Remember that last blog? The one where I used a lot of French words like ivre and arrogant?
And I will kindly ask that everyone dismiss that blog. Thieves piss me off.
A drunk man who steals and has the courage to bring back the stolen object two days later and apologize, restores one of the reasons I love doing what I do. People are pretty rad, in general.
I once hung out with a Canadian at a bar who, through the course of the night, met about 50 people in the bar bought drinks for them or had drink bought for him. And in the process, he engaged with almost everyone. When I asked him how he did it, how he talked to that many strangers with no expectations or pre-conceptions and he said, “We all have something in common. It is just a matter of finding what it is.”
I don’t know why I thought to mention the guy was Canadian, other than he was from the Saskatoon or Saskatchewan province and the event happened in Canada.
While we are on the topic of stories, we meaning I, another lesson I learned is that when I was 16 and not of legal age of drinking I had procured a half rack of Milwaukee’s Best. A friend asked me for a beer and I was reluctant to hand one over. I only had 9.5 cans at that point, after all. And he said to me simply, “beer is for drinking.” His words stuck, obviously.
Now, back to the matter at hand. The man who I cursed just a few days ago, well, he came back with my painting, said he was sorry and brought the velvet painting back. That is pretty great. And it took some balls for him to do so. But he did the right thing and he stood tall and admitted he shouldn’t have done it. And I like that kind of character.
And I respect that kind of character.
We all fuck up. We all do things we regret, or worse (eh?). But we are defined by how we deal with the aftermath of those mistakes… at least that is my belief. It is not our only definition of self, but it does define us.
I bet you didn’t think I was going to go all philosophical on you, did you.
Neither did I.
So at that, I will call it a night.
Star Bar, over and out. 10-4