THINGS WE PRETEND ARE NOT WEIRD - letter from the trenches / by Bo Gerard

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I think we can all agree that Weird Al Yankovic is wonderfully weird!  But there are many other things in our lives that are just as weird; only we pretend they aren’t.

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I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week, and have been going for 20 years. But I have to admit - it’s weird!  Don’t tell me that going to a cavernous, brightly lit space, full of weight machines and other strange apparatus, and attempting not to make eye-contact with all the other people in workout clothes, while House music is thumping through the speaker is not weird!

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Our lives are full of weird situations and moments.  Growing up in NYC, I rode the subways daily. You are not only presented with the same eye-contact situation as at the gym, but there is also the added weirdness of having someone pressed up against you in an over-crowded subway car, that is hurtling through the subterranean depths of Manhattan.  And yet we pretend it’s not weird!

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Sometimes while waiting to go onstage to perform, I suddenly realize that what I am about to do is very weird indeed.  For a brief moment, the blinders open up, and you clearly see what a ridiculous thing it is that you are about to attempt.  You are going to get up in front of a large, unruly audience, try to command their attention, and make them feel amazement and joy.  WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY!!!

1000 senior bikers at the Gaylord Texan last night.

1000 senior bikers at the Gaylord Texan last night.

Yes, you ARE!  You are crazy to think that an audience will listen to you, focus their attention on you, and go on a journey with you.  That they will laugh with you, care about you, and reward you with their heartfelt applause.  WE ARE NUTS!  And yet we do it – every day.  We leap into this crazy endeavor and risk our lives, our reputations, and our hearts.

We do it!  And we pretend it’s not weird.  But it is…kinda.