The Pleasures of Saying "Boy, They Just Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore"

Paul Klee's Angelus Novus
Paul Klee's Angelus Novus
  • It's pleasantly folksy-sounding, but not so folksy it becomes off-putting or makes you sound inauthentic
  • Like how you sometimes seem inauthentic when you're talking to someone with a Southern accent and then you start talking with a Southern accent
  • Makes you sound authoritative
  • Also worldly
  • Sounds like you've been around the block a few times, and it takes an awful lot to fool you
  • Not everybody knows the real thing when they see it
  • But you do
  • By inference, they just don't make 'em like you anymore, either, since you are able to distinguish the "like that" they used to make from the "unlike that" they're making nowadays with a keen, clear, easy eye
  • You remember pleasure
  • And by God you're not going to let anybody pass off anything less than real, honest-to-God pleasure in front of folks who don't know better
  • You're not just trying to bore young people by insisting that the old days were better than how they are now
  • You're using your savoir faire and horse sense to look out for the common folk
  • You're like a sheriff, but for quality and purity of experience
  • Or like an old rascal who's had a lot of delighted lovers and who really knows what they're doing
  • You're not a prophet here to denounce a benighted age. You don't think you're better than anybody else
  • You don't know why they don't make 'em like that anymore, and you don't pretend like you know, either
  • When you don't know something you own it
  • All you know is they don't make 'em like that anymore
  • Why? They just don't
  • You're not trying to say they don't make anything good anymore either
  • Maybe they do
  • That's not for you to say
  • You say what you know, and you don't speak on what you don't know
  • And the good news is they did used to make 'em like that
  • They're still around, they're just not making any more new ones
  • Let's go look some of 'em over
  • Boy, will their quality stand the test of time, and their eternal summer shall not fade!
  • They sure did used to know how to make 'em like that!

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