Thursday, August 06, 2009

I may not be Smart, but I'm alive

Below is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think I'll pass on the Smart Car.
I wonder if there were any injuries.....

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

for this bit written by Syd yesterday - "My contentment stems from an understanding that perfectionism sets me at a distance from others. And that distance enhances my feelings of being different which leads down a treacherous path. As Mark Nepo writes: 'The devastating truth is that excellence can't hold you in the night, and .......being demanding or sophisticated won't help you survive.' "
(and yes, I received his permission to reprint this)

for the positive feeback I get when I do things for somebody (besides me)

that I enjoy the Al-Anon meetings I am attending each week

for the good times I had for many years with my friend Johnny Brown, who died on Tuesday of a heart attack. Johnny was a normal drinker, but could put 'em down with the best of us. Johnny was active for 40 years in Houston Rugby, most recently as coach of the St Thomas High School Rugby team.. He was a gentleman who was totally unselfish and a great cook. He'll be missed by the countless peoples whose lives he touched.

that those 2 women were released form North Korea. To put it in perspective though, it was barely reported that they were sent there by Al Gore and then Bill Clinton had to help them get free. I think it sets a very nasty precedent for future "kidnappings" by those states that don't like this country or feel they can benefit from such media coverage.
Sorry, I know this may not have much to do with recovery, but I just had to get that out.

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
- Sigmund Freud


Steve E. said...

I'm touched by your sadness at the loss of your friend, Johnny Brown, he sounds like a "winner".

I will pass on the smart car also, on
the right or on the left--only because I can.

That day has not arrived for me, where the years of struggle were/are the most beautiful, except that I simply forget all the crappy parts.

Gin said...

I can relate to that quote. I guess because there can be so much growth personally during the years of struggle. I am sorry to hear about your friend. I know he will be missed. All the great ones are.

Bill said...

Well done, Johnny.

Thanks for telling us about him, Dave.

Mary Christine said...

Was Al Gore, by any chance, in that Smart Car?

Scott W said...

They worked for the Current TV network, founded by Al Gore. Did he send them in directly?

No Smart car for me, either.

"Just David!" said...


big Jenn said...

Hi Dave. I too enjoyed Syd's post very much yesterday. Thanks for sharing it with me again this morning. jeNN

Syd said...

Johnny Brown sounded like a great fellow. I'm glad that you wrote about him. I'm sure that his spirit is touched.
I'll pass on the Smart Car which also doubles as an accordion.

Di said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE that quote by Freud!

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. He sounded like a great person.

And I agree about the whole kidnapping thing.

Tall Karen said...

"The pain is necessary...the suffering is optional". Thank you for comments on hope. It's 10am and I'm still butts free...just for TodAAY. I hate when friends die.

Bill said...

I drove a Smart Car for three weeks in Spain, and they really are fun cars.
Obviously, they fit easily into very tight spaces.

Anonymous said...

Really glad to hear that you're enjoying the Al-Anon meetings, Dave

Thanks for the Freud quote. I love it and am going to copy it into the inside cover of my One Day at a Time.


Anonymous said...

This crunched car in this photo is not a smart car. Sorry folks.

Also, AA is an awful program.

Jesse said...

This isn't real. It was a Ford Escape SUV and the driver survived.

And I agree with the previous comment about AA being an awful program. But you all can pretend if you like.