Wednesday, November 24, 2010
sorry I've been away a while. please pass this blog onto atleast 10 of your friends, its good stuff. I've been substitute teaching in New York City recently. Some very rough schools. Kids throwing condoms at me (back turned of course), other kids challanging me physically to a showdown! Geepers! How do I handle these things? A clever combonation of well timed insults, threats and going to management. Problem is that a kid tried to prevent me from protecting a few other kids from injury. This genius placed a flower pot above a door waiting for someone to open that door. He refused to remove it and blocked me from going towards door. Given hitting is not an option, I waited patiently then went to the Dean. Problem is they may not care about Substitute Teachers. The good schools do, the bad ones have given up on themselves and the students. They are just waiting to be shut down and simple deny there is a real problem. What if they expell the kid? He doesn't graduate and it goes against that school. So, you want to be a teacher? Excellent. Some schools offer programs such a "feeding the Tigers, ducking when chairs are thrown at your head and my favorite, how to blame yourself for being the victim."
The good news is that excellent schools do not have these problems. Even in bad areas if they are well managed, well funded even bad kids behave ok. I love teaching and hope to continually make a difference in the lives of others. Just like Ob-1 said to Luke, "don't give into hate." Although it may be too late for others, its not too late for me. I'll help the kids, but won't turn my back on them. Having condoms thrown at me is not my idea of practicing safe sex.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Some gritty info: Recently after medition I calmed myself down. I used to run a show and the club uptown NYC, nice venue. However after a while we all hated one another (owners and me) and then that was over.....Why? Mainly because I was not family, and perhaps I did not want to play by their rules. My business was off as well. However when waiting 4 days for a responces to move one something, perhaps some things are unable to get done. Things snowball then results are off. That is how companies get rid of people (one way). I allowed myself to be used and should have moved on years ago. On good terms with them though, and take responsibility for my being there. They were very good to me in many ways and that is what I left with; the good.
The Hurt, then the Growth: Had some friends who worked under me run shows there recently, after I was gone. I didn't mind however someone I thought was a good friend, waited till I was running a show elsewhere, had him on that show, paid! Then in the middle of that event he advised me he was running a show at the old place. Although this was planned weeks before, he waited till I was at my most vulnerable, then dropped the bomb. Had he run it by me weeks before, I would have wished him well. It is not my intention to hurt anyone. I work with and help the current managment to this day.
That insident, was very upsetting however after some medition, I was not angry, just hurt. The good news is I got over it. I did realize that person is not necessarily my friend, perhaps never was as friends don't do that to each other. However I've done that to "friends" and understand the Comedy Business attracts artists who share a common thread and friendship is not necessarily included.
The Exception is as follows: I had a best friend in the business, an honorable Reverend who now has 2 kids and lives in Los Angeles. I miss him so. We are still best friends and he is one of the greatest people I've ever known. I'm sure he'll run for congress one day; he better!
More good news....We come into this world alone and that is how we generally leave...I realized recently who my "friends" are, and who they are not. I am on good terms with that club listed above, and harbor no animosity towards anyone. Just wished I was advised of what was going on by my "friend." After helping guys out, sacrificing and stressing out I had hoped a little decency would have been shown. Feeling like a fool is not something I recommend, it's over-rated. However if Jesus, RFK, Malcom X, Ghandi (or Rodney lol) didn't get respect, why would I?
Ok- Bicycling; in love with it. Riding daily on the West Side Green Path in NYC is a dream. Did I tell you I broke my wrist? What a story that was...email me for more info...this ones a dandy!
just want to tell you I've been doing great! Getting corporate offers of $1000 or more for corporate gigs, paying off debt and feeling great! c u all soon!!!!!:)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
First- the postive: I have a great bunch of guys helping out. I won’t mention names it’s not polite. My door guys are great comics, and helpful. One of my steady guys runs karaoke shows, and he’s amazing as well. Another dude has developed a nice act, and is very helpful- tests me a bit however an honest decent guy. However he loves Banannas (my bad lol!). and White woman ! OMG!!! Luv ya bro!!!
ok...here not the trouble...
Recently had a total sicko comic almost ruin a show. I cut their time by 2 minutes, which was a gift. They had no business being on the show in the first place. 7 in the audience walked out in discust from this act. The remaining were so annoyed by the garbage they saw it took them 10 minutes to recover through the next comics set. Guess who that was? lol
This "pleasant human being" then blames me and the room. Truth is...They were right, I booked them. It’s my fault for trusting such an imbacile. Ok, let’s get positive again. I want to do a shout out to C who runs an amazing show at NYCC Fri/Sat. His host M.W., is professional, polished and smart. Ron, great to see you too! Midnight shows check em out.
L.I. shows. I’m finally back in Long Island. Wondering how that’s going to go. Dave and Busters is an amazing venue. Had some bad blood with some L.I. club owners recently. Not my fault, nor there's actually. Ok, They used me, then abused me, then showed me the light- meaning time to go. I’m not mad at them, I choose to be abused, put myself in that situation. In their mind they were kind. And they are right somewhat. The pay was good, the treatment was good, for a while. However I was spread so thin around so many different places, I’m sure they had had enough of this "disloyalty." fact is I was loyal, just spread thin, helping everyone. Not being more of a company man. However I did nothing different, so there was nothing knew about doing things different.
I’ve worked for horrible people before. They weren’t horrible, just not in my corner. Who is really, if your not family, your not in I guess. I do miss them however would not permit anyone to abuse me or ruin my shows. Many clubs try and ruin people by placing horrible acts on shows. A bad act can be “burned” once a week, not every night! Geepers!
So I’m back on L.I., with family- yes family. I just hope I don’t get run off the road, lol.