May 22, 2006

TAG! Looks Like Hotclue’s IT!

I’ve been Blog-Tagged by Pat Browning, who wrote Full Circle, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time because of her beautiful, beautiful prose. I’ll try to do this blog-tag thing justice, although at the moment I have no idea who to Tag, since it seems most people I know have already been tagged or are now incognito and have had their email addys changed forever–strangely enough, since this blog tag gig started sweeping the Internet. But for right now, here you are:

Q: Name 4 movies you would watch over and over

A: (1) I’ll Take Manhattan, a TV miniseries from Judith Krantz’s novel of the same title. Loved all of her books and all of her TV movies. I wish I could find someplace to buy copies of all her other movies, since I’ll Take Manhattan is the only one I have taped. Why doesn’t she put them out on CD and sell them at Anybody know?

(2) Sleepless in Seattle. A real feelgood, heart-melting movie. Gets me every time, really touches my romantic spot, which I don’t let out too often. Oh, I have my romantic side (just ask Count Baballallapaloozo) but I really like murder mysteries better. Except for this one. This one’s a keeper. Love it.

(3) Casablanca. If you don’t know why, you’re not reading this blog, because you’re functionally illiterate as well as cold and unfeeling or else very young and didn’t pay attention in History class and you’re still wetting the bed and picking your nose in public.

(4) “7”. A fascinating crime movie that should be watched several times because it’s so fast-moving and there’s so much there you’ll probably miss first time around.

Q: Name 4 places you have lived

A: (1) Baltimore, Maryland–born there, although instead of gold-plating Mercy Hospital because I was born there and making it an adjunct to the Smithsonian, they tore it down. The clods.

(2) Metropolis, Illinois–stayed with my grandmother lots of summers and for a couple of years when I was in second and third grade. This was where I first learned about zombies and fell in love with Delbert Shelby, who was two years older than me. I was eight.

(3) Pekin, Illinois–went to upper grade school and junior high there. I still remember the long evening walks to the park to watch the boys play baseball, when it was still safe enough to walk anywhere in the evening alone. I bought my first bottle of perfume there. Blue Waltz. .14 cents a bottle. So there.

(4) Chicago suburb, Illinois. A nice suburb. We haven’t had too many gun battles in the streets. Yet. Although there was the time the drugstore across the street was robbed and a slight gun battle ensued. The only victim, aside from the drug store of course, was Beth’s and my husband, Stan, who ran around the house screaming for everybody to get down on the floor, didn’t do it himself, ran into the lounge chair in the living room, and got taken to the hospital with a broken toe. Sigh. What can I say.

Q: Name 4 TV shows you love to watch

A: (1) Sunday Morning, because it’s so peaceful and positive, a great way to start a Sunday. I love the last minute, when they show you something beautiful, athough it’s been cut down so much you really have to look fast. I want a whole minute. I’m going to have a parade (with banners and foghorns) in D.C. in front of the White House to protest if I don’t get it. Look out, CBS!

(2) Meet the Press, almost always fascinating, mainly because Tim Russert has the most diabolically gentle but relentlessly probing ways of getting answers from people who don’t want to give right and true answers. You can learn a lot about them just from watching the WAY they answer. Or don’t.

(3) Emeril Live. He’s a sloppy cook and he uses too much parsley but he is fun to watch.

(4) I would have said The Apprentice, but I’m getting tired of watching those whiny brats lie and undercut each other. The only thing that keeps me watching is Trump, and I can’t explain that myself because he’s so pompous. But hey, he’s rich and smart. Gotta give him points for that, right? Plus, his hair seems to be growing in nicely again, after Ivana pulled it all out.

SO–my #4 that I really enjoy would have to be anything on Court TV OR the Saturday night show on NBC where they solve horrific murders every week. I love to watch crime shows as long as I’m not the victim; that might possibly diminish my enjoyment somewhat, especially if it’s based on murder.

Q: Name 4 of your favorite foods

A: (1) Bagels.

(2) Bagels with cream cheese.

(3) Bagels with cream cheese and lox and onions. Red onions, please. They look so nice.

(4) Almost everything else except anything with cooked anchovies. Just shoot me first.

Q: Name 4 web sites you visit daily

A: (1) My stats. Sorry, it’s private, but astonishing (to me). I am amazed and humbled by the number and locations of all my visitors, and I thank every single one of them. Or should that be “every single one of you”. Either way, I’m truly honored to have your attention even if it is only for one .25th of a second.

(2) The New York Times, although I am extremely torqued that they started charging to read all of my favorite columnists and I may boycott them one of these days, as soon as I can figure out whether a boycott of one would make much difference.

(3) The Washington Post. They really nab events of the past day or so AND they don’t charge to read their columnists. (Hear that, NY Times? The POST doesn’t charge.) So the Post gets most of my time. (Somebody pass me another bagel, I’m getting frustrated all over again just thinking about it. They have to CHARGE people to read Maureen and Tom? They need money THAT much?) Maybe we could get the government to subsidize them, it subsidizes everything else. Oh, no, wait. I forgot. Maureen picks on Bushie and Rummy and Chaney. Well, forget a government subsidy, for right now, anyhow. But my time’s comin’. It is. (I believe in Santa Claus too.)

(4) Miss Snark, almost daily. She’s the only one online I know of who is worse than I am about being ludicrously (I think I just made up a word, I should get points for that) outspoken. Oh, I’m sure there are probably others, it’s just that she’s the only one I know of and she is brilliantly snarky. Just being honest here.

(5) Can I have five? I check in on Brian Williams and Kinky Friedman online every day too. They’re both adorable, each in his own way, and I’d have them both on my list of future husbands except that Brian is happily married and I want him to stay happy. But that leaves Kinky. He’s happily single. I might not be quite so understanding about that. Still, they’re both on my list, as are Jack Nicholson and Karzai.

Anybody want to vote on this issue? Which one should Hotclue go after, once the Count is a definite has-been?

Q: Name 4 places you would rather be right now.

A: (1) New York, having lunch with my agent and publisher, surrounded by adoring photographers and fans demanding my autograph. (I did tell you I still believe in Santa Claus, didn’t I?)

(2) Maui, lounging around on the beach, surrounded by hot and cold surfer boys, watching the preparations for tonight’s Luau. (Well, you did ask.)

(3) Las Vegas, in a casino, winning. Yeah, baby! Winning. LOVE the sound of those quarters spilling down into that Dolby Surround Sound-enhanced metal tray. 😉

(4) I once took a very good mind control course where we were all instructed to pick a quiet place where we could be alone and meditate and decorate any way we wished. I chose the inside of a marshmallow. So that’s my fourth pick. The inside of a marshmallow.

Now, I’ve got to figure out four other courageous bloggers to tag. Any suggestions? I can’t tag any of the True Biggies, they’d all jump on my head with their spike-heel boots and scratch me with their diamonds while they scream, “Don’t you have anything to do except games?” Well, no, it’s not like I’m hopping over to New York to have lunch with MY agents and editors every day the way you guys are. Mainly because I don’t have any at the moment.

But my time’s comin’. It is.

Love Y’all, and Thank You so much for stopping by,
The Hotclue

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  1. Yeap, I agree with Sharon/Sloane. Jenna is great! Sloane is crazy funny, all that bleach had soaked through her hair particles into her head, snapping her neutrons.

  2. Sloane has NEUTRONS? Honest? WAAAAA! I want some neutrons too! Hey, thanks for stopping by, Jasmine! Come back again, ya hear me?

    Love, Hots

  3. Amazing what you find when you google yourself. Friends sacrificing you up as blog buffet a month later. Sigh. I’m so on the ball.

    Thanks ladies.







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