Every now and again it’s good to sit down and think about the good things in life. The following is a list of things that delight me consistently.
Lenny Henry’s comedy. It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the series Chef. After all, it’s a combination of spectacular food porn and blistering sarcasm, two things I love deeply. But this is not all he’s done that makes me happy. He also used to have a variety show, The Lenny Henry Show, which featured sketch comedy and his wickedly spot on impressions. Check out this clip of his Prince parody. Pity about the quality of the transfer, but it’s still funny.
Homemade birthday cake. Whether I’m baking it or eating one someone else baked, birthday cake is entirely happy for me. Then again, so are most homemade baked goods. Still, there’s something special about a birthday cake to me. I guess I’m just a sucker for a good celebration.
FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds. Not only is Kirsten Vangsness a fabulously talented actor whose warmth leaps off the screen and directly into my heart, she’s also clearly multiple sizes larger than any other woman in the cast, but never the butt of jokes for it. She’s not merely competent, she’s exceptionally brilliant and talented. She has a sex life. She has good relationships with everyone on the team, but each one is unique. In short, other than the fact that her computer skills are sometimes (okay, most of the time) beyond the scope of mere mortal ability so that the story can be wrapped up within the hour, she’s a real, three-dimensional human being kind of a character.
On any other show, Kirsten would probably be relegated to the ‘funny fat friend’ gulag of constant diet gags and body shame. Three cheers for the writers of Criminal Minds who never, ever once have done that to her!
Independent bookstores. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem going to Barnes and Noble, and Amazon has gotten my money quite a few times, too, but when possible, I’d rather give my money to the little guy. The particular independent bookstore shown above, incidentally, is one of my favorites: Green Apple Bookstore in San Francisco. They carry both new, used, and collectible books. They even sell ebooks which will work on Android, iPad, any computer, iPhone, and Kindle Fire.
Fabulous hats. There are people who have known me literally for years who have never seen the top of my unadorned head. If I go outside my own door further than the mailbox, chances are I’m wearing a hat. I find that hats add a touch of whimsey to nearly any outfit. Whether I’m headed for the grocery store, a concert, dinner on the town, or a formal wedding, I’m going to be wearing a hat. Oh, and if you like the one you see in the illustration above, it’s the work of custom milliner Janet Sidewater. Her hats are blocked and sewn entirely by hand, and all feathers are gathered via the art of falconry. Yes, she does that herself, too.
So there are some things that make me happy. What about all of you? What floats your boat no matter what?