Sorry for going “Hollywood” with this post, but Cheri of WordPress made me do it.
As soon as she dropped the gauntlet down on the Weekly Photo Challenge: ESCAPE, all I could think of was Steve McQueen — Virgil Hilts, “The Cooler King” — trying to leap over barb-wired barriers along the German-Swiss border on the “borrowed” BMW wartime motorcycle in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. Unfortunately, he got tangled up.
Then I thought a bit more, and conjured up Dudley Moore and Judy Garland.
In the 1979 romantic comedy “10,” Dudley Moore — George Webber — had a bit of a mid-life crisis, took a leave of absence (aka, ESCAPE) from work AND reality, and went in search of a woman who, in his mind, was a perfect 10 — beauty, not dress size.
Turns out, Bo Derick — Jenny Miles — was the 10 in “10,” and poor old George did everything in his power to track her down. Once found, and sorta conquered, she wasn’t at all what he expected, and Jenny quickly fell off George’s imaginary pedestal.
George should’ve simply screened the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz before he lit out. If he had, Dorothy would’ve saved him a lot of time, energy and angst by reminding him that, “There’s no place like home.”
Whether we realize it or not, that elusive Roman numeral X could be sitting right under our noses, or staring us right in the kisser, thus negating the need to ESCAPE at all.
I’m an adventurous guy, always have been and, hopefully, always will be. But, lately, when I want to ESCAPE — change my lattitude — all I have to do is walk out my door, meld into the crowd and meander back in time along the cobblestone of my adopted hometown, Vicenza, Italy.
Call me blind — legally or otherwise — but I find my neck of the “City of Palladio” a 10.
Jam-packed with history on every corner, alleyway and hilltop, whenever I get the urge to ESCAPE, all I do is just click my heels — silently if wearing sneakers — and say, “There’s no place like home.”
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