Always be improving.
Now that I’m out of school, my life is very different. My time outside of 9-5 is mine; there’s no homework, no external obligations. Work doesn’t run my life like college did. You’ve got to find valuable things to fill the free time with. There’s no ‘end’ to your worklife, so you can’t say “I’ll just screw around until it matters that I don’t”, it doesn’t exist anymore.
I’ve found this very motivating. If you’re not changing and constantly improving yourself, what are you doing? I hate the concept of being stagnant for very long… I have to be doing something, working on a project, learning something new. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy relaxing on the couch and watching 24 with Paul until 3:30 in the morning (more on that later), but on the larger scale, I have to be working on something. That something could be web design (you probably noticed the brand new look of g27, and I’ve got a few more surprises in the works), photography (a new wing of the g27 facility should be opening pretty soon), standup comedy, weight training, or singing, but in the end, the project is me. Onto the news.
Jake, Paul and I went to a club called Lipgloss last week. It’s become a semi-regular spot for us; it’s a dance club for crazy indie rocker kids. The music could be a little bit more my taste, as the amount of old-skool punk outweighs the amount of dancey funk and hip hop, but the atmosphere is unmatched. It’s like drowning in a sea of hip. The most hippiest hipsters everywhere. Kids with backpacks and scarves on, guys with girl jeans, and of course, the goth kids. OH the goth kids. I swear, some of these kids look like vampire hunters. I swear, one of them had a silver-tipped crossbow. No foolin’. Anyway, Bob met us at the club and brought a girlfriend of his. Her name was Jessie and she immediately caught my attention. Really cute, lots of energy, but what got me was her spark. She was in my face, being silly, making a fool of herself on the dance floor, and being an all-around smartass.
This girl was an effing dreamboat. She was playful and fun and smart and witty… it was, dare I say, refreshing to interact with a girl like that. Of course, she’s also engaged. To a bigshot movie producer or something. Just my luck! But, in my unflinching optimistic nature, I have decided to chalk up our little encounter to serve as a restoration of my faith that there are dreamgirls out there. It was a nice reminder to not ever give up on that. Thanks, Jessie. Now where is this gaggle of cute friends of yours that Bob tells me about?
You may have heard that we here in Denver got a touch of snow. Yup, about two feet last Wednesday-Thursday. We’re expected to get another foot or so tonight. It’s been snowing since early this afternoon. You know, because we didn’t have enough to begin with. Oh well, it made the riding that Paul and I did at Winter Park lots of fun. When every possible business, club, and restaurant closed, Jake, Paul, Ethan and I stayed in my warm apartment and watched all of 24 Season 2 on my new 37″ LCD HDTV. You won’t hear me complain about that.
You know when you meet your friend’s girlfriend/boyfriend and they are just absolutely dreamy, and you can’t stop thinking about them? That’s what standup comedy has done to me. Life introduced us, and I don’t know what I was doing before I met her. I’ve been going to The Squire every Tuesday with brand new original material – and I’ve been killing! I had two bad weeks, but overall I’ve been doing just as well as the really experienced regulars who have been doing this for years. I’m working my way into gaining acceptance into their circle, and they’ve told me that they’re all very impressed with how polished and funny I am after only doing standup for a month. Weekly open mic performances have motivated me to write new material every week, and I haven’t done the same set of jokes twice. I’m gonna start trying other venues and see just how good I can get at this. If you live in Colorado, let me know if you’re interested in watching me make you laugh til you cry tears of hilarity.