Beginnings (Not)

On Sunday we usually do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. But today – something a little different. For the reading part of the events on the virtual tour for Of Mutts And Men, we’ve been throwing caution to the winds (what with life otherwise so cautious for so many these days) and opening the book at random! Here’s where we ended up last night at our fun visit to Book Carnival in Orange County, one of our faves.

We came to the street with all the self-storage places, one big garage-like building after another, all of them with many doors. Bernie parked in front of our door, pressed a button on his phone. The door slid up. Humans have lots of tricks like that. Does it make things more fun for them? I took a glance at him. He didn’t seem to be having fun. We went inside and did something we hadn’t done in a long time, namely check out our Hawaiian pants.

Racks of hanging Hawaiian pants. Shelves of folded Hawaiian pants. Boxes of boxed-up Hawaiian pants, stacked floor to ceiling. A beam of light came through a small high-up side window, a light beam full of swirling dust. We walked to the back where a stool stood against the wall, a single pair of Hawaiian pants draped on top, the legs slumping down to the floor. Bernie picked them up and held them against his body, like he was thinking of trying them on. Try them on, Bernie, try them on! They’ll look great!

But he did not. Instead he folded them very carefully and was about to put them back when he noticed an open pack of cigarettes lying on the stool.

“Hey,” he said, the first word he’d spoken in some time. Moments later, he was sitting on the stool, lighting up, taking that first drag, letting it out with a long, slow breath. “Pot of gold,” he said. Someone else had said that very thing and not long ago. I came very close to remembering who. Chet the Jet, on fire! Or at least heating up. Smoke rose into the light beam and mixed with the dust motes up in the golden air. There’s all kinds of beauty in life.

Bernie took another drag. “There’s what you can control and what you can’t,” he said. “Which everybody knows. There’s also what you think you can control but can’t, which some people know. But what about the things you think you can’t control but actually can? See where I’m heading with this?”

At first I did not but then from out of nowhere it came to me. We were going to burn our self-storage to the ground, let all the Hawaiian pants go up in smoke! Wow! What a brilliant idea! I did a fast trot to the door and back, just letting Bernie know I totally on board.


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11 Responses to “Beginnings (Not)”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:40 am on July 12th, 2020


    I am laughing out loud at the last paragraph!

    Staff: Nice hat!

    Good day to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:04 am on July 12th, 2020

    I agree with Chet.

    Good morning all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    3:47 pm on July 12th, 2020

    Good afternoon everyone!
    Mom did a dramatic reading of today’s post rolling down the road to the DDD. He actually smiled and chuckled. He loves the Hawaiian pants and if mom ever finds she’s getting them for him.
    Still looking for two things one is a bookstore to get out of Madison men and secondly is how to get on the stinking virtual book tour.

  4. Hobbit
    5:58 pm on July 12th, 2020

    HOH: google “Hawaiian pants for men.” There are surprisingly choices to buy from various places.

    Lazy day today. I had volunteered for two days at a yard sale benefiting my cat rescue. Almost everyone was wearing a mask (Anchorage numbers climb a bit everyday) and it was outside. We raised just shy of $2,000. It is amazing what people will buy.

    I have mislaid my mailbox key so I don’t know if my book has arrived or not. I also don’t know if I am strong enough to read a certain section right now. Yeep.

    My morning ablutions were taking so long today because I was being lazy. Mr. Big actually came up and nipped me to move me along to the food dish. I understood but still gave him a wee swat on his felonious feline butt.

    Speaking of Wee…in a recent Snowhook video, Wee Nigel looks a little chunky. Is that possible? Has he gained the Quarantine Ten like humans have?

  5. Staff
    9:25 pm on July 12th, 2020

    I don’t know if I have mentioned it but Mr.Fireslippers has a pair of Hawaiian pajama pants. They are blue with white palm trees. They ride sort of low.

  6. Alice M. Johnson
    9:26 pm on July 12th, 2020

    Staff is laughing and laughing.

  7. Staff
    9:29 pm on July 12th, 2020

    No dear ones. I have NOT taken up beekeeping. I am just trying to weed the garden occasionally without being sucked dry by mosquitoes. We have been having what farm people call “timely rains”
    Mosquitoes love timely rains.

  8. BooBear
    9:48 pm on July 12th, 2020

    Mom will try to make the Murder by the Book virtual reading but is not sure. She has to take one of my kitty sisters to the animal hospital tomorrow afternoon and there is a good chance kitty sis won’t be coming home. She has been very sick for over a year now and all treatments have failed. My oldest kitty sis crossed the rainbow bridge on July 5th. She passed on her own while mom was holding her. July hasn’t been the best month.

  9. Hobbit
    10:06 pm on July 12th, 2020

    Oh Boo Bear. I am so sorry to hear about your very sick kitty and loss of your oldest kitty. Thank you for being a loving mom to them. Purrs and pets from all the gang.

  10. dawson
    11:14 pm on July 12th, 2020

    BStover an anarchist!? Or maybe just an arsonist.

    BooBear: Sorry to hear about your kitty sisters. So hard saying goodbye. Sending love to you and your mum.

    Staff: Re: Jim’s pants. Lol! Re: Mosquito hat. I want!

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