In honor of my ever expanding tummy, let's do another top five things list.
I've done this once before, remember? With mild success.
But it might be fun.
Best television episode
1. Hands down for me. "The Dundies," season two of The Office. A drunk Pam. A Jim and Pam kiss. A classic Michael Scott performance. It's got humor. It's got emotion. Who needs anything else?
2. A close second. Episode one of season two of Lost. This is where we meet Desmond for the first time, and he says to Jack, "See you in another life, Brother." Great.
3. I also really like the season finales of Lost's first and second seasons. Season two, I believe, ends with them blowing up the hatch where they found Desmond in episode one.
4. The Little House in the Prairie episode where Nellie pretends to be paralyzed after she falls off a horse and blames Laura for it (it was Laura's horse) and so Laura, feeling guilty, helps Nellie with her homework, etc., until one day she sees Nellie walking around in her room and so discovers she's faking. The episode ends with Laura pushing Nellie in her wheelchair down a huge hill and yelling, "We're such good friends, Nellie!"
5. I don't know which one, but some episode of Wonder Years clearly deserves this spot.
Did we do songs last time? Eh, let's do it again:
1. "Cath," Death Cab for Cutie. I'm addicted.
2. "Mr. Jones," Counting Crows. The live version
3. "Yellow," Coldplay
4. "Thunder Road," Bruce Springsteen
5. "Mr. Brightside," The Killers
Restaurants, anywhere in the world
1. Johnny Carino's, Grand Junction, Colo.
2. M's Pub, Omaha
3. Le Peep, Omaha
4. McFosters Natural Kind Cafe, Omaha
5. The late Ying Thai, Grand Junction
1. "The Chocolate War," Robert Cormier
2. "Blue Shoe," Anne Lamott
3. "A Separate Peace," John Knowles. Yes, Mr. Campbell, it left an impression, even this many years later.
4. "Little Altars Everywhere" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood," Rebecca Wells
5. "The Mermaid Chair" and "Secret Life of Bees," Sue Monk Kidd
Movies (I'm pretty sure we did this one last time, didn't we?)
1. Back to the Future. Hands down.
Not even worth following this up with any others (and yes, I'm getting a bit tired of the lists).
Play along, if you like.