“I’ve reported murders, scandals, marriages, premieres and national political conventions. I’ve been amused, intrigued, outraged, enthralled and exasperated by Chicago. And I’ve come to love this American giant, viewing it as the most misunderstood, most underrated city in the world. There is none other quite like my City of Big Shoulders.” Irv Kupcinet, “Mr. Chicago,” former Chicago Sun-Times columnist
“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” J.S. Bach
Recently, the children and I were talking about what constitutes good, appropriate topics for polite conversation. Whenever we discuss this, a quote from Linus in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown always comes up:
“There are three things that I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Of course, the follow-up question is always, “What are you supposed to talk about, then?” This quote from Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls sums it up pretty well (and the older I get, the more I think she was right!)!
“Now, Charlotte, when the conversation lags, a good guest ought to be prepared to introduce a new topic. Keep it light — no politics, no religion. My little trick? Think of things in the middle three sections of the Sunday New York Times — travel, arts & leisure, Sunday styles — and forget the rest of the paper exists.”
I couldn’t not think of this exchange from Gilmore Girls this morning in church while Moose was being confirmed. I was pretty close to blubbering!
Sookie St. James: Not crying, right?
Lorelai Gilmore: Not crying. Keeping our cool so we don’t miss anything.
Sookie St. James: Tears get in your eyes.
Lorelai Gilmore: And you miss things.
Sookie St. James: So we’re not crying.
Lorelai Gilmore: Not crying.
Sookie St. James: [to Jackson] Not crying.
Jackson Belleville: Not crying.
Jackson Belleville: [to Luke] Not crying.
Luke Danes: What?
Lorelai Gilmore: No crying.
Luke Danes: I’m not crying.
Sookie St. James: Uh, oh …
Lorelai Gilmore: Hang in there.
Sookie St. James: Not crying.
Lorelai Gilmore: Crying a little.
Sookie St. James: Crying a little, but not blubbering. That’s what we meant when we said no crying. No blubbering.
Sookie St. James: On the verge of blubbering here.
Jackson Belleville: Not doing too well myself.
Lorelai Gilmore: [to Luke] Not you, too.
Luke Danes: I’m blubbering. You’re freaks!
I actually like Jell-O, but this is still funny!
“I hate Jell-O. If God wanted peaches suspended in midair, he would have filled them with helium.” Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. For there is in London all that life can afford.” Samuel Johnson