The above photo is by and from the best blog on the internet, the Acid Sweat Lodge.
It feels a little too early to be signing off on 2011 already, but realistically, I’ll be here for another couple of days- well, really tomorrow and then I am going to call it a year. Like most people I know that doesn’t mean work will stop but I am going to be taking a break from here until the new year- surely, you have put up with enough of my shit to last you a life time.
2011 is over and it’s been one hell of a year. Really, it’s been one hell of a decade but I wanted to keep things short on here. Got to appease the short attention spam SEO gods while I am at it. A lot of people make wish-lists and plans for the future at the end of the year and whilst I don’t, there are several points I wanted to raise before logging off…
Up until a few minutes ago this space was occupied by a pretty long rant about something or other. I decided to delete it. I figured I have said enough already, and whilst I know a few people appreciate the things I say, I also realize most of you probably stopped reading this after this first sentence disappointed you didn’t see a picture of some starved “man” in shiny new clothes. I woke up this morning after a long night with a client, feeling that the now deleted statement reminded me of two guys I saw last night pissing against the wind.
To wrap that up, I implore you to watch this clip. It’s a speech written and acted out by one of the greatest artists ever, certainly in my book. It’s a speech that I listen at least once a week. I find it very empowering & thought provoking.
So that’s that- I want to finish this year off on here positively- myself personally, my family and my company have had a hard, but all in all good year. There is plenty of good work in the books for the next couple of years, we are all healthy and we still love each other. I saw most of my friends this past year, I found and listened to a lot of great music, I read a ton of great books, saw art that inspired me and drank a lot of booze without loosing too many grey cells. There isn’t much more that I need to say “Cheers and Fuck Yeah!”.
A lot of people contributed to the above in this last year but specifically I wanted to say thanks, beers and rock n’roll to the following for their friendship:
Ian Paley and his Family, Nick Schonberger, Keith & Aline, Rob Harmsen, Brian Awitan, Jeremy Dean, Tony Patella, Anthony D, David and Anise in Marseille, James & Rachel, James & Jenny, Fats, Dave White, Bothan, Alyasha, Crazy Dave, Peter Bicci, Shady, Brian Aufdenberg, Stephan & Janina, Oskar & Kristina, Leila & Luke, my Canadian brothers Caine, Jon, Kenta and Elliot, Minya & Bahr, Deirde, Edina, Chris and Taisha, Matt Breen, The Brunetti’s, David Wilson, Tony Larson, Rob Abeyta Jr., Arnaud Faeh, Jacobo, Fede and Camilla over at SJ, Cody Hudson, Chuck Anderson, Matt & Lindsay, Benny Gold, Danny Boy, Don Pendleton, Russ B, Phil Lalement, Le Messie & Amanda, Abe & Roy, Hanni, Sung, Arturo, Samuel, Nur, Matt Barnette, Richard Hobbs, Ronnie B, Shawn, jeffstaple, Ted B, Bobby K, Bob K, Emma, Frank & the rest of the ‘Tones, Sonya, Earn Chen, Hasheeme and Shion, Brian & Annie, Eugene, José, Matt G., Thom Piston, Woody, Maurice, Mr. Heppler, Takeharu, Bill McMullen, Berlin Ben, Chris Law, Gary W., Maxime, Rasmus & Pete, Steve B., David Jeffries, Andrew Sanigar, Feeney, Rob Winter, Glenn K., Acyde, Sturm and my local crew who will get a thank you in person later, and last but certainly not least, the ever impressive and most awesome Mrs. Black.
Without those guys & gals none of this would exist- so thanks, enjoy some days off with your friends & family see you all next year. Enjoy the mixtapes.
“It took seconds to learn the secret handshake, but it’ll take a lifetime to break the grip”.