My colleague Iba, over at i luv cinema, nominated moi for a blogging award that’s been making its way across the sphere: The Liebster Award. Out of curiosity, I wondered what the word meant. Turns out, it’s German. And among its definitions, ‘dearest’ and ‘favorite’ show up. I am honored, my friend, and thank you.
Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
- Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
- Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
- Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.
- Go to their page and tell them.
- No tag backs.
11 About Me
- When I was born, I did not cry (back then, doctors would spank newborns to make sure they were breathing). Since she thought she’d had another stillborn delivery, I scared the hell out of my mother right off the bat!
- I met the one who would become my future wife at work, by the copier machine (decades ago when the devices were large, rare, and expensive).
- I can’t stand the taste of coconut. Never have… never will. It doesn’t matter even if you try to hide it in a candy bar like Almond Joy or Mounds, it ain’t going down.
- Being a Leo (astrological sign), I find it a strange coincidence that actor Bert Lahr (the actor who played the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz) and I share the same birth date.
- Through the years, I’ve tried to visit many of the location sites from my favorite L.A. Movies (you can ask my wife).
- I adore brunettes.
- Though I can’t eat them like I once could, one of my favorite See’s Candy is a Tipperary Bon Bon (I acquired a taste for them from my mother).
- Once, I almost ran over actor Kurt Russell‘s toes with a wheelchair (true story).
- I’m right-handed, but I clap like a southpaw (left hitting into the right hand instead of the other way around).
- The Monday morning my wife went into labor with our first, my car was almost on empty when it came time to drive her to the hospital (and she still never lets me forget that).
- I do not suffer from Triskaidekaphobia — in fact, I’m the polar opposite of that ;-).
My Answers to Iba’s Questions
- LOTR or Harry Potter?
Harry Potter; I just could relate better to Harry given the early loss of parent(s).
- What’s the longest you have waited in line for a movie?
A little over 3 hours, as detailed here.
- Have you ever fallen asleep in a film? If so, which one?
Yes, but only those I sometimes take my kids to. This was the most recent I slumbered in:
- What was your first concert experience?
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
St. Andrews, Scotland, also known worldwide as the “home of golf“.
- Any hidden talent(s)?
I can snag anything. Have a knitted piece of clothing or an item with a bare something I can hook off its perch? I’ll unravel or catch it just walking by. Granted, there is not a world-wide appeal for this skill. My wife always casts a wary eye if there’s anything she thinks important that comes into my orbit.
- Subtitles: Yea or Nay?
Yea. Some of the best film I’ve ever seen came with subtitles.
- What book would you like to be seen made into a movie?
That would be Don Winslow‘s magnum opus on the futility of the war on drugs:
- What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Go back four questions to see where I’d travel for the answer.
- Have you ever snuck into a film without paying for it?
Yes, and there’s a future TMT coming to explain that very incident.
- What is your favorite silent film?
Oh, probably this one:
Here then are the questions…
(Feel free to be as brief or expansive as you wish in your answers.)
- What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever type of book, covering any kind of film genre)?
- What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-dropped variety) used in a movie?
- Charles Bronson or James Coburn?
- What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?
- When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?
- Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley (reference this film if the characters don’t ring a bell)?
- What movie cliché are you so tired of seeing in film?
- What’s the scariest scene or image your ever saw on film (and it doesn’t have to be from a horror movie)?
- The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?
- Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you? If so, what’s your favorite?
- Have you ever fast-forwarded a movie just to get to the good part?
… for my Liebster Nominees
(If you can, great; if you cannot, no worries.)
- J.D. of Radiator Heaven
- Jeff of Stuff Running Round My Head
- Mark of Marked Movies
- Novroz of Polychrome Interest
- Jamie of FilmVerse
- mummbles of Rantings
- T. of The Focused Filmographer
- John of Nobody Move!
- Sam of Duke & The Movies
- Eric of The Warning Sign
- Joel of Deny Everything