It’s A Wonderful Life … Every Day & Best of the Best
It’s A Wonderful Life … Every Day
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 25, 2015
While watching my 5-year-old daughter play with her newest toy, something called a Monster High Doll, I got to wondering. How old will I be when Sienna is the age I am today?
I went to the calculator. I’m 58. She’s 5. So in 53 years when she is my age, I’ll be …
Yikes. I’ll be 111 years old.
I realized two things. I shouldn’t have done the math. And I better start taking fistfuls of multi-vitamins.
Then I realized a few other things, including that I’ll be 70 when she graduates from high school. Class of ’27.
It’s not all bad, I guess. There is a bright side to having a child at an advanced age.
I’ll have somebody around the house to put those little yellow tennis balls on my walker.
And when she’s old enough to drive, I can send her to Target to pick me up tubes of denture cream and packs of adult diapers.
You always have to look for that bright side of things, right?
You always have to be optimistic.
You can be a pessimist, but all that will do is reduce the number of people who want to be around you.
I prefer to go the optimistic route.
I like what Jimmy Stewart said in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Jimmy Stewart’s character in the movie was having a miserable day and the world was crashing down around him, and he said, “You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked. And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause.”
Now that’s an optimist.
A pessimist would have said, “I’m licked. I’m going to go home and to take a few hundred Ambien and, if I’m lucky, I’ll never wake up.”
It’s easy to give in … to give up.
A lot of people say we were put on this planet for a reason.
I’m not so sure about some people.
Some people appear to have no reason for existing, other than to steal oxygen from the rest of us.
But let’s go with the premise that at least everyone reading this blog post is here for a reason.
What’s your reason?
Just think about it.
And think about this:
“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.”
That’s a line from a book called, “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah,” by Richard Bach.
It’s a great book. One of my favorites.
There are a lot of great lines in there that will make you think … that will make you realize that maybe you’re not doing everything you should be doing.
For instance, there’s this line:
“The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, ‘I’ve got responsibilities.’”
Reading that line for the first time hit home for me.
This one did, too:
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
I’m not saying anyone reading this is avoiding responsibility or arguing for limitations.
But there are times when all of us – and it is human nature – put things off.
And times when we, consciously or subconsciously, hold ourselves back.
I’ve tried all my life to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Somebody asked me if I cried the day I stopped doing the KQ Morning Show after 27 years.
I was surprised at the question. I paraphrased that line from “League of Their Own.” There’s no crying in radio.
And there’s no reason to cry. I still have my own show on Sports Radio 105 the Ticket and I still have at least another 53 years to go. I plan to be around with my walker and my adult diapers when my 5-year-old daughter is the age I am today.
Like I said, I’m an optimist.
(Posted March 23)
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Best of the Best
Posted by email@example.com on March 24, 2015
Where I live, it is 30 degrees outside and we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches of snow.
After two days of spring, I was starting to miss winter.
It’s a good day to hunker down in front of the TV and watch the NCAA Tournament. If you’re not into basketball or your bracket has been busted beyond repair, like mine, and you can’t stand the thought of watching a group of pituitary cases trying to stuff a ball through a hoop, it’s also a good day to catch a movie.
By the way, that pituitary line was in “Annie Hall.” That’s a good movie to catch.
It’s Woody Allen’s best work, if you ask me.
Go ahead, ask me some more about movies.
Here, let me help: What are the best baker’s dozen theme-based movies ever made?
I’m glad you asked because I happen to know.
You can agree.
You can disagree.
They’re my choices. If you don’t like them, do your own list.
Here are mine …
Best Drama: Casablanca (Depending on the day, I consider Casablanca or It’s A Wonderful Life the greatest movie ever made.)
Best Fable: It’s A Wonderful Life (George Bailey taught us all a valuable lesson about how one life can touch so many others.)
Best Comedy: Animal House (Every time I see it I laugh out loud. For some scenes, I roll on the floor laughing. And other scenes I LSHIAP — laugh so hard I almost puke.)
Best Saga: The Godfather, Parts I and II (I can’t include The Godfather III because Sofia Coppolla’s acting ruined it. I smiled when she got shot at the end.)
Best Adventure: The Adventures of Robin Hood (The only movie ever made where it looked cool for a guy to wear tights.)
Best Baseball-Related Theme: Field of Dreams (A lot of great sports movies before and after, but this one is special.)
Best Basketball-Related Theme: Hoosiers (Gene Hackman has had a slew of great roles, but this is my favorite.)
Best Golf-Related Theme: Caddyshack (It’s in the hole.)
Best Sports-Related Theme Not Baseball, Basketball or Golf: Slap Shot (One word comes to mind: brilliant.)
Best Ghost-Related Theme: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (If I moved it into the boxing-related field, it would easily win.)
Best Horse-Related Theme: Seabiscuit (Decades later, Seabiscuit reincarnated as Michael Jordan, another athlete who refused to be beat.)
Best Sci-Fi: Forbidden Planet (Scared me so much as a kid that I screamed so loud my mother came running, thinking I stabbed myself with a sharp instrument.)
Best Horror: Frankenstein (Nothing beats the classics.)
Like I said, if you don’t like the list, do your own. And then share it with me. Call me curious, which is better than some of the other things I’ve been called.
(Posted Sunday, March 22)