a city in Madagascar, and is reputedly the royal dog of that country, it is mostly worthless as a guard dog unless you happen to be attacked by a tennis ball.
According to Wikipedia, Cotons are “playful, affectionate, and intelligent,” which, based our own little genius, I would have to aver is only two-thirds correct. He is, however, quite sweet and gentle, and he is devoted to Carol in a way that is only truly understood by Christian martyrs and Washington Capitols fans.
Also, at sixteen years old, he is (in dog years) the senior member of the household, so we accord him as much respect as is possible for a creature who is frightened by his own food bowl. (You think I’m making that up. I’m not.)
- His Fuzziness
- Pippin the Bold
- FWD (abbreviation for Fuzzy White Dog, but also works for other phrases)
- Visa (because he’s “everywhere you want to be” — especially when you’re trying to make dinner)
- Pippi Shortstockings
- Pippin the Emergency Backup Dog
II. Guest Performers
Randall graduated from Charlottesville High School in 2016. At the time of this writing, he is learning German at the Goethe-Institut in Freiburg, Germany, in preparation for attending a German university starting in the fall of ’17.
Randall is Scott’s son. He likes video games, Physics, and 4chan. He also loves most animals, including the less comfortable ones. He more or less has a black belt in music, having played piano and doublebass (and bass guitar) and sung in various ensembles for most of his life.
After giving Germany a shot, Randall is now back in Charlottesville: working as a Health Unit Coordinator at the University of Virginia Hospital, getting his Associates Degree at PVCC before matriculating to UVa, working on his classic 2000 Honda Civic Si, and romancing his girlfriend Faith. I’m unspeakably proud of him.
Tamsyn is Carol’s daughter. Having graduated with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, she is now pursuing grad study at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in the field of Sustainable Development.
Between Edinburgh and Paris, Tamsyn undertook an internship with an NGO in India. Originally planned for a couple months, her sojourn stretched much longer when she had her passport (including exit visa) stolen. When her sponsoring organization also began unraveling, Tamsyn was forced to rely on her wits and formidable people skills to survive until her replacement exit visa came through. Naturally she made it look easy.
Tamsyn is an enthusiastic actor and musical performer. She has worked in productions at University as well as at the famous Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. She is also passionate about social and economic justice.