Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Term of the Day: time bomb

time bomb: a stagehand who is set to explode...it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Term of the Day: "all day, all skate"

"all day, all skate": an eight-hour workcall involving all departments.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Term from another Local: Big Ben

A union brother from Philadelphia, Dennis Moore of Local #8, sent me this term: Big Ben -- a person who doesn't know a thing about his task at hand but can tell you to the tenth of a second when the next coffee break, lunch break, end of the day etc.. is going to happen. Also used for persons who continually ask when the next break is. (For those who live under a rock, Big Ben is the famous clocktower in London.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Term of the Night: Good manners in the sandbox

"Good manners in the sandbox": all departments have to work together and behave. May be said when there is a history of bad blood between different heads. See also: "Hey, we all have to play in this sandbox."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Term of the Day: black cloud

black cloud: a perpetually miserable stagehand, where no amount of overtime or meal penalties will ever bring a smile to his or her face.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Term of the Day: dead man walking

dead man walking: a stagehand who has been fired or let go doing cues on his/her last day. (stolen from the death-penalty movie "Dead Man Walking.")

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Term of the Day: self-inflicted wound

self-inflicted wound: when you hire a bad assistant on a show, it is a self-inflicted wound, that gets all pussy and gross. "The assistant I hired turned out to be a lazy, bipolar creep. He was a self-inflicted wound."