A couple of weeks ago, as my wife was cruising Facebook, she asked if I knew a guy named Bobby B; he died. Yes, I have a funny memory including Bobby. Continue reading
It’s happened – I’m officially old. Why do I say this, you may ask? Because I’ve turned into one of the people I used to think was old when they said things like, ‘the good old days’ or ‘things were better then’. Well….other than 1968…..maybe they were…
My very first real job was for Taco Bell. I started as a regular hourly worker and was eventually ‘fired’ (link) while serving as the second youngest Store Manager in the country. I’ve already written a few Taco Bell related stories but there are so many additional memories from that time of my life. I’m not sure where this story will go but I wanted to see if I could jot the rest of them down and hope they fit together somehow.
As each generation grows older, it witnesses the disappearance of sights, sounds and activities. We look back on those times and forgotten places often with remorse, but almost always with fondness. Every generation experiences this. This month’s story is about one of those places; the company-owned recreation and activities park.
Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?
Clarice Starling: He kills women…
Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?
Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir…
Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
Clarice Starling: No. We just…
Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want?