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A nobody; a nitwit; a pilot; a motorcyclist; a raconteur; a lover...of life - who loves to laugh, who tries to not take myself (or anything) too seriously...just a normal guy who knows his place in the universe by being in touch with my spiritual side. What more is there?

28 January 2007

On Friendship and Self-Editing

I had written up this loooooong post on the subject of friendship. Oh Lord, it went on and on, as I am prone to do. But in proofreading it, I realized that it was 99% bullshit. I decided to boil it down.

I have the best friends. I always have. I don't know why, and I do not deserve them. Every night before I go to sleep I thank God for those people who have made my life so interesting and rewarding and fun. I wish I could let them all know, past friends and current, how much I appreciate them. This pathetic substitute will have to suffice for now. If you are now or ever have been a friend of mine, please know that I love you. (You know who you are.)

My only hope is that I can be as good a friend to others as they have been to me.

The end.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Love you too, Bob. Question:

A: What have they been putting in your pineapple juice down there>

B: Can I have some?


Bob Barbanes said...

Speak of the devil! Bart, you know full-well what they put in pineapple juice down here: water! Well, (ahem) rum-flavored water, that is ;) Come to think of it, there's not much water in it at all. Get your butt back down here and you certainly can have some! I've got a...well, it's some sort of frozen rum drink right here with your name on it. Trouble is, it's gonna go bad so I better drink it soon. Well, I'll get Daniel to make you another one later. And I'll tell you what: I'm going to keep having him make them for you every day until you and Rebecca return. How's that for generosity!

Thanks for the kind words, amigo.

Emmie Johnson said...

Y do u think that u dont deserve them...Am sure u do.. Keep up the spirits!!

Bob Barbanes said...

Thank you, Emmie, that is a nice thing to say. But when I say I do not deserve my friends, it is because I always seem to be on the receiving end of their kindness and generosity. It seems lopsided to me - I get far more than I give.

Matt Speed said...

It is funny...when looking at what others do for us, we always try to measure that against what we have done for them. You are the best friend ever and know damn well that you give of yourself plenty, and don't ask for anything in return. I had a great time on the trip! I can't wait for the chance to go back. Later.


Hal Johnson said...

It's funny. Folks best described as "lone wolves" tend to be generous in the ways that really count. A glad-handling, Sid Social type might be the life of your party, but it's your lone wolf friend who'll help you clean up afterward. And bring you a Bloody Mary.