10/01/2012 § Leave a comment
“I used to run. They said I could beat the National record, under 5:25.”
“What happened? What made you stop?”
I internally applauded that line off the series, Portlandia, and whoever wrote it for the emotional chord it touched. It reminded me of many conversations I have had with many friends over glasses of whiskey or M&M peanuts during slumber parties:
“You used to play Jr. A?!” “You were a dancer?!” “You competed internationally?!” “You were on Smallville?!” So cool.
Stories, his and hers, have always appealed to me. I like getting to know someone through their past. Of course, one watches their little idiosyncrasies that have probably developed and cemented over time, but I love the vision in my head of how crazy adventurous childhood must have been.
I picture reels of life: rusting skates and sweaty equipment. Lycra costumes and practical leg-warmers. Rubber caps and nose-plugs. On-set from ten-A.M. and for twelve hours talking to the stars.
What happened? What made you stop?
Life. Real life.
Real people: The greatest of heroes and most brilliant of stars.