Category Archives: Personal

The guy from Ipanema

Finding new places to explore never gets old. Earlier this month I picked up booking on a cruise ship heading through a country I’ve never visited: Brazil. If you’re thinking soccer, samba, and the Amazon (the river, not the website), you’d be right.

Brazil has changed its visa restrictions for US visitors, so that process took less than a week. I found myself waiting/traveling/flying for 20 hours until I arrived at my destination.

Rio de Janeiro was one of the ports of call, and like many, I hoped to see the world-famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue. (Would you skip the Eiffel Tower on your first visit to Paris?) Well, others who had planned their trips far longer than I did filled all the available spots, and it is the paying passengers who keep the boat afloat.

On to Plan B. I didn’t have time to make other arrangements, so I just wandered the city and encountered art, people (and a cat or two) and the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow, pictured). And—very important—coffee.

My rule of thumb is to look at life’s outcomes instead of its perceived disappointments. This sentiment is concisely reflected in the popular advice about making lemonade out life’s lemons. My day in Rio was filled with ice-cold lemonade. Here’s a try at my own personal proverbs:

• When in doubt, wander about.
• Break a sweat to enjoy what you get.
• The treasure you find is all in the mind.

Here’s to Rio’s street artists, museum curators, coffee makers, and to always grabbing onto the moments you can!

New year, new plans

2019!  I like the optimism of making new year’s resolutions—a promise to yourself to make positive changes in the next twelve months. The start of the year is a great time to do a bit of personal accounting to tally up what we have, what is still to be gained, and what we can doContinue Reading

A season of thanks…and remembrance

It’s that time of year to appreciate … well, everything! I’m so thankful for the opportunity bring laughter to many corners of the USA and beyond in 2018. It’s been one of my most well-traveled and fun years. In addition to zigzagging from Alaska to Florida, Texas to Maine, and New York to California, IContinue Reading

My votes for a job well done

Sometimes “showbiz” is a lot of “ME-biz,” as in the oft-quoted adage: “It doesn’t matter what they say, as long as they’re talking about you.” Some of that getting them to talk about you requires schmoozing skills and a fair amount of ego. I’m not shy on either of those, but I have lived longContinue Reading

My fraternity family reunion

Good times can be measured in many ways. Starting a story with “remember when…” is one of my favorites, and often generates loud, familiar laughs. This weekend was a reunion for my UC Davis Chi Phi fraternity, Sigma Delta chapter. This is where I got much of my gumption to step on a comedy stageContinue Reading

A comedy lesson from a man of the cloth

This weekend, I re-learned something wonderful about comedy. I was at a wedding filled with groups of families from different parts of the US, whose next generations spread across the world but who all met to celebrate the pair making themselves into a couple. I figured the ever-present religious divide might be a challenge. TheContinue Reading