Thanks to everyone who came out to the show last Thursday. There were some amazing stories told that night. As always, we learned a lot.

Kat showed us how people of all cultures and backgrounds can come together as one in their frustration in trying to park in Seattle. Tracey let us know why it’s important to occasionally make sure your boyfriend has all his toes. And Mike taught us that what you think is on your pants isn’t always what you think is on your pants. I’m pretty sure everyone who was there that night will never forget this piece of advice 🙂

Thanks to all the folks who walked up to the microphone and shared a story: Tina, Tracey, Wudan, John, Chris S, Mike, Abil, Chris M, Cavan, Ginger, Bengt, Kat, Julie, Jenny, Connie and David.

One person I want to give special thanks to is my friend Bengt. I’ve been trying to get Bengt to tell a certain story for almost 19 years and he finally told that story Thursday at Roy Street. The story was about the moment he decided to leave the Mormon church. It was funny and powerful and touching and inspiring and just beautiful to hear. It was the first time I ever saw him nervous on stage but as he told me afterward it was worth it.

I’m trying to convince him to let me put the recording on our Facebook page but he’s worried about some of the people he named in his story. Maybe he’ll let me bleep them out or maybe I’ll just have to accept that the only ones who will ever hear that story were the ones who were there that night.

The recording from last week’s show sounds like it came out fine so I can give each of the storytellers a copy of their performance if they want it. I only give them to the people who told a story and it’s only the audio of their own story. Most performers don’t want their personal stories online so that’s why I only give copies to the people who told them.

I hope to see a bunch of you at our next show on Thursday, May 26. I’ll write up the official invite as soon as I can. The theme is stories of being wrong about something.

See you on the 26th!

Paul
freshgroundstories@gmail.com

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