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Information Overload: A Love Story
Overview

In this first-person story, Thom Haller, (teacher, artist, user-advocate) illustrates his journey into a labels and back out again.

Into labels

Raised in southern north central West Virginia (up the road a piece from Flatwoods, the geographic center of the state), Thom learned you are your occupation and assumed he’d awaken someday and know instinctively what he would do with the rest of his life.  

But there was a problem.  The labels offered didn’t fit. And labels others gave him dampened his spirit and left him feeling grumpy, believing he didn’t belong.

Into Washington

Thom's pursuit of the question of "“What do I want to be when I grow up?" pushed him toward Washington DC where he joined thousands of others working as beltway bandits (Federal contractors).   Thom, passionate about life and possibility, found himself working in a mauve cubicle inside a poorly-constructed post-modern monstrosity on land fill at the edge of the Federal City. Something was not making sense!

Out of cubicle, labels, and fear

Thom wanted a job that was true to his spirit. He wanted to use his time to support others. As work offers only “gray” opportunities, Thom must choose. Will he pick lifework outside the cubicle? Or will he answer yes to the question "would you like to work for Norm?"

Thom doesn't want to work for Norm. Instead, he delves into an emerging field. With an emerging label. This works for awhile. Then others use the label as well and Thom comes to a reckoning. How can he respect the power of labels, but step beyond the boxes we create in our own lives?

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Attendee Reactions

  • “WOW!”
  • “Funny and Moving”
  • “I can relate!”-
  • "It's Tony Robbins meets David Sadaris"

Reviewer Response

The show (a unique blend of performance and presentation) has been successfully prototyped in a community theatre and at a national conference.

Online Reviews:

The Story Resonates with Various Audiences

The story delights people who appreciate personal journey narrative and people who like a style of writing that comes from listening to others, offering a unique and inspiring voice.

The story enthralls people who want to know you can put faith in ideas, listen to your heart, and follow your dreams. These people have, on occassion, struggled with a brain that would not cooperate; they have wanted to find passion in their work; they wanted to have faith in their ideas and just hear some good stories of possibility.

Audiences love hearing a funny story from a balding, gay, middle-aged West Virginia-native who has a motto he found on a fortune cookie: “Never consider yourself a failure, you can always serve as a bad example.

Thom Haller | c/o Info.Design, Inc. | 1725 Q Street, NW #201 | Washington DC 20009 | 202.328.THOM