Thoroughly Thursday - the "White Horse" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the White Horse Edition. Many years ago, I worked in a pub in South London called the White Horse. I had moved to London for an unpaid internship in a publishing house and worked at the White Horse on nights and weekends. I was lonely, broke, usually exhausted, and a lousy bartender. On my final night before returning to the U.S., I and some other staff members were spotted by the bar owner acting like hooligans after drinking at a neighboring pub. The owner made it clear that I was only allowed to stay upstairs with the other staff for the night if it was agreed I would leave in the morning and wouldn’t come back. I sheepishly accepted.
Some 23 years later, I told that story to my daughters during our trip to London. “Well, now we have to go!” they said. There had always been a strange incompleteness about my White Horse experience, so it felt weird to return. I didn’t recognize anyone, and though the food was good, the experience was kind of “meh.” I wish I could say that I recovered fond memories of my time there or the people I worked with, or that somehow the White Horse seemed more welcoming than when I last saw it. But, it wasn’t. It was just a pub. Some places belong to the past, and it was strangely satisfying as we left to know that I’ll never feel the need to go back. Plus, there are so many better places in the world to be a hooligan.
Here are the final videos of our time there:
What I'm Reading - Just a (Not So) Regular Joe
This last week, I was reading Independent Ed by actor/writer/director Ed Burns. A Sundance winner with his first film, the book chronicles his nearly two decades of the endless challenges and setbacks in developing, filming, promoting, and distributing mainstream movies, which eventually led him to become one of the most successful auteurs of micro-budget movies. My only criticism is though Burns may think of himself as “a regular Irish-American from Long Island,” it’s occasionally hard to empathize with the struggles of movie star living in Tribeca with his supermodel wife. But, if you can overlook that, the book shows that regardless of how many people call you a genius, success is fleeting if you aren’t willing to put in the work and innovate.
What I'm Watching - One Little Slip…
On the flight back from the UK and on the suggestion on my oldest, I watched Free Solo, the documentary of rock climbing wunderkind Alex Honnold, and his (spoiler!) successful ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan sans ropes or assists, aka the Holy Grail of Loony Risk Takers. As one person described the feat: “imagine an Olympic event in which you have to win the Gold medal, and if you don’t, you die.” I watched the film on a tiny nine-inch screen and spent the majority of it with my hands over my face. It’s a great story of athleticism and world-class focus, but I felt like I fell a dozen times just watching him climb.
NOTE: The sadists also released an IMAX version of this movie, which is the scariest thing I can imagine. 😱
What I'm Doing [for Work] - Viva Las Vegas (Again)
I’m currently in Las Vegas attending ISC West, the biggest trade show in the physical security industry. I’m having a chance to catch up with clients from around the country while also trying to very hard not to jump in the canal at the Venetian. If you’re in town for the show or otherwise, email me so that we can meet up.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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