When Peter Benchley wrote "Jaws," he enabled the screenwriters to equip the characters with some really good lines that will go down in history as famous quotes. And no doubt, they will continue to find their applications with some edification amongst the general public for years to come.
Two of my favorites in that movie come from Chief Broady. It was a great irony that Broady hated the water and yet he chased a shark. And during that pursuit, one of his associates in the movie asked why someone who hated the water so much lived on an island.
"It's only an island if you look at it from the water," said Broady.
And when he finally confronted the shark, he told Captain Quint, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
We've probably all had moments in our lives when we needed a bigger boat.
I recall that day when I was 13 that a sow had me up a persimmon tree while she gnawed at the trunk. I could have used a bigger tree. Given more time, I would have chosen a large oak. But, time being of the essence and hog breath being an incredible motivator, I needed a tree with lots of limbs and in very close proximity.
I also recall that night in church-league softball when I hit what should have been an in-the-park home run, but I had to stop at third to catch my breath. I could have used bigger lungs, or a smaller stomach.
And there was the night when I slid head first at home and the plate was still three feet from my reach when I abruptly stopped. I could have used longer arms, or still, a smaller stomach.
As well, there have been times when I've used a derivation of "it's only an island if you look at it from the water."
I think my best application was when I had a big slice of strawberry pie with whipped cream and declared it to be low calorie. My wife wanted to know how I figured that. I told her that normally I would eat two slices, so since I only had one, my dessert had 50 percent fewer calories. Depends on how you look at it. God bless Chief Broady.
I'm sure there is an algebraic expression for only eating one piece of pie when normally you would eat two. Of course if you factor that equation and apply that justification for extended periods, you will indeed need a bigger boat. "Damn the calories!" Or was that "Damn the torpedoes?"
In the movie "Forrest Gump," when Jeannie was throwing rocks at the old house where she had been abused by her drunken father, the writer, Winston Groome, handed Forrest the line, "Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks."
And sometimes when you are being chased by a sow, there may not be enough limbs, which gives much greater dimension to that expression "tree hugger."
I've often thought about that line from "Dirty Harry" where Lt. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) said, "A man must know his limitations."
And so somewhere within a mixture of philosophy from Clint Eastwood, Forrest Gump, Peter Benchley and Winston Groome, I decided one night to retire from softball. You see, on that one particular night when I stopped sliding long before I reached home plate, there were plenty of rocks but not enough Ben Gay. And it wasn't a bad play if you looked at it from where the catcher was standing, though I'm sure I resembled an island that far between two bases.
Now there are volumes of famous quotes by celebrities, world leaders, and farm boys who couldn't see the end of the butterbean rows. Not all of them were written down, of course. And while many of them are meant to inspire, others are simply meant to provoke thought.
So I leave you with this one from Thomas Edison: "Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."
(Dwain Walden is editor/publisher of The Moultrie Observer, 985-4545. E-mail: email@example.com)
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MOULTRIE, GA. -- Thomas Harold Duncan, Jr., 57, of Moultrie, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Pruitt Health-Sunrise. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
MOULTRIE, GA- William Richard "Ricky" Gandy, 63, of Moultrie, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Colquitt Garden Manor. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
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