Now, a few words on looking for things. When you go looking for something specific, your chances of finding it are very bad. Because of all the things in the world, you're only looking for one of them. When you go looking for anything at all, your chances of finding it are very good. Because of all the things in the world, you're sure to find some of them.
- Bill Pullman as Darryl Zero in the film "Zero Effect"
I've always loved this quote because it seems to apply to my life in a number of different kinds of situations. Perhaps one of the more exacting of these situations occured on Saturday when I went looking for some CDs. Let me explain:
I was back in my old grad school town to see my friend/hair-stylist Julie. As has been my habit after such visits, I usually head downtown and cruise the shops along the main street. Though upscale yuppie stores have recently arrived there (such as the malodorous "Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light" gallery), there are a number of older shops, emporiums, and eateries that are the backbone of a college town social scene. Among these, there is a taqueria that fed me regularly for several years, a bread shop where they mill their own flour at 5am every day, a damn fine pizzeria, a number of bars and pubs where I hoisted many pint of microbrew and saw more than one interesting band (let's see: Blues Traveler, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Reverend Horton Heat, Blue Oyster Cult, Little Feat, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, Taj Mahal, Helmet, the Breeders), and most importantly several great used book and music stores.
I've found that the maxim about "looking for anything at all" is particularly true when it comes to shopping for used CDs. Whenever I go looking for one particular CD in the used bin, I can never find it. When I go looking for anything at all, I usually find bargains. On Saturday, I found The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and The Range, Scarlet's Walk by Tori Amos, and Rufus Wainwright by the artist of the same name, each for $7.50. Other past favorites found this way include 11 Transistor by Lazlo Bane, From The Cradle by Eric Clapton, and several remastered Genesis and Yes CDs.
Finding stellar titles such as From The Cradle and Scarlet's Walk in the used bin within months of their respective release dates always baffles me slightly. Who turns this stuff back in? I guess that one must make allowances for taste.
on 2003-04-02 at 2:19 p.m.
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