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  1. Two Shows; One Knee

    Sunday, August 7, 2022

     



     







    To fill you in, some months ago, I was coming home from a different part of the Bronx.  It requires taking the 6 train downtown to Manhattan to the catch the 4 train back up to the Bronx.  I was there for a photo session with another comic.  I wasn’t told that the photographer wasn’t going to be able to be there.

     

    A little background:  In late 2019, I had Legionnaires disease and it took months to get through it.  But though I was finally declared free of it, I never got my full breathing back.  Walking anywhere felt very strenuous, both in terms of breathing and in muscular pain.  I had been pushing myself anyway to build up my endurance.  I also have been making more effort to reduce my cigarette smoking.  I’ve been in an on-line group.  It is helpful, but this is very hard.  Then in the spring of 2020 (pre-vaccine), I had a relatively mild case of Covid.  So, after all that, climbing stairs is not easy, and I try to avoid it mostly.  However, in recent months, I made myself climb to the 2nd floor once a day to continue to build up. 

     

    Okay, now I climbed up to the 6 train which is 2 long flights.  I, huffing and puffing, think I’m going to sit on a bench when an announcement comes on saying that the downtown 6 train won’t be stopping there due to a stalled train somewhere.  We were told to go to the uptown side and take the train to Parkchester and then get the downtown 6.  I didn’t want to believe it.  I went down the flights and up the flights to the uptown side.  I couldn’t believe that this was going to take about 2 hours to get the F--K home.  At this point, my legs were feeling wobbly.  I hadn’t put them through this for a long time.  It was too much.  I was trying to make peace with the fact that I was going to have to go farther uptown in order to go downtown and then back uptown to get home.  The train came.  I went in and sat, grateful for that.  The train stayed there.  The doors remained open.  Then there was another announcement.  The problem was resolved and those needing to go downtown should go back to the downtown side.  I wanted to cry.  I couldn’t handle this, given everything.  But I did it.  I had not yet built up to this.  My legs really couldn’t handle it.  The next day, I had Charlie Horse which is fine, and even welcome, but my leg bones felt not okay.  Two days later, when walking down steps to throw out the garbage, something happened in the side of my right knee.  It felt like something crushed in there.  I was grateful I was holding the banister. 

     

    I was in lots of pain the day this happened but still had to go to stores.  It was a day I wished I could send someone else to the stores for me.  It took a very long time, but I got there and back.  The next day, there was progress.  Each day after, it felt better than the day before.  I was so hopeful I’d be okay enough to perform in 2 shows I was booked in for the weekend (4/8 and 4/9). 

     

    At some point it took a turn for the worse.  I felt badly about this, but I told the booker for the April 8th show what happened and couldn’t be there.  She was so understanding and invited me to let her know when I’m okay to perform.  That was a show at a comedy club with many comics.

     

    The next night’s show was not a comedy show at a club.  It was a performance party at ARTS ON SITE.  Most of the performers were modern dancers.  I was the only comic performing.  I really didn’t want to let them down.  It was probably a terrible medical decision to drag myself to the East Village, but it turned out to be great for my head.  The audience was ready to laugh before I began.  Here’s a clip of that performance.

     

    https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxuNdxsPSwp94EPd_f9-oAV2YBqfbE5a5P


    I’ve been going to physical therapy since May for my knee. 

     

    Save the date – September 9th – Comedy Show on City Island at The Artist.  Great line-up:  Alex Fossella, LaTice Mitchell, Sigmund Zygy Susser, and me of course.

     

     

    So much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤


    Mindy Matijasevic, August 2022

     

     

     


  2. I'm Back!

    Tuesday, March 29, 2022

     








    I’m alive.  It’s been three months since I wrote a blog entry.  I’ve had things to share, but have been feeling stuck in a number of ways.  Sorry to be out of touch.


    December 21st was my birthday.  I was glad to see another one.  I still had a cold that just wouldn’t let up, so I postponed my dinner with friends for a week.


    I saw my feline friend Mustache on my birthday which always feels good. 





    I decorated my door with paper snowflakes I cut out the way I learned to do in grade school.  Doing that continues to bring me joy.


    I was informed that I share my birthday with Jane Fonda (who I have felt a connection with since “Cat Ballou”).


    My friend Robert Gibbons wrote a poem for me for my birthday.  I was so surprised.



    Central Park West (for Mindy Matijasevic)

     

    was it there I met you one night

    over the dinner table with poems

    and hummus, or red wine. I am not

    sure, three or four of us at a collation party

    but the connection has always been magic

    your melodic way of comedy, then your

    serious demeanor, people would not know

    how much fun you are. You are my poetic

    comedic, superstar, Bronx mama. May your

    birthday be not another day, but a way

    to laugh and sing, may your birthday be not

    another day but a reflection of all your worth

    when I read your blog you bring down Earth

    Happy Birthday Queen of the Bronx

     

    Robert Gibbons                                             

                                                                    

                 

     

    That made me feel real good.  Thank you, Robert. 


    Christmas joy came in the form of a neighbor’s new puppy.  I received so many puppy kisses, and it warmed my heart and the feelings stayed with me.  A puppy is so eager to give and receive love.  And it’s so pure.  Those were my best moments of that day.

     


    One week after my birthday, when my cold was much milder, my friend Judy took me out for dinner and drinks.  She is super generous with me.  I love her company.  We were able to fill each other in on much of what is going on in our lives.  I love times like that.

     


    There’s more, but I’m going to fast forward.


    ·        Friday, April 8th at 8pm, I’ll be in Janice Messitte’s show at Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd St., upstairs room, $20 cover/ 2 items minimum.  Tell them you are there to see Mindy Matijasevic.






    ·      Saturday, April 9th, Arts on Site, 12 St. Marks Place, donation-based. I’ll be doing comedy in this variety show. (More details to come.)


    ·        Friday, June 10th, 8pm, my show at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue, on City Island will be featuring me, Mutiyaa Vision, Rhonda Hansome, and Linda San Lucas.  $15 cover, no minimum.


     

    Hope to see you and hear your laughter!




    Love all the time to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic March 29, 2022

     


  3. Behind the Scenes on Show Day

    Monday, December 20, 2021


     







    The morning of the winter comedy show I was having at The Artist on City Island, I heard my cell phone receiving a text.  I hoped that wasn’t anyone cancelling.  I went back to sleep.  I’d been trying to get rid of a cold for about five days, but it was still with me.

     

    Later I checked my text and saw it was from my friend Mindy Levokove wishing me well with my cold and the show.  I was relieved.

     

    Showered, dressed, went to the store, and then worked on a bit of COVID material for the show.  I was doing okay.  Went on Facebook and saw I had a voice message from one of the comics.  He just learned that a few days earlier he was exposed to COVID.  He didn’t want to chance coming and infecting anyone though he felt fine.  We were both disappointed but knew he was doing the right thing.

     

    I offered the spot to a comic living in the Bronx and who has a car.  She wasn’t up for it.  Time was passing.  Then I realized that the other comics in the show probably have lots more material than I originally asked them to do, so I asked them to do more time.  Both obliged.  The show was very good. 

     

    I thank D.C.’s funniest tax accountant Ken Watter and the Bronx’s rising star Debbie Bazza for doing a great job!

     

    The audience grew since the last show which I felt good about.  We even had a couple who had never been there before.  They found out about the show from the internet.  They were happy with the evening as was everyone.  Before the pandemic, we were able to pack the place.

     

    Several friends of mine were amongst those who attended.  We went to a bar after the show, and they shared their opinions.  It was unanimous – they enjoyed it very much.

     

    Due to my cold, I kept my mask on at the mic and used a separate mic from the others.  I hope so much that we, as a world, will get past this pandemic.


     Mindy Matijasevic, Elliot Glick (owner), Debbie Bazza, Ken Watter






     

    Good news:  The comic, who had to cancel, tested negative for COVID!

     

    On another positive note:  The mouse in my house is gone!  My darling buddy Bob got rid of it for me.  Thank you, Bob, for being my hero!  Tomorrow’s my birthday, and I don’t have any uninvited creature running around in my apartment.  That’s a good start.  😊


    Happy holidays everyone!

     

     

    So much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    December 2021


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    It would make me so happy if you decide to spend Friday, December 17th enjoying City Island – its seafood, non-seafood, little shops, and all around village feeling – and then warm up with laughter at The Artist for 7:45 seating/8pm WINTER COMEDY SHOW!  (or just come to the show).

     

    Me



    Rob Santos


    Debbie Bazza        

    Ken Watter





     

    It is only $10 cover and there is NO minimum.  However, if you desire, there is light fare and delicious desserts for purchase.  The desserts are provided by https://www.facebook.com/JennysSweetsSA. 

     

    We do ask for donations, so the talented comics can be paid.  We definitely deliver the funny.  It will be a fun night, for sure!

     

    Though wine is available, you are free to BYOB.  😊

     

    Must bring vax card and ID.  The wonderful people who run The ArtistElliot Glick and Monica Glick, are responsible and don’t deserve the thousand-dollar fine for not complying.  So bring your card!


    249 City Island Avenue, Bronx, N.Y.

     

    This show is four days before my birthday, so it would be especially great if you attend.  It would feel soooo good to hear your laughter.






    Much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤


    Mindy Matijasevic

    December 2021


  5. The Good Stuff

    Tuesday, December 7, 2021

     







      

    In spite of other stuff, here’s the good stuff:

     

    A very short poem of mine is published in this beautiful publication, First Literary Review-East, and is the first poem.  Enjoy.

    https://getyourpoemon.wordpress.com/2021/11/29/get-your-poem-on-48-feeling-love-from-the-universe/

     

    …..

     

    My friends Bob and Steven joined me to celebrate our friend Judy’s birthday.  It was a really good night.  I want more like that.  Birthday or no birthday, I want to celebrate my relationships that bring love and light into my life.


    Speaking of celebrating, this makes a wonderfully unique, unisex gift:

     



    Contact me at mindyinthebronx@gmail.com for details.  You’ll have it early for the holidays.

     

    …..

     

    Reminder:  Winter Comedy Show, December 17th, 8pm, at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue.  You may BYOB and warm up with laughter.  Must bring VAX card.

     



    Much love to CGG-M  ❤💕❤


    Mindy Matijasevic

    December 2021

     

     

     

     

     


  6. Hacked, Yet Hopeful

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021


     







    Somebody has been bent on hacking my Facebook account.  Thankfully, many folks know me well enough to know when a private message does not sound like me.  People, if we are Facebook friends, please report any messages that seem suspicious.  You can check with me first if you are unsure.  I don’t know if the hacker is looking for money or to destroy my relationships.  I don’t understand the mindset, but I do hope the person finds something constructive to do with his/her life and leave me the fuck alone.  I don’t want to leave FB.  As a comic and a poet and a friend, it’s been helpful.

     

    I’ve had three sightings of a mouse in my house.  My buddy set two mousetraps for me after my second sighting.  When I saw it the third time, it took the path of one of the traps.  I expected to hear it snap.  It didn’t.  The mouse must’ve leaped over it.  I noticed I was not as hysterical as I’d been in the past.  I guess I’m still growing (and not just in width).

     

    Those of you who enjoy Thanksgiving, have a good one.  Those of you who don’t, it will soon be behind us. 

     



    Then we can look forward to, December 17th, a lovely night on City Island, after Hanukkah and a week before Christmas.  Lots of seafood options there plus other foods.  Then at 8pm, come enjoy the comedy show I’m having at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue.  You may BYOB.  You can purchase light fare and delicious desserts while enjoying the hilarious comics.  Looking forward to your laughter.


     

    Deep love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    November 2021

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  7. Happy Birthday Judy & Other Things

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

     









    Happy Birthday to my wonderful friend Judy!  Looking forward to celebrating next week. 




    Friends for decades.


    I went into the discount store to use the ATM, and who was sitting on top of the ATM but Mustache (my feline friend)!  Made my morning.  We had our little love session.  Did us good.

     

    I need to find a place to get my booster shot.  Then I should re-subscribe to Backstage to get acting job listings.  I have been so on-the-fence about working on a set with others during this COVID time.  I’m fully vaccinated but need the booster.  I also need to make money.  I am glad that bosses are required to see that everyone is vaccinated.  Yes, I need money, but I also need to and want to be alive. 

     

    I’m still struggling with the f’in’ cigarettes.  Geez, I hope I win this battle.

     

    Those of you who enjoy comedy shows, I’m having a show on Friday, 12/17/2021 at 8pm (7:45 seating) at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue, City Island, Bronx, NY.  So put on your laughing shoes!  The hilarious line-up will be:

     

    Me

    Rob Santos


    Debbie Bazza


    Ken Watter

     

    The Artist is a warm, welcoming place.  Parking should be easy in December.  Only $10 cover, no minimum (though the light fare -- vegetarian-friendly –-from The Artist, and the delicious desserts from Jenny’s Sweets will tempt you), and contributions are requested for the very entertaining comics.  The Artist does have beer and wine, but still, you are welcome to BYOB.  They are that cool.  BRING YOUR VAX CARD!  They also care that we live, and they have to follow the guidelines.

     

    249 City Island Avenue

     

     

    My love to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    November 16, 2021

     

    P.S.  There’s a mouse in my apartment, and I’m trying to not be hysterical.  Oh my, oh my, oh my.  Shit!