CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Script Progress

I meant to post on Saturday (a second time) and relate my progress with the script. Then Marilyn got home and we got busy and I didn't get time.

Drum roll.

I have the entire script in line-up order!

That probably doesn't sound like much to anyone. Or maybe it makes no sense whatsoever. Here's the thing...

I take the official line-up (the order of the parade). It has two sets of official numbers, to which I have to add the additional PAGE number.

It's page number, entry number, entry type/unit number.

There are a total of 96 entries this year (not counting an additional float slated first, in case they end up pulling out).

Unit type (entry type) is whether they're a float, (marching) band, misc(ellaneous) unit, marching unit, or special.

Special refers to something like the mayor of the city, or some other vip. (I call V.I.P.s 'vips'--kind of for fun, I guess. I've done it for years now.) Other vips might be the President of the PRFA, or the Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians (and so on).

I think the other categories are fairly clear. A misc unit might be something like the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales (pulling their famous red beer wagon).

Taking previous scripts (starting with 2003 and working back), I pull any repeat entries and drag them into the new script for this year.

It probably sounds pretty easy. It's not. LOL.

Then for each spot where I have a brand new entry that hasn't appeared before, I set up a formatted page and type in the entry name.

I've been doing the script now for several years, so it's generally pretty easy for me to know if an entry is brand new or a repeat. I simply know the names of those I've typed in year after year. LOL.

I also know so many people connected with various entries. Generally I'll end up talking to the people in order to get more info or check on certain elements of what they've submitted (like name pronunciation). I've made some lovely friends over the years!

It's a major 'deal' for me to get that part out of the way, so I felt really good about it on Saturday when I finished it.

Now I've got it backed up on disk and on Marilyn's comp. (We're networked together here in our office.)

Marilyn even suggested I email it to her at work--just in case! I can't say how many times I've lost scripts in the past...

Or accidently over-written one! Easy to do when you're pulling pages from one document into another--and you have six or more past scripts open! LOL.

The most frustrating part is finding errors from previous scripts. There's never enough time (or man-power) for my script to be proofed by anyone besides me.

There's rarely time for me to do it decently, in fact.

So I miss things. Not big things, but still. (Sigh.)

Anyway, I'm still finishing up the bands (which I got early this year!!!). Tonight Jenny (and Kristen) will send home a stack of the other entries for me to start work on tomorrow. (I hope I'm over being sick. Sigh.)

I need to have it done weeks earlier (supposedly, anyway) this year. TV is all over getting it way in advance.

Jenny's new to this parade, so she doesn't know to tell him to f*** off (not that she would, but still... you follow me). Marilyn would tell him he'd get it when he got it. (Marilyn does the 'big' parade--the Grand Floral. Better known as the GFP around here.)

Jenny's done the Junior Parade in the past, but this is her first year on Starlight. (Junior only qualifies for cable access coverage, so TV's not a factor there.)

Well, I'll try to accomodate him. I have things earlier than in the past, certainly. And I've done the page-order (which is how I refer to what I described above), which is a major step!

This may be the earliest they've ever had the script done.

That would be nice, actually. I often really sweat getting it wrapped up and to the printer by deadline. (In time to pass them out for the P.A. meeting!)

Well, I'm going to lie down for a bit. Then I guess I'll either tackle dinner or hit the script again. LOL.

I hope all my friends are staying healthy and happy...


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