A fair number of us are going to find ourselves changing careers later in life, by choice or circumstance. I’ve already scoped out the Giant grocery store in New Hope, PA, near our weekend home in New Jersey. They hire old people. The gentleman who bagged our groceries a few weeks ago is blind. I figure, hey, when I’ve been downsized, outsourced, or just can’t take the cubicle life anymore, I can always clean up a spill in aisle seven.
In the meantime, I’m an executive assistant. You can tell by the photo – that’s me in my boss’s office before she was forced out after twenty-two years. Not because she’s old, we don’t do that in any way that will ever be proven in court, but because there was a regime change and hers was one of the heads that rolled. We’re still Facebook friends and she seems happier than I’ve ever known her. Wonder why.
As the editor of lgbtSr.com and a writer myself, I’m always thinking of things that might be interesting to put up here. A few months ago I went to a comedy show with my partner Frank and saw they were offering classes. That made me think of a co-worker who took a standup comedy class, and that made me think it would be a fun, if terrifying, thing to do and use as a series here. Career changes. Taking challenges. Saying, at fifty-two, that while I may not be looking for a career in front of an audience eager to hate me, I can at least try, within the supportive environment of a class, to do something I would have only fantasized about before – and then only for a minute.
My classes start next Wednesday and I’ll be writing about each one the following morning when it’s fresh in my memory. I still may make it a videoblog, but I tend to prefer writing. After all, that’s what I’ve been doing all my life in one form or another. I will, however, get a video of my performance at the end, when we all get up on stage at Caroline’s Comedy Club and do a show for invited guests. You didn’t think they’d throw us in front of a real audience, did you? If I’m true to myself it will be vulgar. Stay tuned.