Currently I am sitting at a coffee shop downtown with 2 friends that are travelling across the country in a Ford Focus. They are funding their trip with some savings that they had, as well as some freelance jobs. It’s really cool. They are hitting every state in the continental US. They are hoping to hit “Awaska” and “Halaii” as well.
It’s quite inspirational. How do you decide to leave everything you know and all the sudden depend on what you have saved up, freelance work and the kindness of strangers. Imagine not knowing where you are going to sleep every night.
Puts a lot into perspective. It really does.
I take a lot for granted. Sometimes I feel like doing a trip like this would be great for me.
Hey! Look what I found whilst digging around in my “Things I have forgotten” drawer… covered in dust and buried under random wires… MY BLOG! IT LIVES!!
Oh wow. So much has happened.
I moved out of my apartment. Ok, So I got evicted. AND! It sucks. BUT! I live with Holly. Who is super amazing. And I live in a house now. Which makes me pretty happy. I will be sad when she moves
My car broke down. Yup. Radiator is cracked or something like that. It’s a sad day.
I have been doing Open Mics. Yup. Behind the scenes, never going to get on stage me, does open mics. Which is MOSTLY what this blog is about. How it feels to be on the other side of the stage.
It feels amazing. Haha.
Seriously though. I think I suck, and I am pretty sure most the time I just get sympathy laughs. And I fail at writing bits for sure. But I forgot how much I love being on stage. I did theatre in college and this is for sure different. But it’s got a lot of the same rush. Hearing your name being announced, interacting with the audience, trying to get a reaction out of them. It’s also very very different though. I mean. Theatre, you just played someone else’s character. It wasn’t original stuff that you wrote. And it didn’t HAVE to be a specific thing. Like, it didn’t HAVE to be funny… Where as the whole point of comedy is to laugh. So it’s more difficult, but it’s super fun.
I definitely have an increased respect for the comics that have been doing this for a long time. Or the ones that are super passionate about it. Or the ones that are freaking amazing at this. Cause damn. It’s hard. It takes so much courage to get on that stage. Esp if you totally did awful the night before. It takes a lot of dedication. It’s a compulsion you can’t turn off. All of the sudden you start looking at everything like, hey… this was slightly funny… how can I make this funnier and into a bit? I dunno. I am rambling now. But man. Those guys/girls do an amazing job. Kudos if any of you bother to read this.
Well. I guess I am going to a family dinner now for Memorial day. So peace out friends.
Remember when I was going to blog more often? Yea…
I know I should probably blog even when I am depressed but lately I have just been so stressed out I haven’t really felt like doing much of anything >.<
But some exciting things have been happening.
I got a part-time job. It’s a 40 min commute and poor pay for little hours but… it’s better than the no job that I have now. And it could lead to more hours in a few months. So. Positive.
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Von Shakes came to Des Moines Friday… and not only did both bands kick ass performing, I got to meet them both. Von Shakes is this amazing band from Ireland. They are not only great musicians, they are all really nice guys. And super fun to hang out with- and man. That Irish accent. Whew. I got to hang out with both Von Shakes and Red Jumpsuit. Which was surreal for me cause I have been a fan of Red Jumpsuit for at least 5 years. Apparently they live in Jacksonville, FL now. Which is cool cause that’s where I grew up
I also have been babysitting for a couple of my adorable cousins more. Which is fun for me cause I love them. And it gets me some extra moolah.
So yes. Things are rough. But things are going good too. Gotta focus on the positive right?
Blogging is procrastination at it’s finest
I am currently at the Cup of Kryptonite listening to “Into It Over It” radio on Pandora and attempting to work. I have a bunch of stuff that I need to do today. And need to get it all accomplished by 8:30 so I can make it to Underground Comedy at the House of Bricks tonight. Cause you know, I am addicted to comedy. The scariest thing ever is that, well… I have kind of been working on my own comedy bits. I have 3 right now. One needs A LOT of work. It’s kind of stupid right now. One is totally self-deprecating and might not be funny but it makes me giggle. The other one is almost to the point I want it, and I think is the perfect opening bit if I ever did a set. Anyways. I am not saying I will ever get on stage. I personally feel like my bits are stupid and not funny. But I guess I’ll never know if I never try >.<
I really like the “work” I am doing for Comedy Guy Entertainment. It really is helping me get out of my shell some more. I have met and gotten to know some awesome people. I think it would be awesome if sometime I got to do this as a job. Like actually getting paid a salary to do this. Be administrative assistant or advertising director or chief marketing coordinator or something fancy like that. It would be awesome. I could totally see myself doing this. I still want to get my massage therapy license though. But that won’t be for at least another year. Damn the government and the way they do the FAFSA bullshit. UGH! Anyways. The massage thing would be mostly part time anyways.
In other news. Apparently I have acid reflux. No more caffeine and I am supposed to dramatically cut down on my carbs intake. I say this as I drink a Red Bull cause I didn’t get any sleep last night >.< The caffeine is partly for my acid reflux and partly cause I have been having issues with my ADHD. I’ve been having trouble focusing and controlling my hyper lately. I am sure if you come into contact withe me at all lately, you have told me that I have WAY too much energy, or that I am a spazz, or that I need to “turn the volume down” *cough* HOLLY*cough* ;). But it’s true. I really have had problems with it lately. I’ve been too loud and just having too much energy, but also having no motivation and I can’t focus on anything. A friend of mine, who I have come to refer to as my life coach, wants me to just stop consuming caffeine, go back Paleo, and not take the meds the doctor subscribed me. He says that taking the meds is just the easy way out. That I CAN control the hyperness and such if I just make myself have the self control to. I struggle with this idea. It’s not that I don’t have the strength to do it. I know that I can… I did it for 3 years. I used to be on all kinds of meds. I am on anti depressants right now. And then there’s the Adderall… I used to be on pills to help me do anything. Pills to make me happy. Pills to calm me down. Pills to help me sleep. I HATED it though. SO much. I hated that I had to take a pill to tell me how to function. And I have done SO well the last few years. I really don’t know what the trigger is all the sudden. So that’s something I am going to have to think/pray about.
I am still unemployed. I have been applying to places and submitting my resume everywhere… but apparently no one wants me to work for them. Of course, it’s more probably cause they can’t afford to hire more people cause the economy sucks. And as far as things are concerned, I don’t have the most impressive resume ever. And my job history some kind of sucks. It’s looking like I am going to have to get a part time shitty job while I still look for a “real job”. Ugh. I hate part time jobs. They feel like slave labor. Esp like working at a restaurant or something. It’s extremely shitty pay for a lot of fucking work. BUT I’ll do it cause I don’t want to lose my apartment. I love my place. I love it so much. If I have to work my arse off to pay the bills. I will do it. I’ve worked 3 part time jobs before to get shit done. I’ll do it again if I have to.
I have been slacking with my workouts lately. I need to DO something. I need to at least walk or something. Getting rid of grains will help. Cause that means I have to stop drinking beer. Which is sad. Cause I really like beer. Like a lot. It’s my favorite alcoholic beverage. So I have to find a new beverage I like that has no grains in it and is light and has not a lot of sugar. If you have an idea… let me know.
Well. I am going to get to work on some internship stuff. <3
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I have been so super busy! Comedy stuff is keeping me pretty on my toes… Joel Fry is a slave driver >.< Makes me do so much stuff all the time :/ Lol. Honestly, I am so excited about things that I just keep wanting to do stuff with them. For them. And about them. There was this totally amazing show at the Vaudeville Mews on Friday night. Besides the fact that I totally fell off the bar stool cause I am world’s biggest klutz… ok.. so the too many PBR’s I had might have had something to do with it too… Lol. But seriously… I fall on my face stone cold sober. Just saying. But yes. Other than that… it was fun. I got to talk to some people that I don’t normally get a chance to talk to. The comics all did great sets. I love how even if they are not in the show, SO many of the comics come out and support their fellow comics. It truly is amazing. I am excited to keep getting to know them and supporting them even more.
I faced a problem today… I have to pick a picture to use for my “introduction” article for the Iowa Bystander and I have to write a little bit about myself. That’s hard for me. As much as I pretend that I love pictures of myself cause I take them all the time, I don’t really LIKE pictures of myself and I hate having to pick one. I probably think too much about what people think as well. So that’s not making this easy. I am also hard on myself, so having to say some nice things about myself is hard. Ugh.
I am still looking for a job. Ideally I am looking for a job that is 8-5 so I can still work on comedy stuff and other hobby stuff. If anyone knows of any such job in the sales/telemarketing/call center environment, be sure to let me know.
Also. I am going to Guthrie Center for a few days tomorrow. I am leaving tomorrow morning and will be back home in time for Billy Jokes on Thursday. Sucks I will be missing 2 open mics this week >.< I gotta go help my grandparents out with some things around the farm.
I WON’T HAVE MY PHONE ON!!!
I have decided to turn my phone off for the time I will be gone. Well. It will be in airplane mode. Cause I have to let Slave Driver Joel have a way to get a hold of me If it’s important email me (doubleday.andrea.m at gmail dot com) or Facebook me or Tweet me..
Got it? KK. Bye!!!!!!
So I have some super exciting news to announce
As everyone SHOULD know by now, I am in love with my local comedy scene. Well. I am in love with DSM in general, and want EVERYTHING local to succeed… but anyways. When I made the decision to stay in DSM I also made a decision to be more actively involved in comedy stuff and with just local things in general.
Well the amazing Mr. Joel Fry read my blog post about it, and he and I talked… and what do you know? He had an opening for an intern… someone to help out with potential advertisers/sponsors for Comedy Guy Entertainment. Especially with the totally awesome comedyGOradio coming this summer!!! I also will just be brainstorming some ideas that I might have to make local DSM comedy more awesome, working on “street teaming” the comedy scene up and whatever else Joel Fry tells me to do. Pretty much. So yea. Now I can say that I am going to all the open mics cause “it’s my job”. So the people that said I was wasting my time going to all of them, they can SUCK IT! There were only a few people that didn’t get why I was going to all the open mics when I was not one of the comics. Well. Now it’s my job to. Ha! So I will be continuing to go to as many open mics as I possibly can as part of my “street teaming” up the local scene.
Here’s the thing though- if I wasn’t such a common face at all the open mics… I don’t think Joel would have been as convinced that I truly LOVE the DSM comedy scene. Which I totally do. But just going to all of the open mics gave me this opportunity
This isn’t official yet… but I might be the new Live Events Coordinator for the Iowa Bystander Pretty much meaning that I will be going to A LOT more of the local art shows/poetry readings/comedy shows/etc and not only that… but now I actually have to talk to people! The Iowa Bystander is a local mostly online paper that is pretty much all submission based content. So my job will be to go to events, talk to people and encourage them to send in articles about why they do what they do, about how they got into what they are doing and also about stuff that they have coming up. I am super excited about this seeing as one of the things I super want to do is give local culture a lot more exposure. Like I said, nothing is official quite yet, I have a meeting with them at 1 tomorrow to finalize some things and chat them up.
Something I think that might be important to everyone on my Facebook and my Twitter, I am going to be “promoting” local events and such a lot more. Meaning, I will be sharing events on my page that I think are worth going to. I will be most likely attending a lot of these events. I guess what it comes down to, is that my Facebook page is going to be a lot less personal. That’s where this blog is going to come in. That way, if you want to know what is going on in my life, and such, you can click the link and read it. If you don’t, and you are just curious about what’s going on around town and just general stuff in my life, then you don’t have to click my blog. Also. If it gets to the point, where you don’t like how much I am promoting local events and such… there is an “unfollow” or an “unsubscribe” or “unfriend” button. Supporting local events is a passion of mine, and it is something I am going to be doing a lot of. I am not going to stop posting about it. So don’t ask.
I think that’s about it
As some of you may know, I have contemplated moving to the wonderful city of Chicago. It’s a city that I have been in LOVE with for years now, and every time I see that city my heart skips a beat. This past weekend I went to Chicago for a whirlwind 24 hour trip. Like… I left at midnight on Friday night… got to Chitown at about 6 am Saturday morning, and got back on the MegaBus at 6 am Sunday morning. It was a crazy, insane, rushed and adventurous trip. I experienced a lot of first this trip. I went with an open heart, and open eyes.
So. I don’t know if it’s because I have really started to fall in love with the local stuff going on around DSM. Or if I realized that DSM is truly home to me. I really don’t know what it was, but this trip… I just couldn’t wait to come home. Don’t get me wrong. I had a good time in Chicago and got to meet up with one of my FAVORITE Chicago people. (Ok, so he lives outside of Chicago. But in my mind he is a Chicago person. <3′s you B-rad!)
Des Moines is the first place that I have set my roots down in though. And when I went to Chicago with the “Maybe I will move here” thought… I realized that there is no way I could leave Des Moines right now. It’s too much like home. As much as I love Chicago… I feel possessive over DSM. DSM is MY city. Something I realized while I was in Chicago… Is that I want to put DSM on the map.
There are so many things that I LOVE about DSM. There is SO much potential here. And I want to be a part of all it. I want to be a part of making DSM a cultural center. I want to support local comics, local artists, local music. I want to be a PART of things. There is so much more a sense of family and camaraderie in DSM. That might have something to do with the fact that it is smaller.
Gosh. I really suck at writing down how I feel. I have no idea why I blog. >.< Someone asked why I decided to stay in DSM. And that’s what this blog post was supposed to answer. And the simplest answer is just that I feel so possessive over DSM. I want DSM to succeed and be a center for arts and other things. There is just so much more to it though. I just can’t figure out how to express it all. How am I supposed to tell you guys how I feel when I drive by the sculpture park? How much love I feel for this city when I walk around Gray’s Lake? How happy and how much fun I have listening to local comics tell jokes? How much joy it brings me to know my favorite comic book/coffee shop has a drink named after me(Go into the Cup O’ Kryptonite and ask for a Ninja. If the person asks what’s in it- Toffee and Chocolate)? How do I tell you guys how much I LOVE the local music festivals? Or art festivals?
I don’t think I could tell you. I don’t think I could express to you how much I love DSM. How much the thought of leaving this place actually made me sad. I can’t tell you how much DSM is HOME to me. If I could just hug the entire city of DSM… I would. Just wrap my arms around the whole city and not let go… I would.
I love you DSM.
And maybe someday down the road I’ll move…. but not for a LONG time….