The Happy 101 Award
August 9, 2010 22 Comments
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.
#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:
- Alex at Film Forager
- Sebastian at Detailed Criticisms
- Corey at Monday Night Films
- Emma at The Oscar Journey
- This Guy at This Guy Over Here