The Nitty Gritty

But more than all of those I am an entertainer. I carry around a ukulele with me for the same reason a gangster carries a gun; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Stage or sidewalk, Your Pal Pete shows are just where they happen.
Currently, I'm working on a musical, RagnaPOP(or she's got the bomb), set to premiere at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. I'm also working on music, comedy, and musical comedy; for kids and/or adults.
The fruit of these projects will be available on this site, so check back regularly!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I'm going to jail in Iowa!

O.K., not really. I'm going to live in a FORMER jail in Iowa. The main comedic element of this was that it's my dad's vacation house in IOWA, until I found out more about the house he and one of my uncles recently bought. It was built as a jail in the late 1880's and was converted into a doctor's office more recently.
I'm making this admittedly drastic change in my life because I'm sick of not being happy with my life. I love the people I work with, but I HATE my job and I don't think I'm going to be able to get another one that pays me enough (that I won't hate) to live in DC without regularly selling my plasma. Add to that the fact that my house, affectionately known as "the Reno Lounge", is closing up, and you have a catalyst for change.
I'm going to concentrate on my writing for a while, most specifically to finish my book, "Surviving Retail". I got a lot of it done when I was unemployed last spring and summer, but the specter of bills and expenses caused a decent amount of stress and the overall distraction level that DC provides prevented me from doing more.
Like meditating, where one clears the mind of it's clutter, I'm purposefully clearing out the life that I've grown accustomed to to focus on the only thing that seems to be going forward, writing.
This move is not permanent, but it will at least be until I finish the retail book. I may start another one consisting of essays and observations mixed with my Iowa experiences that I'm tentatively titling "Earth Don't Suit You". I blame Chuck Klosterman and his book "Killing Yourself to Live" for inspiration. I'm also planning on doing some recording out there for a new CD called "Without You I'm Something".
Anyway, I'm kind of excited about this, I'll post more about it soon.

1 comment:

Sally Albright said...

Hi Pete! Surprise- I am a lurker on your blog. Sorry to hear you are leaving the area, but I'm excited about the book. I know you have some interesting "Tales from the Toy Store". Please keep in touch, and I hope you'll keep blogging.