The Dutch Angle

Frank Sinatra will always hold a special place in my heart.  When I was growing up, my grandmother and uncle listened to two things in the car: Jazz and Frank.  I remember long trips to the golf course listening to the same worn frank CDs I’d heard a million times.  I remember my grandmother shaking her hand, swollen and crippled from arthritis, to the final beats of “Fly Me to the Moon,” which is to this day my favorite Sinatra song.  I remember my uncle always referring to Sinatra as “Frank” as though he was one of the family.  That music always made me feel safe and loved, even when I forgot those things existed.

My grandmother is long gone, and my uncle has worn out the CD player in the Oldsmobile to the point that old Frank rarely comes to visit anymore.  Sometimes when I make the long treck home he will convince my dad to break out his CD player and we’ll play some Frank for old times sake, but it’s never quiet the same.  Sometimes I think it hurts my uncle to listen to Ol’ Blue Eyes because it reminds him of my grandmother.

I will sometime pull up some Sinatra when things seem really bleak, and sometimes I’ll look up some quotes from him for inspiration.  He was a man of many talents that lived life to the fullest.  I admire that.  I need to be more like that.


"Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy."

"Cock your hat. Angles are attitude."

"Dare to wear the foolish clown face."

"Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent."

"I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day."

"I like intelligent women.  When you go out, it shouldn’t be a staring contest."

'I'm gonna live till I die.”

"I’m supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women.  But the truth is I’ve flunked more often than not.  I’m very fond of women, I admire them.  But, like all men, I don’t understand them."

"May you live to be one hundred, and may the last voice you hear be mine."

"Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them for you."