Or, more accurately, random conversations with people, for in this instance I am acquainted with the gentleman.
Jim owns and operates the local movie theater. He has worked there his entire life, for his father owned it before him. I met the gentleman years ago. He is a fixture in our community, a community booster and one of the good guys. I first met him more than forty years ago. Jim is 85
I met Jim this particular morning in the lobby of the local post office as I do occasionally. We are both sorting our mail at the tall table, putting the discards into the tall round file at the end of the table.
"Nice catalog," Jim said. "I get one from them about once a month, but I have no idea how I got on their list. I always leave them here on the counter."
"I do that, too. I sometimes get duplicate magazines."
We walked out the front door and down the steps together. "Any good moom pitchers on the
schedule?" I asked.
"You bet. I've never seen a bad one."
Imagine that. A man who has been in that theater virtually every day of his life for eight decades who has never seen a bad movie. Now that is loving your work.
Got me to thinking about the motion picture industry. (But not too much.) I doubt any writer sets out to write a "bad movie;" it is unlikely that any movie-maker aspires to make a bad movie, and I doubt that a producer would "kick in the bucks" to deliberately shoot a bad movie. Yet I have seen many movies that certainly could not be described as "good."
Guess Jim is one of the lucky ones.