The getaway

Escape. What does it mean to you? 

Lately the idea has become extremely popular and I use that word carefully, for who doesn’t wish for a change or an escape to the good life or just a nice holiday away from the grind? 

But, as I have mentioned before there is a new cool associated with the idea of all things outdoors. Think about it.  In popular culture the rise of Bear Grylls and his imitators has been extraordinary, and the spate of hipster providers stocking hiking boots and backpacks equally as compelling. 

At the very least, you might be able to take a mental holiday, an imaginary hike from your troubles and pressures, but what if I said you’ve got five minutes to leave and you can never come back, what are you going to take?

And I mean anything. Or nothing.

In John Frankenheimer’s film Ronin, Sam (played by Robert De Niro) says he never walks into a place he doesn’t know how to walk out of.  He implies several times throughout the film that he can and will leave at any time, but what does he need? Money seems pretty important, but let’s leave that idea out of the equation, that is unless you’ve just robbed a bank, then the less I know the better.

If you’re running from something then just how far will you get?  I have always been a bit of a romantic so I’d like to think there’s a suitcase and change of clothes in the prearranged getaway car parked at a preordained location, or in a locker at the train station or airport.  From there, who knows? Ronnie Biggs knew, but he probably also knew that he would be able to get some trunks when he landed in Rio.

So why the theme and what’s with the heist talk? Well it’s two-fold. This is it for me, my last post and my last words for now.  As Kenny Rogers sang, “you got to know when to hold ‘em and you got to know when to fold ‘em.”  I’m out, but I have to say it’s been a great ride. But now it’s the getaway, the cool, calm and collected drive to the good life. At least a new one.

The next step in my life is a business that embraces this idea and the idea of escape very seriously as a provider of information, knowledge and interest. A home for high quality products and unique services.  McGuffin and Purpose is a place for intrigue and mystery. 

In Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge, the hero, Corey (Alain Delon) is a very handsome and moustachioed jewel thief that needs to rid himself of the massive haul through a new fence, but as Melville sets up in the beginning of the film:
"Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: 'When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.'"

If it’s meant to be then it’s meant to be.  I hope to see you there.

What does escape mean to you? If it was the last time you’d make contact with your friends and family, what would you take with you?

This article The getaway was originally published in The Age.