Silence of the ;lambs is by far one of my favorite movies ever. It is at the foundation of who I am today. I will not explain this further but it is true. Did you know that it is only the third in history to win Oscars in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Silence of the Lambs has always stayed with me and at least once every few weeks I end up quoting it. I love stating It puts the lotion in the basket.
If you don’t know that quote, look it up. Its eerie and funny. Well, it is funny when you state it in a business meeting. Am I showing my New York colors and sense of humor. This may be why people in San Francisco didn’t quite get me. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has a slightly different sense of humor than northern California. They laugh, although with a bit of fear, at my Silence of the Lambs jokes. Did you know that the director Jonathan Demme said he released the movie on Valentine’s Day 1991 because he thought it would be a great date movie? Anyone who has seen it would know that is a twisted date night move to make. A serial killer is not the most romantic type of film to go out to on a first date. But, who needs romantic Meg Ryan films anyway? I certainly do not.
In the movie, Clarice Sterling goes repeatedly to Hannibal Lecter’s storage unit to look for clues. I was always creeped by the concept of storage units. To me, it is where you go to drop off the rolled up bodies. Despite being a New Yorker, I have never needed to rent a storage unit. Yes, New York apartments are about 250 square feet but I never had much. Thus, I was not like many other New Yorkers that I knew that had at least one, and at times two, storage units. Besides dead bodies, I always wondered what one kept in a storage unit. I imagined keeping voodoo dolls and old military documents proving what really happened at that Roswell. Basically, storage units are keepers of the nefarious.
Now many years after I first saw Silence of the Lambs, I have moved to Los Angeles, and for the first time ever I had to rent a storage unit. I have reached the point in my life where my possessions or junk outpace my living quarters space. This just boggles my mind. How in the world did I get to this point? I have been discarding items. However, I have also been accumulating and saving random things. I am sure my 200 plus shoe collection doesn’t help. And of course, none of my shoes are in storage. I have my Christmas ornaments, alongside, old bills, alongside, boxes of my son’s baby clothes. I can’t get myself to get rid of them yet I can’t keep them with me everyday. What is the point of me saving these things if I can’t look at them on a daily basis?
I now have a storage unit. I have become a New Yorker by living in Los Angeles. I now can reenact scenes from Silence of the Lambs but first let me get a bottle of chianti.