Thursday, January 26, 2006

Why Can't I Have An Exciting Life?


For a long time I've realized that most people think their life is boring.

I'll admit I feel that way a lot.

On the surface my life seems very exciting. I travel all over the United States doing comedy. I'm on performing on stage and get paid to do it! People actually PAY to listen! You know those morning radio shows that you listen to? I work on those to.

I own a comedy club, that's got to be glamorous. Right? People come to my club to have a good time and pay me for the privilege. There is lots of laughing, food and a drink or two whenever I want. That sound fun, doesn't it?

Then there are the other 3 businesses.

A video store, I own 8,000 videos and can watch them whenever I want. How many do you have? Then there's the Internet service. You think your service is fast, you've got nothing on me. I have more T1 lines than I can count into my house. When I click a button, I wait for no web page. And don't forget the computer store. What are you using to read this blog with. Trust me, I probably have something newer or faster and if I don't, it's only because I don't feel like taking the time to get one out of the back room.

And don't forget that people think when you own a business you make a lot of money and you can work whenever you want.

Well, it all sounds good but the truth is something else.

Remember that performing on stage thing I was talking about? It sounds glamorous doesn't it? Up on stage, people laughing at your jokes and getting the star treatment. Well that's all true but ... that's only for about an hour a day. You have to get there to and that part isn't much fun. In the past 10 years I have put 420,000 miles on my car. That's comes out to about 7,000 hours or 292 days. I have spent 10 months out of the last 10 years in my life in my car just to get my shows. Now those are 292 24 hour days and since I can't drive while I'm sleeping (although I can tell you it's happened by accident a few times) I really should figure the number of days using the amount of time I'm awake, 16 hours. That would make it 438 days or 1 year and 2 1/2 months, that makes it sound even worse. And I don't even want to tell you how difficult it is to get booked to work. Besides, I'm sure I'll be blogging about that in the future.

Owning a club sounds pretty glamorous, doesn't it? In reality there is a lot of hard work that goes into giving our customers a fun experience. And don't forget the other 3 businesses. There is so much to do in them, I can't even begin to go into it. Let's just take the Internet service. It's a 24/7 business. Any time I want to work on any of my equipment I have to do it at 3:00am because that is when the least number of people will be inconvenienced. If something breaks during the day it is catastrophic. You cannot believe how intolerant people are of things that are beyond our control. The phone rings off the hook with pissed off people until whatever it is gets fixed. It is very stressful.

So yes, you may hear me complaining about my situation. The truth is that whenever I think I have it bad I think about the millions of people that would step into my shoes in a heartbeat. My life is tons better than theirs.

So I'm just saying, look at the positives and be happy. There's always someone out there worse off than you are.

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