15 Films

There’s a meme going around Facebook where you are supposed to list 15 films (from this point forward, I shall call them movies) that are significant to you, that you can watch over and over again, or that you just want to recommend to others…something like that. I guess it’s different than a top 15 list somehow, but I’m not sure.

Anyway, since my blog posts automagically import into my Facebook notes, thought it would be worth posting publicly.

Here are my 15 movies, in no particular order:

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Fletch
  • The Matrix
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Shrek
  • Dumb & Dumber
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Almost Famous
  • Reality Bites
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Fight Club
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Die Hard
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Rounders

What are yours?

Bucket List Meme

So since I don’t have much to say, I’m stealing this from Average Jane. It’s a pretty fun little meme (as much as people hate them), but I think it’s decent. Basically, you have your standard list of things that may or may not appear on a bucket list. You bold the stuff you’ve done already and italicize the stuff you want to do.

  1. Started my own blog
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii (in 2010 baby!)
  5. Watched a meteor shower.
  6. Given more than I can afford to charity.
  7. Been to Disneyland/Disney World
  8. Climbed a mountain
  9. Held a praying mantis
  10. Sung a solo
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Taught myself an art from scratch (graphic design is an art, right?)
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown my own vegetables
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train (although sleeping is difficult when the air doesn’t work and you realize that you are constantly moving)
  21. Had a pillow fight
  22. Hitchhiked (long story…don’t ask)
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
  31. Hit a home run
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
  35. Seen an Amish community (went to college near one!)
  36. Taught myself a new language (I didn’t completely, but was complimented on more than one occasion during our trip to Italy on my Italian)
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David (amazing)
  41. Sung karaoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had my portrait painted
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (amazing)
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class (I’m pretty good with a bow staff…not really)
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood
  65. Gone sky diving
  66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt (not sure what this means, but I picked out the t-shirts for my t-shirt quilt)
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a book
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had my picture in the newspaper
  85. Read the entire Bible
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  88. Had chickenpox
  89. Saved someone’s life
  90. Sat on a jury
  91. Met someone famous
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a law suit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Ridden an elephant

So that’s 52 out of 100. There were a few more on there that I’d really like to do and some that I’d kind of like to do and some I just know that I’ll do someday, whether I want to or not. Still, that I’ve avoided breaking a bone for as long as I have, that’s gotta be an accomplishment.

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

So there’s this crazy note that’s been going around the Internet tubes and I’ve been tagged like 5 times on Facebook to do it. I’ll do my best not to propagate the meme (if only for Meesha’s sake), but I’ll do it here on the old blog and it will then go through the tubes automagically into my Facebook account. (Isn’t modern technology great?)

Now, where do I start?

  1. I’m willing to try anything once…especially when it comes to food.
  2. Each year, I am more excited to watch the Oscars than I am to watch the Super Bowl.
  3. My favorite Muppets are Waldorf and Statler.
  4. I think Ben Affleck gets a bad rap as an actor and is much more talented than people think.
  5. When I was growing up, the first profession I remember wanting to do was to be President of the United States.
  6. I am terrible at poker. But do not mess with me in any trivia-based game. Especially Scene It.
  7. My wife is my best friend. I don’t say that lightly because I have very good friends that I’ve known longer than her, but she understands me better than anyone else in the world.
  8. I hate mustard in all forms. I will choke it down to be polite, but avoid it if possible.
  9. I have competed in 7 different sports in my lifetime (soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, swimming, tennis). I play golf, but that’s something I picked up in college. The sports that I listed are all ones that I played against other teams.
  10. My favorite book of all-time is Catcher in the Rye.
  11. My favorite T-shirt is a volleyball camp shirt that I got at the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp at Pepperdine over 15 years ago.
  12. I like doing laundry. I enjoy the monotony of it…how I don’t really have to think about it.
  13. My friends and I used to play hide and seek at my buddy’s farm…well into our college years.
  14. It’s been years since I have not had facial hair of some sort.
  15. I absolutely loved working at the Pizza Shack. I became friends with my wife there.
  16. I am most comfortable in a T-shirt, jeans and flip flops.
  17. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be cheeseburgers. Toasted bun, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, monterey jack cheese, farm-raised ground beef, mayo, toasted bun.
  18. My immediate family is all musically inclined. I am not. Although I really wish I could play guitar. I don’t have the patience to learn.
  19. I am flipping awesome at self portrait photography.
  20. Winter is my favorite season. BY FAR. I love snow. We haven’t had nearly enough this year.
  21. I have sprained each of my ankles a half-dozen times each because of volleyball. Although my first ankle sprain ever (and the worst one by far) was incurred during a pickup basketball game at a birthday party.
  22. I hate wearing suits, but if I looked like Don Draper in a suit, I’d wear one every single day.
  23. My least favorite place in the world to be is a hospital.
  24. I took the LSAT but did not apply to any law schools. I would have gotten in to most of them based on my score.
  25. I want to design at least one typeface before I die.

What do you think?

Friday Feast Substitute

In lieu of the Friday Feast, I got this one from Average Jane who got it from Mom to the Screaming Masses.

A is for age. I’m 31 and a half.
B is for Burger of Choice. That’s a tough one. I hate to say this, but the best burger I’ve had in the last two years was at the Airport Sheraton in Paris. In the states? Maybe the Burger Bar in Vegas. Kobe Beef with Monterey Jack and Bacon. Something easily accessible? I’ll make my own, thanks.
C is for Car. White Dodge Durango. Want a new one, but the Durango is paid for and runs well. It just eats lots of gas.
D is for daughters. Um…no thank you? I have a beautiful niece and two nieces-to-be. That’s enough for me.
E is for essential item you use every day. My iPod. It makes the commutes and the work day tolerable.
F is for favorite tv show. I will forever love “Friends” more than any other show. Currently…that’s tougher. Probably Lost. Reality: Top Chef.
G is for groceries. We’ve started cooking at home a lot more these days so our grocery bill has gone up. I love that we have a Price Chopper within 5 minutes of our house, but I really wish we had a Whole Foods closer.
H is for how often you embarrass yourself. I don’t really get embarrassed very often, but on occasion – when I do – it’s pretty big. But that only happens once or twice a year.
I is for ice cream. I love all kinds of ice cream, although I’m on a Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Panic kick right now.
J is for juice. Orange juice. As pulpy and fresh as I can get it.
K is for kids.
See ‘daughters’.
L is for Lipstick. No, because I’m a dude, but if I use lip balm, I like Burt’s Bees.
M is for Mexican food. Chipotle is only kind of Mexican food. But that’s good enough for me.
N is for number of piercings. I have 12-gauge horseshoe barbells in both ears. So 2.
O is for Optometry. I wear contacts most days, but I have awesome glasses.
P is for People You Were With Today. I got to wake up with my best friend and my awesome dog. Now I’m with my co-workers, but I’m not really with them.
Q is for Quiet Time. I like to read, but need to make more time for it. I also very much like to nap.
R is for Biggest Regret. I try to live without regrets. I sort of regret quitting swimming, but only because I think I would have gotten a more fit body out of it.
S is for sports you play. I played volleyball in college. I’ve also played basketball, football and soccer. I swam competitively as a kid. Now I like poker. (If they show it on ESPN, it’s a sport, right?)
T is for tattoo. One. I have had my second one designed for about 4 years. I’m just waiting until I feel like it’s a good time to get it.
U is for what is unique about you. I was born in the wrong era. I’m a Renaissance Man – interested in everything from art to mathematics and nerdery. I don’t quite fit into today’s corporate world.
V is for Vegetables you Love. Cucumbers. Yellow Peppers. Carrots. Corn.
W is for Worst Habit. Blogging? I would probably say that my nutritional habits are the worst.
X is for number of x rays. One or two. Not too bad. Never a broken bone, although I had a cyst on my coccyx that had to be removed. It was un-shockingly uncomfortable.
Y is for Yummy Food you ate today. Morning oatmeal with cinnamon, brown sugar and almonds.
Z is for Zodiac. I am a Capricorn, which is a dead-on description of me…if I believed in that crap.

It’s iPhone day, so ROCK ON!

A Quiz of Absolutes

For no reason whatsoever, I was reading blogebrity Jason Kottke’s About page and as is often the case when reading Kottke, I was struck with the idea for a post of sorts. Actually, it’s more of a meme of absolutes. The inspired passage went something like this:

I prefer red wine to white, movies to films, jeans to khakis, vanilla to chocolate, Pixar to Dreamworks, the subway to taxis, nonfiction to fiction, and Safari to Firefox.

And it got me thinking…when it comes down to the either/or questions, which do you prefer?

Vanilla or Chocolate? vanilla
Dogs or Cats? dogs
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Beatles
Microsoft or Apple? Apple
Nike or Adidas? Nike
Coffee or Tea? coffee
Spider-Man or Batman? Batman
Ketchup or Mustard? ketchup
Pen or Pencil? pencil
Soup or Salad? salad
Books or Magazines? magazines
Indiana Jones or James Bond? Indiana Jones
Summer or Winter? winter
New York City or Los Angeles? New York City
Google or Yahoo? Google
CNN or Fox News? CNN
Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune? Jeopardy
Mountains or Beach? mountains
Yoga or Pilates? yoga
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars

The only rule is that you have to choose one. It may be close or you may not like either, but it’s my quiz…NOT YOURS. Copy and paste your responses on your blog if you are so inclined. Or just do so in the comments. It’s your preference, really.

Pass it around.