A Short Compendium of the Memorable
1.H.L. Mencken. 2.Wildflowers in spring on the California desert.
3.Yellowstone before the fire.
4.A 1941 Ford.
5.Before credit cards.
7.Photos of just about anything before-and-after.
8.Truthful ads without fine print.
9.Socks that fit only one size.
11.Overheard at the Museum of Modern Art: ``There's a smell of paint in here.''
12.Not being sure, but not being afraid.
14.Plain, white T-shirts.
15.Sitting on the subway listening to other people's supposedly private conversations about people you don't know but wonder how they manage.
17.Ronald Resch, the man who built a geometrically perfect three-and-a-half story, two-and-a-half ton steel egg in Alberta, Canada.
18.White cake with white frosting.
19.People who give up smoking.
20.My Uncle Charles, who drove a four-door Hudson.
21.The word ``kakistocracy,'' meaning ``government by the worst men.''
23.Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.
24.The word ``infra dig,'' meaning ``not consistent with dignity.''
25.Tomatoes picked from the vine and eaten like apples.
26.The guest on a radio program who was asked, ``How old are you?'' and answered, ``You mean right now?''
27.The word ``ferly,'' meaning ``wonderfully great.''
28.Old, talkative men who love to repair things.
29.Any library anywhere.
30.Freshly baked sourdough bread and an empty stomach.
31.Bees and how they live.
32.The power of a simple, declarative sentence.
33.A glass of water you can trust.
35.Alec Guinness in ``The Lavender Hill Mob.''
37.The woman behind me in a cathedral who whispered to a friend, ``Sacred cows make good hamburger.''
38.The practicality of bicycles.
39.My Aunt Ruby, who was a high school Latin teacher.
40.The New York restaurant owner who said, ``Anybody willing to put in 100 hours a week, seven days a week, has it made.''
41.H.L. Mencken again, who said, ``Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.''