Thursday, July 5, 2012

You tell me....favorite things

I need a BREAK FROM POLITICS:  These are a few of my favorite things...absolutely not in order of preference...........I tried to break it down a little...favorite TV show, favorite thing to do, favorite flower, favorite books, favorite scenery,, eating out, Black/white films, The Holy Bible, blue hydrangeas, the ocean (photo compliments of Mr. Z),  Schubert's Trout, The Band, pasta with white truffles, macaroni and cheese, a Martha Grimes mystery, and a martini with an olive.   I'm leaving a picture of a great burger off because I'm tired of looking for images and you know what one looks like :-)  Paris and Munich...  I could go on and on but there isn't space here so I picked things that came immediately to my mind and that I REALLY kind of makes me happy just scrolling down my images!
These are hard times, it's fun to share positive, happy things;  What are some of YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?



Ducky's here said...

The Beethoven string quartets. Preferably performed by the Borromeo String Quartet.

Ornette Coleman Trio Live at the Golden Circle

The Anthology of American Folk Music

Bengali Tiger India Pale Ale

Cape Town

The French New Wave
In heaven there is an art house that shows Celine and Julie Go Boating 24/7/365

A clam plate at Kelly's on Revere beach

Dickens - all of it

TV Show:
Naked City, Route 66
nothing beats B&W location shooting

Lost Movie Palace -
The old Exeter Street Theater
The Orson Welles Cinema

English Bulldog

Baseball when half of the damn Red Sox aren't on the DL and that stiff Gonzalez is putting a full sing on the ball.

My grand niece Caleigh

The world is large and exceedingly good.

Ducky's here said...

... and since we are having a heat wave.

Ice cream:
The wild raspberry at Benson's

Always On Watch said...

Okay, I'll do this survey....

favorite TV shows with new episodes = House which just ended this season, and Criminal Minds

favorite TV shows in reruns = All of the Law and Order shows, I Love Lucy

favorite things to do = listen to books on audio, blog, go to museums, attend choral concerts, work crossword puzzles

favorite flowers = peony, lilacs, lily of the valley

favorite books (too many to list, so I'll list just a few) = The Bible, Little Women (lifetime favorite fiction), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Fahrenheit 451, In Cold Blood, most Steinbeck, most Edgar Allan Poe

favorite scenery = Hawaii! [easy one to answer]

favorite cocktail = strawberry daiquiri (summer), egg nog and brandy (winter)

favorite music (a few) = Dean Martin, choral music by Richard Wayne Dirksen, Henry Mancini (Everything by him!), Grieg, J.S. Bach

favorite films (a few) = Awakenings, Patton, Forrest Gump, Gone with the Wind, most Hitchcock films

Always On Watch said...

I forgot to list favorite food!

Surf and turf!

Dessert: flan

Always On Watch said...

Wild raspberry ice cream!

Yes, yes, yes.

Up until recently, a little mom-and-pop general store here made their own raspberry ice cream. I've never found any ice cream that good again!

Always On Watch said...

Index to the music of Richard Wayne Dirksen

My absolute favorite is THIS ONE. I was lucky enough to sing under his baton one summer at the National Cathedral. I was in my teens (He normally didn't admit teens to his choirs, but did so for me upon the recommendation of Norman Scribner, director of the Choral Arts Society). At the time, I didn't know the significance of Wayne's place in the choral and composing community.

FairWitness said...

Favorite things:


My beagle, Spitfire

My stepson's pug, Fei-Fei

The New Dallas TV Show

The Old Dallas TV Show

Working for my husband

Alaskan King Crab

Grilled Salmon

Smoked Salmon with capers, onion & cream cheese

Champagne and Martinis (not together)

Fresh Pineapple

Air Conditioning


IPhone & IPad

Ed Bonderenka said...

My wife.

FairWitness said...

One more....

Living in the country amid the sounds of nature and the occasional train passing thru

FairWitness said...

Oh my gosh, Ed Bonderenka!

You make me ashamed for not listing my wonderful husband, Ed

Oh dear...

Guess I didn't consider him a favorite "thing"

He's definitely my favorite person!

Joe Conservative said...

Coffee on Sunday at Panera's chatting with a former coworker, then reading the paper and doing the Crossword

Elmers Brother said...

Old movies especially comedies
HOpe and Crosby
Abbott and Costello
The Marx Brothers
Martin and Lewis

also John Wayne, Peter Sellers and all the Bond movies

I love opera and U2 but any style of music I enjoy

The Big Bang Theory

I like biographies and history - just finished a book on Wilberforce and I'm now reading the Bonhoeffer book, any books on or by Soren Kierkegaard

my son's pug Riley

the Navy and the Pittsburgh Steelers

and of course my wife and children

Joe said...

The Bible, great music of many genres, prime rib, computers (when they are behaving), air planes (and my MSX flight simulator), bass fishing, football, NCIS, being with my wife, the founders' vision of America, good science fiction, good science and my new hip.

Ducky's here said...

Hmmm, that's interesting, AOW. Another vote for the wild raspberry.

I can't put my finger on it might be a mixture of sweet and tart that does it.
Benson's, a fave local spot, charges $1.00 a scoop extra for it and there are plenty of takers.

Brooke said...

Wow, what a hard survey! It's hard to pinpoint a favorite thing when so many simple pleasures are so very good.

Right now, I'd have to go with my husband, my children, faith, and fresh, handmade guacamole. It's the best thing in hot weather.

Z said...

I purposefully left people out of my list but I'm enjoying reading the inclusions here! Maybe because my very favorite person's not with us anymore.
Ed...that is so touching :-)

I'll come back and make some comments later. This is fun, thanks SO MUCH for participating, everybody!
I hope we get a lot more, even shorter lists are welcome! But, the more the merrier.

sue hanes said...

Good choices - Z.

I've never known that you liked martinis. I've given them up - but there was a time they were high
(no pun intended :])on my list.
Big olives stuffed with blue cheese didn't hurt either.

Z said...

Z said...

Sue, I don't drink them often (enough) but I do like them...I love big olives stuffed with an almond. I like the texture change.
I'm mostly a red wine drinker.

In the summer, I like a 7 and 7...but with very little's refreshing and delicious and reminds me of my grandfather who'd give me a tiny sip of his when I was growing up.....I adore the scent of bourbon in 7up. :-)

Mark said...

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels;
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles;
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
Silver-white winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Z said...

For those of you who'd rather not take the time, please just jot a few faves down!

For those of you have taken the time, thanks, these are fun to read.

Ducky, I'm surprised at Folk Music.

AOW...I know the dialogue of every I LOVE LUCY and still enjoy watching them..good choice!
and I LOVE 'flan'...going to Mexican food with friends tonight, maybe I'll indulge!

FW: VERY good point about air conditioning!! and I'm so glad you're enjoying working for Ed that much! And ED that much!
The train in the countryside...lovely.

A favorite song I love to sing is I TOOK A TRIP ON A TRAIN...reminds me of that.

Elbro..I put Bonhoeffer aside and got into other books, sad to say. I MUST get back into that.
I hope you've listened to RIENZI, there is one aria in there I could listen to ALL DAY LONG, I swear.
I watched some of the Gershwin Story last night and loved it when the old piano teacher was telling George about having known Brahms and then points to a bust of Wagner and mentions RIENZI, while a swell of that aria rose in the score of the good.

Brooke, thanks for those. You said something profound...we who recognize so many simple pleasures are truly blessed!

Sue, how about other faves?

Z said...

Mark, come ON! :-)
Give us YOURS!!!

Ducky's here said...

Ducky, I'm surprised at Folk Music.

And I have a 1917 Fairbanks banjo to prove it.

Mark said...

Just kidding. I like BBQ, American History, Going to museums, Football, girl watching, photo-realism art, all kinds of music, blogging, and many other things, mostly things that don't require much physical exertion.

Z said...

Ducky....banjo isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Very interesting.

Mark, it was hard for me to focus on music because I like SO MUCH of it, too. BBQ ..perfect.
My paintings are a kind of twist on photo realism. If you like photo realism, you need to see the Cohen Brothers.

there you go......I'm nuts about his work... he works (or at least DID, it's been a while) very near me and I've been in his studio and am starting to paint again myself and am considering doing "variations on that theme"

Bob said...

I'll take the mac&cheese, please, and a very dry martini. Please package these to go. We are leaving for the beach, soon.

I have my own music in my Android Smart Phone. I don't do iPods, anymore.

Z said...

Bob, or just vodka on the rocks with olives, which is actually what I prefer! I like red wine at home but, oddly enough, not so much in warmer weather...
enjoy the beach!
We're still fogged in here this morning in Santa Monica....very lovely weather lately, I must say.

Ducky's here said...

Okay z, 5 favorite screwball comedies:

1. Bringing Up Baby
2. Easy Living
3. The Palm Beach Story
4. It Happened One Night
5. His Girl Friday

Z said...

Ducky, all good comedies. I'm not a big Roz Russell fan, but she was in good films..and I did like her better as early as Girl Friday.
Of course, Cary Grant is WAY up there on my faves list.
Claudette Colbert's a favorite of mine, too.

I love Irene Dunne. And every film she was in. THE WOMEN is way up there on top of my list.

If I had to pick 'screwball comedies',

It Happened One Night
The Philadelphia Story (original)
Hobson's Choice (huge fave)
The Women
Stuff like that...if they're too 'screwball', I turn off BIG TIME.

Fredd said...

Fredd's Favorite things:
* 'The Coneheads' (a movie)
* Philly Cheesesteak (from Pat's in Philly)
*Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch
*Carribean cruises
*Republican majorities (those are about as scarce as chicken lips)

Z said...

Fredd! "*Republican majorities (those are about as scarce as chicken lips)"

Just Republican majorities made me laugh, but then "CHICKEN LIPS!" :-)

The Debonair Dudes World said...

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings, Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
Silver white winters that melt into spring
These are a few of my favorite things!

FreeThinke said...


Favorite TV Shows - Occasionally I enjoy selected old movies, C-Span’s Book TV, House Hunters, As Time Goes By, Upstairs-Downstairs, The Pallisers, Cranford, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, Civilisation with Kenneth Clarke, The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowski, -- any of the good OLD stuff produced for PBS before it went “contemporary.”

Favorite Things to Do - Practicing Piano -- studying and playing Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff -- Home Improvement, Renovation, Decoration, Gardening -- Writing Essays, Short Stories, Poetry, -- Keeping the Cats Happy, -- Entertaining, -- Antiquing, -- Dining Out, -- Going to the Opera, Symphony Concerts, Choral Concerts, Lieder Recitals, Chamber Music, = Theater.

Favorite Flowers - Lilacs, Dogwood, Magnolias, Azaleas, Rhododendron, Roses, Gardenias, Shrimp Plants, Geraniums, Petunias, Portulaca, Nicotiana, Tuberose Begonias, 

Favorite Books - Andersen’s Fairy Tales. The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck, Lad, a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune, Misty of Chincoteague, The Prince and the Pauper, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Black Beauty, Pride and Prejudice, The Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Withering Heights, The Forsyte Saga, Tales of Mystery and the Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe, The Aspern Papers, The Spoils of Poynton, The Portrait of Lady, The Reverberator, The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, Short Stories by Katharine Mansfield, Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, he Sherlock Holmes Stories, The Nero Wolfe Mysteries by Rex Stout, mystery novels by Agatha Christie (The Man in the Brown Suit and N or M? are my favorites) Dorothy L. Sayers, John Dickson Carr, P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, Ellery Queen, Ross MacDonald, John D. MacDonald, The Jalna Chronicles by Mazo de la Roche, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night, The Counterfeiters, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and on and on and on.


FreeThinke said...


Favorite Scenery - The Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Autumn in Vermont and New Hampshire, Yellowstone, Estes Park, Royal Gorge, The Garden of the Gods, Seaviews in Cornwall, the Swiss Alps

Favorite Drink - Brewed iced tea with sprigs of fresh-picked mint, lots of lemon and two teaspoons of sugar per glass, Guiness Stout on rare occasions, Pouilly Fuissé or Pinot Noir with a really good meal, but very rarely do I drink. I’ve had bottles of Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Rye and Bourbon that have been sitting around for years, and thy’re still nowhere near empty.

Favorite Music - see above, but if I had to pick just a few: J.S. Bach: The Italian Concerto, The Saint Anne Prelude and Fugue, The saint Matthew Passion, Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto, Beethoven Sonata Opus 81a best known as “Les Adieux,” the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto, Opus 58, Schubert: Die Winterreise, Impromptus Opus 90 and Opus 142. Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Chopin: 24 Preludes, Opus 28, Ballade in Ab-Major, Opus 47, selected Mazurkas, Brahms: Piano Concerto in D-Minor, Oous 15, Three Intermezzo, Opus 117, selected Lieder, Wagner: Overtures to Die Meistersinger, Tristan und Isolde,the Liebestod, Brunhilde’s Immolation Scene from Goetterdaemerrung, Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, Elektra, Four Last Sings, Mahler: Fourth Symphony, Songs of a Wayfarer, Songs on the Death of Children, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Favorite Films - Not today please -- too many and I've listed them before several times. Mostly black and white melodramas and mysteries from the late 1930's throughout the 1950's. Sundays and Cybele with Hardy Krueger, Tiger Bay with Horst Buckholz and Hayley Mills stand out as especially poignant and unforgettable. Among movie musicals I loved Royal Wedding, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Kiss Me Kate.

Favorite Food - Steamed Soft-Shell Clams with Drawn Butter, Broiled Maine Lobster, served with fresh-picked Corn on the Cob, Fegato alla Veneziana, Calves Brains en casserole, Calimari Stuffed with Bread, Egg, Grated Romano Cheese, and Chopped Fresh Parsley Sautéd in Olive Oil then Simmered in homemade Marinara Sauce and served over Linguine, Homemade Ravioli Stuffed with Minced Chicken, Mushrooms, Spinach,Ricotta and fresh-grated Parmesan Cheese, Chesapeake Bay Crab Imperial, Thai Red Curry with Chicken or Pork, a really great Porterhouse Steak charcoal-grilled medium rare, any really good fresh, crisp salad made with homemade vinaigrette dressing. 

Favorite Dessert - Crumbly Peach Pie, Blackberry Cobbler, homemade Strawberry Shortcake, Granita di Cafe, Fudge Pie made with a brownie crust and filled with peppermint stick or chocolate chip mint ice cream

God Bless Joy and Celebration of Life!

~ FT

Ducky's here said...

Yeah,z, Hobson's Choice is a neglected gem. Criterion released a very good print a while ago.

David Lean is a pretty reliable director.

Always On Watch said...

That little place that I mentioned also had delicious blackberry ice cream. And black walnut too!

Thelma's pies were to die for.

Z said...

Ducky, I just typed CRITERION HOBSON'S CHOICE into my Google searcher and it led me to Amazon...I clicked BUY IT NOW and it's on its way. I am so so pleased. Thanks. I've always wanted to have that film...and it is the Criterion edition. It is an absolutely perfect little gem,
thanks very much!

Z said...

AOW....PIE is probably my fave dessert...blueberry, sour cherry, pumpkin, chocolate... mmm peach...well, if I put more down, they wouldn't be me 'favorites' so I'll let it go at that.

YOu DO have Air conditioning again, right?

Always On Watch said...

Hey, Duck! I'll bet that you and I could chat for days about American Folk Music.

Are you interested in the hillbilly Depression material (what I call it, anyway)? I have Mom's 78 rpm of "Hobo Bill's Last Ride."

And, yes, I have an RCA wind-up Victrola to play that 78, too. And quite a collection of other 78s.

When I was up, we had an electric 78 player. Dad's nephew worked on all kinds of such equipment and set it up for me so that I could sing along to Rosemary Clooney's "This Old House."

Ducky's here said...

Well AOW, I was around Cambridge during the "great folk scare". For some reason it became a pretty strong old timey scene and I really enjoyed it.

People just making music out of a need to make music. However, if it hadn't been for some very wise collectors we might have lost a lot of it.

Still a lot of folks who just hang out here and play (some of them badly).

Always On Watch said...

Yes, we have the A/C back on. We were without power less than 24 hours. I was about to fire up the generator for the Ac (Fridge and coffee pot were all that I ran) that my cousin-in-law brought over when the power came back on.

Today I went to the swimming pool -- I love to swim! Too hot! The water wasn't even refreshing.

Tomorrow and the next day will be even hotter. I'm not going to the pool for a few days.

Pie! Blueberry is my absolute favorite!

Thelma's lemon meringue pie was the best such pie I ever had -- better than anyone else's as far as I'm concerned.

Alas! Thelma passed away some years ago. I miss her so much. She was also a font of information about local history.

Always On Watch said...

My great-uncle Walter played the banjo like nobody's business. He was a picker, not a strummer. Sometimes, his brother played along on the fiddle.

They played for family and the small locale up in the hills, but never professionally.

Elmers Brother said...

If I hadn't had to travel today I would have watched the Gershwin movie, did catch the Glenn Miller Story. I still have not heard that aria.

Z said...

Elbro, be patient! The lead-in is quite long....finally, you hear the amazing aria.
I tried to post one of the very famous German singers who made it a because they made it so famous, but the recordings are so old they're really not pleasant to listen to (and they're even a tad flat!)

I saw Glenn Miller last night, but only the last 30 minutes. I swear I've seen that film 20 times and still cry when June Allyson reacts to Little Brown Jug...

Kid said...

I have two choices: Ignore this post, or appear to be a snob? Hopefully not.

But there are simply too many favorite things to list. Maybe that could be the basis for a book someday.

Elmers Brother said...

I listened and it was very beautiful Z

Z said...

Elbro, I heard the opera in Vienna and we had the best seats in the house because we'd been invited by an Austrian industrialist...AMAZING night. Then we went to the Sacher Hotel (home of the famous chocolate Sacher Torte), to a private little dining room for four...mahogany-lined walls, red roses, FOUR WAITERS for four of us..........what a night!
I'd not wanted to go because the opera's shortened version is over 3 hours (it's six, I believe, in its entirety) but we HAD to go because it was a business invitation.... after the first 15 minutes, you couldn't have pried me out of my seat (first row, first balcony...amazing)....I was glued to it. then that great dinner.
That aria just knocks the stuffing out of's exquisite.
I'm glad you liked it.

Z said...


sue hanes said...

Z -

Many movies - good ones especially sci-fi

vanilla ice cream with choc syrup

Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart
piano music



marie curie

The Bible


the crescent moon

stars - lots of them

nice people


my grandchildren

comforters (sleeping under them)

Mexican and Chinese food

and much more

Z said...

Sue, I've just got to say I couldn't disagree with you on ALL of those being my faves, too. Excellent list.

Leticia said...
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Leticia said...

I love this...

Favorite tv shows: All Star Treks, Eureka, Alpha's, Falling Skies, Burn Notice, Hercules, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Favorite things to do: Read my bible, worship and signing at church, wrestling with my boys, blogging and Facebook, reading. Watching and going to the movies, plus exercising. Drinking a cool double-chocolaty from Starbuck's, or drinking any kind of coffee.

Favorite flower: Carnations

Favorite books: KJV bible, LOTR, The Mark of the Lion Series, too many. I would go on forever.

Favorite scenery: Clouds rolling by, lightening storms, especially over the desert sky (I miss those) Mountains.

My favorite music: Hard core Christian metal, and some contemporary, classic rock and metal. Classical, Opera.

My favorite animals: The Mountain Gorilla and cats and now my albino groundhog.

I could go on forever.... This was fun!

Kid said...

Well, Ok.

Chicago food. California food, Steak, Lobster, BBQ, Seafood, Italian, Chinese, Chicken, Ham, Lamb Chops, Pasta, and Pretty much anything with cheese or cooked on a grill, on he stove, or in the oven. Most fruits, and a few veggies, breads and pastries.

The Lunch Hour.

All countries except those in the Middle East, a couple in S. America and a few in Africa, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, London, English back country, Arizona, California.

Mountains, Valleys, Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Babbling brooks, Trees, Fields, Trails

Anything that Flies.

Exotic Hardwoods. All Master Artists of any venue. Architecture. Landscapes, English Gardens.

Tea Party Members, Intelligent People who know they still have much to learn, the more intelligent, the more there is to learn. Animal lovers. Self-accountable responsible people who are part of the solution, People who respect others and value all life forms. People who know global warming is the biggest hoax in the history of mankind. Animals, Insects, and Fish. People who despise oppressive - intrusive government.

Redheads, Brunette's, Blonds, or 'Other' with Green, Blue, Hazel, Grey, Brown or 'Other' eye color.

Stars, Planets, Moons, Nebulae, Galaxies, and Black Holes

ALL Comedy movies, movies with Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Ann Margaret, Leslie Caron, Steve McQueen, Cary Grant, any James Bond flicks, Cowboy Flicks, most Science Fiction, and movies that have lots of scantily dressed women.

TV: The Avengers w/Diana Rigg, Dr Who, Green Acres, Twilight Zone, Then Came Bronson, Starsky and Hutch, Barney Miller, NCIS, Triple D, Military Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel.

All Music except Gangster Rap, Modern Country and most 'Popular' music.

Golf. Playing, not watching - just about any sport.

Motorcycles, Sports cars.

Time in bed doing pretty much anything.

These are some of my favorite things.

Z said...

Leticia, we could NOT have more different taste in TV or films, but we agree on a lot.
I wish exercising was on the top of a list for ME :-)

I ADORE carnations...the scent is better than roses to me! Grandmother used to hang towels on a line outside in the sun over carnations...they'd get crisp and wonderful in the air and have a slight scent of the flowers in them.....fabulous!

"the lunch hour" Hilarious!
I'll be working almost full time in September and will probably add that to a favorites list, you're right!! (can't wait)

There is nothing better than the English countryside..and an English garden.

Great picks!

Z said...

Kid, thanks for your email..

We both forgot a favorite of ours:


"Two enchiladas, rice and beans!!"
Albondigas soup (if it's good)
chili rellenos
tamales (Salvadoran are my favorite)
I ADORE cheese quesadillas with Ortega chilis in them, too...flour tortilla, plenty of melted cheese and Ortegas.................oh, MAN!!

sue hanes said...

Leticia - I totally agree with you about the KJV of the Bible.

I find that to be an exception these days - don't you think?

sue hanes said...

Z - I LOVE cheese enchiladas with rice and beans.

Z said...

The KJV is not as used anymore...sadly.
My bible study used the NIV but now it's the English Standard Version because the NIV's made changes the admin. doesn't love.

My pastor sometimes quotes from The Message, which I really don't like....the Bible in our words; it takes away from the beauty of the language. But, The Message does boil the message down to easier comprehension. Still, I don't like that too much.

Rita said...

As we've said before we definitely agree on Frasier, some of the best writing and acting ever. Nyles has to be my favorite. I just turned the station to the Hallmark channel so I could watch reruns.

Favorite Food: Florida stone crab claws.

Favorite Vacation in order of preference: Italy, Italy, Italy

Favorite places in Italy: Volterra - San Podere Lorenzo, Manarola - Cinque Terre, Rome - Anna Marie Bed and Breakfast

Favorite Best Looking Driver in Italy - Cosma Schiaroli.

Favorite Blogger: Z. Not just sucking up here, you feed my inner political addiction.

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption. I know every single line.

Favorite Smell: This summer it's RAIN since we are in such a horrible drought that all of our grass is as brown as winter.

Favorite Sound: Children laughing.

Favorite Words: "I love you Grandma."

Kid said...

Z, Mexican food!!

PS - I also forgot about the pina coloda's and getting caught in the rain. Making love at midnight, on the roof in a cape. The taste of the ocean and the feel of champagne.

- from Romiet and Julio

Z said...

Rita, thanks for your terrific list...particularly the great compliment; I appreciate that.

By the way, my very VERY favorite sound in the world is a baby's giggle, you're so right!

Kid, great song!

beakerkin said...

Favorite Place

The deep woods of Western Maine
The Jungles of Guyana
The concrette canyons of NYC

Favorite Beverage

Diet Mountain Dew
Cherry Lime Rickey ( Rare art form)

Favorite Movies

The Searchers
The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Favorite Food

Matzo Ball Soup
Pot Roast
Farfel ( can't find it)


Changes with my mood
Mostly Surf Instrumentals with some
60 and 70's acts tossed in

Favorite Blogger

The Great Gasmasked Patriot Philosopher.

Favorite Authors

Classic TV

Kojak, Quincy, The Odd Couple, Monk

Current TV


James Michner and Kenneth Roberts

Most annoying celebrities

Sean Penn, Striesand and Jane Fonda.

Always On Watch said...

Wow! This is still going on!

Z, you hit on a winner of a post.

Beak and FT had comprehensive input -- and make me wish that I'd spent more time on my own comment.

Elmers Brother said...

I forgot cilantro.

Ducky's here said...

Favorite Beverage

Cherry Lime Rickey (Rare art form)


The best are at Colleen's in Medford Square

beakerkin said...


I make them myself. My grandmother showed me how to make them when she visted me at the Concord. Some loon
paid her five bucks to make an eggcream. My mother is better at that than I am.

They have an odd drink in Guyana called lime wash. It is similar to limeaide with a splash of vanilla extract. I can't master that yet but I am working on it.

Z said...

AOW, that's okay....I think comprehensive is a euphemism when someone needs two posts because everything is a 'favorite'...geeez.

sick of it.

Beak...I'm proud that someone wrote GUYANA as a favorite place at my blog...GUYANA, who'da figured!?

I LOVE The Searchers....the end knocks me OUT. That limewash sounds delicious...

Always On Watch said...

Well, length of comments doesn't bother me as much as it does you. I rarely get long comments anyway.

Except for Damien Charles's blatherings and, now, his ad feminam attacks directed at me -- most recently because I DARED to interview Robert Spencer, someone whom Damien Charles hates.

BTW -- and I'm going to brag -- I went to see my food coach yesterday. The head honcho there wanted to see me as he himself hasn't seen me in a month and I've been sending him emails inquiring about specific matters related to my dramatic weight loss. Z, he didn't recognize me at first!

He says that I stay in the reducing phase only one more week, then taper off into maintenance according to a specific protocol so as to "restart" my pancreas.

I truly do not look like the same person -- only 9 short weeks! I look a full 20 years younger -- and I'm not the one saying that, but rather others.

I did get a handle on the weekly cost (counseling in person once a week and unlimited email consults, and food for one week): well under $100/week. To be precise, $84 is the norm for a one week's supply of Ideal Protein products ($50-$75 one-time registration fee the first week).

The weight loss is wonderful, of course. But the BEST part is the anti-inflammatory effect of this diet.

Enough blabbing. Have a wonderful Lord's Day. Mr. AOW and I are staying in (This awful heat!) and will be watching the movie A Face in the Crowd.

I don't know how that cost compares to Nutrisystem, but those are the numbers.

beakerkin said...


The country of Guyana is a nasty dangerous place. The jungles are pristine and untouched. If you get a small boat and a reliable local
it is fun.

I prefer nature to concrette. When Hugo dies I will explore the border regions. Right not the area is too dangerous. The area has the largest collection of carnivorous plants.

Rita said...

If Elmer gets cilantro then I want rosemary

Leticia said...

Z, but that's what makes us great friends! We have different taste but yet, we have a lot more in common. I love ya!

Z said...

AOW, that all sounds fabulous and WAY less than I spend on food myself, really...considering groceries and eating out..WAY less. I need to look into that...thanks.
I'm so proud of you!

Leticia, exactly :-) The most important things are important to us both! xxx

beak, I'm a concrete type, even for vacation.!

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