April 09, 2023
On Sundays I reflect.I haven’t been drinking alcohol since I got home from Miami. I had an interesting conversation down there with a friend who commented on my choice to not drink. They mentioned that I seemed fine having a few beers with everyone. My brother and I explained that while sometimes I can keep it together, I also used to get to a point that nobody wanted to be around. This particular friend has never seen me like that. It’s better for me to abstain.My ribs are healing but still definitely fucked up. I wish I could get on my snowboard for some spring laps before the mountain closes, but right now I’m not risking it. Blowing glass is painful enough, but it feels great to be on the torch. I hope to be on the torch at least five days a week until my next trip.We’re getting ready to announce the next big show; The Connecticut Cup Collectors Club. I can’t wait for this one at Stoked next month!I’ve been making an effort to get out of my routine lately. This weekend that meant going out in Vail and making new friends. As an adult, making friends is hard. I feel like I have a lot of friends, and most of them are artists and collectors and part of the scene. While I cherish those friendships, there is often underlying business within the relationships. Very few of my friends live close enough to me to see often.As I have been working on balancing my personal life from Business Ben, it has been important for me to spend time with people that have nothing to do with work for me. Choosing to abstain from drinking makes socializing at bars weird. I still do it, but in many instances this does give me some social anxiety and make me feel awkward.I met some locals recently as I’ve been going out more in Vail. The weather is getting nicer in town, and we had our first outdoor shows at the Ford Amphitheatre of the season. I missed Big Gigantic last night but made it to Polo & Pan Friday night. We danced outside before bouncing around the village regular spots. My new friends introduced me to a handful of other locals, some of which expressed interest in collaborating in one way or another.I often get bummed out about my local community, mainly comprised of seasonal workers and people on vacation. I’ve put effort into a number of local projects that have gone nowhere. It can be frustrating. Then sometimes my optimism returns after a weekend like this one.Today I’ll be around the studio all day. I think I’ll make time to turn my torch on between Sunday Specials. This week everyone who buys a cup today will be entered for a chance to win a piece from my personal collection.I have more work ahead of me than I can really get my head around preparing for what we have coming up. I’m grateful for my team that supports me behind the scenes and for all of you and your support.Enjoy your Sunday!BB
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