Sometimes people come into your life for a few brief moments but leave a lasting impact. A few weeks ago I got news that such a person passed away in a horrific accident. I met CJ one night in LA, when he graciously allowed my friend and me to stay at his house. He took us out to some amazing authentic Cuban food in a random area of LA, where we sat and ate for hours talking about all kinds of things. I was stunned by his passion, intellect, and unconventional thinking style. Although I only spent a few hours with him, I was hooked by the aura of his personality. Upon hearing of his passing I could only be devastated at what a loss had come to this world. Even though I’d only known him for a few hours, I felt like I’d known him all my life.
I did some digging and found his blog, which is full of ideas that we discussed that one night. I could see the progress of his ideas from the saplings he had over a year ago to what he had published in his blog more recently. I read some of these ideas and find vestiges of my own thoughts. His exciting and edgy imagination has made me realize that some of my thinking has gone stale. A It hasn’t seemed as exciting as it used to be, and it’s been a little more one tracked. I need to put more thought into what is going on both around me and inside of me. And that’s what this blog is for.
To a good friend I didn’t know all that well, I dedicate this blog to CJ Saraceno.