Monday, November 28

And Finally...

This is the last of seven posts that will highlight a personal favorite Christmas film or television special. Today's post...

Favorite Classic Christmas Film

The Bishop's Wife (1947) - I know what you're thinking: "What about It's A Wonderful Life?" While I appreciate the popularity of Frank Capra's Christmas classic, I find The Bishop's Wife to be a much more enjoyable holiday film. It's humorous, touching and romantic. And who can beat the combination of Cary Grant, the under-appreciated David Niven, and the ever-beautiful Loretta Young?

Sunday, November 27

Favorite Christmas Film You Can Watch Over and Over...

A Christmas Story (1983) - ...and over and over, especially when it's on cable for 24 hours straight! And remember, be sure to drink your ovaltine!

Saturday, November 26

Favorite Animated Christmas Film

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - If you enjoyed the film, I would recommend you visit Disneyland during the holiday season and try The Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion attraction. Much fun!

Friday, November 25

Favorite Christmas Film Quote

From National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) - "...we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fuckin' Kaye!" - Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr. (Chevy Chase)

In my adult life, there has never been a holiday season where this quote has never been frustratingly applicable.

Thursday, November 24

Favorite Christmas Comedy Film

The Santa Clause (1994) - Witty and hilarious!

Wednesday, November 23

Favorite Animated Christmas Special

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) & Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) - A tie between two classics!

Honorable Mention: A Pinky and the Brain Christmas (1995) - My favorite animated Christmas special with talking mice!

Tuesday, November 22

'Tis the Season...

...for watching Christmas movies. This is the first of seven posts that will highlight a personal favorite Christmas film or television special. Today's post...

Favorite Adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Scrooged (1988) - Even though the title and the names of the characters are different, this film still conveys the same emotions and lessons ... but with more humor.

Thursday, November 17

About Myself, Part III: Pennies

One of my more recent hobbies has been collecting pennies, specifically the Lincoln Cent. This past summer, I discovered about 100 of these coins in my grandmother's farmhouse after she had moved into an assisted living facility. This small discovery spurred my interest in the one-cent piece. What I found were mostly Wheat Ear pennies, where the reverse side of the coin (the side opposite of Lincoln's image) shows two wheat stalks encompassing the words One Cent and United States of America. This version of the coin was first minted in 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Minting continued until 1959 when the current design showing the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse side began production. My current collection includes various dates and mint marks from 1920 through 1982, the last year the mostly copper penny was minted. The composition of the copper penny is actually 95% copper and 5% zinc with trace amounts of tin in certain years. Since 1982, however, the Lincoln Cent has been made up of nearly 98% zinc and only 2% copper.

Monday, November 14

About Myself, Part II: Hiking

One of my favorite pastimes is hiking with my wife. We frequent the Superstition Mountain Range, which is located approximately 40 miles east of Phoenix. Although farther away from the more centrally located trails, the fresher air and quieter setting make the extra drive time worthwhile. Unfortunately, my knees aren't what they used to be, so hiking is oftentimes a challenge. But the time I spend with my wife away from the toils of the city is worth the pain.

Sunday, November 13

About Myself, Part I

As of this posting, I am 33 years old and married without children. I have been gainfully employed with the same Fortune 500 company for 6 years, but the details of my career are irrelevant other than to say that I work so my wife and I may live a comfortable existence. Ah, my wife ... Kathryn. She is a beautiful creature. I refuse to imagine my life without her.