I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Catch-27: To Be Or Not To Be A Rock Legend

As some of you may know, I turned 27 on December 25th of 2009. On that day I was faced with one of the most difficult realizations of my life.

You see, all of the greatest rock stars died when they turned 27. Here are just a few:

Jimi Hendrix

Janis Joplin

Jim Morrison

Kurt Cobain

I'm sure you can understand the dilemma I was thrust into. It was the lose-lose situation, the kobayashi maru.

Let me make my problem explicit. Either I die this very year before my 28th birthday or I am not one of the greatest rock stars in history.

Neither of these alternatives are acceptable for me. It seems I'm going to have to get my Kirk on.

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