Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 21, 1977 Page: 3 of 8
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APRIL 21, 1977
Friend of mine was reminiscing
the other night about ordering
things from a catalogue when he
was just starting to wear long
We’d gotten off on the subject
because the women in this discus-
sion kept insisting on talking
about shopping and spending
money. You know how they are.
Anyhow, he still vividly remem-
bers sending off for a steam en-
gine. He had spent a lot of time
and thought choosing just the one
he wanted. Saved his money for
months on end. Then waited. Said
he was almost beside himself with
Every single day, he would get
out the catalogue and read again
and again each little detail. He
can still recite what some talented
advertsing writer dreamed up.
Then came the big day. His
steam engine arrived.
There’s no way the real thing
could measure up to the dream.
The most important difference, as
he remembers it, was the size. It
was about half as big as he had
thought. He still tastes his dis-
Man, I know the feeling.
During my senior year in high
school, I joined a suit club.
There was a tailoring shop on
my paper route and often 1 would
stop by and look at the pictures of
elegant suits. Each with several
swatches of material, about two
inches square. So you could really
tell how the suit would look.
That’s what they said.
Never having owned any kind of
suit, I decided to start first class.
I joined the club. Paid $2 a month
for 18 long months.
Long before 1 finished paying
for it, I had decided on the suit I
wanted. Had to have. It had a
single-button coat, a double-
breasted vest, and was 100 per
cent wool. A green pin-stripe.
I wanted to surprise my parents
and everybody. Only the tailor
and I shared the secret.
At long last the last payment
was made. My friend, the tailor,
brought it out. Made exactly the
way it looked in the picture. From
the same material I had so care-
Want to share my feelings
when I tried it on?
Shut your eyes and imagine a
short, fat kid in a tight-fitting
green pin-stripe suit featuring a
sophisticated double-breasted vest
and you got the picture!
If steam engines and green
suits were the only things in-
volved, I wouldn’t be getting this
worked up. Believe me.
But you’ve had some experi-
ences that didn’t live up to their
advance billing, haven’t you? Or,
like me, you’ve paid good money
and used valuable time for events
far less entertaining and interest-
ing than the come-on.
Even more distressing and
more important are the times
when people are disappointing.
When they are not as attractive,
not as charming, not as forceful,
not as intelligent, not as charis-
matic, just not as something. As I
Maybe that’s the clue. Expect-
Like ordering out of a cata-
logue, measuring you by my ex-
pectations, rather than accepting
you the way you are, is most like-
ly to be disappointing. For both of
us. And vice versa.
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Frishman, Steve. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 21, 1977, newspaper, April 21, 1977; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623549/m1/3/: accessed October 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.