Wednesday, September 29, 2010


A year ago I met a fellow on my travels in Paris. He was American, working a fairly stable but uninspiring job on Berkeley campus, but was taking an extended holiday (or internship) in Paris. On one of his last days there we were out running around until late in the evening, he was jubilant, snapping pictures, buying things for people, and lamenting that he had to leave.

"Come back, Zach" I said. "You could live here. You speak the language, you've got everything it takes!"
He shrugged. "I can't just up and move. I have too many people relying on me at home, and nothing really set up here."
The night was fresh around us. People walking to and fro over ancient bridges, kebabs and snacks in their hands. "Seriously, my friend" I said, tossing a chip into my mouth, "It's as simple as wanting it."

He works here, now:

I need to learn to take my own damn advice.


W.L. Emsworth said...

Do as I say, not as I do.

Luke Williams said...

I love the image you paint of this interaction. You caricaturize yourself well

P.S. my captcha is "holeri," which will be the name of the cybertronic essentialist utopia outside of what used to be Paris, circa 2350 AD, as well as the name of their holy book, which exists online, wikipedia-style.

dayabay said...

oh man Davey!!

thanks man!!

its been a whirlwind experience and I am so glad that I made the leap.

You know I needed that one voice to help me with my decision and you were there for me.

There is a quote that I've come across since that has become my new found mantra

"If you're not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?"

thanks Davey you mean the world to me