“I’m looking for some back and forth with you.
Are you feeling the same as I do now and now and then?”
–Foo Fighters, “Back and Forth”
Miles Last Week: 50
Total Miles: 230
Now that I’m about halfway through Level 1 improv, I think it’s time I checked in with myself about how it’s going. The talk was longer than anticipated…
I know you’re excited about The Walking Dead coming back today, but I’m going to need you to focus and answer a few questions.
Okay. But Better Call Saul starts tonight, too, so I can’t make any promises.
So, whatcha wanna talk about?
So I take it that means it’s going well?
Yeah, I mean, I laugh a lot. It’s really fun, and I’m definitely learning a lot. I’m not super great at it, but I always look forward to it every week.
That’s great–but you decided to join for a lot of reasons. How’s the rest of it working out? Are you using improv skills elsewhere? Are you participating more? Are you feeling more creative/funny?
What’s that supposed to mean? You asked a lot of questions in a row. I was just trying to decide which one to answer first.
Sure you were.
Let’s just take them one at a time. Are you using improv skills elsewhere?
Well, I’m writing this blog post. That’s kind of improv-y.
You’ve been thinking about this since yesterday. That’s not at all improv-y.
Oh. Good point.
Well, no need to get cocky about it.
Just answer the question.
No, I’m not. I’ve just learned that I need to be firm with you.
You are me.
I know. I’m not proud of it, either.
You’re doing that mean thing, again.
Okay, next question. Are you participating–without being prodded?
Hey, now. I’m participating. I’m just still working on the whole “prodding” thing. It’s only been four weeks. Changing behavior takes time.
I suppose that’s understandable.
Don’t do that.
What? You can, but I can’t?
You’re the worst.
Still, come on. You can jump out there. I know you want to.
I know. But the other people in my class are so creative/funny/quick. It’s slightly intimidating. I might screw up.
There are no wrong moves in improv. It’s one of the rules and everything.
I know, but…
Are you so arrogant that you think you are the one person who can mess up improv?
Besides, it’s not like you are a stranger to trying something and failing. Do I need to remind you about the Planking Challenge of 2013? Or the NaNoWriMo disaster?
You bastard. How dare you.
Life’s hard. Get a helmet. And jump out there–literally. It’ll probably be more entertaining that way.
I’m working on it. And you’re still mean.
Yeah, yeah, whatever. Are you feeling more creative/funny?
You’ve got to be kidding me.
What’s the problem?
I wouldn’t say there’s a problem, per se. I just think I tend to go to the most obvious thing and not necessarily the most creative. I’m still working on that, too.
Well, just say something creative/funny right now.
You did it, didn’t you? That squeak thing you do when you don’t know what to do?
No. Shut up.
You were expressly told to work on not doing that.
I know. I am, but–
But changing behavior takes time. I know.
You’re sympathy is overwhelming.
As for the “obvious” thing, sometimes you just have to say the obvious thing to get it out of your head and then you build off of that. Plus, sometimes the thing that’s obvious to you isn’t obvious to everyone else.
Anyway, I can see that we’ve made progress but that there’s still some progress to make. It’s okay, though. We can do it.
Did you just say something moderately encouraging? It’s like I don’t know you anymore.
I’ll be ignoring that.
You would know.
Look who’s talking.
Whatever. We’re agreed, anyhow. We’ll keep working. We’ve got this.
Yeah. You’re not so bad.
You’re still mean.
That wasn’t so bad, I suppose. It’s good to check in with yourself every now and then. I have some things to work on, and I’m going to. It’ll be good. It’ll be fine. I think.