George Harrison, Esperance, Australia, 1984. Photo courtesy Fiona Norwwod/The Moore Family/ABC Australia (more images from this visit here).
“In one way I feel pessimistic. When you see the rate that the world is being demolished - people polluting the oceans and chopping down all the forests - unless somebody puts the brakes on soon, there isn’t going to be anything left. There’s just going to be more and more people with less and less resources. In that respect, I feel very sad. But at the same time, I have to be optimistic. I think that even if the whole planet blew up, you’d have to think about what happens when you die. In the end, ‘Life goes on within you and without you.’ I just have a belief that this is only one little bit, the physical world is one little bit, our planet is one little bit of the physical universe, and you can’t really destroy it totally. You can destroy our planet, but the souls are going to keep on going.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 5 November 1987 [x]
I’m pretty confident that his performance yesterday is one of my all-time favorites. It wasn’t absolutely clean due to the unfortunate (but not completely unexpected) mistake on the combo in the second half of the program, and some landings were not as perfect as they could be (considering his abilities). However, the most exciting thing about this performance is how Yuzuru was able to put himself together after disappointing SP, a couple of bad practices and the serious mistake in the middle of the program. He fought until the end, stayed very focused and determined to make up as much points as he could, even though he had to remake a half of the program and execute a bunch extremely challenging elements cleanly in the process. I’m so proud of him for not giving up and showing everyone that it is always worth it to fight for what you want.
And here is my personal list of the highlights of his performances:
Got a fourth highest FS score in history even with a serious mistake and -10 points in BV;
Put himself together and delivered even when some things went wrong;
He can change his layout if he needs to without major consequences or a decline in quality;
Has enough stamina to complete a ridiculously difficult program (quad lutz is coming #yolo);
Was able to execute two fantastic (2+ GOE) quad loops;
Got a perfect score for his 3A in the short program;
Got all level 4s on the spins & step sequence in the free program;
No Biellmann spin in the free, but there was a new fantastic exit from the spins;
+3 GOE-worthy 3A as a last jumping element in the free program right after his trademark Ina Bauer (in the last 20 seconds of the program);
Beautifully executed step sequence (right along with the music);
Caused multiple hysterical screams, especially after the emergency quad (poor fans; if only people knew what we are going through);
Also imagine Brian’s mental state in these 2 seconds after he realized what Yuzu was up to. It’s really hard to be Brian;
At last, I think the performance in the free can be a good confidence boost for Yuzuru before WC. Now he knows that he always has options. Hopefully it will help him to calm down and stop doubting himself too much
These days, all I do is
Wonder if you bending over backwards for someone else
Wonder if your rolling backwoods for someone else
Doing things I taught you getting nasty for someone else
You don’t need no one else
You don’t need nobody else, no
Why you never alone
Why you always touching road
Used to always stay at home, be a good girl
You was in the zone
You should just be yourself
Right now, you’re someone else
Drake (I swear we be thinking the same and going through the same)
Making checklists of things you’re looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you’ll be alone forever. You can’t meet someone and think, Do they have everything I want in a person? You just have to pay attention, keep your eyes open, listen to people and be present. I guess what I look for in a girl is someone who’s doing that too. Beyond that there’s not much more I would specify, because you never fucking know, man.
[T]here is this kind of chemistry that’s created through endless television or music programming or advertising that drones away on these things [violence, bigotry, cynicism] - with crap music, with murder movies […]. And so it’s like my son Dhani was saying, that ‘Who gives a shit about bombing Bosnia!’ becomes the attitude on a campus, because they’re all so desensitized.
[…] Maybe in another few hundred years people will be living in sewers with rats crawling all over them, and they’ll be thinking, 'This is great, life is good.’ Mahatma Gandhi said, 'Create and preserve the image of your choice,’ and the image we seem to have chosen is one of greed and butchery.