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Fade to Gray: Movie memories

I once heard a story about Sherlock Holmes and his friend Watson going on a camping trip.

The two of them drank quite a bit of rum, stumbled into their tent and fell fast asleep. At about 4 a.m. Holmes opened his eyes, looked up and saw a sky full of bright stars. He nudged Watson and said, “What do you make of that?” Watson looked up, thought for a moment and said, “Well, spiritually I think I see a vast universe with billions of stars and it shows you how special our lives are in such a complex, splendid display.

“Astrologically I could probably find Saturn or Venus and tell you what that means for your future. Meteorologically I can tell it is a crisp clear night so we will likely have nice weather all day tomorrow. Why what do you see Holmes?”

To which Sherlock Holmes said, “Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent.”

I bring up this funny story because even when we think we are smart; we often are not. In the 25 years or so of writing this column I probably average one negative email or letter per month. Someone doesn’t like something I said and wants to set me straight.

Lately, I average one a day.

When writers are lazy, they write what they see because it’s easy, so I suppose I’ve been lazy writing of late about statues coming down, Covid-19 lockdowns, Cuomo and Trump. No matter how much I try to dance on the head of a pin and not offend someone, the sheer act of not talking a hard side against one of them puts your at odds with someone.

One man took an entirely different meaning from one of my columns and I respectfully wrote back and said, “I think you missed my point.” He then

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