Something “about me,” huh? Well, if you have nothing much happening at the moment – on hold with the DMV, perhaps – now would be the ideal time to read this riveting stuff. I’m a native Californian, have four daughters, three sons, two Bichons, one husband, a weekly humor/human interest/sporadic book review column for the Yorba Linda Star – OC Register community newspaper – and a total love for reading anything and everything, fiction and non. My children inspire much of my material for the humor column, but (please, God) will hopefully provide zero material if I ever write crime fiction. For purposes of crimespace, please consider me strictly a very interested reader.
Books And Authors I Like:
Either in general or for their one-hit wonders (one-hit for me, anyway), and in no particular order: John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Crichton, Judith Guest, Frank McCourt, Khaled Hosseini, Dan Brown, Austen Burroughs, Peter Straub, Tolkien, J.K. Rowling (is it ok to admit that here?), Jon Krakauer, Richard Preston, Martin Cruz Smith. Oh, and S.J. Rozan for Absent Friends. And, well, Paul Reiser. Have you read Couplehood? HILARIOUS! And Dave Barry. Oh my gosh. Not at all crime oriented, but I couldn't NOT mention him.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I'm all over the board here -The Quiet Man, Fargo, The Sixth Sense, Stranger Than Fiction, Crash, One Flew Ove the Cuckoo's Nest, The Usual Suspects, Like Water For Chocolate, Afraican Queen, All That Jazz, The Princess Bride, Arthru, Sling Blade, Dial M for Murder, Babe, A Beautiful Mind, Murder By Death, Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, The Breakfast Club, Signs, Jesus Christ Superstar, To Kill A Mockingbird, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Misery, Best in Show, The Birds, Pulp Fiction, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Unbreakable, Rear Window, Shawshank Redemption, No Way Out, Waiting For Guffman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Marathon Man, Brubaker, Raising Arizona, Young Frankenstein, Million Dollar Baby, Das Boot, The Shining, Cast Away, Ordinary People, The Sting, A Christmas Story, Parenthood, Click, Little Miss Sunshine, A Fish Called Wanda, GhostStory, Search For the Holy Grail, Ice Age, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Chocolat, Kramer vs. Kramer, March of the Penguins, Matrix, Moonstruck, Napoleon Dynamite, Omen (original), The Other (NOT The Others), philadelphia Story, Rain Man, Forrest Gump, Sweeney Todd, When harry Met Sally, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
TV programs pertaining to crime - CSI Las Vegas, The Closer, Missing. And only if I remember to tape them. I really need to get that T-Vo (sp?) thingy...
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Thanks for inviting me. I love the sound of your newspaper column. Sounds like an Erma Bombeck one. And, I'll agree with Charles Kelly. I've only been in Arizona for three years, but I love every bit of it.
Thanks for the invite to be a friend. Like you, I wrote a humor column for a number of years and my kids provided the fodder for each week's piece. Sometimes they would fight over who got the most column exposure over a period of time. Other times they would say, "You are NOT going to write about this." If things were dull around my house for a while, I could always get material from my friends, who also at times said, "You are NOT going to write about this."
No, I hadn't heard of Disburbia. I doubt anyone can get the whole package right: the actors, the set, the script, the atmosphere, the direction, Grace Kelly, more beautiful than anyone ever. It happens so rarely.
It is very beautiful in Arizona. I've been here about 35 years now, and the landscape is still stunning to me. At first, I missed the grass and trees ((I'm from Nebraska), but the beauty of the desert really grows on you.