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Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

Friday, March 02, 2007

Emotionally, it’s been a crazy couple of days. On Wednesday, I was up in Hemet to attend a funeral for the passing of my good friend Corey’s mother. You know someone has done a lot of good in the world when their funeral is well-attended. I can safely say that Corey’s mom definitely left her mark on a lot of people as evidenced by the large crowd that came out as well as the very moving speeches that people made during the ceremony. Corey’s speech was especially touching and I know that he would have made his mother very proud.

Yesterday was my last official day of work; well, technically, Wednesday was, but I did go in for a bit to pick up my last paycheck. As I sit here, now, it’s a very strange feeling to know that I’m truly unemployed.

Last night, I met up with my parents to see George Carlin at the Pala Casino. As we sat down for the show, I couldn’t help but overhear the woman behind us. “Oh, you’ve got to be shittin’ me. Really, you’ve got to be shittin’ me. This is unbelievable!” She continued on her whiney, passive-aggressive tirade, “every time I go anywhere, I get the world’s tallest people sitting in front of me! I guess I’m just going to have to sit on my leg for the whole show…” As I turned around to let her know that she should probably buy front row seats next time if she couldn’t handle having people of average height sit in front of her, my mom piped up and offered to switch seats with my dad (which she had been planning to do regardless since a couple tall people had just sat down in front of her), so we wouldn’t have to listen to this woman’s bitching any longer. Angry Whitetrash Lady (AWL) suddenly tried to be friendly, repeatedly thanking my mom and patting me on the shoulder. Of course, the nicest thing she could have done was to keep it to herself and let us try to enjoy the show.

That wasn’t going to happen. All through the show, AWL is laughing as loud as possible, clapping obnoxiously and shouting words of encouragement, e.g. “you tell ‘em George!” and “ain’t that the truth!”

Annoying people aside, Carlin did put on a good show with all new material. And, given the past 36 hours it felt good to be laughing again.


  • At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Did you expect a different crowd at George Carlin?

  • At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you post more pics of bruschetta. Thanks.
    -The PoPo

  • At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Spare! said…

    What are you doing at George Carlin? Shouldn't you be waiting in the unemployment line living off the dole now?

    After all, you ARE unemployed...go mooch off the hardworking wage slaves and get what's "owed ya!".

  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger *britt* said…

    i'd like a shot of the meatballs, too, when you get a chance. thanks.


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