• Walking the Walk

    Hi guys. I'm sorry I haven't written in so long. It's been crazy. Also, I didn't feel like I had anything new to tell you. Now I do! You're going to think from reading the title that this post is about putting your money where your mouth is, about walking the walk if you've talked the talk. But it's not. It's about something completely unrelated to business. You see, like many people who reach middle age or a significant birthday, I want to do something to prove I'm still capable. Many people train for a 5K or a marathon for their 50th birthday. Me, I hate to run. So those [...]

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    Sorry for the pause, guys. When we last spoke, I was talking about taking a rest. Well, it's gone a little bit beyond that. I've spent the month since we last spoke battling some pretty deep depression. I guess my feeling of a need for rest was the precursor of this. It's nothing serious. I mean, I'm not jumping off a cliff any time soon (there are no cliffs in the Netherlands!). But I have been very quiet and anti-social lately, which you know is not like me. I know why it's happened too. To be brutally honest, everything is over. I've been in flux for nearly five years. First I had to move [...]

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    When I lived on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, instead of saying, "I live on shore road" (which could be anywhere on the island), we spoke about places by Plantation name. There was Little Princess, and Estate Whim, and Mary's Fancy, and Sion Farm. Other places were called things like Estate Love, Estate Profit, Estates Hope, Envy, Prosperity, and even Jealousy. There was Longford, and Munster, and Tipperary (guess where those owners came from!). We lived in Cotton Valley. But one name used to stick in my head all the time: Estate Work and Rest. This week, I told my trainer about [...]

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    I told my trainer this week that I learned a new word in Dutch. Proberen. To try. "Forget it," he said. "It's useless. It means nothing. What does it mean to try? You either do it or you don't." So I said, "Who are you? The Dutch Yoda?" I wrote a week or so ago that I was having stamina problems and also problems just getting started. My trainer gave me a good piece of advice (and sounded like a Nike ad). He said, "Don't wait for Monday or the 1st of the month. Don't wait for tomorrow. Just start. Now. This minute. Don't worry that you didn't do it yesterday. Don't remember that you used to[...]

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    Concerning Stamina

    This week, I've been thinking a lot about stamina. As you know if you've been following me for very long, one of the most aggravating symptoms of my UC is a lack of stamina. A lack of energy or stamina is what stops me from doing a lot of things that I'd like to be doing. It's very frustrating. Any plan I make can be foiled by the onset of this symptom, which seems to happen randomly. Sometimes it lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes it lasts all day. Sleeping more or eating right doesn't affect it at all. My lack of stamina is one of the reasons I've decided to embark on an [...]

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    Last week, we finally picked up our cars. They arrived on the first of January, but they had to be inspected and made legal to drive in Europe. Then you wait a L... O... N... G... time for the government to send you your registration. With my cars came the rest of my art — the big stuff that I didn't ship in the container with the furniture. So my living room looks like a disaster area with art propped up all over the place as I decide where to hang it. So now I finally have all my possessions in one place. And I feel a little like "What next?" Well, obviously I have to [...]

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    Diary of an Extrovert

    I must apologise to you all (esp to Lisa and Keith) because I just realised today that there were comments on last week's post that I never approved. I am so sorry! I have been operating all week on the assumption that no one commented on my post, and it turns out that my notifications got turned off in the last WordPress update. Whew! I thought I'd pissed you guys off or something! But the big reason I didn't notice there were comments is that I wrote that post the Friday before it launched and I've been sick ever since. It started out as a cough that I thought might have been [...]

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    First, my long-awaited Comedy gig last week in Eindhoven! https://youtu.be/aG-i4VWaptg Also I'd like to thank you guys for being supportive when I was whining my ass off on Tuesday. Everyone is allowed to have an off day and that was mine. As I mentioned, I was feeling "the party's over blues" because I'd done my stand-up set last week. Plus I ran out of B-12 and was feeling terribly run down. And I spent most of Sunday night on various trains trying to get back home after a signal failure cancelled our usual train. But today I write to you having successfully opened a Dutch bank [...]

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    So I did my three minutes (plus) on stage on Wednesday at The Hub in Eindhoven. You can see my set in a video on my timeline on Facebook. I'll post it to the front page of this site as soon as I'm not cheating someone else's internet. Hope you like it. It went well. It went well mainly because I hung out with the professional comedians before the show and they gave me tips. The microphone was cutting out and they showed me how to hold it so it wouldn't. One of them had the staff readjust the speakers because half of the room wasn't hearing things properly. And most important to me [...]

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    Wherein I am not a tourist

    Before I begin today's post, I wanted to thank those of you who have commented on previous posts. You have been so supportive and I am grateful. It is so much easier to keep writing when one knows one has an audience. So here we go... Last week was a week of frustration, and I apologise for not posting, but you will soon see why. We moved into our house on 3 January amid worries that our furniture wouldn't make it through Customs in time or the movers wouldn't be able to coordinate with the shipper on such short notice. But all the stuff got to my house at about the same time the [...]

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