Exciting News, A Walk in the Park, A Friend in the City, and A Night of Comedy (9/26/18)

I will be completely honest here–last night I couldn’t get much sleep at all. I mean I passed out around 2 or 3AM, and had alarms set to wake me up at 9:30, but I kept waking up at 6:30, 7:30, and then 8:30. By 8:30 I just gave up getting sleep today and “relaxed” in bed, waiting for the incoming email to seal my fate at 9:30. I fell into the trap known as Youtube, and half-way watching a video, my alarm goes off, telling me it’s 9:30. I begin to panic, just a little bit. I close out of the app, and immediately open Mail, and refresh. Sure enough, there’s the email from TAP NYC. As I look to see what the email says, the first things I read is the title of the email “Audition Results- please confirm your acceptance today”. I begin to tear up– Did this really just happen to me? I immediately open the email. In big letters, the email says “Congratulations! You’re in!” I avoided being too excited about the prospect of what being a member could entail, because if I got to excited about this and didn’t get in, I would be devastated. But it was such an incredible high, to now have this opportunity to be a member and *fingers crossed* finally get representation.

I immediately called my twin to tell her the good news. Now, I’m not the best at telling people good news, because I’m not used to getting good news, so I don’t really know how to react. It’s also early as all hell and I’m tired, so when she answers I sound almost depressed I guess. I tell her I got the email, and she replies “Oh no, I’m sorry”. I of course respond, “I got in”, and she flips out– partly out of excitement and partly off of the fact that I sounded sad, even though this is great news! I then called my dad and let him know, and though he was weary, since the one time fee is $595, he was still happy for me. After that, I messaged my college group of friends to tell them the good news, and then snapped about it, as well as put it on my Insta story. If you can’t tell by now, I am a little bit excited. Since I now have the rest of the day to myself, I decide to turn on my computer to play League. But just as I open League, I get a message from Rover, which is a dog walking app that I am a walker for, on the side, saying that a dog that I’ve actually walked before, a puppy terrier named Ellie, was looking for an hour walk at 1PM. By this point it was about 11:30 or so, and I decided why not! I could make a bit of money, and enjoy this beautiful day, instead of being cooped up inside. I get dressed, brush my teeth, and head to the train station, heading towards 59th street.

When I get on the train and we begin moving, I get a text from one of my friends from college, who says she’s actually in the city, and was wondering if I wanted to meet up. I let her know that I was on my way to walk a dog, but I was definitely down to meet up for lunch afterwards. We end up agreeing on around 2:30 or so, which I hoped would be just enough time to get back, since the Ellie lived on the East side, right next to Central Park. I walk from 59th St. to the apartment, pick up Ellie, and start on the walk. Now this dog is so goddamn cute it boggles my mind. She is such a tiny thing, but she is so full of life and love and energy– it is adorable. We walked around Central Park for just about an hour, playing some fetch, running, and just enjoying the day, before I had to walk her back home. I brought Ellie back to her apartment, said my goodbyes, and headed back to get lunch with my friend.

I was running late, and didn’t get back to 175th until about 2:45 or so, and I quickly went home, dropped off my book-bag, changed my shoes, and tidied up the room, before heading to Pick&Eat, where we were meeting for food. Once I got there, we hugged and said our hello’s, and then started catching up on everything that’s been going on. She decided that she was going to make the move to NYC as soon as she can, which will most likely be mid-October, and I told her if she needed any help, that I was of course right here. The apartment she ended up looking at today, (which is the reason why she’s in the city), is actually like two blocks way from me, which is nice. After I get my food and eat, I take her back to my apartment to show her what I’ve done so far. My room isn’t big by any means, but it’s definitely not small. It was probably one of the biggest rooms I viewed, which is amazing. We said our goodbyes and I walked her to the train station, and headed back inside. Since it was only 5PM or earlier, I still had plenty of day left, so I decided that I was going to go to the Comedy Cellar once more to try my luck at getting a seat.

I leave my apartment at around 7:15 or so, and arrive by 7:45 or earlier. I ended up being the sixth person in line, and waited in line for well over an hour, before putting my name down on a list. I was told to come back at 9:30, where they will go down the list, saying who got a ticket. Since I had about 30 minutes, I head to the McDonalds down the street, partly to get some food, and partly to use the bathroom, since I had been holding it for about 2+ hours now. Unfortunately the bathrooms were closed for the night, so I just ordered my food, and headed over to a standing table to eat. As I begin eating, I gentleman sitting at a booth right behind me says “Why don’t you sit down with me?” I decline at first, but he insists- “It’s no trouble”. I decide fuck it and join this man for the time that I have to spare. I find out his name is Andre and he is 52 years old. He had just come back from Connecticut, visiting his kids, and was drinking some beer at a McDonalds, since he didn’t have anything to do until Friday. We ended up getting into some deep, intellectual conversations about life and the Universe. He mentioned that his mother died of an aggressive form of cancer, because of cigarettes, which lead me to mention my mom, and then we talked about life, and how there’s so much we don’t know or comprehend, but is out there. Honestly it was such an interesting conversation, and I’m so thankful I decided to sit down and talk with him. When the clock struck 9:28, I told him that I had to head out, but it was a pleasure speaking with him, and went on my way.

On my way back to the Comedy Cellar, I felt a few rain drops fall from the sky. By the time I walked the block back to the Cellar, it began pouring. Luckily I was under a roof that lead into a bar next door, which was nice, since I forgot to bring my umbrella this evening. The bouncer begins calling names. First name is called and let in. Then another. Then another. Then my name is called. I happily walk into the rain, show them my i.d., and head on in. There was no recording allowed at this theater, and there was a 2 item minimum, so I ended up buying two bourbon and cokes, and just sat back and enjoyed the sets. There were five comics performing, including Daniel Sloss and Michelle Wolf, who was at the Correspondence Dinner. Out of the 5 comics, they were by far the best, but none of them were bad by any means. I got a bit tipsy, and had to pee half the time, so I wasn’t always completely focused, but I had a fantastic time. (I ended up spending over $40’s, but it was still fun)

As the show finished, I paid for my drinks and ticket, and headed back home. It has been one busy day, ending with some League, of course, in which I shit talked myself at how terrible I am at the game, after losing multiple games in a row. But I am glad that I chose to actually be productive with my day, instead of sitting around doing nothing. Tomorrow is another day off and then I’m back to work for the weekend, which should be a blast. I cannot wait for what the future holds for me, and I will keep running forward; not looking back.

Until next time,

-Michael

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