Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
The movie was cute and George was beyond adorable. The most surprising part, however, was how a theatre filled with children under the age of ten was all but silent the entire time. One little girl in the row in front of us offered up an occasional pretend sneeze "Achoo!" and at the very end the small child behind me said she wanted to go home. Otherwise, not a word was spoken, not a cell phone rang and I was able to enjoy the show my fingers glistening with buttered popcorn goodness.
Friday, February 24, 2006
I am a 1994 Grad of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster PA. (Go Jays!) and last Saturday night my husband and I, along with my brother and his wife, went to Chickie & Pete's in Philadelphia for a reunion of the old gang. There ended up being ten actual alumni and assorted spouses/significant others. We spent four hours trying to catch up on 12 to 15 years of life events. A few pictures brought back, probably our proudest college moment, graduation. We laughed at bad hair and even worse fashion. Two of the guys in attendance were college crushes of mine and both still lived up to the fantasy twelve years later. Both can still command attention, though for different reasons. One was a jock and a pretty boy, the other, while handsome as sin, is also the nicest guy in the world. With him you feel like you are the only one in the room. Several friends not in attendance asked what it was like spending this evening with my crushes and my husband of almost five years. Since they were only ever crushes not an awkward moment passed. They made me remember what I loved about those four years of my life and what I loved about who I was then. I left with a giddiness that lasted the rest of the weekend.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
"I thought about how much I hate the way that when you're grown-up you have to carry your own life around everywhere, the whole time. With no respite, goddamnit. I felt like a pack-horse who'd just faced up to the fact it was going to have to carry the Taj Mahal over the Himalayas." - The Honeymoon by Amy Jenkins.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Tracy Lawrence, one of my favorite country artists, has a new song out "If I Don't Make It Back." It sends chills down my spine every time I hear it and I was lucky enough to hear Tracy himself sing it on January 27th on the Philadelphia stop of the George Strait tour and I recently discovered this article telling the story behind the song.
THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG by Brett Jones, Co-Writer, “If I Don’t Make It Back” The day Bobby Pinson and I wrote this song, we set out to create a story about those affected by the death of someone close. I shared a personal story that ultimately became the shadow of influence over writing this song. While my personal story has to do with the Vietnam War, this song is meant to comfort anyone who’s ever lost someone close under any circumstance. Here’s the story I shared with Bobby the day we wrote “If I Don’t Make It Back”— “My oldest brother, Lt. James Grady Jones, was killed in Vietnam November 12, 1966. He was a pilot and was killed in a collision flying over North Vietnam. Jimmy was a Navy fighter jet pilot. They were doing a night raid, flying A4 Skyhawks off the deck of the U.S.S. FDR in the Gulf of Tonkin. His jet was shot up by the NVA Flak (North Vietnamese) during a combat mission. He lost communication with his home aircraft carrier, drifted upward, and collided with another aircraft. He was 26 years old. ‘Jimmy’ left behind his wife Emmy, his three-year old daughter Janie, his one-year old son Scottie, our parents, and five siblings. My brother’s son, Scottie, recently committed suicide. We consider him a casualty of the Vietnam War as well. Even though this year marks forty years since my brother’s death, rarely a day goes by that we don’t think of him. Rarely a day goes by that we don’t think of my nephew. We’re a close family.”
Bobby and I wanted to capture part of Jimmy’s spirit and show his personality from the perspective of his friends and family. He was quite the prankster. Bobby came up with the line “sit on the visitor’s side and cheer for the home team” and the song just kept flowing from there. We knew there was something special about this song and we knew it would take a certain kind of artist to deliver the emotion this song held. All of the elements fell into place. Tracy Lawrence’s vocal on it is that rare magic that happens once in a while. The song even brings a tear to my eye.
I was reading the USA Today "Pop Candy" blog and came across this gem. In addition to Germany it appears David Hasselhoff is big in Australia (much to their chagrin I'm sure). I think I would have died laughing if I would have seen this billboard (it's in Sidney). If you love this, here's more.
Friday, February 10, 2006
I was watching VH-1 and they were doing a show called "100 Greatest Teen Stars". So many great ones made the list:
- Phoebe Cates - who got her start in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" but then went on to star in one of my favorite movies "Shag". I had no idea she was still married to Kevin Kline.
- Kristy McNichol - LOVED her in "Just The Way You Are". An accomplished flute player with a lame leg - finds Mr. Right by wearing a fake cast at a ski resort.
- James Van Der Beek - I never really watched Dawson's Creek, but I LOVED him in "Varsity Blues" - who could forget the dramatic line - "I don't want your life."
- C. Thomas Howell - great in so many things. "The Outsiders" was on Bravo this weekend so I got to spend two hours with Pony Boy Curtis.
- Jason London - I know he's been in a lot of things but tops has to be him as Randall "Pink" Floyd in Dazed & Confused, so dreamy.
- Scott Baio - "Charles in Charge" need I say more? Okay - maybe "Zapped".
- Christian Slater - who didn't just LOVE him in "The Legend of Billy Jean" & "Heathers".
- Christopher Atkins from "Blue Lagoon" and "The Pirate Movie"
- Anthony Michael Hall - Loveable geek who gets the panties in "Sixteen Candles".
- Helen Hunt - recognized for her outstanding work in another favorite movie "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" also starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
This is my first day blogging. So I thought I'd introduce myself by telling everyone about one of my most favorite things - Shoes. To date my collection totals 41 pair. I have them broken into categories like "Dress Shoes", "Casual Shoes", "Sandals/Slides", "Athletic Shoes", "Boots" & "Specialized Foot Gear". I carry a detailed list of my shoes on my I-Pod in case I'm out shopping and need to check what I have. My husband thought my collection was "excessive" until I asked his mother how many pairs of shoes she had. She went and counted, she has 30+ pairs. I suppose my collection isn't all that "excessive" after all.