Thought Residency: Luke Reece

Thought Residency: Luke Reece


For this final thought, I’m writing it out first, so that I don’t have to do several more takes at it. Someone I love very much is trying to sleep and it’s 1:30 in the morning. I’d like to give her, Caitie, a shout-out for being great. It’s been a long month, and year, but it’s people like her who keep me going through it all. She reminds me to never take myself too seriously, and to find laugher and silliness whenever possible. I think it’s appropriate to end with that.


Merry Christmas to everybody out there listening who celebrates that, and happy holidays to everyone, and Happy New Year to those whose New Year starts soon. Had a great conversation with my family about belief systems at the Christmas dinner tonight. And it was, it was nice to hear my aunts like really come together and listen to the different perspectives that people have now on the world. And I dunno it was it was cool to see them just be surprised that there is another way of thinking and that we feel comfortable exploring those ways of thinking.


Every Christmas Eve my mother, my sister and I play a card game called Wizard, the last thing we do before bed. And for the last, I dunno, five or so years my sister has won. And uhh before that I was the reigning champ for four years or so, and she won again tonight. So I just wanted to take the opportunity to give a shout-out to my little sister Cassandra, who is not little at all. She’s much taller than I am. For winning again and putting up a good game.


So I’ve been doing a lot of these thoughts as one take, which is kind of fun. Sometimes I put songs behind them and I like that. So this is Janet Jackson right now. This year I decided I wanted to rent the Mini Cooper at some point just because I’ve always wanted to drive one and then I got a chance to. And uh it was great— cost me more money than to rent a regular car, but I needed to rent a car anyways and a Mini Cooper was available. I used an app called Turo. You should check it out if you haven’t already. And Mini Coopers are great.


I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2018 as the year comes to an end, and thinking forward to 2019. And I really liked the resolution they had for this year. And I don’t feel like I’ve quite gotten there yet. So I feel like 2018 is more like a stepping stone to 2019. I’m not going to tell you what that thing is, uh because I don’t have to, and I choose not to.


I was really excited this week when I found out that uhh Blue Planet 2 is on Netflix now. Um, and I wanted to watch it on Sunday morning and didn’t get a chance to. And then Sunday night I went home and I kind of claimed that time and watched the first episode of Blue Planet 2… and it’s great! It’s beautiful…Definitely check it out.


On the second night back-to-back, on the road, without Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 113- 93. They beat the Clippers last night. And, it’s just great to see them really come into form, and play their game, and most importantly they’re having fun. And something I’ve noticed the last couple nights is that the Raptors are having fun. And I think sometimes when things aren’t going our way, or stressed, we forget to have fun and the Raptors are coming out of a slump by enjoying what they do. And that’s important.


The shift key on the left side of my keyboard – so the main one – is currently jammed, which makes it difficult to uh type with capital letters unless you use ‘capital…lock’—I’ve never—wow, ‘caps lock’. I’ve never called it ‘capital lock’ before but I guess—you know what I mean. Or, you use the other shift key which just feels weird. So, you really need to find those key moments for capital letters…If you know what I mean.


When my sister and I were were uh 5 and 8 years old we watched a show called Life’s Animal Miracles. It was just actually called Animal Miracles, but it was on the Life Network, and uh it had aired for three years and hosted by Alan Thicke, and it showed stories of animals being miraculous, saving lives, helping people get through tough times situations. But it’s pretty intense for an eight-year-old to watch. Dog dies. First episode. Just a heads up.


Some people like to call attention to the fact that I am a Toronto Raptor’s fan even more so than I do. I think part of that is because it’s somehow looked upon as a strange thing that as a theater creator that I enjoy sports. I’ve been playing sports all my life and that because of that I am a passionate sports fan. And I think that there are things to be learned from the way that sports bring people together in the way that theatre does as well. And the game I was at tonight was celebrating what would have been the hundredth birthday of Nelson Mandela and seeing everybody celebrate that together was beautiful.


Today I made a comment about a high ceiling, I said “You could fly a helicopter in here”, and then someone challenged whether or not the propellers would actually fit. It’s nice to have people call into question your hyperboles when it’s just a little too plausible. Also, today I learned that it’s easy to stop overextending yourself when there is nothing left to extend. Uhh not on the same topic- the anti-Doras happen on June 16th in Toronto. Save the date. I was told by a peer that my last thought was rambley – and I don’t think that’s a word.


So the Raps lost by three points to the Denver Nuggets this evening. I was happily in a theatre at the time, but when I came out of the theatre I learned that they uhh they missed 9 free throws, and lost by three. So, you know, you don’t have to know basketball you just need to know math to figure that one out. Umm I learned some new things about Pokémon Go tonight. There is an app that you can use to properly appraise your Pokémon. But instead of doing that I should probably prepare for a poetry feature I have Saturday night.