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Gimli Manitoba and Beyond
by Precious Chong

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by Precious Chong

Happy New Year 2009

How did that happen? You can tell that Iím getting older when I make a remark like that. Iím here in Winnipeg and in the midst of rehearsals.

I start my tour on Saturday, Gimli Manitoba is our first stop I believe. Then itís Eriksdale, Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon, Dauphin, Deloraine, Strathclair,, Neepawa, Binscarth, Virden, Crystal City, Steinbach, Carman, Morden, Brandon, Kenora, Atikokan, Sioux Lookout, DrydenÖ.ending with Churchill. Yes, Iím going to be performing in polar bear country.

Iíll keep you posted on how itís going.

Last week was the hard week. So much dialogue, Iím up on the stage alone, flailing around, feeling like a fraud and being uncomfortable. Steven, the director, is so kind and good. He sits out there, patiently. He is always smiling. He is encouraging. And Iím like I hate this, I canít do this, how do I act again?

And then Iím back at the same place that I was five years ago. Literally. Where I met Wes and we fell in love and my whole life changed. The Garry Apartments. Apparently for me, Paris is not for lovers, Winnipeg is.

Itís bittersweet. And I miss Jack. I miss him a lot. But then Iím grateful to have the time to focus and take care of myself. Itís a conundrum. My friend Christine, is like, you have this great opportunity Precious, stop wasting your time on that and just do the work. I have the chance to sort of start over, again. Itís weirdly ritualistic.

I was starting to spiral. Focusing on outside approval. Freaking myself out. Doubting myself. It sucks.

So Iím stopping that.

Also my sublet did not work out. Thatís a bit of a nightmare. I had a bad feeling from the beginning and I chose to ignore it. I got burned. Ouch.

But thatís okay. Sorry if this sounds all self-helpish. Iím scared but Iím going to leap into the unknown. And see what happens. Itís exciting.

And yes itís cold here. Beautiful blue sky and sparking snow and then I go outside and Iím like, oh my god, Iím going to get frostbite on my face! Itís serious business. No messing around. Two words; snow pants.

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Yes, Iíve done solo shows before, but this feels different. Maybe because Iím getting paid to do it, maybe because I didnít write it, maybe because it feels more like a play than a solo show. I do have to remember to breathe. Really. I talk a lot and when I start running out of breath forget it. Breathe. So this week, I have two more days rehearsal then a dress rehearsal run on Thursday, then a performance at the Casino here on Friday and then the tour starts on Saturday.

Iím taking the show on the road.

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