Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why Am I Blogging?

As I stated in my first post, I learned by reading various blog-advice websites that the first post should introduce yourself and explain why you are blogging.  I chose to ignore this advice, but mentioned that I would address that question later.  I guess this is later.  

Have you ever seen the movie Stand By Me?  If you have, you might know where this is going.  If you haven't you should watch it as soon as possible.  

In the movie Stand By Me four boys set off on a two-day hike obsessed with the idea of discovering the body of a young man who was supposedly hit by a train.  Written by Steven King and directed by Rob Reiner it is a touching film with a nostalgic theme that is expressed beautifully in it's last line:

"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?" 

My favorite part of the movie is when the four boys sit down in front of the campfire and talk into the night. As Richard Dreyfuss narrates,  it's "the kinda talk that seems important until you discover girls."   

Gordie: Alright, alright, Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, Pluto's a dog. What's Goofy?

Vern: If I could only have one food for the rest of my life? That's easy-Pez. Cherry-flavored Pez. No question about it.

Teddy: Goofy's a dog. He's definitely a dog.

Gordie: I knew the $64,000 question was fixed. There's no way anybody could know that much about opera!

Chris: He can't be a dog. He drives a car and wears a hat.

Gordie: Wagon Train's a really cool show, but did you notice they never get anywhere? They just keep wagon training.

Vern: God. That's weird. What the hell is Goofy?

The older I get, the less opportunities there are for these types of conversations to take place.  We become adults who are expected to ask boring questions like, "how's the job treating you?" only to receive trite responses like, "It's work." So to answer the question (why did I start blogging?) I guess it's because I needed a place to speculate about my mailman, make movie recommendations, and ask tough questions like, "What the hell is Goofy?"  


  1. That's good to read. Because when the night has come and the land is dark you're definitely someone that I would want by my side!