Yesterday: Another day of lolling about, "resting" and trying to get better, where resting equals self-medication every four hours and fitful sleep interspersed with coughing, wheezing and dripping all sorts of unseemly stuff. Watch a lot of TV, just because I can't concentrate on anything more mentally taxing. See two thought-provoking TV interviews. One was on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Magic Johnson. Wow. It's been twenty-one years since he was diagnosed with HIV. It is mind-boggling and inspirational to see that someone who was given (what at the time, we thought was ) a death sentence would bounce back, amass a $750 million fortune and, more importantly, build wealth by doing good in urban communities. I had no idea that he was behind the movement to get Starbucks in the hood. The movie theaters I knew about. Very, very inspirational. He could have given up and died, and I'm sure many lesser men would have. The other interview was on 60 Minutes with Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) I'm not sure I'm glad to have seen it. I've always admired Schwarzenegger's intestinal fortitude, especially in his governance of California, where he made some brave choices that were way out of line with his party's platform. I really believe that he did what he thought was right, regardless of politics. I admire that, even though I did not agree with all of this choices. But wow. In the interview, he came across to me as narcissistic in the very worst way, even though I thought Leslie Stahl went easy on him. Becoming "successful" while hurting friends and family at the expense of your own agenda? Not cool. Hmm. But you know. All the "success literature" suggests that one important way to get started on or continue along the road to success is to read about people who've achieved success, whatever that means, and to learn from them, warts and all. Call/email/check in on some GFs. Medicate (the nighttime version.) Zzz.