Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beach Boys to Shallow Tuesday is a Process Worth Thinking About

We’ve got “Shallow Tuesday” going on around here and it’s thanks to Lynn Alvord who is anything but shallow.  For “Shallow Tuesday”, dinner is secondary.  Friendship and conversation and meeting new people is primary.  
Shallow Tuesday comes, of course, from “Fat Tuesday” (Mardi Gras) but Shallow Tuesday is to be anything but fancy and extravagant like Mardi Gras and is to come every Tuesday rather than once a year.  
Also, last night I learned something more about it from Lynn -- Lynn got the idea for “Shallow Tuesday” from the Beach Boys -- from “I Get Around” specifically.  
“I'm gettin' bugged driving up and down the same old strip
I gotta find a new place where the kids are hip
“My buddies and me are getting real well known
Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone” 
Lynn is a music genius, and our ward organist, who was once at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Detroit on a tour answering all the questions for the tour guide, when finally the guide said ”Who is that white guy answering all the questions back there?”  Apparently the questions were designed to be too obscure for anyone, black or white, to answer.  
But what I also think is the best in all this is progressive thinking like Lynn’s and his  zany ability and willingness to express it.  Moving from point “A” to point “B” or “Z” is an amazing thought process and if we could bottle it up, we’d have a treasured commodity sometimes.
If we could get our children to explain themselves when we ask them “Why did you do that?” we’d probably not be as angry with them nearly so often either.  
How we come up with ideas often is as interesting as the ideas themselves.    Lynn Alvord is one of the most interesting guys around and one of the reasons for that is not only does he tell you what he thinks, but how.  I love him for that!  And it was great fun at his house last night.    
And you wouldn’t believe the mixture of people he entertains!  Wild mixture of thought, wild mixture of people.  No wonder Lynn is such an interesting guy.  
Too bad more people don’t realize what makes interesting people interesting and how cues from the Beach Boys can make things lots less tedious.  

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