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Monday, August 25, 2014

Adding Number 5



I have a Pinterest board entitled "Jimmie, Kimi, Johnny, David". I don't expect anyone else to follow it. It's for my own personal enjoyment. It features pictures of my favorite men.

1) Jimmie Johnson -  six-time NASCAR champion. If I had a young son and was asked to choose who I would want his role model to be, it would be Jimmie. He's handsome, a loving family man, an admirable representative of NASCAR, a passionate competitor on the track and a fitness buff. Jimmie is the whole package.

2) Kimi Raikkonen - Champion in Formula One racing, currently driving for Ferrari. Kimi is the opposite of Jimmie. His nickname is the Iceman. He dislikes the press and is frequently either uncooperative or profane. Kimi walks to the beat of his own drummer and doesn't much care if his behavior offends others. His fans love his independent spirit.

3) Johnny Depp - Johnny is beautiful and unconventional. He loves quirky roles that make his looks beside the point - the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, Willie Wonka, Tonto in The Lone Ranger. He is hardly ever a hero in the traditional sense of the word. As Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean, for instance, his character is dishonest and sometimes cowardly. He's a drinker and a carouser. Yet somehow, he comes through in the end with wits and deeds of derring-do.

4) David Garrett - a virtuoso violinist, David has got to be the sexiest musician on earth and this is coming from an old rock and roller who, heretofore, paid no attention to classical music. My musical choices were along the lines of Rod Stewart and AC-DC, the Beatles and the Stones and ZZ Top but David has carried me along to places I never visited before.

And now, I guess, I'm going to have to change the title of my Board to add 5) - Sam Heughn, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series on Starz. I honestly expected to be disappointed with this series, believing as I did that the producers couldn't possibly find an actor who could do justice to Jamie, who is at the top of my favorite fictional characters....but they did. Sam is a perfect Jamie. He's courageous and tough, yet also sensitive when needs be. He smart and funny and sexy. He can be a macho man while also giving his wife, Claire, absolute respect.

(Incidentally, one of my favorite men used to be Mel Gibson (the Lethal Weapon movies some of the few I've watched more than once) until he went so maniacally right-wing, he turned me off but I may have to go back and re-visit Braveheart now that the Outlander has caused a new fascination with Scotland.)

These are my five - two racers, two actors, one musician, all talented, but ranging from outgoing to anti-social, conventional to non-conformist, all mesmerizing in their own me, at least.

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