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i know what you mean. for years i had a cherry chapstick that belonged to my father, and it might still be tucked away in a drawer at my mother's house. i don't care so much anymore about that particular one, because i eventually figured out that just the smell of cherry chapstick brings back vivid impressions of him: i can get a fix of my dad at any duane read.


It reminds me of the song sung by Lyle Lovett:

Step Inside This House

That picture hangin' on the wall
Was painted by a friend
He gave it to me all down and out
When he owed me ten
Now it doesn't look like much I guess
But it's all that's left of him
And it sure is nice from right over here
When the light's a little dim

Step inside my house Babe
I'll sing for you a song
I'll tell you 'bout where I've been
It shouldn't take too long
I'll show you all the things I own
My treasures you might say
Couldn't be more'n ten dollars worth
But they brighten up my day

Here's a book of poems I got
From a girl I used to know
I guess I read it front to back
Fifty times or so
It's all about the good life
And stayin' at ease with the world
It's funny how I love that book
And I never loved that girl

Hold this piece of glass
Up to the light comin' through the door
It's a prism glass I found on the road
Can you see that little rainbow
Well it's not really a prism I guess
It just broke in a funny way
I found it on my way from Texas
Headed for L.A.

This guitar was given me
By old man Thomas Gray
It's not too much to look at
But I pick it every day
It's been across the country
Four or five times I guess
Between me and old man Tom
It never got much rest

Well that's about all I own
And all I care to I guess
Except this pair of boots
And that funny yellow vest
And that leather jacket and leather bag
And hat hangin' on the wall
Just so it's not too much to carry
Could I see you again next Fall


Also, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say stuff to me like this:
"Why don't you buy a condo?"
me: "I can't afford it."
"There are all these new condos being built in Brooklyn though!"
me: "Yes, I know, I live there. I can't afford them."
"Only 10% down on this one which is only $500,000!"
me: "I can not afford that."
"Well just wait until someone in your family dies!"
me: "Someone in my family did die. My sole inheritance was a 1998 station wagon which I sold for $3,000."

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