I've been travelling a bit and busy when I havent been and the blogging has suffered because of it. ots to write about, but I need to carve out a bit of time to catch up on some thoughts and ideas. But I thought i'd share this little piece of Tom Waits. I've spent a bit of time with Mr. Waits lately as I am thinking of using some of his ideas for a conference talk or two. I am particiapting in Subverting the Norm II in a couple of weeks and my main talk is taken from a Waits quote-his quote: 'there ain't no devil, just god when he's drunk.,' mine is an inversion, 'there ain't no god just the devil when he's drunk.' We'll have to see how close I stay with Waitisms, but for now I'm enjoying exploring his thinking.
“My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other
dads. "Why don't you have a straight job like everyone else?" they asked
me the other day. I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you...you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
Sometimes being straight gets you into trouble:)