12.12.2011

we like lists: list # 12: ten best of anything

Lists are back! I was a little disappointed in the turnout for our last list, awesome art. Statcounter and Google Reader tell me that a few hundred people read this blog; I wish more of them would jump in the comment pool. But even if only from the core group of wmtc commenters... we like lists!

This list is down to you. It's a list of the ten best. Ten best... you tell me. Ten best baseball players. Ten best reasons to quit your job. Ten best varieties of apples. Ten best places to drink coffee. Whatever you like. The list can be fact-based, objective and debatable, or purely opinion.

My list is the ten best feel-good songs, laura k edition. You know what a feel-good song is - the music guaranteed to make you smile. Songs that make me want to grab an air-microphone and dance around the room.

1. Night, Bruce Springsteen

2. Sing, Sing, Sing

3. American Girl, Tom Petty

4. Steppin' Out, Joe Jackson

5. Domino, Van Morrison

6. Awaiting on You All, George Harrison

7. Rock and Roll, Led Zeppelin

8. Caldonia

9. Take On Me, Ah-ha (Yes, I love this song!) (Also: Funny!)

10. Down on the Corner, Creedence

Updated rule! No repeating other commenters' lists. You've got to make your own.

126 comments:

M@ said...

I've been hemming and hawing about what kind of list to put in here... the question is too wide open! So here, in no particular order, are my top 10 things I would make lists of.

1. Top 10 classic arcade video games

2. Top 10 re-watchable TV series on DVD

3. Top 10 songs I like that are sung in a foreign language

4. Top 10 foods I like to cook but don't really like to eat

5. Top 10 things I've ordered in restaurants and regretted

6. Top 10 books I read for school and loved

7. Top 10 time-wasting websites

8. Top 10 sporting moments I've ever seen

9. Top 10 grammatical mistakes that drive me bonkers

10. Top 10 streets I've ever walked down

laura k said...

Yay, a list of lists! I was hoping someone would do that - and the first one, too. Yes!

I feel like I should make a new rule: no repeating other commenter's lists.

laura k said...

M@, some of your lists are really interesting!

Amy said...

Maybe we have already done this, but this is my top ten places in the world to visit --- that is, places I have been, not places I'd like to go to. That would be a different list which I also thought about making, but I will limit myself to ONE list! This is also in order of preference, FWIW.

1. The Outer Cape (Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown)

2. New York City

3. Italy---in particular, Assisi and Florence, but anywhere in Umbria or Tuscany, and also Rome.

4. Boston

5. San Francisco

6. Chicago

7. London

8. St. Martin

9. Jerusalem

10. Vermont

I didn't include western MA since it's where I live, not where I think of going, but it's definitely also in my top ten.

laura k said...

Maybe we have already done this, but this is my top ten places in the world to visit

We haven't already done it, but you've anticipated a future list. :)

And if you want to make more than one list, go right ahead!

laura k said...

And if you want to make more than one list, go right ahead!

...although you might want to save the top places you want to visit for the future. I'll definitely do a travel list post.

allan said...

Top 10 Subject Lines of Penis-Related Spam Email That I Have Received

10. Replace flaccidity with swollen power

09. Make your manhood brisk

08. Give your bomb longer timer

07. Be her explosive macho

06. Keep your dinger upraised

05. ROD'S STRONG! THAT'S NOT WRONG!_-!

04. Get zipper-braking bone-on

03. Cure your vigor

02. Ladies prefer long and wide devices to small and weak ones.

01. Big penis like a girl!

James said...

In honour of the recent arrival of this in the mail, here's my list of my favourite ten newspaper comic strips of all time, right now (subject to change without notice):

1. Pogo
2. Calvin and Hobbes
3. Peanuts
4. Cul de Sac
5. The Far Side
6. Bloom County
7. Frazz
8. Krazy Kat
9. Lio
10. FoxTrot

laura k said...

LMAO

Or should that be LMPO?

(No.)

James said...

Also, my ten favourite web comics of all time, right now (subject to change without notice):

1. XKCD
2. Narbonic
3. Questionable Content
4. Skin Horse
5. Schlock Mercenary
6. Something Positive
7. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
8. Girl Genius
9. The Order of the Stick
10. Not Invented Here

Stephanie said...

Top Ten Food films (that I have seen)

1.Babette's feast
2. Like water for chocolate
3. Big Night
4. Chocolat
5. Soul food
6. Julie & Julia
7. La graine et le mulet
9. Willi Wonka and the chocolate factory
10. Sugar

There are others I still have to see so the list is fluid.

AtB B and B said...

10 Recent (less than 5 years old) Songs I Like (in no particular order).

1. "Take Me Over" by Cut Copy, from "Zonoscope", 2011

2. "My Body Is A Cage" by Peter Gabriel, from "Scratch My Back", 2010

3. "Everybody's Weird Except Me" by Stereolab, from "Not Music", 2010

4. "One Life Stand" by Hot Chip, from "One Life Stand", 2010

5. "A Teenager In Love" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, from "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart", 2009

6. "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons, from "Sigh No More", 2009

7. "Ce N'est Pas Bon" by Amadou & Mariam, from "Welcome to Mali", 2009

8. "I am a Wanderer" by Steve Earle, from "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive", 2011

9. "Runaway" by Ladytron, from "Velocifero", 2008

10. "When They Fight, They Fight" by The Generationals, from "Con Law", 2009

johngoldfine said...

I'm having a hard time coming up with anything that there's a 'ten best of' in my head or in reality outside my head either.

Three best and forty worst is usually my limit, my style, my approach, and my worldview. Anyway, I'm thinking about it.

johngoldfine said...

My ten best dog tricks:

1. Spin, little girl, spin! (Chloe on her hind legs, twirling ballerina style.)

2. Up against the wall, motherfucker! (Boca stands on her hind legs, front legs stretched up on the wall. I stroll over and pat her down, looking for any hidden weapons, while reciting the Miranda warning.)

3. Up against the wall, Yankeelover! (Same trick as #2, but cleaned up for a youthful audience.)

4. The Look. (Six riled-up dogs at the door, all barking their fool heads off. I stop typing, spin 90 degrees, and, ignoring them, look alertly at the door. Within five seconds, silence; within ten, they all disappear.)

5. The Deep Knee Bend. (Chloe or Boca walking around on their hind legs; they squat into a sit-pretty posture, stand, squat again, repeat until treat arrives.)

6. Playtime! (Dog stretches low on forehand, ass up in air, tail wagging.)

7. Bang! (The classic pointed finger, eponymous sound, and one 'dead' doggie on her back.)

8. Whoa! (Five excited dogs racing for Mr. FedEx, all screeching to a halt, except Chloe, who makes her own rules in this situation....)

9. Sox. (Boca sneaking into the bathroom on the hunt for warm, redolent socks she can take back to her lair. When it's laundry time, we know where all the hosiery is hiding.)

10. All done! (I make the umpire's safe sign and say, 'All done.' The grownups expect to be left alone now.)

johngoldfine said...

The ten best sexiest comments I've ever heard:

1. What if I don't want to be just friends?

2. You look like an actor.

3. I have a crush on you.

4. I don't have a crush on you anymore.

5. It's not you--it's your words.

6. Hurry up.

7. I know I told you I didn't like that, but I want to try it now.

8. Give me your hand.

9. I don't have to be anywhere.

10. I'm going to call you 'Sparky.'

Amy said...

John, do your dogs REALLY do all those things?? My dog's tricks are limited to Sit, Stay, Come, and Down. And only if she feels like it.

johngoldfine said...

We have a lot of fun!

Boca's working on a trick where she is all scooched down on the floor and then schooches backwards like a reverse caterpillar. It's pretty damn cute!

Amy said...

Wow, your dogs are so smart! I am impressed. What kind of dogs are they?

laura k said...

Amy, with all respect to John's dogs, I doubt they're any smarter than Cassie. Part of John's life work is dog training. If you worked with Cassie the way he works with his pack, I'd bet she'd do the same.

Well, I shouldn't speak for Cassie, but I know my dogs would!

laura k said...

The ten best sexiest comments I've ever heard

Wow, these are hot.

Thank you Stephanie, AtBBB and James! lots to check out.

johngoldfine said...

Laura, Amy--number one on my 'best topics to avoid debating' would be nature vs nurture.

Nature, amy--the smartest ones are poodle/shihtsu, poodle/malti/ and poodle/terrier/chihuahua.

Nurture, laura--it ain't work, it's play, but you are otherwise absolutely right.

Amy said...

You may be right, Laura. Cassie is a very smart dog. We didn't adopt her until she was about a year old, but we never had to take her to dog school like we did with our first dog. She just seemed to learn by listening and wanting to please. And somehow she figured out her new name (since we have no idea what her original name was) almost immediately. (I used to run through lots of other common dog names to see if she reacted to any of them, but she never perked up her ears for any other name.)

But yeah, we never focused on more than the basic essentials. I have NO complaints about Cassie!

impudent strumpet said...

Top 10 interesting things I've learned recently:

1. Before the potato famine, the population of Ireland was ~8 million. In the 1980s, the population of Ireland was ~3 million. Birth control became legal in Ireland in 1979.

2. The official languages of Ireland are Irish and English. Irish has precedence, but scarcely anyone speaks it as a mother tongue.

3. At the time of Confederation, there was no road or rail link between the Maritime provinces and the rest of Canada. You had to go by boat up the St. Lawrence. In the winter, when the St. Lawrence froze over, it was faster and easier to get from Halifax to England than from Halifax to Montreal - to get to England, you took a big ship across the Atlantic as usual, whereas to get to Montreal you had to snowshoe. One of the first projects of Confederation was building a rail link.

4. Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't count as a Maritime province because they weren't there at Confederation. If you need to refer collectively to NB, NS, PEI and NL, you have to call them the Atlantic provinces. Apparently these distinctions are important to some people.

5. Porcupines vocalize.

6. Lactose intolerant infants can still drink breastmilk, but only if the mother doesn't consume any milk products herself.

7. The expression "make love" used to mean "flirt". So some of those black and white movies weren't nearly as permissive as the dialogue suggests.

8. Nelson Mandela was born into royalty, but ran away to flee an arranged marriage.

9. The French word le flair doesn't mean "flair", it means "intuition" or "sixth sense".

10. The Polish name for a Great Dane is Dog niemiecki. Niemiecki is the Polish word for "German". Dog is the English word for "dog".

impudent strumpet said...

7. Bang! (The classic pointed finger, eponymous sound, and one 'dead' doggie on her back.)

Are you the guy behind that youtube video?? If so, your dog is famous in my office.

laura k said...

Imp Strump, thanks for that list. Some I knew, some I did not, and some I knew, but didn't know the backstory.

Amy, all our dogs (all rescues) learned their names so quickly, too. After we rescued the little terrier who would become Clyde, I didn't want to name her, because we weren't going to keep her. When she started answering to Little Dog, I figured it was time for a name.

John, I meant life's work in the best and truest meaning of the word. One of your means of self-fulfilment. But you knew that.

I do think canines are inherently intelligent and educable. Most dogs love to learn.

Cody did not love to learn. Cody could give a shit about learning. Just another way that she was more feline and canine, a cat dressed up in a dog suit.

johngoldfine said...

Impstrump--no, but I was inspired by it and the rest is...BANG!

laura k said...

Btw, in case anyone is interested, abortion is still not legal in Ireland, including in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. Irish women who need to terminate pregnancies must travel to England - which until recently was also illegal. My friend Mara founded and runs this group that helps Irish women make the journey.

Jere said...

Ten best members of Kiss and the Ramones

1. Johnny
2. Joey
3. Ace
4. Dee Dee
5. Peter
6. Gene
7. Tommy
8. Paul
9. Marky
10. all the other fill-ins from both bands

allan said...

Top 10 Numbers 1-10

1. 1
2. 9
3. 3
4. 2
5. 8
6. 10
7. 4
8. 7
9. 6
10. 5

M@ said...

I think this is different from John's in enough ways to make it permissible.

Top 10 tricks my dog, Bean, can perform

1. Sit

2. Lie down

3. Shake paw

4. High five

5. Bat eagerly at the air with paw in hopes of receiving a treat

6. Sit under cupboard and stare pointedly at treat jar

7. Stay, momentarily

8. Bark at children walking past house

9. Bark at no one walking past house

10. Ignore name

She even does a lot of these without being told! Quite the little genius, she is...

laura k said...

Ten best members of the Rolling Stones.

1. Keith Richards

2. Mick Jagger

3. Charlie Watts

4. Mick Taylor

5. Bill Wyman

6. Nicky Hopkins

7. Ian Stewart

8. Billy Preston

9. Ronnie Wood

10. Darryl Jones, Blondie Chapman, Lisa Fischer, and a whole bunch of either people

laura k said...

Bean might not be as educated as Boca, but she is street smart.

Well, she's really cute and sweet, anyway.

Tala is amazing at #10, when it suits her.

allan said...

8. Billy Preston
9. Ronnie Wood


???

Wait - doesn't Brian Jones rate higher than Billy Fuckin Preston?

laura k said...

Wait - doesn't Brian Jones rate higher than Billy Fuckin Preston?

Brian Jones is lucky he's on the list at all!

allan said...

Top 10 Major League Pitchers Who Are/Were Better than Pedro Martinez
















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Jere said...

I love seeing a top 10 numbers list where the ubiquitous 7 doesn't even crack the top 5!

Jere said...

Top 10 Bill Murray characters:

1. Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)
2. Carl the groundskeeper (Caddyshack)
3. Phil Conners (Groundhog Day)
4. John Winger (Stripes)
5. Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic)
6. Mr. Blume (Rushmore)
7. Bob Harris (Lost in Translation)
8. Bob Wiley (What About Bob?)
9. Ernie McCracken (Kingpin)
10. Don Johnston (Broken Flowers)

James said...

Top Ten Doctors Who:

10. Colin Baker
9. Sylvester McCoy
8. William Hartnell
7. Patrick Troughton
6. Peter Davidson
5. Christopher Eccleston
4. Jon Pertwee
3. David Tennat
2. Matt Smith
1. Tom Baker

(Though, I have to admit, I haven't seen very many Hartnell, Troughton, McCoy, or Colin Baker stories.)

Jere said...

Top 10 Brady Bunch Guest Stars:

10. Natalie Schaefer*
9. Desi Arnez, Jr.
8. Davy Jones
7. Wes Parker
6. Don Ho
5. Don Drysdale
4. Jim Backus*
3. Deacon Jones
2. Vincent Price*
1. Joe Namath


*played a character, not her/himself

laura k said...

Ten silliest things that happened on "Dallas" (the TV show, not the city):

1. Pam has a disfiguring accident. Her face is wrapped in bandages like a mummy, covering up the obvious fact that it is not Victoria Principal under there.

2. A woman tries to convince Bobby that she is Pam (who is dead), and Bobby almost falls for it.

3. A shootout with European mafia on a rooftop in Paris

4. The worldwide search for a cure for Mark Grayson

5. All scenes that supposedly take place in a jungle in South America

6. All creepy men attract beautiful women.

7. All fights end up in the pool.

8. All horseback rides end up in lost pregnancies.

9. All "foreign" accents are the same. (Anything exotic will do.)

And of course, the classic, but not the craziest by far...

10. "It was all a dream."

Amy said...

Love the Dallas list! I forgot all about some of those. In fact, I can't remember who Mark Grayson was at all....

Everyone's lists are much more entertaining than mine was so I may just have to come up with another one.

laura k said...

My favourite Star Trek (original series) episodes, in order:

1. The Menagerie, Parts 1 & 2

2. The Devil in the Dark (silicon-based life!)

3. Is There In Truth No Beauty? (ambassador in a box!)

4. The Enemy Within (two Kirks)

5. The Tholian Web (love the web!)

6. The Gamesters of Triskelion (styrofoam rock formations, female gladiator outfits and classic-cheesy fight music - this ep has it all)

7. This Side of Paradise (fun spores)

8. The Way to Eden (hippies)

9. The Cloud Minders (class war!)

10. Amok Time (Spock in heat)

Amy said...

Ten best board games (not card or video games) (for children and/or adults), in no particular order:

1. Monopoly

2. Scrabble

3. Clue

4. Candyland

5. Chess

6. Solitaire

7. Checkers

8. Trivial Pursuit

9. Chutes and Ladders

10. Stratego

laura k said...

Love the Dallas list! I forgot all about some of those. In fact, I can't remember who Mark Grayson was at all....

I'm guessing you haven't watched the series several times in the last 10 years and probably don't own it on DVD. :)

laura k said...

Wow, Joe Namath on the Brady Bunch. I never would have known.

Amy said...

Nope, no DVD, and I definitely have not watched any reruns either. Not a bad idea, though, given the current offerings on TV.

laura k said...

I used to watch Dallas re-runs almost every day. If I had a solid day of writing, that was how I cleared my brain.

When we moved to Canada, I couldn't find Dallas re-runs on TV, was so disappointed... until Allan surprised me with DVD boxes. New seasons would arrive for my birthday every year. :)

johngoldfine said...

8. All horseback rides end up in lost pregnancies.


Funny, but when Jean was pregnant with Dan there was no keeping her off a horse, but now that Dan's wife, Katie, is pregnant, Jean worries about Katie's every pothole and steep flight of stairs.

Amy said...

HGTV is my current equivalent---I just put it on to soothe my numb brain. I think Dallas might require too much thinking!

I actually enjoyed Knots Landing even more than Dallas. Must be that suburbanite in me.

juna said...

Top ten (random) simple pleasures

1. The first cup of coffee in the morning

2. Starting a book and getting hooked on the first page

3. Receiving an expression of love from a warm human, cat, dog (or other)

4. Feeling better after a headache goes away

5. Planning a vacation to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go

6. Getting in bed after a physically exhausting day (Laura may remember this as Belgian Bed Syndrome)

7. Reading something you wrote years ago and thinking “this isn’t too bad”

8. Reading something you’ve just written and thinking “this isn’t too bad”

9. Finding clothes that look good and feel good at the same time. (Perhaps just a “girly” thing?)

10. Ice skating

allan said...

Wow, Joe Namath on the Brady Bunch. I never would have known.

Q for the (even) older farts reading this:

What year did Joe Namath host a variety show Xmas Special that (I think) featured a lot of Playboy bunnies? I have a memory of this show playing on a TV at some open-house-like school function one night when I was a kid. I assume early 70s, because, e.g., December 1971 = 3rd grade.

In that vein, and getting rid of a list idea I once suggested to L:

Songs Tied To Your Childhood Or To Distant Memories

1. Wichita Lineman, Glen Campbell, 1968 (LP, home)

2. Good Morning Starshine, Oliver, 1969 (car radio)

3. Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot, 1974 (AM radio)

4. Sister Golden Hair, America, 1975 (town pool)

...

I was semi-obsessed with AM radio and being a DJ as a kid so I listened to a lot of whatever was being played on AM radio in the early to mid 70s. Loved the year-end Top 100. They would play them all out of order, except for the Top 10 or whatever. (And yes, I would keep a list and fill them as the weekend went along, scorecard-style.) ... Neil Diamond's Cracklin' Rose (1970) was another oft-played song.

...

I apologize if any of those songs and now playing in your head!

laura k said...

Yay, a list from NN! I love this list - in fact it was list # and always good to revive.

I concur with everything on this list, except I'd have to exchanage ice skating for walking, especially on a brisk, sunny day.

Oh yes, BBB. IIRC, an oversized old bed in a tiny room, and utter exhaustion. Great memory.

allan said...

7. Reading something you wrote years ago and thinking “this isn’t too bad”

Compiling a best of JoS was very satisfying because of this.

9. Finding clothes that look good and feel good at the same time. (Perhaps just a “girly” thing?)

No, it's not.

laura k said...

Loved the year-end Top 100. They would play them all out of order, except for the Top 10 or whatever. (And yes, I would keep a list and fill them as the weekend went along, scorecard-style.) ...

I also loved the year-end top 100! My sister and I used to write the songs down as we heard them, trying to fill in all 100.

To add to your list:

Band of Gold, Freda Payne

Love Train, O'Jays

One Less Bell to Answer, 5th Dimension (who I saw as a child with my parents in Las Vegas)

And to bring us back to my original post... tons of Creedence songs.

laura k said...

was list # and always good to revive

^^^^ #2

laura k said...

Ten things besides "we move to canada" than wmtc stands for on the internet. This was going to be a future post, but it works better here.

1.Western Michigan Teen Challenge

2. World Muy Thai Champtionships

3. Williamstown Musical Theatre Company

4. World Mathematics Champsionships

5. Wilderness Medicine Training Center

6. World Maritime Technology Conference

7. Worldwide Harmonized Motorcycle Emissions Certification

8. Wisconsin Machine Tool Company

9. WMTC AM radio station

10. White Mountain Titanium, Chile

The question is, which one of these organizations has the Ontario license plate we wanted?

James said...

First Ten Songs From Shuffling My "Faves" Playlist That I Could Find On YouTube (Skipping Band Repeats):

1. The Statue Got Me High
- They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18
2. Far
- George Hrab - Trebuchet
3. Magic and Ecstasy
- Snakefinger - Chewing Hides the Sound
4. Artists Only
- Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
5. Little Drop of Poison
- Tom Waits - Orphans
6. I Am The Walrus
- The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
7. RĂªve
- Vangelis - Opera Sauvage
8. Nite Flights
- David Bowie - Black Tie, White Noise
9. Love Me Like You Used To
- 7 Seconds Of Love - Love Me Like You Used To
10. Gyroscope
- The Tea Party - Transmission

laura k said...

I think someone should do one or more of M@'s lists (first comment on this thread).

#7 could be a lot of fun.

#6 would be a tough challenge as a former English major.

#4 is empty.

#8 is way full of great baseball, but my list would upset or anger many of my fellow Red Sox fans, what with my checkered past and all.

#9 is easy.

johngoldfine said...

#9 is easy.

Not for an English teacher! I've spent 40 years trying to ignore the worst pet-peeve stuff because it's a professional sidetrack. This morning I reread 'Politics and the English Language,' and the problems Orwell describes are where I try to direct my attention.

johngoldfine said...

Re your 9:41 post, Laura: my wife's grandmother was president of the WCTU in Pennsylvania back before Prohibition and, for lots of reasons, she remains a ghost at many a meal--so I have a translation problem. When I first saw 'wmtc,' I half-read it as 'WCTU' and had to do a mental hop-skip to get it right--does that make sense? I'm still not quite over that little synaptic slippage.

Similarly: walking down Oxford St in London and seeing a giant 'FCUK' painted on a building. Is there any literate English speaker who does not automatically rearrange the letters and see that as 'FUCK'? 'French Connection United Kingdom' ought to be ashamed!

James said...

Is there any literate English speaker who does not automatically rearrange the letters and see that as 'FUCK'? 'French Connection United Kingdom' ought to be ashamed!

Ashamed? That's the whole point!

johngoldfine said...

My ten favorite foods that I no longer bother to cook since Jean became a vegetarian 25 years ago.

1. Corned beef (corned at home and boiled with cabbage, potato, onion, carrot straight from the garden)

2. Sauerbraten (pickled in the pantry alongside fermenting sweet red cabbage)

3. Pot roast (my mother's recipe)

4. Pork roast (with homemade sauerkraut)

5. Matzoh dumplings (just not the same without the schmalz)

6. Meatloaf (its endless varieties)

7. Cold leftover meatloaf sandwiches (heavy on the mayo, thanks)

8. Shaved steak subs/blts/chicken club sandwiches (all those comfort foods)

9. Hot turkey sandwiches (or, if you don't want to go to the trouble, cold turkey sandwiches, heavy on the mayo, thanks)

10. Steaks grilled over applewood coals in the woodstove

Jere said...

As requested: Top 10 classic arcade video games

1. Ms. Pac-Man
2. Pole Position
3. Galaga
4. Mr. Do
5. Pac-Man
6. Donkey Kong
7. Frogger
8. Space Invaders
9. Centipede
10. Smash TV (came later but underrated)

Jere said...

I left Q*bert off! &%$#!

laura k said...

Re FCUK, I was about to say what James said. I couldn't figure out if John was kidding or not!

Re WCTU vs wmtc, that kind of thing often happens to me. And others, apparently. We used to have a friend who always referred to the lead singer of REM as "Michael Stripe". We didn't have the heart to tell him.

laura k said...

7. Cold leftover meatloaf sandwiches (heavy on the mayo, thanks)

8. Shaved steak subs/blts/chicken club sandwiches (all those comfort foods)

9. Hot turkey sandwiches (or, if you don't want to go to the trouble, cold turkey sandwiches, heavy on the mayo, thanks)

10. Steaks grilled over applewood coals in the woodstove


This reads not unlike a list I would make called Why I'm Glad I'm No Longer A Vegetarian.

johngoldfine said...

Kidding! I love it! The world would be a far better place with large placards proclaiming 'FUCK!' every so often. I didn't read 'Brightsided' for nothing, Laura!

Jere said...

Top 10 foods I miss since becoming a vegetarian 12 years ago:

1. cheeburga cheeburga cheeburga
2. wings
3. salami
4. hot dogs
5. turkey
6. bologna
7. ham
8. steak
9. bacon
10. marshmallows/twinkies/basically all candy with gelatin

Jere said...

"What year did Joe Namath host a variety show Xmas Special that (I think) featured a lot of Playboy bunnies"

I think I know what you mean but I don't see it online. He had his talk show which he co-hosted with Dick Schaap around then too.

allan said...

3. Top 10 songs I like that are sung in a foreign language

(or that have foreign language lines in them)

1. Psycho Killer, Talking Heads
2. Talk About The Passion, R.E.M.
3. Romance In Durango, Bob Dylan
4.
5.

laura k said...

Ten Best Junk Foods:

1. Cheese Doodles, puffy variety

2. Cheese Doodles, crunchy variety

3. Hostess Cupcakes, the kind with the squiggly line of white icing on top

4. Chewy caramel candies like Reisens, chewy Werther's, toffees, Milk Duds, etc.

5. White cheddar popcorn

6. Rice Krispie marshmallow squares

7. Goldfish

8. Archway Rocky Road cookies, which I haven't seen or eaten since Philadelphia

9. Honey butter peanuts, which Allan and I stopped eating when we learned what was in them, about 20 years ago (not just honey-roasted)

10. Sour Cream & Onion Ruffles

laura k said...

Of course John was kidding. I am sarcastically challenged, as all JoS gamethreaders know.

allan said...

I thought you did not much like the crunchy ones.

Also:
Snickers
Drake's Coffee Cake ("that's the big boy")

allan said...

9. Top 10 grammatical mistakes that drive me bonkers

9. Top 10 grammatical mistakes that drive me bonker's

?

M@ said...

What are honey butter peanuts, and what's in them? I have never heard of them, and have googled without success...

Amy said...

I will try some of M@'s lists.

Like Laura, #4 would be empty. I don't like cooking anything.

#7: top ten time wasting websites

1. Facebook

2. Spider solitaire (not really a website)

3. Scrabble

4. Any website related to TV shows

5. WMTC right now!

6. Other blogs I follow, like people's travel blogs

7. The Weather Channel

8. JOS and other baseball sites

9. Twitter

10. My email

laura k said...

Romance In Durango, Bob Dylan

Songs in which narrator is killed but apparently continues to sing the song.

1. El Paso

2. Romance in Durango

3. ???

I love this and would love to know more.

Amy said...

Top ten grammatical or word usage mistakes I hate:

1. Verb subject disagreement

2. Overused commas

3. Underuse of commas

4. Sentence fragments

5. Misused apostrophes

6. Lesser instead of fewer

7. Me/her/him instead of I/she/he

8. Run on sentences

9. Use of an adjective where the adverb form should have been used

10. Spelling errors

OK, can you tell that I have been grading student papers and exams???

laura k said...

OMG I forgot Drake's Coffee Cakes!!! OK, I'll lose the Rocky Roads. Haven't had those in so long anyway.

I do like the crunchy doodles, just not as much as the puffy doodles.

Snickers: you're confusing me with you. I actually prefer O'Henrys, and prefer just chocolate and caramel, no peanuts, over both.

laura k said...

I enjoy cooking, but I've never cooked anything I wouldn't enjoy eating!

Re honey butter peanuts, Allan and I cannot remember the brand names of these. Mr. Peanut made them. They were peanuts with a thick hard coating around them, made of butter and sugar. They were that irresistible combination of sweet and salty. We would buy a can of those, a bag of cheese doodles and a six of Molson's (green bottles, what is called Export in Canada).

We were young and still thin. :)

laura k said...

Yay, wmtc is on a list! :)

The lists are coming fast and furious now. I just scrolled up and found 2 from Jere I didn't know were there.

James said...

Top Ten Bike/Walking Trails in Toronto & Mississauga:

10. Gatineau Hydro Corridor
9. Belt Line
8. Upper Highland Creek
7. Tommy Thompson Park
6. Taylor Creek
5. Upper Credit River
4. Lower Highland Creek
3. Humber River
2. Waterfront
1. Don Valley

(These are the names I use for them -- several have official names I never remember)

Jere said...

" Top 10 songs I like that are sung in a foreign language

1. Psycho Killer, Talking Heads"

No wonder I could never figure that line out!

laura k said...

Taking off from M@'s #10 and James' recent list, ten best places I've ever walked, not in order.

1. Golden Gate Promenade, San Francisco

2. From Brooklyn to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge

3. Pretty much anywhere in Paris

4. Venice

5. Among the giant redwoods in Yosemite National Park

6. Minnewaska State Park with Allan, Gypsy and Clyde (sniff)

7. Cape May or other NJ beaches in winter

8. From the ice hotel to the lodge in freshly fallen snow, by myself, early in the morning, after spending the night in the ice hotel

9. In Central Park during The Gates

10. Around Machu Picchu

James said...

No wonder I could never figure that line out!

Translations for you:

"Qu'est-ce que c'est?": "What is it?"

"Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir-la": "What I did that night"

Ce qu'elle a dit, ce soir-la": "What she said that night"

"Realisant mon espoir": "Fulfilling my hope"

"Je me lance, vers la gloire": "I throw myself towards glory"

laura k said...

You know, all the zillions of times I've heard that song, I never thought about the French beyond Qu'est-ce que c'est.

Top 10 songs I like that are sung in a foreign language

Everything from Los Lobos' "La Pistola Y La Corazon" (9 songs) plus Los Lobos' "Chico's Cumbia".

Jere said...

Top 10 most-crossed by me NYC bridges:

1. Triboro
2. Third Ave.
3. Willis Ave.
4. George Washington
5. Henry Hudson
6. Whitestone
7. Williamsburg
8. Brooklyn
9. Manhattan
10. 59th Street

The top three shot to the top thanks to living in NYC for a coule years. #4 is from every trip from CT/RI/MA to Jersey and points south/west. #5 is from heading to the George from CT via Westchester (1975-2005). #6 is for Mets games. And the rest from just general but fairly rare East River Crossings while staying within NYC.

If you count the Park Avenue Bridge, which is only for trains, that would be way up there, maybe #1 even.

James said...

Does Talking Head's "I Zimbra" (starts at 4:50) from Fear of Music count as a foreign language? Gibberish is a language, right? :)

Gadji beri bimba clandridi
Lauli lonni cadori gadjam
A bim beri glassala glandride
E glassala tuffm i zimbra

Bim blassa galassasa zimbrabim
Blassa glallassasa zimbrabim

A bim beri glassala grandrid
E glassala tuffm i zimbra

Gadji beri bimba glandridi
Lauli lonni cadora gadjam
A bim beri glassasa glandrid
E glassala tuffm i zimbra

laura k said...

Does Talking Head's "I Zimbra" (starts at 4:50) from Fear of Music count as a foreign language?

Yes! That would definitely make my top 10. I love that album.

laura k said...

From Jere's NYC bridge list, my top 10 special places in NYC, not in order.

1. The Frick Museum, especially the atrium with the pool

2. The pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge

3. Ft. Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson

4. The reading room at NYPL

5. The main room of Grand Central Terminal, especially the starry sky above

6. The Woolworth Building, including the lobby

7. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

8. The Central Park Zoo

9. Subway mosaics

10. Several residential areas, like Harlem and Park Slope brownstones, and carriages houses of Brooklyn Heights and the far West Village.

It was reeeeally hard to pick only 10!

laura k said...

My answer to M@'s #9, top 10 grammatical mistakes that drive me crazy.

1. Unnecessary apostrophes

2. Unnecessary quotation marks

3. Unnecessary verbiage, such as "due to the fact that" and "at this particular juncture".

4. Misused words and expressions, such as ironically, Catch-22, many others.

5. Spelling errors that would show up in spellcheck, if the writer could bothered to spend 30 seconds spellchecking.

6. Then vs than.

7. Its vs It's, a special case of #1.

8. Not sure of the name for this, I think it's a dangling modifier. "After struggling with grammar for years, his education paid off."

9. Use of the passive voice.

10. Attempts at official-sounding language instead of natural language in e-mails. My co-workers write, "Attached is your document, please acknowledge receipt of same." instead of "Here's your document, please let me know that you've received it."

laura k said...

Wait! I forgot one. I'll take out its vs it's, that's covered in #1 anyway.

YOU'RE vs YOUR

laura k said...

Peanut update: I believe they were called "Sweet N' Crunchy Peanuts" [sic]. If you ever see them, you should buy and eat them. But don't say I didn't warn you. They are soooo yummy, totally addictive and have like a million grams of fat per serving. (Serving being 1/2 can if you are sharing with someone... full can if you are not.)

deang said...

Top ten foods that I absolutely hated as a child but love now:

The "too spicy/hot" group:

1. all chile peppers, even mild, sweet ones

2. all onions (unless they were so carmelized they were practically pure sugar)

3. green onions (I would even carefully pick them out of casseroles and stuffings)

4. garlic (unless cooked to an insipid softness)

5. ginger root (didn't ever experience this as a child but would have HATED it; assumed ginger was something sweet like cinnamon)

The "too bitter" group:

6. bitter greens

7. dark chocolate

The "too squishy" group:

8. avocado

9. banana

The "too weird and ugly" group:

10. mushrooms

Jere said...

Laura, getting back to this Namath-on-Brady-Bunch thing: It was classic. Bobby pretends to be a sick child and he and Cindy convey this in a letter to Broadway Joe, asking if he'll come visit. Namath falls for it hook, line, and sinker, and a few days later, shows up at the door asking about the boy on his deathbed. Dad realizes what's going on, apologizes to Joe, and orders Bobby and Cindy "penalized for illegal procedure." But Joe figures a kid who tries that hard to see him must be a huge fan, and, hey, as long as he's there, and as long as the Bradys have an AstroTurf backyard...let's go throw some passes together! And everybody happily looks on as Joe throws the "bomb" to Bobby, who makes the grab.

laura k said...

I've probably watched less than 5 epsiodes of the Brady Bunch in my life. I didn't like the show when I was a kid, and never got the ironic value when I was older. So this is lost on me - but thanks for filling me in. :)

I like deang's list, it could inspire a whole run of "things I now eat" and other eating-related lists.

Amy said...

I could do a list of foods I hated as a kid and STILL hate. Bananas, ketchup, relish, mustard, beets, liver, pickles (other than half sours which I like)---almost anything pickled or vinegary smelling. Mostly has to do with smells and/or texture. But bananas and ketchup top the list; I will move away from anyone eating those---even my grandson!

Now there are also lots of foods I didn't eat as a child that I now love, like almost any vegetable. Thank goodness some of my tastes matured!

laura k said...

Amy, I remember you hate bananas. I will try to remember not to eat a banana near you. (Does it matter if I eat them barely ripe, so they are firm, not mushy? Or is the though enough to squick you?)

The list of foods I hate is so short I couldn't even make a list for this post.

Foods I hate:

1. cauliflower

2. anything curry

That's it!

allan said...

foods I hated as a kid and STILL hate. ... ketchup, relish, mustard...

Michael Kay, is that you?

AtB B and B said...

For folks looking for honey butter peanuts - I've always known them as Butter Toffee Peanuts.

Ooh look - President's Choice has them!

Amy said...

Thanks, Laura, for keeping bananas away from me. I have become somewhat more tolerant. Harvey likes the damn things, and although he knows better than to eat one near me, I do tolerate the fact that they are on my kitchen counter. But yeah, once they get brown and smelly, out they go!

Allan, I don't get the Michael Kay reference. I sure don't want to have anything in common with him, but who can account for taste?

allan said...

Kay claims to have never eaten a condiment in his life.

laura k said...

Ooh look - President's Choice has them!

Uh-oh.

deang said...

Top ten foods I like that originated in the Americas, i.e. no one outside of the Americas ate them before 1492:

1. corn
2. potatoes
3. tomatoes
4. turkey
5. chocolate
6. vanilla
7. chile peppers
8. Phaseolus beans (which are most of the beans we eat)
9. squash (including pumpkins and zucchini)
10. pineapple or maple syrup (a tie)

allan said...

1. Psycho Killer, Talking Heads
2. Talk About The Passion, R.E.M.
3. Romance In Durango, Bob Dylan


4. Black Diamond Bay, Dylan

laura k said...

1. corn
2. potatoes
3. tomatoes


Corn, potatoes and tomatoes, three of the world's greatest, most basic foods. And corn was invented! Unlike all the other staple grains - wheat, rice, barley - maize wasn't found in the wild then domesticated.

And the big Mesoamerican trio of corn/tomatoes/squash is one of the most perfect nutritional combinations, and when grown in the same plots, keeps the soil balanced.

I love the story of maize. And don't get me started on potatoes!

laura k said...

Top 10 Major League Pitchers Who Are/Were Better than Pedro Martinez

Ha! I just saw this now.

Also, #11 on another list appeared in my inbox today:

wmtc = Westside Multimodal Transit Center

impudent strumpet said...

If maize wasn't originally found in the wild, where did it come from?

Jere said...

TOOL had two songs on one album, one sounding like some kind of Nazi rally, the other sounding like a love poem--but since both were in different languages, what speakers of the other language wouldn't know was that the Nazi rally-ish song's lyrics (in German) were merely a cookie recipe, while the love poem-ish one's lyrics (in Italian/English) were from a threatening phone message. Another song on that album has something like "suck my little dick" sung in Portuguese, I think.

laura k said...

If maize wasn't originally found in the wild, where did it come from?

It was a hybrid - believed to be the first hybrid, or at least the first successful one.

It may have come from a grass called teosote, but even that is not certain. Here are some theories on the origin of maize.

laura k said...

^ teosinte

Sorry, misspelling.

laura k said...

Top 10 things I hate about the "holiday season":

10. "Merry Christmas"

9. "It's A Wonderful Life"

8. Christmas muzak

7. Ignorant people bemoaning the loss of traditional Christmas, not realizing that most of these traditions are pagan

6. Ads where people are dressed up as Santa Claus

5. Inane advertising for inane "gift ideas", i.e. products that no one needs and will likely never use

4. Being forced to listen to my co-workers recite what they are buying for each person on their list

3. People asking me, "Are you ready for the holidays?"

2. Christmas muzak - everyfuckingwhere. (Yes, I hate it so much it's on the list twice.)

1. The fact that a religious holiday has become a universal holiday that we're all supposed to care about.

James said...

Ignorant people bemoaning the loss of traditional Christmas, not realizing that most of these traditions are pagan

This is my #1, combined with "not realizing that the association of most of these 'traditions' with Christmas came about after the US Civil War".

Amy said...

I woke up this morning thinking that I should do a list of ten things I hate about winter, but figured that all had moved on from this post. But in the Bah Humbug anti-holiday spirit expressed by Laura, here's that list:

1. Cold

2. Snow

3. Ice

4. Dark

5. Chapped lips

6. Heavy clothes

7. No baseball

8. Limited time outdoors

9. Salt getting on everything and in our house.

10. Slippery roads

I would also add to Laura's list:

1. Holiday parties with all that false cheer

2. Shopping

3. TV Christmas specials and special episodes of TV series

M@ said...

I am on board with the entirety of your Christmas list (hah! see what I did there!?), but instead of putting muzak twice, I would have put THE FUCKING BELLS. Little needles of high-pitched sound insinuating themselves into my brain.

As if their rampant homophobia wasn't enough of a reason to hate the Salvation Army, I have to hear their jingling in supermarkets, the train station, any mall I'm stupid enough to go to at this time of year.

Scrooge had it right. Bah humbug to the lot of them. If it weren't an excuse to cook a turkey and see some cousins I only get to see a couple of times a year, I would avoid the whole holiday completely.

laura k said...

OMG, how did I forget THE FUCKING BELLS?!?!?

(I forgot them because I am rarely around them, but I hate them as much as M@!)

1. Holiday parties with all that false cheer

2. Shopping

3. TV Christmas specials and special episodes of TV series


I thought about these three, too. But I don't go to #1, do an extreme minimum of #2 and see exactly none of #3. I do, however, hate them all. :)

laura k said...

Ten things I love about winter:

1. Cold weather

2. Wearing a jacket without being overheated

3. Bright, sunny, cold days

4. Snow

5. My anniversary

6. Watching movies and TV series on DVD

7. Swimming in the not-crowded pool at the Y

8. Not being completely overheated all the time

9. Dryness (low humidity)

10. Watching dogs play in snow

James said...

3. TV Christmas specials and special episodes of TV series

I have a few exceptions for this one: The Grinch, because Chuck Jones + Boris Karloff = Win, and the Doctor Who Christmas Specials, since they have little to do with Christmas other than being set at that time of year (the "End of Time" special even made reference to Christmas as a "pagan celebration").

Oh, and the Futurama Christmas Special, "Xmas Story", and the Invader Zim episode "The Most Horrible Christmas Ever".

Bow down!
Bow down!
Before the power of Santa

Or be crushed!
Be crushed!
By!
His jolly Boots of Doom!

laura k said...

I love the original Grinch, at least until he turns good. I also like the Futurama Xmas (of course!), but I don't know Invader Zim.

James said...

Zim is a weird and wonderful cartoon that somehow got onto Nickelodeon in spite of its creator being best known for a comic book called Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. It's very dark and very silly, and features the best story about organ theft in public schools ever.

allan said...

Grinch - first 20 minutes only. Right up until the overloaded sled is teetering on the cliff's point's edge, if I recall - and the town's children's voices carry up to Mr. G's ears. I even love his put-upon, overworked dog!

The Peanuts special is also a classic.

laura k said...

Invader Zim sounds right up my alley. I also love the Grinch's dog! I haven't seen the Peanuts special in years, but I'm sure I'd still like it.

I'm pretty sure that's it, though. Last night during Coronation Street, I saw the CBC ads for all the Xmas shows - one piece o' crap after the next. The Grinch and Peanuts are the exceptions that prove the truth behind Amy's list.

James said...

Here is Dark Harvest, my favourite Zim episode -- the organ theft one. :)

I love Richard Horvitz's voice for Zim.

laura k said...

Thanks for the link, I'm watching it right now, it's very funny! (Did somebody say Ten Best Time-Wasting Websites?)

Wikipedia tells me Kevin McDonald does a voice in the series, too.

James said...

Wikipedia tells me Kevin McDonald does a voice in the series, too.

IIRC, Kevin McDonald does the voice of Purple, one of the Almighty Tallest (Zim's commanders).

This vid of clips rom the pilot episode starts with some scenes with the Tallest.

laura k said...

#11: All talk about whether there will or won't be "a white Christmas". WHO THE FUCK CARES?!