|Buzz and Dustin Diamond|
(Saved By The Bell's Screech)
One of the things I do to combat the boredom is to take pictures of a little plastic Buzz Lightyear toy at various touristy attractions and stuff... Why? Well...
In 2006, I was just starting as a standup comedian. I'd been performing or writing comedy in one form or another since 1992, but not as a standup comedian, and I hadn't been traveling all that much yet. At this time, my youngest son--Jack--was just over a year old, and was taking his first steps. Jack just *loved* to put things in shoes, especially toys. I was constantly hurting my foot on something shoved in my shoes until I consistently began to check them before I put them on.
My buddy James graduated from Air Force basic training in June of 2006, and a friend (Sean) and I flew to San Antonio to see him graduate. When we arrived, while getting dressed for the graduation ceremony, I discovered Jack's Buzz Lightyear toy tucked into my dress shoe. After the ceremony, Sean, James, Buzz, and I went to the Alamo and took pictures. Before we left, Sean and I took Buzz to a cave and to an old Spanish mission. And to Rudy's, self proclaimed home of the"Worst Bar-B-Q In Texas."
We had a ball. After that, it just made sense to take Buzz with me everywhere I went. For a short time, Buzz was lost, but upon his triumphant return, I resumed taking pictures on the road with him. It's a small way to share the interesting things I get to see with my friends and my family. It maintains a definite emotional tie to my children when I am lonely. And it beats the living hell out of being bored.
|Buzz and the lovely Elena Fox from Food Network's "Ace of Cakes."|