Thursday night…

…and I’m back again.

Just got back from the Jessie’s Girl show at Hyperlink.  The usual – good show, small audience.  JG did play a short show tonight (they usually have 5 performers, tonight they were down to 4) – just over an hour.  Michael B. from Komic Sutra showed up.

I wish all of Richmond’s improv groups could find a way to draw a crowd…

And I read tonight that Ginger (kind of the “leader” of JG) mentioned me in her blog the other night. Cool.

It’s kind of weird having some time to myself tonight – of late, I’ve been spending Thursdays at Comedy Karaoke at the Alley, but that’s off tonight because the DJ is on vacation.  Well, I’ll make up for that tomorrow (see below!)…

You know you wish…

…you had Jessie’s Girl.

They’re performing tonight at the Hyperlink Cafe, a yuppie bar/club/performance space near Virginia Commonwealth University.  This place is so yuppie they sell whiffs of a flavored oxygen bar.  Sheesh.

JG haven’t had the best of luck at Hyperlink — it’s a nice place in the middle of a ton of college kids, none of whom seem to know it’s there.  Hopefully moving the show from the main club to the smaller “Internet Lounge” will help.

Tomorrow, I get to do my three-job Friday — 7:30-16:00 at Anthem, a quick run across the river to the radio station for production work from 16:30-18:00, then back across the river to (possibly) work at the Alley from 18:30-23:30.  For those of you not in Richmond, “the river” (James River) is Richmond’s Berlin Wall.  In the ordinary course of business, people simply don’t cross the river.  If they can’t find what they want on their side of the James, they don’t tend to cross to find it — this could be a mindset, it could be because the bridges are inconvenient, overly tolled, or both, and it could be my imagination (but not after watching this play out for 10 years now). 

Wow.  Two blog entries on my first day.

Wonder when the next one will be. 🙂 

Exposition

OK.  Blame Mesha () for this — she’s a member of the Jessie’s Girl and Komic Sutra improv groups, and after reading her blog, I decided to join the blogiverse.  Whatever that is.

Now that I’ve started in the middle, let me backtrack to the beginning.

I was born a poor black child…  (<whistle> NEW CHOICE!)

I was born in Queens, New York in the fall of 1963.  I was named for my dad.  My parents are still married (rare, I know) 40-plus years later.  They’re in Illinois now — the Chicago suburbs, actually.  So are my two younger brothers, their wives, and my nieces and nephews.   So why am I in Richmond?  That’s where the job was, in the spring of ’94.  But I’ve wandered to the middle again.

I lived in the New York borough of Queens for my first 28 years… moved with the family to Chicago in 1991 when my Dad went to work for Kemper Securities (now, after several ownership changes, known as Wachovia Securities)… then moved to Richmond in 1994 to go to work for AMF Bowling in their Tech Support Center.  That job sprung from my last Chicago job (running a bowling center for Fair Lanes that used AMF equipment) — and the fact that one of the other AMF techs was someone I’d known for years in New York.  Long story.  I’ll fill in the gaps someday.

I’ll jump around a bit now… I now work for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, doing (you guessed it) TECHNICAL SUPPORT!  I’m also a part-time radio personality (Sundays noon-to-6 on WBBT/WARV-FM in Richmond, “Oldies 107-3”) and a part-time jack-of-all-support-trades at Comedy Alley, the home of Richmond’s Comedy Sportz.

I’m 40-something, single, and living on Richmond’s North side.  I’m overweight, diabetic (those two are related), somewhat insecure, and often sarcastic.  And I’ll answer just about anything.  So I’ll close this one and start making smaller and more relevant entries.