Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Point Of Sale
I currently find myself in one of the greatest cities in the world. At a private club. In my favorite bar. When the barman punches my Oban into the P.O.S. system, my name pops up on the screen. Just like the famous and the rich drinking before me.
My name is the same as my dad's. And the same as my grandpa's. Admittedly, an old man's name.
When my grandpa met my first boss, he called him "sir". Because of his occupation. My grandpa was a great man. And thirty years older than "sir".
Because of a few random and great moments half a decade ago, I now get to sit in this bar. In a town and a building my dad and my grandpa never even dreamed of entering.
My grandpa worked his ass off in the Depression on a loading dock. My Dad found he had a great athletic skill and capitalized on it. What I do is talk. I can tell stories that people want to listen to.
Tonight, when my pally the barman punched my Oban into the POS system, my name came onto the screen. And my Dad's. And my grandpa's. And I know they were so very pleased. They are long gone. But we were together again. United in the fact that the effort applied to our gifts got us someplace. And what a place it is.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".