Monday, July 19, 2010

My Friend Steve Is Gonna Write a Blog

A young friend of mine told me last night that I inspired him to write a blog. I am not sure if I am gratified or dismayed. Is he encouraged because my words struck a chord with him or because he feels that “if anyone reads Rick’s pointless drivel, they will love my writing?” The same way that Wally Pipp inspired Lou Gehrig. Nobody is going to get that obscure reference. How about the way in which K-Mart inspired Wal-Mart?

I suppose it doesn’t matter how creativity is stimulated, just that it is. This particular person is only 17 years old and is very talented in many directions. He is a singer-songwriter, who has written a butt load of songs. He is a computer whiz that can hack into your website and change your “Church of God” to “Church’s Fried Chicken” in minutes. And unless your name is Jack White or John Frusciante, he can play the guitar better than you.

I am not, generally, a big fan of 17-year olds. Particularly pasty white, suburban, kids that assay to be black, and can’t quite pull it off. While many 17-year olds express their originality with a spray can and your wall, Steve channels his into music. While many 17-year olds can’t form a coherent thought, let alone a complete sentence, Steve is contemplating writing a blog. I applaud his efforts, regardless of his motives. I am humbled that he even takes the time to talk to an old geezer like me, let alone find value in my words.

5 comments:

Shyam said...

(pls pass it on to him) : Way to go, kid! And good luck with your blog, too :)

And Rick, I wouldn't be so self-deprecating if I were you - you're a brilliant writer with a great sense of humour, and a very balanced outlook on life. Go you too! :)

Roger Yale said...

Nice. Hey I listen to a geezer like you and find value in your words.

Your blogs are witty, sometimes scathing - but always a good read!

Go Figure said...

Whale: Great...!

orionsbow said...

Indeed, I have witnessed said 17 year old first hand playing and singing live (as opposed to "dead") and even availed myself of his considerable technical prowess. His suggestions pertaining to my software problem were timely and accurate and something I would not have figured out on my own. The more I talk with him, the more I can see that he certainly is NOT your average slack ass nere'do'well with his pants sagging below his butt cheeks. This boy has a gift, as does my friend Rick. Blessed they are and am I for knowing them. Watch this page for breaking news of young Steve's further successes.

myrtle beached whale said...

Plus, Steve always has the best weed.