Friday, July 13, 2007

Dear friends,

I used to think it was so cool to have friends like you because we had interesting things to talk about and think about. We used spend hours and hours together, discussing what we wanted to do, how we were going to do it, and why.

But that was before you went and did it.

You, now a true success, are out there doing it. You are currently producing albums for rock stars/writing comics/directing multi-million dollar game franchises/putting on shows/conducting academic research/performing surgery/launching internet start-ups/directing films/conducting artist workshops in Lithuania/composing for chamber ensembles in Vienna/on business in California/out there conquering the world.

When you find in your schedule a "window" where we'll be in the same city at the same time, it just seems too hard to make it work sometimes. Even when we are living in the same city for months on end, I only see you once or twice because the precious little spare time you have left for the mundane activities of daily life - eating, drinking, going for a walk - is rationed out to your partner, or your quest to have one in your life.

We used to "hang out" but now there's only time to "catch up". When we do this "catching up" for a single meal or drink the conversation just seems so much more concrete than it used to be, packed full of stuff - list upon list of things we've done, names, places, projects. We do far less thinking; no more hypotheticals, playful digressions, half-thoughts, fanciful abstractions, speculations. But I guess that once people have achieved their goals and reached the peak of their lives there's no more dreaming left to be done. Or are we just too old for that now?

Don't get me wrong - I really am happy for your success, and I'm grateful to have such interesting, dynamic friends. So don't take this as a complaint; take it as a half thought, a playful digression.


At 4:13 pm, Blogger Conor said...

How's that game coming along? There's a new version of Torque Game Builder just released. It's good.


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