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a day like any other day

"It's all the things I saw on Twitter today, right here on the news." 
                                -The lovely and obviously very talented Ms.Bloggins

Sun going up, and then the sun it goes back down.  As it turns out, banjo virtuoso Earl Scruggs died today.  He was 88.  Scruggs was, in a "strangely, blues got famous too" sort of way, an American icon.  He played a banjo, which is itself for the vast majority of people and places and times an improbable anomoly.  But more than that, he played it so well that he helped define a fingerpicking style and sound.  A whole way of playing!  Not just a song or two, but a whole sound.  His is complex music that expresses time and place in a way so accessible you need not be from North Carolina in the 40s and 50s to understand and appreciate it.   His considerable talent and a bunch of luck made it possible for him to intersect circles and people and situations that put him in front of a very big audience. It's amazing really.  A daily sort of miracle if you will.  And even if you won't.  

He was old. He died.  It's natural.  And yet even those not sentimental for the loss of this particular man may know the loss of greater things.  In a parallel universe I can imagine that Earl Scruggs is viewed much as we view Mozart.  Say what you will.




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When not writing some of the words that Surly uses to convey information about their products and life position, Chest enjoys a stunning array of adventurous and rewarding endeavors. He is an internationally known entrepreneur and businessman, an award-winning architect, and has trekked the perimeter of China, unsupported, overland on bicycle, on foot, and on skis. He fluently speaks eight languages, including Icelandic, which is considered to be one of the world's most difficult languages to master. He is an avid skydiver. He designs spacecraft for NASA. He has been in no less than twenty-one feature films and is considered the world's leading authority on the healing properties of snake venom. He has built a popular reputation as a funnyman, appearing in cameo roles on various popular television shows primarily in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and is the author of sixteen books about achieving one's potential. He is a motivational speaker drawing on his experiences in combat, for which he was awarded two purple hearts, and is a personal life coach to celebrities and notable figures worldwide. In his spare time he enjoys music, bicycles, writing, and spending time with his family. In other words, he's totally perfect, so don’t worry about it.

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