As if it wasn't already impossible to score tickets to the Broadway smash hit, something tells me that after the Tony Awards--Hamilton nabbed eleven Tonys, including Best Musical--the world will be even wilder for Hamilton, the Pulitzer-prize winning show chronicling the life of our nation's first Treasury Secretary.
When we go to cast our votes for president in November, the fundamental question is whether we want a president who will, by and large, share the policies and vision of Barack Obama, or one who in addition to being a hateful, uninformed, groper of a fascist who would destroy our position in the world, fundamentally rejects them.
The older I get the more the conversations I have with friends over dinner revolve around how much they hate their jobs. My childhood pal said to me recently, "With each passing day I relate more and more to the Peter Gibbons character in Office Space. Is there anyone out there, except for Oprah or Jimmy Fallon, who has actually found a job that they like?"
On Tuesday, the musical Hamilton was nominated for a record 16 Tony awards. And three weeks ago, its creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won the Pulitzer Prize. And it's all, of course, richly deserved. But one angle of the saga of Hamilton, both on-stage and off, that has not been commented on is how it shows the value of time off. Alexander Hamilton wasn't just the subject of our country's first sex scandal. He was perhaps also our first fully documented case -- and the founding father -- of political burnout. And one of the biggest takeaways from the musical, for me, is this question: If the hard-driving Hamilton had given himself the time he needed to recharge, how much better -- and longer -- would he have been able to serve the adopted country he loved so much?
The first time I heard of the name 'Aquachigger' I thought it was some sort of marinelife racial slur. But Beau Ouimette, the man behind the Aquachigger YouTube channel, couldn't be further from a racially charged sea creature. He is re-pioneering a lost art, something dreamt of by children around the world: treasure hunting and adventuring.