I have the best day job in the world. As a member of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company, I get to perform in three of the greatest plays ever written (Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth) at high schools all over the Chicago area. I love the roles I play, I love the audiences, and I love interacting with the students, but mostly I love the company itself. The carpools to the shows are some of the most fun you can have with a small group of sleep-deprived artists crammed into a small vehicle at 6:00 in the morning.

But sometimes, that morning turns out like this:


After about an hour and a half on the road, we finally got word that the school we were trying to reach had closed due to flooding. It took us another two and a half hours to make it back home. Normally it would be a little over sixty minutes for the round trip.

On the plus side, I’m now back home and have the day to get other work done, or take a nap, or perhaps both. The downside is that we get paid by the show. We were supposed to do two today. This turned out to be a very expensive pointless four-hour car ride.