A Word About Me
2011 May 25
Ever since I was a small kid, I loved books and movies.
I had colds or allergy problems all the time when I was little, and I spent so much time cooped up in my room that my mom and dad gave me a little TV of my own. One night when I couldn’t sleep — I was sick, and even though I was admonished to shut off the light and get some rest, my miserable stuffed head made other plans for me — I gave up. I snuck out of bed and turned my TV on. I channel-surfed until I found a late movie. I had no idea what it was called, but it started with… a woman, running down the highway, barefoot and wearing a trench coat. This had all the makings of a wild movie, and that, coupled with the fact that I should be sleeping, would probably get me a world-class grounding if I was caught. I thought a moment. Risking being grounded, or not knowing how this thing ended.
I wedged a towel under the door so nobody could see the light from the TV flickering under it, and watched the whole thing. I didn’t get caught, and even if I did it would have been worth it.
Years later I learned the movie I watched is Kiss Me Deadly. I was struck by how different it was from anything I’d seen, and how vividly I could recall the ending. (That’s how I learned the title — I described the ending to a friend and he could tell me the title before the words were fully out of my mouth.) I’ve been a fan of movies ever since. How many other things are safe topics of conversation these days, and can stir up some life at a party? If your date is fine but your cash flow isn’t, isn’t an obscure film at a second-run theater with a stop at a coffee shop or bar after a way to have a good time without killing your wallet? And on a Friday night after a really rough week at the office, when you’re really too tired for anything else, a nice bag of take-out and a DVD you’ve been looking for can be the ultimate reward. That’s why I’m so passionate about movies.
And that’s why I’m not going to tell you the end of that movie. I wouldn’t dream of ruining it for you.