Things on my brain

I have a lot of things running through my brain today and I’m having a hard time focusing.  So I thought I would try to write some things out some where to get my brain cleared out so I can focus.

1.  Rube Goldberg Machines are are rad.  The thing that I love about them is that these things don’t look like they should work.  But someone took the time to set up a system that when all the steps are completed accurately it works, and it looks cool.  There are two things that I keep thinking about with these devices.

  • Someone took a lot of time to set the machine up, we usually only see the final product.  I think the process is vital to the success of the machine.  But it takes a lot of trial and error and experimenting.
  • If I just try to take the final product and try to replicate it in my house then I will fail because I don’t understand the process.
  • This is true for all systems. Business, church, writing, etc.  I need to do the work of experimenting with the process and work towards success.  And I cannot be envious of someone else’s system.  I need to make my own system.  I need to do the work.

2) Being an outsider sucks.  I went to Giggles Comedy Club last night.  It was the last night that the current owner, Terry, would be running the place.  So it was a good bye party/open-mic session.  I did my first stand-up there and I thought it would be great to be a part of the last night.  I don’t have a lot of time to commit to doing stand-up, it’s a creative hobby for me.  Because of my infrequency I don’t really belong to the inside circle.  I don’t really know all the in jokes, I don’t have a lot to talk about with the other people performing.  Last night, I went to work on material.  I was off personally it was not my best performance.  But I also felt like a complete outsider the whole time.  That was rough.  I needed to be reminded how horrible feeling like an outsider is.

There was someone there, Colmeat (sp?) Who was performing for the 2nd time ever.  That was a rough night for him, if I felt like an outsider, he must have felt really outside.  I felt really bad for him.  I’m glad I had a chance to chat with him before the whole event.

3) Working on a talk about Work for a conference break-out.  A book that have been very helpful is Linchpin by Seth Godin.  I would recommend that anyone who works take the time to read this book.  It’s really encouraging.

4) Know your crowd

5) My kids are amazing

6) trust that which you have received.

7) Fear will disable you

That’s all.  I think that will be helpful.

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It All Comes Around

Last Tuesday night I participated in the Open Mic at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland, WA.

Laughs is in the strip mall that used to house the local Godfather’s Pizza.  Godfather’s was amazing.  They had a daily lunch buffett, all the pizza you could eat for 6 bucks, or something like that.  My Brother and I used to walk up there, eat pizza until we were so full we couldn’t blink.  Burn off some pizza by playing Terminator 2: Judgement Day Pinball.

What Now !?

Seriously, this was the best pinball machine ever

After some intense Pinball Action we would go back to the buffet and stuff ourselves with the Dessert Pizza.  Dessert Pizza, in case you are unfamiliar is pizza dough topped with the fixin’s for cinnamon roll’s and coffee cake.  In other words, it was a diabetes starter kit.

It was weird being at Laughs, and thinking about what that place used to be for me.  All the summer afternoons we spent there.  My parents had a surprise 18th Birthday Party there.  My Parents and Kathy’s Parents first met there at said party.  And now it’s a comedy club.

Some of the comedians that I love to listen to have performed there, and then I got to do open mic on the same stage.  I learned to laugh and tell some of my earliest and worst jokes when I was hopped up on Mountain Dew and Dessert Pizza at this Godfathers.

It is weird how things change as you grow up, but your memories are still really strong for those places.  And then you can go back and make new memories.  Same thing happened at my 10 year reunion.  When I go back to the church I grew up in, when I see my family from Michigan.  All of these events have shaped me and made me who I am and I constantly get to interact with my memories and somehow it all comes around.