Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing: The Majorly Personal Meme, Part One

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Are you happier now than you were five months ago? Healthier, certainly. Happier? I guess so. Feeling better physically contributes to being happier.

2. Have you ever slept in the same bed with anyone that you shouldn't have? Oh, yes.

3. Can you sleep in total darkness? Yes.

4. Your phone is ringing. It’s the person you fell hardest for, the one who got away, what do you say? "I hope you're happy." Because of what I learned recently, that's not a question asked lightly.

5. What do you think about the weather this summer? Too freaking hot.

6. How many people do you trust with everything? I don't trust anyone with absolutely everything.

7. What was the last thing you drank? Classic Coke.

8. Is there anyone you want to come see you? I always want to see my best friend.

9. Name one thing you love about winter? Holiday lights brightening the city. What a nice thought on a sticky summer day!

10. Have you ever dated a Goth? No. I'm over 50. Dating a Goth would be pathetic.

11. What are you looking forward to tomorrow? I'm writing this on Saturday night, so on Sunday I'm looking forward to working out. It'll feel good to get this old heart of mine racing again!

12. Name something you dislike about the day you’re having? It's too freaking hot.

13. What's the longest that you have committed to one person and one person only? Six years.

14. What’s the first thing you did when you opened your eyes today? Tried to remember if it was the weekend, so I could decide whether I had to leap out of bed or just the waking up process unfold naturally.

15. Has anyone ever told you they never want to ever lose you? Yes.

16. Is there anybody that you wish you could fix your relationship with? Yes. I'm far from perfect as a friend or as a romantic partner.

17. Could you go out in public, looking like you do now? Yes. But to borrow from Jurassic Park, just because I can doesn't mean I should.

18. Do you think things will change in the next 3 months? How? Define "things." Do you mean national, international, professional or interpersonal situations? Yes, some "things" will definitely change in the next 3 months. Personally, I'd like to be less fat and less broke.

19. Do you believe that you never know what you got until you lose it? I think that's often true. "We take paradise and put up a parking lot."

20. Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to? Yes. My best friend. All this talk of him this meme inspires me to shoot him an email. Gotta run!

August Happiness Challenge 2010 -- Day 21

Plenty of nothin'. Today I got a haircut, went to the movies (The Switch), wandered around the bookstore, enjoyed some Ben and Jerry's Mint Chunk Ice Cream, got home and curled up with Cary Grant. A very good, albeit blissfully uneventful, day.

The opposite of Cary Grant

A homeless man was being questioned by police, right next door to the ice cream parlor. He was short and unkempt and missing his front teeth. He was also pissed that the police were detaining him, he was adamant that he'd done nothing wrong. I heard one of the cops say, "Harvey? Did you use their bathroom and then forget to put your penis away?"

It was sad and probably very innocent on poor Harvey's part. But it's a pleasant August night and there were families sitting at the tables in front of the ice cream parlor. I'm sure the parents were disturbed by the show Harvey was putting on, even if it as unintentional.

Isn't he terrific?

I'm halfway through the PBS Cary Grant marathon (a special about his life and career, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Bringing Up Baby). I don't know that I'm in love with him, exactly. But I do believe he may be the most appealing man ever captured on film. I can't imagine anyone looking at him and not being charmed. William Powell could also be elegant and funny, and of course, today George Clooney is irresistibly sexy. But are either of them as unutterably adorable and completely seductive as Cary Grant? I don't think so.