August 23rd, 2006


A Kind of Magic

In 1989, I dated Lora Dawn, who absolutely loved The Highlander. Needless to say I soon loved it as well. And I picked up the soundtrack album, A Kind of Magic by Queen. I wore that tape out fairly quickly. When I switched to CDs in 1990, A Kind of Magic was the second CD I bought. Too bad Queen followed that up with the eminently forgettable The Miracle. But when Hollywood re-issued all the Queen albums (and then some) in 1991, I bought every single one.

But I don't think I've listened to any of my Queen albums since I moved in here. I'm not sure when the last time I listened to any of them was.

Anyway, I am ripping the entire set to my hard drive so I can play them whenever. Even The Miracle. Though I may skip Made In Heaven and almost certainly the solo albums.

On not holding grudges and closure

From today's Seattle Times: Man's family invites driver to service.

His wife, Heidi, said she holds no ill feelings toward Brian Campbell, the 21-year-old Everett man whose allegedly unsecured load came off his pickup Friday on Interstate 5 in Shoreline, causing a chain-reaction crash that killed her husband.

In fact, Coffee's family has invited Campbell to Saturday's memorial service.

Gavin had this great saying, Holding a grudge is like taking poison and waiting for someone to die, she said Tuesday while surrounded by family and friends in the living room of her home.

I don't have any regrets. We expressed how much we loved each other. We lived life to the fullest we could.

Oh, how I wish more people took this attitude. Seriously, holding resentments eats so many people alive and holds them back from achieving their potential. And it illustrates that revenge is not a good way to obtain closure. I've never known anyone to truly feel like something is over after the person who got theirs in return. Usually the revenge isn't good enough. And in the few cases it is, about all that can be done afterward is dwell on the triumph. I rarely see anyone move on after seeking revenge.

Now, I know the folks who feel resentments at wrongs don't exactly choose how they feel. But how they live their lives and what they focus their mental energy on definitely leads them toward resentment.