No, seriously, I first noticed it in the world of comics. I liked Bloom County, Far Side, Foxtrot and Calvin and Hobbes. My favorites at the time. And Berke Breathed, Gary Larson, Bill Amend and Bill Watterson stopped drawing their strips! Yes, at different times, but I started liking them at different times. I liked Stone Roses, and they ended up in record company hell. I liked Heroes – it tanked and was canceled. Journeyman – canceled. Awake – canceled. Meanwhile Seinfeld, a show I never liked, went on and on and on.
Authors – the big three in sci-fi, Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke. I loved Heinlein and Asimov, and didn’t like Clarke nearly as well. Guess which one is still alive? Yeah. In a sort of sideways move, I loved Richard Bach’s books One and The Bridge Across Forever, which detailed the concepts of spirituality and soulmates and love, and inspired me to follow that path. He and his wife Leslie Parrish went around giving talks and such, inspiring other people too. And a few years after I was filled with hope from these two books, I discovered that they had gotten a divorce!
Even in my latest craze, Japanese visual kei, I loved Kagrra, and then a month later, they announced they were breaking up, went on their last tour, and if that wasn’t enough, the former lead singer Isshi died.
I liked where I worked, at my last office. And then I was moved out of it. Now, fortunately I like my new office too, but come on! The office before that, I was stuck in a place I hated for 3 years! And that brings me to today, where I had one of the best situations for pictures ever, and somehow my camera phone malfunctioned, or whatever happened, and none of the dozens of pictures it appeared to me I was taking actually took!
Yeah, of course some things I like are long-lasting. I’ve been married 16 years. A lot of bands and other entertainment I like is still on, and a lot of authors I like are still writing. I’m not just focusing on the negative. But I am noticing that things I like tend to either end, or last forever.
What does that mean?
That torii? Yes, I drew that on my white board at work.