Beard Mishaps & How to Apply Peer Pressure to Adults: a NotN Reflection

“…. and I know that a poet without words is kind of like a kid without salvation, so Grandma, I am here looking for your wisdom. There are still deserts, full of kids, asking God why he chose them. They are still waiting, for their clocks – “

Cue the beard falling off my face.

Oh the agony! What was the best rendition of my speech that I have ever delivered, quickly turned into an attempt to stifle the laugh/sob that threatened to escape. In retrospect, it really wasn’t that bad, but in the moment it felt like a truck and just driven through the finish line right before I took first place.

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Despite all the issues though, I think it turned out okay.

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NotN was filled with on the spot problem-solving. Materials went missing, learning centres were falling apart, the flat on the stage – we solved them all.

Eric Kim even stained his shirt, and thus was concerned about looking classy as an MC: but fear not Eric! My sweater was ready for you!

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Eric, you are styling!

My learning centre was way more successful than I had expected. It consisted of a stage, some of Koyczan’s work on display, and some rewards for participation. Simple, right? I insisted that the people who came by needed to fill out a mad-lib of my (Koyczan’s) work. Upon completion, I would then try to charm them onto the stage with honeyed words. It worked maybe 50% of the time?

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I now have a stack of creative, heart warming, witty, touching or satirical mad libs to show for it as well!

In the near future, I will be interviewing my eminent person, Shane Koyczan. Post interview I will post an edit detailing my final thoughts on this project.

Will I remember this night forever? Probably not. Will I remember for it for many years to come? Assuredly.

10/10 Night.

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