Thursday, March 12, 2009


I somehow managed to cut enough class in high school to play guitar that I was only exposed to the book about the jaded rebel who hates "goddamn Cadillacs", and missed out on a spectacular read. I sat riveted for the better part of an hour tonight reading Hemmingway's "Old Man And The Sea". The old man represents so many things lost in our men today. He is impoverished, and unlucky, but his faith that he will catch the big one is unshaken. He is a reliable mentor to a young apprentice, and when he embarks on his lonely journey for a marlin, and snags one, his resolve is relentless. I read the catch as an important aspect about life. He finally gets what he was looking for, but it is pulling him further out to sea away from the security of land. He notes that the lights of Havana have faded, but never indicates that he would ever consider cutting the line. So once you get what you are looking for, sometimes it takes tremendous courage to remain committed to your goal. You have to be willing to let it take you where it will, and have the confidence that you will be able to navigate back home after you have been taken for a ride. I can't wait to find out what is past page 76...

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