Thinking About Life

I have a friend who is going through some tough times, and I sent him this email which originated from an article about improving your chess rating:

“Today, I want to take a detour from our “make more, buy more, fuck more” culture and argue for the merits of mediocrity, of being blasé boring and average.

Not the merits of pursuing mediocrity, mind you — because we all should try to do the best we possibly can — but rather, the merits of accepting mediocrity when we end up there despite our best efforts.” – Mark Manson (lol I don’t even know who that is).

To conclude, the best advice I can give you is: It is all about the hunt, not about the kill.”

Dave here: I would even add avoid the kill at all costs – just enjoy the hunt (which when you get right down to it, is just experiencing life [are you experienced?]*) and make it last as long as possible. I’m there in life right now (thanks be to God), and aside from my health, I’ve never been happier. BTW, when the guy stopped trying so hard, ironically his score went up faster, even though he had less time to devote to chess! He thinks it’s because once the pressure is off to be the best, he actually found he was enjoying chess far more. I absolutely related (for me, as being a dad and music career-wise, not chess ratings, although I do enjoy a good game of chess).

Anyway, I miss you man, and wish there was some way we could get together more often. Life just sucks sometimes, but it comes in waves, or cycles, I’ve found: good times (that you only recognize in hindsight just HOW good they were) and bad times. The bad times seem like they last forever, but once you break through back to the good, it is SO good. You are going through some tough times right now, but you WILL see good fun times again, I feel sure. Keep the faith brother.

Dave

*The Are You Experienced thing is a reference to Hendrix, who we both dig, bigtime.

Who are you?

Who are you? If you’re one of the greatest vocalists of one of the greatest bands of all time, you are Roger Daltrey, and today you turn 74 years old! I saw them at Busch Stadium August 11 1989 – sold out show 47,181. One of the greatest concerts I’ve ever witnessed, from the opening number to the encores the crowd literally jumped up and danced to hit after hit. The pot smoke was so dense and the happiness of the crowd was just amazing. A group of my friends and I rented a limo, and we just got blitzed and had a great night – we actually lost a friend, who we found passed out drunk in one of the bathrooms! Laughed about that for years, lol. Happy Birthday Roger!
Happy 74th Birthday Roger!

Happy Birthday Storm Thorgerson (2-28-1944)

In 1968, along with Aubrey Powell, he founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis. He created many iconic album designs during his career for so many great rock bands: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Alan Parsons Project, Yes, Black Sabbath, Bad Co., ELO, Robert Plant, 10cc, AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Genesis, The Police, and MANY more. Considered one of the greatest album covers of all time, his most famous album cover was The Dark Side of the Moon. A great talent and a really nice guy by all accounts. Check out his wikipedia page for more info, and his appearances in several Pink Floyd “Making of” documentary’s were very cool. He passed away 18 April 2013 (aged 69), but his legacy will live on. RIP, Storm.
The Dark Side of the Moon
“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark…”