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Author:  salzberg [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 7:13 am ]
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I've been "resident" for a year now and have, frankly, gotten a little complacent; it's time to reorganize and restock my "stage manager's kit". I thought it might be interesting to discuss the kinds of things I carry to every performance (and the kinds of things dancers might <I>wish</I> I'd carry).<P>In addition to the usual assortment of office supplies, my kit includes (I'm not listing everything here):<P>first aid kit (including hot and cold packs)<P>pain reliever (<I>NOT</I> Tylenol).<P>candy or other snacks (see "Gil Helmsley's "Pistacchio Nut Theory of Lighting")<P>cigarette lighter (to burn the fringe off pointe shoe ribbons)<P>spike and glow tape<P>at least 2 flashlights (because I need at least 1)<P>at least 2 stopwatches (because I need at least 1)<P><BR>------------------<BR>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>Online portfolio, now including "This Day in Arts History":<BR><A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by salzberg (edited September 05, 2000).]

Author:  BabsLights [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 9:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pandora's Box

I have the following additional items:<P>Bottle of clear finger nail polish <P>Tampons in the first aid kit<P>Small sewing kit, including safety pins<P>Couple of clothes pins<P>Flash unit like you put on a camera<P>Jar of Tiger Balm<P>Alcohol swabs (gauze with alcohol on it, in individual packets) for headset cleaning.<P>Thermometer<P>Ziplock bags, large and small<P>Bag of quarters and dimes (phone calls, sodas, whatever people are looking for change for)<P>The lighter can also be used for mole skin application.<P>

Author:  salzberg [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 10:03 am ]
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I have several of those in my first aid kit, but wouldn't have thought of the tampons (the difference between a male SM and a female SM, I guess); what brand should I buy? (I have no hesitation, unlike some guys, in buying this -- I'm the one who shocked the cashier at our local drug store by buying several boxes of condoms <to protect wireless mic body packs> with a tax-exempt certificate. The next day, I was in there buying three different sizes and colors of pantyhose, also tax-exempt.)<P>What do you use the strobe for?<P>I used to carry the quarters, but forgot. Thanks for reminding me.<BR>

Author:  BabsLights [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 10:42 am ]
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I use the flash for charging the glow tape on the stage (and off) before the start of the show, and sometimes act, depending on specific needs at the start of a piece. I can make the rounds much faster then standing around with a flashlight over each spike. <P><BR>As to the tampons, I keep a little box of Tampax, and a little box of OB.<P>Remember, most pay phones in the US are 35 cents now. Dimes AND quarters don't stack as nicely as just quarters did Image<P>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 8:15 pm ]
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Err... yes, I am intrigued by the tax-exempt thing too...

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 1:14 am ]
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Are you wondering why I didn't have to pay tax or why I was buying condoms?<P>

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 5:59 am ]
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I'm <I>always</I> difficult.<P>I'm not sure how things work in Australia or the UK, but here in the US, most states (and some cities) have what we call "sales tax" (Canada calls it, I believe, "Value Added Tax"); a percentage (usually between 4 and 8%) of the retail cost of a purchased item.<P>Not-for-profit organizations (not just arts groups) are exempt from paying these (and other) taxes, except for those concerning "non-related activities" (simplified example: if a university buys beds for its dormitories, those would not be taxed; if it buys beds for a motel it operates as an investvent, those <I>would</I> be taxed, because the motel is not related to the university's purpose -- education)<P>------------------<BR>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>Online portfolio, now including "This Day in Arts History":<BR><A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <P><BR>

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 6:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pandora's Box

Another handy thing to carry:<P>Imodium, or other anti-diarrhea medicine<P>Note: with this and any other medicine (even if "over-the-counter", there's a certain potential liability; if I give aspirin to a dancer to a dancer and it turns out that s/he is allergic to it, I could, conceivably, be sued or prosecuted. The safest way to handle this is to announce that these things are available, but let the dancers get them for themselves.<P>Something new I'm adding to my kit is one of those "eyeglass repair" kits.<BR><p>[This message has been edited by salzberg (edited September 06, 2000).]

Author:  BabsLights [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 11:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pandora's Box

So, from that effective description of being non-profit in the US, we can be assured that the condoms were for the artist non-profit product (art) and not for the financially lucrative other busniess that the organization might have been running (illegal in most US states)

Author:  Priscilla [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 11:22 am ]
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Har!<P>I don't think that's the solution to funding difficulties as discussed in "Issues".

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 12:10 pm ]
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Oh, that.<P>We use the condoms to protect the body packs that work with wireless microphones.<P>Really.<BR>

Author:  BabsLights [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 4:10 pm ]
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Ohhh, okay. I thought you were going to say that you were doing blood packs for Dracula or something. I didn't even think of sound!<P>So, I'm curious...we didn't hear what people would LIKE to have in those handy stage manager's kits....<P>

Author:  salzberg [ Wed Sep 06, 2000 5:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pandora's Box

Well, also, the amount of supplies you can carry depends on your situation; when you're touring with a company, obviously you can carry more gear than you can if, for example, you're travelling alone and have to cart everything from LaGuardia to Manhattan and then from point to point within the city.<P><sigh><P>------------------<BR>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>Online portfolio, now including "This Day in Arts History":<BR><A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <P><BR>

Author:  BabsLights [ Thu Sep 07, 2000 3:30 am ]
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I keep stuff in a rolling carry-on suitcase....whether I am flying it, trucking it, walking it, driving it, whatever. 5 years ago my back announced that it was time for wheels for EVERYTHING.<P>

Author:  salzberg [ Thu Sep 07, 2000 4:45 am ]
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Yeah, but there's a limit to how many suitcases one person can carry through the NYC subway system.<P>P.S. <I>My</I> plot's finished *. Nyah, nyah.<P>* As finished as it can be with my having seen only one out of 4 ballets.<P>

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