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I Was Just Talking About A Balaclava

I was lucky enough to work at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, California recently. I talked to a woman who described herself as a, “full time activist.” I felt tired just thinking about it. It seems so active. I’m so glad I’m a stand-up comic. I travel a lot, but I mostly just have to sit on a plane. I don’t have to flap. I learn a lot from everyone that I meet, although...
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Chef Inspired Soups

Our Von’s grocery store has a case of soups, not far inside the store, that bears the sign: CHEF INSPIRED SOUPS. I’ve bought some of the soups before, not because I thought they were “Chef Inspired,” but because I don’t cook, and I didn’t yet realize how chock full of fat and salt they are. That too may have been “Chef Inspired.” I don’t know. I didn’t even notice the sign the first...
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In The Know

People sometimes think I’m well informed, because I’m lucky enough to be heard on NPR’s ‘Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.” For those of you who don’t know, it’s a weekly news quiz show. I get to be a part of a panel of three, about once a month or so. I lose a lot, even though I study the news on the weeks that I’m on. Although, the study sessions are a bit brief sometimes. How much I know...
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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

I got a call from my son’s school counselor saying that he did not yet have his school planner book. Santa Monica schools call it the “Binder Reminder.” It’s an assignment book with a holograph of the school on the cover, pages on which to write assignments, and daily inspirational platitudes. The platitudes are stuff like, “Aim high,” “Be a friend,”...
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Chicago, Illinois; Ephrata, Pennsylvania; and Madison, Wisconsin

It’s Saturday, September 10th. I arrived at my hotel in Madison, Wisconsin about an hour ago. I’m a butter lover in a dairy state. I flew in this morning from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which was as close as I could get to my job in Ephrata, Pennsylvania by plane. When I went to take my pouch of toothbrushes, floss, and personal hygiene items out of my suitcase it wasn’t there. I’ve...
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