A long time ago, my dad took this photo of me at the tiller of our 26 foot sloop. I later mailed it to my best friend Vanessa. On the back of it I wrote: "September 1989. An exhilarating day at the helm. Having just shared the high seas with a pod of spirited porpoises, Lib cracks open a cool one, knowing if the Federation allowed alcohol on the bridge, Kirk would do the same. "
We did a lot of that Vanessa and I. Letter writing. Sending photos with funny captions. Speaking of ourselves in the third person. At that time we were living in different places. Me on the west coast. She in Kingston, Ontario. This was long before email, the internet and cheap long distance phone plans. We wrote letters people! Gorgeous, long, paper letters, full of descriptive passages about our lives.
This is all true and important to me (I still have all the letters Vanessa ever sent me), but mostly I am starting this blog because, see that Liz up there? See that witty, light hearted caption? That is the essence of me. I’m sure of it and I want her back. I think if I write about her, and to her, she will inhabit my life once again and with more frequency. Sure, she's still here, but she's bogged down in the minutia of life and that has got to stop. The bogged down, not the life. We know the life is going to stop at some point, that's why I have to get out of the minutia. Life is too short! I need to bring back the funny.
Recently, I was back in touch with a childhood friend's sister, I hadn't talked to in decades. The first thing she remembered about me is how I used to slow down 80s heavy metal tunes and sing them in a false opera voice while sporting the terrible pink drape material choir gowns we had to wear in high school. See? Wouldn't you want to hang out with me then? I was fun.
I actually I think the younger me was a whole lot smarter than I am now. There are a lot of people writing "what I would tell my younger self now that I am so old and wise" Screw that! If I was laughing more then. I knew more.
Bring it on. Bring back the funny. Also, don't get down on me if I can't produce the funny on a regular basis because I have got that covered. I am on the self-criticism. But that is not funny, so I will aim to avoid that. For now, as you were.