Monday, October 13, 2008

You Gotta Believe

One of the headlines on the AOL Welcome screen today read, "Father of Bristol Palin's Baby Shoots Down Rumors." I can't possibly be the only person who read that and wondered if he did it from a helicopter.

Ok, with that off my chest, now for the real topic. Regular readers may remember I love movie quotes, and though it's not among my favorites, this one has got me thinking:

"I believe in the soul ... the small of a woman's back, the hanging curveball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to 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." (Crash Davis [Kevin Costner], "Bull Durham," 1988)

Ok, so I'm not Kevin Costner. There are still a few things I believe in and, for whatever it may be worth, this seemed no worse a time than any other to compile them. In no particular order:

1. Small pieces of birthday cake are a waste of everyone's time.

2. The vast majority of mankind's problems eventually trace back to some form of trying to get something for nothing.

3. I want what's mine, and I don't want what's not mine.

4. I don't accept pieces of paper that someone in the street tries to hand me, regardless of how they're dressed. Similarly, I don't speak to people with clipboards who try to stop me in the street.

5. Love is like any other form of comedy: it's all in the timing.

6. Love, friendship and other forms of familiarity are not an excuse for discourteous behavior.

7. ALWAYS buy a handmade poppy when you see a veteran selling them for donations.

8. The secret to a successful long-term relationship is this: do whatever you have to do never to find out what your spouse talks about with his/her best friend.

9. I believe in charitable giving. Just not at traffic lights.

10. When we find ourselves trying to decide how far we're willing to go in treating a segment of society like human beings, it's time to stop and take a deep breath.

11. The people who make the biggest show of saying they don't take crap from people are usually the ones who make it a point to give other people the most crap.

12. There's a special place in heaven waiting for seeing-eye dogs and other animals whose entire existence is devoted to service.

13. There's a very hot place in hell waiting for the guy who invented the four-way traffic stop. (Someone I mentioned this to suggested traffic circles too, but in Jersey we're just used to those.)

14. Someday they're going to give a Nobel Prize for baking, and it's going to go to the guy who invented parchment.

So what do you believe?


miss alaineus said...

i believe that oktoberfest beer is so good they shouldn't limit its production...

i believe the roundabout is anarchy driving at its finest...

i believe whomever invented standardized testing as a means to evaluate the ability of anyone to do anything was a complete and total blathering idiot (or a bunch of them together, functioning in a conspiratorial mode)

regards from the mitten,


Tawnya said...

I ALWAYS buy a Poppie from the vetrens, I buy one for my dad ( Army), and each grandfather ( Navy) and (Army). They are the reason that I am a Soldiers' Angel today, check us out... . Oh, and I think that any kind of driving in Michigan is anarchy. LOL... The long, deep, slow kisses are something to aspire to....

Claudia's thoughts said...

I never sign petitions. You do not know what will be done with them.


oldhousegal said...

I believe in red wine, dark chocolate and orange cats.

a corgi said...

I believe there is some truth in the majority of what you wrote that you believed in; at least some of them gave me a good chuckle this evening


Amy said...

Amen to number one. Is there ice cream involved with that?!

Angie said...

Al of the above. What's a 4 way traffic stop? We probably have them in England under a different name.

Great entry Ben.
love, Angie, xx

DB said...

A good list, Ben. Thank you.

I believe music helps to make the world a livable place.

I believe that many people are blinded by their religious beliefs.

I believe that a sense of humor is more valuable and more powerful than most people think.

DB - Vagabond Journeys