It was not my intention to go into the Pants Business, but this is how it happened in my dream.
I was out of work
and walking down a street in Berkeley, CA., Telegraph Avenue. This is a section
of Berkeley very near the University and thick with small shops of all kinds. I
was holding a towel tightly around my waist because I was missing my trousers.
I looked first in
one shop, then in another, looking at all the carrying bags for computers, pens
and pencils, and other objects. I then went on to look at shoes. It was just at
that moment that I ran into my old friend from the car business, Bill
Albertson. Bill was one of my dearest friends from the days when we sold
together on showroom floors. He was a loving, religious sort of person, a good
friend, father, and husband. We had travelled together to Hawaii with our
wives, having won a contest. Bill died of cancer very young.
Blalbertson, as we
called him for short, looked great in a 3 piece suit. I asked him what he was
doing these days, and he led me into a store front which turned out to be a
warehouse inside. Bill said he had gone into the Pants Business, and asked me
to join him. And, this is how we got the pants.
From a rack in the
largely empty warehouse Bill took a gun, a very large Revolutionary War musket.
We walked out into the street. Bill pointed the rifle skyward, and took aim. He
then began to chant in a sing-song voice, and I knew that this chant must be
done just exactly right. When he had completed the chant 3 times, Bill fired
There fluttered down
from about the third floor level a single pair of white chino trousers which
eventually landed in the street. We retrieved the trousers. They were just what
I needed. Then we made our way back to the warehouse, our aim fittingly