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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by RJman, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Etienne

    Etienne Senior member

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  2. Tyto

    Tyto Senior member

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    * My son's smile
    * My son's fascinated stare, mouth agape
    * My wife in jeans, t-shirt, shades, ponytail, and a smile
    * That clean baby smell
    * Lounging in bed on a Saturday morning
    * Sitting in the backyard at that perfect time of the evening
    * A glass of Lagavulin or A.H. Hirsch
    * The feel of a fountain or dipping pen on paper (good one, Huntsman)
    * Reading almost anything on a Sunday afternoon
    * Tinkering around the house
    * Salmoe roe sushi with a quail egg
    * Almost anything cooked by my father-in-law
    * Good bittersweet chocolate
    * A nice steak and a glass of zin.
    * Creme Brulee
    * Ironing
     
  3. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    Randomly roaming the streets of Mayfair, Belgravia, and St. James's. Just gazing at the grey haired men in bright coloured sports jackets and cravats, who just seem to sit in the back seats of their parked Bentleys and Rolls Royces for no reason, doing absolutely nothing but look wealthy.

    Sitting on the balcony of my apartment in Belgravia with a Cohiba and a JW Blue Label, and watching the world pass me by.

    Good company.

    Cashmere sweaters with nothing underneath.

    Shaving, late in the morning, with a brush, shaving oil, and shaving cream.

    Burgundy red wine.

    Loire valley white wine in the summer.

    Music.

    Women looking into my eyes.

    When people laugh at what you say, of course in a positive way.

    Speeding on the motorway.

    When you are the best dressed person in the room.

    Soho (London) at night.

    Foie Gras.

    Wandering small narrow streets in big cities (e.g. Soho NYC, Notting Hill and Covent Garden in London, Brera and the Navigli in Milan, Montparnasse in Paris).

    Kensington and Chelsea accents.

    Murano glass and crystal.

    Period French furniture.
     
  4. Morris

    Morris Senior member

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    - My wife's smile
    - My children laughing
    - Balvanie (neat, of course) settling in the tumbler
    - The Birth of the Cool
     
  5. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    chocolate mousse cake
     
  6. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Polishing good shoes
    Thunderstorms
    The sound of the sea, particularly late at night
    The smell of a fire or a kerosene lamp
    Sipping mint green iced tea while reading a good book
    Being warm in bed in a cool room
    Well-made au lait
     
  7. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Two more:

    Old-time radio shows
    Ceiling fans on a hot day
     
  8. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Fresh mint, props, Doc!
    Ditto on polishing good shoes. Moonlight and champers optional.
    And those old radio plays on KNX 1070 if they still have them -- Sgt Preston, the Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes...
    the Cafe Tomaselli in Salzburg and the Cafe Dommayer in Vienna, at any hour.
    A good chocolatine aux amandes
    Smelling spring air.
    That funky weird smell from plane trees around old buildings (mansions, libraries and the like)
    Hitting the sack after a long, long day knowing that you can rest now.
    Seeing my cat sprawl in the sun -- how simple happiness can be.
    Brick sidewalks.
    Fries with (garlic) mayonnaise.
    Real red-currant whole fruit jam.
     
  9. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sleeping anywhere I can hear the roar of the ocean
    Being lost, but not caring
    Finding that you have the room with your favorite painting at (insert museum) all to yourself
    Woody Allen's first 10 movies
    1985 Burgundy or 1982 Pomerol

    Two More:

    The cheese fries with fois gras at Au pied du cochon, Montreal
    In and Out burgers
     
  10. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Jeremy Law Deerskin Products
     
  11. heartworm

    heartworm Senior member

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    The scent of a woman.
     
  12. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    full mouth grins that won't quit from my three month old daughter when she sees me

    properly made cream pull candy

    hot cornbread made with homeground white corn and butter

    the joy of discovery: a dusty first edition in a bookshop, a sartorial gem in a thrift store

    letterpress printing on mouldmade paper

    old books

    hitting a three pointer with a guy in your face

    'clicking' again when meeting old friends

    a book that keeps you up at night because you can't put it down

    a driving Bluegrass instrumental

    a perfect cheeseburger

    perfect dryrub Memphis barbecue
     
  13. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    a driving Bluegrass instrumental

    Cliche as it is, I really do love "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."
     
  14. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    the sun setting in the west

    early morning in the desert

    the smell of linseed oil / oil paint

    John Singer Sargent's "Madame x"

    smell of cedar and pinion

    a flush 5 iron, with a slight draw, pin high

    the contrast of long summer shadows on fresh cut lawns

    late afternoon light through the oak trees
     
  15. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Paying bust-out retail for Vass shoes.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  16. Morris

    Morris Senior member

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    Sunday evenings as I polish my shoes with my trusted friend Balvenie PortWood 21 by my side.
     
  17. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    Sunday evenings as I polish my shoes with my trusted friend Balvenie PortWood 21 by my side.

    ah yes, the sunday shoe polish ritual...mines during NFL football...then on to ironing shirts.
     
  18. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Writing your name in wet cement. At least some part of you will be immortalized (at least for a while).
     
  19. Mr. Checks

    Mr. Checks Senior member

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    Driving home for Christmas, whether across the entire Great Plains or from a nearby town; pulling the car into Grandma's house.

    Ritual gatherings with the family or friends (annual "guys' weekend," 4th of July picnic)

    A deer standing on the green at the 17th, October 1990

    CV-66 returning to Norfolk

    September on a college campus

    Salt sticks from the Detroit Bagel Factory, Vernors, Honeybaked Hams, and all the Detroit foods of my youth (is taste the most vivid sense?)

    Anything perfectly executed: Norelco beard trimmer, John Eliot Gardiner Beethoven 5th, Marine Corps drill team in DC barracks, medium-rare done medium-rare
     
  20. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ray Harryhausen movies.
    Saint Etienne's I Love to Paint album
    The cool way that parrots' (and other psitticines') necks stretch out when they reach for things -- like skalogre's avatar.
     

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