Monday, August 17, 2009

09 August Happiness Challenge -- Day 17

Monday. Big Mac. I haven't had one in ages! A QP w/cheese is fewer calories, so if I'm at McDonald's that's now what I order. But it's not the same as two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun. I grabbed one this evening at the train station and snarfed it down on the way home. Sigh. If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right. (I'm still within my 1890-calorie limit.)

Give Me Five Monday

I haven't played this one in ages! This week's theme:

Here they are, listed in terms of recency.

1) Was in Grant Park for the Obama Rally on Election Night.
An inspiring historical event, experienced with thousands of positive, joyous people. It was a privilege to participate.

2) Went to a play-off game in Wrigley Field. My family has been loyally supporting the Cubs for generations, but only I can make that claim!

3) Saw Paul McCartney in concert. OK, so I was too young to see The Beatles. I got to see MY Beatle.

4) Made my niece's dream come true. She was 6 or 7 and dreamed she found a store that carried nothing but Anastasia-themed toys, books, and puzzles. I bought up everything Anastasia I could find on eBay and laid it out around my living room like a store. Oh, her face when she came in the front door! How often does one person get to literally make another's come to life?

5) Been kissed by Bruce Springsteen,
and yes, I got to kiss him back

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Monday Movie Meme

This week's theme: FEAR
Share on your blog movies that caused you to hide under the covers and then link back here at The Bumbles.

Psycho. I've seen it so many times that I know exactly when the two big shock/horror scenes are coming (the shower scene, of course, and when the detective meets his demise). I also know that as we creep toward the end, when we finally meet Mom, I won't be frightened at all. And yet, when those two big shock/horror scenes come, I'm still scared pissless. I guess that's what makes Hitch the master.

Dressed to Kill. Brian de Palma's homage to Psycho takes the crucial elements, updates them, and also scares me pissless.

I almost included March of the Penguins, because I was so upset when that first, pudgy penguin died that I was on the edge of my seat for the whole rest of the movie, wondering which other cute tuxedo'd bird would get it next. Remember that shocking scene in the water, and how one of the mamas didn't make it back to feed her baby? Can you see why I'm in therapy?

It's gotta be Judy

This morning's Google Ad (at right) was publicizing a "Gay Man's Life Coach." It was quickly followed by "High Heels for Men." While I have dear friends of that persuasion, I haven't written about them recently. So I wondered what key word triggered these ads.

Then it hit me. Garland. Of course! My August "Get Happy!" girl is one of the great gay icons of all time.

She's also one of the great singers, actresses, performers and cautionary tales of all time. This pudgy, middle-aged heterosexual woman loves you, too, Judy.