Saturday, August 15, 2015

What I Believe In

The other day, someone again, asked me, a buyer and seller of what might be described as "collectible," or "rare," items what I personally collect. I have to say that the things that I collect number 2 and one of them I will be keeping to myself, thank you. I will reveal that my only public collectible is book markers. Not just regular book markers but book markers that have been left behind in old books. You would be surprised what you can find inside an old book and a marker is one of the first, and sometimes only, things that you find.

But I make sure I pay for the marker, even though the store owner, not knowing of the markers existence, often offers it for free, I always pay 1 dollar. I write down the book I found it in and the page, and other particulars both important and not. Why is this my collection? I don't know. Maybe the thought of all those people, reading all those words, and then caring enough about those words that they marked their place, so they could return to those words, makes me have hope as a writer that I will one day make someone feel the same way with words I have written.

But the unsaid question, that hangs in the air after the collection question, is what do you believe in Steve? Again, I have been hampered by an education which is elevated in some areas and in deficit in others. Everything I know and have learned has come from books, movies, or music. It's all I know.

So I will let Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner in the movie "Bull Durham," provide my answer, as he has in the past. Crash Davis said:

"Well I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there should be a constitutional amendment outlawing AstroTurf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."

Just in case you were wondering.


Santa Paula California City Directory, 1959