My son, Zach, turned 29 a few days ago. Today, Randy and Joey and I are meeting him, my parents, sister, niece and nephew for lunch to celebrate Zach’s birthday. I can’t believe my first baby boy is nearly 30. Because no way am I old enough to have a 29 year old son.
But that’s not the point.
I was sitting outside with some coffee and thinking about what I needed to accomplish before going downtown to meet the family. My coffee was strong and sweet because my resolve to give up sugar dissolved. I get cranky when I can’t drink my coffee the way I want it.
This morning, however, I thought it tasted funny. I didn’t really like the sugar and I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I suddenly hated sugar? And loved running?
So, I’m thinking about coffee with cream and sugar and naturally my thoughts turned to Winston Wolf, which led to thinking about Quentin Tarantino and his skill at writing dialogue.
That was a superficial attempt to explain my train of thought. This is an overview. The actual path was more convoluted and rambling.
There are great lines in all of Tarantino’s movies. It’s the little things, though, that bind all those good lines together. Winston Wolf, for instance. Winston goes to Jimmy’s house to help clean up Marvin’s dead body and Jimmy offers him a cup of coffee. Winston looks at him and says “lots of cream, lots of sugar.”
Think about any tough guy character you’ve ever seen on the screen or read about in a book and how they take their coffee. It’s always black. Not Winston Wolf, he gets his coffee the opposite of your typical tough guy and it doesn’t change his tough guy status a single iota.
These details, the seemingly insignificant lines, are the backbone that hold up the “five dollar shake”, “royale with cheese” and “big Kahuna burger” scenes.
It also occurred to me, that when Quentin Tarantino, or any writer, presents us with another way of viewing life, even minute details, they are helping us break away from the common views spoon fed to us. If we can break away from our normal way of looking at life, the benefit is growth. Imagine if we all swatted away our blinders and explored the possibility that all tough guys don’t have to drink black coffee, then what other things are we seeing through our tunnels?
Or have I given this Winston Wolf thing too much thought?