My previous post to this blog I thought would be my last, but, at Tom's urging, I am posting a bit on my thoughts on coming home after my 7 week trip through Cambodia and Vietnam (last posts here, here and here).Tom has been encouraging me to comment on my ... intestinal challenges ... since arriving in Vermont from Hanoi on Monday. Tom, let me just say the Tet Offensive was less offensive, and leave it at that.
Last night I went out to see The Samples, a local band that made good in the nineties and still sounds great. All my old friends from my small Vermont town were there. It gave me pause to think that among all of them, the guy on stage and I were the only ones who never graduated from high school yet we were living our dreams.
In the local school system I was branded a loser, a lost cause, and encouraged to drop out. But my bumpy road less traveled became literally my clear path ... my failures became the roots of my successes, at least for now ... and ultimately I have come to recognize that I have realized my dreams.
When I was a kid, Tom told me he preferred a bold failure to a mediocre success ...
Thanks, Tom ... I now know what you meant ... and I do, too.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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