Today has been… interesting. I’m super self-conscious with this t-shirt on. But in a lot of ways, as ridiculous as it is, it makes me feel very silly. And I’m finding that I’m taking myself way less seriously today. Which is a good thing, and something I should do more often.
This weekend, on our way back from my grandma’s 105th birthday celebration, Liz and I stopped over in Valparaiso. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to time out meeting up with Julie, Bob, Tricia, and the kids again… but since we were in the neighborhood we decided to make a (tech support) pit stop.
Over the weekend, several of us were staying at Stacey and Shane’s house. On Friday night, Jahnu was queuing up YouTube videos (he recently discovered some of the vieos I’ve posted of him and Jasmine), and tracked down several of the commercials that my family was involved in, circa the mid 1980’s.
While on board our flight to Texas, the guy next to me asked if I knew I looked a lot like Steve Aoki.
20 presenters, from a wide range of backgrounds, all have to answer the same prompt in two minutes or less. The prompt for Saturday is: “Why Did You Stop?” and everyone will tackle this in their own, unique ways.
As of right now, somewhere in the world (probably Germany)… there’s a Felix Jung who just got a super cryptic email about a messed-up sounding sandwich, and is wondering just what in the hell is going on.
Once we were ready to take things outside, we were greeted with… a small snow shower. This would be a recurring thing on a very unusual day, weather-wise.
So. While it’s not the developmental cyst, I actually need to now schedule an appointment with a neurologist (and possibly get an MRI). Dr. Powell said that the issue I’m experiencing isn’t dire… but it’s important to try to figure out why it’s happening. He said that 99 times out of 100, it’s nothing. But there’s a slight chance the issue is happening due to something like a brain tumor. So it’s important to get and rule out the bad stuff.
For me, this part of the process was the most daunting. I was worried about screwing something up. After a few pilot holes though… I quickly became more comfortable about the process.
Super excited to announce that I’ll be participating again in the next
20×2 Chicago, where 20 creatives are given the same question… and only 2 minutes to answer. The prompt this time is Why Did You Stop? and looks to be a fun one.
It’s hard to pin down specific topics, as the poems are pretty varied and jump around in terms of subject matter. I talk a bit about astronomy, Axl Rose, God and religion, Mary Poppins, and how I imagine heavy metal drummers meet their ends. It’s all a rich tapestry.
Videos were recorded of all the readers (there’s a really impressive archive on YouTube), and I’ll share mine once it’s up! Really great time, and truly enjoyed the chance to read my poems again in a public venue.
I’m excited to share that I’ll be reading my poems next week (March 1st) at Tuesday Funk – “Chicago’s eclectic monthly reading series.” Hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, the event takes place at Hopleaf Bar in Andersonville.
It’s funny in that, talking to Liz, we both realized we were kind of excited at the idea of Permaseal coming. We’ve been getting so much done and ready for their arrival, it’s almost turned into a mini-milestone.
Usually when someone yells out the name of a famous person at me, it’s done out of provocation: Bruce Lee, Mr. Miyagi, that sort of thing. When someone yells a name at me, I immediately tense up and prepare myself for some kind of altercation. But somewhere around 2013… strangers started coming up to me thinking I was Steve Aoki.