What’s that smell in the corner of Brian’s mind? Memories!So, I’m a big calendar guy. I like to take a look at the current time or date or year and reflect back on what was going on during that same time or date or year in “The History of Brian.”
By: Brian Matuszak, for the Duluth Budgeteer News
So, I’m a big calendar guy. I like to take a look at the current time or date or year and reflect back on what was going on during that same time or date or year in “The History of Brian.” I never consciously keep track of these events, I just happen to pause and reflect on whatever pops into my head when that memory engine revs up and floods my brain with the smelly, recollection fumes of adventures past.
And lemme tell you, this time of year brings lots of smelly fumes...
For example, it was two years ago this January that I was sitting in front of the television, watching the NFC title game between the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, when I suddenly experienced the same exact sensation as longtime Packer fans.
No, not the mild anger that comes from finding no Pabst for breakfast ... I’m talking about the FLAMING RAGE that comes when #$@! Brett Favre tosses a #$%#@#!@! interception to cost your #$##@!*!!$ team a chance to play in the !!!!$##@*(#@#@#*%)#!!!!! Super Bowl! (Can you tell I didn’t care for feeling like a Packer fan? I still need to shower three times a day.)
Smell that memory? It was 15 years ago this January that I had the opportunity to return to my old job as a copywriter-production guy at a local radio station. That’s a favorable fragrance! Oh, wait a second...
It was 11 years ago that I lost that same job as a copywriter-production guy at the local radio station due to budget cuts. Smells like something else now...
Whoa, there’s an ancient emanation! It was 27 years ago this month when I pulled off an illusion worthy of the great Doug Henning and tricked a beautiful woman (who happens to be my wife) into going out with me for the first time.
Without giving away too many of my charm secrets, I can tell you it involved an out-of-town college theater trip and a blizzard. In other words, her options were limited.
And speaking of out-of-town college theater trips...
Whoa!! Now my brain is being overloaded with an even older aroma: the 30th anniversary of my traveling with my UMD Theatre cohorts to New York City.
Sooooooo many adventures there to remember, including walking a lady of the evening out of our hotel, Al Pacino “accidentally” spitting on me, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowded theater lobby with Raquel Welch and Bianca Jagger. That was such a fun week! I gotta tell you, I am loving the fumes of these winter memories!
I guess they don't have to be that old, either! I just felt a newer one pop in there from last Saturday night when we visited the Jalapeno Express...
Where you going?
Brian Matuszak has been difficult and demanding since February 2008. He is the co-founder of Renegade Comedy Theatre, founder of Rubber Chicken Theater, and still has the photos from that trip to New York City. If any UMD Theatre alums are interested, he accepts cash, but not Vikings tickets.