16 July 2008

It Is Confession Time

First of all, I just wanted to tell all five of my readers that I haven't disappeared nor abandoned you.  Most of my free time has been spent making this for my soon-to-be-born niece, Gummi Bear:

Which is why this post has been sitting around waiting for me to blow the dust off and finish it. Without further ado, onto the confessions!

I spent a great many years of my life trying to keep people from realizing what a huge dork I am.  I knew I would never be 'popular' but I did want to preserve some semblance of cool. However, in retrospect, this quest for coolness meant I kept a lot of things locked up in my head because they weren't respected by my friends or peers.  It is my goal to stop worrying so much about others' opinions of me and just be myself.  So as a first, tentative, step toward full disclosure, I thought I would start with a blog post revealing something I normally wouldn't.

I wasn't quite sure what I was ready to share.  I had to start out small, but not something insignificant. But obviously it couldn't be an admission that any mocking would send me into a catatonic state. It all came together when I saw Get Smart. (Side note:  I thought it was a fun movie.  I would recommend it just because Steve Carrell could make me laugh just reading the phone book. But there is fun to be had outside of Mr. Carrell, so go see it!) What was the epiphany that led me to this post?  That Dwayne Johnson ('The Rock' is apparently out) is kind of hot. Maybe it was the wardrobe (I have no defenses against a secret agent in a French blue button down w/ rolled up sleeves. None. I blame David Duchovny.  And Michael Vartan). But that confession is not all, my friends. I have compiled a list of other actors who I have heretofore been loathe to admit finding attractive.  You may mock, I won't be offended.  But I'll be ecstatic if any of you agree!

Back to Mr. Johnson, I was originally very dismissive, as he was a professional wrestler.  Then I saw him a few years ago on SNL and he wasn't half bad.  Then he stopped being so beefy and put on the Standard-Issue Government Agent Uniform I mentioned above and was all nice to Steve Carrell in Get Smart and all of sudden he is attractive.  

Next up is another actor who kind of grew on me.  I never got into Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel although two roommates tried valiantly to get me hooked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But while I never got obsessed (which I think had more to do with my love of the original movie than the quality of the show.) I kept tabs on David Boreanaz and now that he's not in a show as a character whose only moods are sad and evil, I can say that he is hot. And the fact he wears the Standard-Issue Government Agent Uniform the majority of the time is a plus.

The Matrix worked because Keanu Reeves needed only to look confused and/or concerned through the entire 136 minutes of the film. Also, the all black look works on most men. The thing is, even though his acting genius seems to have peaked with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, I feel compelled to watch him. As in, literally stare at him. He is the worst thing about Much Ado About Nothing, but he also spends some time shirtless. 

George of the Jungle, The Mummy I & II, School Ties, Bedazzled: these are movies I have seen multiple times. Not because they are necessarily good; most of them are not. Why do I watch them repeatedly? Because I find Brendan Fraser to be completely disarming. He spends most of the time in these films being the affable goof. A very tall affable goof with a six pack.

I have long been at the mercy of class clowns. I loved several during my school career. Currently I am quite enamored with one Mr. Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live. His dry delivery on Weekend Update nearly always sets me giggling. And a man who makes me laugh is always attractive.

And finally my deepest, darkest, most difficult confession. I find Denis Leary to be dead sexy. I don’t even know how I came to this conclusion, as I think I have seen maybe one movie he has ever done, a long forgotten Disney flick called Operation Dumbo Drop (Research shows he also played Smalls’ step-dad in The Sandlot. So that’s two). Everything else is pretty much unwatchable, as he is known to be a foul-mouthed comedian. But I still have to stop and stare whenever I see an ad for Rescue Me.

So there you are, dear readers.  Secrets I have been loathe to admit for some time and which will definitely cause a few of my friends' eyebrows to go up.  Now I'm off on vacation. I'll be back with stories and pictures!


Katie said...

I am happy to see you posting again! I love Gummi Bear's blanket; it's completely precious. I happen to think some of your choices are fabulous, although I've never been able to forgive Keanu after Much Ado . . . it was like his acting was the comic relief in the comedy.

Anonymous said...

Hee. Ok, I get the Rock thing and the Angel thing (or whatever his Bones character is). To a certain extent, I get the Brendan Fraser thing, but that is offset by the fact that he reminds me of a teenage-years boyfriend and the massive nerdy feeling thereof. The DL was a surprise though.

PS, You're collecting quite the tasty collection (ha) of nieces and nephews. What with the Peanut and the Gummi Bear and all.


esperanza said...

Cute quilt! Also, the Rock, whom I have never really found super attractive, was all of the sudden really attractive to me in Game Plan, the one where he is a football player with a daughter he didn't know about. Wow, super hot, my roomate and I were like, wow, the reason to see that movie is the Rock, and who knew he was so attractive? I think his de-beefing has made him attractive!

aquamarine said...

I tried leaving a comment yesterday but now matter how stocker-ish I was during my time in trying to post, it would not let me. So sorry about that.

As for confessions you had me worried there, but these...not shocking at all. ;)

And darling quilt!

CherBear said...

Nice blanket! Very well done! And thank you for posting about these dudes. I have always loved Keanu but for some time was afraid to admit it for fear of ridicule. I guess that's nothing compared to my onetime admiration of JTT. And the Rock is awesome! Very good actor. If you can check out Be Cool on TV sometime, maybe on Comedy Central or VH1, he's super awesome in that too. I'll check for a clip on YouTube. There's one scene with him that is really hilarious. And Dennis Leary, strangely attractive.

CherBear said...


Here's a link to the clip I was talking about.


Here's another one that's great.

ZB said...

Good for you for opening up! You have always been popular in my book. Farmboy and I were just talking about your husband.