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  • I liked Diane’s 50 Favourite things so much, I am inspired to share my 50 favourite things, in no particular order. These are the things that make my life rich, today. Just the ones that come to mind at this moment. Tomorrow could bring 50 completely different favorite things.
    1. Cowbird – the whole experience of it
    2. How my body feels after a particularly physical night of playing softball (like it does now)
    3. My filtered memories of the past
    4. The ability to spin a yarn out of loose threads of ideas/memories
    5. The feeling I get when I know I nailed a particular story exactly the way it needed to be nailed
    6. When the peeling back of a surface memory yields other memories I’d long since forgotten until now.
    7. Crawfish Etouffee, Jumbalaya, Gumbo, Beignets & Coffee with Chickory
    8. Honesty
    9. Pawley’s Island and/or Debordieu, South Carolina
    10. Disney Cruises
    11. Disney World
    12. Glass Half Full Outlook
    13. Genuinely Positive People (as opposed to pollyanna-positive people)
    14. The word “Penultimate”
    15. Reconnecting with an old friend
    16. Counting Crows
    17. Hunter S. Thompson
    18. Jack Kerouac
    19. Not getting caught doing something for someone else
    20. My family – immediate and extended
    21. Historical artifacts
    22. Early morning solitude
    23. Riding my bike
    24. Making an impossible catch on the softball field
    25. Doing “Free Bird” in Karaoke
    26. Stumbling onto an old tune I haven’t heard in forever
    27. “A League of Their Own” movie
    28. Watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve
    29. “The Wizard of Oz”
    30. Dylan and Johnny Cash doing “Girl From the North Country”
    31. David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s version of “Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth”
    32. A perfectly ripe nectarine, peach, and/or plum
    33. Noticing Cloud formations
    34. Blizzards – 12 inches or more of snow, the more the better.
    35. Autumn
    36. Vacation
    37. Being a father
    38. The comforts of home
    39. The adventures of travel
    40. Journals/Journaling
    41. On the beach with something good to read
    42. Being at the ballpark – any ballpark, any teams playing
    43. First tournament of the softball season
    44. Easing my aching bones into a hot jacuzzi, especially when it’s cold outside
    45. Playing Mah Johngg and/or Scrabble with Mom, Playing Bug-A-Rum (“Bugs!”) with my family.
    46. A quiet evening at home with Kathy
    47. Eating at the Chef’s Table at Bazin’s on Church Street with Kathy
    48. The anticipation building for going on vacation 5 days before it starts
    49. Watching the ship pull out of port from either topside, or my state room veranda (if I have one)
    50. Getting a couples massage on a ship
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