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Once in a Lifetime —”Where Does That Highway Go To?

OOH…Here’s One Thing

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OOH…Here’s One Thing
Once in a Lifetime



by Jim Johnsen,
Managing Director, Johnsen, Fretty & Company



Okay, I struggled with this week’s jingle.

It was either going to be Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle“:

“If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you”

Pink Floyd‘s “Time“:

“Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”


Talking Heads’Once in A Lifetime

You may ask yourself “What is that beautiful house?”
You may ask yourself “WHERE DOES THAT HIGHWAY GO TO?”
And you may ask yourself “Am I right?  Am I wrong?”
And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?”

While an incredibly hard choice since each of them are epic in their own right, I settled on the Talking Heads because they are still so damn cool.  

Okay Johnsen, where are we going with this?

I read an article titled “Time had a beginning” this weekend.  Not something I was looking for but it was certainly looking for me.  To call it a cold shower would be an understatement (and I really don’t mind cold showers and in fact embrace them after drinking the Wim Hoff woo woo.  https://www.wimhofmethod.com).  But that said, it’s always good to remember how short and precious life is. 

Here are a few quotes from the sledgehammer article (Unfortunately the whole column by Thomas Hicks, titled “Time had a beginning” is not yet available online…yeah, can you believe something is not online…but if interested I can send you a scan).   

“How innocently times eats the days – all those lost days”

“Old age is an end product deposited by time…We disintegrate slowly.”

“When he was near ninety, the art critic, Bernard Berenson, said: I would willingly stand at the street corners, hat in hand, begging passers-by to drop their unused minutes in it.”

“There is a loneliness of age.  As we age, we have to “let go” of more and more.  One thing, after another, falls away.  One can have the feeling of having outstayed one’s welcome in the world.  Many old people often feel superfluous and unwanted.”

Wow! Thanks for picking me up on a Monday morning Johnsen.  But really what’s the point?
Three fold.  1.  We have no time to waste.  2.  If time is so precious, and we are selling time (well space…but on a timed basis), then why would we ever let a face go dark?  If we haven’t sold the face or the flip, for God’s sake, put something on it.  3.  Call your Mom (or your Dad, or your Uncle or your other elderly relative this week).  



Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime,” from the 1980 album Remain in Light


Jim Johnsen


Securities transacted through StillPoint Capital Member firm FINRA/SiPC


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