Day 2384: Expect the unexpected

Yesterday, I got this unexpected email:

Dear Ann Koplow

We have been looking at the database of shows who still want something, either runs or infills.

We would like to offer you the slot(s) below:

Show number 306 provisional title Group “Therapy” with Ann

Mo 19 13:00-14:00 Natural Food Kafe Basement Room

If you accept, please email this address immediately.

If these are extra performances, you will already have sent a picture and blurb. If you have not sent a picture and blurb, please immediately send one via the form. Full instructions are attached.

If you don’t want what’s offered but want something else, please email back saying what. Be as precise as you can.

If you don’t want this at all, please email back and say so. Make things as clear as possible. For example, if you’ve asked for extras but now don’t want extras, but want to keep your main run, say that. We don’t want any mistakes.

All offers are immediately void if you have breached the Ethos and Rules by applying to any other free-admission promoter, including pay-what-you-want and pay-for-priority-admission-otherwise-free. Or breached them in any other way.

Please reply as soon as you can so that we can fill the spaces as well as we can, and get your show in the Wee Blue Book.

Thank you

Free Fringe Team

I didn’t expect that!  I expect that email means that I will have a show at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh on August 19 at 1 PM, unless my responding back six hours later wasn’t immediately enough.  I expect it was, but I never seem to expect anything for sure.

With my life (see as many posts in this blog as possible), I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. I expect good things will come my way and they often do! I also expect I’ll have trouble sleeping trying to anticipate and plan for the unexpected.

I expect I’ll have to market the hell out of this Edinburgh Fringe Festival opportunity, especially because of the time and location of my show.  Expect to read more about this, here, in the month ahead.

I just posted this unexpected news on my Facebook page:

I GOT A SHOW AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE! August 19th, 1 PM, The Natural Food Kafe. Consider making this part of your vacation plans.

Unexpectedly, somebody already has replied that they’ll be going.

Expect the unexpected photos.
















Expect an explanation of at least one unexpected photo.  That little fishing dude, directly above, reminds me of the old saying “Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.”  I expect you’ve heard that one before.

Expect the unexpected video:

I expect that no one will watch or listen to that whole thing.

I expect the unexpected comment, below.

Expect gratitude here, every day, for all who help me live each unexpected day, including YOU!




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30 thoughts on “Day 2384: Expect the unexpected

  1. I thought this was a scam e-mail; but I expect you know better

  2. Luis Del Castillo

    I knew you were going to get the spot!!! Congrats!

  3. Congratulations on becoming an international performer 👊. Someday attending the Fringe is on my bucket list because of your annual reporting.

  4. Congratulations Ann… now you’re an international star, let me know when you’re heading down Geelong way and I’ll unexpectedly show-up ..xx

  5. I expect your wit and wisdom will be a hit on that side of the big pond, Ann. Congratulations on receiving such wonderful unexpected news.

  6. you are amazing and wow! wow! wow!

  7. I expect you will be carrying a ukulele with you!

  8. I expect you’ll be great and I envy your future audiences who won’t know what to expect but will be pleasantly surprised.

  9. Eleanor

    Excellent news Ann! Congratulations.
    If my fortunes change I will go over and see you and find you in the Kafe which I thought initially was the Natural Foods Kale!!

    • I think that confusion was natural, Eleanor, and I expect we will see each other soon (if not in Edinburgh, closer to home).

  10. Congratulations!!!!! That is very big news! I also think that your location is very good because what could be better than natural Foods? And from one to two there will be people coming for lunch. I hope that it is a really welcoming place. What an adventure! The Edinburgh fringe!!!

    • As expected, it’s another great comment from you, Maureen. Thanks for supporting me on all my adventures!

  11. Congratulations! I expect you understood that email better than I did. It’s exciting! A show at the Fringe! Wowsers.

    • I understood that email , Lisa, after reading it several times. As expected, your comments are much easier to understand and always so helpful!

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