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Monday, 12 January 2015

What a Week!

I was thinking there could be no way this year could top last year for how eventful and memorable it was. The first full week of the year really thew that into doubt. There's been so many wild ups and downs often in the space of just one day. I'll run through them here, putting the good stuff in green and the bad stuff in red.

  • On Monday, I went into the station to produce my radio show. One of the stars messaged me at the last minute to say he couldn't come in, so I offered to replace him for the afternoon. Our content manager decided it would be better if the other guy just did it on his own rather than for me to be there with him.
  • So, not having anything to do, I moodily sat around for the next four hours waiting for my open-mic comedy show to start. When the time finally came, I walked over and discovered it wasn't even on that night.
  • Tuesday started much, much worse, when I received the terrible news I talked about in this post. I had to inform the teacher of the radio school we went to and field calls from friends asking what the heck I knew. I unfortunately didn't know much more than they did.
  • It's really weird, but for some reason, when you go through something that makes you really, truly sad... It makes you more vulnerable, personable, even more likable. I had to go and record a voice over demo for my agents in the hope of getting some work there. The guy who made the demo for me had every praise for me - he said my voice was warm and inviting and I made him want to like me. There was one ad I read out that he said was one of the best takes he'd ever heard on that ad, and it had only been my first take. He also said I take direction very well,
  • That night, I had to go to a comedy gig I'd been booked for weeks ago. It was one of the best gigs I'd had since last year's Fringe Festival. Greg Fleet (Australia's version of Bill Hicks) was there and called me over as I was leaving.
    'Hey, that was really good!'
    'Thanks!'
    'You're really good at this.'
    'Wow, do you think?'
    'Yeah,
    because I didn't give a shit about you before.'
    'Oh... Well, I'm glad I'm on your radar now...'
  • After that I went to my cousin Daniel's birthday and had a great rest of the night. Like I said before, the events of earlier that day had made me feel vulnerable and personable, so I ended up sharing a moment with my uncle, telling him how much I liked having him in my life. We're a family that doesn't communicate well. That threw him back. But he really appreciated it.
  • Wednesday I went to an improv class and was told afterwards I was a bit of a natural. I was signed up their group and I'll be doing shows with them for the Fringe.
  • Thursday was the return of Quiz Meisters (the company I work for that runs pub quizzes) after a three-week hiatus. But it turned out that the venue had held a wedding during the break, which resulted in half the cables I needed missing. The show was an absolute shamble, with one of the staff members having to run out to a store to see if she could find replacements, and end me ending up standing on a ledge holding a mixing board up under a TV so that it could reach while I held the mic in my other hand to ask the questions. I'm pretty sure the crowd found it hilarious and still had fun.
  • Friday was my birthday, and as I described in this post, I:
  • Learned to play a riff on the harmonica.
  • Had to visit my grandma in hospital.
  • Went to the pool.
  • Injured my shoulder.
  • And got my fabulous custom Monopoly board.
  • Saturday night was meant to be a bit of a 10-year reunion for the people I went to primary school with. I had done all the organizing, and there was probably just enough people attending to make it worth while. Within two hours of start time, about eight people pulled out. That only left seven people still going. We had to call it off.
  • Sunday was the magical day we've been waiting for... skydiving. It went off without a hitch. The post about it will be written in a few days, once I get sent the footage.
  • That night, my family came over to celebrate my birthday. They all inquired about the skydiving and I described how it felt.
  • A few of the attendees agreed to play my new Monopoly game. My little cousin Julie was busy kicking all of our asses, when she tipped over a cup of water and it fell all over one side of the board. everyone around the table stared at it for five whole seconds, before I sprang up and ran to get some paper towels. Everyone watched me stress out, trying to clean all the water off as it soaked into all the stickers and ran the ink. It was low-quality cardboard, so it was already starting to warp the board too. For the rest of the night, people gave me sympathetic looks and Julie and her family tried to convince me to let them buy a new one. I refused.
This has been a really really good week. And I don't say that in spite of all the bad stuff that's happened, but because of it. All the good stuff that happens to you makes you happy. All the bad stuff makes you learn. Both are necessary to get the most out of life, and I'm glad I got to experience the extremes of both this week.

41 comments:

  1. A beautiful post. I am thrilled that your skydiving went well - and am really looking forward to the post about it.
    And yes, the bad stuff is necessary. Damn it. Here's hoping that this week the balance is firmly on the good side.

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    1. I'm happy for it all to happen again (except for the suicide :()

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  2. Glad the skydiving worked out and you live to tell the tale. Some pain in the arse things sure creep up, but we can't let them rule our day. Sucks about the board. But getting told you are a natural and things like that is sure great.

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    1. Yeah it is! Like you, you're a natural blogger!

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  3. Like Elephant's Child, I am waiting for the skydiving tale.

    Reading over the "thumbs up moments" of the past week, I can't help but think they are all well deserved. Kudos to you.

    Happy belated birthday, Michael. I wish you every success, dear!

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    1. Thanks Cherdo :) it makes it even better having friends like you.

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  4. Great ending comments after your hair raising week. And happy birthday.

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    1. Thank you, I was worried it was too preachy :P

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  5. I was going to whine and say I wanted to see the Monopoly board, but I see a post title that looks like it could already be up. I'm headed over.

    And you did have a busy week! I appreciate that you told your uncle you love him (in so many words). Nieces and nephews rock (says an auntie who loves all of hers so). :)

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    1. Uncles and aunties tend to rock pretty hard too ;)

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  6. Your post made me laugh and made me tear up as well.Yeah, life is like that.
    Happy Monday, Michael!

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    1. Heehee yeah it is and I love it ;) Happy Monday to you too.

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  7. I hope your grandmother is okay and I'm sorry you injured your shoulder. I'm glad your skydiving went well though! I can't wait to read all about it. :)

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    1. Thanks! The shoulder's still recovering though.

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  8. I believe that's what's known as an emotional roller-coaster. Good to know it's made you a bigger person - and I'm not referring to the size of your arse!

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    1. I WISH I was a bigger person. I'm only like 5-foot-5.

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  9. Skydiving is really high on my bucket list. Can't wait to see your video!

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  10. Sometimes it feels as though we live an entire lifetime in one day or week. It sounds like you had one of those weeks, Michael. I'm glad you're being recognized for your many talents, and that you finally took flight. Can't wait to see that post.

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    1. Thanks, I can't wait to see the footage myself ;)

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  11. Omg...you are really making moves!! I knew you were motivated to be successful, but I had no idea how many different things you were doing to get there. Good for u!!

    U actually jumped out of the plane??? Oh no!!!!!! Hahahaha

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    1. I know, how dumb was that??

      Thanks! Yeah I love making people laugh and cry (in a good way) so I'll take any opportunity that pops up.

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  12. Oh no, your board!! Hopefully it isn't wrecked too badly. From now on, no food or beverages near that board!

    Bummer that your reunion had to be canceled. I hate when people cancel at the last minute. It's inevitable, but a shame so many did.

    I think the sky diving ended up being better timing, with it being so near your birthday. I can't wait to read the post!

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    1. It was almost postponed again, we're in a terribly rainy period at the moment, and it held off just for that one day.

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  13. You've really had some ups and downs this week. First, I hope grandma is ok! Sorry about your Monopoly board. I hope you are able to get a new one soon. Glad to hear that you've had some good moments though, and you can appreciate them more because of the bad!

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  14. This week I got a weird mysterious neck rash and realised that I'm attracted to Keira Knightley. So I get what it's like to have a week with ups and downs.

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    1. My princess Keira Knightley will always be what's up.

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  15. WE had our high school reunion with about eight of us- but we've been out of school a while, so we got to add in spouses, so our number looked better. It's looks like the green outnumbers the red. Congrats on the good stuff, sorry for the bad. Hope your grandma is better!

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    1. Actually, she's going in for surgery today. Wish her luck :P

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  16. I think more happens to you in a week than happens to me in a year. Or maybe it's just the way you describe it. Though sometimes "no news is good news", so maybe I shouldn't complain.

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    1. I think it's just the way I describe it. Maybe start keeping a simple diary? You could jot down points on how your videos have been received (good or bad), things that happen that make you feel good or bad etc.

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  17. Oh no! Sorry to hear about the ruined Monopoly board! You've certainly had your share of ups and downs in a week's time. I'm glad to hear there was a lot of good to balance out the bad.

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  18. Interesting post and perspective. One thought - change the red to purple or another color - then perhaps some stuff won't look as drastic. AND, it's very good that none of the skydiving post was in red.......think about it. Anyway - sounds like 2015 is off to a challenging (and fun) start.

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    1. I like the red, the drastic it looks, the funnier ;) but VERY good point about the skydiving :)

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  19. Oh my. That's a love of disappointments. I often times arrange for my older friends to hang out. Then this person has a church thing to do, and that person has flowers for a wedding... I'm not churchy or into flowers, so it annoys me. I hate putting in the effort of planning only to get it swiped out from under me.

    So far this year has been a sick one for me. First Influenza on New Years Eve. Then it went into asthma. I'm getting there. I still have alcohol sitting there that I was supposed to drink on New Years. HA HA.

    I hope things just look up and up, and get more exciting for you!

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    1. Aw that's sad to hear (the sickness and the alcohol!) Yeah it's really annoying when everyone pulls out at the last moment :P

      Hope you get better really soon!

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  20. Happy belated birthday, Michael! Hope your shoulder is feeling better, and your grandma is doing well. Glad they were impressed with your voiceover, and improv work!

    Julie


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    1. The shoulder's still niggling me. Grandma's had her surgery and I haven't seen her yet.

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