Thursday, May 20, 2010
I was on the phone with an old friend late last night. His girlfriend was out so he called me to bitch. About her purse.
"I mean, why do they carry around all that shit in their purses?" Evidently, she'd asked him to pull a spare key out of her handbag and, after fifteen minutes of rooting-around, he gave up. "She's got everything in there: four kinds of mints, three flavors of gum, everything imaginable, unimaginable, and all kinds of stuff that I didn't even wanna know about." He was really getting worked up. "She has five different lip things. I mean, how many lip glosses do you need?"
"I have two," I replied, but he wasn't looking for answers.
"She has credit cards from banks that went belly up. And who still carries a Blockbuster card? And a Sharper Image gift card? Really? Plus all kinds of candy. She could survive for a week. And don't get me started on all of those old receipts."
Started? I wanted to go the other way.
"It looked like the insides of a goat's stomach in there."
While he went on and on, I finished the newspaper, skimmed some magazines and then read the bible. When he finally calmed down, I said, "Hey, we need them to carry the stuff we might need. Thanks to them, our pockets aren't stuffed." Then I got curious, so I asked what was in his pocket. For fun, we decided to empty our pockets, shoot off a quick photograph and share. He had $600 in cash and a key. The shot above shows you what I'm working with.
Here's an idea: share with me what you have in your pants, guys.
Seriously. If you're reading this on Facebook, post a comment and maybe a photo. And girls, you can play. Let us know what you- or your guy-is packing, okay?
What's in our pockets says a lot about who we are so show me what you got, please. Now I'm not asking to see what's stuffed in your wallet. Your ID is your business. This isn't Arizona, ya know?
As you can see, I had, like, very little cash, so the Mastercard helps me out. Besides, if I'm hungry, the Hilton card allows me to get my buffet on. After dinner, Walgreen's anise-flavored Shark Mints are popular, with people I'm breathing on. The King of Diamonds is actually a business card designed to help promote a novel of that name. As for the pills, well, they've been in my pocket all week. (Paging Dr. House, Dr. Gregory House).
It's pretty clear that my pockets tell the story of one living a pretty simple life.
Okay, I showed you mine. Your turn.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
American Idol finalists take on the music of FRANK SINATRA tonight. The guest mentor is HARRY CONNICK, JR. The talented singer and jazz musician is one of the best arrangers in the business so tonight look for Harry to provide advice on singing- and feeling- the music of the greatest voice of the 20th Century: FRANK SINATRA.
Leave you guitars backstage, kids, tonight's all about singing beautiful lyrics from great composers like Dorothy Fields' Oscar winning 'The Way You Look Tonight.'
H2o predicts that the contestant who sings 'The Way You Look Tonight,' is gonna win it, All The Way.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Jon Marro is beautiful.
It came down to nine words.
A while back, a very nice email came in, in reply to something I'd written. It was from JON MARRO and it changed me. It changes me still.
JON MARRO is the creative force behind Blend Apparel, the T-shirt company run with passion and purpose, one of the leaders in practicing 'sacred commerce,' connecting business with the greatest good for all. Jon's designs are thought provokingly clever while mind blowingly simple, sometimes joking but always evoking higher love.
JON MARRO is really the artist of our generation.
Like many, I'm still learning how to accept a compliment so when Jon's nine words were received, I had to work really hard to be open to them, him.
There are moments, sacred really, when someone says just the right thing at just the right time. In books and on film, characters do it on cue but when it happens in your life, time stops.
Responding to my first novel, Jon wrote:
"THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR ART WITH THE WORLD."
It's a phrase that echoes in my head, a line I've now used to compliment and inspire others. It's a beautiful thought. A gifted young actor, a brilliant comedian, a contemporary poet and a talented singer have all recently received those nine words from me as a way to recognize their past efforts and encourage future creativity.
JON MARRO's nine words tuck you in snug at night but then get you up and inspired the next day.
I wasn't sure how to pay Jon back for his beautiful gift until I stopped thinking and started feeling about it. It was obvious that the present was too big for little me, too thick to jam into my pocket, too loud to keep under the bed. No, the way to go is to share it with the world, one talented person at a time.
Here's hoping they continue sharing.
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