Too Many to Narrow Down

This should be easy, right?  I mean who knows more about what I like the best than me?  So, I sat down to answer a FPQ post with my own response.  But favorites I find to be a little hard.  Bear with me and I will try to narrow down my likes to just a few for this list. Fandango asks…

Let’s have some fun this week. Or what I hope you’ll think is fun. My question is simple. It’s all about favorites. If you were asked to name your absolute favorite in each of the following categories, what would they be:

  • Song
  • Musical artist or group
  • Book
  • Author
  • Movie
  • Television show
  • Movie or TV actor (male & female)
  • Stage play or musical
  • Live concert

Remember, I’m looking for your all-time favorite in each of these categories.

I have to say, even though the marriage ended “You Made It Beautiful” by The Oak Ridge Boys was our first dance song and holds a special place in my heart.  But there are two others.  I wrote some lyrics a friend put music to and sang.  That CD is so special.  My all-time favorite though, for more than thirty-five years, is a song by a regional band who I would go see play in my late teens and twenties.  The song is “Too Old To Cry” and sadly it does bring tears on occasion.  The writer and lead singer has lost a fight with cancer so I will never hear the song performed in an auditorium like I have always dreamed.  But Tasty Nickel will never die in my heart!

No band can ever knock Queen out of my number one place in my list… I don’t think anyway.

So many good books out there.  The first one that really had a physical reaction from was No Language But A Cry about a girl horribly abused by her father who could not speak for many years.  I cried too.  The Xanth series is just good fun.  But the one book I really remember being drawn into and hard to put down lately was Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.  And a friend or two have had books published… those are very special too.

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Consistently the author that draws me in and keeps me entertained and on the edge of my seat would be Dean Koontz. 

Here again there are so many.  Short and sweet answer… The Color Purple.

I have a few series collections on DVD and watch them from time to time.  I would have to say though the one that had the best laughs, drama and powerful messages was M*A*S*H. 

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I don’t have to think too hard for the actor… Robin Williams.  He could do comedy so well, but also did some great dramas… his One Hour Photo character gave me the shivers.  As for the actress, this one is harder.  It is kind of a toss up between a half dozen women.  I will just randomly pick… Sally Field.  Once again, a comedy and drama range.  I will never forget her Norma Rae performance.

I have had to pleasure to see a few shows live – Wicked, Cats, Rent, Hamilton… if I have to pick just one it would be Wicked – costumes, music and performances were all top rate.

Who can narrow down live concerts to just one favorite?  I have the concert I went up on stage during, the once in a lifetime Farm Aid all day concert, seeing a Beatle live – Paul McCartney.  If I have to be honest, the one that stands out the most is the one where we saw the Oak Ridge Boys from the front row, and I spent half the show “flirting” with the guitarist Steve… he handed me his stage towel after the show.  That was a lot of fun!

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If you made it to the end of my rambling and are still here thanks for reading!  Sorry this is late posting for the prompt, but as usual I am behind on my reading.  Thanks for the fun and challenging questions Fandango!

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Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question (FPQ) #188

At the Bookstore

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Sally picked the book up off the shelf.  It was the latest mystery novel by B. F. Hunter.  She had read many of his books and always found them to be entertaining.  This one however had a twist she was unsure of… it dealt with a bug expert having his victims devoured by swarms.  Sally hated bugs!  But he was one of her favorite authors.  She sighed and tucked the book in the basket with a couple of others she had found.  Making her way to check out she dug her discount card out and prepared to make her purchase.


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hunter

A to Z Challenge – B

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The letter B…

My mom and dad always had books they were reading as we were growing up.  And they passed that love of reading onto me and my sister.  I loved to read and read a lot of books to my daughter as she was growing up.  She in turn now is always using her spare time for reading.  I don’t read like I used to.  I was at a place with my vision where with my glasses on I couldn’t see the print, but with my glasses off to read, I couldn’t see at a distance if I looked up for some reason.  So last month I broke down and saw the doctor.  I am now the proud owner of a pair of bifocals.

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My hope is that I will be able to resume my reading of books now.  I do still have the issues of fibro fog making me forget what I have already read sometimes.  I do read a lot of blogs too.  Any time I read something short or long it can transport me out of my life for a while to live through the characters.  So, if you haven’t guessed yet, my B gratitude is for books!

A to Z Challenge – Books

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B is for Books

I come from a family of readers.  Both my parent read a lot, both my grandmothers were avid readers and I remember my grandfather reading the Omaha newspaper front to back everyday.

I would have to say that Judy Blume was a big influence in my love of reading.  There were other books I remember from growing up, No Flying in the House, Going Crazy, and Little House in the Big Woods.  Then my Dad introduced me to suspense, thrillers and science fiction/fantasy.  I found Stephen King, V. C. Andrews, and Piers Anthony.

Lately with my chronic fatigue I find it hard to read as much as I used to.  But, I read a lot here on WordPress and I occasionally listen to audio books.  I have been so behind on blogs until this weekend there was not a lot of spare time to read.  Now I hope to get to the Bruce Springsteen autobiography and the book Strange Weather by Joe Hill (he is one of my favorite authors), but first I promised my daughter (who reads more than anyone I know) I would read a book she bought on Kindle.

 

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100 Days of Happiness

I had a long day after a short night so please forgive me for posting two days in one post…

Day 42 –

After a fun night with my daughter and boyfriend, I realized why I don’t have more late nights/early mornings like that anymore.  I just can’t handle the lack of sleep like I used to.  So the happy moment was when I had a chance to relax and catch a nap.  As a child we hate nap time, but as adults we learn to really love those moments … or at least I do.  Maybe it is just the fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia?  Regardless waking from a nap refreshed just feels good, like a nice big hug.

Day 43 –

Today I took advantage of the quiet time while my boyfriend was at work and did something I love to do – read.  I have to admit this is a different form of reading.  It is an audio book for The Fireman by Joe Hill.  I grew up reading Stephen King and when I read Heart Shaped Box by his son Joe I was hooked on his writing style.  He can really rope you into a story and keep you turning the pages.  I happen to find this audio book by accident when I was at my local library looking for a movie on DVD to check out.  The case of CDs happened to catch my eye and I had to “read” it.  I find I can go through the “junk mail” I get from all the businesses in my inbox while I listen.  I used to “read” a lot of books on CD when I was working out-of-town and had a 20 minute drive to work. Reading opens up so many different worlds!  Now I need to go and listen to a bit more… only 2 of the 18 CDs left to listen to.