The Happy 101 Award

Olive of the very insightful Movie News First blog was kind enough to tag me in this new meme making its rounds to film bloggers everywhere. So thank you very much, Olive! It is called the “Happy 101” Award and the idea is to compose a list of things in life that bring us joy. We then have to pass it along to a few of our blogging brethren who have yet to be tagged. The idea behind this award reminded me of that brilliant scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan (see video below), where he is laying on the couch, speaking into his tape recorder and asks himself the profound question, “why is life worth living?” He goes on to rattle off some of the things in life that he enjoys — a great scene in one of his very best films. Anyway, I’ll just go with what comes to mind instantly here. My personal joy list is as follows:

#1. I’ll start with the obvious – I LOVE MOVIES!!! If I didn’t, I would surely not have created this website. Almost nothing like seeing a really good film. Some of my favorites bring back so many memories.

#2. Coffee and cigarettes — can’t go without my many cups of coffee each day and hopefully, the other, I’ll quit some day soon.

#3. The sound of seagulls on the beach — my favorite sound. Soothing, serene, peaceful.

#4. Sports — in particular, baseball, football, hockey and tennis. Love my New York Rangers and New York Jets!!! I’m also addicted to sports radio — and am very excited about another Fantasy Football season!!!

#5. The Theatre — all aspects of it. Going to see plays, writing plays, acting in plays, directing plays. Just the whole lot of it. Something magical about this live art form that surpasses even the brilliance of movie-making. O’Neill, Strindberg, Miller, Mamet, Pirandello, Chekhov, Beckett, McDonogh, Shepard, Ibsen, etc…true masters of the stage.

#6. My pug Lily! Really, most animals. I am an animal-lover. Elephants especially.

#7. Reading a good book. Writing (a short story, a play).

#8. Christmas & New York City in the wintertime.

#9. Political incorrectness. Humor, laughter, great comedy. Those who are easily offended just piss me off…

#10. A wonderful meal with good company and interesting conversation. Followed by #2, of course.

#11. Travelling and seeing new places; weekend getaways, bed-and-breakfasts.

#12. Seeing my former students grown up and finding their way in the world…especially those many marvelous students who have stood by and supported me these past few years. God Bless them…some of my most cherished memories are directing these same students in school productions.

#13. Ice cream during summertime and seeing the sun set. Great spot to do this at Fire Island…it’s a remarkable experience because when the sun has fully set, everyone watching on the pier applauds in awe. A great sight.

#14. Good music — I try to listen as much as I can while going about my daily routines. Almost always playing on the iPod are: James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, CSN, Tom Petty, Tori Amos, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Marc Cohn, Danya Manning, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Cat Stevens, David Gray, Ella Fitzgerald, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, R.E.M.

#15. My family — including my adorable 4-year old nephew Maceo and my beautiful and intelligent niece Fiona.

That’s about it. Here are a couple of prolific and astute bloggers I will bother with the task of doing more work:

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22 Responses to The Happy 101 Award

  1. Heather says:

    I love how so many of us refer to coffee as something that brings us joy. It’s a happy addiction. I used to enjoy cigarettes with it too, but quit five or six years ago. But the I can’t deny that the two go together like Peas and Carrots. 🙂

    • well, good for you Heather – for quitting. At least you know where I am coming from….

      • Heather says:

        If I didn’t end up having kids I’d be a puffer still. It was my only motivation to quit! Now you can’t smoke in bars or restaurants in Michigan so it’s yet another blessing in disguise.

        • That usually does the trick. Yeah, can’t smoke in bars and restuarants in most places – but I must admit…when I find one that does allow you to sit back and smoke with a cup of coffee after a good meal, I want to weep with joy….

  2. we will play again in September! It’s on, brother!!! See if my back can hold up…

  3. MikeL says:

    If you like tennis so much, how come I have to wait over a year to play you again?!?!?

  4. Olive says:

    Great list Peter:) I’m glad to see you have Irishman Beckett listed. Love the theatre too. You’re lucky you live in NYC and get to see all these amazing plays:)

  5. Corey says:

    New York at Christmas time is something I’ve always wanted to experience…I’m sure seeing it in the movies does it no justice at all. I always loved Seattle during Christmas time, despite the lack of snow. Your choice of sports teams is questionable, however. But I suppose it could be worse….you could be a Giants fan or something. Haha nice list though.

    • Haha — my Jets have given me fits throughout the years — hopefully this year they do something and build on their success from last year. Yes, you must come to NYC during wintertime. Do you live in Seattle? Raised there? If not, where are you? Thanks for the compliment – make sure to tell me your teams so I can make fun of them when they play mine!

      • Corey says:

        I did live in Seattle for a while, but a few years ago we moved to the booming metropolis of Billings, Montana. We hope to move back out there next summer though. Anyways, my favorite teams are the 49ers, Twins, and Wild….try not to be too brutal haha.

        • Hey, the Twins are always in it. I think you have the best manager in baseball. Watch for a good season from the Niners too. Never visited Montana, but would certainly love to see it — seems like a very beautiful place. Only went to Seattle once and enjoyed it very much…

          • Corey says:

            Yeah, the Twins almost always make the playoffs, but end up losing to a certain team from New York. Which reminds me….you aren’t a Yankees fan, are you???

            • I am a big Yankees fan – watch them almost every day. Not a bandwagon fan either. I loved the Montreal Expos since I was 10 so I also root hard for the Nats who I think will be very good in a couple of years. Have a good foundation going…

  6. Nora says:

    Nice list, Peter!

    Hey some elephants like movies too 🙂

  7. rtm says:

    Fun list, Peter! High five on #1 🙂 I’ve always wanted to see NYC in the Winter time… hopefully one day soon. I love traveling too, I wish I could do it more often. You’re probably tired of hearing this, but I do hope you’ll quit smoking…

    • haha, thanks Ruth! When you and your hubby come to NYC, you must let me know so we can catch a film at the Angelika or Film Forum!!! Everyone should see NYC under a think blanket of snow…quite beautiful…

  8. Castor says:

    Nice Happy 101 Peter, we definitely share a few things we love to do. Seeing the sun rise and set is always a great time, but I haven’t done it in quite some time but I will now!

    • I’m too lazy to see it rise anymore. I used to do it just about every morning when I lived on the water and woke up at the crack of ass for work. I’ll settle for sunsets from now on. Thanks, Castor!!! Fantasy Football, baby!!!

  9. Alex says:

    Hey Peter, thanks for the tag! Many of the things that bring you joy also bring me joy- love theatre, Cat Stevens, ice cream, and NYC at christmas time. I might not get around to my own post until next week but I will surely take part.

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