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Comedy Zone Entry Info (Holiday Inn, Johnson City, TN, Thanksgiving 2014)

we went to see my mom

in tennessee

2014, thanksgiving

um

it wasn't a great idea

but you know you try

and we stayed in a holiday inn

in johnson city because

it never works out staying with her


they had a comedy night there at

the johnson city holiday inn

with a whiteboard

of magic-marker rules

like 'always wait to be seated'

and

'stay outside... until we finish cleaning'


what would a standup comedy show

be like

in johnson city tn? we didn't have the nerve

but in our own little lives

it was pretty perfect, the comedy

was relentless


not going to go into it

really

except to say

life is short and you

do what you can with what you

have to work with

and well

i've never really understood how

to work with

what i got so it's better

to just figure out how

to leave


we got a little drunk in our rooms

during the whole goddamn miasma

succoring shelter

from thanksgiving shit

i can't explain

we even went to see INTERSTELLAR

at the johnson city mall so

we could hide from the

whole shebang


and at one point

i remember

there was laughter

there at the holiday inn

stand-up comedy happening in

the bible-belt

jitters and titters

and then silence

and microphone feedback and

that feeling

you get when it's time to stop

it's just time

to come to an understanding


there was a gorgeous blackhole in that movie

by the way

shimmering

dream of relentless

nothingness

relentless

memories


and the last line

on the holiday inn whiteboard

ENJOY THE SHOW


(all caps)



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