Hi — I’m just enjoying the day off. I have things to think about and get right with because doing what’s right matters, no matter what people try to say to talk you out of it. I started over when I moved here. I went from living in a 3 bedroom house I owned to an apartment that seems sometimes like that first scary apartment I had by myself after college and a summer living in New Hampshire. But only sometimes. In any event, I don’t know what will happen — things are moving and changing and so I feel the need to really hold on to the core of what defines me and that core has everything to do with the principles given to me by some very proud and honest people. I know someone who has suggested lately that this is a way of hiding for me; a way of shielding myself from taking a risk, cloaking myself in my so-called “ethics.” I think that’s nothing more than you putting your shit decision making abilities off on me, thank you very much. But look here, don’t drag me down because you need affirmation or a partner in crime. There are plenty willing to live there with you and roll those dice that the results will be satisfying. My time for that has passed. I have certainly not been so strident in my ethics in my younger years and I found that the results of the decisions I made then were ultimately tremendously dissatisfying. And so I’ve tightened these things up as I’ve learned and grown. So I would be careful about judging the wisdom of one more experienced than yourself. You may find that you create your own resentment and lose something valuable along the way.
Anyway, with that little vent released, I may head down to Iwo Jima with the Arlington contingent to watch fireworks here shortly. I had fun with that crew last night. Ash and I have this amazing ability when we are together to meet the owners/bar managers of the places we have dinner. At Virtue Feed & Grain it was because the bar manager had been in the restaurant industry in Atlanta prior to moving to Va. so obviously all our drinks were on the house. Last night, at Faccia Luna, a special place for Ash because they actually know how to cook Italian food and she’s an Italian Jersey girl who knows bad Italian upon smell, Joe, the 65 year old owner, danced some salsa and regaled us with talk of all his cars. He then had an impromptu tasting of several different rose and red wines. (“tasting” here is defined as half glasses. There were about 10 on the table between Ash and I by the end of it.) And he played the hits of one Sam Cooke. The following in particular. Another reason I like Ash? She can identify Sam Cooke about three chords in. Have a safe holiday all.