Since I have plenty of time on my hands, I often contemplate such nebulous topics. Can it be defined? Quantified? Hypothesized surely; but universal agreement is harder than women and men getting along in a marriage.
Watching sports, we often say any team that is undefeated has had a “perfect” season. Well, they haven’t lost, but have they played “perfect?”
When I pay off my credit card, within my budget, is that “perfect?” I think so, but I doubt most anyone else does.
Smoking that one great cigar, paired with an 18 year-old scotch, we all want to say…”perfect.”
What guy can ever forget Bo Derek running down the beach with her braids (and other stuff) bouncing all around. She was a “10”…which is “perfect” for us guys. Women say the “perfect” guy is one who listens to her; fulfills her needs: physically, mentally and emotionally; and loves her company. We know what men say: “If she’s hot, has money, and her dad owns a liquor store (with a pizza parlor in back), then she’s damn ‘perfect!'”
The ’72 Dolphins didn’t lose a game and won the Super Bowl, but they were far from “perfect.” The UConn women’s basketball team is nearing perfection in the NCAA tournament, undefeated in 4 years, NO team has EVER done that. They did lose…once…in the past 130 games, in the regular season. The statue “Winged Victory of Samothrace” in the Louvre is close…but she’s missing her head and arms. Michelangelo’s “David” in Firenze is damn close! DAMN CLOSE!! His arms seem a little long though. When Neal Armstrong took his “small step for man,” we all thought that was “perfect.” Every Red Sox fan screamed “perfect” in ’04, when they finally won a World Series. Dare I mention how the Cubs fans felt after Bryant made that sweet play on the chopper to end game 7.
Everyone has a definition for “perfect.” It doesn’t have to be something we all agree on. Rather, it just needs to be something each of us can relish and never forget. For me, I watched Secretariat run at the Belmont in ’73. That was “perfection;” the only time I admit to having seen something “perfect.” I still break down in tears when I watch it. Beat that!!
Interesting fact: My 22 year-old baby girl recently said: “Gawd Dad, I can’t go to that mall…I don’t have any money to shop!!” I thought…”PERFECT!”