There’s an old saying in journalism, that goes something like this: If a headline asks a question, the answer is no.
In this case, I’m going to have to go with breaking the rules here, dudes.
See, I just spent the weekend with a dude I’ve known since fourth grade. The first time I met JohnBoy, I told him to get lost because we didn’t let sixth-graders play with us. Turns out, he wasn’t in sixth grade, just really darn big for a fourth-grader.
He stayed big until high school, when suddenly everyone else caught up to him. Still, over the years, he’s probably stayed in the best shape of anyone I know. Now. . . No, he’s not a fat slob. He’s still in great shape.
He has, however, made some significant changes to his personality. JohnBoy has always been a very . . . intense person. I use intense be3cause I don’t think hyperactiveparanoidnearpsychoticobsessivecompulsive is a real word. It’s a good description, though.
We met this year in Vegas for Wild Card Weekend, a new, almost-annual event we’ve come to enjoy.
In previous years, JohnBoy insisted we always sit at the same sports book, in the same seat and never leave. He’d spend the time during games obsessing over his bets, covering scrap paper with endless mathematical scrawls, trying to make sure that, if one bet lost, the other bet would win and he wouldn’t lose money. It got sort of scary a couple of times, dudes. I won’t lie to you.
This year was completely different. For one thing, the casino we normally stayed at was torn down to get boutiqued. Without even a bit of hassle, JohnBoy agreed to try the sports book at the Flamingo.
There are no tables, so there was nothing to hold the endless scribbles on scrap paper. He didn’t wear the same clothing every single day. (Don’t worry. Even at his worst, he still showered every day.) It is, to put it simply, a complete turnaround.
Well, almost a complete turnaround. We still had to sit in the same seats for every game, but I’ll count it as a win.
I asked him how he did it.
His answer? “I don’t know. I just decided not to do it. We talked about it last time and I decided I wanted to cut out stress and have more fun.”
So, yes, people can change. And sometimes all it takes is a decision to get it done.
I think there’s hope for us all in that, dudes.