Zubby Newsletter – October 8, 1999

Let’s see…time flies when you’re having fun. We’re already making our way through October. Yeesh. Next thing I know it’ll be Christmas and I’ll be signing everything the year 2000.

My mouth is healing slowly but surely and I’m feeling much better about the whole thing now. My jaw’s still a little sore. I’m hoping by next week it’ll be a dull memory.

I’ve been on a good drawing binge here. I’ve been trying to keep myself drawing EVERY DAY, and so far, so good. It’s been 3 weeks straight. What have I been drawing you ask? Some of it’s for my own personal comic, the rest is a secret for now… 🙂

Teaching has been extra stressful as of late. We’re getting ready to renegotiate our contract and as much as I enjoy teaching, it’s a major drain on my time. I wish I could do it once a week or something. It’s nice, but not what I want to do full-time. I’m looking into other options and I’ll keep you all posted.

I’ve been a bit homesick this week as well. Most of you who are receiving this e-mail are from Ontario. I miss you guys (and gals)! Here’s hoping that the holidays come up as quickly as the weeks seem to be going now. Either that or, COME OUT HERE AND VISIT! There’s lots of jobs and stuff… Calgary’s very nice and would be even nicer with some familiar faces here, too. Oh well, you can’t blame a guy for trying 🙂

Thanksgiving doesn’t make it any easier. My family will be mowing on incredible food at the cottage in Ontario and enjoying each other’s company while I’m going to be hitting Swiss Chalet by myself. That could suck…

My friend ‘Nifer e-mailed me about the idea of gathering our old Rez friends for a reunion in 2000. That got me thinking about the past few years. I think the idea would be great, except that so many of us aren’t in strong contact with each other and of course, there’s the usual soap operatic-type confrontations that would probably occur.

Speaking of which, it was one of my ex-girlfriend’s birthday 2 days ago. That kind of bothered me. It’s the old “should I call” dilemma. Do you call them and hope it doesn’t wreck their birthday, or do you ignore it? I opted out and didn’t call. Probably the safer choice. No point in digging for scar tissue and reopening gaping wounds I guess.

This e-mail’s pretty eclectic, I’m going all over the place with it.

I think I’ve got girlfriends and old times on the brain also because when I woke up this morning there was this show on the Learning Channel called A Dating Story. They film a real blind date and see how it goes. That would be damn nerve wracking! I was groggy and just left it running as I got ready this morning. You end up getting kind of drawn in. You want to know how it turns out. I guess it’s natural human curiosity to be all voyeuristic and want to see other people’s lives. It also might be because it’s helpful seeing people finding relationships outside of the Hollywood romantic schlep.

Of course, none of the blind dates were successful… groan.

Just improving myself and my drawing skill is like a full-time job. Let alone teaching, studio work, eating, sleeping, etc… I wonder if I’ll ever be able to maintain a decent relationship with someone. They’d have to be pretty damn understanding about my life. I haven’t really dated anyone who could handle my career path, lack of time and emotional poop. Of course, I wasn’t exactly much help in supporting them either, so I should’ve expected as much. Gack, you’d think I was writing this e-mail on Valentine’s Day! Next subject…

I’ve been toying with the idea of entering the amateur night at Yuk Yuks here for stand-up comedy. It’s not something I want to do as a career, but I do want to try it. I’ve got some ideas that have gotten reliable laughs that I think could be adapted quite well to it. I think it would be a good social push for me as well. You have to phone Yuk Yuks on a Tuesday morning and try to get through as one of the first 12. You have 5 minutes to go wild if you get a slot. Maybe, maybe…could be fun. God knows I love making an ass of myself and 5 minutes is totally do-able.

Anyways, back to the grind. Take care everyone. Have a nice Thanksgiving and have a toast for ol’ Jimbo if you get a chance. I’d appreciate it. Until next week…

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