Five by Five

on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Five by Five is the phrase that Faith (the rival slayer from the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) uses to indicate that everything is okay. I thought it would make a good title for this meme from Jelica and Ruslan over at Budapest Bits, my new friends and favorite blog from the Balkans and Central Europe. This is because the meme requires 5 answers under 5 topics.

It has been awhile since I did a meme. For some of the older readers, some of my answers will already be familiar but I hope this will be of interest to some of my new friends here. It also falls on me to prod 5 others to take up this meme. Please don't feel obliged or pressured but it would be nice to know a bit more about you. I dub the famous Five to be;
1. Lorac at Ahhh...the Cottage Life.
2. thisrainykitten at my blog.
3. Sally at Sally's World.
4. eastcoastdweller at In Search of Isis.
5. Cabcree at Cabcree.


1. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt, 1991)

Just think this is a great song. Soul wrenching music and lyrics.

2. And So It Goes (Billy Joel, 1989)

I proposed to my wife by singing this song, so it is very precious.

3. Alone Again Naturally (Gilbert O'Sullivan, 1972)

An early melancholic favorite.

4. Anything But Ordinary (Avril Lavigne, 2002)

My current theme song. Great lyrics and outlook to life.

5. Scarborough Fair/Canticle (Traditional Arr.; Simon and Garfunkel, 1966)

Great traditional song and wonderful anti-war anthem.


1. Running on Empty (1988)

This movie is about family, love and sacrifice. Always makes me cry.

2. Blade Runner (1982)

Probably the best Science fiction movie ever. Shows a dark side to the progress of


3. Before Sunrise (1995)

A simple story of a chance encounter on a train but I think one of the most

romantic stories ever.

4. Thunderheart (1992)

A spiritual journey and a story of injustice against native peoples.

5. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Another movie that makes me cry. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks make a great

romantic comedy combination.


1. Ring of Bright Water (Gavin Maxwell, 1960)
This book taught me to love animals
2. Watership Down ( Richard Adams ,1972)
This book also taught me love animals but also to question human systems of governance and beliefs.
3. All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot, 1972)
This book also taught me to love animals and gave me a better sense of life's hopes, dreams, ups and downs.
4. Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke, 1972)

I love the premise of this story. Very humbling.
5. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever ( Stephen R. Donaldson,
A great fantasy story played out against the lack of faith of the hero.


1. Susan Hampshire
(British actress with large cleavage – what do you expect, this was my adolescence crush.)
2. Sophia Loren
(Italian Screen Sex Goddess – a bit older now but still controlled by raging hormones. I
my women meaty and curvy)
3. Natalie Wood
(American Actress – beginning to see women as people. Natalie remains one of my
She is strong, yet vulnerable. And is she ever so pretty).
4. Gong Li
(Chinese Actress – Even stronger, yet vulnerable. The Asian version of Natalie Wood).
5. Isabella Rossellini
(Italian Actress, daughter of Ingrid Bergman who almost made this list too. What can I say. She’s stunning at 55 years old. Graceful beauty and aging well).

Walking in the rain.
2. Swimming in a jungle stream.

Spending time with my wife.
4. Dinner with friends.

5. Laughter of Children.


cabcree said...

that was fun to read! it will definitely take some thought, but I try to have it posted by tomorrow morning. :)

Eastcoastdweller said...

Okay, I will give it a try. (o:

On a limb with Claudia said...

How fun to learn so much about you! Thanks for sharing.

I haven't seen most of those movies. Funny because I think I've seen every thing! :)

Andre said...

Nice lists LGS. I definitely have to agree with Gong Li. In "...Geisha," she had me groveling at her feet. It wasn't a pretty sight. :)

Lisa said...

Ooooooh, this will be too much fun!!!! I will start now, but I think it will be saved as a draft until it is finished. Thank you for the opportunity to know more about you and for the compliment that you'd like to know more about me.


Jelica said...

At least I knew who most of your crushes are, except for the Chinese actress, otherwise I was a bit clueless. Have to do some research definitely!

Lisa said...

OK done! Wow, fun and difficult!

I am familiar with most of your choices, will have to research a few, though.

secret agent woman said...

I just love that Bonnie Raitt song. So sad.

I showed my kids that snail shell - they thougt it was cool.

Molly said...

Oooh! Another James Herriot fan! Loved those books, and the BBC version made a TV addict out of me for its duration......Watership Down too......Scarborough Fair ditto. It's obvious to me Squirrel that you have excellent taste, ahem!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks. look forward to reading your 5 by 5. :)

Given your long resistance against doing memes, I thank you for giving this a try.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Do yourself a favour and pick up "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" (the sequel after more than 10 years) at your video outlet. It's quirky, real and ultimately a testament to love. Okay, I'm gushing. Just go, get and watch! :)

I am glad that I have never met any of these women in real life. Groveling in public is so unsightly. :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks for doing this. I've already been over to read your 5 by 5and there were certainly some interesting choices. Good to get to know you better.

Gong Li was the rival geisha in Memoirs of a Geisha but that really was not one of her better roles. With our different cultural background and exposures, there will be quite a lot of differences between our choices but it also means we get to learn a lot from each other.

Lisa said...

I read all of the Herriot books and I noted the last 2 books on your list b/c they seem interesting. I like Simon and Garfunkel, too. Did you see Art G. in the film Carnal Knowlege? I was amazed to watch him play such a ruthless horrible character and know that he had such an angelic voice. When we get our new tv, I will get Red Sorghum and we can discuss. Did you see all of Gong Li's movies? She is SO SO SO beautiful!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

secret agent woman,
Thank you for visiting. Please ignore all talk of global conquest by squirrels. Just kidding.

That Bonnie Raitt song is truly soul wrenching. I'm glad your budding naturalists like the shells. Perhaps they can explain to me how having a funny shaped shell gives these snails an advantage on dry, hot limestone habitats?

It's clear that we are twins......except for the quilting. :)

Lisa said...

--really nice!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hi again. Arthur C Clarke, as you may already know, is a writer whose ideas on space exploration has actually been copied in real life. Geostationary satellites and the Voyager probe were all from his original ideas. In the Rama series, he deals with man's first encounter with an alien object.

Sorry, haven't seen Carnal Knowledge.

As for Gong Li, I am already a convert! :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Just missed your last post but have now gone and listened to XTC at youtube. Pardon my ignorance but I do not remember hearing this song before but it is good. I can appreciate that cool laid back style of music. Thanks for sharing.

geewits said...

I love that Bonnie Raitt song. When she hit it big with that album I amazed people because I knew all about her father because I love show tunes. And we got to see Bonnie perform live in Dallas at that time. It was great!

My first thought on the swimming in a jungle stream is foreign microbes getting in your ear and eating your brain. I hope that doesn't happen!

geewits said...

Oh and I just noticed your comment to secret agent woman about the snails. The advantage seems obvious to me. Less surface area against the rock and more surface area altogether and in the air to keep cooler. Don't refidgerators have coils?

Philip O'Mara said...

That was fun to read.

It’s time to read a great new romantic comedy, entitled Classes Apart.
This is an adult sporting comedy that follows the fortunes of Paul Marriot, the secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. The team had previously been known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it.

During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and they embark on an epic journey.

the walking man said...

I am just going to assume that your wife does NOT read your blog...

#3 under 5 favorite things?

How long have you been married.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

"you knew all about her father"? Do tell. I don't know what that is about.

You can get foreign microbes invading by swimming in natural waters but doesn't happen too often - avoid stagnant water.

And congrats on a great possible explanation for the 4 axes shell shape!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks for the info.

Again I have been caught out by your sharp eye. All I can say is that I expect my lifespan has been greatly shortened with increased risk of drowning from walking in the rain and swimming in jungle streams. ( I had noticed the error earlier but forgot to make the correction during my final sweep).

kat said...

ahhh such a romantic you are :-)

fun and funny and kind, such a big heart you have

and patient, ever so sweet and giving

kudos to you and all that you love

kat said...

I know Susan! I like her

masterpiece theatre The First Churchills

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sheesh! I am blushing from all the kind words which are probably undeserved but thanks anyway.

Susan is a classy actress.

kat said...

not a meme but a question:

if you have DVR,
what do you presently have recorded?

Marja said...

Ah see that your crushes are not that young anymore Are they still crushes in their current looks

Calvin said...


Try this site;

As I understand it, it records video like from a TV into a digital format onto a hard disk drive or some other digital memory format. this video can then be played back again. Basically, it is a digital version of a VCR.

A digital camcorder is basically a combination of a camera and a DVR.

Hope that helps.

Calvin said...

Isabella Rosselini is in her mid fifties but she is still a stunner! Yes, I think all of my choices aged well except poor Natalie who will not age further.

kat said...

:-) that was not my question

I know what a DVR is and how it works

I am asking LGS what is on HIS if he cares to reveal such

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Hi Kat,
Sorry I don't have a DVR but I do have on DVD the entire collection of X-files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and Firefly. I am currently watching True Blood (vampire story). I also am collecting a very old TV show called The Equalizer. I also have a couple of concert DVDs of the Lilith Fair (Sarah Maclaughlin) and Harry Cormick Jr. Sorry if you were expecting some nature videos. :)

kat said...

ok my turn.... but am on break right now! so it will be in a bit ;-]

and no expectations...
so no disappointment ;-]

and ty

kat said...

I loved The Equalizer!

especially its first season

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