Did you ever see….?

100074_gal Did you see The Butler?  The movie, that is.  What about White House Down?  Or it’s equally ridiculous, but fun counterpart, Olympus Has Fallen?

What about Taxi?  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

Or Princess Bride?  Or that perinnial favorite around our house, Robin Hood, Men in Tights?

Have you seen How To Train Your Dragon?  Kung Fu Panda? (1 and 2!) Or, what about Hotel Transylvania?

Two of my (nearly grown) nephews were here this weekend, one with his fiance, and we ended up in a fabulous discussion of movies and books and ranged out from there.  It was huge fun.  It was great to have company, and to have so many fun, funny discussions.  I totally enjoyed it!

There was grilling.  There was LOTS of baseball (Cubs vs. Nationals!  WOOT!!) and there were outstanding Fireworks.

Yay and hooray for the 4th of July!RobinHoodMeninTights_Poster

As to the discussions, we vociferously discussed who was the best Bond (Sean or Pierce? Lazenby or Nivens?), who was the best Captain of the Enterprise (Piccard allllll the way!)  and was there a difference in Cary Elwes character in Men in Tights vs. Princess Bride?

(Consensus was that Mel Brooks felt Robin/Elwes should be very Wesley-like to cash in on the popularity of Princess Bride).

There was even a rousing chorus of “We’re men!  We’re men in tights!”  Snork!!  The testosterone was almost more than I could stand.  Grins.

That led us to stories about movies – for instance,  The Piccard Manuver is what the crew called it when Piccard would pull down his uniform shirt.  It started because the original costume was too small.  That took us to The Red Shirt Phenomenon.  (If the landing party from the Enterprise has a red-shirted crewman, he’s the one who dies)

I really had the most fun with the book/movie discussion.  One of our nephews said that he’d re-read a book that had just baffled him in high school.  “Back then” it was required reading.  He decided that he wanted to give it another shot and see what he thought.  I understood this – I’ve done it – and so I asked him about the book.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  He said that the first read was just to get through it and get the paper written for class and he didn’t understand it at all.  He made a decent grade (more probably because he at least tried, as much as for what he wrote, he admitted)

31nqYwGSzgL._SL300_ Now, however, on re-read, he said he got so much out of it.  The layers of the book.  Philosophy.  Fiction.    Motorcycles.  Life.

Yep.  He said he’d have to stop every few chapters and just absorb all that new thought processing.

What book did he hate?  Watership Down.  (I LOVED that book!  Kehar get you mudders!!)

Hubby liked most of those depressing things – Seperate Peace, Grapes of Wrath, etc.  But we totally agreed on To Kill A Mockingbird and being absolutely outstanding.

I detested A Seperate Peace (as y’all have heard me whine), but the nephew, on the other hand, had loved Seperate Peace on first read, but agreed with me on the adult read.  That nephew likes Chekov and wants to read The Brothers Karamazov.  Hmmmm….

We also got into the total political incorrectness of some of our beloved favorites, such as Tarzan of the Apes (1914), The Bat (1920 and the origin material for Batman), and my all -time favorite, Silver Chief, Dog of the North.  OMGosh, to our 21st century sensibilities, these are wince-able in their prose demeaning servants in general, African-america servants in particular, Africans of any ilk, the Irish, the Italians, any immigrant from anywhere….you get the idea.

Then there were the movies.  OMGosh, the fun!  One nephew hated Taxi, loved Cockoo’s Nest.  The other just the opposite.  The Shining.  (Heeeeeres, Johnny!)  We all universally loved The Princess Bride – which then kicked off a virtual marathon of quotes, rebuttals, and ripostes.  Grins.

This also occured with Men in Tights, and the guys got into it with 21 Jump Street and some of the sillier “guy movies” that weren’t my cuppa.  (The Hangover.  Weekend at Bernies II.)  A favorite quote from Men in Tights –  “Henceforth all toilets in England will be known as Johns!”  Grins.

So what about you, Banditas and Buddies….

11819_galWhat book that you hated as a kid, have you re-read and liked?

What about the opposite?  Loved as a kid and either hated or winced over as an adult?  (You should have heard me verbally editing Tarzan as I tried to read it to Eldest Son!  Gave up.  Seriously, just gave up.)

Is there a book that “everyone loves and reads” (or at least finds deeply meaning ful) – Catcher; Misery; The Stand; Charlottes Web; Animal Farm – that you detest?   Have you ever tried to re-read it and see if its different as an adult?

What about movies?  Was there one that you loved that you quote all the time?  (Amok! Amok! Amok! – Hocus Pocus)

Did you love the Princess Bride?  What’s YOUR favorite quote?  (I’m not saying I want to build a summer home here, but the trees are really quite lovely…)

Is there a family/sister/best friend movie that you just LOL over and watch every time?

Is there one you quote to your children, or spouse or BFF?  

(Eldest son and I – Thanks for nothing, you useless reptile – How To Train Your Dragon; BFF – Have Fun Storming the Castle? Think it’ll work? It would take a miracle! – Princess Bride; BFF – Honestly, you should be the heroine of your own life – The Holiday; Hubby – I’m not a witch, I’m your wife! – Princess Bride)

And what did your school make you read that was “standard issue reading” when you were in high school?  (Illiad and Odyssey for me as well as Catcher and Flies)  Did you love it or hate it?  (Loved the Homer, you obviously know how I feel about the rest!!)

Can you even believe that there are people who are grown up, that haven’t read a book for pleasure since HIGH SCHOOL?  OMGosh, what are the doing??  Grins.  

Last but not least – who’s the best captain of the Enterprise?   Kirk Shatner; Kirk Pine; Piccard (Stewart); Janeway (Mulgrew); Archer (Scott Bakula)

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  • ki pha says:

    LOL Sounded like you had a blast of time over the weekend. Sadly for me this will take me a little longer to think on since, well, I haven’t re-read some of my loved childhood books and I don’t particularly have a favorite movie I could quote from. I have seen Princess Bride and thought it was highly entertaining.

    What was recommended for us to read during high school was OF course Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth…. I really enjoyed The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian and Kindred by Octavia Butler. These books were amazing and my student class hated them, especially The Things They Carried which was a Vietnam war story. They just didn’t understand it and how it was structured threw them off but I loved it because it really worked in telling the story in bits and pieces because that was how the war was like, with flashbacks and jumping around. It was fabulous!

    • Ki, the Rooster wants you to know that he’s favorite book of all time is Chicken Playboy. And no, he doesn’t read it for the articles! He has no class, that bird!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Ki! I’ll have to look that one up – not that I think I’d love a Vietnam story, but telling a story has its skill and it sounds like that one has it.

      And besides, the Rooster likes the things you carry, obviously. Grins,

  • Jeanne, sounds like you had a marvellous weekend! Happy 4th (belated!). Oh, man, what a lot of questions:

    My mum gave me Jane Eyre when I was about eight and I was a bit young for it – got bogged down in the horrible boarding school bits. Given a few years later, I went to a horrible boarding school, I should have taken that as an omen. Read it in my first year of university for an assignment and loved it to death. It’s still one of my all-time faves.

    I didn’t detest it, but I just didn’t get it – Catcher in the Rye. Perhaps because I didn’t know what a catcher was! I was in my mid-20s when I read it and I suspect I’d passed my optimum date for enjoying it anyway.

    I quote An Affair to Remember quite often – turn the ship around! And the Monty Python oeuvre is always good for stealing a line or two from. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    Loved the Princess Bride. And like everybody else, my fave quote is the Inigo Montoya one. I saw Mandy Patinkin live last year and while he’s aged a bit, he’s still amazingly charismatic. He has amazing eyes!

    Dirty Dancing is my fave girly movie.

    A book I loathed that I had to read for uni was Tess of the D’Urbervilles. After exploring Hardy further, I’ve discovered we just don’t have compatible world views, i.e. I’m not a misogynistic creep.

    Definitely Piccard! That voice!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Anna! I’m finally back online! Both my internet and the surrounding area got knocked out when some construction wire got cut. Yikers!

      Thanks for holding down the fort everyone!

      Anna, I detest Tess of the D’Urbervilles as well. Ugh. So tedious. But I adore Jane Eyre!!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Last question first, I hate STAR TREK! Always have, always will.
    WUETHERING HEIGHTS I tried reading in my mid-20’s, couldn’t do it. In my mid-30’s, I was in love.
    There is a book (Madam Bovery) we had to read in college. I loved the book and LOVED the ending! My professor knew how I felt about her, I basically thought she got everything she and I was the knly person in the class who wojld actually admit, loud and proud, she was a bi*ch. On our test he marked one of my answers wrong and I called him on it. Told reading was subjective and just because I didn’t agree with him or the rest of the class, I shoukd not lose any points. I git my points and my A.
    For movies, one of my favorite lines is NOT ” Frankly ScRlett I don’t give a damn” from GWTW, but the kine befire it, which most ppl don’t know.
    I’m particle to “There’s no crying in baseball
    And there is a line from UNCLE BUCK bubby loves but I can’t remember it.”

    • Amy Conley says:

      and I absolutely positively in all forms hate Vanity Fair. to me it’s one of the dumbest book ever written,

      • Amy, agree with you. 1000 pages of bore!

        • Amy Conley says:

          there is 1 book I’ve probably read I don’t know how many times but I been reading it for at least 44 years I have probably read at least that many times also. The book is Little Women.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        I’ll third that!

        And another, The Bonfire of the Vanities. I just could NOT get into that one, no matter how popular it was.

        I found Mme Bovary an okay read, not in love with it but didn’t detest it.

        Hear my gasp of shock over detesting Star Trek! Snork. Shatner was such a prat in the old series though that I can see how people might never get into it. :>

        So what was the line BEFORE, Frankly Scarlet?

        • Amy Conley says:

          Line before the “famous” last line is:

          “But Rhett, what will I do, where will I go?” (Of course, this is Scarlett speaking and it is a great trival question since 99% of people have no memory of the line, they just the remember the “damn”.

  • Ah, Jeanne, what a fabulous weekend.

    Last time I was home, my brother and I got into a discussion of books. Now given we have the same mother, you’d think I’d know he was a reader, but I suspect he’s become more of one as an adult. Anyways, we both have loved Sherlock Holmes books as adults.

    There weren’t many forced books that I didn’t get, or I hated. Seriously, what was better than being ASSIGNED to read something. 🙂 Shakespeare and Dickens were my favorites, especially when we got to spend 6 full weeks tearing them apart, one scene at a time. (Thank you Mr. Harker!)

    As for movies…my youngest two can pretty much perform Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves verbatim…my favorite lines? Why a spoon cousin? Because it will hurt more, you twit! Princess Bride is hubby’s favorite. He watched it so much with the kids, that when anyone…ANYONE in the family says “and I mean it!” the rest of them chime in with, “Anyone want a peanut?” **eyeroll**

    Can I choose Chris Pine as Kirk? Please?

    • Oh and being a Gerard fan, can I just say that I loved Olympus Down?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Of COURSE you can choose Chris Pine! He’s delish! Grins.

      LOL about the tearing it apart and the shout out to Mr. Harkin. I loved that kind of teacher that made you THINK about how the story went together, or how the world was affected by something….I’ll do my own SHOUT OUT to Mr. Wilbersheid for teaching me more history than I ever got in a class before or since! ha!

      And The PRincess Bride stuff often gets started around here with someone saying “Be nice to him, he’s been mostly dead all day!”

  • Helen says:


    Sounds like a great weekend was had by all 🙂

    We had to read one Shakespear play in school I did The Merchant of Venice and did not enjoy it one of my favourite girly movies is Steel Magnolia’s and the only Star Trek I have watched is the very first series and movies with Spock and Kirk and would you believe I have not seen Princess Brides but I have seen How To Train your Dragon 1 and loved it waiting for the 2nd one to com on DVD to see it.

    Have Fun

    • Helen – I LOVE Shakespeare. I truly do – and I loved Merchant of Venice and his pound of flesh. LOL.

      You must see Princess Bride. For a while, Hallmark put out a line of cards that had quoteable lines from the movie. They were those cards that you could open and a line would recite. Wish they still had those – sigh.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Helen, I’d bet you’d like Princess Bride. :>

      We just adored How to Train Your Dragon. I tried the books with the boys but they’re not as cool as the movies. Disney/Pixar twisted the books just enough that they are brilliant. The books are good, but the movies? Brill. And HTTYDragon 2 is just as good, if not better than 1

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    Piccard, I am one of the original Trekkies from way back when but I love Piccard.

    • Dianna –

      I was one of those original trekkie fans as well. I remember watching the tv series with the minimalist low tech set. LOL. They’ve come a long way. I like Piccard but I could never emotionally connect with him. He was just a bit too distant. Shatner was perfect, IMO, for a high school girl crush. Now I see those episodes and laugh.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Donna, I really adored the original series. And they did some amazing things with those low-tech sets, didn’t they? But the original blooper reels from those days are side-splitting b/c of all the low-tech that pretended to be uber high tech. Snork!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Piccard just rocks it, doesn’t he, Dianna!? LOVE him as captain. :>

      I loved the old episodes too though and they broke some seriously tempestous ground for television. WTG Gene Rodenberry. Grins.

  • Shannon says:

    I’m with you on Picard. But I also thoroughly enjoyed the original Start Trek. I’m wondering about the next movie coming out.

    A friend of mine is a fan of the cheesy British sci-fi series Blakes 7.
    “I’ve got this shocking pain right behind the eyes!”
    “Have you tried amputation?” — Vila and Avon, Deliverance.

    Princes Bride seen over and over. Favorite quote is something “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

    Lady Hawke. The only thing that sucks is that they don’t have time together, but the ending.

    My eighth grade teacher had us read “Gone With the Wind,” thinking it had enough action for the guys and enough romance for the girls. I loved it then, and still do so.

    I think the one I didn’t get in high school was The Great Gatsby. In small town Idaho there was no high society for me to understand that Gatsby was climbing the social ladder. And I hated Daisy. It’s still not my favorite novel but I can appreciate it.

    • I’m not a Gatsby fan either, Shannon.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, I LOVE the “land war in Asia” line! Grins. Then again, there aren’t many I don’t like. Ha!

      Gatsby wasn’t ever one of my favs either, Shannon. There was enough society where I grew up to “get it” but even then I thought Gatsby made stupid choices and like you, I didn’t like Daisy. Grins.

  • Mozette says:

    I had a favourite quote out of ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ which Al Pacino said… damn he’s good. Let’s see if I get it right:

    ‘God is a joker, a trickster. He loves to tempt you with what you want but can’t have…. look, but don’t touch, touch but don’t taste… hehe… taste but don’t swallow! Don’t you love it! He makes sure you screw yourself no matter what you do!’ (and yay! I did get it right!). 😀

    Another quote is from ‘Supernatural’… Castiel said it right about freedom: ‘Freedom is a length of rope that God wants you to hang yourself with.’ Man, what a line!

    I love some books that I read when I was in high school too. For example:

    ‘A Patch of Blue’ by Elizabeth Kata. I loved it when I was in high school, and adored it even more when I read it a few years ago.

    ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemmingway – now I didn’t get to read this one as it was on offer instead of the above book, but I did get to read it a few years back, and loved it! Made fishing so interesting.

    ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis… what a book! And I loved it when I was young and loved it when I grew up too!

    • Mozette –

      I haven’t heard of A Patch of Blue. I’ll have to look it up. I never made it through The Old Man and The Sea. I tried – just couldn’t do it. OUr required tribute to Hemingway was A FAREWELL TO ARMS. I’ve been to Hemingway’s Key West house. Very cool with six toed cats LOL.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Mozette! I loved Lion Witch and Wardrobe as well. I know I read Patch of Blue, but I don’t remember much about it. Didn’t much care for Hemingway, although I read a lot of it. :>

      Loved the movie Devils Advocate though. Good one!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Wow, so many questions I don’t know where to start! I love it! First, about Star Trek. My brother was a huge fan. I didn’t really get into it until the newest ones came out so for me it’s Chris Pine all the way. Love the current crew of the Enterprise. As for the movie my family and I quote from, it has to be While You Were Sleeping. “These mashed potatoes are so creamy. Mary mashed them.” And of course, “Look on the bright side, at least he has more room in his jockey shorts!” Or, “Peter once asked me when it was that I fell in love with Jack, and I told him, it was While You Were Sleeping.” Favorite line from Princess Bride ,”Stop rhyming, I mean it. Anyone want a peanut!” As for my favorite book growing up it has to be Black Beauty. I was crazy about horses. However, when my kids were little we read Charlotte’ s Web and the Richard Scarry books over and over. They still talk about them to this day and they are 39 and 36 respectively. As for Bond, it has to be Sean Connery. (I think I am showing my age with some of these answers) Never cared for the classics so I never reread anything from high school.

    • Debbie –

      When I thought I was going to be an English teacher, I started reading as many classics as possible. I figured best to read them in high school because I wasn’t planning to have the time in college. LOL. I made it through my first education course (extreme boredom) and immediately changed my major to Journalism. 🙂
      While I read a lot of classics, I can’t say that I ever reread a one of them. I’m much more interested in popular fiction than stodgy old classics.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      OMgosh, Debbie, I’ve read Richard Scary’s Cars adn Trucks and Things that Go so many times, I can do it in my sleep. Grins.

      Had to LOL about the “more room in his trousers” line. SNORK!! :>

      And yes, Connery is Bond, James Bond.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Wow…I kind of got loss in all the discussions! I’ll pick out what I can.

    Have never watched The Princess Bride all the way through. (ducks)

    Guess I grew up in a less literary way but I read all sorts of kids books not well known A Lantern in Her Hand. Red Shoes for Nancy :/

    In high school I had to read Native Son. All I remember was it was DARK…at least for this intuitive 10th grader…and *spoiler* the protagonist bashed someone’s head with an iron skillet 🙁

    When I went back for my BSN, however, we had to read Frankenstein. Now, I wasn’t keen on that as my only exposure had been movies but DANG that was good!

    Captain Kirk can kick Piccard’s ass from here to the strange new worlds. I love his passion and love even more Chris Pine’s version 😀

    An older movie I’ve been watching this weekend is Yankee Doodle Dandy. My God, James Cagney could dance! It was as if he were floating on air, his body was loose, his feet precise.

    Slightly newer is my all time favorite Steel Magnolias…original with Dolly…sorry. It was made perfect the first time, no remakes thank you.

    That’s all the free flow I have right now. Gotta go chase down Peter to pay Paul..Later

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Joan! I found Native Son so dark I never finished it. :> Had to LOL about Kirk. And yes, Chris Pine is SO good!!

      And Yankee Doodle Dandy is marvelous, isn’t it? Its one of my favorites, right up there with Singing in the Rain!

  • Cassondra says:

    Jeanne, we quote Monty Python around here. “Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!”

    And sometimes The Princess Bride–of course the Inigo Montoya Prepare to die quote, but more often the quotes center around the ROUSs.

    “Did you see something go by the front door?” “No, what was it?”
    “I think it might be an ROUS!”

    “What in blazes is Kali barking at?”
    “The foul squirrel of Caerbannog. It’s advancing on the house!”
    ” Run away! Run away!”

    As to the enterprise. Stewart all the way. I don’t think anybody could ever top Piccard.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Fetchez la Vache! is a frequent answer to such questions ’round here, as you know.

      Have you seen my homework?
      No, Fetchez la Vache! – maybe they ate it!

      Mom, can I have some milk?
      Fetchez la Vache!

      “ROUS’s? I don’t think they exist….Arrrrrrrgh!”

      And the one about elderberries and the air speed of an unladen swallow. They get a lot of air time. Snork!

  • Jeanne wants everyone to know her entire neighborhood’s internet has been knocked out. She’ll be back to chat when it comes back up.

  • Jeanne –

    Sounds like a fun discussion. I still prefer the campy William Shatner as Kirk. He was Kirk in all those early Star Trek shows. Piccard was good, but I still loved Shatner. Chris Pine makes a fine young Kirk.

    Books – I really liked all the books I was forced to read in school. Some, though, I wasn’t thrilled about starting – Silas Mariner, Kafka, some book with “Dying” in the title,…- but I really enjoyed them once I got into them. I rarely re-read a book but I tried once with one of my teenage favorites LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL. I loved that book. It wasn’t required reading in high school. I read it because I thought I wanted to be an English teacher and therefore set out to read all the classics. Anyway, about fifteen years ago I found my old copy of LOOK HOMEWARD ANGEL and decided to read it again. I think I got to page ten and was bored senseless. Guess you really can’t go home again, LOL

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! Donna, I just can’t picture you as an English teacher. grins. Had to LOL about Look Homeward. I’ve tied several times to read it, since Wolfe is from Asheville, NC. I went to school near there and consider it “home” in NC, in a lot of ways. I just couldn’t ever get it to “go” for me. :>

      I seldom reread the older things because i susually find that same thing – the pacing is sooooo slooooow compared to modern books that I get bored. :>

  • catslady says:

    So many questions lol. I rarely reread but I reread the Great Gatsby and still didn’t like it. And I hated Moby Dick. I do like Patrick Stewart but I am loyal to Shatner – he was the first lol. My daughter lent me Love in the Time of Cholera and I’ve heard others love it – I hated it. I was in our advanced reading class so I read tons of books and really enjoyed most of them. Maybe not so much some Shakespeare lol. Princess Bride – True Love! I have a couple of dozen favorite movies. We quote Men in Black a lot lol.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      “Wuvvvv, twwwwuuuuue wuvvvv….” Grins.

      “Mawwwwiage, it’s what bwings us togwthers twoday!”

      Bwahahahah!! I still love Kirk too, and you, Donna and I are fans of the old show, but I gotta give it to Piccard, myself. Glad to know the old Kirk has his loyal supporters, however. Grins.

  • Minna says:

    Oh, this takes me back. There is one book I remember in particular, because I had to read it first in elementary school and then again in high school: Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi. Our teacher in high school actually forgot we had read it the year before and when she suggested it -again- you could hear a horrified “NO” from everyone in the class room. So, we read something else instead. Recently I read the kids version of the book by Mauri Kunnas, but I’m yet to read the original book for the 3rd time. I think we read some bits of the Kalevala, too, but not the entire book. I’m still familiar with all the stories in that one. Anyway, Kalevala is in a sense like Under Milkwood: it’s meant to be heard, not read. With Kalevala tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JRaBoiN0_A

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hi Minna! It’s so hard to have a book you have to read that SHOULD be read out loud. Sigh.

      As to double reads, I changed schools in 9th grade and guess what they were reading? The Illiad and the Odyssey. I’d read them in 8th as well and so I started again….Grins.

  • Jeanne…

    Real Princess Bride fans in this house…

    My son gave a speech at his sister and BIL’s wedding…He started it out with

    “Marwwwidge is why we’re here today…”

    Had the room laughing at the beginning and in tears at the end. Sigh. Such a fun memory.

  • Jeanne, fun post! I wish I’d been a fly on your wall.

    Is there a book that “everyone loves and reads” (or at least finds deeply meaning ful) – Catcher; Misery; The Stand; Charlottes Web; Animal Farm – that you detest? Have you ever tried to re-read it and see if its different as an adult?

    I hated Animal Farm because I despised the ending. I’ve never tried to read it again because I figure I’d still despise it. It’s a downer book, and the fact that it’s animals rather than people actually makes it worse for me.

    In high school, I hated Wuthering Heights, but when I picked it up as an adult, I liked it even though I disliked the ending.

    What about movies? Was there one that you loved that you quote all the time?

    There isn’t one I quote all the time, but I love original Star Wars and do find it quotable.

    Did you love the Princess Bride? What’s YOUR favorite quote? (I’m not saying I want to build a summer home here, but the trees are really quite lovely…)

    Love the Princess Bride but have no favorite quotes.

    Is there a family/sister/best friend movie that you just LOL over and watch every time?

    We watch Jingle All the Way and A Christmas Story every Christmas and laugh every time.

    Is there one you quote to your children, or spouse or BFF?

    Um, probably not.

    And what did your school make you read that was “standard issue reading” when you were in high school? (Illiad and Odyssey for me as well as Catcher and Flies) Did you love it or hate it? (Loved the Homer, you obviously know how I feel about the rest!!)

    Wuthering Heights, as mentioned above. A book that sticks out as one I loathed was Lord of the Flies. I hate reading about stuff like that and don’t expect I’ll ever like it any better.

    Can you even believe that there are people who are grown up, that haven’t read a book for pleasure since HIGH SCHOOL? OMGosh, what are the doing?? Grins.

    I have to believe it because I know some of them, but I’m glad to say not many.

    Last but not least – who’s the best captain of the Enterprise? Kirk Shatner; Kirk Pine; Piccard (Stewart); Janeway (Mulgrew); Archer (Scott Bakula)

    Kirk. Always Kirk, in the Shatner incarnation. Yeah, he chewed the scenery, but his character got the job done and always tried to do what he believed was right. It’s hard to say how I feel about Pine Kirk because I had so many serious issues with the storyline of the 2nd film.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Nancy! As you saw, I loathed Lord of the Flies too. And feel exactly the same way you do about Animal Farm.

      Kirk/Shatner did indeed get the job done. I always loved that they busted him from Admiral to Captain as “it was the job to which he had proven to be best suited”