Sunday, December 23, 2018

Gossip

Language is used to create life, and a lot of us use language to comment on life. We all have opinions, about our family members, our friends, people, politics, and social issues, etcetera. We have thousands of thoughts everyday, and nothing is ever perfect in our lives, so we project and comment about other things. I am guilty of it too. We have a choice, everyday to use language to create in our lives, or to comment on what others are creating.

People have a lot to say, especially when someone else is getting a lot of attention for something they disagree on. Just look at celebrities, some people love them, and some people hate them, and certain people feel the need to speak out, people like to be heard and understood.

In doing something noble, or bold, or controversial, people around you are going to have comments and opinions about it. Especially if they disagree with what is being done, or if they don't have much going on in their own lives to be proud of.

I experienced this quite a bit in going to Columbia College Chicago, where being a straight white alpha male is basically frowned upon. I was in the minority, which I don't mind, at times I felt wrong for being who I was, and in general, not very accepted. I met some really cool people there, but overall, the ideologies and philosophies of most students there didn't go along with my own. I made attempts to be kind to some of these students, and was ignored, so I gave up on going out of my way to be nice to people who didn't reciprocate mutual respect. I am grateful for all of my experiences at this school, I learned from them all, and met some other awesome, independent thinking, and talented people.

In the beginning of this year of 2018, I spent 6 months studying in England, with a lot of students who were mostly quite younger than me. Being the American student popping in for only 6 months I can understand that people had a lot of thoughts about me. I came from a different culture, with my own intentions, and I did some things that got some reactions. I'm sure people said a lot of things about me, and may continue to. Again, I met some amazing people, who were great to me, and who I consider friends. This experience changed my life and was absolutely incredible, I grew so much and am grateful. Having said that, being American, I felt misunderstood at times, as our culture is different, and my actions and words were seen through English eyes.

I met a lot of people, and did some things that people did not agree with.  I have experienced some feelings of remorse, as certain things did not go as I'd planned, or didn't end well. I left England, and won't be going back anytime soon, and want certain things to be okay. Ultimately I was trying to make a difference for people, while honoring myself, and things got messy at times. I have love for everybody I encountered there.

People like to spread juicy gossip, and exaggerate, and spread rumors and all of that. It's an easy way to avoid your own shit. Also, being an actor, a lot of us have issues with being insecure, and like to look at other people by nature. It is much easier to look at other peoples faults rather than search for and notice your own and attempt to improve.

When gossiping, the truth can get muddied, and facts can be altered. People also have their own narratives running through their heads, based on what has happened to them in their lives, and how they were raised among other factors. Things that we see, and information and events are filtered through our personal narratives, and there is only so much you can do to get people to see things your way. So trying to get everybody to see your exact point of view and where you are coming from, is basically impossible.

I want people to like me, and I want to be understood, but compromising who I am is not okay for me. Getting people to like you for who you are not, will require you to keep being that person for these people to keep liking you. Being who you are unapologetically, allows you to find the "real" people who will be your friends, and weed out the "pretenders". These "real" people will like and appreciate you for who you are, and for being and honoring yourself. Like Dr. Seuss said "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." I be that Dr. Seuss quoting manes.

I found at times that I was people pleasing, and that can result in being mistreated, and feeling unfulfilled. I was compromising who I was, and what I wanted some of the time. When I went to England, I wanted to learn, to explore, to meet people, and especially meet women. I found at times I was cautious about going for what I wanted, out of fear of being judged, fear of being gossiped about, and being ostracized. Being that I was most likely never going to see these people ever again, "I had nothing to lose" but as a human, I wanted to feel accepted and understood, while also feeling personally fulfilled. I also care about the affect I have on people, and how they are left due to my words and actions.

Gossiping brings negative energy to the person who gossips. I think a good rule to know if it is gossip or not, is to think "Would I say this to this person's face?" Because if you were to say this to the person's face, then you actually care about them, and would be doing it to allow them to improve from this information. Based on what it is that was being said, would you actually say it to the persons face?

I have heard some people I consider to be "nice", say some nasty things about other people. And as a bystander witnessing gossip... Why wouldn't this person say something nasty about me when I'm not around? That is a signal that is being given off to the people you are gossiping to. 

I sometimes get upset when I think about people that don't like me, and are possibly talking shit about me. Although, I should get used to it, being in pursuit of comedy, writing, hip hop, acting and that kind of stuff where criticism is part of the game, and people aren't going to like me for being me. And for pursuing my dreams and being creatively productive. More people will become exposed to me and my views with the more success I gain. So it's all part of it, and it's all training and development.

I love and care about people, and it's best not to talk shit about them, in my opinion. It is better to send out positive vibes, and receive positive vibes from the universe, and the people in your lives. Because we are all going through life together and separately, and a lot of us are struggling. So you're better off being kind, or minding your own business, and creating your life with language and actions! Happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My night with Dirty Joe

There is a man named Joe, he is about 40 years old now I think, I called him Dirty Joe because he often times would talk to and about women. Flirting with them a lot, and was generally horny. I saw him talking to a lady once, and after wards he said "I could see her coochie through her pants." This was a guy that I met at the Second City Improv Jam about 5 years ago. The first time I met him I got a weird vibe, a vibe that I did not want to be around.

He had a bandage on his hand from burning it. And he seemed odd and like he was struggling, and something told me to avoid him, which I ignored. But I had seen him a few times after that, and got along somewhat, and somehow, we decided to hang out one night and I spent the night at his place. As I was living in the suburbs at the time, and wanted to stay in the city for the weekend.

So this weekend started at us doing the improv jam. Then hanging out after at a bar near there. At the bar Dirty Joe was talking to some women, and I kept calling him Dirty Joe, and he said to me "Stop calling me Dirty Joe." I didn't want to do this because I felt he was Dirty Joe. We met up with a friend named Mac, who invited us to his place after to smoke weed.

So Dirty Joe drove us over to Mac's. We got there and started smoking a bit. Then I had to go to the bathroom, so I did. When I came out Dirty Joe was in the middle of telling a story about how he got some girl to show him her "coochie" in a bathroom in a restaurant. I believe I called him out for being so dirty, and justifying my nickname for him. We talked for a bit longer, then we left Mac and Dirty Joe drove me back to his place. On the way home he was telling me stories about hotel rooftop parties and meeting beautiful women, going to high class strip clubs and getting into the VIP section and lap dances and what not.

We finally got back to his place and on his door there was a sign that said "Beware of Dog". We walked in, and sat down. I looked around and did not see a dog present. So I asked him where the dog was, and he replied "I'm the dog bitch!"

We continued to sit there until he went to the closet to grab his guitar. Dirty Joe felt he was rather skilled at playing guitar, but he played some notes for me rather poorly. It was probably about 2am and I decided I was tired and went to sleep on his couch.

Waking up the next morning, we mostly hung out and watched TV all day, one thing we watched was the Beastie Boys film with Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Elijah Wood. He claimed it was one of the greatest things on YouTube. It was pretty good, it also had John C. Reily, Will Ferrell, and Jack Black.

We left his place after four or five hours of not doing anything outside of TV watching. We went back to Second City and got dinner at Corchorans across the street with a friend named, Chip. Dirty Joe was getting on my nerves by this point. He was trying to hit on the waitress quite a bit, and Chip and I were forced to put up with him being strange at the table.

Dirty Joe and I left to go see an improv show, it was fantastic, it's called "The Boys" and consists of some of the top instructors at Second City. After that show I left back to Palatine, and I had forgotten a sweatshirt or something with Dirty Joe, I believe I got it back from him later.

Probably a year later or so, I was at another theater and saw a picture of him. And next to it said,
"If you see this man, call the police." He had been accused of grabbing or harassing a woman at some other theater. And now has a notorious reputation around the improv community of being dirty.
I knew there was something dirty about Dirty Joe, that's why I called him that. He tried to deny it to get the ladies, but he was dirty for the ladies and their "coochies". So I'm glad I continued to call him Dirty Joe.

I saw him this past fourth of July at Montrose beach without a shirt and a large beer belly. I did not say hello to Dirty Joe, I figured it was best to not engage myself with him.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Cell phones and the Internet

This idea is fresh because my friend Junie McGraw wrote a poem about cell phones. I have an issue with the amount of cell phone use among people. I was at a restaurant recently and saw a middle aged couple sitting on their phones. The woman had TWO cell phones and was alternating between the two. If they had any conversation it involved one of them complaining to the other about something they were showing them on their cell phone. So I projected that these two were not happily married, and go out to restaurants to feel somewhat alive and break out of the monotonous cycle of their pathetic lives. That may not have been the case, but seeing them interact with each other so little made me dislike them.

When I was single and dating, I often found I had to combat with a woman's cell phone. I would try to talk to them and would feel thwarted by them ignoring me with their screen. Then I realized that that meant they had no interest in me, and my approach was most likely poor. Imagine the amount of people that we don't allow ourselves to meet. Technically you could meet someone on a train or a bus and become great friends with them, or fall in love with them.

If you are on any train or bus or elevator or walking down the street. 99% of people are looking at their phones. There could 30 people on a train and there is no one talking at all. I saw a friend of mine waiting in a lounge area at Second City reading a book. There were fifteen other people there all on their phones, I approached him saying "I noticed you because you're the only one not on your phone here." Passive aggressively calling everyone around me out on their behavior, and no one looked up or cared.

We are all addicted to our phones, and we don't have to deal with reality anymore because we can avoid it with our phones. If something you don't want to deal with is happening, just pull out your phone. I wake up and it is the first thing I look at. I take it to the bathroom with me, the idea of taking a shit without looking at it is preposterous, and valuable time where I could be texting somebody.

And we can do SO MUCH with our phones and the internet. It is an amazing device that we have. We are able to connect with so many people now. That's how I was able to start dating my lady in England. We met, added each other on Facebook, then set up a date through texting on there. Now, having been away from each other for four months, we are able to text and call everyday with no charges. It is amazing, and something that wouldn't be possible 15-20 years ago. So I am grateful for that. Without that, I probably wouldn't be going to see her in December, and would have no idea what she was going through and we could easily lose contact.

So yes it is both good and bad, I request that you all be conscious of your cell phone use, and notice when you are on it for no reason, and put it down for a bit.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Comedy and School


I realized later in life that I had been studying stand up, TV shows, movies and sketch comedy as a kid. Shows like "Always Sunny", "The Simpsons", "South Park", "Family Guy" "The Whitest Kids U know", "Mad TV", "SNL", and comedians like Ralphie May, Jim Gaffigan, and Nick Swardson, etcetera. Watching their specials because they made me feel good, and I could connect to things that they were saying. Listening to them share their struggles and experiences, and seeing them use these struggles to make a living and generate laughter for others was amazing to me. 

Watching Ralphie May talk about doing acid, and how to do it properly made me think “Oh wow, you can talk about this stuff and not get in trouble for it? Also, you can do acid and it doesn’t ruin your life.” And with Ralphie May being overweight, he inspired me to feel confident about myself. I still didn't for a long time, and can still struggle to.

Jim Gaffigan talked a lot about being lazy, and overweight, and this also helped me feel better about myself as a shy and depressed thirteen year old. Nick Swardson talking about staying up until 6am playing video games and getting angry with ten year old German kids beating him online made me think, “Oh you can still be successful in life even if you play video games that much.” Stuff like this made me feel good, and assured me that I don't have to listen to everything adults I am in contact with tell me, especially teachers. Because these people that I like and who make me laugh are saying things that I agree with and go against what is "supposed" to work in life, according to authoritative figures.

In my traditional schooling they taught me to go for what is safe, and to get good grades so I could get a decent job and have stability. Watching comedy specials and TV shows and movies showed me the exciting and fun aspects of entertainment and life, and that you don’t have to stick to a traditional path. That’s what initially got me into comedy, I was at Souther Illinois University in Carbondale, and not liking being in university there. I was obsessed with trying stand up and I did, and did it 17 more times before I left there after a year.

I was in a couple of film classes, and some of the teachers were still saying things like “If you don’t pay attention, you won’t pass the class, then you won’t get a degree and will end up on the street...” These people actually believed this stuff, so looking back I’m not that mad at them. At the time I was pissed off about people saying that shit to me. I think it’s a toxic thing to say to young people, most of us believe that and go to school under the illusion that we need a degree to be successful. This same teacher was about 40 years old and shared that she was still in debt to her education, and she believed it was worth it. She was nice enough, but I felt that she was perpetuating a vicious cycle of going to school to get to degrees to be in debt. 

Some of my friends went to school for accounting or some malarkey. Got through their classes, and studied for their tests using Aderall and other drugs to stay up late and study, and to do well on tests. They suffered through their classes, binge drinking and snorting amphetamines throughout their time at school. Complaining and trying to forget their classes during the week. Now they are graduated, and some are still taking these drugs and binge drinking to forget about their shitty jobs. Because they bought into the illusion that you “NEED” a degree to get a safe job. 

I may look like a hypocrite, because I am currently in school for acting, which you don't need a degree for. I am meeting a lot of people in this field in Chicago, have been able to travel to Prague, and England for terms abroad, and won't be in debt when I graduate. My parents and other people encouraged me to go back, I did after taking six months off, and am glad I did. I had amazing times studying overseas! I am lucky that my parents can afford it, otherwise I would have stuck with an Associates degree. Back to comedy.

I some comedy, people think about what’s in front of them, what is seen as the status quo, and rebel against it because there is something not right about following the system. Because the system is meant to keep us in line, and to go with the flow because it’s easy for the system to make us stop asking so many questions. I'm not really sure what "the system" is, maybe the government, or some powers that make things hard for people. I'm a low key conspiracy theorist I suppose. And feel like people and things want us to sit down and shut up, rather than go for our dreams. It’s important to have philosophies, to challenge what everyone else is doing if it doesn't feel right. And to think and discuss things that are going on in your life.
      
Satire really spoke to me as a kid. Being able to make a point about something was what I felt I needed to do to be truly heard. And having my own thoughts validated by older, smarter, funny people made me see it as possible for myself. Watching funny stuff growing up made me believe that I could do it, because I had similar thoughts and ideas about life. It would upset me when I heard my friends say they were not creative. For awhile I didn’t understand why people wouldn’t want to make a living making people laugh. Pointing out the flaws and hypocrisy’s in society and humanity, and exploring the human condition. 

I think I somehow connected school and comedy here. Ultimately I am glad I went to Columbia College Chicago. I have met some great people, learned some great things, and am so grateful for spending a month in Prague, Czech Republic, and six months in Bath, England where I met some incredible students, friends and teachers and a truly amazing girl who I am in love with (Georgia). I am ready to graduate in December, and be done with it, and am glad that I did it. And have been doing some form of comedy since I started October 23rd in 2013 at an open mic in Carbondale. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Back in Chicago

It is now July 10th and I've been in my new place with Jonah since June 28th. I have settled back in from being over in Bath for six months. Luckily Jonah found us a dope spot to live in off the Montrose brown line while I was away, and I got my amazing pool attendant gig back. It feels fantastic, and my friends made a lot of moves while I was gone. Jeremiah Behbin came up with a new improv form mixed with hip hop, and Shawn Shaw came up with the name "A Tribe Called Johnny Quest" and they brought on the rest of my best friends, Jonah Andrews, Tim Perez and Junie McGraw, and we have Eko Lu as our DJ. We would have had Andres Merlos too but he is doing big things out in L.A. for the summer. It is so fun and new and exciting. And a great way to get back into performing improv and free styling every week with my homies. Creating new material and reintegrating with all of them after being gone for six months is really fulfilling and fun.

My family is doing well, my oldest sister just had her third child, everyone is healthy and glad to have me back too.  I've seen a few other friends and talked to other powerful people at Landmark, I'll be assisting soon the next couple of Sundays. I'm getting back to my life and surrounding myself with innovative, funny, creative and amazing people.

I have obviously been thinking back on my time in Bath. Talking about it with people here, as well as my time in Ireland and Germany. As well as my time last year in Prague, and weekend in Berlin. Returning home from a trip triggered that trip too. I'm lucky that I have gotten to travel to Europe, and see my German homie Beny Hillbel (who I met through Jonah) in four countries now!
(U.S.A, Czech Republic, Germany, and England) It has helped me grow immensely. And just getting the experience of being in a new place is dope. Seeing how people live and meeting new ones to talk to and connect with.

Being in Bath I felt that people were flaky with plans. I generalized English people for awhile. In the end I did end up hanging out with some amazing people consistently. I think I was a bit "desperate" to make friends at first, so I put a lot of meaning in making plans with people, being there by myself, and only having six months to do so, it took some time to find the right people. Because 'people' in general can be flakey, including myself.

I'll give some acknowledgments to students who I got along with and became friends with, Sapphire Heaton, she was in my class and was warm to me IMMEDIATELY, and I really appreciated that feeling of being welcomed into the class and for that empathy. Suhaila Fahad also made me feel really welcome right away and all of the time after that too. Tor Hudswell, made me feel welcome and became a close buddy near the end, always had a great time chatting and drinking with him. I also respect how hard you work and I believe you will do amazing things as an actor. Mikael Sjoman the FINN MANGS, the only other guy in the exchange program, luckily we got along and became pals. Holly Leggett, who is wonderful and kind also made me feel welcome and was just delightful to be around. Megan Freeman Thompson also made me feel really welcome consistently, and put in the effort to make me feel accepted. Same with Charly Beahan, smiling and saying hello to me was big for me. Max Griffiths too, always saying good morning and giving me a pound, small things like that make a big difference. I could go on and on, I'm forgetting people, I hope you know if you made a difference for me with my stay in Bath :).

And of course, Georgia, my new English girlfriend. I've never been affected by anyone like this. I'm so proud of her, and so happy that I got to meet and fall in love with her. We've been talking every day, it is amazing to be in love with someone like her, and it fucking sucks so hard being this far away from her. Thank God and them that there is social media to keep us connected overseas, so we can talk and see each others faces. She plans on coming over here when she graduates in about eleven months. She is the first thing I talk about when people ask me how my trip was. In the mean time, I talk about her in Chicago and recreate her for people. So I can give them a taste of who she is, show them pictures of her, and allow people to welcome her when she arrives. I know people will fall in love with her like I did.

I enjoy talking about my trip in chunks, I can't spill everything out in one sit down. I have to be reminded of things that trigger memories and such. I have gathered a lot of new stories and memories and they are lodged somewhere in my brain and I can't always access them. Sometimes I am tired and feel worn out in trying to share everything, so I can't always get it all out to people when I see them. I want to share my experience with people, so if you are interested we can chat soon and probably a few more times to give a good taste.

I am so grateful that I did this trip! Six months in England by myself. Although, I left with a plethora of new friends, hopefully I will see some of them again. Most of the people I won't see again, but to anyone who gave me anything in my time other there, thank you. This once in a lifetime experience changed me in amazing ways. Much love to Bath and to England! <3

Monday, July 2, 2018

People I met in Bath


During my stay in Bath England I met quite a few people, these are some that struck me as interesting or meaningful. I'm leaving out most of my classmates as these are people I met out and about in town. 

Bamf- What a delight he is. He is a small bearded English man with no teeth. He has a buzz cut with a long collection of hair at the front of his head, he keeps it out of his face by putting his glasses over them on his head. I always loved chatting with him and letting him go on about anything. He works as a gardener, a child minder, and as a street vendor in Green Park Station, where we met. He is extremely bubbly, friendly and energetic. I have got to know him really well over the six months of being there. He is a great friend and a lovely character that epitomizes Bath for me.

Guillem – He is a lovely Spanish man. He works at the Hatch, which is a food-vending place in Culverhay, where I had most of my acting classes. We had a few deep and introspective discussions about meditation, philosophies on life, women and English culture. He related to me that English being his second language allows him to be detached to the words. And this allows him to get his message across without feeling much restraint. I enjoyed how present he was in his conversation skills. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician.

Georgia – She is the girl that I fell in love with. She is an acting student. I met her by going to an outside lecture, and once we began dating we began to see each other all of the time. We don’t get sick of each other, or we at least put up with a lot from each other. I am lucky that I got to fall in love in Bath. We are still talking and she plans to come visit me this time next year when she graduates.

Mark - He is a brilliant acting/voice teacher and coach. I met him because he substitute taught for one of my teachers. We met up outside of class a few times, and he invited me to one of his lectures where I met Georgia. He is also extremely kind, charming, funny, passionate and charismatic as a lecturer. I could sense how much I’d be able to learn from him as a voice coach and am seriously grateful that I got to meet and experience him.

One time Meetings

Estevan – He is a living statue street artist in the City Centre of Bath. He is usually near the Abbey and the Roman Baths. He is either dressed in a gold painted suit, along with his gold face, a gold hat and gold hair. He is leaning back and pouring water from one can into another can, the stream is continuous and non-stop, it is fascinating to watch. Some days he is dressed in an all silver suit, with long silver streaked hair that is essentially blowing in the wind, again all silver, and he looks like he is riding on a bike real fast hence the blown back hair. He was not working at the moment in his bike uniform so I stopped to chat with him for a few minutes. He was lovely and warm and gave me his business card!

Tiny – He is a six foot five inch tall bus driver. I walked into the U5 bus once and he commented on how I almost touched the ceiling with my head. I asked him how tall he was and he said six five. He then got out of his bus drivers cage and stood in front of me and we chatted about me being from Chicago for a bit. He was very friendly, and he told me his name was Tiny. I found that fitting. 

Johnny Dollars – I had missed the bus to class one day so I called an Uber. and this man showed up. He was a friendly older Bristolian man. I found out his name (Johnny Dollars) because it was tattooed on his right forearm. He was extremely friendly and fun to talk to. He asked me how I liked British women, I said I did, but I was having trouble hanging on to a girl after the first meet. He helped me change my luck I guess, because I soon met the lovely Georgia. I only chatted with him for about 10 minutes. I felt we related well to each other and he was the best Uber driver I had in Bath.

These are some small descriptions of these people. I am keeping them brief to keep some of their privacy and to just give a taste. They made a huge impact on my stay in Bath, and I am grateful to have met them.



Friday, May 18, 2018

My Trip to Germany 2018

Near the end of my Easter break in Bath, England I flew into Frankfurt to hang with the main German homie Beny. My main American homie Jonah flew from the states to the airport in Frankfurt as well. I met Beny through Jonah when he was visiting Chicago for six months from about April to October in 2016, prior to his return to Germany.

 I then met up with Beny in Prague and Berlin in June of 2017. They were fantastic, fun filled times. Then Beny came to Bath in the first part of my break at the end of this past March, just for the weekend, he flew back home then I went to Ireland for a week. I came back to Bath, and met my parents for a trip around England, I flew from London to Germany and he Jonah and I hung out in his hometown of Mannheim and Heidelberg Germany from April 11th to the 15th 2018. It was a fantastic trip and THE REUNION of all 3 of us!

Jonah and I arrived on Wednesday afternoon, Beny had his driver friend Ade pick us up at the airport. Ade was a really funny and interesting guy. He didn't speak much English so he mostly communicated using driving and chicken sounds with his mouth. He made us laugh a lot on our way to Beny's and showed us all the hip hop songs from GTA San Andreas.

We stopped by Loopy, which is a mini red light district in Mannheim. I walked out there with only my phone and my passport, so I didn't feel that well equipped to talk to hookers. It was still cool, they were looking at us out the windows of their "houses" some were just in their bikinis looking at their phones on the bed. We went into one of the houses to look, one girl was all over Beny and he said "No sorry I have a girl friend" she was upset and playfully kicked him in the penis with her sandal before we left. We did not have sex with any of the respected hooker ladies.

Ade then took us to Beny's place. He is in training to become a nurse so he lives in a large apartment complex with lots of other nurses he is friends with. We spent that day walking around a bit, and bought some food for the next five days. We took it easy that night and went to bed early. Beny had school the next day, so he arranged for his dad to take Jonah and me around to Heidelberg.

Thomas! The father of Beny himself, came around 11am Thursday morning to take us on our own personal tour! Thomas is a really great guy, open, fun and friendly. He was the perfect tour guide. We went to a race track in Mannheim first to look at some old cars, bikes and to have lunch. I asked him for some life advice, just because he is the father of an amazing friend of Jonah and mine. Two things he said were "be open to everybody" and "life is learning." Just some tidbits fuh yo ass.


We then went off to Heidelberg, it is a beautiful and scenic student city, similar to Bath. Throughout the drive he would point things out to us and explain their history. We would make pitstops to beautiful parks, get out walk around and look for a bit.

We walked around one park right near a lake, and found two girls playing guitar and ukulele. Thomas went up to them, like he would do with a lot of strangers, just like Beny does. He asked them if they would play something for us, and then we would do some comedy for them. They acknowledged us at first and then somewhat ignored us and continued to practice (Hurt by Johnny Cash).

We hung around chatting for a bit, I guess Thomas could sense that they were still open to us doing some "comedy" for them. We agreed that we would freestyle for them if they played a beat. So they did and Jonah and I rapped for them. I was nervous and didn't want to do it, but we did it, and it was fun, and I'm glad we did that.
                                                     (View of Heidelberg)

We left and went to Heidelberg castle. A relatively destroyed castle, with the interior still in tact. We all went in and explored it, then went to the top to see the beautiful landscape of Heidelberg. We left there and got some food, then Thomas took us back to Mannheim. We were gone most of the day and came back to meet Beny to go out to a college party.

We got there around 9pm to a large quad with a DJ, we got drunk and lots of German people kept yelling "Jesus" out at me so I would 'bless' them if necessary. We left a few hours later, we were free styling down the street kept finding wine on the ground. We ended the night at a night club called Zimmer's dancing to techno around 3am or so.

The next day was Friday, we went over to Beny's friend Kevin's house to hang for a bit. We were free styling and drinking, Kevin makes beats, and we would go back the next day to record stuff! Later, we went back to the same night club, Zimmer's for some good techno, we danced for awhile then we left around 3am.

We went to a bar called Rhodos and when we went up there a guy started to pick a fight with Beny outside. Soon after a girl came up to them asking the other guy who was arguing with Beny if she could have a cigarette from him. He did not want to give her a cigarette because he was busy being angry with Beny. The three of us boys left this angry arguing guy somehow and went inside to order some food as we were all hungry at 5am.

We all sat down and later the girl with her friend who was asking for a cigarette, was crying because that guy had grabbed her or hit her. She was speaking in German, then apologizing to us in English. There were some really loud people behind us, and a big scary guy standing up and looking right at us for quite awhile as our food came.

We began to eat in this chaotic and foreign environment when a random German dude came up to our booth to hit on the girl who was crying. He infiltrated our booth, adding to the weird vibe. He ended up getting his arm around her, he didn't want any of our food, maybe he scored that night, we ended up leaving around 5:30am and went over to a private bar/shop.

We bought some beer, we went in the back to play some arcaded games and darts. We left around 6 or 7am to walk home as the sun rose, it was a full and proper night out in Germany.

Saturday we probably got up around 3pm or so. We went out into town to Primark to get some clothes. My parents advised me to listen to Beny's fashion sense. He got Jonah and I some new shirts and pants (They call them pants in Germany too, not trousers.)

We went over to a hip hop event that was really cool. Some German rappers went up and rapped on stage for awhile, obviously we could not understand what they were saying, but we were still catching the vibe.

We went back to Beny's friend Kevin's house, the beat producer, we were free styling for awhile then we recorded a couple of songs. It was a lot of fun, and it encapsulated our trip as a trio, and is a great memory for us to have in a song form. It was great, we went out after that to a few clubs Beny made sure we saw all the good stuff. We went home around 3am.

We woke up and Thomas picked us up to drive us to Beny's home growing up. We got to meet his mom and see his brother Toby, who we had met once before when he came to visit Beny in Chicago. Toby took us to the airport, he dropped off Jonah, then the Hilbel brothers took me around Frankfurt to show me around. It was a cool city, I only saw it for about thirty minutes.

They then dropped me off at the airport, and I flew back to London, took a train to Bath to return to Uni the next day. It is always well worth it to see my friend Beny around Europe, we take each other to new places and make new fun times. And it was also amazing to see Jonah in Germany, as he brought Beny and I together.