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THINGS I NEVER GET TIRED OF

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 8, 2013

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Why do we keep coming back for more?

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I am a sucker for reruns. I love to watch an old movie, maybe because I’m not too impressed with what Hollywood is churning out these days. For example, I recently watched “Billy Bud” the other night, which I probably hadn’t seen in forty years. It was based on Herman Melville’s novel of the same name and starred Robert Ryan, Terence Stamp, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, and a young David McCallum. This was a departure in character for Ryan, who often played a hero or good guy. Instead, he played a heartless, cold blooded villian. There are a handful of such movies I’ll watch over and over again, such as “Twelve Angry Men,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Stalag 17,” and others. Interestingly, these are all black-and-white movies which suggests the story-line is more important to me than the cinematography. Over the years, I have learned there are a series of things I never get tired of, such as movies and music, and I wonder why I am so fascinated with them.

I like attending wedding anniversaries as it represents a significant milestone for a couple and reflects their love and commitment to each other. Unlike birthdays, which I generally have no use for, anniversaries represent a conscious decision made by two people. In birthdays, you don’t really have a lot to say about when and where you are born.

I never tire of watching members of the military returning home to their loved ones. The surprise homecomings are always heart warming; click for SAMPLE. Even homecomings with pets can be moving. Such reunions reflect considerable love and relief to the families of our military personnel returning from harm’s way.

The game of baseball has been a favorite of mine since I was a lad, and I certainly enjoy watching a game. As I get older though, I find I enjoy watching the youngsters as opposed to the pros. Any game at the Little League level, high school/college, or even the minor leagues can be more interesting as they are trying harder than the pros and haven’t yet forgotten that it is nothing more than a “game” (as opposed to a business).

I have been following the Olympics since the 1964 Tokyo games. I never get tired of the opening ceremonies, particularly the lighting of the cauldron. They’ve all been memorable, including the recent London games, but I particularly marveled at the elegant simplicity of the Mexican games in 1968. As far as I am concerned, if I miss the opening ceremonies, I’ve missed the games.

I’ve always enjoyed Independence Day (4th of July), particularly in a small town who holds a parade. I guess it brings the patriot out in me. We typically host a barbecue at my house, but more importantly we enjoy a fireworks display afterwards. Over the years, I think I’ve missed seeing fireworks only once, which was due to inclement weather. If I get a chance, I’ll tune-in on television to watch fireworks, particularly if a good orchestra is on hand to play Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” And, Yes, I miss Arthur Fiedler’s rendition with the Boston Pops.

I’m a sucker for a parade, whether it is Independence Day, Thanksgiving, or New Year’s eve. For the last ten years I have been involved with a local Christmas parade where we pass out candy to the kids, and beads (after all, this is the South). To me, it is not the floats, balloons and flowers that make a good parade, it is the marching bands. I am particularly proud of the marching band of my college alma mater, the Ohio University Marching 110, “The finest band in the land.”

I never tire of watching craftsmen at work, regardless of the products they produce. It is always a pleasure to watch someone who knows what they are doing, regardless of their profession, and see a quality product being built. Regrettably, craftsmanship is in decline in this country, but when I find a good one, I just sit back and take notes.

Formal ceremonies of just about any kind can be very moving to me, such as the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, the Battleship Arizona Memorial, the Iwo Jima reunion, and Reagan’s speech at the 40th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy. Such ceremonies can be very touching. It is also of importance to family members. As an American though, such ceremonies are important as they express our national respect and commitment to others, particularly those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

At the end of any military funeral, I have seen the playing of “Taps” cause grown men to weep, including yours truly. There is something about “Taps” that lends itself to the finality to a service. In other words, it wouldn’t be complete without the distant sound of this military classic.

As a Scot, I have a deep-seated attachment to the sound of bagpipes. Although the pipes can be used for festive occasions, the playing of “Scotland the Brave” and “Amazing Grace,” stirs my soul like no other instrument. There must be something in my DNA which causes this, for I never walk away from it. No doubt other instruments from other lands equally affect other people with different heritages. It plays to our soul.

If I sit back and study these elements collectively, what is it about them that causes me to come back to them time and again. Surely I have seen all of this many times over the years, but why do they hit a nerve with me? My guess is they probably represent my sense of who I am and what my values are. It reflects my sense of patriotism, morality, work ethic, and family heritage. I actually think it is a bit like Pavlov’s Dog, where I have been conditioned to salivate upon command. Whatever it is, I embrace these ideas and will hopefully continue to revisit them for many years to come.

I’ve told you what things I never get tired of, now how about you? Then ask yourself the question, “Why?”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of  M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at  timb001@phmainstreet.com

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10 Responses to “THINGS I NEVER GET TIRED OF”

  1. Kevin Schachter said

    Love 12 Angry Men. Show it in my Business Law Class every year. (Yes, the original!)

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An L.R. of Holley, New York…

    ” I’m afraid that this is a sign of us getting old[er] (and better). “

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    An E.H. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “I never get tired of reading your blog! I often get made fun of or am the butt of a joke (all in good fun) about my going on and on when it comes to old TV shows and old music or old movies and Beeman’s gum lol. Nice to know someone else feels and thinks the same!”

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    An S.S. of Emmett, Idaho wrote…

    “Loved this!”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Great article, Tim. I think these thoughts are another reason we love the DR. It’s like we actually have gone back to the 50’s but with many modern conveniences. There is no political correctness here and the Dominicans can’t even fathom why blacks, call themselves black or “African American”. Being a 12% minority, it is such a wonderful thing to live among the Dominicans and color is never mentioned. Why? Because they believe we are human beings with a different skin color which does not affect anything else in our lives. Some of the poorest here, (avg. income about 6000 US) are our best friends and we are honored when they invite us to their home, which might have only a tin roof and now windows or electricity. They are not jealous that we live in a 2 bedroom 900 squ. ft. home in a wonderful neighborhood but love to come here for our weekly Bible study.Honestly, Tim, as I watch what is going on in the US, it literally makes me sick.The poor in America have no idea what poor is. By the way, my wife will only watch black and white movies, except some of the very early films in color, like Samson and Delilah. She feels that anything else in color just is not worth watching.”

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  6. loy said

    I totally agree about the b&w movies except on cinematography…shadows can say so much!

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I can identify with your appreciation for these things. They speak to our hearts no matter how many times we’ve seen, heard or done them. Goosebumps and that feeling of pride in tradition can’t be produced by just any occurrence. As for favorite movies, the really good ones are worth watching over and over, if only for the good feelings, even the tears.

    I’ve seen parades ranging from the sophisticated and showy to the small town heartwarming. The band music is inspiring, but the old veterans always get to my heart and bring tears to my eyes. It used to be WWI vets, now WWII and soon the Viet Nam vets will be the oldsters. That is patriotism.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “Wonderful article. I, too, love watching movies over again. Loved your selections, and one of my favorites is “The Caine Mutiny”. Bogart on the stand, trying to explain his actions, and literally falling apart, piece by piece. A classic. Can’t hear Taps either without a box of tissues. Have no reason why I love “old” things. Must be who the “inner me” is.”

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  9. Joyce said

    I’m currently watching South Pacific. I love the old musicals.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    An L.T. of Dunedin, Florida wrote…

    “Truly an inspiring column that has resonated with my memories having visited most of your reference points that are filled with history lessons that are easily recalled often with great fondness.

    Thank you !”

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