It has been 25 days, almost 4 weeks, that we have been on the road. Maybe it change some people but I feel fairly similar. I don’t know for sure if either Mike or I were looking to change anything except for the list of places we have performed and the amount of people we knew but I feel pretty much the same. I now know how far away Fort Collins is from Denver (far). I now know that I can still be funny to 5 people in Utah while battling a drunk 60 year old white woman about general common courtesy during a live performance (thanks Comic Con). I also know that there are some great comics and cool people all over the left half of the country (and probably right). As well as knowing how they make crash-test dummies thanks for the ‘How is it Made’ show (not real dead people). I supposed I have learned something but I don’t think I have changed.
Being gone reminds you of some things as well. I remembered how fun it is to hang out with the people I haven’t lived near for years. I have been lucky enough to have met up with friends from high school, elementary/middle school and family that has lived in other states. I am constantly reminded that I have awesome people in my life back at home and that I have a great family there that I miss. I am also reminded that I needed this, I needed to be somewhere else for once. Most importantly I am reminded that you (and I) can literally do whatever we want. We can quit our jobs and go on a national comedy tour that you literally book yourself. You can vote for whoever you want. You can be helpful and encouraging to as many new people as you can meet in a day. We also have the power to be negative and constantly question what we are doing without ever taking a step to change it. We can ask people to marry us, no promise what they will respond with. We can hurt each other deeper than we ever imagined also. These are things I already knew but have become more apparent on this trip especially with some of the sad things that are, seemingly constantly, happening in this country. I’m reminded of a lot of things but I am going to keep being funny and working hard because my biggest fear is what happens when I stop doing those things.
So, for me, the tour has been very fun and fulfilling. I have gotten to ACTUALLY EXPLORE every city we have been in and we have seen some cool stuff! Mostly state capitals, because those are free. Soon enough we will be able to tell you out of half of the country which states have the best capitol buildings, rest stops and cheap food. For anyone who is concerned about what I look like or how I am surviving, I have lost 5 pounds on the tour and can still eat relatively healthy. Lots of walking around the cities and body weight exercises combined with a continually unsatisfied search for kale. It’s worked out even with us finding ‘the best chicken wing place’ in every city.
Overall it’s been great, I will say I felt oddly comfortable when we stepped into Denver. It just felt a lot like Seattle to me. Could have been the weed but that is still a similar page that I am used to. I also have some family there that have very much poisoned my genetic make up with their weirdness, just like home. My favorite thing that happened so far may have been when I walked into a venue in Denver where my family was supposed to come and see me perform. Checked in with the show runner and asked how it looked downstairs (where the show space was). He said to me “just four weird old people down there sitting alone.” Which I proudly got to reply “oh, yep that’s probably my family, I’ll go down and check” and sure enough there they were, not sitting in the front like I asked but in the second row, which eventually turned into the front row. Luckily it did fill up and I got to close a very fun show, literally right in front of some family members. It worked out well.
We are now in New Mexico, relaxing a bit more than we have been able to which is nice. There are animals literally everywhere, a minimum of 3 cats in a room at a time with a maximum of 5 cats, 3 dogs, 2 horses and 11 chickens. This is the part that might change me. Farm comedy? Giggle Barn? Lonely woman who lives with animals? Maybe.
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