“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” Woody Allen quotes After opening my computer to write this morning I read emails for 10 minutes, typed a couple replies and emails for 10 minutes, searched for a vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes, searched for parking lots around LaGuardia for another 15 minutes, searched for… Continue reading Have an Unispired Week!
Yesterday I wrote a post about Peter the bore. It was essentially a diatribe about his inauthenticity, his desire (and resultant failure) to impress, his lack of interest in those around him, and so on. It was a warning to all the boring people in the world to straighten out and fly right. I was… Continue reading Diary of a Mad White Man: Addendum to Yesterday’s Post
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905 Last night I ran into an acquaintance at a holiday party. I will call him Peter. Peter is tall, muscular and handsome for his age (I’d clock him at 45). He’s… Continue reading Are You a Bore?
Before I write the next statement, you must promise not to pity me. I am a very happy person. I have beautiful friends and a wonderful romantic partnership. I enjoy great physical health. I’ve got a full head of hair and health insurance. But I do not have heat in my apartment. Yup, it’s motherfucking… Continue reading Busted Pipes and the Search for Truth
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt A couple years ago, my friend Jeff sent me a link to Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk. Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist, recounted her experience of having a stroke and her consequent brush with enlightenment. This first amazing video led to a… Continue reading What the F#%* Are You Doing?
Then Big Pete was a rotund twenty-year-old with thinning red hair that reached down to his butt. He sold and consumed copious amounts of cocaine. He drove his Jeep on a suspended drivers license. He gorged nightly on beef jerky shoplifted from 7-Eleven. His roommate, The Captain, owed his name to his affection for Captain… Continue reading What Does the Company You Keep Say About You?
“How would you live if you lived 100%?” This was a question I posed to myself in a dream last week. I woke up seconds later contemplating the question’s implications. What was I waiting for? When are you really going to invest in your dream of being a writer? When are you going to stop… Continue reading Thought of the Week: Life Never Happens Later
I read a profile in the New Yorker about Rod “Blago” Blagojevich this past July (note: link requires subscription). I found him inspirational in a perverse way. The guy had a lot more going for him than moppish hair. Blago really seemed to believe in himself. Despite his bald corruption, despite his 114-1 impeachment, the… Continue reading Rod Blagojevich and the Art of Self Promotion
[Read below for my limited time offer of unaccredited idea-coaching! Supply is limited (supply is one actually)] Ideas I've bailed on: Bike racing High school debate team Biking around the world Become a chef Modeling Dramatic acting Comedic acting Stand-up comedy Personal training Starting an ecologically-minded catering company Several girlfriends Mortgage sales (this was a… Continue reading Are You an Idea Junkie?
In April of 1998, the two things I was most passionate about—whiskey and my motorcycle—produced an unfortunate, if predictable, collision. I had just left a concert at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, after a long day of partying—drinks and barbecue at my friend Todd’s before the show, several more drinks at the show. I… Continue reading 32 Points to Freedom