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Ask Tony Horton

December 6, 2014

“When you climb to the top of the mountain
Look out over the sea
Think about the places perhaps, where a young man could be
Then you jump back down to the rooftops
Look out over the town
Think about all of the strange things circulating round

It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy
It ain’t easy to get to heaven when you’re going down”

– David Bowie, from “It Ain’t Easy”

The answers that come to us in the quiet of 2:00 a.m. don’t always last. They may even slip away by breakfast. Sometimes, we’re left wondering just what was it that made everything so lucid only a few hours ago. I find that even writing it down in the middle of the night doesn’t always help. What was so easy last night can still be very elusive. I have also learned that my handwriting doesn’t improve in the middle of the night no matter how powerful the dream.

Simple matters aren’t always solved effortlessly, even when the answers are right in front of us. A fat floating pitch can still be hard to hit. Just ask Tony Horton. Watch him crawl back to his seat in the dugout in the video below and you’ll see his answer. Over the past forty years, Horton has probably dreamed thousands of times about these two “folly floaters” from Steve Hamilton.

Solving the easy stuff opens up dream space for more delightful moments. Note to self: Keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be that hard.


Steve Hamilton pitched in the MLB for 9 years. He could make a batter look silly trying to clobber a long ball. Hamilton also played basketball in the NBA for a couple years.



Q: How many existentialists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Two: One to screw it in and one to observe how the light bulb itself symbolizes a single incandescent beacon of subjective reality in a netherworld of endless absurdity reaching out toward a cosmos of nothingness.

Q: How many Buddhists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Four. One to screw in the light bulb, one to not screw in the light bulb, one to not not screw in the light bulb, and one to not do any of these things.


David Bowie sang “It Ain’t Easy” on his Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. The song, written by Ron Davies, was also covered by Shelby Lynne, whose image graces my desk and protects it from coffee cups in the morning. It also works with water glasses, as seen in the photo of Steve Hamilton’s baseball card above.


From → Baseball, Life

  1. Thanks for enlightening me Bruce. Now I know what to think about when I wake up at 2:00 a.m. 🙂 –Curt


  2. Amazing! Poor guy!


  3. So you wake in the night and right things down, too?
    Good to know I’m not alone 🙂


  4. Ah, how many of us wake at 2 a.m. thinkin’ and wonderin’ and dreamin’ out loud. There should be a website for us all to connect at that witching hour – it would be amazing, how many world problems would be solved. I gave up trying to write down my brilliant discoveries at that hour – like you, I can never read them OR understand them at the light of the next day. But I read your blog and find it very enlightening – as an enlightening as a Buddhist (or 4) screwing in a light bulb.


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