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Wellington Travel Thoughts

As is usually the case when I travel, I get to thinking.  Uh oh. Mostly I think when I’m alone like I was for most of today, unlike when I traveled with my troupe mates these last two weeks.  Today I toured “Windy Wellington” on my own.  I always pay attention when I get a free day so my conscious can see how my subconscious likes to play.  From my travels in Europe, I know I like design museums, but I haven’t run across many of those here.  Now that I think about it, I did pick up a New Zealand design magazine at a coffee shop and read it cover-to-cover while scarfing down a veggie quiche.

Anyway, I had some seriously deep thoughts today, none of which will make any sense or be remotely clear or relevant to anything.  I’ll share nonetheless.  Actually, maybe I’ll share the questions I was toying with and continue to work through them, reporting back later.  It’s pretty late now…

1. If money were absolutely no object, what would I do?  How would I spend my time?  Where?  I know I’ve answered these questions a billion times in my head, but for some reason I took myself seriously today.  Something clicked when I realized I may be selling myself short in some of the dreams and aspirations I have for my future.  That was a strange realization because I consider myself to be a pretty big dreamer and do-er.  I know dreams change as we get older, but today I realized that having success so far has made me less of a dreamer.  WTF?  I know better.

2. What should I do with a free day, and why can’t I do more?  I say this quite frequently: I have only two speeds…super fast and completely stopped.  It’s either/or for me, and that is evident on my vacations, too.  It’s not all bad.  This just means that I walk a ton, see a bunch, then poop out at a cafe and chill for an hour or two and just watch the world go by as I sit.  I do this at home and struggle with it.  I wish I could be the type of person that has one constant speed, but I’m not.  I often wonder how this will work in my future and if this is sustainable as I get older.  I’m also not sure if I should just appreciate it and learn to work with it, or if I should sincerely think about adjusting this behavior.

3. Time to start thinking about going minimalist…again.  Well, that’s not a question, but something weighing on my mind.  Everything I’ve needed for life in the past two weeks I’ve been able to fit in my 14kg carry-on sized bag.  Yeah, I could use a laundry machine about now, too.  But other than that, I really don’t need much.  I love how experiences like spending time with loved ones and exploring new places make me realize that everything else just makes me feel heavy.  I have almost forgotten home, so I wouldn’t miss anything.  I have such a terrible memory and it is tough to recall home other than the feelings of happiness it gives me when I think about it.  I have a few possessions I would like to keep around…like my new bikini because it will be the only suit I can wear this summer thanks to some hideous tan lines after a few days in the sun with a blotched sunscreen job.  Point is, I have an entire closet full of things I don’t wear and the day after vacation is typically a good time to go through it.  If I don’t look forward to wearing it after seeing the same crappy options for two weeks, then I’ll never look forward to wearing it.

Where DOES this lead me??

Where DOES this lead me??

It is getting late so I’ll stop there.  I will do my best to write down some other thoughts throughout the day so it won”t be a jumble of messiness.  I am happy that I have 24 hours in Los Angeles so I can ease back into the country and talk some of this out with my west coast peeps.  They usually have good perspectives on these type of thoughts since they are not as involved in my day-to-day life as they once were.  Oh, the transition back to reality….I do not long for you yet.


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Live from Sydney!

Hey friends and family…things here in Oz are going great!  I only have a few minutes, but I’m keeping track of everything and hope to post much more in the future when I return to the US and when internet time isn’t as prized and valuable as it is here.  A couple things…

  1. Our shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival were fantastic!  Of the five, some were great and some were pretty good, but at least we know which is which.  And regardless, we had lots of fun and learned tons.  Our audiences seemed entertained and appreciated our skills and laughed quite a bit.  Adelaide is a beautful city and I hope to return one day.  Much much more on our shows later…
  2. I’m back in Sydney for the next few days.  Going to Coogee Bay beach tomorrow with Russ while Goli is working.  I suspect I’ll hit the Blue Mountains on Wednesday, then it’s off to visit Patrick in Wellington on Thursday.  Today was a low key travel day, so it’s nice to get caught up with a few things.
  3. It has been so much fun to travel with Goli, Nick and Darnell.  I don’t think I’ve laughed this hard in a long time.  (At least not since the Subsidized Corn road trip to NC the week before I left.) We not only got to be better performers through all this, we also got to be much better friends.  It will be sad to say goodbye to Goli on Thursday, but I’m trying not to think about it.
  4. I have a buh-jillion photos, including photos from Goli, Nick and Darnell, plus video (minus the nights of the video mishap…which unfortunately included our best show).  I’ll post when I return, but I am very excited to share with you all.  Hopefully some of this will make more sense with photos and video.
  5. No word if the Beast won the Winter Weather Warrior contest.  I’ll keep you updated as I hear more.

That’s it for now!  Going to meet Goli for some German ice cream….we still haven’t figured out what that is, but we liked it the first time so we’re going back.  Tasted like regular ice cream to me!

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Aussie SubCo

As you could tell from my last generic post, it has been a busy week.  I guess that’s what happens when you get back from vacation at 10:00 on a Sunday night!  Not much time to get caught up.  Not only has it been busy (with improv, controversial guest blog post, Jersey Shore season 3 debut party), but I’ve been all over the place, which does not make for good blogging!

So much of my non-planning life these days seems to be centered on improv (does anyone else find the juxtaposition of planning and improvising as funny as I do?).  It’s tons of fun and has given me a great community of friends in DC.  And they are not those super wacky improv people I remember NOT liking in college because they were always “on”.  Here is the most exciting happening in my improv world lately…

Subsidized Corn is going to Australia!! Yes, it is true and the tickets have been booked.  Nick, Darnell, Goli and I are headed down under for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.  We have five shows scheduled over three days (March 4-6), and we’re hosting a workshop, too.  Yay!! We haven’t even performed outside the beltway before!

Performing in a different country certainly has its challenges. Yes, they speak English, but it isn’t our English!  I know very little about Australian slang since I have never been, and it seems to be tricky. In the one practice we’ve had so far I insulted Nick’s manhood and was told definitely that will not be warmly received and there may be some beasts waiting to beat me up after the show!  Whoops!  What else am I going to do that’s insulting?!?  I’m afraid to say the wrong thing or insult someone accidentally!  Which could be funny now that I’m thinking about it.

Second, what if they don’t get us?  I’m trying to be mindful in practice about topics that pertain to our country.  I’m pretty certain they will not be getting any Boehner references!  Typically we stay away from the political stuff (unlike what our troupe name might suggest…is the name Subsidized Corn even relevant or funny there?  Ahhhh!!)  I mean, they get the American stereotypes I’m sure, so time to practice my valley girl!

The good news is that I don’t know anyone there, so as long as I come back with all my teeth, I’ll be fine.  I’m balls to the wall on this adventure!  The only person who has anything to lose is Nick whose in laws will all be there to cheer us on.  No pressure, buddy.

Okay, so different slang and different references.  No problem.  However, there is the whole stress of traveling around the world to add to the performance anxiety…then subtract the fact that we’re on vacation and we’re about even.  I am so excited to see Adelaide as I’ve heard Deepti talk quite a bit about it.  And it will be summer time in February and March, so I’m really excited for warm temperatures and beaches.  And I get to see Sydney, Melbourne, Christchurch NZ and Wellington NZ, too.  Okay, not all scary.

The toughest part is that we are practically producing our own show from the other side of the world.  Poor Nick has his email inbox swamped with things like “entertainment visas” (to which Salsa says, “that’s debatable”) and healthcare purchases (to make sure we get the proper anti-venom after a poisonous bite) while trying to figure out how much to charge per ticket for the audience.  We are responsible for marketing ourselves and getting butts in the seats…in DC that’s a piece of cake.  Our plan is to hit the streets with postcards and just talk to people and invite them out.  The festival has a very artsy vibe and this is how it’s done!  But if you have other suggestions, we’d be very open to hearing them.

That said, if you know ANYONE that may be interested in going to the shows, or if you have friends who live there, please let us know!  Somehow my amazing network of friends just isn’t strong in that part of the world!

Did I tell you I get to meet up with Patrick while I’m there?  So excited to see his life in Wellington and very appreciative that he and Jason are letting me sleep on their couch, even while Patrick’s parents are there.  That’s some killer hospitality!  Thanks, guys!  And I get to see other USC buddies while traveling through Los Angeles both ways which is just an added bonus.

And speaking of hospitality, I’m staying with Goli in Sydney and Lylie’s (Nick’s wife) sister in Adelaide.  I love staying with people as I travel because you get to see neighborhoods and how people really live.  Maybe that’s the planner in me, but I’ll take that over some motorcoach tour any day.

If you have any tidbits or helpful hints from your travel to Australia, I would love to hear them!  Leave your stories in the comments!