Worth More Than Gold

September 26, 2014

I just had dinner with an old roommate of two years ago……who came down from San Francisco for the Jewish Holidays to spend with his family….

It was wonderful to see Ev’s smiling face…..he is like a Buddha…you just want to hug him…..

He has had a hard life…though born “entitled” to Arnold Kopelson..who was a very successful attorney in Beverly Hills – and then a very successful Producer of 29 films…who won many an award….

Ev….rebelled as so many of us did in our youth….

and if you watched the recent PBS special about Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt…..you realize HOW hard it is to be a child of a “famous” parent…..

Ev married this fabulous woman and on their honeymoon traveled all over Europe….but wandered heavily into drugs and sexual experiences with others…..

She divorced him…..

when I met Ev…he was living in a commune in Venice, California…..what hit me was his warmth…his intense blue eyes….his smile…his honesty…..

at the time he was working for a Marijuana Medical Clinic in Venice…..

I know most people would have said I was crazy to rent to him….it is just that he struck me as such an honest person…with such a good heart……

as time went on he fell in love with his college roommate’s wife (they had divorced) from law school…..

she would come out from NY to visit…..she was skinny and what people would say was a “looker”…they enjoyed their sex so much that I had to wear ear plugs….they always seemed to have sex as I was just returning from work 4 PM …or just getting up at 3:30 AM…..

I know I have been loud …back in the old days when I had wild sex…but I could never hit the sound or notes she did……..

so Ev moved back 2 years ago Christmas to live with her and her young kids in Oyster Bay…….(the area the Roosevelts had a summer house at as did my Aunt Mimi…but for her it was a weekend house)…..

well one day she turned like my younger brother’s wife did on him when they were vacationing in North Carolina…..(they lived in Wisconsin)…..and said “You HAVE to leave!!!!”….

well Ev, like my brother was TOTALLY in a state of shock…..

he said what he use to pay me for rent gets him a bunk bed with another…in a house that has like 5 equal bedrooms with diverse “millennials” in San Francisco…which he loves….

he has gone back into the Cannibis field…with the new vape cigarettes …..

What amazes me is what those born “ENTITLED ” do with their lives……

some suffer intensely for years due to their insecurity….others do give so much to LIFE….(I think of my nephews)

and if you look at the other side of the coin…

you find the HIGH achievers coming from people who had absolutely NOTHING growing up…..

they stand out as the Visible stars …they have given SOO much to LIFE…..(Oprah, Bill Cosby, Elton John, Lady Gaga etc etc)

I basically am a brooding Dane….(which I throw on genetics)….am gruff…beat myself all the time for not GIVING MORE…..Being MORE expressive with a smile like my wonderful friend Michelle is …naturally…..

it is in my heart…it is just NOT my natural self…..

as I have said before…I SO wish I could wear a burka…so NO one could see my face…as it expresses my inherent feelings……..

Michelle …overheard me on the phone at work….talking to a friend…and said “Well Rob couldn’t you have been a BIT more enthusiastic “……

I did NOT realize I was so terrible hiding my true feeling EVEN on the phone…..

so a burka is not my salvation….

I was given a gift last night….a large framed picture/photograph…..

on paper it is not what one would say “Expensive”……

it JUST caught my deep feelings…..my happiness about Life

It brought a deep smile in my heart…..

Worth more than Gold

(man I SURE segued on this one…as Dan at work says “It IS what IT IS”…and I do not apologize)

One Response to “Worth More Than Gold”

  1. Richard said

    Good once again, thank you. R&R

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