I think that there is nothing quite so discouraging than seeing wasted potential. I saw an old friend this last weekend with whom I had lost contact over the last 18 years. I had known him since the third grade and had played music with him in high school and into early adulthood. What I saw when I met up with him again this weekend was a man ravaged by a life of depression, substance abuse and bad life decisions. This encounter comes on the heels of my recent reading of the tragic Jaco Pastorius biography. While my friend didn't possess the musical genius of Jaco, (I mean, who does?), he was a talented and accomplished musician with a lot of ambition; there are parallels to the Jaco story that are strikingly similar. He has recently taken up music again, I think in an effort to feel alive once more, but there is so much crap going on in his head and his life that I have my doubts that he can find his way back. I'm not sure that there is anything I can do at this late date to help. As I get older I find that just keeping my own life on the rails is responsibility enough. However, by relating this experience, I'm hoping it might help someone else. I know that there are many younger people here that are just beginning to make important choices in their lives. My advice, for whatever it is worth, is to try to be thoughtful in those choices. You have your whole life ahead of you, but 20 years will go by seemingly in an instant. One bad (or good) decision you make now can affect the rest of your life. Your happiness and potential lie in your own hands. Take care of yourself--physically, mentally and spiritually. If you suffer from depression, or have a drug or alcohol problem, get some help now. Most places have some kind of community mental health program. Consult the blue pages of your local phone book under "Helpful Numbers". Thanks for listening.