As previously mentioned, we’ve attended a couple of top-notch comedy shows in the past couple of weeks. Both were fantastic in their own way, but because the styles of Eddie Izzard and Mike Birbiglia are so different there’s really no way to compare them. Eddie Izzard is big on history and imaginative storytelling, Mike Birbiglia is big on self-deprecating real-life humor and snappy jokes. On the LOL scale, Mike wins, on the broad sweep and chicken jokes, Eddie gets it. Bottom line: I’m pleased with the money we spent on each show and am happy to have gone. Makes me wonder what great talent is out there struggling to ‘make it’ as there two guys have. Surely there’s a gem waiting to be found on the local scene, right?
Now I need Kathleen Madigan to come to town. That would be a serious comedy trifecta!
The MB show was on Saturday, which was also my birthday. I had felt a little guilty about not getting tickets for the Things to come along with, but as it turns out they each had their own social things to do that night so it all worked out. Thing 1 was hanging out with his HS buddy down Cary way, Thing 2 hung out with his group of friends locally. It was a fabulous coincidence, really, and we were back in town right about on time to get the younger kiddo (movie/game night normally wraps up at about 11 p.m.). Way better than just leaving them at home to stare at the small screens and irradiate their retinas (even more).
Along those lines, A Famous Blogger recently asked his readership if it’s reasonable to leave two teen fellows aged 18 and 16 at home by themselves for a few days while the ‘rents go out of town. The general consensus was 'NO WAY, ARE YOU CRAZY?,' but I was not in that majority. To be honest, 3 years ago I would have been riding that train, but now I’m not at all convinced that it’s a dangerous idea. A LOT can happen with teenagers in a short period of time, and I’ve seen our guys mature so much in the last 2-3 years that I would have minimal hesitation leaving them alone for a weekend. OK, so that MAY be because the Things are pretty well adjusted and have been in minimal to no trouble, ever, so it’s easier to think “it's possible” than if they’d been hellions since birth. We could probably throw some pizza money on the table and leave on a Friday reasonably sure they’ll still be alive on Sunday.
Some of my attitude is helped by what my ex-SIL did with her kids last fall when her Mom passed away and she and her husband both went to SC to attend to “things,” that I thought was pretty bold. She just up and left the kids at home. Boom, done. Nobody there to stare over their shoulders, and, shock and surprise, nobody was seriously injured. At the time they were 18 and 14, so any trepidation I might have at leaving kids of 18 and 17 isn’t really warranted. Gotta trust they won’t catch a sudden case of Moron and will generally make the right decisions.
I’ll let you know how it goes if I ever decide to take that rash step. ;)
Oh, and in completely unrelated new that's designed to make you happy for me, not only was there shrimp salad (Woot!) on the salad bar here at work today, but they’re also giving away free peach and/or cherry cobbler in the café downstairs. Sometimes it’s a good idea to come on-site instead of staying at home, hunched over the laptop, staring into the middle distance between trips to the refrigerator.
Best wishes for a day of shrimp salad and free desserts to all of you – Tiff out.