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Retirement

“Every day is Saturday.  Every night is Friday.  And Monday never comes.”

“Retirement is good for about 6 months.”

“Without work I have no purpose.”

“It’s a blessing.”

“If I could I’d get a job.”

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What Does Your Face Reveal

A perfect stranger looked at me and gave me a bit of a smile and as she passed me she stopped and said, “You look happy.”

Now people are always in a hurry to tell me to smile or cheer up or not to look so glum but never has anyone told me that I look happy.  And when she said it and I thought about it I realized she’d seen the truth.

I don’t think I realized it because I haven’t been happy in very long time.  And people keep saying things like you can choose to be happy and happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  I believed them because I was unhappy and I wanted to believe them.  But right in the here and now I can say I know that my happiness has a lot to do with my circumstances.  It’s not a state of mind I can just will myself into but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.  One thing I know for sure is that nothing lasts forever.

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A Reminder Of Why I Love The Theatre So!

So I was on the A train heading back home after seeing End of Longing at the MCC Theatre.  I had the playbill in my hand and the woman beside me asked what the play was about.  After doing a mediocre job of explaining things I let her read the article in the playbill with Matthew Perry.  She was suddenly determined to see the show.

Having dealt with alcoholism herself the piece intrigued her and I’m certain she will not only see the show but bring someone with her.  It reminded me of how theatre can move people.  And how I hope people are moved by my piece.

It’s Not Stamped On Your Forehead is a long time coming.  I’ve been trying to write about being sick basically since the time I was diagnosed almost twenty years ago.  At the very least I hope the show sparks an honest conversation about what it means to live with mental illness – the medications, the impact on relationships, constant doctor’s supervision, fear of relapse, and so much more.

Click Here To Buy Tickets to It’s Not Stamped On Your Forehead presented by The Midtown International Theatre Festival – August 1st 7:45pm; August 3rd 6pm; August 5th 7:15 at the Jewel Box Theatre 312 West 36th St.

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To Tip or Not To Tip

Recently I’ve been using Uber a lot and the drivers have been doing some amazing things.  One Uber driver helped me carry my groceries up the stairs.  Another Uber driver gave me some bottled water.  And then knowing that the app does not allow for tipping I had to give the drivers something for going the extra mile.

Then it made me think shouldn’t I tip all Uber drivers?  Just because they can make a good amount of money as Uber drivers through the app alone should they not be treated like every other cab driver and given a tip?

Maybe I’m just in the dark.  Do you tip your Uber driver?

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(In)Appropriate To Do . . .

So again I saw a stranger brushing their teeth in a public restroom and all I can think is WHY?

I do not believe brushing your teeth in a public restroom keeps your mouth clean. I believe all the germs in the bathroom go into your mouth.

That was my exact thought as I watched a woman cup her hands under a public faucet and rinse her mouth out.

In our quest to be clean sometimes we open ourselves up to a whole lot of mess.

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(In)Appropriate To Do . . .

The other day I saw a man flossing on the train. Now I truly believe in dental hygiene but is flossing on the train really necessary?  Will it result in irrevocable damage if you wait until you get home?

Now maybe he had something between his teeth & that is annoying but whatever happened to tooth picks?  And who are these people walking around with dental floss?

I still have to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing that isn’t done on the subway in NYC.

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Stupid Questions

My brother said, “People like to say that there is no such thing as a stupid question but sometimes people ask stupid questions.  Like if there’s a bottle of water on the table and someone comes to the table and asks “Is this water?”  That’s a stupid question.”

I grew up being told that there is no such thing as a stupid question but I have to admit that my brother has a point.

I read an article on Linkedin that said you should never begin a sentence with “This might be a stupid question” because it means you lack confidence.  But what if the question is really stupid and you don’t acknowledge that it might be then don’t you just look like an idiot?

I think you should know if your question is stupid or not but still not be afraid to ask it.  Sometimes when I ask a stupid question the answer surprises me.  And then I think I’m glad I’m not afraid to look stupid.

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Like Riding A Bike

I told a friend of mine that I wanted to do something I hadn’t done in twenty years.  He could tell that I was really nervous and even a bit paranoid so he said,

“It’s like riding a bike.”

I didn’t say that I never really learned how to ride a bike.  I tried to learn, biked into a tree, and then never rode a bike again.

But I understood what he meant.  Now if I had to I would get back on a bike.  I’ve already run into a tree.  It’s all up hill from there.