Archive for December, 2008

2008 – Was Great

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Started a business
Quit my day job
Took 60,000 photos (factual number)
Took four improv courses
Moved to downtown Austin
Then moved to 45th street
Got a bike stolen
Bought my first Mac
Took a cruise
Befriended a german linguistics professor
Saw my brother get married on a beach
Saw my good friend Alex get married, also on a beach
Held my best friend’s baby
Saw my brother’s baby
Went to my college homecoming
Won my first Maestro
Spent Thanksgiving in Oklahoma
Rented my first car
Won an award at my company
Voted for Obama
Acted in a music video
Became friends with dozens of people I admire
Volunteered a lot
Lived with two brothers
Bought a scooter
Saw my favorite hometown band play
Wrote a bunch of new songs
Saw a production by Playing for Others
Flew seven times
Got acupuncture
Cried when I left a job
Laughed a whole lot
Felt like a champ

After School Improv

Saturday, December 27th, 2008
After School Improv Poster

After School Improv Poster

Some of my friends and family may know that I’ve¬† intensely studied and performed improv in the last year. Recently¬† some of my favorite improvisers in Austin asked me to join them in an ensemble show running at the 8pm Saturday spot at The Hideout Theatre in January & February. The show: After School Improv.

The format, simple and fun parodies After School Specials from the 70’s and 80’s. The cast gathers a suggestion from the audience in the form of a problem that has plagued teens for all of time. These usually end up being: teen pregnancy, alcoholism, bullying, being the new kid, puberty, etc… From there, the ensemble establishes a main character while the rest of the story unfolds into a pile of hilarious.

I cannot tell you how honored, excited, nervous, little-scared I am to be involved with such a group of talented folks. The rehearsals have gone swimmingly and I anticipate being in front of an audience for the first time since playing music.

Show Dates: Jan 3,10,17,24,31 Feb 7,14,21

Bold – Indicates that I will be performing on those nights for sure. Other nights are either not casted or I am not performing.


Friday, December 19th, 2008

I am excited for the following:

  • Going home on Sunday to see my family
  • Seeing my best friend, his wife, and their awesome baby
  • Seeing my brother’s baby for the first time
  • Attending the reunion of my all time favorite Ohio band
  • Eating food
  • Playing with my Dad’s cats
  • The engagement of some of my favorite people in Austin
  • Being home for Christmas for the first time in two years

Life is pretty dern amazing.

Motorcycle License!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
M is for Mojo

"M" is for "Mojo"

I got my new license today. And it has a shiny new “M” on it. As you guessed, the “M” stands for “motorcycle”. I also like this photo of me much better than the previous ID.

I keep using the phrase “motorcycle” but in reality, I’m only getting a scooter. Not nearly as cool and hardcore sounding. The scooter I’m waiting on (it’s being shipped sometime this century) is the 125cc Genuine Buddy.