There is one other memory that sticks out. It’s a quote I heard that night that I’ve thought of (and used) many times over the years. It was spoken by an old Irish singer. He was a large man with thin gray hair on top of his head, though he more than made up for his near-baldness with a pair of bushy white eyebrows. In his thick brogue, he summed up his basic life philosophy: “My stomach will never know that I am a poor man.”
Lot of truth there – if you’re eating as well as that, then you have a great deal of what makes life good. In my own life, this philosophy manifests itself in the fact that, even if I don’t have a whole lot of leisure cash, I will always lay out the money for good food. Bear this in mind should we ever find ourselves dining together!