When was the last time you changed someone’s life? When your mere presence made someone else’s life better? And when was the last time someone changed YOUR life? Whether it was through a thought or an action, just something someone else did that caused you to shift how you see things? Well, what if I told you that you could have an experience that was a liberal mix of both of those at once? Because you can. An experience so uplifting and positive, that it could even make a jaded ass like me seem born again. A moment of purity in a wholly impure world. That, my friends, is the Special Olympics. And you may approach the Special Olympics thinking you are helping the athletes involved, but you learn pretty quickly that it is actually them helping you. Helping you see the good inside yourself, and in doing so, reflecting a kinder world than you thought you were a part of. If there is a more beautiful revelation than that, I don’t know what it is.
I bump into some people who I went to high school with who’ve seen this site and they assume, for some reason foreign to me, that I am world famous. That Oprah wants to start her show back up just so she can interview me about five movies that know they are movies, or want to know my stance about hip hop artists who look silly wearing skinny jeans. Truth is, even with almost a million hits in two months since launch, nothing changes and no one gives a shit. That is the beauty of all this, I can write lists like that and pretend people do actually care or are curious. My life has been an insane ride. and I’ll probably die soon, so I felt it best to collect these stories. If nothing else, posthumously, someone might find this stuff entertaining. Anyone who thinks they are going to “make it” as a writer had best be prepared to pay their dues first. This is the five most insane (and sometimes most rewarding) ways I payed my dues.