Sunday Stealing: most important

West Side Story

Another Sunday Stealing.

1.  What is most important to you?

Holding the door open for someone. I mean that literally, sure, but I also mean it metaphorically. In the law of the conservation of energy, it “can neither be created nor destroyed – only converted from one form of energy to another.” So if the door is already open, it doesn’t require additional energy to keep it open and let others in.

2.  Your best trait.

I observe. Then I do stuff to make a situation better, or more often, less bad. 

3.  A movie that makes you happy.

I haven’t watched it in a very long time, but Young Frankenstein (1974). “Pardon me, boy, is this the Transylvania station?” 

4.  Something that excites you.

Music excites me because, shockingly often, I play something that I had listened to dozens of times yet I hear something new. Then there are the bits that almost always excite me.

5.  Something that worries you.

As a librarian, it’s the proliferation of false information that is becoming less discernable, from AI-generated photos to other deep fakes.

6.  Actions you admire.

There are a lot. I’ll pick this fact: The Tony Awards & Carnegie Mellon University Present The 2024 Excellence In Theatre Education Award To CJay Philip Of Baltimore, daughter of my buddy Nell Stokes of Albany.

Annus mirabilis

7.  What year has been your best so far?

Maybe in 2023, when I went to France and Las Vegas. Perhaps in 2019, when I quit my job; I mean, retired. 

8.  Who do you trust?

A few people I met in 1958, 1968, and 1971. There are others. 

9.  A Song from Your Childhood.

Here are the end credits for the movie West Side Story (1961). When I was a kid and heard that bit at about 4:30, it made me weep. And it still does.   

10.  What you wore today?

I wear essentially the same thing every day, a shirt, and pants, usually black or navy blue. A hat or cap, depending on the season. Even this past Sunday, when the choir wore T-shirts, I wore a long-sleeved T-shirt underneath to cover my arms, which has splotchiness from vitiligo. 

11.  A book you are currently reading

The Undertow: Scenes From A Slow Civil War by Jeff Sharlet. After I heard him and others speak in Albany one evening in November 2023, he and I had breakfast the next morning.

12.  What do you want less of?

Stupid social media stuff posing as “news.” On CBS Mornings this month, one of their Talk Of The Table segments was of a woman on a social media platform ranting that she would NOT be returning her shopping cart to a collection area because she thought someone would go to her car and snatch her children. My thought: so she doesn’t bring it back. So what? Why should I care and why is CBS spending three minutes on a non-story?

Orange you wondering?

13.  A question that needs to be asked.

Is the presumptive Republican candidate for President unhinged?  At a rally this month in Las Vegas, he talked about being aboard a hypothetical electric-powered boat. “He posits that the battery would be so heavy that it would cause the craft to sink, and he relates his purported conversation with a knowledgeable mariner about this scenario.”

“I say, ‘What would happen if the boat sank from its weight, and you’re in the boat, and you have this tremendously powerful battery, and the battery’s now underwater, and there’s a shark that’s approximately 10 yards over there?’
“By the way, a lot of shark attacks lately, do you notice that? Lot of sharks. I watched some guys justifying it today: ‘Well they weren’t really that angry, they bit off the young lady’s leg because of the fact that they were not hungry but they misunderstood who she was.’ These people are crazy. He said, ‘There’s no problem with sharks, they just didn’t really understand a young woman swimming.’ No, really got decimated, and other people, too, a lot of shark attacks.
“So I said, ‘There’s a shark 10 yards away from the boat, 10 yards, or here. Do I get electrocuted if the boat is sinking, water goes over the battery, the boat is sinking? Do I stay on top of the boat and get electrocuted, or do I jump over by the shark and not get electrocuted?’ Because I will tell you, he didn’t know the answer.
“He said, ‘You know, nobody’s ever asked me that question.’ I said, ‘I think it’s a good question. I think there’s a lot of electric current coming through that water.’ But you know what I’d do if there was a shark or you get electrocuted? I’ll take electrocution every single time. I’m not getting near the shark. So we’re going to end that, we’re going to end it for boats, we’re going to end it for trucks.”
WHAT? And he’s told a variation on this story before.

14.  The best idea you’ve had this week.

I decided NOT to go on a trip next weekend. I’ll be able to see a barbershop quartet this Friday at my church, then to visit with a friend I’ve only known since 1958 on Sunday or Monday. 

15.  How are you creative?

I was at a choir party this week, and I apparently know the bass vocal to Good Night, Sweetheart by The Spaniels.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing: most important”

  1. I can’t even read and understand the dialogue about the shark and the battery!! Good grief! I understand why you wear long pants and long sleeves …but do you get hot in the summer? Or are you just used to it? I remember when my husband had to wear suits to work and I asked him, “aren’t you burning up?” Can you tell I’m hot natured? Haha!

  2. The shark and the battery IS demented.
    Yes, I get hot. But it’s generally better than getting burned. But I have to drink a LOT of non-caffeinated beverages.

  3. The Shopping Cart Theory refers to a social theory that states whether a person returns a shopping cart or not after using it serves as an ultimate indicator of whether they are a “good” or “bad” member of society. That’s why returning the shopping cart or not matters. In my childhood, I was the 5-year-old kid returning the shopping cart. If that mother is that scared someone will take her children, then she has big problems. Plus, she’s a bad member of society, according to the theory. I don’t know how many children are kidnapped while someone is taking back a shopping cart, but I doubt the number is very high. It was a story because it’s indicative of the breakdown of society, which we are watching happen every day.

  4. the anecdote about the shark etc made my head spin.

    I just shook my head about the shopping cart story. that literally came across my phone at least 5 times this past week. here’s the thing: why the heck is she even bringing her children to the grocery store? dear Lord leave them home with dad. If there’s no dad, do it while they’re at school or after work before you pick them up from daycare. It’s not rocket science. OR how about what I did once? bring the groceries to the trunk. Child is in the cart . Return the cart. Remove child. Walk to car. NOT difficult people.

    you live in Albany NY I assume?? I’m just a bit north of you!

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