The September show made like a kidney stone and arrived and then passed with unhappy groans and relief. Actually, it was a ton of fun. We had every seat taken and people sitting on the stage. We even had a new, unsanctioned balcony section for Skinny performers (they’re less likely to sue in the event of falling through the floor/ceiling). Yakov was his funny self and ‘Cowboy’ Kenny Bartram was awesome as well. J.W. Grisbee wowed the crowd once again with his music.
Our next show should be great in October. Our guests are going to be Todd Parnell, the president of Drury University and Tom Trtan, the KSFX morning and weather expert.
For the last prompt I asked: When you were a kid, what did you imagine you would be doing at the age you are now?
I will use Michelle’s answer:
“wa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! I love it! I wish that I have been here longer to try some of these shenanigans (no clue how to spell that).
I imagined myself to be tall and sleek and a business woman who has a mean dancing/singing streak in her when the time is just right– like the lady in Singing in the Rain.”
It’s kind of sad that almost all of us would be disappointing our childhood selves with what we do with our lives now. Were expectations too high? Are we failures? Did life get in the way? Yes. Although, I’m sure there is an astronaut businessman baseball player who can’t relate at all to what I’m talking about.
Here is a conversation I imagine between myself now at 30 and my 8 year old self. Current Jeff is CJ and Young Jeff is YJ.
CJ: Hey, buddy. How are you doing?
YJ: Good. Wait, why are you in my backyard?
CJ: Or is it my backyard?
CJ: No, there’s no need for that. It’s me. You’re me. We’re me. I’m you.
YJ: Why do you smell like Better Cheddars?
CJ: They have those in the future too.
YJ: Wait, you’re from the future?
CJ: Yep. I’m you 22 years in the future.
YJ: Oh cool! For the sake of this blog post I’ll just believe you right away.
CJ: Good. Jeff, I came to talk to you about how you’re turning out in the future.
YJ: Is it bad? Do I lose my job? Do cars fly? Do my teeth fall out?
CJ: No, you have a job. Cars don’t fly. Your teeth don’t fall out. In fact, at 28 you get braces and your teeth look even better.
YJ: Really? Why didn’t I get them when I was in junior high like everyone else? Wouldn’t it be embarassing to have braces when you’re an adult?
CJ: Nope, in the future a lot of adults have braces. They call it ‘bettering themselves,’ but really they wish they had gotten them when they were kids.
YJ: So, do I play in the NBA?
CJ: No, you quit after freshman year.
YJ: Major Leagues?
CJ: Nope. You’re afraid of the ball.
YJ: That’s true.
YJ: Am I still at least fast?
CJ: Like a cheetah.
YJ: What kind of a job do I have?
CJ: You work at a blood center and you host a local, non televised, late night talk show, and you do improv comedy.
CJ: Blood’s not gross, it’s actually very helpful. It helps save lives. You get to play a part in that.
YJ: I was talking about the other stuff.
CJ: No, it’s great. You know how you’re kind of shy right now? You grow out of that. And, eventually the size of your head is proportionate to the size of your ears.
YJ: Are you picking on me?
CJ: No, I’m trying to be encouraging. You just don’t understand that there are things like health insurance to consider, and saving money, and getting married.
YJ: Oh, are you married? Is she hot? Do you have any kids?
CJ: Yeah, buddy I am married. Yes she is hot. No, we don’t have any kids yet.
YJ: Boy, it sounds like a lot of things didn’t work out for you.
CJ: Yeah, but a lot of things did.
YJ: Man, it’s too bad I end up like you. I wish the president would address the school children of America and tell them to follow through on their dreams and gain skills and stay in school and study hard.
CJ: Oh, I wasn’t expecting that. How topical.
Next prompt: What was the name of a friend of yours who moved away?