I Did It
On the 14th January I turned 30. This did not strike me at all as a cause for despondency. I wouldn’t go back to my twenties for all the money in the world, and I still consider myself young. But I perhaps have a bit of extra wisdom too.
The 15th January marked an even more significant milestone. I made my debut as a stand up comedian. I’m notorious for starting projects and not completing them, having identified them as the newfound love of my life. But I’ve thrived in stand up, and already made some wonderful friends from it.
This was a splendid year for friendships generally – making contact with ones I’d not seen for a long time, and finding new ones. This quest was helped by being offered a terrific job in February, which enables me to be a part of one of the most exciting things to happen in this country for a long time.
We have a new family member in Hector, our black Labrador. His rate of growth would make a bodybuilder green with envy. He’s a lovely fellow, and I’m looking forward to getting to know him.
I moved to north Oxford, and much prefer my surroundings, although I miss living with my erstwhile flatmate Paul. It’s just a hop, skip and jump into town, and there are some nice places nearby. My favourite is the video and DVD rental store Videosyncratic, which is owned by Jon, with whom I have become friends.
And just recently I have discovered that there is a fabulous gym on my doorstep, replete with weights, machines and very able trainers. One of them, David, is devoting considerable effort to getting me fit. I’ve had too many false starts to make public pronouncements about this, except to say that I want to look and feel very different this time next year. That’s my goal for 2007, along with doing better at work, and taking the comedy to another level.
I think the comedy has to go down as my great achievement of 2006. As 2005 turned to 2006, I watched Comic Aid, a show dedicated to helping the victims of the tsunami. Not being a suitable topic for levity, the tsunami was little mentioned, and so we were left to analyse the performances of some of Britain and Ireland’s most famous comics.
There I sat, almost ready to burst with desire to try stand up for myself, but unsure whether it was something I could do. (I referred to this elliptically in my post this time last year.) I’m so pleased that I took the plunge, and I’ve been thoroughly vindicated.
I am grateful to everyone who has been a friend to me this year. There are a great many of you, and I am lucky. I love you guys.
This is an unapologetically self-centred review of 2006 – it is MY blog after all! But I wish all of you a fun night tonight, and a blessed and happy 2007. Come back and read me next year.