My friend Tim was just telling me tonight that everyone he’s talked to late this week sounds sick or that they are ready to crawl into bed and I can second that observation. It’s been an exhausting week+ and everyone at my house has been sick over the past two weeks.
For me it started with a cold that I caught in San Francisco a couple weeks ago, which incidentally was the last place I had any alcohol. Came back to the Berkshires and was thrown into the insane work of the 2nd product launch in as many months. Many late nights plus a day trip to NYC to get a sneak preview of Demetri Martin’s new show and I was starting to really feel rundown. As of last Saturday I was just barely starting to get a cough when I went with my friend Eric to go see Bill Burr who I did a great interview with in LA.
Burr’s show at the Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee was very rowdy which was a bit more stressful than fun but it was incredible to watch someone as professional as him handle that kind of situation. He still made it very very funny and kept his cool the whole time, it was very impressive.
Still I was feeling pretty poorly by the end of the night and got home very late. Sunday I had a fever, horrible shivers and cramps, a blinding headache, and I spent about 10 minutes vertical for the entire day. I managed to stagger into work on Monday but it’s debatable how on top of it I was. Eric was already feeling pretty bad by this point and by Monday night he was sick. Tuesday I got antibiotics from my doctor and was starting to feel better by Wednesday but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a terrible cough every day.
On Wednesday I had been asked by Professor Brian Brown to present how marketing works at Atalasoft to a class studying B2B businesses at the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management. I dosed up on cold medicine and throat spray and managed to get through a couple meetings and two full classes. The students were really attentive and I got a lot of great questions – I found it really inspiring just to be around a couple sets of students who wouldn’t fall asleep to this kind of stuff. Seriously though, it was an incredible privelege and I was very touched to have received a really great Isenberg School of Management coffee mug that I’ve enjoyed brandishing around.
I also see a lot of down faces at work and the stress is palpable. This combined with the economic news, Joaquin Phoenix going insane on Letterman, and a commuter plane going down with all 49 people aboard after we were hit by yet another ice storm is starting to take a toll. If I’m feeling up to it I will have to ski my guts out this weekend. I can’t face another week at work without regular exercise and I think the country should follow suit, and work out and coast on some endorphins.