Monthly Archives: February 2014

Procrastination Success

I should have been grading lab reports, but instead I made this key holder with some Legos.  I screwed some picture frame hooks into a few full-height blocks (2×4, 2×3, 1×4) and attached a large base to the wall.  Put some key rings on the Legos, attach the Legos to the base, key holder.  My favorite part is that I can add whatever creation I want to the base plate as long as it can sit vertical, which is always true because it’s friggin’ Legos.  This is a quick spaceship I put together in a few seconds.

front keys left right vertical

My trip to Upright Citizen’s Brigade

So,
when I was in California in January I visited the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in LA. The event I saw was not a performance piece or a play or that type of theater, but a stand-up show they run each week called Put Your Hands Together. This was a really weird thing for me that feels years in the making:

When I lived and worked in Randolph about 5 years ago, one of the people I worked with brought in a burned DVD containing some rips of the British TV Series “QI.” My housemates and I were hooked right away and once that DVD was done, I torrented the rest and consumed the whole series. Today, I still watch the show pretty regularly but now on YouTube.  It has become something that I’ve seen all episodes of many times and still makes me laugh.

YouTube has suggestions on the side of the screen when watching things that are related to what you are watching.  I happened to randomly click one one day and watched part of a show with a comedian that I thought was really funny and wanted to watch more of, David O’Doherty.  For real, seriously funny man.

This clip of him performing his song Life stood out to me.  It’s pretty much my favorite style of humor and really smart.  So, turns out this is a clip of DO’D on a Podcast I hadn’t heard before called You Made It Weird.  But, I’ve been listening to Podcasts for a couple years now and I was interested.

Turns out You Made it Weird is part of an online collective called The Nerdist.  There are dozens of podcasts based in the LA area in this collection with an ever revolving cast comedian/actor/writer/musician guests that cycle through them.  I started listening right away.

This is where the story culminates.  At my visit to UCB I saw a great lineup consisting of
Kumail Nanjian
Moshe Kasher,
Jon Daly,
Adam Conover,
Ahmed Bharoocha,
Phoebe Robinson.

A few of these names I had been hearing for the past few months on a regular basis as the hosts of Nerdist podcasts talked about their lives in the LA area as well as about Comedy in general. What struck me as remarkable was how low-key, informal this all was. There were these people who were central figures of my entertainment recently that I enjoyed greatly. And, since it all happened in LA and I live in Vermont, I had come to accept that I would probably not ever get to see these people, at least not without them getting huge and charging large amounts and performing in large venues. But then I found myself in the area for some random purpose and here I was, just walking in like I belong there. This could be every Tuesday night for me, hanging out at junk like this.

I’m sure this is a common experience for people in centers with larger populations. I have never really understood this before. Cities have been a strange concept for me and only in the last couple years have I started to get the advantages. While I don’t like large groups of people or waiting places or traffic or many of the signs of a city, I’m realizing now how much the benefits can really overcome these negatives.

And lastly, if that man hadn’t taken the time to burn a data DVD with season 1 of QI on it 5 years ago, I can’t be sure I would have ever had this experience. It may be a foolish thing to think about but I feel like this is the start to this story.

CA Itinerary – Friday

Friday was my last day in Anaheim before going back to LAX Saturday morning.  After studying Thursday night, I was ready to finish this class and was allowed to take the test early:

Friday-Jan 24

7:00 Breakfast
8:00am – 12:00pm Light Brigade Class
12:00m Test
12:30pm Leftover Thai food for lunch in hotel
1:00pm Drive to Venice
2:00pm Beach
5:00pm Drive back to hotel
6:00pm Stop at Marri’s Pizza & Pasta for take-out
Amazing pizza, so happy with this choice.

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CA Itinerary – Thursday

Following the Go Karts on Wednesday I was feeling a little tired and, frankly, sore. I also had a test on Friday (I was here for a class after all) so I spent Thursday after class studying:

Thursday-Jan 23

7:00 Breakfast
8:00am – 5:00pm Light Brigade Class
6:00pm Order Thai food delivery
8:00pm Wander over to the gas station next door looking for dessert.  I ended up with Pecan ice cream bar

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CA Itinerary – Wednesday

And of course, after Tuesday we have Wednesday:

Wednesday-Jan 22

7:00 Breakfast
8:00am – 5:00pm Light Brigade Class
5:30pm Drive to K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing, Anaheim
6:00pm 3-15 lap races at K1
7:30pm Drive to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Anaheim
8:15pm Dinner at Bubba Gump
9:00pm Drive back to hotel

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