In July I headed east for the Capital Fringe Festival with my first one-person show, “Thumbs Up!” The fact that I wrote and produced a show is definitely a highlight of my year, but along the way so many wonderful things happened!
Before I even left Minnesota I was pulled over for speeding…
…but was let off with a warning. Here’s the recorded conversation between myself and Johnny Law:
An old friend and I reconnected.
Anthony Logan Cole, the technician for “Thumbs Up!” turned out to be such a saving grace! He is one of the kindest, most ambitious, talented guys I’ve ever met. Here’s a picture of us along with a link to part of the story behind “Thumbs Up” which appeared in the Washington Post!
I went to the Korean War Memorial and cried.
I met some incredibly innovative artists producing at the Capital Fringe like Brian Feldman whose one-man/one-audience member show, “BFF” completely sold-out!
I changed a flat tire for a woman whose car was obstructing traffic downtown D.C.
I saw the President of the United States of America. Sort of.
I got pulled-over for running a red light and given my first field sobriety test. Not only did I pass the test, but I wasn’t given a ticket for running the red light! Here’s the recorded conversation between myself and Johnny Law:
A southern woman visiting friends in D.C. bought me a lot of shots!
I got a free ticket to see Mike Daisey’s show at Woolly Mammoth.
I tweeted to him to break a leg and he retweeted me!
After the show I met Mr. Daisey. He invited me to see the workshop of his new show and to tag along to dinner afterward!
I discovered a new favorite beer…
I met Honest Abe.
After finishing a pint of ice cream, sometime before midnight, I got into my rent-a-car and drove 21+ hours straight to Minneapolis without stopping.
…and I put terrible things inside my body.
I picked up two hitchhikers in Wisconsin.
When I finally arrived in Minneapolis my friend Dutch bought me a welcome home dinner at Muddy Waters.
This two-week trip was amazing in so many ways! If only one thing happened in 2012 I would’ve been happy if it was participating in the Capital Fringe! Compared to a year ago, this July rocked! Thank you for rocking, July 2012!
MICHAEL VENSKE is an expert mistake maker whose faith and enthusiasm cause him to leap without looking. One such jump landed him in China where he’s currently teaching kindness, compassion, and the fine art of physical comedy.
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