15 June 2011
"and then i felt sad because i realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can't ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. you wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it's already happened. "
- douglas coupland
it’s pete’s birthday today. this morning he sent me an email with a link to a newspaper article about van halen. it’s an odd thing to send me. i’ve never liked van halen. ever. but i like it that pete never stops wanting me to like them. or at least listen to them. i like it that he always wants me to sign up to lovefilm or eat granary bread or watch madmen or whatever it is that he likes doing that i don’t like doing. i think it’s nice when someone wants you to like something they like. i don’t think it’s because they particularly want to see you enjoying it. if i did end up liking van halen it’s unlikely that we'd spend any time together listening to them. no. i think it’s more just a way of reaching out for understanding. it's like how i want all my friends to watch buffy the vampire slayer, because if they watched it they would understand me a little bit more. sometimes the only way to know someone is through the things that mean something to them. and as i was reading about van halen this morning, i did think about getting hold of the first few albums. i should at least try i suppose. i might not like van halen, but that’s not important sometimes. sometimes it’s just nice to understand someone a little bit more for liking the things they do.
happy birthday to him.