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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Performance Gene


According to family lore, my great uncle John Petrone was an actor. Somehow his "performance gene" was passed on to my father, who at one time had seriously considered becoming an actor before he decided he preferred selling computer hardware. He still uses his "skill" to chat people up and *maybe* buy a lot of stuff they don't really need. It also rooted in me, the singer, who the other night sang a song about "Central Park Reservoir" to a room full of New Jersey hipsters (if you can be hip and live in New Jersey) at the Goldhawk Lounge.

Now apparently Great Uncle John's performance gene has manifested itself in, of all people, my daughter. Marta is the type of person who must *must* have all eyes on her in public. It happened today as we rode the A Train back from Rockaway Park. She worked the crowd, moving from person to person, waving, blowing kisses, saying "hi" and, when all else failed, screaming at the top of her lungs. And at that point, when she starts screaming, you just can't control her anymore. I tried putting my hand over her mouth, but it just egged her on more. What is the father of a little clown to do? Luckily, nobody got mad. Her fans were pleased.

4 Comments:

Blogger Giustino said...

She does it every single time (ok, almost) when she has people around. She has to get their attention and smiles. She is an attention addict and when she has to stay at home with me for longer than half a day, she becomes nasty: "Come on, Emme, come on!"
She definitely is more social than her parents...

8:41 PM  
Blogger Eppppp said...

...The previous comment was written by me, Epp, I did not know that I was signed in under Justins name ;)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Martasmimi said...

Marta is going to need a very big train...
and a very big place (city)...
for her very big life..

Truly a star was born....

7:18 AM  
Blogger Papa said...

Marta's a natural born drama queen...My DNA?....Ah Yes, I remember my Uncle John...He was a personality who never reached his full creative potential...Unfortunately his life was cut short by alchohol and tobacco abuse..But, I was lucky enough to see him on stage as the lead in a play called " Prince Fairy Foot". I did get the acting bug and was the lead in afew plays as a child.....Anyway, you can see me on "Showtime" this spring for my worldwide acting debut:)

9:03 AM  

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