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How Patrick Swayze Gave My Life Focus

A long time ago, an ad for a video tape rental store (remember those?) was promoting their recent releases. "We now have Roadhouse," the store clerk teased. An eager customer asked, "Is that the one with Patrick Swayze bustin' heads and breakin' hearts?"

I forget the rest of the ad, but one phrase resonated in my soul.

Bustin' heads and breakin' hearts.
Bustin' heads and breakin' hearts.
Hell yeah!
Bustin' heads and breakin' hearts!

I found that phrase a brilliant combination of cheese, bravado and romance. Not unlike myself.

Ever since then, "bustin' heads and breakin' hearts" has been my motto, my life mission summed up in a few words, and as you well know from hours of careful study, my number one "activity" in my Facebook profile.

I'm not sure if absorbing ad copy by some anonymous writer about a movie he was in counts as a tribute to the late Mr. Swayze, but it's all I've got to give.

So rest in peace, dancin' dude. Thanks for changing my life forever. I never went in for your more popular (girly) work. The rest of the world can keep Dirty Dancin'. Baby can stay in the corner for all I care. Roadhouse was more my speed. It had fights and hot chicks and well, I can't remember much else, but really, minus the fights, what else do I need in a movie?

Oh yeah, and I liked Red Dawn because I always hoped it would happen in real life. Back in the 80s I eagerly waited for the Russians to attack. I figured if they did, school would probably get cancelled and any day away from school was a good day. Wolverines!

Larry Nocella writes The Semi-True Adventures of Lar blog at He's the author of the novel Where Did This Come From? The world's first CarbonFree(R) novel according to The book is available on as a paperback and Kindle eBook. It is also available for other eBook readers.

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