I don’t like pat answers, which must be why I hate TV shows that pretend to deal with complex issues but manage to button it all up, nice and neat, in under 30-some minutes. I also hate the mindset that what we’re supposed to do is look for that one big break, so that we can cash-out and do nothing for the rest of our lives. Really? I mean, I love sitting on a nice beach as much as the next guy, but there’s more to life than that. We have so much more potential than that. So, I’m not a fan of easy answers or any of that crap that tries to reduce life down to a goddam get-rich-quick scheme. I bring all of this up because we’ve had to face some serious shit recently and there are those who would want to shove it all under the rug with some convenient finger-pointing or trite cliches. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of all of that crap. I’m tired of the excuses. I’m tired of the words that don’t go anywhere. And most of all, I’m tired of not living up to my own potential. There may not be a direct connection between my existence and those folks in the news suffering the latest tragedy, but I’m not helping anyone if I’m not doing the best that I can do and living beyond the low expectations of typical middle-aged life. No excuses, I can do better than this. Happy Friday, y’all.