Saturday, February 01, 2014
Updates from Boston's Dour Big Brother, London!
Yeah that was my now 9.20 year old son there in the orange. It was his "big break" or initial break anyway.
I'm not too keen on the acting thing - Hollywood is a sewer after all - but I'm into anything that animates my son. He fancies himself pretty funny and might just dabble as a midget stand-up comedian.
You can read about my London adventure thus far:
Living In London - Week 1
Moving abruptly as we did does present some "clean slate" opportunities.
I'm going to try to get a lot of work done and finally get some substantive ($$$) infoproducts on the market. That is my chief priority not that I am temporarily liberated from teaching my math students (the ones that won't do Skype that is).
I also just joined a gym not 30 yards from my house. It will be about $130 per month which is basically what these things cost in cities. I will get my money's worth however, being so close. I'll be there first thing weekday mornings.
Normally I can exercise sufficiently without equipment (though I did ship a 45 lb kettlebell over) with yoga, running, etc. BUT living in a city, without a car, in a small (1,500 sq ft) apartment.....well, the walls start to close in on you. So a gym is at least a sanctuary from that. I hadn't been a member of a gym (not counting YMCA's) since I was a single apartment-dweller in Philly some 13 years ago.
So being away from NY pizza, walking everywhere (no car), and hitting a gym regularly should do my body well.
I'm also looking at joining a chess club here in London....and a Toastmasters club (public speaking).
And every day I think more and more about trying my hand a stand-up comedy.
The video shoot above was all done by wannabe, "up-and-coming" stand up comedians. And while I was jabbering with them all outside of the studio I was reminded yet again....how much FUNNIER I AM than them.
I recently read a book - I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era - which was pretty good, and inspiring.
All I really need is a one 5-minute set. You see, these comics just say the same material OVER and OVER again.
You just have to go up once...