“Running on Empty”- Jackson Browne
For all the times we punish ourselves, very few times have we actually done something wrong.
pretty whitewashed lies, endless alibis, and reasons that need cleaning every night
Your dad wore flannel before you did and he still has the Pendleton to prove it. In his woven expression of manliness, he could emasculate Paul Bunyan with his axe swings while effortlessly making the Brawny Man look like a bitch. Each of his lumberjack tops were broken in by adventure, bear boxing matches, shotgun recoils and occasionally baby vomit. He didn’t donate his plaids when it was time to retire them from his wardrobe. Instead, he gave them viking funerals to honor the tours of duty they served his upper body and set them ablaze at sea to ensure that no lesser man would ever disgrace his shirts by wearing them.
So hipsters, next time you slide your frail body into the most masculine of woven wools with hopes that it, in combination with your shitty beard, will make you seem more rugged, remember this…
Your dad didn’t wear flannel to look tough, he wore flannel because it was tough enough to withstand him.
Thanks to Jesse for today’s photo.
(972): Hm, finding a time when my drinking and your real life don’t conflict could be difficult
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement speech, 2005.
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.