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My life in a trunk: Out Traveler writer Amy Weaver met up with comedian Margaret Cho in Los Angeles.

MARGARET, LOOKS LIKE WE CAUGHT YOU ON A RARE DAY OFF.

This is one of the few days I get to stay at home--for four days in a row. I fly cross-country twice a week at least. I never unpack. All I see is the inside of a hotel room, the inside of an airport, the inside of a van, the inside of the theater ...

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BEING ON THE ROAD SO MUCH?

It's hard because lately I've become completely agoraphobic. I think it comes from traveling so much and for so long. Everywhere I go I try to make another home. There are only a few things that I demand--that the hotel be really nice and have DSL service, since E-mail is the only way I can have any kind of normal social life. Sushi after a show now and then is nice.

HOW UNDIVALIKE OF YOU, BEING SO GADGET-WISE. ARE YOU TOTALLY WIRED?

Not really. But I lo-o-ove my Apple G4 laptop. I always travel with an extra-extra long power cord and a 40 foot Ethernet cable. I'm really elitist about it. I live online--my computer is my whole life, my head. I love eBay--it's like moving meditation for me.

SPEAKING OF MEDITATION, WE HEAR YOU'VE BEEN ON RETREATS.

I make pilgrimages to Southeast Asia that are half religious, half shopping--I'm really into textiles. I've been to Tibet and Thailand. But I don't like meditation anymore; it's too boring.

YOU TURN YOUR LIFE INTO POLITICAL COMEDY.

Everything is politicized. I find an inherent homophobia in hotel architecture, electricity, and wiring. I was at a lesbian Club Med week in the Bermuda Triangle, and the outlets were on the other side of the room from the bed. If you want to make a lesbian mad, don't give her an outlet for her vibrator.

SO ARE YOU INTO GAY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?

Not really. I've never even been to Fire Island, which is strange. Provincetown is a home away from home, though. I spend as much time there as I can--my life mentor, lesbian poet Eileen Myles, teaches there, and my "gay husband," Ryan Landry, lives there too. Everywhere I go is gay, because practically my entire road crew is gay.
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Title Annotation:In profile: people who travel
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Sep 30, 2003
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