Last weekend, Amy, Arthur, and I went to Bethlehem, PA to see Marc Maron on his Out of the Garage Tour. None of us* had been to Bethlehem before. We came in along a hill packed with small run-down houses that Amy started calling Shantytown. As we were driving on this fifty-degree-and-raining day, I saw a shirtless guy standing in the middle of a side street shouting at, apparently, life, and I thought, Yes, exactly. This is exactly what happens here.
Then it also has an arts complex built in the midst of the abandoned remains of the Bethlehem Steel plant.
So, you know, odd town.
Anyone who spends time with me or reads this blog knows that I reference Marc Maron’s WTF podcast at least once a day and am forever encouraging people to listen to it. I had a somewhat serious interest in comedians before I started listening to the show, and when I listened to my first episode almost two years ago (#163, Conan O’Brien), I was hooked. It’s not just about the comedy for me. WTF has entertained me, and I’ve learned things from it, but it’s also helped me as I’ve been changing my life and coping with a bunch of stuff I never expected to have to cope with, in just the most unexpected ways. I think it’s helped me live my life a little better.
For me, going to see Marc Maron was a big deal, and I’m so glad Amy and Arthur were there, too.
The show was hilarious. We saw Louis CK perform in Buffalo a few weeks back, and I thought Marc Maron gave a better performance–and that’s saying something, because Louis CK was also great.
My biggest disappointment was that we didn’t get to climb around on the abandoned buildings.
Maybe next time.