Another batch of random reflections from the week.

#1 – Just because people laugh, doesn’t mean it’s funny.
I went to a comedy club the other night for the first time in years (The Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown) and had a great time.  I laughed.  A lot.  All the comedians I saw (there were 4 before the headliner) were great – and I gotta give it to them for getting up there in the first place.  But here’s the thing… some of the time I was laughing it was because I was uncomfortable or just plain grossed out.  That’s just cheap laughs, people.  And not to gross you out, but seriously I think at least two of the comedians talked about Aunt Flo.  C’mon guys, really?  It’s funny ’til someone gets their period.  Just sayin’.

#2 – To accept a friend request or not accept a friend request, that is the question.
You know how you get those friends requests from people you’re not quite sure you remember:  a dude from high school whose name is vaguely familiar, and who seems to know (at least on Facebook) people you know, but who you just can’t quite place?  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say ignore the request.  If you accept, you just may find yourself in an online chat about things you could care less about and can’t seem to politely bow out of.  Now… if I could only take my own advice.

#3 – Talking all night with friends is the best.
Unless it’s happening in the apartment next door to you very, very loudly.  Then it totally sucks.  Seriously… these guys started at 3AM and they have still not stopped.  It is now 11AM.  That has got to be a record.

This coming week I’ve got a couple good interviews scheduled for the podcast.  I’ll be talking to Naseem Rakha who wrote THE CRYING TREE and Susan Vreeland, whose latest is CLARA AND MR. TIFFANY.  Looking forward to both of those (they’ll be up on the site later this month).  AND best of all… I got a deal on massage through Groupon – so hopefully that will reduce the stress brought on my annoying neighbors.

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor