I recently returned from a grueling trip to Chicago. It is good to be back in my hammock and interacting with smiling people again.
Last night my wife and I went to a local fundraising event that screened some home movies featuring Andy Kaufman. These movies showed Andy before his Taxi fame and he was hilarious. I laughed myself silly. His timing was impeccable. He delivered his ridiculous shtick with convincing sincerity but every now and then you'd catch a mischievous twinkle.
I was introduced to Andy in the mid-1970s. We were both teachers of Transcendental Meditation attending a TM conference in New York state. At the talent show at the end of the conference, he entertained us for hours and had us howling with laughter.
Andy loved ice cream (chocolate) and he visited my ice cream store frequently. One day, he consented to being photographed eating my ice cream. (This took place about a year after he became a regular on Taxi.) The pictures would have been priceless, if only the photographer had remembered to put film in the camera.
On Tuesday, my wife and I will be accompanying my son to Knoxville, Tennessee where he will compete in the Global Finals of Destination Imagination. DI is a team-oriented, problem-solving competition. I'm sure when I return, I will be brimming with stories about the experience.
Since I won't be posting next week, it is okay for you to take the week off too.