Well, huh…

Some nugget of news, here. The life of Keith Richards is baffling. Is it real? The stuff of legend? A bit of both, probably. A short piece in Undercover.com.au today (which I learned about thanks to GJC) states that the 66 year old Rolling Stones guitarist hasn’t had a drink in four months. This is not the baffling part (though maybe it is to folks who know Richards). A couple other remarks in the article do baffle. Like this one: “He has always quite enjoyed the fact that he seemed to be able to carry on drinking as much as he liked with no real negative impact on his health.”  How has he pulled this off? But perhaps more interesting, funny, and again perplexing is the fact that Richards apparently had a brain haemorrhage four years ago, at age 62, from which he fully recovered, because he fell out of a tree while partying on the island of Fiji. He was presumably drinking then. But that’s not what compelled him to lay off the sauce now. Instead, it’s been watching his bandmate, Ronnie Wood, start drinking again, break up with his wife of 23 years, and shack up with a 21 year old cocktail waitress. It perhaps wouldn’t be surprising if both events — the brain haemorrhage and Wood’s drinking and lovelife — would bring pause to Richards’s life. But, at least according to the information in the article, it appears that he continued to drink after the haemorrhage. That the physical (and presumably serious) impact of the brain haemorrhage as a result of partying (which presumably involved drinking while climbing trees) did not spark Richards’s abstinence from booze, but the observation of a friend’s behavior has, perhaps is surprising. It is interesting, at the very least, that Richards’s perception of another person’s actions impelled this (significant?) decision instead of his own experience of physical breakdown.

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