Piece together a life of quality items - Bob Paslay

Quality will survive and lack of quality will fall by the wayside. That is one good thing about life.

People who complain that quality is fading or has faded away need to do what I do. You reach back over time and find the quality and you incorporate that quality as part of your life. For example, if John Grisham's latest book is bad, then don't read it. Read something from the past. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness or William Golding's Lord of the Flies. It's not like there is a shortage of great books.

What made me start thinking about this are the new apartments in Atlanta that are spring up to meet the housing demands. I drive by them on the way to work and watch their progress. On Moreland Avenue, there is this horrible metal apartment complex of about eight apartments that someone squeezed onto a piece of property and is now trying to get $185,000 a unit. It looks like one of those metal storage buildings that just got bigger and bigger.

At the same time, someone has redone an old school in midtown Atlanta, maintaining the integrity of the brick building, cleaning it and making it look new. Then inside, modern apartments were created.

This is a perfect example of something that has stood the test of time and will stand the test again, versus a tin building that is ugly and destined for the bulldozer at some point.

Think of all the fine music, books, plays, movies that are of such quality that you don't have to be a pack mule and just trudge along and stay with what is current. Go for the quality.

I love nothing better than good comedy. I am guilty of laughing out loud, very loudly at truly funny things. Over the years there has been a dearth of good humor and lately those who can't be funny substitute crude and lewd and not so funny stuff.

I search out the truly funny. Recently I was watching a black and white W.C. Fields movie and laughed out loud. Along with Red Skelton, he is one of my favorites and has truly stood the test of time.

If you have never watched him, you are missing out on a golden opportunity. He was a consummate juggler, a wisecracking eccentric whose comedy timing and genius will never be topped.

I am not saying W.C. Fields was politically correct. He drank too much, hated kids and professed to being an atheist.

Consider some of his wisecracks. It is better if you can deliver them with the style he did, but they are still funny to read.

* "Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream."

* "There is no room in the White House for a man who is afflicted with barber's itch."

* "The best cure for insomnia is to get plenty of sleep."

Bob Paslay is assistant managing editor of the News Daily and Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 Ext. 257 or at bpaslay@news-daily.com.