.> this is a guy who tries to be as wierd as possible>
As the mother of an individualistic child (others call him eccentric) and
as a individual who went against the norm throughout life, I have the
1. Gary Beacom is expressing himself in a way that appears to be "him".
He may be different from the norm...that may be "wierd" to you but normal
to him. I don't think that he is trying to be wierd but trying to be
himself. How come "different" people have to conform to the general
populace's "norms". As long as one's behavior doesn't hurt others (in
other words they are honest, trustworthy, kind, etc.), why do they have to
go against their own nature to conform to the larger society's idea of
normal. One of the reasons, in my opinion, that there are so many unhappy
people in the world. It bothers me more to see a person going into a
sport, profession to please others instead of finding out what their
natural talents, gifts, inclinations are and developing their qualities.
2. I love to watch Gary Beacom because his soul comes through in his
skating. I feel as if I can tell when a skater is truly in touch with
themselves and when they are following the choreographer script....this is
one of the reasons that I prefer to watch the professionals skate. They
may not have the six, eight triples but they generally know who they are
and pick music, choreography that reflects their own inner self and their
technical skill is consistent. For some reason, I would rather see less
technical content done well then more done mezza-mezza.(It like listening
to music, I would rather listen to a piece that has few noticeable
mistakes then one chock full of difficulty but out of tune half of the
3. Why do some people feel that they have cornered the market on
understanding what is artistry and who is artistic. When I read comments
i.e. Gary Beacom, Brian Boitano, ?, ?, ?, aren't artistic or have no sense
of artistry, I want to scream. Artistry is very different for different
people. When I watch Boitano skate, even more so in the last four years,
I am deeply moved on a emotional level. This may surprise some people but
I don't have the same reaction to Paul Wylie. When I watch Paul Wylie
skate, I think to myself that he did a great spread eagle, beautiful
jumps, and had a theme of great social import. However, I am thinking
those thoughts. When I watch Boitano skate, I am feeling emotions.
There's the difference for ME. From my readings of other people comments,
that is how they react to Paul Wylie, SCott Hamilton, etc. Is my reaction
superior to yours or yours to mine. No, it isnot. It is different but it
is not superior. Maybe if we could learn this lesson in the world of
figure skating and then applied it to religion, ideology, the world would
be a more peaceful and humane place.
4. Gary Beacom's skating to "I'm a Man" in 1994 made my entire family
laugh out loud. He managed to skate well and make people laugh between the
ages of fifty to ten years. That is special! The world could use a
little more laughter!
JUst some thoughts!