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6/28/2018 10:36:57 PM

If I had It All To Do Over Again!
They say hindsight is 20/20 vision. Looking back on my life there are a few things i would have done differently. What about you? Any regrets? I supposed this question is for the over 70 crowd. So, here it goes for me.

Top 10 Things I would do differently:

1. I would stay away from gangs and crime. I spent a good deal of my youth fighting people I didn't even know.

2. I would not have gone to Vietnam. This ungrateful nation has proven itself unworthy of that kind of sacrifice.

3. I would have rehearsed an extra hour everyday so I could be a better musician.

4. I would have bought lots of land here in California. I would have used that land to grow cannabis.

5. The time when I was in the African Dance Troupe and my leopard skin skirt came off. I would make sure that that thing was pinned better. Such a horrible experience with me and my naked Black Ass dancing in front of thousands of people. Oh the shame!

6. I would have kept my Apple stock that I paid .50 a share for. Shit, I would be rich now!

7. I would have stayed in the prison ministry longer as it was such a joy to help people get their lives together.

8. I would have worked a lot less and played a lot more.

9. I would have spent more time pleasing myself rather than others.

10. I would have ducked the one shot that got me knocked out when I was boxing. Shit sent me to the moon and i never fully recovered.

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6/30/2018 11:17:20 AM

I'd do almost every single moment of my life over again. It would be much easier to list things I'd keep the same. Right now I can't think of any, though.

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Lars Mars

6/30/2018 11:00:59 PM

Obviously you've done a lot of thinking (and re-thinking, and perhaps over-thinking) Stoneman... a heavy list.

Like most people I have regrets. Mine are simpler. Things I've done or said that hurt others. Things that I haven't done that hurt others. Times I've let others down.

In looking at it all, it breaks all of Asimov's Laws of Robotics, perhaps as simple a moral code as ever laid down... and while I don't aspire to be robotic, I could've done better as a human.

But fortunately I have been forgiven by most of those I've hurt. The hardest part has been to forgive myself, as I suspect it is for most of us.

Given the chance to do it all over again, there are no guarantees that the choices that I would now prefer to have taken wouldn't have produced an even more regrettable outcome.... so better that things are as they are for me...

The lessons of history aren't to provide us absolution, but to guide us toward a better future.

Instead of Asimov, I now aspire to the spirit of Piaf...

In the words of the immortal Edith Piaf, I don't give a damn about the past.

A woman with a complex and painful past to come to terms with..

Deserted by her mother, raised in a brothel, performing on the streets, accused of collaborating with the German occupation, 3 near fatal auto accidents leaving her with pain med and alcohol problems... etc.

According to one YouTube poster:

Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954--1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed a temporary putsch of 1961 by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria — adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.


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Bryon Tosoff

6/30/2018 11:49:03 PM

Edith Piaf was sensational, brilliant, not enough people know about her genius and creative abilities, the genuine article, amazing for sure, thanks for posting Glenn

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Neil w Young

7/2/2018 12:36:58 PM

To add to your posts Glenn and Bryon regarding Edith Piaf ...

The role that I played working with the film company principals in Chicago and with the executive producer and respective parties in California assisted in the successful production of the documentary Piaf - Her Story ... Her Songs. The film is an entertaining story and celebration of the life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf told through a wonderful theatrical presentation by singer Raquel Bitton.

The documentary was filmed at Elgin Theatre, Toronto, various locales in Paris France and at Luminair Film studio in Chicago and mixed at Skywalker Sound.

One of the highlights of my involvement was participating in the editing process and final review of the documentary at Lucas Film and Skywalker Sound Studio at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California.

I was honoured to be given credit in the film as Special Consultant.

Distributed by Lionsgate, the documentary is available on DVD.

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Bryon Tosoff

7/2/2018 12:47:50 PM

Wow so cool Neil to be involved in this great story awesome

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Neil w Young

7/2/2018 1:00:02 PM

Thanks, Bryon.

P.S. ... my post above added with much respect and appreciation to Stoneman and his blog, "If I had it All To Do Over Again!. My apologies too for the size of the image - I'll try to get it reduced.

I attempted to edit my post with this P.S. Unfortunately it generated an error so added it here.

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Richard Scotti

7/2/2018 2:02:06 PM

If I could do it all over again - I wouldn't! I'd rather move on to my next life and put my efforts into that project. Simply correcting my past mistakes would be a bore. I want to make new mistakes ;-)

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7/2/2018 3:21:56 PM

I like that a lot Richard. Great Attitude to have! You Rock!

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