MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in his online diary:"I received a e-mail from a friend today. We went to high school together in Seattle. He was my hero, and to be honest, he still is. His name is Rick Vanzandt. He is still with his high school sweetheart and still plays the shit outta his guitar. He is sane and got the american dream. Today I was thinking how we were sitting together at a ROLLING STONES show in 1975/76 when I was busted with drugs. I believe it was mescaline and I ended up being hauled away, cuffed, with the threat of juvenile hall 'till i was 21 and my dreams of rock 'n' roll smashed. "His e-mail to me today said... "'I know being away from your wife and kids sucks big time, missing the special times, and not being able to hold them when they feel down... but dude, uh...the STONES... "'1975 sitting on the grass outside the arena where the STONES were playing, getting hauled away for possession of someone else's shit? Enjoy the payback, my friend!' "Some say life is strange and then you die. But days like today remind me how good it is to be alive. Days like these remind me that the daze of teen angst may be gone but not far from mind. Sometimes I tell my friends, 'Dying would have been easy, it was the living that was hard.' But nothing is ever as hard as you think it is. My daughter lays next to me, asleep, the house is somewhat quiet and I feel grounded and grateful. I was once a runaway kid with a suicide note for my bible. That is not my life anymore... It's been hard, but I'm glad I didn't take the easy way out. Life is strange and then you live. "Thank you, Rick."
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