Some of Jim Watson's favorite things

Authors in alphabetical order
• Chip Kidd
• Dan Brown
• Dean Koontz
• John Grisham
• Malcolm Gladwell
• Michael Crichton
• Richard Dawkins
• Sam Harris
• Victor Papenek

Books
• A Time to Kill
• Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do
• Angels & Demons
• Black Like Me
• The Cheese Monkeys
• The DaVinci Code
• Design for the Real World
• The End of Faith
• The God Delusion
• God is not Great
• The Lost Symbol
• Steve Jobs

Cars I've owned in chronological order
• 66 Mustang
• Remodeled Volkswagen van
• Geo Tracker 2-door
• Chevy Tracker 4-door
• Dodge Nitro

Cirque du Soleil performances (19 total performances)
In order of preference, best to worst (tie for first place):
• Mystere (4 times) and La Nouba
• Varekai
• 'O'
• KA
• Ovo
• Kooza
• Dralion
• Alegria
(2 times)
• Saltimbanco
• Quidam
(2 times)
• LOVE - the Beatles
• Wintuk
• Corteo
(not so hot - avoid)
• Zarkana
(horrible - avoid)
Mystere is at Treasure Island in Las Vegas and La Nouba is at Downtown Disney in Orlando. Cirque shows represent the ecstacy of the human species - dedicated craftspeople who strive to do their very best. Every humanoid on the planet should experience at least one Cirque performance (unless its Corteo or Zarkana).

Cities
• Austin
• Boulder
• Dallas
• Las Vegas
• Mexico City
• New York City
• Puebla Mexico
• Seattle

Colors
• Blue
• Grey
• Orange
• Silver/aluminum
• Yellow

Concerts in chronological order
• The Beatles
• Dave Clark Five
• Rolling Stones
• Beach Boys
• Animals
• Cat Stevens
• Michael Jackson
• Andy Williams in Branson
• Blue Man Group
• NSync
• Lord of the Dance

Drinks
• Coffee
• Dewar's scotch
• Diet Dr Pepper & Diet Coke mixed together without ice
• Margarita on the rocks, no salt

Food
• Cheeseburger from brgr
• Chicken quesadillas (no sour cream, please)
• Chili cheese Fritos
• Granola cereal
• Lasagna
• Pistachio nuts,
• 7-11 Big Wheel
• Taco Bell Frito burrito
• Tex-Mex

Innovators
• Benjamin Franklin
• Buckminster Fuller
• Frank Lloyd Wright
• Herb Lubalin
• Richard Saul Wurman
• Thomas Edison
• Thomas Jefferson
• Walt Disney

Inventions
• Air conditioning (in summer)
• Bedspreads (in winter)
• Cruise control

Movies
• Airplane
• Avatar
• Back to the Future
• The Big Chill
• The Birdcage
• Cars
• Close Encounters of the Third Kind
• Days of Heaven
• Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
• Fried Green Tomatoes
• Ghost
• Groundhog Day
• The Hangover
• How the West Was Won
• Limitless
• Koyaanisqatsi
• Men in Black
• Michael Jackson's This Is It
• Midnight in Paris
• The Pink Panther
• Rango
• Rise of the Guardians
• Scary Movie 4
• The Shawshank Redemption
• Silver Streak
• Star Wars
• What's up, Doc?


Music and composers
• Andreas Vollenweider
• Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Buddy Holly
• Cat Stevens
• Cirque du Soleil soundtracks
• Cusco
• Danny Elfman
• Ennio Morricone
• Philip Glass
• Stephen Sondheim
• Wyndham Hill artists
• Yanni

Musical theater
• Cats
• In the Heights
• The Lion King
• next to normal
• Notre Dame
• Phantom of the Opera
• Rent
• Spring Awakening
• Urinetown
• The Wedding Singer
• Wicked


Places
• Bryce Canyon
• Disney theme parks
• Grand Canyon
• Mexico
• New York City
• Northern Arizona
• Southern Utah

Songs
• Eleanor Rigby
• Fast Car
• Fiery Nights
• InAGaddaVida
• Lady Madonna
• Lay Lady Lay
• The Maelstrom
• Midnight Rodeo
• Rivers of Cesme
• Rumeurs
• The Shoop Shoop Song
• Stairway to Heaven
• Tree of Life
• Trip Stumble & Fall
• White Bird

Spending time
• Eating a bowl of granola cereal (with sliced pecans) from the breakfast buffet at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
• Walking the dogs along the Hudson Esplanade.
• Browsing Borders & Noble.
• Laying in the hot tub watching the sunrise and listening to the birds.
• Traveling. Road trips.
• Solving a sudoku and crossword puzzles in the morning. While drinking coffee.
• Encouraging people to spell Wensday and Febuary in more intelligent ways.
• Sitting in museum cafes with coffee and pastry.
• Sunday mornings in bed with a book - while its raining - with the dogs on the bed.

Television shows in chronological order
• What's My Line
• To Tell the Truth
• Camouflage
• The Flintstones
• The Jetsons
• The Ed Sullivan Show
• The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
• Laugh-In
• Bob Newhart
• Lou Grant
• MASH
• Tim's Place
• Police Squad!
• Miami Vice
• Moonlighting
• PeeWee's Playhouse
• Northern Exposure
• thirtysomething
• Ally McBeal
• Cheers
• Mad About You
• Jeopardy
• The West Wing
• Seinfeld
• Malcolm in the Middle
• The Simpsons
• Boston Legal
• Arrested Development
• The Office
• 30 Rock
• Family Guy
• Cash Cab
• Modern Family

Television specials
• 1963 Kennedy Assassination coverage
• 1964 The Beatles onThe Ed Sullivan Show
• 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
• 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
• 2009 Barack Obama's Inauguration

Themeparks
• Disneyland
• Disneyland Paris
• Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom
• WDW Epcot
• WDW Animal Kingdom
• WDW Disney Studios
• Six Flags over Texas
• Six Flags Atlanta
• Six Flags St. Louis
• AstroWorld
• CircusCircus AdventureDome
• Knott's Berry Farm
• MGM Grand Adventure
• Universal Studios Hollywood
• Worlds of Fun

Trails
• Interurban tracks in North Texas and Central Oklahoma
• Oregon Trail
• Route 66 (I've driven the entire 'old road' from Chicago to LA)
• Santa Fe Trail

Never better
A few experiences that will likely never be surpassed.

• Comedy, humor, laughter
    Fame Becomes Me, a one-man show by and with Martin Short. I laughed so hard
    I almost had to go to the lobby to save myself from doing physical internal harm.
Drawings
    The Rothschild Drawing collection at the Museum of Modern Art. Inventive, well-crafted,
Entertainment experience
    Cirque du Soleil
Friend
    Laird McDonald
Job
    Teaching
Dogs
    Dallas & Manhattan
House
    424 East 4th Street, Edmond OK
Naberhood
    Battery Park City, Manhattan
Car
    Chevy Tracker
Man-made place
    Disney parks
Natural place
    Southern Utah

Not so favorite

• Lima beans
    Something happened in childhood to turn me against these vile things.
Ribs, wings
    Too much work for too little reward.
Food that has faces that stare at me

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