Tag Archive | travel

Rochester, aka “The Pit of Despair”

Let me start by saying that my research here is going great.  Living with family is as you would imagine to be (well maybe better than you imagine if you don’t get along with your family). I haven’t lived in the east in over a decade, and the thing I’m being reminded of is how […]

On being a Jet-setter.

So Monday I drove up to Toronto to see the Catch 23 show (competitive improv with three teams that get 23 minutes over 4 rounds).  I stopped at Niagara Falls for a quick lunch.  I arrived at Kurt Smeaton’s place where Taz VanRassell was hanging out and Kevin Gillese soon arrived.  Kurt runs Catch23.  I […]

Bee Siege at Harmony Acres!

We’re in day 5 of the great bee siege here at my parents’ place in NY.  We won some ground yesterday when we opened a wall and found a HUGE hornet nest complex.  It was like a mini-version of “Aliens” without the machine guns and explosions (but lots of chemical pesticide). The portion that we […]

Jet Setting

I just got back from Toronto where I visited a bunch of my favorite Canadians doing a show called Catch23.  It’s an improvised variety show/competition.  Kurt Smeaton hosted me, and we had a blast.  I’m going back up next Monday to catch Taz from Vancouver and Kevin Gillese from Edmonton.  They’re both totally fun and […]

Back in Rochacha

Been here for a few days.  Things are going pretty well.  I went to a Rochester Improv Community meeting last night and met some of the locals.  It was mostly members of local college troupes, but there were a few members of the more professional groups in town.  It was nice to start making the […]

On the road again.

Well, I’m leaving Portland on the 21st for a 14 week stint in NY.  It’s a mixed bag.  I feel like I’m stepping out just when some things are starting to ramp up here.  Theatersports is starting up again, and a new project that I’ve been involved in “Icarus” is going to do its first […]

Business Card reality.

So I’m leaving Portland soon for 14 weeks of field research.  I’m studying the wild long form improviser in its native habitat, an urban center.  I picked up my Portland State University business cards which read Brad Fortier Anthropologist I giggled a bit picturing myself in a pith helmet in Rochester finding an interpreter who […]

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