So, I was thinking, the other day, about some of my favorite things (and although Janet might spontaneously break out into the Sound of Music soundtrack – I am not a fan) and why I like them. I believe I started thinking about them when Janet and I passed by an Arbys and we commiserated over losing our favorite menu item: the loaded potato wedges. I’m still mad at Arbys for taking those off the menu. I notice a theme with my likes: all are of the candy theme. Real candy, eye candy, brain candy; I can’t believe I’m not a diabetic.
Not everything on my list is food – I could easily do that list too – nor are they all embarrassing: a couple of these I haven’t told anyone outside of my ‘most favored nation’ list of friends. These are not in any order – just wrote them down as I thought about them. I’ll spare you the ‘Janet…’ and ‘Jessie…’ stuff; I don’t need anymore eye rolling in my life. That is Jessie’s job.
Jack in the Box Tacos – Yes, my dirty little secret, I love these weird little tacos. I’m not sure why but I love the nondescript meat-like paste and the fact they bother to put a little lettuce in there. Granted it’s the potato chip of lettuce, iceberg, but it makes me feel better, almost like its healthy, am I right? I try not to eat these often, because lettuce or no, they are not healthy, but I break down every now and then and buy them. I wish they would sell them individually and not in pairs: I like to eat 3. They are only 2 for a buck, so I deal with it.
Road House (1989) with Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott – I have to admit I am a big fan of this movie. I was…well…it doesn’t matter how old I was when this came out, let’s just say I wasn’t 2, and it was the first time I realized why I liked movies and I would never have a career as a movie reviewer. I like not thinking (ever) too hard about things when I am in a movie theater. I just want to suspend belief and have a good time: escapism at its finest. It doesn’t hurt that the two leads are so attractive and Sam Elliott is one of my favorite character actors: what a wonderful piece of gristle he is! Swayze is a bouncer with a philosophy degree – it could happen.
Janet Evanovich – She’s one of my favorite reads. I love the Stephanie Plum series and the way she writes. She has the most interesting peripheral characters. I’m only up to number 8, but I enjoy reading her, not because she is technically great nor does she have amazing sentence structure, but because she is an easy, breezy read. Sometimes that is exactly what I need. I like her for the same reasons I like Fannie Flagg: the laid back, conversational, down home feel to her books. One is more of the southern flair and the other is a big haired, cake eating, gun-toting kind. Evanovich makes me want to fly to New Jersey just to see if the people really do act like that.
Castle (ABC) – I REALLY love this show. I haven’t liked a show this much since…ever. This is the one show I religiously watch during my alloted time: 10pm on ABC in my time zone. Then I watch it on Hulu a couple of weeks later. I’ve read all 3 of the Richard Castle books and I even have a t-shirt with ‘Shut the Front Door’ (thanks, Jan). I used to think poorly of people this into a tv show – really, what is wrong with those Trekkies – but I am pretty close to being a Castlie. Nathan Fillion is my favorite actor – hands down – I will go have a beer with him anytime.
Necco Wafers – I’m a big fan of candy. Not the chocolate kind, really, but the pure sugar kind. These were my favorite as a kid and I haven’t grown out of them. I will have Neccos after dinner over traditional desserts on most days. Unless there’s cheesecake involved. After Halloween, I’ll go looking for mini Neccos. I accidentally bought sour Neccos, one year, and was dismayed at the new trend in candy. Not everyone who likes Neccos is 7, people. I love me some runts, too.
Dunkin Donuts Coffee – Growing up in Seattle, I wasted a lot of years unaware of DD. Actually, I didn’t even start drinking coffee until I moved to Tulsa, OK, can you believe that? Don’t worry, I feel much better now. I didn’t become aware of DD until I met a certain East Coaster (the Other Coast) who clued me in to the yummy food and iced coffee. If only Vancouver had a DD: I would be in Heaven. I would open up a franchise here if it wasn’t for Starbucks and the fact you need 1.5 million to open one. Here, let me write you a check!
Hulu – These guys are definitely on to something. I think this format is the wave of the future and I hope all channels go to an open format where the option to watch when it suits you is the norm. The freedom of Hulu is great, although I will admit: I probably watch more TV because of it. The only shows I watch now (besides Castle) during the time I am forced to sit before the TV are on CBS because they don’t play well with others and I can never get the shows to run on my computer from cbs.com. I watch most shows on Hulu and it helps that it’s free. I won’t pay for Hulu Plus because Netflix has a much better catalog. I didn’t include Netflix in this list because they are annoying me with all their drama and bad decisions.
Reading – My favorite place to read is on a tropical beach, in a hammock, with a rum punch nearby, and a slight ocean beach cooling me off. What was I saying? Oh yeah, if that choice is unavailable, anywhere will do. I love all formats: books, magazines, newspapers (still love those), blogs, emails, billboards, anything really. Janet and I started reading Sue Grafton’s series a couple of years ago and really enjoy them. We also have Evanovich, King, McMurtry, Lee Child, and Chelsea Cain (although this series is Janet’s; I’m too sensitive for her) in our current rotation.
Lists – I love writing lists of all kinds: grocery lists, lists of movies I want to watch, books I want to read, places I want to visit. I have so many lists, lying around, I don’t know what to do with them…another list, perhaps? If I didn’t spend so much time making lists I probably could get some real work done. Some might say this is an obsessive/compulsive thing, but I disagree. I’m just trying to get organized…which is on a list, by the way. Hey! I have CDO, which is OCD but in the proper order. I love that t-shirt.
Cheeseburgers and Fries – Yum. I’ve tried, twice, to make it as a vegetarian, but I couldn’t because I missed burgers too much. Sad but true. Nothing better than a nice juicy cheeseburger and salty fries. Janet and I usually split meals but I’ll eat my own if I have to. Oh, btw, the new cheeseburgers and fries at Wendy’s? Delicious! Not kidding. They did a wonderful job in researching burgers…how do I get a job like that? I put them in my top 3 of favorite burgers along with Mighty Fine and Five Guys. Wendy’s now has the other major burger chains up against the ropes.
Bridesmaids – This is a new favorite, and it might not hold up to the test of time, but I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. We’ll have to rent it again because we laughed through a large part of the dialogue. Truly a great ‘chick flick’ in my book: rude and inappropriate in all the ways women can be but don’t want to show in public. If it wasn’t for Netflix, I would buy this movie and watch it repeatedly. Seriously, people, streaming is the way to go. Borrowing something, even with a little fee, is also a great way to go.