The Flip Side – 4/24-5/3

I lapsed as much on Training Scorecard as I did here, but I am here to at least partially rectify this. In the last week and a half or so “Other” has been quite a few things which I will try to recap without being super boring.


Saturday’s show was awful and I have hesitated to look for pitch opportunities since then. I’ll get over it soon. Fortunately for me, I had improv practice the next day with a really small group from Falawful. Shawn Wickens was our coach and he had an interesting strategy, which was to do very specific exercises within the work we did on form. One that I enjoyed was two people starting a scene with their own initiations and only talking about what they had to say, so kind of ignoring the yes, and part of improv. What we found was that we could make a great scene out of even that atypical improv interaction. It was liberating.


I typically reserve Mondays for watching my friends do great improv at Super Free Monday, but the race is getting close enough that I need to start making training a bigger priority than it has been, so last Monday I rode to the Little Red Lighthouse instead.


Tuesday I went to a Mets game with my coworkers in which the Mets won and I ate a pastrami sandwich.


Wednesday I attended a book release party with my friend Helen for Dad Magazine, which is a book by one of the editors of my favorite website, The Toast. I also had my favorite salad for dinner.


Thursday, members of FALAWFUL performed a sketch I wrote for a show called Battle Sketch! Yes, it is a competition. No, we did not win. Yes, it was a lot of fun. Yes, it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast where Liz played Belle, Erik played Beast, Tomer played Gaston, and Jocey played Narrator. Then I went on a date.


Friday I flew to Toronto for a race. My flight left at 6:30 in the morning, so I got 2 hours of sleep but slept on both plane rides and in between and after I landed. I did some work during the day and then we had hot pot for dinner, and tried something called “Swamp Beer” which I think must have been this.


Saturday we were out on the town in Toronto mostly eating a lot of food including dim sum. If you’ve never eaten dim sum, eat it immediately. We also went to the race expo to get bibs and stuff and I had an incredibly difficult time navigating there because directions are not something at which I excel. I ate a pile of pasta for dinner.


Sunday was the race! The weather was godawful!


It was still actually a good race, though. Also, I ate poutine for dinner and what’s not to love about poutine.


Monday – flew back home and watched Sixteen Candles for the first time. I thought it was terrible, but everyone in the history of everything and especially John Hughes fans seem to disagree.


Tuesday – improve practice and a show!


All caught up.


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