My List of Stuff

Tom Waits: American singer/songwriter, composer, and actor (1949-Now). After buying “Frank’s Wild Years” by mistake, it took me a few years to actually start liking his music. I’ve never looked back and have most of his stuff somewhere. I don’t buy CDs anymore, except for Tom Waits’. Definitely an acquired taste, his music has a feeling like no other and lyrics to die for. 



James Bond: Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent from MI5. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, …. and even David Nivens!!! (Woody Allen as Jimmy Bond his nephew)

“You have a nasty habit of surviving Mr. Bond.”

Top 3 Bonds in order: Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, and Pierce Brosnan.

It was always an event to see the new Bond movie, with my mother no less. I think she liked Sean Connery the best.


Monty Python: British/American Comedy Group.  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin. Enough said.



Mad Magazine:  American Satire Magazine (1952-now) Comic genius from assorted artists and writers. My favourites included: Antonio Prohias’ Spy vs. Spy, Dave Berg’s The Lighter Side of …,  Sergio Aragones Mad Marginals, Al Jaffee’s fold in back cover, and the amazing Don Martin.

Most of my childhood money went to buying Mad with Alfred E. Neuman the “What, me worry?” kid on the cover.


Lewis Carroll:  British Writer (1832-1898)  Best known for  the children’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871).


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
  The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
  Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
  And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
  And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.


Rankin and Bass:  Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass creators of classic Animated TV Specials: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and The Little Drummer Boy to name a few.

Thank you for providing me with special moments in my childhood (an adulthood).

Thank you for all the great characters.




Trio: formed in a small German town in 1979 By far the band is most noted for the song “Da da da, ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha” (or simply “Da Da Da“), or its English version “Da Da Da I Don’t Love You, You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha”, which was a hit in about 30 countries worldwide.

I loved Da Da Da when it came out in 1982 and I still love it.



Chief Dan George: Canadian Actor, Poet, Native Rights Activist (1899 – 1981) Best known for roles in The Outlaw Josie Wales and Little Big Man.

I met him when I was 10 years old. He came to my family’s house after giving a speech at my sister’s 7th grade graduation ceremony (if I remember correctly). I guess his “A Good Day to Die” speech is most quoted, but he had great lines in all his movies. His book My Heart Soars is great as well.

A Good Day To Die

Come out and fight. It is a good day to die.

Thank you for making me a human being.

Thank you for helping me to become a warrior.

Thank you for my victories and for my defeats.

Thank you for my visions and the blindness in which I saw further.

You make all things and direct them in their ways oh grandfather.

And now you have decided that human beings will soon walk a road that leads nowhere.

I am going to die now, unless death wants to fight.

And I ask you for the last time, to grant me my old power to make things happen.

Am I still in this world?

I was afraid of that.

Well sometimes the magic works; sometimes it doesn’t.


Ogden Nash: American Poet (1902 – 1971).  Classic funny short poems, such as…


   The Jellyfish 

Who wants my jellyfish? 
I’m not sellyfish! 




Mel Brooks: American Movie Maker (1926- Now ). My favorites are Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, but there are a lot of others and Get Smart too!


Blazing saddles movie poster.jpg           




Paul Newman: American Actor (1925 – 2008)  The coolest guy in films. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slap Shot, The Sting, The Hustler, Road to Perdition are all classics. My favourite is Cool Hand Luke: “No one can eat 50 eggs” and him singing Plastic Jesus puts this film one notch above Slap Shot.


4 responses to “My List of Stuff

  1. Nearly all of your fave stuff is also my fave stuff. You have excellent taste in stuff!

  2. Hey Ross, now i know where your address comes frm. haha. Just cruising your blog, whilst at work. Makes me kinda homesick for being a kid. Ogden Nash (who ever knows who he is). I took my son to see Spamalot, Monty Python. We had a great time. The big son is wondering when that festival is that has the big nosed man. What month. Would like to come visit you then. Take care, miss you, love big sister.

  3. I love this blog, Ross. My favorite so far. A taste of things that make you who you are. Thanks for sharing!

    Meanwhile… Pierce is your number 3? I think that TWINE and D.A.D. are two of the worst movies i’ve ever seen. Not that it’s his fault, of course. I’m a Bond fanatic… did you know this?

  4. Pomeroy!: … is that you calling from the great beyond?
    I actually need to update this page, but it’s a pretty good idea of what is inside of me … without taking a DNA sample. hee hee!

    Are you suggesting Roger Moore should be in the top 3 Bonds? … I liked him at the time in his first 3 or 4 outings, but in hindsight I have to like Pierce a bit more for at least “Golden Eye”.

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