Watching Top Chef last week, I was happy to see Pee-wee Herman as the guest judge. Eating a lunch in the Alamo, we were reminded, once again, there is no basement in the building. He looks old, Pee-wee. But familiar. I like to think about things and people who successfully re-invent themselves, altering their old personas but still keeping it true to their original identity.
Pee-wee Herman did it. So did the Thunder Cats. And so too did the Sazerac. Orchard House is the same way. A bed and breakfast in the 1990′s, she has risen again to house weary travelers. We live in cycles. What’s old is new again. We’re happy to embrace our past, while keeping an eye on the future.
Downton Abbey is the new Upstairs, Downstairs. Kathy Griffin is the new Joan Rivers. Miley Cyrus may be cute, but will never be Dolly Parton. Facts are facts. But there is hope for all of us, even when we falter, to get back up, and keep on moving. We can all be Pee-wee Hermans if we want to be! After all, I know you are but what am I?