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The Indefinite Article.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Doooooo the right thing!!!!!

This Post is dedicated to Elizabeth.
So there I am in Savannah.
In the Executive Suite, with is built in library.
Several bookshelves filled with tom clancy novels, "the celestine prophecy", and other bargain basement novels
interior decorators buy in bulk to fill out in-home and commercial libraries.
(yes they do this because people who make enough money to hire interior decorators dont
have time to read fiction)
I see a book on the shelf.
It says "The Orchard Keeper".
It has a Green Hardback cover.
I like Cormac McCarthy novels.
I know that it is his first novel.
I pick it up and go straight to the edition page.
It is a First Edition.
I put the book back on the shelf and suppress all of my inner desire
and think what a Riddle would do. Be a Riddle.
I got home Thursday and waited till Sunday and got online and looked it up.
Depending on it's condition without it's dustjacket it's worth is between 650 to 1000 dollars.
I called the Hotel's sales director today and told them to retreive it.
I did the right thing. Outright. I didnt cave into the grey-ness of it all.
About how no-one would miss it.
How theft of an item from a large bussiness that has no percieved value of something in
it's possession is not grand-theft.(At least in my head)
It's paramount to walking into a starbucks and seeing a Matisse (a small one is worth about 1,000) sketch hanging in the bathroom and Starbucks not knowing what it had.
knowing what it had.
I cant deny I had the thoughts.
Obviously.
But I did the right thing.
and I owe it to my wife, she makes me a good man.

6 Comments:

  • sucker...

    but you did the right thing.

    By Blogger killy, at 10:19 PM  

  • killy would have made me send it back

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 8:40 AM  

  • I'm sort of evil. I probably would have taken it.

    By Blogger Sara C., at 8:21 PM  

  • That's the thing.
    It's not evil.
    it's benign.
    I often say I am ethnically ambiguous.
    (this phrase is stolen from Killy)
    I have a friend who sometimes asks
    in response if I am ethically ambiguous.
    YES I AM.
    GREY.
    I don't think it would have been evil.
    just...........sorta.........not right.
    I married into (and I mean this in the most respectful and self-loathing kind of way)
    the All-American family.
    You get to know and spend time with the Riddles
    and you are spending time with the best parts of American History and Culture and maybe some of the parts I may not agree with BUT I understand why.(to the best of my ability).
    You are spending time with Apple Pie, Superman,
    Storming the Beaches of Normandy, Industrial Revolution, the Heartland, and George Washington.
    To be Honest being with them makes me feel more American, Proud, and Thankful.
    They have Moral resolve, fortification, that I lack......ed....?

    By Blogger taggart, at 11:41 PM  

  • and even though he asked - i still wouldn't have sent it back
    i'd have hidden it
    in the bottom of his drawer
    he'd never find it there

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 11:37 AM  

  • By Blogger killy, at 2:38 PM  

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