Things I like

I like that they call the Popes plane, Shepard One. I like seeing white birch tree bark flap in the wind. I like rearranging my furniture. I like the fuzzy pads on the legs of my furniture. I like knowing lots of high school seniors wont be going to college right off. I like spring for being able to see the contour of the landscape. I like toweling off after a shower with a soft, fresh towel. I like pepper floating on my tomato soup. I like staring at wood grain. I like being substance free. I like not caring who wins. I like beans even though as I age they become more substantial regards to digestion. I like all things in support of lumbar. I like Yoga and Feng-Shui, though I dont practice them. I like stretching. I like how the area surrounding my cat rattles when she stretches. I like knowing clever people make things from white birch tree bark. I like those who dont like me. I like the word pet used as a term of endearment. I like going to the dentist, the doctor too. I like it when a college Presidents residence overlooks the campus. I like the Popes white hair. I like, as you have read, two things about the Pope, even though Im not Catholic. I like burping up sour bile every now and then cause it makes me aware that theres serious stuff going on down there. I like it when a cat will bear down and hiss a good long hard one at a much larger animal. I like hearing and watching babies crying in earnest. I like using clipped fingernails as floss. I like humidity. I like liking. I like looking at vacation photographs of people Ive never met. I like ownership of liking what I like and not having to share. I like out of control laughter. Mine, yours, and theirs. I like getting gift certificates to restaurants. I like being alone as much or more than I like being with other people. I like knowing what I like and I like knowing the list of what I like is endless. I like that I could spend eight hours a day, every day, until I die, writing down things I like, and still not have time to write down all the things I like. I like that the two lines just before this one are the same but different. I like the sun, moon, stars, rain, clouds, fog, mist, snow, sleet, and all things in the family. I like the Popemobile. Three things. I like shedding things. Things I own such as clothes, old school exams, my skin. I like that my carbon footprint is two points below average according to a study. I like that my heart hasnt stopped beating a groove since when ever it started. I like knowing, when my heart finally stops for good, that all living things matter. I like knowing things I like arent necessarily things I love. I like that you like things even though I dont like all of the things you like. I like to feel like its not important for you to like all the things I like for you to like me. I like understanding things you like that I dont like. I like not being someone who says, like, in the course of normal conversation because if I was one of those people this piece would be over the top. I like taking time noting things I like. Try it. Ask me about any of the above and Ill tell you why. I dont like garlic. Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act The Logger. His column appears weekly. He can be reached at rustyd@pshift.com. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com

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