If anything, I had always felt that I was born in the wrong decade. The 80s was not entirely a right fit for me, particularly because I always felt more at home with the music, movies, fashion and pace of the 40s and 50s. And to a certain extent the early 60s.
Bogey and Bacall were a point of reference of sorts, apart from Sinatra, the Rat Pack and Brando.
It was a great sense of the old and classy that made me feel more at home than the hurried and gaudy feel of the 80s and later the 90s.
I felt more at ease watching Ingrid's fashion sense and felt more connected to Bogey's flirtatious gaze than anything that 80s Hollywood spewed.
While there were still certain things from the 80s and 90s that I could relate to, for the most part, I just felt more at home with Rick's Cafe and the sounds of the crooners.
Even in my relationship I guess eventually my love for the 40s and 50s somehow guided me into the arms of my old school lover.
Someone older and equally as connected to the days gone by compared to the fast-paced world of today.
Like the Bertie Higgins song, I found the hero to my leading lady.
We have our own late, late show and in each other's arms, we sail away to Key Largo.
Hearing that Lauren Bacall had passed on moved me to pen some words down.
I feel sad that one by one of the old greats have left us.
What Hollywood is producing today does not even come close to what these legends gave us.
So here's looking at you kid and missing all the things you did.
All of you will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of those who still linger on in the good old days despite it already being 2014.
Like Higgins said, "We can find it once again, I know, Just like they did in Key Largo."
Keep playing it Sam, play it over and over again. Cause I love you still and baby, this can't be the end.
To Lauren, say hi to Bogey for me.... have fun in 'Key Largo'.....