I know , I know . I said that I’d never do a 1o list , ie. 10 best this ; 10 reasons to….., etc. Among other things , the 10 -list thing bothers me because 10 is too much a round number . Everything , good or bad , comes in tens ? Are you kidding me ? It’s a little too French too , somehow . No offense to the French . But didn’t the French Revolution usher in , among other things , the decimal system , lists of ten best these and ten worst those ? I think that the Assemblee Constituante in Paris in the 1790s made the first 10 list . I’m pretty sure it was : Ten Reasons For Overthrowing Monarchies , if I remember my European history correctly. Robespierre ?
But , I think it would be interesting to think about some of the gone away things that I wish that I still had . I wish sometimes , for example , that I still had my 1960 Opel Olympia . I’d replace the floral pattern contact paper on the sides with fresh stuff ; but , this time , maybe a geometric pattern would do . I’d get the brakes fixed . I’d drive it just around the neighborhood . Just for fun .
Of course I’d want to have my hair back , a little long , just for driving the Opel . It wouldn’t have to be black . It might be white . Somehow the Opel needs a long-haired driver . Hard to explain . Shades of the old days , I guess , is what the Opel thing is all about .
I’d like to have my octagonal oak table back . I never should have sold it . I bought it from old Hugh Brown , an old man who lived in downtown Los Angeles where he had built his house in 1921 . He had been a mining engineer . He’d had his own mining company . He wrote music . He had a picture of himself and Harry Truman at the piano . Both were at the same bench . Yeah . Mr. Brown had been a lawyer ; thought he still was , even in his nineties . I guess he was . But , when I knew him he was half crazy and mostly blind and a cantankerous old hermit . The table was lying under an inch of dust in Mr. Brown’s basement . The table legs were nearby . He sold it to me for $ 15 . It had a leaf underneath that swung up in the center when the table was opened . The thing had been made in L.A. I bolted the legs back on , cleaned it up , and I had a wonderful oak table for several years until I sold it to Rock Hudson for $ 90 . Yeah , Rock Hudson , about a year before he died . Who knows where the table has been since then . I wish I had it back .
That’s three for my list . I’m not doing ten . I told you that . Twenty-five is too many . Four , five , or six might not be enough . I think eight would be a good number for a list , or nine , or possibly eleven or twelve . Thirteen might be good except that thirteen is , of course , questionable .
13 ? Are you kidding ? 13 things………13 best places to eat sushi …………? Never . Thirteen has too much baggage to make an effective list . 13 favorite places …..13 worst foods………….13 best cities…………13 tastiest restaurants…………….. ? Thirteen is too tied up with bad luck , Zodiac , ancient numerology , mythical mumbo jumbo . All the ancient peoples recognized the complex mojo of 13 . They twisted it into their calendars , their rituals , their apprehensions . The sacred cord of the ancient Druids, for example , had thirteen segments . Did you know that already ? Something awesome and fearsome about 13 — be careful . They all knew that . None of the ancients ever wondered about 13 ; it wasn’t one of the ancient wonders . None of them , as far as I know , made lists of 13 best or worst these or those . Even the French , to the best of my knowledge , never did that . The English had 13 American colonies . Where did that get them ? The American founding fathers drew lines across the continent to extend the original 13 states until someone pointed out the fallacy of that to them , of staying with thirteen . Someone told Georgie Washington something like , “ The 13th hour is also the first ,” or something like that . They might have told him also that the thirteenth chapter of Revelations is reserved to the Antichrist and to the Beast . George never planned any battles for Fridays the 13th . I might be wrong about that , but I don’t think so . 13 ? No . Don’t even go there . Remember Apollo 13 ? The number thirteen is the number of upheaval . I’m beginning to wonder also , now that I’m reflecting on this , about 2013 . Maybe we should worry .
I wish that I still had my Buffalo Springfield album . Of course , I’d have to make another wish , for my long gone turntable to play the album on . Now we’re at , what , five ? Five’s a good number , don’t you think ? 5 Things I Wish I Still Had .
Five might be a good list , a good place to stop a list . Five’s good , isn’t it ? Isn’t that why the USA set up the Pentagon and not the Decagon , or for that matter the Hexagon or the Octagon . The Olympics symbol consists of five interlocking rings , right ? Five’s good , right ? To the Pythagoreans five symbolized human life . The Pythagoreans discovered the five regular solids :
Nevertheless , I feel an urge to add one more item to my list of 10 Things I Wish I Still Had . I wish I still had the urge not to make a list of 10 things . But , after all , I did write the title : 10 Things …….. When a blogger writes 10 Things then there is an obligation to follow-through and to write ten things . Otherwise the entire post is dishonest ; it doesn’t deliver what it promises . Who would trust that blog in the future ? Who would bother to read it ? No follow-through ! No integrity !
I wish I still had some integrity . That makes seven on my list .
I wish I still had the wish to walk several miles every day . I still like walking , but not so far or so often . And I get a lot more winded these days , of course . Wow , how wistfully I wish I wouldn’t get so whoppingly winded while wearily walking awound . That’s nine .