f2fb friend #181 john howard is an actor. extremely talented. appears on chicagoland’s many stages every season. acting, of course, is just a day job so he can support his true love insurance brokerage. some of the best actors in the industry–clooney, de niro, penn, nicholson–would trade in all their oscars for a chance to work the insurance angle.
john deals almost exclusively with insuring aviation materials–he does not share my fear of flying but he respects it. we can’t choose our family and we can’t choose our phobias. but i have been on so many flights this year that i think my phobia regarding flying is choosing to not be with me.
john is originally from england but he became an american citizen after a run of the musical 1776 about the founding of our country. it truly inspired me:
we talked a bit about the king’s speech and i was surprised when john explained that the movie caused him some anxiety because he himself suffered from a stuttering problem. we then talked about king edward vii who abdicated, making way for the stuttering king george vi. howard had some interesting theories about how the course of history would have been changed if edward, a notorious nazi sympathizer, had remained on the throne.
in getting ready to see howard, he posted his address on his wall so that i would know where i was going. a few people commented, including indicating their drink preferences. so i dutifully brought diet coke NO caffeine. but the flash mob f2fb party did not develop. instead, john and i joined a party for the birthday of his church choir director. i tell you, i live large! and there’s enough diet coke no caffeine in the howard house for when they really do have a party!