Well, it has been quite a summer, and I have been flooded with requests as to why there have not been any new articles. Well, life is life, and frankly, as I have grown older, I find that I really dont give a shit. Imagine, waking up and not really caring about what the day brings as far as work goes!
My focus today is on my family, and I have come to realize even more, as I always have, that my family has to be first. If there is work to be done, it will get done, as I have done for going on 26 years. What I have come to find troublesome is the constant complaining that some clients take such glee in doing. Some are very cool, and some are difficult. It is almost like that screeching sound a chalkboard and chalk can make. I find myself looking at the folks sitting in front of me, and I cannot hear a word they are saying; it’s all white noise. Dont get me wrong, I understand fully the issues and what needs to be done, but I cannot hear anything at times.
Two years ago I quit our radio show Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian.” The reason was simple; I was tired of hearing my own voice. Think of it. I was tired of hearing myself talk; it was the “silence” that I found comforting. Even listening to my guest became tiresome for me to sit and listen to. I understand the issues, and I already have the answers, now what?
In the last several months I lost two living things that I loved very much. And that loss still has not been dealt with appropriately by myself. I sometimes wake and wonder why and how did this happen.
Why does life deal us the cards that it does? Oh no, dont get me wrong, I have had a great run. If I was not to wake up in the morning, my family knows that what I have done in my life has been incredible by any standard. My years on this planet almost seems like dog years. Oh, for sure I have done it all. My early years, all the different jobs, first jobs, bartender, construction, working as an embalmer, going to college, the relationships the great sex, being a member of several law enforcement agencies, a high profile private investigator that gave me access to the rich and famous.
The rich and famous. Many I really liked and some… thank god I was around them for short periods of time. Many of these people, the “rich and famous,” can almost literally suck the air out of a room. The misery and failure some seem to attract are, for me, predictable. Predictable, that I can generally fix and make it all better. That my friends is a real talent.
Here is an amusing little twist. As many of you know, I was a very close confidant of Miss Peggy Lee. We were friends, and I was her personal bodyguard until the very end of her life. It was I, and one of my sons, who took her remains to the crematory and stayed with them during the cremation process. After the process, I returned Miss Lee to her family when it was all done. She was a wonderful and generous person, who also happened to be a great entertainer. And her song Is That All There Is, is very likely a song that covers my life well. Interestingly enough, the older I have grown, the more relevant that song has become to me.
Another twist of fate, I would become friends with Paul Anka, the guy who wrote the song My Way. It was made very popular by another acquaintance of mine, Mr. Sinatra. I have traveled the world with Paul Anka and have been treated like royalty all along the way. So I have made it clear that when my time comes (the dirt nap) that it is my desire that those two songs, My Way and Is That All There Is be played at my memorial. Is this luck, to have become friends with the people who wrote and sang the two songs that I really feel best describes my life and feelings? Almost serendipitous when you think of it.
God Bless my family, myself and those that I consider to be my friends.
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By John Nazarian
Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian, Private Investigator
September 26, 2018
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