Travel Days

What an impressive set of Travel Days I have had in the last two and a half weeks!

Here’s the run down on what it takes to be me (*tooting my horn):

May 17, Monday: 9:25am flight from Berlin to JFK. Arrive into Pittsburgh at 6:30pm.
Finally coming home from Europe! Can’t freaking wait! I’m basically coming home so I can rehearse for Camp Jitterbug and do some laundry.

May 20, Thursday: 7:00pm flight from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis. Arrive into Seattle at 11:30pm.
The idea was that I’d have time to spend with my family. Instead, I run errands for the next few days all over town.

May 24, Monday: 2:30pm flight to Orange County. Arrive 5:30pm.
Man, I love direct flights! They rarely seem to happen. It’s also fun to run into people I know, like Ben Morris. I want to rehearse with The Atomic Cherry Bombs before our performance on Friday night. Nikki was kind enough to let me work with the girls for about 2.5 hrs. We do a full dress rehearsal. I try to scare and motivate the girls 😀

May 25, Tuesday: 12:00pm flight to Seattle. Arrive 2:45pm.
Direct flights are fabulous! I rehearsed again before I left for Seattle. I continue to run errands until the day of the show.

May 28, Friday: JUMP SESSION SHOW 7:30pm
ROCKED IT. I was so very, very pleased with my ladies and myself. Sharon’s Bell Boy Routine went well and so did Stratosphere.

June 1, Tuesday: 5:00pm flight to Los Angeles. 10:30pm flight to Sydney, Australia.

June 3, Thursday: 6:30am arrival into Sydney. 9:15am flight to Perth. Arrive at 11:25am.
It’s glorious in Perth at the moment. Oh how I’ve missed the sun shining. I have class to teach from 8-10pm that night.

And there you have it. A rather crazy 2 weeks, wouldn’t you say?

What have I gleaned from my last two weeks?

  • It’s important to get your frequent flyer miles.
  • With those miles you don’t have to worry as much about over-weight luggage.
  • It’s important to pack layers.
  • Just because it’s “Spring” on the calendar doesn’t mean Mother Nature is going to play along.
  • Having gloves on you is never a bad thing.
  • “Days Off” are really just days to do all the chores I wasn’t able to do previously (translations: not really days off)
  • I must remember to schedule “Lazy Days” where I am just sitting around doing nothing. My scheduled “Days Off” aren’t working out the way I had hoped.
  • If you’re planning on performing something with a group of people, it’s worth the money, time, and effort for YOU to travel and go see them. It would have been a terrible idea to have not seen the Cherry Bombs before the show.
  • Never underestimate the power of a cupcake, especially when your best friend brings you one “just because.”
  • It’s important to run things full out. This means costume and body movement. Doing that the hour before the show does not mean you are well prepared. Remember, your building muscle memory when you’re rehearsing, so make it count AND you’d want to know if your who-ha was going to be showing before you got on stage.
  • (Ladies) Every performer should own false eyelashes and glue, bobby pins that match their hair color, hand mirror and fabulously bright lipstick.
  • Be gracious and understanding. It goes a long way.
  • Keep pushing. You’ll get to rest eventually.
  • Claire Pedroza might be a Vintage Hair Genius. She did my hair for CJ and it was in great shape until I left for Oz. Tons of compliments. She rocks.
  • Empty flights are a godsend.
  • Getting to sleep horizontally is awesome.
  • Too many bobby pins set off security alarms.
  • Nick Williams travels more than I do.

And there you have it! Two more things I think it’s important for you to know: how to pack for 10 Days in a Carry-On and What Happens to you crap after you’ve left if on a plane. Great reads, so check them out 😀

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Every Man Should Carry a Handkerchief

I just finished reading an outstanding article written by Brett & Kate McKay from The Art of Manliness – a blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man – about why men should carry handkerchiefs. You should absolutely go to the site, read the article, and look around at the other awesome posts, and until then, here is my abbreviated take on it.

There are a few things that men should carry in their pockets, once thing being a (clean) handkerchief. If your ladies starts to cry, you have something you can offer her; if your nose starts to run, you won’t have to blow the mess on the sidewalk; and if you’re sweaty from dancing, you have something to dry off with.

Why Carry a Handkerchief?

Handkerchiefs are pretty handy items. We ladies carry a purse filled with various item (often more than necessary) where most men carry the bare minimum. And yet your noses run just as often as the lady’s do. However, if you carried a hankie, you wouldn’t have to go wipe your nose with a piece of your clothing or pull a Texas nose blow. Here’s another scenario: it’s summer time, you’re wearing a light colored linen suit, sitting on the porch, listening to some blues drinking a mint julep and you’re feeling moist. Do you grab a paper towel? No way; you take an embroidered hankie out of your pocket and dab your brow. Mainly this is what a handkerchief for. Ben Morris tends to carry them with him while he’s dancing and instead of sweating on his partners, he dries himself off and doesn’t sweat on his partner any more than necessary.

Remember leaders, it’s not just about you, it’s about your follow too. Think of what a man you’ll be if you come prepared to something that might make a girl cry: a chic flick, an amazing routine, or a breakup. Girls, just like your fellow dude, feel vulnerable on occasion, and if you can come to their (my) rescue, they’ll not only appreciate it, but also remember the offer. According to the article this post is based off of, “It’s a gallant and chivalrous gesture; there’s just something comforting about it.” McKay, Brett and Kate. (2009, March 26). Post about Handkerchiefs. Message posted to
http://artofmanliness.com/2009/03/26/every-man-should-carry-a-handkerchief/

It’s not icky

We are a very germaphobic culture these days, so no wonder why popularity of the handkerchief has decreased so significantly. Don’t believe me? Do you or anyone you know have hand sanitizer? Do you own Febreeze or a similar product? Do you have something in the bathroom to cover up smells? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Heads up: you need more than one hankie; a clean one for every day of the week and at the end of the week, they should be thrown into the laundry. And this should go without say, but just in case, if you offer you handkerchief to someone, please make sure it’s unused. That’s just nasty.

Maybe you’re not still not convinced. Maybe you feel like like it’s gross. Well guess what, it’s YOUR grossness. Man up and deal with your snot (and if you’re a lindy hopper, you shouldn’t be afraid of sweat otherwise you’re doing the wrong dance). Another bonus: it’s Earth-friendly.

How to Carry a Handkerchief

Typically a handkerchief is carried in your pants. There’s a party in your pants, and I’m invited (to use it…..maybe). FYI, and handkerchief isn’t a pocket square which is that bit of flash that adorns your suit pocket. The can be plain, basic cotton ones or be a little flashy, flashy. You can also personalize them by having your initials embroidered onto them.

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