dusted off

my father looms large. mostly because he said very little. but what he did say, i remember. when i was a kid, he would go into work on saturday mornings and I would often accompany him. instead of having me hang out at his office, he would drop me off at myers magic shop. his office was on first avenue north, just a block away from pete’s famous hot dogs, a hole in the wall where you would stand eating your hot dog and polishing the subway tile at the same time. the magic shop was close by. i would spend hours watching and practicing tricks. my dad and i took only a few trips together but one was to a magic convention. as i got older, i went into the office less and less. i remember one occasion he asked me to come along; i must have been around 19 or 20 at that point. my dad drove a 1968 327 camaro. simple, basic, no extras. he was decidedly a ‘buy american’ kind of guy. i got into the car and made the decision not to say anything until he spoke first. not as a challenge or with any anger, just as a test. the drive on a saturday morning took only about 15-20 minutes. as we drove through red mountain, we passed the exit for 8th avenue south and st. vincent hospital, where there was a sign for a company, associated doctors. the owner was one of my father’s customers and a friend. maybe ten minutes had passed. i couldn’t stand the silence any longer, so i asked him about how hospitals make money. a business question, just to have him talk. i never saw him read a novel although i gave him several. he said, ‘they charge fees.’ that’s all. so much for conversation. on another occasion, and i don’t remember how it came up (maybe he thought i was arrogant, he certainly thought i was full of myself), he said ‘everyone has a horn to blow. just remember it’s best if yours is collecting dust in the corner.’ i have always thought this was good advice and i have tried to keep it as a mantra, yet it seems i’m going against that advice here. sightunseen was kind enough to visit me and my collections and write a little something about them. they offer some very kind words, and i thought it was the least i could do send any interested parties to their fine blog. please visit them—and come back and see me, too!

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  1. That was a fantastic interview! You have an amazing collection. Thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by Angelica Paez — 01/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  2. I first saw this on thesilverliningblog on Feb 26.
    What would have been my dad’s 84th birthday.
    Anyway, hope your pop up comes to fruition at
    Kiosk this spring!

    Comment by gina — 01/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  3. thanks for the peek and good story

    Comment by Andy — 03/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  4. Finally got around to reading the sightunseen piece on you and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    I’m a fan.

    Comment by Elizabeth — 20/03/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

  5. thanks for the peek and good story

    Comment by Bruce — 19/05/2010 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

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