Trish and Harold's Weblog

News, information, and random thoughts from the busy lives of Trish Egan and Harold Phillips.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alaska Cruise - Day 5

Hey everyone

Greetings from Prince Rupert, Canada! I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to post today (the last day we'll be docking in a port - tomorrow is a total "sea day" on the way back to our final destination in Seattle), but the folks at Good Times Electronics and Games were good enough to let me use their internet connection to upload a few more photos:

**EDIT: I'm re-arranging all the cruise photos in our Photobucket gallery, so the slide-shows that were embedded in these posts have been disabled. To see the photos, visit
A new slide-show will be embedded in the most recent post, at the top of the page, once the re-arranging is done.

Of course, I've got literally HUNDREDS more that I haven't posted yet... but they'll have to wait until I get home and have the time to let them all upload.

So... it's been a great day since the last post. After getting back from Skagway (which, frankly, was our LEAST favorite port - the part we could get to was pretty much the Disney version of Alaska), we chilled for a while, and then had dinner at the onboard Sushi restaurant. It was excellent!

We saw Julie Goldman do standup last night (she's a very very funny lady from Logo's Big Gay Sketch Show), and totally cracked up.

Finally, this afternoon was something of a highlight for us - we got to see Sharon Gless in (and AT) her new film
Hannah Free - a moving and wonderful story. If you get the chance to see this film, don't turn it down. It's a beautiful piece of storytelling!

Tonight Julie Gold is doing standup in the big theater, and there's a Cirque de Soliel - type performance that we may go to... Tomorrow (as I mentioned above) we'll be at sea all day heading back to Seattle. So, this will probably be the last post until I get back home...

hope you're all doing well!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Alaska Cruise - Day 3 and 4

Howdy folks

Just a quick note today from Skagway - the satelite internet connection I'm using at the local internet cafe won't allow me to upload too many photos... I've got tons more (of course)

**EDIT: I'm re-arranging all the cruise photos in our Photobucket gallery, so the slide-shows that were embedded in these posts have been disabled. To see the photos, visit
A new slide-show will be embedded in the most recent post, at the top of the page, once the re-arranging is done.

Some of the high points of the past couple of days: Cruising the Dawes glacier and seeing many many seals on the ice flows and in the water; seeing humpback whales moving up the inside passage; laughing our butts off at Judy Gold, Julie Goldman and Caroline Rhea (you'll have to google time yourselves, if you don't know them - I don't have the time left on my "rent" to link to their pages); Trish winning a place in Friday's slot machine tournament - hosted by Sharon Gless (!!!), and of course, fabulous food, fabulous people, and many many happy families who get the chance to be themselves and not hide who they really are.

Well, have to go... I'll try to post from Prince Rupert, Canada tomorrow; if not, it'll probably be Saturday before you hear from me again! Hope you're all doing well...


Monday, July 13, 2009

Alaska Cruise - Day 1 and 2

Howdy folks!

Greetings from Ketchikan, Alaska! We pulled into port a couple of hours ago, and I figured I'd take this opportunity to share some photos from the first couple days of our cruise!

**EDIT: I'm re-arranging all the cruise photos in our Photobucket gallery, so the slide-shows that were embedded in these posts have been disabled. To see the photos, visit
A new slide-show will be embedded in the most recent post, at the top of the page, once the re-arranging is done.

We sailed from Seattle at about 4:30, and this is the first port-of-call we've docked at. We'll be leaving here in a couple of hours, and then it's back at sea until tomorrow morning when we dock in Juneau.

It's really hard to encapsulate the past couple of days... they've been very restful, full of laughs, naps, great food, and good people. Oh, the people! We've met so many interesting folks from all over the country... and the fact that we're stuck on a boat with each other for the next week just helps to nudge us into starting conversations.

There were several weddings on board yesterday - in fact we had lunch with a couple of newly-weds. The ship is filled with families who are out to have a good time - kids are running around and playing, parents are finding ways to have a little decompression time while the kids are occupied, and everyone seems to have one big "agenda" on their minds - fun and relaxation.

We'll try to post more photos when we dock in Juneau tomorrow... for now, I hope you're all doing well! We'll see you when we get back!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

All Aboard!

Wow... I have been busy this past week. So busy, in fact, that the post I just realized that the big long post I wrote last weekend was stuck in "draft" form, and never posted. Woops! So... uh... it's been even LONGER since I had a serving of fresh content here than I thought.

In any case, it's posted below. I won't re-hash what was said about the various projects Trish and I are working on... because I don't have much time this morning. After a full day of running around and packing yesterday (we finally crashed at about 1:00 AM), Trish and I are up-and-at 'em and headed to Seattle to board the Norwegian Star for our week long cruise up Alaska's Inside Passage.

I have to say, I'm looking forward to this little break; the past week has been a full one, and hanging out on a floating hotel (with the lovely Sharon Gless showing her new film Hannah Free and Caroline Rhea doing stand-up, I might add) sounds like just the right change of pace before we dive back in next week!

Because internet access onboard is so expensive, I won't be posting from the ship; we are planning on hooking up when we reach Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Prince Rupert. We'll try and upload some photos to our Photobucket page when we get the chance.

So, we're off... you all have a good week! We'll try and touch base when we can...


Sunday, July 05, 2009

And The Tide Rushes In...

Hey everyone - as so often happens, my grand plan to fill you in on Trish and my crazy life went a little awry... I was hoping to get this post done last week, but things got in the way. After the craziness of yesterday's 4th of July, though (more on that in a moment), Trish and I are enjoying a nice mellow morning on the back yard swing with the water running to cool the air down... so I thought I'd take a few minutes to let you in on what's been shakin.'

The blog title, while it calls to mind a song on Justin Hayward and John Lodge's wonderful 1975 album Blue Jays, is pretty evocative of the feeling around Casa de Trish & Harold these days. Those of you following me on Twitter have probably seen notes over the past month about auditions I've gone out on. The first part of the month was, frankly, pretty slow... more than a few auditions that I felt pretty good about, but no bookings were coming my way. Things were so slow, in fact, that when the opportunity presented itself to take an inexpensive cruise up Alaska's Inside Passage (that's a whole separate blog post I'll get to in the next little bit), we went ahead and booked it. What the heck, we thought... nothing much else going on...

You can see where this is headed, I'm sure - soon after booking our tickets, the bookings started rolling in. Nothing that'll conflict with the cruise (well, almost nothing... again, I'll touch on that in a moment), but suddenly, our July and August are filled to the brim! It's the natural ebb and flow of our business, I guess... that's why it's so important to keep your savings account full (to deal with the slow times) and your schedule open (to deal with the torrent of last-minute additions). Anyway, with that big long preface... here's what's lined up':

>> As you know, I've been talking about building a home voice studio for a quite a while. The pheonomenal Marc Rose helped me pick out some equipment from a great company called Musician's Friend (based, as it turns out, in Oregon!), and over the past couple months I've been constructing a plywood box in my garage to house my little voice nook... or at least I've been gathering supplies and making plans. The whole construction part of the project, however, kept getting put off... until, that is, my buddy Mercedes recommended me for a voice job, and the producers contacted me asking for an audition track. That really kicked me into high gear, so I spent about eight hours putting humpty dumpty together... and voila! My little studio was born. Seems to have worked out ok, since the voice track I recorded actually got me the job. I can't tell you much about it (I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before recording), but it's a travel piece that everyone will be able to hear when it's finally out of post-production. Now that the studio is finished, I've been sending out more voice auditions as the opportunities present themselves... and I might even get Trish into the box with me to do a little recording of her lovely pipes!

>> As I mentioned above, not a lot was happening at the beginning of the month. I'd gone out on more than a few auditions, but nothing had yielded much fruit... or so I thought. As the month progressed a lot of the projects I'd written off contacted me to tell me that I did, actually, book a part them - even if it wasn't the part I auditioned for! Here's a quick run-down:

  • I'll be playing a small part (the member of a corporate board) in a TV pilot for a new comedy called Nick Bradley Might Be An Alcoholic. The pilot films in late July.

  • I'll be playing another small partin the independent feature Little Blue Pill, which also films in late July. I'll be playing a detective in one scene towards the end of the film.

  • I'll be appearing in a viral video for a new Cisco Systems networking product - I'd thought that I lost this job to another actor who I really respect in town, but it turns out he wasn't available for the revised shoot dates, so they came to me. Hey, I don't mind being the number two choice... when number one can't do the gig :)

  • I'll be playing ANOTHER detective in a new web series... again, I've signed a confidentiality agreement, so I can't tell you much about it - we're referring to the series by the code name "Viral PDX" for the time being. I can tell you that the two pilot scripts I've read are amazing, that the crew producing the series are top-notch, and that the lovely Trish Egan plays a major part in the series. You're really going to want to watch this one... when I can tell you more about it!

  • Finally, I'll be part of a new theater piece I'm helping to develop at Artists Repertory Theater by playwright Susan Banyas. Tentatively titled "The Hillsboro Project," the play focuses on an event in Hillsboro Ohio that was an early test to the seminal Brown vs. Board of Education case that forced desegregation of public schools in the US. It's a very powerful piece, and makes great use of movement, music and video. I'm very excited to be part of it!

So... that's the nutshell description of what's going on at the moment... from zero - to - sixty in just a week, it seems. Trish and I are going to be heading down to Salem to spend a little time with her family today (it's her brother Rich's birthday... sure wish he could be here to celebrate it with us!). I'll try to write a little more detail on some of these projects as time allows - hopefully I'll get another post in before we head to Alaska.

If not... well... I hope you're all doing well!