Saturday, May 20, 2006

Carly Loves A Mystery

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

-Albert Einstein

It's a cold, rainy night here in the Bay Area. Unseasonably cold they say. I don't know, I suppose it is, right now the temperature is only about 53 degrees, and I can hear some thunder in the distance. It's probably somewhere north of here, perhaps around the Golden Gate. I live for nights like this one. It makes me feel alive to feel all that electricity in the air. It's the kind of night that makes all the usual sounds traveling through the hills, sound like vagabond spirits on a journey, looking for a dwelling in which to rest...and make their feelings known. I believe in about you?

LOL. Don't mind me, I am just intrigued by the great mysteries because of the renewed search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa. Fascinating isn't it? I wonder if after all these years, the government will finally unearth the body of the former Teamsters boss, putting to rest one of the true, great, "Who done-its" of the 20th century. On the one hand it would be fascinating to finally know what happened to him after he disappeared, on the other hand, there would be no more mystery to ponder. What do you think...will they find his body on the property in Michigan?

One of the things I enjoy most about the Internet, is having all the information, right at my fingertips, to be able to search out all the things that have mystified me since I was a little girl. I always did love a good mystery, I have always been curious. Now, in my old age, I have the time to really search out information about things that before left me in a constant state of wonder.

Like, for example, who was Carly Simon really singing about in the song, "You're So Vain?" I always took it for granted that it was Warren Beatty, but now I am not so sure. I keep visiting her web site, looking for clues, or that one special day when she might decide to finally share with the world his true identity. It could have been "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame. Nah, since his identity was made known last year, that doesn't seem very likely. Maybe it was Richard Nixon, nah...that doesn't see quite right either. Elvis maybe? James Taylor? Wally Cox or Henry Gibson? Mick Jagger? Sigh. According to her official web site, Carly Simon will never tell the public who the song was about. In fact, she finds it kind of silly that it is even still being pondered. It's a great mystery...why wouldn't it still be pondered? Tell me, who do you think it might be?

Do you suppose Amelia Earhart was taken by space aliens? Was she captured by an enemy army? Or did she simply run out of fuel, and crash into the ocean. Maybe she was tired of all the fame, so she decided to fly off into the sunset and leave all the notoriety behind. I would like to think she flew off, to her own private island, and lived the rest of her life, not lost, but found within herself. Hearing only the sounds of the ocean, and the seabirds, and watching an eternal sun, sinking down till it met the endless sea. That's what I think about sometimes, when I am photographing a sunset over the ocean. How nice it would be alone with that view every single night. Not a care in the world. But then, I realize how much I would miss my computer, my cell phone, my breadmaker and my digital camera. LOL. Tell me...where did Amelia go?

Let's have some fun. Over on my sidebar is a new quiz. I will post the results of the last quiz, about blogging, in a few days. For now, share with me which one of the great mysteries you have always wanted to know the answer to. I have assembled a pretty good sized list, but if your favorite mystery isn't there, feel free to share with us, in the comments, what your favorite mystery is...and if you would like to see it solved, or if you would rather not know what it's real story is. I look forward to your answers...after all...I LOVE a mystery. :)

"Without mysteries, life would be very difficult indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?"

-Charles de Lint

Berkeley, California
May 18, 2006


V said...

Voted for Roswell!

fdtate said...

I still believe Hoffa's buried in the end zone at the Meadowlands and that Your So Vain is about Warren Beatty, but who knows. I was under the impression that an expedition a couple of years ago had found the remains of Amelia Earhart, but a search of the web says that that expedition was inconclusive. There was a Star Trek: Voyager episode in which Capt. Janeway's crew found Amelia and Noonan, her copilot, living in the Delta Quadrant after having been abducted by aliens. She chose to remain there rather than return to Earth.

Suzanne R said...

I have to go with the D.B. Cooper option in your quiz. This happened right near me, and I remember that night well. My parents were coming to visit as it was Thanksgiving and my dad was getting all the blow-by-blow accounts on the car radio. He, as well as most of the Pacific Northwesterners at the time, found it quite fascinating, especially after D.B. bailed out and literally disappeared. Some money has been found in the Columbia River that was attributed to that event but it is unknown what happened to Cooper. My guess is that he parachuted into a remote mountain area and met with a bad end -- or is this wishful thinking? ;-) I would very much like to know the true story of that event!

I have seen various shows speculating on Amelia Earhart and I have always wondered about what happened to her. My guess is she's under the waves somewhere in the Pacific, although I like the island scenario. I do hope they solve the mystery of Jimmy Hoffa this time!

DesLily said...

I voted for Roswell, that made it a tie with Amelia Earhart.

Finding Hoffa isn't on my list.. because by now I don't think it will ever reveal who killed him.

I think resolving mysteries is why I enjoy "cold case files".. it's too bad many things go unresolved due to the cost or sometimes it's just the effort put into it.

someone broke in my mothers home (right next door to where i am living with my brother) and the blow to her head they inflicted on her was the cause she died a number of weeks later.. the police around here never did much of an investigation, and the person who did it will never be punished. Lots of mysteries out there.. more then we will ever know.. they just let us know about the "famous" ones.

Charley said...

As for Carly Simon - vanity is the ultimate sin for an American. Everything else we can rationalize away, and even accept as virtue - but vanity takes those 'virtues' and makes them vice.

Be well,