Friday, July 24, 2009

"The Fall'll Probably Kill Ya!"

That was one of Paul Newman's most famous lines. You remember ... Butch and Sundance are trapped on a cliff, surrounded by certain death, an armed super posse above them and rushing rapids below. Butch tries to convince Sundance that the only way out is to jump. Sundance reluctantly, shamefully admits he can't swim, and Butch laughs and convinces him with that line.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, arguably the coolest movie about the coolest guys starring the two coolest actors. Newman and Redford get a lot of credit for the film's success, and they should. They're irresistable.

But the script is a gem, too. Written by William Goldman (above). One of my favorite authors of all time.

He's best known now as a screenwriter with two Oscars to his credit (All the President's Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). He's also responsible for Chaplin starring Robert Downey, Maverick starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, and Misery with Kathy Bates.

He's also done the screenplays based on his own novels: Marathon Man, Magic and The Princess Bride. Fun movies all, but the books are soooo much better. Especially, believe it or not, The Princess Bride. The book has a poignant subtext about family, yearning, and dreams that can break your heart. Next time you go to the library, give one of those a try.

And thanks to William Goldman for giving us these two enduring charmers.

Baby's First Friday Fill-In

1. A suspicious mammogram is not the end of the world.

2. Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I hope I closed all the windows before I left the house!

3. Cinnamon tastes so good!

4. Sometimes, putting others first is a very good feeling.

5. Lake Michigan is breathtaking, really.

6. Well, maybe there is a Santa Clause.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chilling out, tomorrow my plans include going to movies and Sunday, I want to play with my nephew!

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I love these commercials

I wish the puppy had a younger-sounding voice, but that's the marketer in me. As just a plain, old everyday viewer, I looooove seeing the Cottonelle puppy at the spa.

The Hot Line

I called my doctor's office this morning and spoke to the answering service. I asked them to please let him know that when he receives my test results, he should call my CELL number, which he previously didn't have. I'm so glad I happened to get this new phone. It has longer battery life than the old one, plus it's more fun, so I'll be sure to keep it on and with me.