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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cub Scouts 100 birthday

I performed at a cub scout troop last night. It is the celebration of the scouts 100 birthday.
That's pretty awesome!
One day in 1909 in London, an American visitor, William D. Boyce lost his way in a dense fog... He stopped under a street lamp and tried to figure out where he was. A boy approached him and asked if he could be of help?
"You Certainly can" replied Boyce. He told the young lad that he wanted he wanted to find a certain business office in the center of the city. "I'll take you there", said the boy.
When they got to the destination, Mr.Boyce reached into his pocket for a tip, but the boy stopped him.
"No thank you, sir. I am a scout. I won't take anything for helping."
"A scout? And what might that be?" Asked Boyce.
The boy told the American about himself and his brother scout. Boyce became very interested. After finishing his errand, he had the boy take him to the British scouting office. At the office, Boyce met Lord Robert-Baden Powell, the famous British general who had founded the scouting movement in Great Britain. Boyce was so impressed with what he learned that he decided to bring Scouting home with him to America!
On February 8th, 1910, Boyce and a group of outstanding leaders founded the Boy Scouts of America! Scouts celebrate February 8th as the birthday of Scouting in the United States!
I did a nice half hour set of magic for the boys and their families.
We all had a great time!
I was a Scout 40 years ago, and one of my sons was one as well!
Long Live the Boy Scouts of America!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nothing Like

Workin' a gig to get outta the doldrums!
Had a nice paying, walk around gig today early. 11 A.M at the Farrington Court Senior Center!
An hour gig. I always give more, An hour of walk around table hopping goes by so fast. I mean if you want to take your time and schmooze with the people. I think it's important to take the time to enjoy them and get to know them a little, the idea of doing magic in a hurry, just doesn't sit well with me. The residents as they are called, really appreciate and need some time of yours when you entertian them. What's the rush, they're not going anywhere!
Farrington Court has hired me probably six times now.
They do a wonderful job there, High class all the way!
Cards, coins, and some rubber bands and Jumping gems too.
It was a wonderful time, and prime rib lunch to boot!
And they pay me for this...
What a deal! :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yin & Yang

Ebb & Flow, This N That, Give & Take...
Friday has been a GREAT day so far!
I got off work this morning at 6 A.M. and stayed up long enough to watch the Tiger Woods apology. It was good, but rehearsed, not much emotion, course I could be mistaken. Not an enviable position to be in.
He touched all the right "chords." I hope he is sincere.
But after that I went to bed, musta been around 9 A.M. when I lay down... wanted to get maybe 3-4 hours of sleep so I could enjoy some of the day and be able to sleep tonight. Sometimes this is impossible as I fall asleep and DO NOT want to get up! I enjoy sleeping, don't you!? :)
I mean especially that few minutes when you wake up and are still laying there and can actually feel the wonderful warmth and snuggleness of it! :)
I doubt I would have gotten outta bed early enough to allow me to fall asleep tonight, but a friend stopped by unannounced!
The door bell rang at 1 P.M. and I jumped outta bed, put on a bathrobe and went to the door, but our daughter had already answered it and handed me a dvd that a friend had dropped off. Well, I was having none of that, and knew who it was, Mark Jensen!
I called him immediately on his cell phone, he was still in my driveway suiting up to take a motorcycle ride!
I caught him in the nick of time.
He came inside and we enjoyed a nice three hour, magical visit!
I needed this. Since putting together the promotional video in December, I have been in a slight valley emotionally with magic, my magic, or lack thereof...
No performances, no sessions, nothing.
I have a walk around gig tomorrow. I have been gearing up for it by practicing, practicing, practicing...
And outta the blue my friend Mark arrives to give me some impetus.
Mark & I enjoy each others company on several levels. Simple levels, spiritual, physical, as in this realm as men talking to men, and magic levels too.
Magically we worked on some fun rubber band stuff. Mark is like a little kid with magic. This is very uplifting!
While Mark was over, my cell phone went off, that's a rare thing for me... it was another magic person!
Sweeet, Andy Van Ornum was calling me! This really fired me up.
He just wanted to talk for no reason other than to say hello.
I have met Andy on three occasions and haven't really developed any kind of rapport with him, although I would like to.
This call was really outta the blue.
Yin & Yang!
Andy is a relatively new student of magic, but my oh my, he is a student of Steve Dobson and has learned some great sleights.
I have emailed him a few times and tried to get together.
Him calling me is very uplifting, I am fired up about the possible growing friendship in the future!
Next weekend is the start of The World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
I haven't gotten the bug about it yet, No excitement at all!
I pre paid for it last year so I'm going, but none of my friends are going and so... I will have to make new ones!
Well, actually one friend is going, but he's bringing a lady friend and that kind of kills his freedom at the event...

Our daughter recently received a guitar from a friend who wasn't using it. She shared it with Mark and he got busy tuning it for her.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February 16th 1978

32 years ago today I hired in and started my first day at Boeing in Renton Washington.
Wow! Thirty Two Years...I was eighteen years old, eight months out of high school. They paid me $6.01 an hour! i left a job at Italo's Casa Romana Restaurant in Seattle where I was a "cooks helper" that was paying me $3.50 an hour.
The owner, Italo offered to match Boeing's pay to keep me. I had to turn him down mostly because of the benefits package. I had a grandmother that had predicted I would own a restaurant someday... that would never happen, although there is still time for that! :)
In July of 1977 the girl I was dating parents died in a car accident coming home from Portland Meadows in Oregon. They were pulling out of a gas station in Tacoma Washington after fueling and were hit side on by another vehicle. They were driving an MG midget.
That single incident changed my life.
That night my girlfriend and I had takin in the Chicago concert. I dropped her off at home near Renton and went home to my house where I still lived with my mom.
I was reading a book when the phone rang at about 2:30 A.M.
I jumped out of bed and three thoughts went thru my head, "wrong number," "prank phone call." and " uh oh, something bad happened."
it was my girlfriend crying and screaming on the other end of the phone, her parents were killed in a wreck, she was home all alone when the police came to the door, she was sixteen years old.
"Could I go get her brother and tell him the news and get him to come home?"
He had graduated with me just a few short weeks before. He was just moved into an apartment. I arrived at his place and walked into a moving in party. A kegger to be exact. I had to find my friend and tell him about his parents, and I wanted to get out of there and get to my girl.
It didn't take me long to decide that I wanted to take care of my girl. I went to my best friends dad, he had coached my little league all star team when I was twelve. I knew him pretty well as his son and I became solid friends for several years in high school. He was a manager at Boeing. I went to him and asked him for a job, explaining the situation to him.
A few months later, February 16th and I started my new job. My girlfriend left me not long after that, she was pretty messed up, told me she wanted to be independent and not have to rely on anyone, I was devastated...
I was about a month shy of turning nineteen, and met a lot of fun people in the early days of working for Boeing.
The atmosphere was one of partying. Drinking a few beers at lunch and enjoying a joint now and then.
By the time six months had gone by, I had purchased a house at age nineteen.
Guess I didn't know it then, but that kind of locked me in and made me become a more responsible person, for better or worse!? ;)
OI never wanted to work at Boeing, I could almost throw a rock and hit the Boeing plant from my high school.
I thought I might work there for maybe five years, where have I heard that before!?
32 years later, and I'm still punching the clock at the "Lazy B."
Later that year in 1978 I met my future wife because of working for Boeing and in reality because of the death of a girlfriends parents. I went to a house warming party in August of '78' and met Joan there.
Three months later and we started dating in earnest. In 1981 we were married in March.
It's sometimes a thin thread that binds us to the fabric of our lives. A major catastrophe in the life of someone, a person trying to do the right thing by them, but all hell breaks loose and the pieces are scattered, or shattered. Irrevocably changed.
Is my life better because of that incident 32 odd years ago? I will never know. I do know that because of it, I met my wife and the three children we have are a product of that. I met a man at Boeing who invited me to church, I still attend that church today. Ed Ferkingstad is still a friend and mentor in my life.
I got introduced into magic in my early twenties by a man I met working at Boeing. I played softball, Hardball and Boeing league basketball during my years working there too.
I remember when I was about twenty eight, telling a man that I hated my job as a fork lift operator. He asked me why? I told him I felt I was smarter than that. He pointed out some things to me that I hadn't considered. Like it has kept a roof over my head, fed my wife and children, allowed me the medical benefits I enjoyed.
That conversation with Fred Davis was a small but important turning point in my acceptance of the importance of work is. I had been trying to define who I was by what I did for a living. That was a big mistake.
My life has been blessed in many ways. Why me, I don't know.
Well that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it... because it's the truth!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Wow, been sometime

since I sharpened my fingers and sat down to type a post...
The weather has been mild, lots of rain and temps in the low 40's, getting up into the 50's..
I have been working on building magic busking tables lately, I guess I have this grand idea that people will actually buy them from me... this is the bane of my life, hair brained ideas... like building golf clubs in the past, I actually thought people would like to get a quality set of clubs for about a fifth of the store brand sets, clubs that are as good or better that would be custom fit to them. But people are funny, we get caught up in brand names, the showy commercials, and who is playing that particular model of this or that. Ooh, Ernie Els is playing that brand, or Tiger Woods hits "those" clubs well. What a joke... So, in my garage I have several sets of golf club irons collecting dust in my garage that I will have to sell at a tremendous loss, such is life...
And now I have about eight, very nice tables that I built to sell. I will be asking $200 each. I have several tables being used by members of the magic fraternity already, in fact three or four people own two. Not because they are poorly built, but rather to have one "here" and one to travel with.
Maybe it's because i am able to build them? Or maybe it's because I like wood working, or perhaps I derive joy from knowing that something I built is being used by another magician.
We'll see how this goes...:)
I have two gigs scheduled for later this month... a walk around gig at a senior center, it is my fifth or sixth time performing at this particular center. But, and I'm excited to say, this is my first walk around gig for them!
I am looking forward to it!
Also coming up is a stand up performance for a Cub Scout group. This should be a lot of fun!
Recently we published my "promo" dvd. I thought it would generate some gigs, so far, it hasn't although it may have helped solidify in some one's mind a gig I will probably be hired for in late March. It is interesting this "hobby" of magic. Haha... recently have been asked if I have insurance, do I use fire or any other dangerous elements in my show. Is my show "clean?"
The Marriott hotel wanted to see the contract between myself and my client.
All this is causing me to think and grow.
To be more informed about what I am doing.
I spent some quality time talking with my magic guru Tom Frank the other day, about all this stuff and some life issues as well. It was a nice conversation. I am happy to say I am feeling a lot more comfortable just being Tom's friend than ever before.
Used to be this sort of teacher/student relationship. I have grown magically enough to be more relaxed with talking with him. It is really great to be able to talk about things and be heard and understood, to be able to talk his language now because I have been in the arena. The performing arena that is.
On a closer to home note. Eric has been calling more often and he has been finally getting off base in Iwakune Japan to get in some snow boarding. He has about nine months left in the Marines, then... he says he is excited to come home and relax for a bit and perhaps take some college courses. It will be great to have him around!
I have been mightily blessed with strong, intelligent children. Watching Katie grow into a fine young lady is amazing! She is very beautiful, when I tell her this she is humble and blushes.. I went on a nice walk with her and our dog the other day, won't be too long and she will be off to college and who knows what all else. I can't believe the ammount of homework she has, and the difficult level she is taking. She is awesome.
Ryan too is growing rapidly. Soon he will be 26. He is finding out a lot of what it's like to have to support yourself. He is experiencing vehicle challenges and what a pain they are. The high cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle, wait until you have three of them! i think he is about ready to start a career. Don't know exactly what I mean by that, but he is finding out that he may want to actually use his college degree. He is beginning to want some things in life that are important and the fact is, it costs money. He is developing an Independence, and a not wanting to ask mom or dad for financial help. Pretty cool to watch your children develop and grow!
Besides all that, Joan has recently started taking another college course. It is keeping her running to the community college twice a week. Good for her!
I went golfing yesterday too. In the pouring rain. Had a blast at Riverbend. Funny but the conditions were pretty poor, but I laughed and had some awesome memory making shots, particularly out of some sand bunkers. Surprised myself with how well I play at times, and at other times, how poorly!
can't wait to get some sleep and see what the morrow will bring to our doorstep!