The San Francisco Treatment

Here’s video from my most recent story, told on August 26, 2017 at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA as part of Better Said Than Done’s “Vacation and Other Disasters” show. Learn about the disastrous day trip to Monterey I incurred during a San Francisco vacation in October 1991. My narrative falls necessarily into the realm of creative non-fiction because 26 years later I remember only the basic sequence of events, not actual conversations or the finer details. My first draft, presented at rehearsal 2 weeks before the show, was basically a memory dump with a tentative framing device. The notes I got from my fellow storytellers helped me fill in some gaps and solidify the frame. In the interest of time and cohesiveness I had to compress some timelines, leave out some details and alter others. Along the way I gained some insights about why things played out the way they did all those years ago. I’m pleased with the final product and it got good feedback from the audience and my fellow storytellers. I’ll shut up now so you can watch the video. When you’re done and if you care to do so, read on below for a behind-the-scenes look at the actual events.

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Zam and Circumstance

Following on to the Zamboni story video, here’s video evidence of my cornering skills and Tom’s hanging-on skills.

Also, here’s my prized Certificate of Achievement. I gave Tom a heart in exchange for it.

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So What’s With All the Hearts?

Glass heart in an outstretched hand.When you unexpectedly hand a complete stranger a heart-shaped piece of glass, they usually have questions.

“What’s this for?”

“Did you make this yourself?”

The most poignant question is a bewildered, “For me?”

I began giving hearts to random people to remind myself that I’m worthy of giving and receiving the small kindnesses that even the most jaded human beings are capable of. I’d been led to believe otherwise since childhood.

I’m about to share a little too much here so bear with me: Keep Reading

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