Saturday is my birthday and I will be 33 years old. I sort of thought at this advanced age I would be much more settled in pretty much every aspect of my life. But as it turns out most areas are surrounded by turmoil and confusion. I have plenty of education (a Bachelors and 2 Masters degrees) but I am still struggling to find my career path. I’ve moved a lot over the past few years and have started to feel a bit like a nomad, always searching for a place to settle down and call home. I don’t think that I want anything ridiculous or even out of the ordinary. I want to be healthy, have a happy marriage, a good career, and a place I can call home. It might be nice to have a kid or two someday (soon). I want to make decisions about my life with confidence and not fear or regret. My logical side knows that no one can really change any of these things except me, but often my emotional side wins out, making it difficult to move forward. Not that I am giving up… I will do everything I can to make things better, for me, for my husband, for any children that I might have or adopt, for the family that has to put up with me as I am. I want to be happy, I want to enjoy my life. I am just, I guess, a work in progress.
Lost on losers like Richie Incognito is the eternal truth of evolution. The reason humans rule the world, the reason we leapfrogged the animal world to the top of the food chain, is because we developed the only muscle that matters.
We win because we outwit, not outhit, our prehistoric enemies.
Comparatively speaking, humans are perhaps the weakest creatures on the planet.
I listen to several podcasts on a few different topics. One of my favorites is The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast with comedian Greg Proops. Most people are probably familiar with Greg Proops from his time on both the British and US versions of the improv show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”. I have always loved the show, and Greg was always one of my favorites, but I have come to learn that his talent goes far beyond what you ever get to see on TV. I don’t remember what caused me to think of Greg Proops or look to see if he had a podcast, but I am glad I did. ”The Smartest Man in the World” is recorded in various locations all over the world in front of live audiences. The show combines comedy, culture, sports, and politics, with a healthy dose of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. He tells great stories and speaks on a great many topics from poetry to music and movies to the Negro leagues. Greg always includes what he refers to as “the boring preachy part” where he discusses political issues and reads articles from a great many news sources, all while bringing his own opinion and comedy to the issues.
After listening to the Proopcast once I realized that this was something my husband would also enjoy and we have been listening to it together ever since. We typically listen in the car on the commute to work and always look forward to new episodes coming out. We were listening to one episode recently when I dropped my husband off and as I continued to listen Greg announced that he would be performing in Boston. I was so excited, I might have screamed. My one complaint had been that since we started listening he hadn’t done any shows around here. I texted my husband to let him know and when I got to work I went to the venue’s website to check it out. As it turns out Greg Proops is doing the Proopcast as well as several stand up shows in Boston. While I am sure his stand up is amazing I chose to buy tickets for the podcast. I have wanted to see when in person since I started listening, and since there is typically a delay of a couple weeks from recording to posting, we will be able to listen to again when it comes out and relive the whole thing. We are so excited.
If anyone is local and interested in seeing the podcast or standup shows Greg will be in Boston starting November 21st at Laugh Boston. Otherwise, go listen to “The Smartest Man in the World” and maybe he’ll come to your city soon!
I’ve been trying to think of what I could write about my beloved Boston Red Sox and their unbelievable 2013 championship run. The truth is I can’t. This season was so amazing that words cannot express it. Of course I was around for 2004 and 2007, but I think this team was my favorite. That being said I received this in an email today and thought I would share.
I realize that the title of my blog is “l kiss my cat on the lips” and there haven’t been nearly enough posts about cats. So for today I thought I would share a couple pictures of my babies, Janie and Jax.
So today begins NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)… I wanted to start writing more, but I think a novel is a bit much. Today while scrolling through blogs I saw a challenge I think I can get into. This one is called NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month). The goal is to make a blog post, of any type, every day for the whole month. This is my first one. See you tomorrow!
I could try to be unbiased about this, but why bother. I am such a diehard Red Sox fan that I have a Sox tattoo and I am so excited that they are back in the World Series, and I don’t really care what everyone else thinks. I knew from before the Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine that it was the wrong decision and I think the contrast from last year and this year shows that was correct. This team has been so much fun to watch and I am probably going to go through withdrawl when this series is over.
The Cardinals and Red Sox did not play each other this year. It’s hard to say whether the unfamiliarity between the teams will be an advantage or a disadvantage. Both teams have good pitching and it is easy to see this as a low scoring series. The Red Sox have home field advantage and it will be interesting to see how the St. Louis outfielders handle Fenway Park’s unique aspects and dimensions. I think that this will be a very competitive series and while the Cardinals are known for killing dreams in the postseason I don’t think anything can stop the Sox this year.
I have several podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis and many of them touch on varying degrees of political topics. One of my newer favorites is Citizen Radio with Jamie Kilstein and Allison KilKenny. They touch on many societal and political issues that people should be talking about all while combining comedy, personal stories, and battling their cats who are trying to take over the recording space. If you are sick of getting your news from the mainstream media outlets and you don’t take yourself too seriously then you should definitely listen to Citizen Radio. On the other hand, if you are pretentious and easily offended… well listen anyway, then Allison and Jamie will have something fun to read at the beginning of the show when you send them a nasty e-mail expressing your importance and why you were offended at something they said.
I may not agree with everything they say or choose to live my life the way they live there’s, but I enjoy listening to the show. I think they are awesome for a lot of the things they say and do and I have learned a lot listening to them as well.
My husband and I are going to see Jamie Kilstein do his standup routine this Friday night. I’ve been teasing my husband with clips of Jamie doing standup posted on his YouTube channel and a track from his new CD he recently posted on SoundCloud. He doesn’t listen to the show (yet) but I think seeing Jamie live and hearing his comedy/political commentary will change that.
I’ll write another post next week reviewing the show as well as Jamie’s older standup CD’s which I just bought. The new CD comes out on October 22nd. Click on the picture to visit the Citizen Radio website!