The Wet Stuff

What sorcery is this!?! (Photo from

What sorcery is this!?! (Photo from

The post-production facilities at the School of Cinematic Arts is located in the basement. There are no windows, there is no cell service, and the surface of space-time is warped allowing hours to pass in a matter of minutes.

I like to call it “The Vortex”. As in “I’m going into The Vortex for a few hours and I’ll text you when I surface again.”

Today I spent almost three hours in The Vortex working on editing a scene for my directing workshop. I got the work done, but was feeling lukewarm about how the scene had turned out and finally forced myself out of the dim recesses of the basement and into the bright world of the surface-dwellers. The first thing that I noticed was that the ground in the courtyard was wet.

My first thought was “Oh, they must have hosed down the courtyard.”

My second thought was “I wonder if the fountain malfunctioned and flooded.”

My third thought, trailing by several lengths, was “Oh, maybe it rained.”

A year and a half in California and already I’m becoming unfamiliar with the idea that water occasionally falls from the sky! The Chicagoan in me has been laughing hysterically about this all day. Emphasis on hysterically. I found myself questioning my identity: was I really becoming a person who just assumed that every day would be sunny, clear and warm? Was I really becoming the kind of person who would see a wet ground and not immediately think that it had rained? Was I becoming that out-of-touch with the weather?

The thing about southern California is that each day is very much like the next. It’s a bit like living in the land of the fairies: a place of eternal summer where time never seems to pass and the years go by in the blink of an eye and you very quickly forget what it was like to live in the land of the mortals.


~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 9, 2013.

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