We have a Thanksgiving tradition in our family that I’m sure many of you share — we go around the table before dinner and we each say what we are thankful for. It’s pretty corny I know, but we do it anyway and truth be told I never really put much thought into it. I suspect this year my entire family is going to look to me for some sort of sage advice now that I am a heart attack survivor (still seems weird to say that). But who the hell knows if any of us are going to still be here on Nov. 24 so I figure why not do it today (I have always been one of the world’s worst procrastinators but somehow now that seems like a bad way to go through life).
There’s a great scene in Woody Allen’s Manhattan where he talks into a tape recorder and lists the things that, to him, make life worth living.
There are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. uh… Like what… okay… um… For me, uh… ooh… I would say… what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing… uh… um… and Willie Mays… and um… the 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphony… and um… Louis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head Blues… um… Swedish movies, naturally… Sentimental Education by Flaubert… uh… Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra… um… those incredible Apples and Pears by Cezanne… uh… the crabs at Sam Wo’s… uh… Tracy’s face…
In that spirit, here goes:
- My wife Leslie Gutman and our son Connor Gutman
- My family (especially my sister Jodi!)
- Arizona sunrises
- Tom Wolfe novels
- Walking along the beach in Coronado
- Every song ever recorded by Joe Jackson
- A grande nonfat latte at Starbucks
- A gorgeous pair of legs
- Field of Dreams
- College basketball
- Driving alone with the radio blaring and no particular place to go
- An ice cold craft beer
- Conversations with friends
- My iPhone
- A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
- Pedro Almódovar movies
- Real Time with Bill Maher
- Introducing Connor to new films, television shows and music
- The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
- Wasting an hour browsing for nothing in particular at a good bookstore
- Dean Kamen, Shai Agassi, and Elon Musk
- Hearing One Shining Moment on the night of the NCAA basketball final
- Chilling by a pool…any pool…with a novel and a beer
- Seeing Connor’s excitement over the latest technology news
- Quoting Seinfeld
- My Barnes & Noble nook
- Staying in touch with friends, new and old, on Facebook
- ESPN SportsCenter
- Honeycrisp apples
Well, that’s a start. What makes your life worth living?
10 thoughts on “A Few Things That Make Life Worth Living”
Len….lovely list.I think my list would be just as long, if no longer.
Here’s a few…First and foremost, I am so thankful for my husband – his support and love are tremendous. Friends and family also bless my life in immense ways. But, the ability to help others as a volunteer is also something for which I am so thankful – every opportunity to make my community a better place is a grand privilege.
Thank you for your blog, my friend. I hope we have opportunity to talk music and books very soon.
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