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Friday, January 7, 2011


Well folks, I'm back. I haven't been busy or anything. The reason I haven't been posting lately is because I've been sick. For weeks now, I've been promising to talk about the USO show I did at MCAS Miramar last month, and I guess it's high time I make good on that promise, especially since that call is part of the reason why I've been laid up for so long. You see, the conditions in that airplane hanger were so frigid, that I caught pneumonia! For weeks, I just chalked it up to asthma and thought nothing of it, but it turned out to be a bit more serious than that and as a result, I had to stay in bed for a couple of weeks.

As for the show itself, it was a tough one. We worked for nearly two weeks putting it all together and just getting generally roughed up. The stage itself was quite a sight when it was all over with, but I would say the performances were a big let down for most. Katy Perry isn't a good live performer. Without ProTools and an Autotuner, there ain't a whole lot left. Nikki Manaj (I don't know if that's how her name is spelled and I don't care) is also a terrible performer. She was botching cues left and right and was just being genuinely unpleasant backstage. I had to hide underneath a step unit used for the opening number that was supposed to have rap number by Minaj, but on the night of the show she just stood there. Wouldn't give an inch. Later on in the evening they had to restart "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" because Minaj kept blowing her lines. For those of you who watched the show, that was the second take of the song, and it was really obvious that the servicemen in attendance weren't letting her off the hook for screwing up. In all, Heart were the only good band that performed at the show, and they totally blew the roof off the joint.

Like I said, it was a tough show to do and it definitely left an impression on everybody who worked on it. The craziest thing about this show, however, had nothing to do with the performers or the crew. It was all the former classmates I ran into who were working as production assistants for Chloe Productions. I've only kept in touch with a few people from San Diego State since graduating, so I wasn't really expecting to run into anybody so soon, let alone eight former classmates. It was great to see them though and great to see that more than a few of us are working in the field we studied for. Life as a stagehand may be a bit more difficult than that of a production assistant, but it's far more profitable. I have no regrets about staying home after graduating.

But now, it's time to move on to my other profession, the one that doesn't pay the bills. I now present to you my first comics of 2011.

According to my Mom, this actually happened to my Grandma about 25 years ago. Whether it's true or not remains to be seen, as I just don't have the heart to ask my Grandma if it really happened!

Anyway, that's all for this week. Hopefully I'll be back next time with a new wrestling post, one that'll have many of you "swimming" for higher ground I'm sure. Until next time, I'll catch y'all later!

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