Two years ago, I was performing at The Punchline in San Francisco, and Robin came to the show with our mutual friend, Dan Spencer.
This particular batch of material was the first time I had touched upon my then still-fresh divorce wounds, and big chunks of it were pretty dark. The next day, I got a text from a number I didn’t recognize. Whoever it was had obviously been to the show and knew my number, so I figured they would reveal themselves at some point and save me the embarrassment of asking who they were.
The Mystery Texter asked how I was REALLY doing. “You can’t fool me. Some of those ‘jokes’ aren’t ‘jokes.” By now I knew that whoever this was had been through what I was enduring, as no one else would know to ask, “What time of day is the hardest?”
He wanted to know how my kids were handling it, all the while assuring me that the storm, as bleak as it was, would one day pass and that I was not, as I was then convinced, a terrible father for visiting a broken home upon my children.
I am not rewriting this story in retrospect to make it dramatic. I did not know who I was texting with. Finally, my phone blipped, and I saw, in a little green square, “Okay, pal. You got my number. Call me. I’ve been there. You’re going to be okay. - Robin.”
That is what you call a human being.
What I’m Reading: "Carter Beats the Devil" by Glen David Gold
I was on board for two thirds of this book… the first and the last third… It got a little meander-y there in the middle… I would LOVE to see a movie adaptation of this book, where the story is tighter and more focused on the main storyline.
"As time was short, they couldn’t speak at length, but they did manage to speak in depth."
I just finished Carter Beats the Devil. Loved it! I didn’t mind the meander-y parts as I really loved the characters and was happy to spend the time with them. The book wasn’t super plot focused so I felt it could get away with it.
"Why should I have to pay premiums for a plan that covers birth control when I’m a man and I’ll never use birth control?"
1) Women don’t create babies by using witch magic to activate our special snatch juices! Men contribute 50% to every pregnancy or sex act that could result in pregnancy….