Saturday, November 20, 2010

What I'm thankful for

Besides my family, here are some of the things I’m thankful for this year.

Rebecca Hall
Vin Scully
The Good Wife
Jon Stewart
My daughter is not dating a vampire
Don Draper
New Yorker cartoons
Opening Day
The iPhone
Great Big Radio
Rachel Maddow
A one-cent residual for MASH
Paul Rudd
Hula dancers
Hawaiian sunsets
Bob’s Big Boy
That yellow line in football
Spam filters
Improv class
DVD screeners
Mix CD’s
Pdf files
Marty Brennaman
Steven Moffat
Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Colbert
Steve Martin
The Joker
Joe Torre
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Louis Black
The Beatles
The few remaining bookstores
The Onion
The Writers Guild Foundation
Talkradio 790 KABC
Peter Luger's steak sauce
Manhattan Transfer
In Treatment
Dinah Washington
Denzel Washington
Diablo Cody
Patton Oswalt
The Bilko box set
Gates Brothers' BBQ
Aaron Sorkin
Coffee Bean Ice Blendeds
Tallulah Moorehead
Jon Miller
The Crab Cooker
Brian Wilson
Jenna Fischer
Modern Family
Ricky Gervais
Safeco Field
Christina Applegate
Channels 5,6,7,8, and 73 on XM
Milk Duds
Earl Pomerantz
Amy Winehouse (when she’s out of jail/rehab/the hospital)
Cassell’s hamburgers
The bcc. feature
Red carpet shows
Eric Nadel
Jennifer Grey’s dancing
Confederacy of Dunces
Amoeba Records
Martini shots
Mel’s Drive-In
Moonlight Serenade by Sinatra
Fellow bloggers
Our troops

Care to add your own?


Tallulah Morehead said...

Thank you, darling, and you're welcome. I'm over-honored to be included on such a distinguished list. I am thankful for you as well. Now enjoy a huge Thanksgiving meal, with a Lipitor chaser. My favorite part of Thanksgiving: the stuffing, followed by a good meal.


Sunshine Vitamin said...

Perceptive, articulate writing
The Divine spark of goodness within us all
Silly dogs
Dramatic divas
Changing tides
You too!

Anonymous said...

My sisters
My Schnauzer and my Yorkie
Amazing friends

Mac said...

Thongs?!! To observe or to wear?

I'm not judging, Ken. Just curious.

My list would be;
The Third Policeman
Thick hair
Unmodified breasts
Laurel and Hardy
Matt Groening
Teriyaki steak
Ribeye steak
The Writer's Guild
Barbara Ann
The Big Lebowski
Opposable thumbs
Tex Avery
Asian hotel-TV Residuals
Garry Shandling
Niles Crane
Finnish women
Winston Churchill
My mum
This Blog
Krispy Kreme doughnuts


Anonymous said...

weak post

Roger Owen Green said...

So is this Brian wil;son, the writer for the Beach Boys, or Brian wilson, the pitcher for the SF Giants?

To Anonymous: weak response.

Bob Claster said...

Cassell's? Really? Gave up on them years ago after Al Cassell retired. Are they still awesome? How do they stack up against the new kids in town, like Umami, Counter, or my personal favorite, Golden State?

ttv said...

That celebrities are really cool.

cityslkrz said...

This is why I love reading your blog, amongst other things on your eclectic list, not many people love both of these...
Steve Martin
In Treatment

escalante blogger said...

don't forget GOD! Yes, who created it all. :-)

Mary Stella said...

Thanks, Ken. I'm thankful for you, too. I laugh more reading your blog than any other.

Other things/people I'm grateful for:

My family of origin and my family of friends.
My day job. Yes, I love it and that's something to be grateful about.
My dogs
That I live in the Florida Keys
Financial stability
My boat
The 100 or more authors whose books I love.
Excellent chocolate
Pretty flowers
The Phillies
Springsteen and the E Street Band
Jimmy Fallon's imitations of Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen on Jimmy Fallon's show
Dolphins (the marine mammal, not the football team)
True Blood
Good wine
Better vodka
Wireless Internet
Live coral reefs
The billion stars in a clear December night sky
Getting the rights back to my books
That I live in America. I might not like election outcomes, but at least we all get to vote.

Jeffrey Leonard said...

You must add one more to your list...Sofia Vergara. What would the world be without her?

Ganses said...

You don't like "Terriers"??

I'm thankful that people are still trying to put intelligent TV on the air.

D. McEwan said...

"escalante blogger said...
don't forget GOD! Yes, who created it all. :-)"

Esca, you want to thank your make-believe god, that is your absolute right. If Ken wants to thank it, or not, that's his absolute right. Don't go around ordering people to give thanks for this fictional character.

Besides, I thought the idea was to give thanks to this god thing, not for it.

I am thankful I wasn't fool enough to fall for the god delusion.

sally creeping down the alley said...

I'm thankful that I don't know, am not related to, or not married to either Heidi or Spencer...

When exactly is their 15 minutes up anyway?

lucifervandross said...

Thanks Ken. Unlike some people (anonymous) some of us are glad you are a real person. It makes us think that maybe we can be the "us" equivalents of "ken levine" someday.

Thankful for 2 weeks until graduation. So long orange and white; hello, again, real world.

Cap'n Bob said...

I agree with everything/one but Maddow, about whom I am indifferent. But you do such a great blog I want to do something nice for you, Ken, so I'll send a picture of me in a thong.

WV: slyzy. How a modern college grad spells sleazy.

helen said...

I'd be really really thankful if you could help me get over my 'I'm crap with coming up with titles' thing...
I've written a script people's about a single mum who had her son when 14 and has struggled and worked hard to provide them both with a good life...then her past comes back and bites her on the bum...can I think of a takes me longer to come up with titles than to write the flipping is it for you?

By Ken Levine said...

"The past is thicker than blood"

Mike Barer said...

That we live in a nation that has elected a Black President.

Anonymous said...

How's he doin, really??

Roger Owen Green said...

Oh, and which Steve Martin? The lead singer of The Left Banke (Walk Away Renee) or the guy who used to have arrows in his head?

barnez28 said...

I am thankful for comedy and sports. Also all the hot girls out there and I knew what you were saying when you said thongs, haha.

thomas tucker said...

Rachel Maddow?!

Debby G said...

Great list! Though have you been to a Bob's Big Boy lately? I have, and let's just say it's much nicer to remember it fondly than to actually eat the food there.

Friday questions: You're taking an improv class? Just for fun or to help your writing or because you see a job at The Groundlings in your future? Once you became an established writer, did you still take classes, read how-to books, etc.? Or did you feel you'd advanced beyond those things?

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

Debby G said...

And I so agree with you about Amy Winehouse. I could listen to her sing all day and night.

Powerhouse Salter said...

The monologues and cold openings of the CBS LATE LATE SHOW with Craig Ferguson.

jace said...

This is lovely. And may I just second Steven Moffat? He has made this a wonderful year; Doctor Who has been fantastic and Sherlock has joined M*A*S*H in the go-to "too sick to move" TV category.

lucifervandross said...

Debbie G (so hoping that G stands for Gibson, when i was five I thought I and the electric youth herself were going to runaway and live happily ever after),
if you dig winehouse may I suggest:

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Melanie Fiona
and Corrine Bailey Rae

Helen: I've read a lot of scripts, and I like to suggest better titles, mostly to the other people in my office. A lot of times people miss the golden opportunity title right in front of their face. I would be more than happy to help, but I think I would have to read it. No offense but the synopsis sounds very generic.

Unknown said...

apple pan
bob & ray
steven merchant
the hammond b-3
the clash
curt swan
dick sprang
the farmer's mkt & Framer's Markets
fried chicken
ALegria on Sunset
Barnaby by Crockett Johnson
Silver Lake Cheese Shop
George Jones
Little Dot

Unknown said...

people who could glean Farmers Markets from Framer's Markets above and aren't petty enough to trainspot the gaffe.

Laurie A said...

CSA farms here in NY
British TV, like Spooks and IT Crowd
Working appliances
Benign brain tumors

Timothy said...

Not to be pedantic on a list of things that you're thankful for...but if you're referring to "Louis Black" the stand-up, you mean "Lewis Black".

Happy Thanksgiving, Ken!