I'm sorry you feel that way.

I went to see Bostonian comic Bill Burr this weekend at the Eventim Apollo. I've seen him before and he's always hilarious. The ability to enthral a theatre full of people with just words amazes me, I struggle to tell one short anecdote to two friends.

Now, you always get hecklers, loud whistlers and chronic toilet breakers, and I find it difficult to ignore them and enjoy the show.

When it started I noticed that we had a guy a few seats away that maniacally laughed at the set-ups, not the punchlines, and rocked violently in his chair while whaling out these ill-timed laughs, he also took 4 toilet breaks meaning we had to get out our seats every twenty minutes or so. We also had a guy with an impressive wolf whistle, seriously, this thing was LOUD. It would have been more impressive if it hadn't been 12 inches from my ear.

Now, as this was happening I was very conscious that I shouldn't let other peoples behaviour affect mine or my enjoyment of the show, after all they're enjoying it in their own way too. Also, I really like Bill Burr, his Monday Morning Podcast is so entertaining, his new TV show F is For Family is also great (season 2 is being finished as I write this) and his appearances in Breaking Bad, New Girl and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee are excellent.

It's the same with loud talkers at music gigs. It is difficult to not judge others by your standards, but when they are breaking the social norms (respecting the performers and fellow audience members) it's difficult to ignore. Admittedly, I don't know what the answer is here, whether you should have a word with them or ignore them and focus on the show, both are pretty crapy things to be made to do.

We tried to ignore them and we did enjoy the show, but it was undoubtedly disruptive.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.


Speak to you Friday,

- Josh

Image found HERE.

What Oscar Wilde, Bravo Two Zero and Ben & Jerry 's have in common.

"Everything in moderation, including moderation." - Oscar Wilde (also, Benjamin Franklin, Apollo, Publius Terentius Afer...)

I like this phrase, partly because it helps me not obsess about sticking to the rules all the time and partly because eating an entire tub of Ben & Jerry's while watching Bravo Two Zero is totally part of a healthy lifestyle. There's also science to back this shit up.

I exercise daily and eat a healthy diet so I believe this allows me the occasional indulgence. Sometimes that's a large portion of sugar (90g is the Guideline Daily Amount) and sometimes I go to a gig and have as many pints as I want (14 units per week for men, (7 pints) is considered the maximum safe amount). It's strange that I say 'allow' as that implies someone else has the decision, I suppose what I really mean is 'not feel guilty'.

It's the 'not feeling guilty' that can really affect how and what you do. There's nothing more satisfying than having a beer/ice cream/(choose your poison) on a Saturday after a week of hard work, but that same beer after a week of slacking is significantly less pleasing. It's like rewarding yourself for mediocrity. The harder you work, the more pleasing you find your pleasures.

I used to be far lazier than I am now, and back then I did not see this point. It's only after I've put more effort into things that I realise not only can you derive pleasure from the work itself, but the rewards you allow yourself after and exponentially more betterer*, (and the outcome from the hard work is also greatly improved as opposed to slack work), It's win-win.

So, practice more and have a beer after the gig, work harder and go to that new restaurant at the weekend, go the extra round and pick-up a chocolate bar on the way home. Tell yourself that 'OK' is not good enough and then reward yourself for your accomplishments.

Or don't, do whatever you want.

Speak to you Friday,



p.s. I'm personally happy that I've managed to shoe horn Bravo Two Zero into a blog post because i'm totally not obsessed with it at all. If anyone wants to talk about that I'm down.

*it's not a word.