I've been blogging, off and on, about how I'm trying to live my life like I've already won the lottery. And this is something that I imagine would be very different if I were suddenly independently wealthy.
The weekend would no longer have that appearance of an oasis, beckoning at the end of each week.
Not that I wish my life away, focusing solely to get through the week to wallow in the weekend's embrace. But I'm sure it's true for many, who look forward to having some time to unplug and recharge, shaking off the cares, worries and responsibilities of the work week.
And the truth is that, since a lot of what I do is really working for myself, I don't really have a "work week". I'm working at something almost every day. And while the nature of the work would change if I had untold millions, I would still be keeping plenty busy.
This weekend, I did manage to sneak in a few minutes peering into the ocean, and little it peer back at me. Here's a shot from my not-so-smartphone, as I watched the sun on the water off the cliffs at Point Loma. Expertly framed by part of the car window and side mirror, because I am that good of a photographer.
I try to live my life, and not mark time until the weekend gets here. I think that's a trap a lot of us fall into. Just until the time's right. Or I have enough money. Or the house is clean. Or I lose ten more pounds.
Waiting to live isn't really living.
This all kind of ties in with a movie Lisa and I saw this weekend.
The San Diego Film Festival was underway, and while we aren't rich or important enough to have had tickets, Lisa won a pair to a screening of one of the films.
It's called "Quartet", and it's Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. The movie stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly. The story revolves around a British house for retired musicians. Maggie Smith is a diva and the house's newest arrival, which her ex-husband, who also lives there, isn't too happy about.
The plot has these four former singing legends working together to sing as a quartet for an upcoming event, which is a major fundraiser to keep the house going.
It's about relationships, and the baggage we all carry. And the decision to keep living while you still can, regardless of what anyone else may think. And even if you can't hit the high notes you used to be able to hit.
It was a terrific movie, and it's officially due in theater on January 4. Here's a little featurette to give you a better idea of what it's all about.
But it'll have to be blues, as even though I'm not living for the weekend, I do really enjoy these days and am sorry to see them fly by so quickly. My next project should be figuring out a way to get a little more weekend in my week.
Anyway, here's what shuffled out of my Rhythm and Blues and Blues playlist...
Miles Davis "Hand Jive"
John Lee Hooker "Boom Boom"
Muddy Waters "Hoochie Coochie Man'
Robert Johnson "Cross Road Blues'
Lloyd Price "Stagger Lee"
Aretha Franklin "Chain of Fools"
Jackie Wilson "Higher and Higher"
Mabel Scott "After Midnight'
B.B. King "How Blue Can You Get?"
Buddy Guy "Damn Right I've Got The Blues"
Hope you had a great weekend and that Monday is good to you!