#1 - At a dinner party i recently went to (by accident, more on that later) i found myself sitting across from a seventy year old man who had A LOT to say about everything you can imagine. The kind of guy who keeps everyone laughing the whole time you're in his company, and wears perfect purple button-down shirts, and can keep a conversation going no matter what. He began talking about how when he bought his 5,000 sq. foot loft in downtown new york for $60,000 in the late 70s when he didn't have a dime and went in with all sorts of checks from anyone he could find who would give him money, and from this story came the best bit of advice i've been given in a long while, and it's plain and simple:
"If it doesn't scare you shitless, what's the point?"
It was his variation of go big or go home, and it was perfect, and it made me want to take risks and do things that might not make sense because i'm young and that's what being young is for.
#2 - My very close friend, who will remain anonymous but may or may not be in a pretty well known band, has been talking to me the whole time he's been in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and most of the conversations we've had about his stay there have revolved around the endless amounts of prostitutes he's encountered. The first day he was there he decided maybe he would get some of them off the streets by paying for them and then racing them down the hallways of his hotel. Another idea was to pay for all of them and then make a small army to go beat up their pimps. But when it all came down to it, today was the day the day he decided to do something about all of this and when the end of the night had arrived he paid one of these girls the whole night's fee plus some just to NOT have sex that night. Will she actually take the night off? Probably not. But it's the thought that counts, right?