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Denis Leary spoke at my college graduation. I remember absolutely nothing he said. Your speeches are more memorable IMO.

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Jun 11, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

"he wants you to know that he’s British by [way] of Florida)"

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That is me Right.

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hows this for an ad (you hucksters): "Silence is Golden. Molson Golden. Drink...drink to forget and LIVE!!"

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I would buy a full-length album of mic feedback called Novocain for Ennui. Just fyi

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if u get a tattoo of a mcrib on ur butt u should be able to eat mcribs for free whenever, and that includes when they are not available

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4. I don't remember the speech at my graduation. High school OR college.

But I would have remembered if you guys gave it. 💜

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Jun 11, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

Well I just learned something- I am a skeptic optimist as I ask many questions whether it’s business, family, personal enjoyment, etc. I really think of that as necessary for business (I was an environmental planner), for accuracy in what was being asked of myself and the agencies I represented (for legislative, technical, prevention, remediation and restoration measures) but also to hold real conversations with people to learn of them and from. Isn’t it strange how so many words can be applied to every situation, action, emotion, intangible things that happen to ourselves and the world around us. I guess my optimism is thinking that everyone wants the right outcome in every situation without bias, prejudice, greed or self-serving. Mind you I have been tricked, cheated and blind-sided a few times and for those individuals or companies I am a very cautious skeptic in dealing with them. Great chatting with you, keep up the great work.

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Jun 11, 2023·edited Jun 11, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

I don't even remember who spoke at my graduation, much less anything they said! Ever since Michael's previous Notes thread, I've been trying to think, "is there ANYTHING I could have said to my younger self at a graduation that would have been actually helpful to me at the time?" And honestly, I'm not sure there is. So much of what I've learned only makes sense with experience and hindsight, which you unfortunately don't have much of when you're young. Most of the wise words I remember came at specific moments in my life when I needed advice about a specific challenge I was facing at the time. I would venture to guess that in general, unsolicited or impersonal advice is very rarely remembered, no matter how true or well-intentioned it is.

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Jun 11, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

Just wondering if you three are pessimists by nature or training - or just for comedic effect? You spoke truth but you also left out a vital acknowledgment of hope - that what we do will help someone including ourselves or loved ones, our community including the natural world. Even small optimistic words, gestures or deeds can provide a light to a better future. I’m an optimist even when I’m catastrophizing!

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Jun 11, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

No, No, No, and No. Did I go to school? I barely remember any of it except fleeting interactions with fellow students. And feeling more mature than I do now. And thinking we look more grown up than kids look now.

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1. Still rattled from that debacle at Liberty.

2. Some people riffed on this idea in your epic Notes thread, but I'm a fan of this mantra: Be a serious person, but don't take life too seriously. To me, that means think hard about your actions, do a good job, be reliable, be fair, but do all those things while recognizing existence is one big cosmic accident, everything's absurd, we'll all die, and none of this actually matters.

3. See #2. But also: learn what you can from the generations that came before you, but also realize they're the ones who effed everything up. You need old people's wisdom, but don't let them off the hook for creating the problems you'll have to solve.

4. Zero recollection of my high school graduation. Current Secretary of Energy and then Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm spoke at my college graduation. I remember thinking her speech was well-delivered, but unremarkable. https://record.umich.edu/articles/2003-u-m-spring-commencement-activities/

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neither are quite right but from my own experience cynicism wears thin whereas idealism gone awry (garage door installers?)

is so much more nurturing of humor and doesnt risk alienating people as much as negativity of cynicism...but dont get me wrong the cynic route is still viable to smuggle in insurgent immigrant ideas!!!

ohhh fuck this Must be Sunday lol

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oh i wasnt corelating the 2 more separating skeptic from optos ha, i got a huxley novel here!!

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I agree. I’m also sarcastic by nature but hope my manner belies my words. I love your writing. Isn’t a sceptical optimistic an oxymoron. Now a skeptic pessimist would actually be a good thing.

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Mr. Dayle is correct.

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