I reserved 2 hours this week -two 4 pm shows at the Clubhouse on Vermont. As long as I get people (usually at least 10), it’s been free space. The act of reserving space will hopefully encourage me to listen and rehearse the material. After speaking with a comic in her first few years of work who goes up 5 to 10 times a week, I know I don’t go up as much as I did even 5 years ago, but oh well. Just keep going.
I’ll “bookend” with you, bloggees, to commit to calling 2 spaces in my new neighborhood of Altadena and inquiring about rentals- one is a coffee shop, the other is a dance studio. I’ll let you know how that goes!
Also, by the end of today, I’d like to have transcribed this joke (into this blogaloo) I’m having a hard time with about Biblical Parables.
And again, I’m not anyone’s comments to the blog- so just know that you are loved and I appreciate your witnessing this lightly arduous and embarrassing process. If I thought anyone was actually reading it, I wouldn’t be able to continue.
Ok! See you later today with the results!
– called theatre and there was no answer
-emailed a coffee shop I go to about using their space for a weekly show
-looked up local dance studio and got on their mailing list. It may be too far to walk to which defeats the purpose of having a show that takes the least amount of energy to put up. I’ll try to walk past and see what’s going on.
Here’s the biblical parable idea so far:
What I say I believe has no bearing on what I’ll actually do. And with all the horrible things happening in the world, i wanted to see how I’m doing.
I have no religion, but I’m not above stealing some religious standards that seem pretty good.
When I was a kid- we were given these primary-colored glossy books about possibly fictional happenings in a Middle East populated with white people. So, I’m taking 3 of these stories and seeing how my behavior matches up. And I’m totally going by the memory of a 7 year old here- so there’s a little paraphrasing.
First story- the Good Samaritan. Jewish guy is beaten, robbed, left for dead in the road. First guy, a priest sees the dying man and says, “oh shit- I’d stop, but I’ve really managed my time poorly and I’ve got this really important pope meeting in town”. 2nd guy- is Jewish himself, but he says “oh shit- I’d stop, but it looks like you’re going to croak anyways and it’d be like throwing good time and money after bad- look, I’ll pray for you!” Then, 3rd guy (always rule of 3 in the Bible-jus like in comedy) is the sworn enemy of the Jewish people I guess- a Samaritan- I guess the equivalent of a white supremacist stopping for a black trans man- the Samaritan totally stops and cleans him up, puts him on his burro and wiped him down with cologne (lots of Axe body spray in the desert) and takes him to like a hospital Hampton Inn and pays cash up front for the Jewish guy to be cared for for the next 3 months.
So, how am I doing?
Well, living in Los Angeles and come to think of it- many cities in the US now- is like walking into a human rights violation, every few feet you have the opportunity to connect with someone left for dead on the side of the road.
Right outside Target, there was man over 6 feet in a state of catatonia- no shoes and open sores on his feet, with a secondary face of snot upon his own face.
Now, according to the example above- what I should have done is- call an ambulance, go with the ambulance and make sure the man is cared for, put down my debit card, follow up and visit him until he is stabilized, pay for his housing (with Hilton Honors points! Hamp it up!) and food and befriend this man (if once he was conscious he was on board with friendship) for life.
This is what i did.
After trying to talk with him a few minutes, I went into Target and DID THE SHOPPING I’D WANTED TO DO (cal king sheets) and then, went to the bathroom, wet a bunch of paper towels, and set them at this man’s feet while whispering, “I’m so sorry”.
And I felt weirdly proud of myself for doing that.
That’s super shit.
I’m an atheist, but I’m nothing if not ethically competitive.
I have two other parables I’m working on (where I fail miserably) and it’s not really funny at all yet, but there’s “something there” for me.
So, that’s it for today.
And the coffee shop just said yes to a weekly show!
May you enjoy a spurt of creative energy today – feel free to “bookend” in comments if you’d like- I won’t read them but the “Universe” will? Together, we will get tiny steps done!