That was Anthony Bourdain's simple, elegant and perfect Twitter bio.
It's all encompassing.
It didn't limit him to food or travel.
In fact, it did quite the opposite.
It opened up the entire world for him.
We could all learn to be more enthusiastic.
Stephe is a Funko enthusiast.
Chris is a moto-metal enthusiast. So much so that he's got a book out this week (shameless plug
As I sat with that word after the startling news of Mr. Bourdain's death, I pondered what I'm enthusiastic about these days.
The startling answer turned out to be not much.
Oh, I still like a lot of stuff, but enthusiastic? Not really.
I'm repurposed an old domain into a home for stories about the multitude of characters I've created over the years. Number of stories written? 0.
I've been planning podcasts with Stephe AND John for a while. Recordings? 0.
All of those things are my fault. I've just had trouble finding the motivation I need to launch these new projects.
Sadly, it might be Mr. Bourdain's death that serves as my wake up call.
Life is too short to not be enthusiastic.
Time to get things moving again.
If that's the take away, well, then I guess I'll take it.
Now, let me veer away from Maudlin Street and onto the Cheesecake Super Highway.
Please say hello to Cate Blanchett.
Why you may ask is one of the most talented actresses alive this week's cheesecake? That's easy.
She's playing the Rusty to Sandra Bullock's Danny.
And, if I'm being honest, her turn earlier this year as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok
really did it for me.
Oh, and I saw her in person a couple of years ago at SDCC and, let me just say, in person, she's a goddess.
Hey, that was pretty enthusiast.
It's a start.
Let's hit the links.
Awful televangelists who are still around
The thin line between scammer and success story
One hit wonders who disappeared into oblivion
Honest Trailers takes on EVERY Christopher Nolan movie
And finally, DC is relaunching Vertigo