13 October 2014

Columbus Day

From 'Dateline America' by Charles Kuralt, 1979   Photos by Mark Chester

It's been a journey of sorts. This year.  On the road.  Everyday it seems there's another fucking flat and the rubber on the tire is my soul.  I mean, I'm not grey haired yet, but the tires do need changing.   And so I put another set on;  Good for 100,000 miles.

"I don't know if I'm depressed or just surrounded by assholes," reads a T-shirt in Daytona Beach.    Understanding the past goes into every day of my future -  I wonder if I'll appreciate life more by hating myself less.  Or, is it the other way around?    And will it fit on a T-shirt?

12 comments:

  1. I can't think of any situation in which hating oneself is a good thing - unless you're a serial killer, which I suspect you're not. So I hope that these tires are full of a secret store of helium, or something of the like. I hope it gets better.

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  2. "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to whom to till."

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  3. Is the problem that like Charles Kuralt you have a secret family in Montana? In any event glad you are back.

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  4. Great photo for the post! You (and Charles Kuralt) rule.

    DB

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  5. tintin,

    Very glad that you are back at it.

    For what it is worth, many new studies are proving that self-esteem is overrated anyway. Case in point - in the US, we have the highest self esteem, but the lowest math scores of the developed world. From what you have shared of your upbringing, I think we can all rest asurred that your old man did not let you develop inflated self-esteem though :)

    You cannot change the past. The key is how you undertake the struggles and set-backs of life, and that is where we prove our real worth.

    Looking forward to more of your input on life, fruitcake recipes, M Magazine, and whatever else you feel to entertain us with.

    Anon.

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  6. What ever became of the M Magazine book?

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  7. I kind of feel like copying this post and using it as my annual holiday letter. Copyright The Trad, of course. Blah.

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