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The Games gifMy dog, Kalli, often has her nose in a good book . . . and she has the nose to do it!

How do you procrastinate?
What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Readers celebrate The Games with their Olympic memories
Movies! Movies! Movies!
Top 10 favorite/fantasy vacation destinations
Ideas for Saving


“How do you procrastinate?”

Play a Game 22.10%
Read 16.57%
Do Something on the Internet 12.71%
Miscellaneous 12.15%
Enter a Contest 12.15%
Nothing or Sleep 8.84%
Watch TV or a Movie 8.84%
Visit Someone 3.31%
Clean Something 2.76%


“What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?”

And the winner is … Reading!

Read 58.08%
Other 16.17%
Sleep 9.58%
Watch a Movie or TV 6.59%
Cook 2.99%
Dance and/or Listen to Music 2.99%
Surf the Internet 1.80%
Scrapbook 1.80%


Olympic Memories

Readers celebrate The Games with their Olympic memories.

The most votes went to the 1980 Miracle on Ice, USA winning the gold medal in hockey.

Second place was ice skating/figure skating.

Other multiple vote getters:

  • Apollo Ohno skating/winning
  • Canada Bobsled win 1964
  • Canada men’s/women’s hockey team win
  • Closing Ceremonies
  • Dan Jansen winning speed skating
  • Eddie the eagle
  • Emily Hughes skating
  • Eric Heiden winning 5 medals
  • Female Australian skier winning gold
  • Jamaican Bobsled team
  • Kristi Yamaguchi’s gold medal
  • Mark Spitz winning all the medals
  • Mary Lou Retton winning/smiling
  • Nadia Cominece’s perfect 10
  • Olga Korbut winning her first gold medal
  • The opening ceremonies/parade of nations
  • Sarah Hughes winning the gold/skating her long program
  • Tara Lipinski becoming the youngest figure skater to win a gold medal
  • When the USA wins a medal
  • USA women’s bobsled win

Movies! Movies! Movies!

Wow! I asked for you favorite movies, and did you ever come through. I know it was difficult to choose a single movie as your favorite, and I appreciated the comments about “anything with Cary Grant” or “how can you go wrong with Fred and Ginger?”

I hope you all will enjoy the list and get as many ideas as I did.

Bring on the popcorn!

Your top three favorite movies:

  • Gone with the Wind
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Wizard of Oz

Other multi-vote getters:

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Arthur
  • Ben Hur
  • Blade Runner
  • Braveheart
  • Brian’s Song
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Caddyshack
  • Casablanca
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Dr Zhivago
  • E.T.
  • Ever After
  • Forrest Gump
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Ghost
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Kate and Leopold
  • Little Women
  • McLintock
  • My Fair Lady
  • Out of Africa
  • Overboard
  • Rebecca
  • Runaway Bride
  • Sabrina
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Star Wars (any or all)
  • Steel Magnolias
  • The Color Purple
  • The Matrix
  • The Notebook
  • The Quiet Man
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Way We Were
  • Titanic
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Top Gun
  • While You were Sleeping

Top 10 favorite/fantasy vacation destinations

Patricia McLinn’s readers wrote in with favorite and/or fantasy vacation destinations for a contest. Imagine each one and enjoy a mini getaway!

  1. Sun and Sand
    Hawaii, Jamaica, “beach” and tropical island
  2. Australia
    The Olympics, Brisbane, exploring the outback.
  3. Europe
    Portugal, Ireland, walking tour of the British Isles, Italy, Greece, Crete, Paris.
  4. Disney World
  5. Cruise
    To Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean.
  6. The Mountains
    Canadian Rockies, North Georgia Mountains (Smokies)
  7. Pack the Books
    A week or a month. The Alaska woods, Bahamas, Jersey Shore or tropical island with “all the time in the world to lie on the beach with a good book and a cool drink. Wouldn’t that be heaven? … Yes!”
  8. See the USA
    Maine. Mackinac Island, Michigan, Alaska (“in the summer”) California, Florida, Palm Springs, Calif., walking the boardwalk at the Jersey shore, camping through New Mexico, Vegas.
  9. Family visits
    Go together or get together, location doesn’t matter.
  10. Exotic and fantasy
    South Pacific, Bora Bora, Hong Kong, Peru, Fiji islands, a tropical paradise with no kids, deserted island with significant other, first class grand tour of Europe – including a crossing on the QE II and a ride on the Orient Express, Patagonia, live as honored guest at historical park, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, back-country horseback or motorcycle nature tour of New Zealand, Ghost and Vampire tour, castles and more castles, cottage on the California coast, honeymoon in Mexico, exotic island.

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