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God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy

July 9, 2009

These are the lyrics to a Billy Currington song that was recently released on country radio.  I absolutely love this song, with a chorus line so sweet, simple, and to the point.  The song is about a conversation between a young guy and an old man at a bar in Ohio, talking about politics, past girlfriends… whatever comes to their minds. 

The song resonates with all of my most memorable moments in life, which have been the moments I’ve spent sitting on porches or in bars chatting with family, friends, and strangers about nothing of consequence, yet everything of importance in life.  I remember sitting on my host family’s patio in Mexico, passing around a bowl of popcorn under the setting sun, listening to their neighbor discuss public teachers’ plight in Mexico.  Long walks with my girlfriends in Brasil, chatting about boys and local gossip.  Gazing up at the stars with one of my best friends, Zack, as we reminisce about high school, share updates on our families, and ponder the crazy world around us.  Rocking on the chair in my grandparents’ living room, reviewing the details of their latest grocery trip and their dogs’ potty schedule.  Birthday parties for the children of my immigrant friends in Philadelphia at which we adults would sit around the living room talking about soccer, singers, land prices in Brasil, and the construction business in the Delaware Valley.  Sitting in Sandy Spang’s kitchen, absorbing stories of life on the reservation, past and present.  Bar conversations with fellow patrons in Billings and Sheridan, lamenting the construction boom in the West.

I think all of these folks would agree with me and Billy Currington that God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy not to slow down and enjoy more moments like these.

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One Comment
  1. I agree with at least 2 of those assertions 🙂

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