I have a new obsession. Well, it’s not really new. I guess a more accurate description would be “rekindled.”
When I was a kid, Mom and I loved to plop on the couch together and watch our favorite detective. Jim Rockford of The Rockford Files was everything we thought a real man should be – funny, smart, handsome, and honorable (if not always sticking to the letter of the law). Although I didn’t consider Rockford even close to boyfriend material (too OLD!), he was someone that I wished I had in my life. Like a favorite uncle he would always be there to get me out of a jam or take me for a ride in his awesome Firebird.
Thanks to the wonders of Netflix, I’m able to catch up with my old friend Jim Rockford again. My husband and I have been obsessively watching him lately as he takes on everyone from the CIA to the Mafia without ever losing his cool. He’s a 1970s version of Raymond Chandler’s brilliant detective, Philip Marlowe – expertly portrayed by James Garner in plaid jacket and brown polyester pants. Rockford could be facing certain death and still get a zinger out before not merely escaping, but also humiliating the bad guys. His quick mind was rivaled only by his ability to maneuver his beloved Firebird. Rockford could get out of any tight spot with his renowned reverse 180° – a sight to behold made all the more impressive knowing that James Garner did all of his own stunt driving.
Rockford has become a sort of role model to me. When life gets a little sticky I often pose the question, “What would Rockford do?” and imagine a world where the bad guys never get away.
If you have a role model, real or fictional, channel the power of that personality to help give you strength when you need it. Another role model of mine is Katherine Hepburn. If I need to ask for a promotion or do some other difficult task, I try to imagine myself as Katherine Hepburn marching into the boss’ office. Who could ever turn Kate Hepburn down for a raise?
Tags: Firebird, Jim Rockford, Rockford Files