This weekend kicked off my Christmas corporate season, which for those that aren’t in the comedy biz is a busy, stressful but fun and lucrative time of year.
I started out on Thursday, flying into Regina a day early for my Friday night gig. If possible, I like flying in the day before because it gives me time to relax and eat potato chips from a vending machine while claiming I had no other choice because it was too cold outside to walk to the grocery store.
Unfortunately for my wallet, my hotel was across from Shoppers Drug Mart and I spent 137$ on makeup that was promised to be super different from the makeup that I already own. That’s one thing about turning 40 this year – I have gone from traveling with one small makeup bag to two makeup bags plus the plastic carry-on security bag for the extras. UGH – why do men with no makeup look like humans and women with no makeup look like they just woke up from a coma. hashtag not fair.
Regina was great and not too cold and my gig was in the same hotel in which I was staying – which for comedians is a HUGE plus. When all you have to do is walk downstairs, perform and then hit the hotel bar after – this is what dreams are made of! Rumour has it that this hotel also had a gym, but who can investigate every crazy claim made on a website?
Saturday morning I flew to Edmonton and while in the airport I began to receive texts about the bad weather that was waiting for me once I arrived. Edmonton was being hit with the (first?) big snow dump of the year and things were getting a bit crazy on the roads. Weeks before when I had rented my vehicle, I had chosen an SUV and I’m so glad I did. The two hour drive to Vermilion wasn’t as bad as I thought, even though there were lots of cars on the side of the road and a semi-truck that was all folded up and stuck in the opposite lane.
Being from BC, I hate driving in the snow and always assume that I will be the slowest person on the road. This was not the case. I realized that most people don’t like driving in conditions that could see them slide off the road and into a pole. I also realized that if you have driven from BC to Alberta in the snow, you tend to be a cautious driver, but one that also appreciates that sliding off the road in Edmonton means into a field, whereas sliding off the road going through Rogers Pass means – goodbye, you’re dead.
Driving back Saturday was much better and after dropping my rental back at the airport I took the airport shuttle back into Edmonton where I am staying for a couple days of R&R before taping the Debaters on Tuesday night.
The Edmonton Skyshuttle is a great way to get from the airport into the city without spending 50$ on a taxi. It is not a great way to travel however. Upon arriving at the counter, I was told they had sold 9 of the 10 seats and couldn’t sell me a seat until they squished everyone else in the van. I was greatly relieved to be told that in fact they could squish me into the shuttle and I wouldn’t have to wait an hour for the next one. (I would have sprung for the cab rather than wait – come on, I’m 40 after all). I really enjoyed the part where everyone on the shuttle watched as I tried to shuffle into the very back of the van and then balance half my arse not the shuttle seat. I snuggled next to the stranger beside me, knowing there was no way in hell I could put my seatbelt on, but also knowing I probably wouldn’t go flying because the part of the seatbelt the buckle goes into was firmly pressed into my tailbone, where it will probably stay for the rest of my time on earth.