Friday, December 5, 2008

A beer with Billy

OK. Enough of the snow and cold... it just started and it will be around a long time. I can wait until late February and then really start bitching about it.

So... it is time for the Optimist report... and there is no one I know more optimistic than................................. Billy Lang!

Billy is one of the most unique people I have ever met, and I have met a bunch. He is also one of the happiest, goofiest, laughing-est, ( think of Mr. Ed laughing and you got it) energy-bound folk east of highway 41. That covers a whole big chunk of folks.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Alva Edison

That would kinda sum up Billy. And he actually has found a bunch of stuff that does work. Currently he is taking aerial photographs from his plane and selling them at art shows and on line. I think he is getting pretty good.

(plus he'll usually buy me a beer if I endorse him)

But the real deal with Billy is he is a fun guy. He thinks fun. He is always grabbing an idea and running with it. When he found out that wild ginseng was selling for about $350 bucks a pound... he was ready to hit the woods looking.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. –Heraclitus

Well then, Billy is most nearly himself most nearly all the time. He is so optimistic that if you filled his Christmas stocking with horse shit he would grab a rope and go looking for the pony that got away. He's so optimistic he'd buy a burial suit with two pairs of pants.

Some pursue happiness, others create it. –Anonymous

Sometimes I wish he wouldn't create so much of it.

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

I have never heard him sing..... but he does laugh like Mr. Ed; he probably sings like Elvis..... or at least thinks he does. He is that optimistic.

I think it is time to leave the office, forget the long winter and have a beer with Billy Lang. Maybe he'll sing for me.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't everyone be lucky to have a Billy Lang in their life? I hope you got out for that beer already!

Randal Graves said...

Ah! There's too much happiness here! That said, he's definitely got some pretty groovy shots in that gallery.

Collin in Edson said...

Hey, I found my way here from the blogger album project:

Just had to validate your selection of "Bare Trees" of my all time favorites.

Distributorcap said...

one day we will all have a beer with billy

oh fun sounds so good these days

Anonymous said...

Hey...nice post about Billy. His photos are awesome. That beer sounds pretty damn good, too.

Liberality said...

nice photos. you have surrounded yourself with many interesting and talented people--and you like to drink beer too ;0

Utah Savage said...

Even I had a little fun here and I'm generally against fun.

okjimm said...

Wowsers....... it is after the packer game (assholes lost) but Billy and I are having a few beers with some folks from Turner Networks sports.... I may have a bad day at work tomorrow. which could be a good thing. I will know tomorrow.

DAD said...

I am too lazy to translate all that you tell my friend!
But I LOVE the tree under snow!
I am going to come home to see trees under snow! I shall sleep on the sofa, it's all right.
Have you a stable so that I can line up my horse and 2 barrels of beers (Belgians)?

Dusty said...

I need a Billy Lang!!! Damn do I ever.

What a wonderful post okjimm..bless you kind sir. ;)

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