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My 25 Favorite Male Actors, Part 1

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! A few days ago, Lee posted What Are Your 25 Top Movies Ever Made? Who got the idea from another a mutual blogging pal, Stephen, (Favorite Male Movie/TV Characters) who in turned borrowed the idea from another blogger bud, Brigit who kicked off, Top 10 Favourite Film and TV Characters. And, there are others. I thought why not get in on the action and bring my list to the table for review in a series titled My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Chevy Chase was pure golden in the 80s with the rolls he portrayed.  National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) introduced the Griswold family to the world. Clark Griswold hilarious one-liners will split a rib, but its Christmas Vacation where Chase’s character totally shined!

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Clark to Cousin Eddie quote: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (movie trailer) began an instant classic with my family. We include this in our Christmas movie watching a time or two every year and it never gets old.

Two other great flicks featuring Chevy Chase are Seems Like Old Times and Caddy Shack, both movies will leave you in stitches

Young Frankenstein released in 1974. I always thought this movie came out the year we got married (’79), since that was the first time we saw the movie. This movie is full of fabulous actors and actresses, but Marty Feldman with his buggy eyes and mannerisms nearly had me in tears.

 

Who doesn’t like a hero, especially when it’s Harry McClean better known as “Dirty Harry”.

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Do you feel lucky, Punk? Well, do you?

Clint Eastwood is probably the first tough guys I met on the big screen, excluding John Wayne, that I fell in deep like over. I loved his character as the cop who didn’t tolerate scumbags and wasn’t afraid to take necessary action to protect the public. All of Eastwood’s movie roles have similar characteristics that of a quiet man who carries a big stick and this is why it’s such fun to watch his movies.

In the 80s the popular TV comedy, Moonlighting, introduced the amazing talents of Bruce Willis,  as David Addison – a Private Investigator interested in a good time more than his job.

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David to Maddie: Only a woman? Were the ’27 Yankees only a baseball team? Are the Himalayas only a bunch of hills? Are 36 inches only a yard?

What blew my mind, as so often it does, is when Willis went from a goof-ball to a tough guy who senses trouble before it hits in the Die Hard movies. How is that one person is in the wrong place at the wrong time so often and ultimately brings a bad guy or two or dozen down, like Detective John McClane. Oh yeah, it’s all about the writer! 😉

John McClane

Hans Gruber: [on the radio] Mr. Mystery Guest? Are you still there?

John McClane: Yeah, I’m still here. Unless you wanna open the front door for me.

Hans Gruber: Uh, no, I’m afraid not. But, you have me at a loss. You know my name but who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he’s John Wayne? Rambo? Marshal Dillon?

John McClane: Was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually. I really like those sequined shirts. Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherf***.

Willis’ character is a mix of hard-core seriousness laced with humor that you gotta love!

The 80s was  a wonderful decade for Hollywood featuring some of the best actors.  Although, Bill Murray got his start on SNL in the 70s and made name for himself, which lead to more promising things. It was CaddyShack, (1980) as a fried-brain (drug-induced) groundskeeper that I first came to love his strangeness and then again in Groundhog Day (1983) as the arrogant Meteorologist who lives the same day over and over, but my all-time favorite role is Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters. This is absolutely one of the most memorable, funniest scenes from the 1984 blockbuster movie.

Which of these male actors do you love and why? Please, come back next Tuesday for part two of My 25 Favorite Male Actors.

Do you need a little structure for your Tuesday morning blogging? If so, then you’ll want to check out Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts with Rorybore at Ink Interrupted or if you’re like me more of the random-kind of chick, then you’ll find yourself right at home at Random Tuesday Thoughts with Stacy Uncorked.

Beginning tonight at 8pm, I’ll be opening my #WW linky party. So, I hope you’ll hop back over to link up and if not join me tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

Taking a blog break

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I captured this image with my iPhone and used Pixelmator for the photo editing.

If you’re visiting today and don’t know what’s going on in my life, then let me do a quick recap. DH lost his job last Friday. Bummer, right? Well, we were given three months more from his original termination date (3-31-2015) and that was a blessing to get the extension.

For the next bit, DH and I are going to regroup, take some time for ourselves because who knows when we’ll get a chance to unwind for a bit and vacation days with a new job will be zero for this year. So, we plan to enjoy a some R&R.

Be patient with me. I’ll be back to my blogging ways before no time. Meanwhile, say a prayer for us. We know God is in control and it’s in Him we place our trust. Thanks!

My favorite vacation spot – the Pine Tree State #bloghop

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Originally posted in 2012, I decided to edit and share again. We all have our favorite vacation destination.  Ours is New England, specifically we LOVE Maine!  In the early to mid 80s, DH got interested in New England.  It took us five years before we actually moved from wishful thinking to actually doing anything about it. June 1988 we celebrated our 10th anniversary and we wanted an extraordinary vacation. We committed ourselves in April of that year to visit the Pine Tree State with our 11-month old baby girl, DD#1.

Our destination was Boothbay Harbor, Maine but we planned to visit nearby states. We drove nearly non-stop, except for filling the tank and bathroom stops, the entire 2,000 miles.  We capitalized on our time when not on the road ~ diaper changes, got snacks out, breast-fed, swapped drivers, … “How did DD#1 do on the long trip,” you ask.  She did beautifully!

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

We crossed the Maine state line 18-hours after leaving Knoxville. We stopped at the Welcome Center and  I’ll never forget that moment.  The woodsy pine smell filled my nostrils and the gentle waves of the morning fog rolling in made me feel like I was in a story tale.  The nippy air felt more like fall than early June.  Unprepared for the temperature change, I left Knoxville 90º conditions wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. but I did pack accordingly for Maine’s unpredictable weather swings and despite the chill against my skin it was exhilarating…almost breath-taking.

Arriving in Boothbay Harbor a couple of hours later, entering the quaint seaside village transported us into another world.  The absences of city noise was almost deafening, but the peacefulness engulfed my soul with a relaxing sense.  Our hotel was right on the harbor and the ocean was literally under us.  We had a spacious corner room with windows on both sides with two king size beds.  Exhausted, we collapsed into bed for a few hours.  I count myself blessed that our baby girl who slept most of the 20+ hours trip; rested quietly beside me until I got up refreshed.

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Mt. Washington Inn Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

We spent the next 9-days eating blueberry pancakes for breakfast and fresh coastal seafood for dinner, scouting and visiting lighthouses, a day trips to Bar Harbor to visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor or Mt. Washington Inn in New Hampshire, and having ice cream at the world famous Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont.  This was the first of three trips to Maine.  We returned in 1997 on business and again in 2004 for our 20th anniversary;  all as nice as the first.  In fact, when we talk sometimes about our next vacation we speak of going back to The Pine Tree state, our favorite vacation destination.  Who knows… maybe next time, we’ll get to see the ever elusive moose.

 

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

 

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#Facebook Page Yay or Nay? #help

 

Do you have a Facebook Page for your blog? I do, but I’m rethinking the purpose of it. I’m unclear, if there is any real benefit to me to have one. Everything I post on my blog pushes to my Facebook Page, so what you see here, you see there. The only thing of benefit is those who liked my page will get notification of my newest posts and that’s not too many right now. What do you think? Is there a need for one? If so, what other benefits are there for me?

I’m not a published author (excluding the one children’s book), I do not sell anything, and I rarely do reviews or giveaways. So, why have it?

What happens, if I did away with my Facebook Page? Do I lose it completely or can retrieve the database later? Can I keep my Facebook Page, but keep it private like you can a blog?

The name of the game is to reach more audience through social networking. I have a good Facebook friend base and it’s considerably larger than my fan page likes. But, I don’t want to inundate my friends’ feed with blog post notifications. What suggestions to you have? I appreciate any advice you care to offer. So, please chime in to let me know what you think!

I’ll leave you with this thought for today….

A thought for today

 

Have a nice day!

I’m not sleeping…#AprilA2Z prep

but, I’d sure like to. On the spur of the moment, I decided it was time to step away from Blogosphere. Well… not entirely I will keep up with my daily blog reading and I have posts scheduled and of course, I will do return visits.

So, why take a break? A few months back, I committed myself to the big A-Z Blog Challenge and I’m facing that next month. Doing what I’m doing isn’t allowing me enough time to blog, visit, and plan. If I want to stay ahead of the game, then I have to get into the groove now and while it seems I’m relaxing on the blog, I am working feverishly to pull together my April posts.

Have you signed up for the April blogging challenge? If not, click the A-Z button in my right side menu to join and get the details. This is an excellent way to grow your following, create a regular blogging routine, perfect your flair, and make lots of new friends.

What are you waiting for? Scat like a Cathy before it’s too late!