Tuesday, December 27, 2011

improv round 4 + counting ...

thanks @madeuptheatre (on web, facebook, twitter, yelp) for another fun improv opportunity. our recent show on december 19 was fun!  we have a group of eleven peeps - with a great variety of experience, interest, and excitement! and we have great instructors!

1-year anniversary soon ... my first class with made up theatre's improv A was on january 31 (over here). after 8 weeks, i was still a bit uncomfortable with the possibility of performing, so what a better way to over come the fear by moving on to improv B?!

performances down memory lane ... with that said, my first and second shows were on june 11 and september 9, respectively, with a first group of other folks. (yes, i do have a video from the september 9 show. for fun ... i have figured out how to turn watching the show into a drinking game.) three of us from the first group continued with MUT and joined eight others to play more! my third show was on october 27.

why improv for me? ... someone asked me why i continue with taking classes. well, there are a variety of reasons. as a start, contrary to some perceptions, i am not a person that is naturally comfortable as center of attention. yes, i'm gregarious, however, i tend to enjoy and often prefer small group interactions. how does this relate to improv? well, when i've shared why i continue, i often will refer to several tidbits in the book truth in comedy: the manual of improvisation - a few tidbits that can be applied beyond improv performances and stage work ... 
Honest discovery, observation, and reaction [are] better than contrived invention. … listen … connections cannot be avoided … respect choices made by others … accept and build … avoid preconceived notions … welcome the silences … there is action in thought … reflect each other's ideas.
ANYONE can benefit from improv!
your turn ... monday, jan 2nd!

Monday, December 26, 2011

arroz caldo means ...

i'm sick. and chicken arroz caldo  is the go-to comfort food. just as mentioned yesterday (over here) -
"not-so-good news ... i felt IT coming on, so i'm making use of acetaminophen (aka tylenol), tissue (aka kleenex), sleep, tea, water, and comfort food. missing christmas mass and social/fun at my ninang's place (aka LOTS o' food and love!)."
now i'm also buddies with guaifenisen, chicken bouillon, hot lemonade, and even more water and more sleep. ... yup - now back to sleep.

thanks, mommy, for the arroz caldo.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

merry christmas (to me)


yup, today i'm santa ... that whole self-gifting thing? i'm in! (it's also known as treating myself.) my gift of choice?

it started this past monday with louis c.k. (over here) and it's continuing through january and february at sf's sketchfest.
not-so-good news ... i felt IT coming on, so i'm making use of acetaminophen (aka tylenol), tissue (aka kleenex), sleep, tea, water, and comfort food. missing christmas mass and social/fun at my ninang's place (aka LOTS o' food and love!).

good news ... celebrated christmas with family yesterday - christmas eve lunch, dinner, karaoke, and watching the more skillful niece + nephew on xbox.

couch-potato news ... now it's time to distribute my mini new-found wealth before getting ready to pay for taxes (yes, i'm also practical). although a little late on the take and missing out on already sold-out shows, SO FAR, i have laughter-gifted as follows -
... and still contemplating other laughter moments! meanwhile, gonna listen to the nerdist podcast with david tennant over here ('cuz we likes us some david tennant over here) while i couch-potato some more.

merry christmas
ho ho ho

Thursday, December 22, 2011

f|break: thurs morning

comedy ... thanks @chrisrock (on twitter, web, facebook) for your explicit and uncensored commentary on women, men, and lies. after the waistband on my tights were racing down toward my crotch during a reunion (more than 20 years since seeing folks!) dinner, i whined like a sissy-girl lamented about the sh**yness of it all discomfort of the fallen waistband and a not-so-sporty muffin top look. and then i remembered one of your sets.

why this chris rock clip? after the i-ate-two-desserts-at-buca-di-beppo reunion dinner (not to mention the sampling of appetizer, salad, 2 pastas, and entree) and continued believing i looked lady-like and no one saw me trying to get rid of my fashionable muffin top fidgeting,  pho queen and kuyawar at the reunion dinner said one word - spanx (the wonder invention over here) (are you reading this, santa?).

(side bar: just a l'il spanx quandry(-ish) - the other question that arose -  
when on a date, how do i deal with the peeling off  of spanx without grunting? 
hmmm ... guess i should first get a date to have the quandry.)

enjoy an UNCENSORED fiber break with chris rock (over here)
for ~ 6:46 min EXPLICIT perspectives on women and men

on men ... "food, sex, silence ... lie the most ... lie all the time ..."
on women ... "you're meetin' their representative ... tell the biggest lie ..."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

f|break: wed morning

comedy ... @shitgirlssay @billysorrells chuckles this morn ... or more like the past days. thanks graydon sheppard and kyle humphrey for the little clips of shit girls say (on web, twitter, youtube). the fun shit girls say videos (episode 1, episode 2) are inspiring paraodies of shit fill-in-the-blank say.  and one of the many spoofs - thanks billy sorrells (on web, twitter, youtube) ...

enjoy your hump day fiber break with billy sorrells (over here)
for ~ 2:49 min with shit black girls say

and with GROUND ZERO  
enjoy this fiber break of the original shit girls say (over here)
for ~ 1:19 min with juliette lewis

"listen to this e-mail"


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

deep thoughts in class paper

@jeffmiller79, THANKS MUCH 
for your inspiration and support!

"for now, i choose the petri dish:
unwritten rules and alphabet soup"
such is my affectionately titled class paper for my greenleaf academy course (more here), applying the key practices of servant leadership (related posts over here). and while writing my paper, i revisited quotes that i've kept around to ponder. one of them -
"The greater part of our knowledge and beliefs
has been communicated to us by other people 
through the medium of a language
which others have created."
- Albert Einstein

i have batted around lots of ideas since my '94 epiphany, and in this class, i connected a bunch of dots in my head and unearthed from my grey matter the following -

... I intend to explore the use of language – written, verbal, artistic expression – to affect workplace satisfaction. Three topic areas that I am pursuing include:
  • systems - while being mindful of the value of foresight, the goals of rethinking complexity, and similar ideas, increasing my understanding of and making more accessible systems theory; 
  • storytellingthrough my creation of anthrocubeology (i.e., a web-based format for story-telling workplace possibilities and alternatives), express ideas about approaches for catalyzing cultural shifts through reflection and self-awareness; and
  • philosophy – by bringing together servant leadership and my other interest in the epistemology of knowledge and ignorance, develop my voice about my belief of a person’s ability to make a difference through our connectedness.
    deep, thoughtful "stuff" came out (and continues to come out) of my writing as inspired by my greenleaf experiences.
    "If you try to find meaning in everything you do, 
    you will imbue everything you do with meaning."
    - James Autry

    thanks again, jeff!
    (near finish line!)

    Monday, December 19, 2011

    f|break: monday eve

    comedy ... @louisck (on web, twitter) started my morning commute in awesome form on pandora.

    before this morning's commute, i electronically dropped a five spot for the louis c.k. live from the beacon theatre - exclusive on his web site over here. and for more of a fix, when i'm couch-potato-ing, love(!) FX's louie (over here), where full episodes can be viewed over here. totally looking forward to next season!

    meanwhile, after i saw a friend's post about "first world problems", i was reminded about one of louis c.k.'s fabulous rants. (and of course there is the cinnabon rant - over here!)
    enjoy your fiber break with louis c.k. (over here)
    for ~ 2:42 min about american problems

    Comedy Central Stand-Up
    Get More: Jokes,Joke of the Day,Funny Jokes


    Sunday, December 18, 2011

    f|break: sunday morn

    comedy ... and @SCTVfans (on twitter, web) made my morning. breakfast? (yes!) ... pancakes! (of course!) ... syrup? (sure! wait, 3D???) - - - SCARY (?!) (thanks, count floyd!)
    (image from sctv.org)

    SCTV (or second city tv, on imdb)... was a total FAVE back in the day with my brother and me. we would watch it on a little 13" television, maybe jump around like ed grimley (via martin short, on imdb) and profess our love for pat sajack or drive like edith prickley (via andrea martin, on imdb)  many funny actors are from sctv. in addition to the sctv.org site, there is a great compilation site - SCTVGuide over here - for a die hard fix down memory lane.

    this morning, while i was thinking about pancakes and catching up on my dvr sketch comedy shows, naturally ... pancakes = count floyd. right? (correct answer: YES.)

    enjoy a fiber break with count floyd, aka joe flaherty (over here)
    for ~ 2:33 min at  dr. tongue's evil house of pancakes

    would you like some more pancakes?
    would you like some more syrup?
    (r.i.p. john candy)

    Saturday, December 17, 2011

    f|break: saturday eve

    comedy ... thanks @rysing (on twitter, web, youtube) for a fun magical cookie jar moment. clever stuff! (glad to stumble across this during my pandora comedy morning.)

    enjoy a fiber break with ryan singer (over here)
    for ~ 3:26 min for the history of the united snacks of america

    "there's like a billion of them ... tasty wisdom ..."

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    f|break: thurs morn

    comedy ... thanks @jessejoyce (on web, twitter, facebook) for making my yesterday morning commute! since recently learning about being able to listen to comedy via pandora, my morning commute includes a l'il bit of traffic news and a lot of "today's comedy" on pandora. 

    enjoy your fiber break with jesse joyce (over here)
    for ~ 1:49 minutes about construction site suicide
    (i don't know why, but i was cracking yester morn ... crying laughing)

    "... twelve separate decisions ..."

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011

    grits and gallifrey rises ...

    dr. who me ... yup! this weekend, gadget man and i were served with a l'il dr. who while enjoying my grits and alfajores at 900 grayson (on yelp and their site) this weekend at their "hobbit bar" seating area. (thank you very much, chris and anthony!)

    we learned that there is a local band, sontaran stratagem, with a song titled gallifrey rises. maybe you're curious about the band's name, and if so, learn about the fourth episode of the fourth series of dr. who over here

    enjoy a fiber break with sontaran stratagem (over here)
    for ~ 4:11 minutes with gallifrey rises

    lyrics from youtube post
    Something's Coming
    Bringing the End of Everything
    Beneath the Light
    Of a White Point Star
    Feel the Thunder
    Hear the Summoning
    They are Coming
    Look to the Sky

    Gallifrey Rising
    Rassilon Returning
    The End has Begun
    Here Come the Drums
    As Gallifrey Rises

    I Was There
    When the Daleks Took the Cruciform
    And I Have Seen
    The Nightmare Child
    Felt the Terror
    Heard the Deathly Cries
    This Must Be Stopped
    They Cannot Rise

    Gallifrey Rising
    Rassilon Returning
    The End has Begun
    Here Come the Drums
    As Gallifrey Rises

    And There We Were
    The Sacrifice I could Never Make
    The Pawn they Thought
    They Could Control
    Your Redemption
    Their Ultimate Damnation
    I Broke the Link
    And You sent them Back To Hell (And No More)

    Gallifrey Rising
    Rassilon Returning
    The End has Begun
    Here Come the Drums
    As Gallifrey Rises

    Gallifrey Rising
    Rassilon Returning
    The End has Begun
    Here Come the Drums
    All of Time is Burning
    And Gallifrey's Rising.

    © 2010 Wonky Spindle Music
     BONUS - for a mini fiber break
    clips compiled from the end of time (over here)
     for ~ 1:48 min with gallifrey rises

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    f|break: tuesday morn

    SNL ... yes, i still watch SNL. and a couple of weeks ago, character-actor-turned-lead-role steve buscemi (on imdb) hosted SNL. (full episode on imdb over here) who's steve buscemi? when you see him, you'll know.

    enjoy a fiber break with coach bert (over here)
    for ~ 5:58 min - spoof on the recent college coach sex scandals

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    end-of-year improv next monday

    show time ... yup! our last show of the year is next monday evening, december 19. it's our group's - MUT's improv C class - graduation-ish show. then we're on to next year! and meanwhile, consider starting YOUR new year out with a little improv, also!

    check us out ... in fremont at made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
    • monday, december 19
    • 8:00 pm start time (door opens at 7:30 pm for family and friends. the show will run about an hour)
    • $5 per person (for convenience, cash only, please).
    • rsvp ... if you are thinking of going, feel free to let me know and/or give the theatre a call - 510-573-3633.
    got new year's resolution?
    your turn ...
    start the new year with a FREE improv class on monday, january 2.
    if you want a buddy, let me know, and i'll come along.

      made up theatre shows ... chuckle on saturday nights with the funnest improvisers! every saturday there is a show at made up theatre, and as improv goes, every show is different! our instructors are fun. here is a clip of their performance at the 2011 san francisco improv festival. enjoy this long fiber break with the made up theatre (MUT), aka the eye-candy guys (according to one of the emcees), (over here) in a clip of ~ 30 minute when MUT performed at the SF improv festival. and yes, shirlnutkin sponsored them!

      happy improv!

      Sunday, December 11, 2011

      MBTI me as ENFP ...

      on wordle
      ... because i've already gone to the dogs and DISC'd (over here) - a czesky terrier with a "weird hairy undercarriage" and high D (dominance) and I (influence).

      wordle ... and now i'm getting all wordle crazy and nutty. VERY wordle crazy!

      MBTI or myers-briggs type indicator (on wiki) was recently part of a cubeopolis team building, day-long training. and the results of my 2011 MBTI (image to the left) were in the moderate range and are as follows:
      • Extraversion ... where i focus my attention - preference for drawing energy from the outside world of people, activities, and things (rather than introversion - from one's inner world or ideas, emotions, and impressions)
      • on wordle
      • iNtuition ... the way i take in information - preference for taking information through a "sixth sense" and noticing what might be (rather than sensing through the five senses and noticing what is actual)
      • Feeling ... the way i make decisions - preference for organizing and structuring information to decide in a personal, values-based way (rather than thinking for organizing and structuring information to decide in a logical, objective way)
      • on wordle
      • Perceiving ... how i deal with the outer world - preference for living a spontaneous and flexible life (rather than for living a planned and organized life)
      in the early 90s, i also went through myers-briggs; i was quite on the high end of ENFP across the board.  now, more than a decade later, i'm a kind of ENFP-lite. a few descriptions can be found at -
      on wordle

      then there is temperament ... keirsey provides an overview of four temperaments over here.  in the terms of keirsey, the NF temperament is described as idealists (among the other three which are described as guardians, artisans, and rationals), and as an abstract cooperators. more about the ENFP temperament over here for the idealist portrait of the champion.

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