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Y2K + 10

10 years ago tonight, I partied like it was 1999. My mom dropped me off at Daniel’s house so I could ring in the new century with my “theatre friends.” If I told Mom I was hanging out with “theatre friends,” she would be certain there would be no trouble, so therefore, no curfew.

As she drove away, I dragged my large duffel bag on the ground toward the house. It was heavy. So many cans of food (including a seven pound can of chocolate pudding), bottles of water, a flashlight, first aid kit. It was my Y2K Pack, “just in case.” I was surprised no one else brought Y2K supplies, but I was relieved. If Y2K turned out really bad, and someone suggested eating each other, they probably wouldn’t eat me since I brought some supplies.

We listened to REM’s It’s The End of the World As We Know It, like we did every New Year’s Eve because TEENS RULE. We watched the ball drop in Times Square on tv and I imagined how I would someday go to Times Square every year to watch the ball drop. My dreams have changed since then. I decided never to watch the ball drop live once I learned that a lot of those people wear diapers so they can go to the bathroom on themselves and not lose their place in front of the action. That sounds like too much fun for me.

There was no Y2K disaster and eventually the seven pounds of chocolate pudding were eaten. I have lived in five places in the past ten years and I have changed direction on many things, like politics, religion, and whether or not onions taste good. But a few things remained unchanged, such as New York City is the greatest place on earth, I love the theatre, and chocolate pudding is amazing.

Happy New Year!

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Names

This is me, live from Spokane on Christmas. I know the holidays aren’t a pleasant time for everyone, but in general, I have a pretty good time.

The only time the holidays feel unpleasant to me is when I’m at the mall. It’s not the shopping or the crowds that bother me, though. It’s running into people I went to high school with but I can’t remember their names. It always happens. I’m not a jerk, I just have a really hard time with names.

Three years ago, while standing in line at Spokandy to buy some fudge, a guy came up to me and whispered “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips!” I didn’t feel so bad that I couldn’t remember his name. He was nothing but a vague memory of a high school production of Godspell to me.

Sometimes I get lucky and run into someone I remember, and it’s such a relief. But I’ve had many more experiences hiding behind clothes racks, my heart beating fast, hoping that person I stood next to in choir wouldn’t come over and say “Hi Margie!,” to which I would have to respond “Hi—how are you? You have real talent as an alto, as I recall.”

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What’s new?

Recently:

I joined a gym. 4 days ago. I’m sore everywhere. I have taken three baths today, and I took four yesterday. I have a personal trainer who is very nice but is horrified by my body fat percentage. Although it is considered in the “fitness range” (which is between “athlete” and “acceptable”), we are working to get it in the Auditioning in Los Angeles range. I don’t know what that means, but my PT promises to tell me when I get there.

I just ate a bunch of rich, delicious food. Shhh don’t tell my PT! PT, did you google me and find this?!

I have become obsessed with Trader Joe’s. It’s not like the one in Union Square. The line doesn’t snake around the store twice AND there is food on the shelves!

The Ducks are going to the Rose Bowl and so am I! It’s in Pasadena, so that’s like a 20 minute drive (3 hours in traffic).

Christmas spirit is in full swing. I listen to Boyz II Men’s Let It Snow at least once a day. Twice today– it was playing at Trader Joe’s!

Charlie Sanders and I are starting a storytelling show next Thursday called “This One Time,” and hopefully it will become a regular thing in the new year. The great people at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose are letting us host it there. And really funny people you’ve heard of or will someday hear of will tell some real gems, I promise. More details coming soon.

Also, I added a standup clip to this website, so check it out if you’re curious.

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