With the launch of Facebook’s new Timeline and, as time, in the real, non-social-networky world goes on, I’m beginning to realize I have a bit of an obsession with time. Let’s add the word “time” in here one more time for good measure. Time.
I’ve never been the greatest at managing time. I used to sign up for many extra-curricular activities, (dance, piano lessons, army cadets, sports, improv, taxidermy, etc.) I was out so often that some of my fondest memories are of my parents and eventually my siblings rushing me from one place to the next. It was a regular occurrence for the driver to brake especially hard at red lights and stop signs when I was trying to put on my cadet dress uniform over top of my ballet tights in the back of the moving car.
In university, I became a bit better at managing assignments, but not until third year. I’d had enough of all-nighters because I worked. I needed to be (somewhat) conscious to up-sell popcorn to miserable suckers. I began to recognize patterns in the professors’ assignment-schedules, knowing I would be given a certain amount of time to write a certain amount of essays that were all going to be due within the same week so, I’d begin writing them well in advance. By fourth (and fifth) year, I had pretty much managed it. And if I still couldn’t finish on time, there was always bribery. Sexy, sexy bribery.
I finished school and moved to France and there, time sped up. It started to feel as though it was going so fast I was spinning. (Note: it might have been all that wine.)
When I came back state-side, (province-side?) I was obsessed with seeing people; staying in touch with friends I’d made in France and re-connecting with school and work friends – booking and often over-booking myself, throwing parties at which I would try to combine all of my social circles at once in an attempt to save time and thus, kill several birds with one party-stone.
It is impossible to combine everything in one. Comedy in Toronto is helping me to realize this. On any particular night, there are at least a dozen performances I can attend, either as a performer, or (more commonly) a spectator. I can’t see them all. I can’t do it all. And there are parties. And there are other meet-ups. And there are joke-jams.
Then, there are nights in.
Sometimes they’re the simplest and the most meaningful.