Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why Yes, It's Another Liebster Award!

Hey, guess what?  Constance and Diana of Silver Scenes nominated me for the Liebster!  Over a month ago.  Sigh.  I am STILL catching up on blog reading, tag responding, and so on.  But anyway, thanks for tagging me, ladies!  Here are my answers to your questions:

1. If you could travel back in time, which year would you travel back to? And why? 

Too many to choose from!  Do I go back to see John Gielgud perform Hamlet?  Do I go back to Shakespeare's day and see it performed with Shakespeare himself as the Ghost?  Do I go back to 1926 and convince Rudolph Valentino to go to the doctor for his ulcers so he doesn't die of peritonitis?  (If time-travel is possible, so is me convincing Valentino of something, obviously.)  Do I go to 1973 and remind Bobby Darin to take his antibiotics before he goes to the dentist so he doesn't get the infection that eventually stops his heart?  Or do I go to 1982 and, as an adult now, see my favorite movie on the big screen again?  I could visit the time of Christ, I could hang out with Jane Austen... I can't pick today.  Too many choices.

2. Who is your favorite underrated actor/actress? 

Is Alan Ladd underrated?  I feel like he is, but maybe he's more "under-remembered" than "underrated," as those who are familiar with his work do tend to appreciate him.  How about Armie Hammer?  I enjoy the heck outta a lot of his movies, but people kind of write him off as just another handsome guy.

(Which is not to say he's not a handsome guy, cuz yeah, he obviously is.)

3. What movie/television show do you enjoy as a guilty pleasure? (The program that you would never admit to anyone that you really like.) 

I get a kick out of Friends even though it's fluffy, mind-idling silliness.  I don't own it on DVD or anything, but if it happens to be on and I've got time to kill, I'll have fun hanging out with Joey and Phoebe.

4. Do you listen to old-time radio? If so, which is your favorite program? 

YES!  I absolutely love old-time radio.  Right now, I've been listening to lots of Alan Ladd's show, Box 13, but my favorite is probably The Six-Shooter, which starred James Stewart and had quite interesting plots.

(Do you suppose he dressed like this for every performance?)

5. How many hours do you spend staring at screens (computer/television/phone)? 

Probably between 1 and 4 a day.  That would be 1-2 hours of computer, scattered over the course of a day in little 5-15 minute chunks here and there, and then I watch a movie once or twice a week, so those days it would be more like 4.

6. If you could be mayor of your town what would be the first change you would make? 

I'd put up more "free-flowing right turn" signs, specifically on two corners where I regularly encounter people stopped when they don't need to be.

7. What is one subject/skill you feel all students should learn before they turn 20-years-old? 

How to do laundry by themselves.  It's ridiculous how many people turned up at college not knowing how to even sort their clothes, much less run a washing machine.

Good mama.

8. What would you like your obituary to read? ( Aside from "he/she died too soon" ) 

The beloved author of dozens of western novels, many of which were made into films starring Armie Hammer and Chris Hemsworth.  She leaves behind three children, nine grandchildren, and a rich literary legacy that will continue to delight and entertain for generations.

9. Which movie character do you feel the strongest bond with? To clarify, list which character you think is the most similar to yourself in nature and appearance. 

Lucy Eleanor Moderatz in While You Were Sleeping (1995).  As I said in my review of it, "If I was in her situation, family-less, basically friend-less, I would behave the way she does. I'd have a cat, I'd put up a Christmas tree just for me and the cat, I'd obligingly work on Christmas so people with families don't have to, I'd give a Christmas present to my landlord. I'd even wear my dad's old coat and sweaters just to feel connected to him. "  Also, we both have dark hair and eyes, and somewhat similar coloring maybe?

(But I haven't had bangs for 20 years now.)

10. What is your favorite classic television show? 

Finally, an easy one!  Combat! (1962-67).  In fact, I co-run a fansite dedicated to it, Fruit Salad.

(Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders in the foreground, slouchy and splendid as always.
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley is driving the Jeep, with... maybe Fletcher Fist?)

11. Do you watch classic British films? If not, ( shame on you! ) state why.

Um, maybe?  Does Monty Python and the Holy Grail count?  How about the James Bond films?  Oh!  I liked Kind Hearts and Coronets.  I've seen a few of Hitchcock's earlier films too, is that classic British film?

(They look sooooooo deceptively serious here.)

I'm not tagging anyone because, like I said the other day, I've been catching up on So Very Many tags this month that I don't want to wear out my welcome.  But these were fun questions to answer!


  1. Yep, that's Brockmeyer in the C! pic. Beginning of Losers Cry Deal.

    These are tough questions! Not sure I could answer some of them.

    What's a free-flowing right turn sign? A "Yield" sign and merge lane? A light with an arrow? Just curious, cuz I know we have different road stuff out West compared to what you have. I frequently get irritated when no one's coming and people still don't turn right at a light.

    I envy your short screen time! I have a minimum 8 hours a day cuz of work, and usually end up around 10 with free time fun stuff before and after.

    Armie is wonderful.

    1. I knew from the tag (snurched it from the Chow Line) that the shot was from Losers Cry Deal, but I haven't seen that one in a long time and couldn't remember if that was Fletcher or not. I tried zooming in, but it got too blurry, but at this size, it did look like him, so I guessed.

      A free-flowing right turn lane means you don't have to stop at the red light if you're turning right there, and you have your own lane going forward too, so you don't need to yield or merge either. You just slow down to a safe speed and turn right and keep on going. Next time you're here, I'll point one out.

      Armie's helpful too!

    2. I know what you mean for the right-turn lane, then. We have those here.

  2. Went to see Man From UNCLE for Henry Cavill. Came out thinking of Armie Hammer ❤️

    1. Phyl, I went to see it for Armie Hammer and came out needing to see more of Henry Cavill! Funny. (I still like Armie better of the two, though.)

  3. My answer to #1 would be 1956. Just think. Getting to see all these movies on the big screen... Forbidden Planet. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The Searchers. The Ten Commandments. Around the World in 80 Days. Giant. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers. Godzilla (the American version of the Japanese film). Rock Around the Clock. The Man Who Knew Too Much. I'd be camped out on the front steps of the theater all year.

    1. Quiggy, that would be fun, too. Not sure what year I'd choose for maximum movie-watching impact -- I want to go with 1966 so I could watch an episode of Combat! and of Star Trek live.

      I love Giant. Really like The Searchers and The Ten Commandments too.

  4. Armie Hammer is so cute!

    (Sorry. I haven't seen him in anything, and I know that's a super shallow thing to say, but he IS.)

    I don't know how to run a washing machine. Mom and Elisabeth always run the washer. *embarrassed forever* But I DO know how to sort clothes. :)

    Combat! forever. <3


    1. Eva, you might like Mirror Mirror -- Armie's adorable in it, and it's a fun movie. (He IS cute! And I just found out he and his wife are expecting their second child, which makes me all smiley.)

      I'm pretty shocked you don't know how to run the washing machine. My 6-year-old does our laundry. Not all the sorting and folding yet, but she does the rest.

      Combat! forever!

  5. Great responses, Hamlette! Our mom's favorite shows growing up were Combat and The Rat Patrol....there is just something about those war shows that are so appealing. Thanks for introducing us to the Six-Shooter! We listened to an episode this afternoon and it was great. We'll be checking more of them out.

    1. Thanks! Your mom has excellent taste :-) Rat Patrol is less serious than Combat!, but also good. I think having people put in such life-threatening situations leads to good drama.

      So glad you're enjoying The Six-Shooter! There's a Christmas episode that I love especially much, though I can't remember the title right now. You'll find it, I'm sure :-)


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