March 14th, 2008


philosophy while running

 I went running this morning, and I took one of the little side paths around a park, which is near a pre-school.  As I turned a corner a class of 3 and 4 year olds got to the head of the path and then all started running towards me with all of the exuberance of youth.  I stayed to the far right of the path and watched the kids run past me - energetic, smiling, yelling - happy.  Towards the back of the group there was one little dark-haired girl standing resolutely still.  After having gone ten feet another girl looked back and realized her friend wasn't moving, and she ran back and took the dark-haired girl's hand.  They then both began to run, smiling huge, and passed me by as well. 

Today my goal is to try to hold on to their joy in my life.  And to remember that if I stand still and ask for help, I have lots of friends who will turn back and grab my hand.


Alright, I arrived at the rehearal hall to start setting up for the day, and I just clenched.  I have let this show get to me to the point where I am psychsomatically getting frustrated just by walking in the door.  So I am going to improve my mood by sharing with all of you the one joke that is guaranteed to make me laugh.  Now, this isn't a great joke.  If I'm in a really good mode I will maybe chuckle at this joke.  But if I am overtired, or hugely frustrated, or having an awful day, this joke makes me guffaw.  There are two parts.

Part I
Q:  Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?

A:  Because it was dead.


Part II
Q:  Why did the chicken fall out of the tree?

A:  Because it was stapled to the monkey!

*laughs hysterically*  I have spent an hour in a parking lot late at night after some show debating the attachment method in re: chicken to monkey.  Staples have always won (though if you're doing a lighting call safety chaining the chicken to the monkey is also acceptable).

I hope other people find this amusing.  Have a great weekend everyone who is getting one.