I always enjoy Seattle Weekly's Reader's Choice Best of Awards with such quirky categories as “Best Place for a Non-Kid Birthday Party” or “Best Place to Splurge on your Pet.” As summer winds down and the days become rainy, I thought it would be fun for us all to share our “best” lists.
So my Peeps, weigh in as I am sure you also have your favorites, and some of my picks might stir some controversy.
Most Handsome Actor (not married to Angelina Jolie)
Since Brad has won People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Award more than once, I thought I would take him out of the running. And I know you think I am going to say Tom Cruise, but I also have a thing for brooders and no one broods like Ralph Fiennes. See The English Patient.
Most Beautiful Actress (who isn’t Angelina Jolie)
No one has ever been more beautiful than Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun.
Honorable Mention: Charlize Theron
Honorable Mention – no longer with us: Hedy Lamarr
Funniest Musical Film (that Wasn’t Supposed to be Funny)
Now tell me Ewan McGregor did NOT look like a Muppet when he sang.
Best Movie featuring a dragon.
Hard to find but worth it. Who can resist a Dragon named Yowler? And you movie buffs? Did you spot a young Alistair MacKenzie (of Monarch of the Glen fame) listed in the credits as Sam MacKenzie?
Best Film of All Time
Citizen Kane – no arguments.
Honorable mention: Paul Blart, Mall Cop.
But it is a surprisingly fun film.
Best Lifetime Movie
“Chasing the Dragon” was a particular favorite. Markie Post as a heroin addict was quite entertaining. But the all-time best Lifetime movie title is “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?” (We have Tori Spelling to thank for that one). Even after seeing the movie, I still don’t understand the title.
Best Athlete (who didn't use steroids or run around on his spouse)
Best Restaurant when Someone Else is Paying.
I would bet you think I am going to say Canlis. But I am not. I am interested in The Corson Building, one of local celebrity chef Matt Dillon’s ventures (He also owns Sitka & Spruce). It’s not so much a restaurant as a dining experience where you sit at communal tables. The more the merrier and the more the costlier thus my desire for someone else to pay.
Best Food to eat while reclining and watching "The Housewives of New Jersey" Reunion Debacle, I Mean Show (or some other bad reality TV.)
Skinny Cow White Chocolate Truffle Bar followed by a chocolate covered raspberry bar followed by...
Best Coffee Drink
I once ordered my favorite in San Francisco – “Nonfat, sugar-free caramel latte, no whip” – and my daughter-in-law said, “Rosy, this isn’t Seattle!”
What’d I say?
Best New Year’s Eve Resolution (one you can actually keep)
Not to make New Year’s resolutions.
Best Travel Experience (that doesn’t involve wine)
Standing at the Eiffel Tower on New Year’s Eve counting down to 2010, (even if we were on the wrong side for the light show).
Best Day Trip
Recently a young girl and her Dad decided to visit all 21 Sno-Isle Libraries in one day. I think that’s so cool.
Read About It..
Honorable Mention: Woodinville Wine Country (this does involve wine).
Best Dog Breed
No shedding, they are smart, and they really want to be with you.
And they let you dress them up in cute outfits.
Honorable Mention: German Shepherds, but, boy do they whine.
Best Name for the cutest, most darling-est toy poodle on earth.
Best Way to Spend a Rainy Day (Get ready folks!)
Drum roll please.
The library, of course. The library is a destination. You can not only curl up with a book in a quiet corner or travel to fun websites on the computer, but you can also attend classes and quality family programs – all for free.
Honorable Mention: Stay home and watch Lifetime movies or cook something to eat while lying down watching Lifetime movies.
Best Way to Spend a (Rare) Sunny Day
Take the long way to the library.
Honorable Mention: Sculpture Garden or driving your convertible with Bob Seger blasting from the CD player.
Best Book from your Childhood Memory
Does anyone remember the “twins” series by Lucy Fitch Perkins? She wrote “The Dutch Twins, “The Italian Twins,” “The Colonial Twins of Virginia...” You get the idea. It was always a boy and a girl twins. I loved those books and remember my anticipation as I headed to the library to check out yet another in the series. I read every single one and then my friend, Chuckie and I would act them out. Early acting bug.
Best Return for your Tax Dollars
We pay the price in taxes for just about everything but how often do you actually have to use the services you pay for such as the fire department or the police? Do you get personal service and a smile from the roads or the DOT? For the small amount you pay to maintain your library, you get books, DVDs, CDs, talking books, teen programs, children’s story times, computer classes, citizenship classes, quality family programs and much more – all delivered to you with a smile by friendly, approachable people who love what they do. That’s pretty priceless.
Best Sno-Isle Library Experience.
You tell me!