Randy A. Paris

This is an assembly of dug up artifacts - recovered and missremembered bits and pieces of a life spent in and around Seattle, Wa. USA, one boot in the 20th century and the other in the 21st.

It's a sort of digital crazy quilt. A stitched together patchwork of videos, documents, stories, scripts, images and sounds. The irregularly shaped lirregularly sized relics of an otherwise standard issue life, one out of billions, moving through its time.

This hodgpoge has been left mostly intact from however it first entered the world -- Good, Bad or Ugly. All are imperfect, even the things I still like. When touching-up seemed necessary it was for technical cleanup or ease of viewing.

As you can see, there's a Table of Contents, but it's full of overlaps between somewhat arbitrary headings. The last heading, Rain City Revisions, has a link to a website where I've been trying to breathe a little life into those headings.

Oh yeah, and there's this:

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Jobs
Image Credit: Seattle Online

This section is a chronicle of jobs and positions I've held since I started working for actual W2 wages as a teenager. They're broken out between Technical/TV, Performing Arts and Odd Jobs.

Some of my more quirky jobs are listed under Odd Jobs. They range from my teen dropout years to the present. These jobs are where I received a great deal of my education as a human being. I worked with, helped and enjoyed great times and experiences with the melting pot mash-up of humanity from almost every walk of life in the Seattle area from the 1960's on. These included working for a furrier where, among more mundane duties, I packed and hacked the tails off raw, stiff, inside out skinned wolves destined for the tanner, and a stint at the iconic Pink Elephant Super Carwash.

My innaugural exposure to plays and playwriting came with a college work/study job for a children's 'summer stock' theatre. After that I tried being different versions of a writer, playwriting mostly, off and on, well into my 30's, while also lucking into actual fascinating and heady jobs behind the scenes in the performing arts - listed in the Performing Arts Section. That period was also launched by a college work/study job - this time with the Seattle Opera, which led to working with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

When I decided I needed to get serious about the writing or give it up, I quit my job adminstratively managing the ballet company, went back to school - got a MA in English (Playwriting) and had encouraging results both locally and nationally. But I always had to have some part-time or on-call temp-work to pay rent and eat regularly. (The plays and early freelance excursions into teleplays and documentaries are listed in the Plays/Stories/Other section.)

My infatuation with TV after a local televised production of one of my plays, led me to jobs in the technicaly dominated world of television production, first as a freelanceer, then as an early employee of a startup regional cable sports network doing their promotion and branding spots. The skills I developed during that period in TV gave me an entry into the internet/technology field. My last full time technical job was for a Silicon Valley company on a team at Microsoft.

Before that mind numbing experience, the jobs featured in the Technical/TV Section also included a big creative or creative adjacent element. Especialy the TV jobs. And that's where I was derailed from my journey as a playwright. I was getting paid well and some of the work was actually fun and rewarding. My best and worst TV job was in Grand Cayman - While I was there I got an amazing weekend in Havana and certification as an open water scuba diver .

Eventually most of these will end up in stories of some kind at Rain City Revisions.

Odd Jobs

Houseman

Executive Inn Motel

Full time night job during my first, which was also my last, year of High School.

I vacuumed football field length carpets, polished elevator doors and ashtrays, and delivered supplies and sheets to the maids (who I occasionaly partied with on weekends).

1965 - 1966

Mitt Man, Loader

Pink Elephant Super Car Wash

This was the live action version of the 1976 day-in-the-life cult comedy "Car Wash". An on call job at Seattle's most iconic car wash.

1966 - 1967

Letter Carrier

US Postal Service

Full time job as substitue mailman on Capitol Hill routes.

I had to wear little dog repellent spray cans on my mail bag like a Poncho Villa revolutionary after several doberman encounters. I lasted about five months.

1967

ESL Teacher Assistant

Seattle Central Community College

Part time job offered through Seattle Community College financial aid office.

People in class ranged from folks who had to drop out of school and never learned to read to recent immigrants, one of whom wanted to have an affair with me.

1968

Shipping Clerk (and Wolf Tail Hacker)

Alaska-Artic Fur Company

Part time job offerd through Seattle Community College financial aid office. This is where I learned how to chop off wolf tails and bail carcasses for shipping to tanners. Skills I have never again needed.

1969 - 1971

PR Assistant (and Playwright)

YWCA - Seattle Children's Theatre

As part of a financial aid package with my Junior transfer from Seattle Central Community College into the University of Washington, I got a Work-Study job at the Seattle-King County YWCA downtown headquarters. It was to help promote performances of a 'summer stock' company of work-study job actors, musicians and stage workers (mostly from UW theatre program) doing musical versions of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' for child audiences at a new theatre (the Poncho) nestled next to the Woodland Park Zoo. This was my seminal encounter with theatre which led to a complete change of my life's course.

There are two stories from this period - 'Yule Tied' and 'Forgotten Moon' - at Rain City Revisions.

1971 - 1972

Ticket Seller

One Reel Productions - Bumbershoot Labor Day Festival

Cash Ticket Sales gig every Labor Day weekend for 4 years - 3 straight days of non-stop cash ticket sales with till/ticket reconciling at end of each 12 hour day. Afterward going with the crew to unwind doing things like singing alone with Purple Rain and Stop Making Sense in the theater.

1981 - 1984

Assistant Head Usher/ Usher/ Ticket Seller/ Security

Seattle Center

On Call job to help and manage audience/fans/attendees at events such as Large Concerts (James Brown, Neil Diamond, Pavorati, etc), NBA Basketball (Sonics), Hockey, WWE Wrestling, Special Exhibitions (King Tut, Terracotta Chinese Warriors), Center-wide Festivals (Folk Life, Bumbershoot), Car Shows, Gift Shows, etc. This included pointing patrons to seats & toilets, taking folding chairs out of hands of over stimulated wrestling fans, keeping enthusiastic fans away from stages and off sports surfaces, yawning in a corner of King Tut's traveling tomb exhibition and telling a full length mink coat and mink hat wearing James Brown and his white Cadilac chaueffered entourage that they came to the wrong door.

1980 - 1987

Group Fitness Instructor

The Seattle Gym/ProRobics, Golds Gym Seattle, Golds Gym Redmond/Issaquah

Probably the least likely job I ever fell into. I got hooked on working out to shed about 30 extra pounds I'd acquierd while married and gainfully employed with Fox Spots Net. So, of course, I thought I could teach it. And it turned out I could.

Certified (AFAA/ACE/NETA) Group Fitness instructor.     pdf

Currently Teaching at The Seattle Gym

    Specialty Certifications / training     pdf

    • Body Pump - Les Mills - 2003
    • Body Flow/Balance - Les Mills - 2007
    • Body Vive - Les Mills - 2007
    • Gravity Group - EFI - 2007
    • Gravity Personal - EFI - 2008
    • Body Combat - Les Mills - 2008
    • Yo-Chi - AFAA - 2017
2003 - Present

Performaing Arts Jobs

Assistant for Ballet Operations to General Director

Seattle Opera Association

This started as a part time PR Assistant work study job through the University of Washngton that quickly morphed into a full time position that included managing Joffrey Ballet legacy sponsorhips and early foundational development activities of the eventual professional ballet company.

1972

Assistant Administrative Director

Pacific Northwest Ballet (ne Pacific Northwest Dance)

Full time Administrative Assistanct to Part-Time remote Executive Director of professional ballet company. Included managing fund raisng campaigns, grantwriting, representation to public and private funding sources, arts commisions and arts community, event sponsorships and management of such events as 3 annual week long Joffrey Ballet residency/performaces in Seattle Opera House.

1973

Project Director

Pacific Northwest Ballet (ne Pacific Northwest Dance)

Administrative management of development and performance projects in support of establishment of professional ballet company. Included studio and school acquisition and development of historic landmark building (Home of Good Shepherd) in the Wallingford neighborhood, the company's first professional performances and Seattle's first major production of Nutcracker with full orchestra in the Seattle Opera House.

I've recounted some of the wonderful and strange events involved in this in a story titled "The Ballet in the Briers" in the Rain City Revisions story collection.

1974

Administrative Director

Pacific Northwest Ballet (aka Pacific Northwest Dance)

Manage administrative operations of the first resident professional ballet company in Seattle. Included first repertory season in Seattle Opera House.

This position was the final evolution of a journey through the world of professional performing arts administration that began with that work study PR job at Seattle Opera (1972 above).

From the PNB website:
Pacific Northwest Dance Association under the aegis of Seattle Opera Association, with early leadership provided by Leon Kalimos (Executive Director, 1973-1977), Janet Reed (Ballet Mistress and Director of the School, 1974-1976) and Melissa Hayden (Ballet Mistress and Director of the School, 1976-1977, and Artistic Director the first 5 months of 1977). Highlights of these early years include the acquisition of Lew Christensen’s Nutcracker in 1975 and a mixed repertory season offered in Spring 1977. The Company became an independent organization in September 1977 and was renamed Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1978. In August 1977, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell were appointed Artistic Directors of Pacific Northwest Dance. During their extended tenure the Company and School attained an international reputation for superb performances and excellent training.

1977

Technical/TV Jobs

Remote Production Broadcast Graphics / Insertion Operator

Prime Sports Northwest/ Northwest Cable Sports

Create and update on-air presentation graphics and promotion spots for regional sports event broadcasts.

1987 - 1988

On-air Promotions Producer > Creative Services Director

Fox Sports Net / Prime Sports

Award-winning Creative Services Director in charge of creating and producing Broadcast network identity pieces, managing in house and external design production resources; On-air promotions; Programs and program content; Advertiser tie-in promotions.


1989 - 1999

Project Manager/Producer

digeo, a Paul Allen company

Content development and prototypes for interactive TV. Included developing in-house simulated cable head-end, producing JavaScript-based prototype iTV (ATVEF) experiences with NBA game (Portland Trailblazers) and Soap Opera (Days Of Our Lives).

    • Video capture of - SoapCity(Days of Our Lives) 'use case' study
    • YouTube - Edited video capture of Trailblazers functional demo
    • An episode in "The Cayman Chronicles" (link below)
2000 - 2002

Commercial Producer/Director/Editor

CITN-TV, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Consult with owners, clients, stake-holders to develop and produce creative broadcast commercials and station promotions/PSA's within budget and time constraints. Plan, Write, Direct, Shoot, Edit.

I recount this adventure in "The Cayman Chronicles" at the Rain City Revisions story collection.

    • YouTube - Playlist of samples
    • pdf - Cayman Memorabilia
2004

ActionScript/ Flash / HTML Freelance Developer

DraftFCB, The Hacker Group, Kinetic Books, ClassMates.Com, and more

Hybrid developer for web and desktop rich media sites and content. Projects included: Custom ActionScript controlled Flash RT Video/ Audio players, data-integrated web sites and swf content modules for intranet training and education; Flash multimedia content for product micro-sites, advertising sites/banners; interactive CDs

2002 - 2004

2004 - 2011

Flash UI/UX developerMicrosofRFD_ID

Microsoft (SymphonyTeleca)

UI/UX (user interface/experience) Sr. Flash developer responsible for creating/maintaining/modifying front-end UI into version II, and integration into embedded automotive HMI (Human Machine Interface - ie in dash infotainment - control) system stack of the Ford Sync infotainment console. Collaborated with several Agile development teams on feature development, integration, testing, and debugging.
(Apple banned the Adobe Flash media engine from the iPhone in 2010. which was the beginning of its end as far as its future was concerned. Its last hurrah for me was working on this Ford dashboard infotainment system, which was layers deep in Flash based ActionScript iterations by then and couldn’t be replaced. By the time I finished my part of the job, they’d shipped the whole thing off to be completed in China so the Redmond office could concentrate on a new approach for future systems. Adobe officialy abandoned Flash support on 12/31/2020.)

    • pdf - Ford Sync In Car MicrosofRFD_ID
2011 - 2014

Education

Seattle Central Community College

Freshman/Sophmore
    84 transferable hours
  • 3.52 gpa
1969 - 1971

Univeristy of Washington

Bachelor of Arts - 1976
    English
  • pdf - Diploma
  • 1971-73 Yearly Honors
Master of Arts - 1981
    English
  • pdf - Diploma
  • Thesis "Pen Pals" - A Play In One Act
1971 - 1981

Technical Education

American Film Institute (LA)

Media Technology Certificates
    Adobe After Effects : Basic - 30 hours
    Electric Image : 3D Animation - 30 hours
    Adobe After Effects : Intermediate - 30 hours
1997, 1998, 1999

Bellevue College

Media Communication & Technology Certificates - 104 hours     pdf
    Scripting
    • JavaScript
    • Lingo
    • Action Script
    • Visual Basic
    Database
    • DB Design
    • SQL
    • MS Access
    • ASP
  • Web Authoring
1999

University of Washington

Extension Certificates     pdf
    Web Administration
    • Web Infrastructure and Network Essentials - 30hrs
    • Web Site Construction - 30hrs
    • Managing a Web site and Web Team - 30hrs
    Basic Internet Programming
    • HTML, Dynamic HTML and Scripting - 30hrs
    • CGI Programming - 30hrs
    • Programming with ASP - 90hrs
    XML Standards & Technology
    • Intro to XML Technologies and Applications - 30hrs
    • XML Standards and Related Technologies - 30hrs
    • XML Applications Development - 30hrs
  • Principles in Web Content and Design - 30hrs
  • Writing, Editing and Designing Content for the Web - 30hrs
1999 - 2001

Play/Stories/Other

Published/Broadcast/Staged/Contests
  • Why Man? (Poem) -1966
    • Lincoln High School - ETC., Seattle, Wa
    • pdf - Poem
  • In The Memory of Alyosha (Story) -1970
    • Seattle Central Community College - Ark II, Seattle, Wa
    • pdf - Story from ARK II
  • Call It Spugs Demucci (Story) -1971
    • Seattle Central Community College - Ark III, Seattle, Wa
    • pdf - Story - & Poem from ARK III
  • The Wizard's Gift (Childrens Musical) -1971
  • The Ups and Downs of Samuel Frog (Childrens Musical) -1972
    • Seattle Youth Theatre, Seattle & Renton, Wa.
    • pdf - review
    • YouTube - promo film on SYT (features music & scenes from S.Frog)
    • "Forgotten Moon" - Story
    • pdf - Script
  • The Wizard's Prize (Childrens Musical) -1972
    • Seattle Youth Theatre, Seattle, Wa
    • pdf - program/article
  • Southern Cross (Play)- 1978
    • Staged Workshop - Intiman Theatre, Seattle, Wa
    • Staged Workshop - Artists Repertory Theatre, Wilson Center for Performing Arts, Portland, Or
    • Produced Festival Winner - Commonwealth Theatre Festival, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Ky
    • Finalist - The 1983-84 Oglebay Institute Towngate Theatre Playwriting Contest
    • Finalist - 1984 Cultural Centre of Carmel by the Sea - Festival of Firsts
    • pdf - Script
  • Southern Cross - (Teleplay) -1980
      • Broadcast Production - KING-TV, Seattle, Wa, Portland,Or.
    • YouTube
    • pdf - articles
    • pdf - reviews
  • Pen Pals (Play) -1981
    • Staged Workshop - Intiman Theatre, Seattle
    • pdf - articles
    • pdf - Script
  • Childs Play (Play) - 1983/86
      • Finalist
          The 1982-83 Oglebay Institute Towngate Theatre Playwriting Contest
      • Semi-Finalist
          1983 - Northern Michigan University - Forest A. Roberts/Shiras Institute Playwriting Award Competition
  • Life Times - (Teleplay) -1984
    • Broadcast Production - KCTS-TV, Group W Cable, Seattle, Wa.
    • YouTube
    • pdf - awards/articles
    • pdf - review
  • Change of Worlds (Play) - 1985
    • Staged Workshop - The Group At Ethnic Theatre, Seattle
    • Developed under grant from Seattle Arts Commission
    • pdf - article
    • pdf - script
  • Angeline - A Spirit Song (Teleplay) - 1986
    • Staged Reading - The Group At Ethnic Theatre, in Pacific Science Center -Longhouse, Seattle, Wa
    • Developed under grants from Seattle Arts Commission and Washington State Commission for the Humanities
  • Making The Ring - (Documentary) -1988
    • Broadcast Production - KCTS-TV, Group W Cable, Seattle, Wa.
    • YouTube
    • pdf - review
    • pdf - awards
  • The Play's The Thing - (Documentary) -1989
    • Broadcast Production - KCTS-TV, TCI Cable, Seattle, Wa.
    • YouTube
    • pdf - awards

Unproduced
  • Toady Divine - (Musical Play) -1982

Recognitions

  • Local/Regional Emmy Nominations

    • 2 Freelance Documentaries 1986, 1987
    • 9 Sports Network 1991 - 1999
  • Promax - International Cable TV Association

    • 7 Gold/Silver Medalion Awards 1993 - 1996
    • Champaign Spots on Beer Budgets Award - 1999
      • NBA Player on-air Promotions/IDs
    • YouTube - Champaign Spots
    • YouTube - Medalion Spots
    • pdf
  • Telly (15the Annual)

    • Network On-Air Graphics (Producer) - 1994
    • YouTube - Telly Spots
    • pdf
  • Festivals, Contests And Grants

    • National Federation of Local Cable Programmers
        • Winner - Home Town Video Festival
          • "Making The Ring" documentary - 1988
          • "The Play's The Thing" documentary - 1989
    • 12th Annual Northest Film and Video Festival
        • First Place - 1984
          • "Life Times" Original Teleplay
        • pdf
        • YouTube
    • Washinton State Commision for the Humanities
        • Program Grant - 1984
          • For development of Original Teleplay
            • "Angeline - A Spirit Song"
    • Seattle Arts Commision
      • Artist In Residence Program Grant - 1982
        • For development of Original Teleplay - "Life Times"
          • pdf - Articles
      • Individual Artist Program Grants
        • For development of Original Stage Play
          • "A Change of Worlds" - 1985
          • Staged Workshop - The Group At Ethnic Theatre, Seattle
          • pdf - Article
        • For Staged Reading of Original Teleplay
          • "Angeline - A Spirit Song" - 1986
          • Staged Reading - The Group At Ethnic Theatre, in Pacific Science Center -Longhouse, Seattle, Wa (1986)
    • The Oglebay Institute Towngate Theatre Playwriting Contest
        • Finalist - 1982-83
          • "Childs Play"
        • Finalist - 1983-84
          • "Southern Cross"
    • Northern Michigan University - Forest A. Roberts/Shiras Institute Playwriting Award Competition
        • Semi-Finalist - 1983
          • "Childs Play"
    • Cultural Centre of Carmel by the Sea - Festival of Firsts
        • Finalist - 1984
          • "Southern Cross"

Milestones

Places/Events

The missremembered places and events listed here are populated by the equally missremembered people of most of the stories referenced in the Rain City Revisions link. (Story links in italic)

Seattle, Wa - 0-3

Enter Crying

  • Madison Street Hospital
    • Parents
      • Opal V. & Thomas E. (Tom)
    • Siblings
      • Deanna R., Thomas A. (Andy)
    • Sibling in the Wings
      • Stephanie L.
Marysville, Wa - 3-6

1st Grade - "P's & Q's" - "Birds & Bees"

Seattle, Wa (Georgetown) - 7-8

2nd Grade- "The New World"

Seattle, Wa - (Wallingford) - 8-19
3rd - 10th Grade
  • Dropout
    • Pink Elephant Super Car Wash - laborer
    • Alchohol & Sex
  • Lincoln High
    • Executive Inn Hotel - Houseman
    • Etc.
(Wallingford II)
  • Dropout II
  • Mailman - Capitol Hill
  • Seattle Central Community College
    • High School Equiv Credits
      • YouTube - 8mm student film
      • ESL Teaching Assistant & Sex
Seattle, Wa - (Capitol Hill) - 19-21

Seattle Central Community College

  • Junior College Credits (Fr, So)
    • Packing Clerk - Alaska Arctic Furs
    • Ark II & III
    • Sex & Cohabitation
Seattle, Wa - (Ballard) - 21-24

University of Washington (Jr, Sr)

  • Seattle Youth Theatre - YWCA
    • Work-Study PR Assistant
    • Ups and Downs of Samuel Frog - "Forgotten Moon"
    • YouTube - promo film on SYT (features music & scenes from S.Frog)
    • Sex
  • Seattle Opera
    • Work-Study PR Assistant
    • Pacific Northwest Dance
      • Joffrey Ballet
Seattle, Wa - (Queen Anne I) - 24-28
Pacific Northwest Dance (Ballet)
  • Nutcracker
  • Sex & Love & Cohabitation
Seattle, Wa - (Queen Anne II) - 29-39
  • Europe
    • Appendectomy
  • University of Washington
    • Complete B.A.
  • Sex & Lost Love
  • Southern Cross - play
  • Southern Cross on TV
  • University of Washington
    • Graduate School - M.A. English (playwriting)
    • Sex & Donuts
  • Plays/TelePlays/Documentaries
  • Part time Ticket selling & Ushering
  • Freelance TV sports remotes
Seattle, Wa - (Queen Anne III) - 39-48
Sports Networt Incarnations
  • Sex & Love
  • Love & Marriage YouTube -
  • TV Awards & Conventions
  • 1st House - Seward Park
Seattle, Wa - (Queen Anne IV) - 49-51
2nd House - Queen Anne
  • Downsized
  • Internet Technology Education
    • Bellevue College
    • University of Washington Extension
  • Love & Divorce
Seattle, Wa - (Freemont) - 51-53
digeo - iTV Producer/Production Manager
  • Townhouse - Freemont
  • Audi TT Coupe - fancy license plate
  • Downsized II
Seattle, Wa - (Queen Anne V) - 53-55
  • Sell Townhouse & Audi
  • Freelance Internet Developer
  • Group Fitness Instructor Certification
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Move to Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI - (George Town) - 55
CITN/Cayman27 - Commercial Producer - "The Cayman Chronicles"
Seattle, Wa - (Phinney Ridge) - →-Present
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • More Fitness Certifications
  • Freelance Internet Developer
  • Karate
  • Sex & Love
  • Microsoft
  • Big Surgeries
  • Global Pandemic

Rain City Revisions

Rain City Revisions is a website I created for short stories or 'chapters' relating episodes/events in my journey.

This is where the bullet points of the 'resume' presented here become a person. It's where the stuff before, between and after the bullet points gets its due. It's what went on backstage, behind the camera, in and between classes, in my head and in my heart. It's where you'll find real people in misremembered events and real events full of misremembered people, real and real-inspired situations and places. You'll find tidbits of local history that might, except for the remembering, disappear like the shoe sucked off my foot into the mud of the I-5 Freeway construction next to my elementary school; It's where Fuji's 10-cent store still exists, where the cowboy is still shooting the brains out of a cow on the neon sign above Ray's Corral Grill on 45th street in the Wallingford neighborhood where I grew up. It's where I share a smoke break with the TV clown of my childhood as a budding playwright shepherding his characters to local TV shows for publicity; chaueffer an American ballet legend in a 30 year old jalopy with an active mushroom farm in the back seat ; Where I learn how to cut tails off wolf carcasses, and get chased by a nun. Where I got married and divorced; met and lost people who would die too young; where things keep happening.