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Leavin’ on a jet plane

I’m so over this town.OK, at least for a week.I’m off to a journalism workshop in sunny Florida where I’ll learn how to tell a good story on deadline.It’s about time.I’m sort of looking forward to getting away from life’s daily grind. Lately I’ve felt as if I’m a character in the current re-runs of “Sex in the City,” obsessing over relationships and wishing I were living in Paris. The only difference I don’t see a Big in my future saving the day. I guess I’ll have to do it on my own.I love out-of-town business trips, though. They can be so beneficial. I’m hoping to gain a new perspective on my work and see how many free samples of lotion I can bring home. I would go for the lotion-shampoo-and-mouthwash trifecta, but I’m sure airport security will have something to say about that.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: “The Complete History of America, Abridged,” Thunder River Theatre Company comedy, 7:30 p.m., TRTC Theater, Carbondale. Tickets: 963-8200 or http://www.thunderriver.comThis is why I’d kick it up here: In these dreary days of high gas prices, overseas wars, terrorist attacks, and senseless school tragedies, comedy is about the only medicine to keep our spirits high. I’m sure the makers of Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil disagree. But seriously folks, if we can’t have a sense of humor about things like American history and a certain unnamed network news source, then we’re in big trouble. My suggestion is to head to the beautiful, almost-brand new Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale for TRTC’s season opener. I was lucky enough to see a dress rehearsal and I was cracking up the whole time. You’ve gotta hear all those clever songs and check out the wacky costume changes. I’m so glad to live in a free country. God Bless America, and everywhere else in the world, for that matter.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: The 19th Street Diner’s 20th birthday party, live music, costume contests, and free cake with food purchase. Information: 945-9133This is why I’d kick it up here: Go diner, it’s your birthday, gonna party like it’s your birthday. In its signature fun-lovin’ style, the 19th Street Diner is having the birthday bash of the year with cake everybody loves cake costumes, music, and prizes. Go back, way back, through the last 20 years for costume ideas that could garner cool prizes including a Sunlight season pass or a Fat Tire bike. I’m thinking anything Pretty in Pink-ish or maybe something circa early ’90s like MC Hammer pants. You can’t touch this.

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