When I look back at this time.in my life in my Seventies, in my Eighties, I want to know that I gave it all I got. That I gave myself a shot. I want to see this moment anticipating having perspective on it later. I’m so scared, because I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. But for the first time in my life I’m getting palpitations and nausea from anxiety, and I’m PRAYING that I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing.

Jumping in feet first has always seemed to work out for you.

My friend Matt Nation once said to me the reason people love performers is because they seem so much freer than everyone else. I love that concept and I take that a step further. People watching in NYC, and in my own experience, most people are never nearly as free as they are to be themselves, and to honestly express themselves as they are with their own families. The most introverted people become performers around their own families. I think people love performers because performers can somehow treat EVERYONE like family.

I was inside the SoHo Apple store for about 2 hrs, trying to catch up on some blogging last Tues (which I do because I don’t own a computer besides my phone, and it can’t really do the whole job..), and when I emerged Old Grace (the bike), which I’d locked to a tree in front of the store early afternoon, in broad day, was gone. Suffice to say the bike tour is over.

That doesn’t mean the project is over. I plan to spend the next few weeks booking shows in NYC and in the Tri State area at schools, in after school programs, theaters (if you have any ideas or leads for me, please shoot me a mesg), and possibly just traveling around the city and performing via train, and Jolie and I are gearing up to begin working the one man show.

This project of hopping on my bike with Shakespeare on my back, barreling full speed ahead towards my fears has been one of the greatest things I’ve done with my life, and I’m not ready to be done yet.

Indubitably.
The `Speare Bearer’s Ride: Route S, Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. 09/13-09/17, Pt. 9: Patti & Tommy? the Gumption Dragon, and the Great Trail Exchange

The question mark is because I’m a jerk, and it took me so long to find a computer since I’ve gotten back to NYC to blog that I’ve begun to forget lIttle details of the final few days of my tour, like the names of this wonderful couple I met riding the C & O trail. I believe this couple is Patti and Tommy. We ended up chatting for a bit, when I took a break from speeding through the trail to ask them for directions. I ended up performing for them, I believe it was a Twelfth Night scene, and to my surprise, they weren’t content to let me just perform for them. They wanted an equitable exchange, and each had pieces to perform for me. 
Tommy had actually gone to high school with Nils Lofgren, famed musician of the E Street Band, and Neil Youngs Crazy Horse. He shared a funny limerick Nils recited at a talent show when they were kids. And Patti, also a performer, puts on shows school age children as “The Gumption Dragon”, a magical dragon all about encouragement and affirmation. She shared one of her pieces about “power” and it was so gleeful and sweet I almost burst into delighted pieces right there. And she does this all in an awesome dragon costume. Check her out!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFrSGSIIwLM&feature=youtu.be
If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

1st day back in NY. Supposed to be resting today… Instead the Speare Bearer is performing at the DUMBO Arts Fest.