People have been giving their feedback on the recent conference. Including my mate Denzil Meyers who posted the following. It made me laugh and I would like more of this in my life. No apologies, here it is verbatim.
Well I for one had a great time though some of the repercussions are taking a while to get used to.
I want to first of all thank Hank for pulling me out of that bar before the cops got there. You really saved my ass, buddy, you’ll never know how much extra shit that simple act of human kindness saved me. And to Phyllis and Gladys (twins!) I hope you will send me your dry cleaning bills as we agreed at that Taco stand on Peterson Street.
As for the rest of you, in the weeks that have since transpired, I have come to recognize that our weekend “Spring Fling” together was a natural denouement to 7 long years of explosive personal & creative growth. The previous 5 years had been a sinkhole of missed starts, misfires, and broken promises. So I arrived at the hotel feeling pretty good about myself.
Thanks to the willingness of everyone to stand up, get down, and do the Hokey Pokey, I am now the proud new owner of a labrador puppy named Jake (after you-know-who, of course). And I will hug him and feed him and take him on long walks though the snowy forests as the winter light wanes, as has been prophesied.
And I want to add on to what Filbert said when he explained about his decision to shave his head, wear exclusively pink terry cloth, and stop eating peanut butter:
We are all products of our own imagination. The only things that exist are those we agree on. Without seeing ourselves in others’ eyes, we cannot know we exist. Feedback defines identity.
This is the post-modern condition. This is the existential dilemma. The center does not exist.We are utterly dependent on each other for survival. This is the Ego’s version of the Faustian Bargain.
In lesser subjects (as we all undoubtedly are on occasion), the experience of fear triggers a mania to control. Let’s help people be just a little bit nicer to each other and to themselves & have fun doing it.
The most important thing to me is advancing the professionalism of our craft. While I’ve never been a big believer in prognostication, I see unlimited potential ahead for those who are willing to say Yes & take one small step for mankind. I don’t know what we’ll find there, but its got to be better than those poisoned cheese blintzes the hotel served for breakfast on Thursday that gave all the presenters the runs.
I have decided to go back to my first love