Recently I read a question and answer with JM, and yes, I was bummed that most of us hadn't known about it......although I'm sure someone would have called 'staged' if they recognized the names of those posing the questions. But I think what stands out (now that I've picked up my bottom lip), is John saying he is happy....that despite having his life turned upside down, all the changes he's had to adapt to, and all the shitty things that have been said about him, he's happy. That makes me happy too. Here is the question posed by one reader, and JM's answer:
Q~ If you had to relive the whole debacle, what would you do differently the second time around?
McAfee~ Absolutely nothing. Everything that has happened has brought me to this present moment - and not a bad moment at all. You may view my life as chaotic, tragic, comical, whatever. From where I sit, it's a great adventure and an unending mystery. I have no complaints.
That, ladies and gentlemen is a great example of John McAfee's uncanny ability to make lemonade.......with or without lemons. So often we forget to 'see the forest for the trees', and understandably so where JM's escape is concerned. But despite all the obstacles in the way, he managed (with help) to stir up a frenzy and succeed at the end game....he got out of Belize alive, intact, and able to continue his life. We all know it wasn't easy......just following along online was nerve racking at times.....imagine being engulfed by that drama, actually living it.....(for a time, in the jungle). Yes, I said jungle.....complete with bugs, snakes, critters, screeching nasties, and mosquitoes, damned horrible mosquitoes. Then, it was take a boat here, a car here, stop and hide here. Move, meet the reporter (who went through a maze to get there), move again, blog, answer some questions, itch, re-charge. Repeat until free. *whew* Lemonade anyone?
Flash forward, and today finds JM busy with multiple endeavors, like the above Q&A, a novel, a biography, a movie, and more, like this USA Today interview, found today on wim...... it still amazes me how much energy he has. Will there be a rush to be the first project finished, or is there a specific timetable? I don't know (but wish I did). How is Sam? No word for so long.....we need a really good update. Is Amy with her? (I have sent her Tweets with the new posts......sadly no reply). And how is Chad? How is the graphic novel coming? Would he like to share a preview? *wink,wink* Where does John spend most of his time now? Do he and Chad get much time together? Is it all go-go-go with plane trips and meetings all over the world, or is there some relaxation thrown in for good measure? Is relaxing even on his radar? (LOL.......Somehow I think not). And I could go on and on.
So as we approach the 6 month mark of an event that forever impacted John McAfee, but also changed many of us, I would like to ask the key players (JM, CE, SV, AE) to take a minute and say hello here to the wimawiw blog followers. Share what's new, let us know how things are....... say 'hey, how's it going'? Whatever you want. It's just been such a long time........
**Nice to see we aren't the only ones who know John didn't murder anyone. Finally.
I usually don't write about the music, but there were so many songs that came to mind for this post. I had actually picked out '6 months in a leaky boat' by Split Enz, thinking it held the perfect message of survival and perseverance. Even after reading his comments, I concluded John was busy charting the course while we were busy bailing. But then, taking a cue from JM and his positive attitude, I decided to keep thinking. Of course we'd been "truckin'" on this "long strange trip", but those didn't cut it. It wasn't The Pretenders, Clash, Beatles or New Order either. Searching for the perfect song to say "hey, wow, you took us on a crazy ride, but you're ok now, and we're really glad.....keep on goin' " , wasn't so easy.......try finding those lyrics, lol. As it turns out, what I ended up with came as the result of a distant memory, from a different time, in a place far, far away. When I was much younger, a boy who was infatuated, dedicated a song to me......via cassette tape. That might not have been so bad....... if it hadn't debuted in the middle of a party. EEEK LOL Anyway, when I first thought of it, 'You are like a Hurricane' seemed to fit JM in multiple ways......but upon listening again, I noticed too many discrepancies (for one, his eyes aren't brown), so my mind kept searching. Neil was already in my head so it took no time to find this.......Long may you Run..........and with a completely different meaning than the "run" being used 6 months ago, it was perfect........funny how things work, isn't it?
John, this is for you,