Random Things That Cheer Me Up!

Some places on planet earth that cheer me up:

  1. Big Sur Coast, California
  2. Amoeba Records, L.A
  3. Cologne Cathedral, Germany
  4. The road from Nice to Montecarlo
  5. Powell’s city of books, Portland, Oregon
  6. Pacific Coast Highway, from tip to bottom
  7. Queen Anne, Seattle, WA
  8. Broadway & Columbus, NYC
  9. Bryce Canyon, Utah
  10. Carmel Beach, California
  11. Acres of Books, Long Beach
  12. Sydney Harbor, Australia
  13. Jardins de Luxemburg, Paris

Composers that make iPods the safest places on earth:

  1. John Williams
  2. Sergei Prokofiev
  3. Gerald Finzi
  4. J.S.Bach
  5. Harry Gregson-Williams
  6. Jerry Goldsmith
  7. George Gershwin
  8. James Newton Howard
  9. David Diamond
  10. Patrick Doyle
  11. Danny Elfman

Critters I find cute and most people don’t:

  1. Great White Sharks
  2. Crocodiles
  3. T.Rexes
  4. Neapolitan Mastiffs
  5. Carnivore Plants (I had one named Gertrude that captured and devoured huge spiders. I’m planning to get another one to feed it snobby people and fanatics of all sorts)

A few films that can teach you more about storytelling than years of college:

  1. Blade Runner
  2. Jaws
  3. The Godfather Trilogy
  4. Schindler’s List
  5. Alien
  6. Citizen Kane
  7. Ryan’s Daughter
  8. Seven
  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  10. Chinatown
  11. ET
  12. L.A.Confidential
  13. The Color Purple

Dead fellows you should see and read frequently:

  1. Charles Dickens
  2. William Faulkner
  3. Charlotte Bronte
  4. John DosPassos
  5. Emile Zola
  6. Honore de Balzac
  7. Victor Hugo
  8. Alexandre Dumas
  9. Graham Greene
  10. Raymond Chandler
  11. James L. Cain

Indelible proof women are smarter than men:

  1. TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD by Harper Lee
  2. JANE EYRE by Charlotee Bronte
  3. THE FALLS by Joyce Carol Oates
  4. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
  5. THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill
  6. WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
  7. BURNING YOUR BOATS, complete short fiction of Angela Carter

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