“Wasn’t this the best show you’ve ever been to?” he asks.
“It was the best one of the week! By Far! There are no words. I cannot believe I got to dance on stage. You know, all I could think was, Hey, Prince, I’m from Minnesota!! I’m your people!.......of course then I dropped a bunch of Halls on the stage!” I laugh and then sigh heavily,” I can live off of this for 6 months, I think. I really can’t afford to be here……and yet I couldn’t afford not to, you know?”
“I know what you mean,” he says. ,"...it's easy to start to go through life on autopilot….to feel almost dead inside, unexcited by doing the same thing, the same work, the same routines, the same people day in and day out. We forget why we do what we do. This is like pushing the reset button. Getting back to who you are and what makes you happy. I have to do it to my computer all the time,” he laughs,” push the reset button when it freezes up, seems logical I should need to do it to myself from time to time!"
"That’s exactly what I mean!” I said.
And a blog idea was born.
I am the Julie McCoy of my group of friends (for those not inherently linked to the 80's, she was the Cruise Director on the Love Boat TV show http://tiny.cc/q5n0e). This has been true most of my life. Even as a kid I wore my mom out always wanting to, in her words," Go, go, go and do, do, do." I am always looking for fun, different, perhaps quirky things to experience. Always looking for little resets. To create wonderful memories. Sometimes all it takes is coffee with friends, a movie, a walk, a run, a swim. Looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. The ocean. And sometimes it takes Prince. Life is challenging and sometimes hectic and unfriendly and it's easy to get wrapped into all the things we see that are wrong, or at least not-quite-right with life and the world. But as I recently heard from a friend, ‘you may be in the storm, but don't let the storm get in you’.
Now I've made you want to see Purple Rain again, right? We have it right here! http://tiny.cc/s1noj I highly recommend the extras. Maybe a little music? The Hits, 1: http://tiny.cc/rkkxi or maybe Sign 'O the Times: http://tiny.cc/jw9e3 or a little Musicology http://tiny.cc/eapss
If you're in need of a little Reset this weekend, here are a few ideas:
The Rip Curl surfing competition continues at Ocean Beach in San Francisco through November 12. http://ripcurl.com/?home and if you can't make it there, you can watch live online.
Friday night, November 11, Mary J. Blige will be at the Fox Theatre in Oakland and Ledisi will be there on November 12 http://www.thefoxoakland.com/
Marin Open Garden Project Veggie Exchange on November 12th. More information here: http://tiny.cc/sj5e0
Take a stroll through the recently reopened Palace Of Fine Arts http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/Welcome.html and then wander on over through Crissy Field to the warming hut for hot chocolate! http://tiny.cc/h8kzv
Enjoy everything you get to do no matter what it is!