The words in this Improv series are like the notes musicians play in musical improv. They are not about my summer vacation, they are not organized, necessarily. They are not in a straight line, they are not apologetic, they are not literary, neccessarily. They are not for the wealthy, or political, though they might be one and the same. They are not for the supposed righteous, they are not for those that think they are righteous. They are not the only way to say anything, they are not, neccessarily.

And you best believe the good fellow that wrote these words probably has a story to tell. Still, the words don’t have to say what you want to hear, they just are what they are. They are welcome to be what they will be. I’ve been writing them for years, but it seems like I could have a good time just putting the pieces together. These pieces move fast, they don’t suffer a lot of pause. They talk about everything at once. They are not terribly thematic individually, but varied in topic, and subject. What subject? You’ll figure it out.

You’ll understand as much, or little as you will. You’ll tell your friend, “Can you believe he said that?” But so much for the negative. Sometimes the words fall on you like rain, or blow around like leaves in the street, or gather like clouds in the sky, or move like a line of ants on the ground, or simmer in a pot like beans in a restaurant, or huddle like the ladies on a team, or assemble like children on a playground, or cluster like a bunch of flowers, or group like a crowd of well wishers, or hang out like a hoard of hippies burning it down, or round up like a herd of cattle, or swarm like a hive of bees, or grate like the sands between your toes, or ascend like balloons at a festival, or not.

They don’t have to make sense in a literal way like the manual for your cellphone, or the pamphlet on venereal disease. They are not required to be readable. They are not necessary to understand the story line. They just are using the tools and techniques I have taught myself to inflict maximum interest on an audience of my choosing. Sounds preconceived. That may be actionable, and certainly entertaining. Good.

They are suggestive, they are emotive, they don’t have to have a thing to do with what the front row is talking about over what you say. They are free to be whatever they want, whatever you want. The audience is a very big part of Improv, so I guess their conversation is part of the show.

New perspectives, a new pair of shoes, a novel idea whose time has come. Sometimes the words come in backwards, or upside down, like gibberish, like garbage. Like something not together, like something confused. But read between the lines. But hear them for what they say. The hints are everywhere, the hints are off the cuff, the hints are on the back of a box of cereal, the hints are hints because they have something to hide, maybe a surprise in every box.

But you’ll figure it out, sooner, or later. Sometimes they come in on top of one another, sometimes they don’t come in at all. Like water that won’t be constrained, or constricted, the words can’t be held for long before the embankment that pretends to hold them springs a leak. Rest assured, when the dam is long forgotten the words, like the water, will still be there. But you get my drift.

Pardon, but do you have…

Photo Credit: Jay Hamburger

Pardon, but do you have……the time?

Do you, really, know what time it is? Do you wear a watch to tell the time? Or do you tell time with your cellphone? Or do you mark the time on the sundial in the square, or is it the changing of the season?

It’s time to leave. It’s time to go home. It’s party time. It’s time to get some work done. It’s time to quit complaining. It’s time to get moving. It’s time to rest. It’s time to relax. It’s time to go away. Vacation time. Work time. Down time. Slow time. Go time. Half time. Full time. Four-four time. Three-four time. Cut time. No time. Summertime. Timeless. Some other time. Split time. Good time. On time. No time for you. No time for this shit. No time. Spend time. Some time. Borrow time, but pay it back. My time. Your time. Our time together. It’ll take more time, what’s a few more minutes? It’ll happen in it’s own good time. Dream time. Big time. Short time. Stop time. Mountain time zone. Central time zone. Pacific time zone. Eastern time zone. Any place, anywhere, anytime. Once upon a time. Give me some time. Did you think it wouldn’t take some time? Not enough time. It’s time to go. The time on the wall clock. It’s time for dinner. It’s time to play some tunes. It’s time to feed the parakeet. It’s time to go see who is stealing the newspaper from the doormat. It’s time to give that so&so a piece of your mind. Being with you is timeless. Diamonds are timeless.

Timelessness. The time with you has seemed like a breath of air, time was we had more piece of mind before theses lines were drawn that have become our face, time went slower when I was shorter, time goes ticking by, but who has the time to notice, how much time has passed, how much time is left, every time I look at my watch I smile, every time I look at you I smile, time is an ally, time is short, time is long, who knows where the time goes? is it time? time flys, time drags on and on, what time is this flight? If I just had more time, one more time, in time, out of time, golden time, dark times, time is like a fruit fly, as time goes by, it goes too slow till it goes too fast. every time, most time, less time, good time, only time, out of time, stop time, rig time, less time, any time, stand time, face time, one time, just give me a little time, time goes by, the world goes as the time goes, one time, a little time, time for you, time for me, time for the tiller man, time for you, time for me, time for someone else, the time before you go, the time before you arrive, the time before the guests arrive, don’t mess with time, don’t waste time, lose time, buy time, rent time, sometimes, next time, only time, one time, spent time, arrive on time, no time, all the time, worth your time, not worth your time, done time, save time, time at the center of the planet, over time, quitting time, work time, break time, old time, same time, under time, time is just a way to keep everything from happening at the same time, time on earth, time on Mars, time on the water, time on land, time in the air, time before Trump, time after Trump, time after time, time and again, time doesn’t matter, time won’t make a difference, time won’t help, time you won’t notice, time you won’t care about, time on the court, time in the pool, time on the baseball field, time on the links, time on the field, time behind the plate, time in the joint, time behind bars, time in jail, time in solitary confinement, time in a plane, time in a car, time on a bicycle, time on skates, time on the slopes, time on a stage, time in a dressing room, time in the dentist chair, time in a doctor’s office, time in a department store, time will heal you, time to forget, time until tomorrow, time until it’s over, time doesn’t matter, time is irreversible, time bomb, timed out, time zone, time is a fluid, time is an ether, time on the highway, time on the backstreets, time goes by when you’re not paying attention, time warp, time dilution, the time stops here, time machine, time is inconvenient, the time is correct, time never stops, time never waits, time goes by, all the time, in the time it takes to blink an eye, in the time it takes to tie your shoe, in the time it takes to sail across the ocean, in the time it takes to fly a plane to Europe, in the time, with the time, stopping time, any time.

Give me time, a moment of your time please, no more time, only time will heal the wound, only time will bring you ’round, time is the magic, time is the grease, time is the lubricant, time heals all, time will make it right, time on a train, time on a bus, time in a cab, the time stops here, you don’t have the time, it won’t take any time, it doesn’t take much time, everything is twenty minutes away, only time will tell, time and again, I’ll fix it when I have the time, make time, give your time away, charge for your time, do you give change? only time, one time offer, time in the loony bin, time on the lam, time in a truck, time in an automobile, time on the force, time in the band, time goes fast, time goes slow, time goes in circles, time goes straight as an arrow, timeline, march of time, sprint of time, gait of time, well of time, want of time, stopping time right where you want it…

…we’ll make time.