The listener and I finally had time to read yesterday. She had to stick labels to the tops of ice cream containers while we read, but we still STILL got to read. And it was awesome!
We’re only about halfway through the book, but we’re still enjoying every word of it. And, seriously, if you haven’t gotten yourself a copy of the book by now - DO IT.
Back when Martin was still new to the comedy scene he developed some pretty amazing crowd control tactics - one being this:
When a heckler started in on him, he’d say something along these lines, “Oh, I remember my first beer…” (Only I’m paraphrasing because Martin would have said it much better.)
He’d talk so quietly that the majority of the crowd could not hear him, so they’d start in on the heckler to get him to be quiet so that they could hear Martin.
This last one is ultra-genius. And the listener and I are going to try it out on Monday.
What’s Monday? Well, you see, the listener helps me out on Mondays by volunteering as a Junior Official Lunch Lady at my kid’s school. I developed the lunch program and run it with the help of a small group of volunteers - and am lucky enough to count the listener as one of those volunteers!
But noise is a definite problem with the kids we wrangle at lunch time. Some days I think I’ll just go running from the building and never look back. But this idea of talking to them as a group very quietly in the hopes that some in the group will ask others to be quiet so that they can hear…amazing.
Monday. Experiment time. Can’t hardly wait.