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Wed, May. 17th, 2006, 03:58 pm
Basil White: 20/10/5/3/1 year(s) ago

20 years ago, to the day, almost to the minute, I was... handing in my cap and gown after my high-school commencement from Subiaco Academy, where I was beaten and humiliated for four years with no intervention from the faculty.

10 years ago I was a new Federal Employee, in graduate school working on a MA in Science Writing From Johns Hopkins University with my now-wife and alumnus [info]vikingsparrow, wrapping up work to head down to my 10-year high school reunion.

5 years ago I was hosting the DC/Baltimore Standup Showcase, hosting at Wiseacres Comedy Club and opening for the Wiseacres manager on the road.

3 years ago I was struggling to move from being a feature act to being a headliner.

1 year ago I was headlining and recording shows for my first CD (http://www.basilwhite.com/media/basilwhite.rss), sending copies of the joke book that published my first jokes in print, taking a lot of leadership classes, teaching my "Standup Comedy Secrets Revealed" class and learning to cook without fear thanks to Alton Brown's first book.

So far this year I planned vacations and business travel for the year and taught my "Standup Comedy Secrets Revealed" class again.

Yesterday I punished the travel staff at work for their lack of clear travel software instructions, made spaghetti with marinara sauce and garlic bread and learned Texas Hold-Em with [info]vikingsparrow from the Wikipedia listing.

Today I fixed my travel records and downloaded a free audiobook called "Truth-Driven Thinking" (http://www.truthdriventhinking.com/tdt.xml).

Tomorrow I will kiss my joke-book editor's butt, show her around town and drive her to her class at the Writer's Center on how to get advance money for a book that hasn't been written yet.

In the next year I will hang out with my son, go to my 20-year high school reunion, headline at Wiseacres, record another CD, and visit Yellowstone National Park while I accompany [info]vikingsparrow to a quilting ranch overrun by bunnies.

And I STILL feel lazy and unmotivated.

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Wed, May. 17th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
vikingsparrow

You forgot the trip to the Shenandoah National Park. And the Virginia Renaissance Festival. And Baronial Birthday.

Wed, May. 17th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
silvarbelle

Holy wow.... Basil, I am entirely impressed by you. ^_^ Uh -- favorably so, I should say. XD

Hey, you guys are going to the Shenendoah National Park? Cool! It's TOTALLY beautiful up there! Look out for the deer -- they're everywhere. But the views are spectacular!

Snuzzles to you and vikingsparrow!