Nov 09 2018

The “X” experience

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 14:55

As I’ve mentioned in the previous entry, last night I was in Stirling for Daniel Sloss‘s.

I started driving towards Stirling at 04:00 pm, and because it is almost winter, days are shorter here, so I ended up driving at night. And as it often happens when I’m driving at night in unfamiliar locations, I got lost a little, as in I took a longer route to Stirling and managed to see the three bridges (Forth Rail Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, Queensferry Crossing) at night. It’s a mesmerizing view and I can’t wait for my next guest to arrive from Romania to take him there.

With all the traffic jams and the rain(that did not stop until the next day morning), I made it to Stirling just in time to occupy the last available parking spot in front of my hotel and have a pint before the show. Yeap, a pint was all I had the time for so I was forced to skip dinner. I then went to Albert Halls and the security guy at the door met me with a snippet of Scottish humor. He noticed my agenda when checking my bag and I head him say to one of his colleagues: “She had a book in there, just in case she gets bored.” Yup, apparently I have such a serious face that people thought I had a book to entertain me during a comedy show. My seat was in the third row, quite close to the stage so I had a nice view. I found it, put my sexy ass on it and never left it until the end of the show.

Daniel Sloss most recent comedy show follows his already established model: fun with Kai Humphries, then fun with him, then the serious and mind blowing part, and then fun again. I will not tell you what it is about, because I want to give everyone the chance to enjoy it fully. If you are a Daniel Sloss fan and you have some kind of audience of your own you should not talk/write about his show either. First, because you will probably affect his earnings, and it’s not fair, because this guy deserves every penny he’s making. And second, because this show is just another undercover therapy session that most people need to go to. The topic is raw, cringy almost but eye-opening as well. By talking about the show with people who haven’t seen it or writing about it you are affecting the chances they will watch it, and believe me, you do not want to do that.

I will write some blog entries about the show because it has given me a lot to think about, so much so that I’ve had some weird dreams and I’ve been barely able to sleep last night, but I will keep them in the drafts folder until his show is publicly released on Netflix.

And the last thing I want to write about. Although I was unable to find one of his shows, I have an opinion about the core topic of his shows: love. His show Dark focuses mostly on family love, Jigsaw focuses on self-love and X focuses on the love for friends.
I truly think Daniel Sloss is an amazing human being that was lucky enough to be thought the sane way to love by his amazingly sane parents and in consequence he probably has a lot of love to give. And since the universe is governed by action and reaction, he is very much loved as well. And since art imitates life, his comedy shows are inspired by that. I am very curious now to see what his next show will be about. And the one that I cannot seem to find anywhere for the moment.

This is the Daniel Sloss effect. You go to his shows for a laugh and you come back from there is a better person. So yeah, go to his shows and buy tickets for your enemies too. :D

Another thing I like about this guy is that he is basically a superstar in his field, but he started the show on time and after the show, he stayed until about 11 pm to hug and talk to all his fans. Including me. And I told him my theory about his shows and he said it is an interesting pattern. My encounter with him and Kai was brief. After skipping dinner, getting a little wet in the rain and having a pint, I had an annoying headache and I was shaking. But I got to compliment Kai for being an ideal husband(if you go to the show you’ll see why) and get a hug from Daniel. And I did something I never thought I’d have the balls to do. I wrote my name and my telephone number on my show ticket and gave it to Daniel. I’m living in Edinburgh now, so who knows, maybe we’ll go for a pint someday. Honestly, it broke my heart to give that ticket away, because it belongs on the memory board that I started after moving to Edinburgh. But sometimes, my instinct gets the best of me.

This morning I woke up in my hotel room to witness a beautiful sunrise and since my room was at the last floor with a roof window, I did what any relaxed human would do, got out on the roof and took pictures. :D

You can see the pictures taken yesterday below. I’ve never been in that part of Stirling, but I do like this city a lot because it reminds me of Sibiu. Unfortunately, there are not many pictures of it because it was night and the 12Mp camera of my phone is not good enough for that job. But in the near future, you will be able to find more Stirling pictures on this blog because it is only an hour drive away and I’ll be taking a lot of my friends there. Yes, you are seeing right, the Christmas decorations are already up in Stirling, they are just not lit yet.

Bonus: two of the pictures taken with Kai and Daniel, by Daniel, the only one with hands long enough. :D

And this will be the last entry about Daniel Sloss for a while. I’ll get back to admiring the wonderful city of Edinburgh, writing memoirs from my troubled life and post travel photos. And if I’m lucky (yes me, because it is so difficult to find time to do any technical stuff aside the stuff at work lately!) some technical entries about what I’m currently working on and on my incoming book.

Stay safe, stay happy!

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Nov 08 2018

Daniel Sloss’s Jigsaw and its impact

Category: English posts,FunnyIuliana @ 21:23

I discovered Daniel Sloss about a month ago, shortly after I got a smart meter. I kid you not, I installed a smart meter, Google somehow found out about it and it recommended me a youtube video of Daniel Sloss being all Scotishly-sarcastic in an ad for smart meters. And I was hooked. This guy’s comedy is like a drug to me. And I’m not even joking, after seeing all his videos on youtube I needed more. So I followed him on twitter and on facebook.(Stoker much!?) And then I found out he had two shows on Netflix and boy I got my fix that night! I’ve seen both of them one after the other.

I loved Jigsaw, not because it was funny, but because it was so damn … raw. And because it hit close to home, even if I am not currently in a relationship. That show broke a lot of relationships and as a single person always being pitied for being single, being pushed to find someone and having my character and good nature doubted just because I don’t have a partner, I view it as a revenge of the universe on people that are in comfort relationships and lecture single people.

But why has Daniel Sloss’s Jigsaw made such an impact? Why was it so successful in making people doubt thier feelings and made them put an end to thier relationships? People are stumped when they see him bragging about the number of relationships his show put an end to.

People have stayed in bad relationships since monogamy started being a thing. And they have taught thier children that this is the way things work when in comes to relationships. I know for sure my mother tried to program that into my rebel mind. And it almost worked. Thankfully, love and relationships have been such an ordeal for me that I decided 4 years ago that my happiness and my sanity are worth more than love. Don’t get me wrong, I will always give a chance to a person to make an honest woman out of me, but hoping, yearning for love is no longer the primary focus of my existence.

And back to the question now: why has Daniel Sloss’s Jigsaw made such an impact? I think I have an answer for you: it had the impact it did because you would not expect a comedy show to provide you that kind of epiphany. You go to comedy shows to laugh and forget about your problems, you don’t go there to find out you have problems you did not know about and you definetly are not going to comedy shows for counseling. Somethimes I think Jigsaw is a psychology session undercover. Also Daniel’s age might be a factor for this. If George Carlin would have made Jigsaw, people would have laughed and said “That’s old age right there, these are the kind of epiphanies you have when you are close enough to death!” And humanity has this stupid habit of respecting old people for thier age, but rarely learning from thier experiencr and dismissing them as old-age ramblings. But when some merely 26 year old guy comes to you with this kind of wisdom, you are just … shocked. And a shock is what really changes a person and makes he or she dare to ask the right questions.

Also, there is human nature. Once Daniel’s show has started taking off as a bad relationship panaccea, people either recommended it to friends in bad relationships hoping it would work its “magic” or people in relationships watched it as a dare. This is why if there ever was a video like the one in “The ring”, humanity will most probably go extinct.

So Daniel, since you’ve been so great at destroying relationships, I suggest your next show to be about climate change. Because if you made so many people actually think about their relationships, instead of just being in them, maybe you can do the same for climate change.

And I’m writing this from my phone, because I’m in Stirling to see his last comedy show: “X”. I really hope is as good as the others two, because I did not make any research about it to keep the element of surprise. And I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Or maybe not. :D

Stay safe , stay happy!

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Oct 16 2018

Too little, too late

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 1:58

I’ve been raised romano-catholic. One of the quirks of this religion is that it drills into your head that you have to marry a virgin and stand by your man in sickness and in health, until death do you part. I know all wedding vows go like that, but romano-catholics take this very seriously. They do not recognize divorces, in their minds, if you married somebody you are stuck with them for life, no matter how huge an asshole they become. Because of this education indoctrination, my personal life has hit a few bumps in the road. I mean, by 18 I was already an atheist, but getting the shitty idea of “the one and the only” out of my head took a while. But, this blog entry is not really about that.

Last week I discovered Daniel Sloss, and aside the fact that I was barely containing my laughter while at work, some ideas he talked about raised my interest enough to look at his shows on Netflix. In case you do not know who the kid is, he is a British comedian, that started his career quite early and was making a lot of money before he was even allowed to drink legally. His most recent show,  Jigsaw is a cold and raw view of relationships and the dark places the human mind goes when shit hits the fan. Because of how real and personal he gets in this show, he inspired people to ask themselves some difficult questions and  apparently quite a few relationships and marriages have been victims of it: 8500+ break-ups, 37 cancelled engagements and 46 divorces. And yes, he keeps count.

The guy reminds me of George Carlin, because his comedy is not really comedy, is the verbal manifestation of a grounded, logical  person’s repression faced with the ridiculous things in this crazy world that we all live in. I was listening to him and laughing, but at some point I stopped, because it was not funny anymore. He was dropping a swear word or a funny comment here and there, to keep it light, but the overall tone was a morose one.

Unfortunately for me Jigsaw came a little too late. I regret that this kid did not have this brilliant idea about 6 or 7 years ago. It would have spared me a lot of headaches and a harrowing heartbreak. Because at the time I was struggling to keep alive a relationship with somebody that probably wished me dead, because that was the easiest way to end it. And I must confess, although I did not wished him dead, I did kill him a lot of times in my nighmares in the most spine-chilling ways.

I am not a stranger when it comes to jugsaw puzzles. Most of my life I’ve felt like a piece of puzzle forced in the wrong place, because I’ve been trying desperately to match expectations that weren’t mine. It took me a long time to muster the grit to say “fuck this!” and try to live my life in a different way and see if it matches. And here I am, a few years later after just throwing it all out the window twice and moving to a rainy island sandwiched between the Nordic and the Celtic sea.  I no longer feel like a piece of jgsaw puzzle, and I am finally building my own. If the jigsaw puzzle is not centered on a partner, that how should I go about solving this? The solution is simple.

I have a career that happens to be one on my passions as well. I also have a passion for music and travelling. I have to solve my jigsaw puzzle by putting my career and my passions in the center. And I guess I’ll just have to get out of my confort zone – in my case, out of the freaking house :)), and meet people. Because among those 7.5 billion people there shoud be one that I have proper chemistry with and that understands and accepts my way of life and priorities. And because I am a grounded, logical person, I will understand and accept his and we’ll just have to slowly gravitate around each other and adjust slowly to one another. Because no matter how hectic, how challenging having a career is, for the person worth your time, you will find time. I’m not sure everything will go flowlessly, but as an adult I will do the adult thing and try my best.

And if among those 7.5 billion people there isn’t anyone for me, at least I lived my life to the fullest and did not have time to think about the fact that we might actually, never really meet.

Stay safe, stay happy!

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