#Ashtag #25: A Constant State of Reverie

The Dallas Comedy Festival starts this week. Do not miss it! Welcome back, or hello, welcome for your first time. This is the monthly edition of #Ashtag, where I attempt to stay hip and "with it" by digging into current Internet trends.

We're going to get a little different for #25 though. We're going to peel back the curtain and take a look at the old fogey pushing the buttons: me.

Some of you may have asked yourselves, "How does Ashley stay so far behind pop culture to need to do #ashtag?" "How does she spend her time instead?," and "How did she not know what Drake was?"

I may be the only one actually asking these questions. Either way, we're getting the answers this week.

First, I have a short daily commute. I max out at about 10 minutes in my car at a time unless I'm making a special trip somewhere. I'm very lucky to live so close to my job(s). My car radio and I spend a limited amount of time with each other except when I listen to Think while I eat lunch in my car. Yes, I eat alone in my car a few times a week. I like it, and you can't stop me. But because of this limited radio time, I'm not hip to the pop music. Although, if we're being honest, I don't think a longer commute would make me inclined to listen to pop radio on the regs. This entire paragraph is moot. Let's move on.

As I've mentioned in previous #ashtags, I don't have cable. I'm what they call a "cord-cutter." I do keep up with shows that I like on Hulu and Netflix and even Amazon Prime. The most commercial action I get are the same handful that repeat over and over again on Hulu. It always blows my load when I'm at a home with cable of how out of the loop I am with the ad game. I have to sneak away from conversations where people start talking about funny commercials they've seen because I know nothing, and it's not interesting to hear about a commercial you haven't seen.

Moreso than my light TV and radio ingestion, I think my constant state of reverie can be blamed for my out-of-touchness. In case you're like I was not too long ago, reverie does not mean to revere something. It is "a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream." If you already knew that, kudos to your vocabulary.

I know the proper pro-noun is "who" for Drake. I was just joshin' ya.

I spend far more time dilly-dallying in my own head than I do paying attention to what a Drake is. This is not to say that I'm playing around in some wonderland in my brain, although it can be. I spend a lot of my time doing the brain equivalent of pacing around a living room. It can be very unproductive.

Luckily, I get to be productive at a real-life wonderland, Dallas Comedy House. I get to perform, write, teach, and do bits on bits with super funny and talented people. I spend so much of my time at this place, and I can't express how lucky that makes me feel. I get to spend most of my brain power on this art of comedy, where our medium is human interaction. Hands down, given the choice a million times, I'd always choose to be an out-of-touch oddball who sometimes feels old and ill-equipped for the real world over being savvy, hip, and technologically competent.

Ashley Bright is a writer/performer at Dallas Comedy House. She’s a graduate of and an instructor for the DCH Improv Training Program. You can see her perform every weekend at Dallas Comedy House. You can also see her performing in the Dallas Comedy Festival starting this week!