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Reds Freak
01-13-2008, 11:09 AM
While I enjoy reading the "Things That Drive You Crazy" threads, let's get positive for a change. What are some of the things in life that you love? What makes you tick? I'll start with a few...

A sunrise.

Front porch swings.

A good conversation with a friend.

Live bluegrass/country music.

Reds baseball on a Sunday afternoon.

A big breakfast with the morning paper.

A bike ride.

Views from Mt. Adams.

Being swallowed by a good book on a park bench.

A sunset.

Gainesville Red
01-13-2008, 11:43 AM
Watching babies and puppies.

redhawkfish
01-13-2008, 11:52 AM
Being on Dale Hollow Lake at sunrise!

Watching my kids' sports!

WMR
01-13-2008, 11:55 AM
Anytime Duke loses a basketball game.

sonny
01-13-2008, 02:44 PM
Seeing my kids' smiles.

KronoRed
01-13-2008, 02:58 PM
Snow falling.
A nice walk on a sunny day with mid 40's temps
A comfy couch.
A long drive with a good radio station on.

Screwball
01-13-2008, 03:15 PM
A Bengals win.

A Reds win.

A Bearcats win.

A Cincinnati Excite (indoor soccer team my brother plays on) win.

The Coors Light commercials with the Head Coach press conferences.

Old Simpsons.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Super Troopers.

Jim Rome radio show.

Bud Light.

Dom Heffner
01-13-2008, 04:03 PM
Roger Ebert's Movie Reviews

Andre Agassi

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

The exchange in Uncle Buck between John Candy and Macauley Caulkin that ends with, "What's your record for consecutive questions asked?"

Arrested Development

A Patriots' loss

Gosh, I'll be back to add many more.

TeamCasey
01-13-2008, 04:06 PM
Picturing my Mom out on the end of the dock at camp with a bass on the end of her line and the look of delight and surprise on her face.

Ltlabner
01-13-2008, 04:27 PM
Putting 5.56 ammo through paper at 100 yards...consistantly in small groups.

My dog always being happy to see me. No matter how miserable of a person I've been that day.

Warm spring days that lead into cool spring nights where you can sleep with the windows open.

Any day at the stadium with my Father.

Working hard around the house all day then stepping back and seeing how nice the house looks at the end of the day.

BearcatShane
01-13-2008, 05:53 PM
A Bearcats Win

A Xavier Loss

Jay Bruce

A Benagals Win

A Reds Win

Brandon Phillips

My little Nephew

A college Football Saturday

A 68 degree Cincinnati day with no humitidy

Going to the ballpark in the summer with.... anyone.

*BaseClogger*
01-13-2008, 11:52 PM
South Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

BoydsOfSummer
01-14-2008, 12:25 AM
Good beer with good friends.:beerme:

"And THIS one belongs to the Reds!":thumbup:

Boobies :dancingco

Cedric
01-14-2008, 12:32 AM
My nieces
My Fiancee
My new house
Watching Ole Miss and WVU play good basketball
Thinking of Feb/March
Thinking of Sep/Oct :)

At least we got a shot this season.

OldRightHander
01-14-2008, 10:15 AM
Getting home after being on the road for a few days and my wife is happy to see me.

A win by any of my favorite teams: Reds, Bengals, Ohio State, Xavier, Blues

A loss by the Steelers, Yankees, Braves, and 49ers

Animals, especially little ones

Rural driving. Nothing beats about 600-700 miles of rural interstate on a sunny day, especially in a scenic part of the country.

MrCinatit
01-14-2008, 10:22 AM
Memories of old Reds victories.

The Kid.

The moon and the stars and the planets and everything else out there.

A very good run.

A very good song.

Gas.

When the words I am writing come together in plerfect harmony.

Great scenes in great movies.

"Discovering" a very good, obscure movie (today's feature: Sunshine)

Getting a lot of what I wanted to accomplish after a night's work.

Spending time with my family - and my parents' dogs.

SunDeck
01-14-2008, 12:41 PM
The sound, sight and smell of waves rolling up on the Carolina shore.

Hitting a golf ball so cleanly that I don't feel the impact.

My kids' artwork.

The feeling of having completed something right the first time (which happens a little too rarely for me.)

15fan
01-14-2008, 01:41 PM
Hearing from my parents & / or siblings about all the snow on the ground and how cold it is where they are.

Then hanging up the phone and going outside without having to worry about a jacket or sweater.

TeamCasey
01-14-2008, 05:04 PM
The quiet time on a lake before the world wakes up.

A bass coming up out of the lily pads for a well placed hula popper or rubber frog ...... even when you don't get him.

The spontaneous tidbits of information that come from TeamMorris' son. Out of the blue he'll tell me something about the rain forest or something about Egypt. The teachers must have has attention .... lord knows I no longer do. LOL

When TeamMorris' son sings.

*BaseClogger*
01-14-2008, 06:07 PM
I almost forgot- walking into a Skyline/White Castle

(I only get to go to those places a couple times a year)

guttle11
01-14-2008, 06:17 PM
The wood/lacquer smell you get walking into a high school gym

Teeing off as the sun rises (I hate waking up that early, but I love it at the same time)

Walking into any arena/stadium and smelling the hotdog/stale beer combo

The first night sleeping with the windows open after a long, stuffy winter

919191
01-14-2008, 06:29 PM
The smell of a baseball glove.

TeamCasey
01-14-2008, 06:39 PM
The smell of a baseball glove.

Puppy breath beats that! :)

Rojo
01-14-2008, 06:58 PM
When I know everyone in the bar and like them (and even when I don't).

Ltlabner
01-14-2008, 07:27 PM
Being in an airport very early in the morning before it gets busy.

Rojo
01-14-2008, 08:12 PM
Being in an airport very early in the morning before it gets busy.

Interesting. I've never thought to put "airport" and "smile" together.

BUTLER REDSFAN
01-14-2008, 08:28 PM
From Screwball....

A Bengals win.

A Reds win.

A Bearcats win.

You don't get to smile much, do you?

Ltlabner
01-14-2008, 08:31 PM
Interesting. I've never thought to put "airport" and "smile" together.

I like to fly, whether it be in private aircaft or commercially. The security dance can be a drag, and the dolts trying to charge off the plane at the same time can drive you mad.

But generally speaking, I like the calm and stillness of the airport at 5 or 6am when there's not a lot of people and things are quiet. Maybe it's because it's supposed to be a bee-hive of activity and isn't? Maybe it's the whole calm before the storm thing? Maybe it's the confluance of thousands of people who will likely never again cross paths?

Airports are facinating places.

15fan
01-14-2008, 09:11 PM
But generally speaking, I like the calm and stillness of the airport at 5 or 6am when there's not a lot of people and things are quiet. Maybe it's because it's supposed to be a bee-hive of activity and isn't? Maybe it's the whole calm before the storm thing? Maybe it's the confluance of thousands of people who will likely never again cross paths?

Airports are facinating places.

Last fall, my 4 year old woke up at 2:00 am on a Wed w/ a major case of insomnia. We had a house full of guests. After it became obvious that she wasn't going to sleep, I put her in the car and tried driving around I-285, thinking that the car would lull her to sleep.

(As an aside, it was weird being on 285 and not seeing a single car in either direction. 12 lanes+ of empty at 3am.)

As we got to the south side, she said she wanted to go watch the planes at the airport. So we pulled into the parking deck, drove up to the roof, and waited for planes to come in.

None did. I figured we'd get some UPS or cargo planes or something. But not a single plane coming in on a clear night at the nation's busiest airport.

So we went inside to walk around. No bags on any of the baggage claims (about...20? 24?) at Hartsfield. None of the shops were open. No one was any of the ticket counters.

My kid wanted some water, so we set out to look for a vending machine. Couldn't find one anywhere on the ticketing / baggage claim concourse. They only exist on the departure / arrival concourses.

The only signs of life were a handful of custodians / maintenance workers. As we walked over to a restroom to make a stop before hopping in the car & heading home, I realized that I knew the maintenance guy at the entrance to the restroom. He's one of our maintenance guys at work, and he works a few nights at the airport to make some extra $$$. He was shocked as could be to see me standing there with my 4 year old at 3:45 am on a work day. We chatted for a few, then hopped in the car to head home.

An empty I-285 and an empty Hartsfield airport. Surreal doesn't even begin to describe it.

GoReds33
01-14-2008, 09:29 PM
Chuck Norris.

deltachi8
01-14-2008, 09:34 PM
Airports are facinating places.

I agree. i like to fly as well.

Screwball
01-14-2008, 11:12 PM
From Screwball....

A Bengals win.

A Reds win.

A Bearcats win.

You don't get to smile much, do you?

:laugh:

Fortunately I keep the fridge stocked with Bud Light. :thumbup:

I thought of a couple more too...

Turkeys (not the kind you eat).

Friday paychecks.

Eagle putts.

RANDY IN INDY
01-15-2008, 01:09 AM
Pitchers and Catchers report.

Daddy, can we go out and throw/hit?

Any time I hear my son laugh.

gonelong
01-15-2008, 01:13 AM
Mrs. Gonelong's smile.
A cold beer after mowing the lawn on hot, humid day.
Friday, 5:00 PM
Opening Day
A campfire and a lawnchair.
"Daddy ..."
Pocket Aces.
Finishing a project.
Fish on!
Waking up and realizing you have another 1/2 hour to sleep.
A Package from Victoria Secret on the doorstep. :D


GL

KronoRed
01-15-2008, 02:42 AM
I like to fly, whether it be in private aircaft or commercially. The security dance can be a drag, and the dolts trying to charge off the plane at the same time can drive you mad.

But generally speaking, I like the calm and stillness of the airport at 5 or 6am when there's not a lot of people and things are quiet. Maybe it's because it's supposed to be a bee-hive of activity and isn't? Maybe it's the whole calm before the storm thing? Maybe it's the confluance of thousands of people who will likely never again cross paths?

Airports are facinating places.
That was a great description :) pre 9/11, when you could get past security without a ticket, me and the Mrs enjoyed evenings and early mornings out at the airport, just walking around the terminals and eating frozen yogurt.

*BaseClogger*
01-15-2008, 05:40 AM
Chuck Norris.

:laugh:

WebScorpion
01-15-2008, 04:36 PM
The moment, and living in it. :D

Gainesville Red
01-15-2008, 05:07 PM
Burning Christmas trees when the season's over.

BoydsOfSummer
01-15-2008, 07:50 PM
(As an aside, it was weird being on 285 and not seeing a single car in either direction. 12 lanes+ of empty at 3am.)

The only people out at 3a are dads with insomniac kids...

Dom Heffner
02-01-2012, 09:04 PM
Alex Honnold. If you don't know who he is, look him up on YouTube...

RedsfaninMT
02-01-2012, 10:21 PM
Thinking about my upcoming trip to Nicaragua with my wife, son and folks to celebrate the big five-oh, spending the last five days on a roadless island, where cheap good beer, fine margaritas, great snorkeling and spectacular fishing are on tap.

Oh, and thinking of the Reds winning the WS in '12.

foxfire123
02-01-2012, 10:46 PM
Young horses playing in a pasture, or baby animals of any sort for that matter.

Otters. You can't look at an otter and NOT smile. :-)

Roy Tucker
02-02-2012, 07:53 AM
Seeing my kids happy.

Seeing my kids succeed.

Someone did something kind for me.

Sitting on my back patio with a cup of hot coffee watching the sunrise.

Sitting in front of a crackling fire with about 2 fingers of Woodford Reserve in a crystal glass.

SunDeck
02-02-2012, 08:28 AM
This make me happy. That's my daughter watching a full moon come up on a night sail.

http://forums.oday.sailboatowners.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=42745&d=1313243473

Sweetstop
02-02-2012, 09:17 AM
beautiful pic, sundeck. :)


currently for me it's all things grandbaby related.. toddler-speak is a hoot.

bucksfan2
02-02-2012, 09:45 AM
-A powder day with the sun shining.
-My dog running to the garage door when I come home.
-Crossing the finish line at a race.
-The feeling of the first warm spring day.
-Pitchers and catchers report
-OSU football/basketball
-Vacations with my wife.

Rojo
02-02-2012, 01:19 PM
When dogs crook their head because they're confused.

Foghorns. I live between Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. On foggy days there's a call-and-response between at least three of them.

dabvu2498
02-02-2012, 01:29 PM
A fish on the end of my line. Even better... A fish on the end of my son's line.

A good ballgame.

Kids playing outside.

The silence in my house in the early morning when I'm the only one awake. And the chaos of a full, awake, alive house.

Dom Heffner
02-02-2012, 08:09 PM
Can I say Alex Honnold again?

Can you imagine scaling Half Dome with simply your hands and feet with no rope?

Man, that is cool.

Ohayou
02-02-2012, 08:14 PM
I'll tell you whats cool:

Corgis

SunDeck
02-02-2012, 09:06 PM
Can I say Alex Honnold again?

Can you imagine scaling Half Dome with simply your hands and feet with no rope?

Man, that is cool.

That's a feat, for sure.

jimbo
02-03-2012, 01:09 PM
A finely manicured baseball field on a sunny day, with water from sprinklers glistening in the sunlight.

When I was younger, I used to love Saturday morning games and getting there early where there was still morning dew on the grass.

Just about anything from my youth, when it comes to baseball, makes me smile.

BoydsOfSummer
02-04-2012, 01:01 AM
One inch groups.

GAC
02-04-2012, 04:15 AM
Watching that video on the news last night in the Utah elementary school where they were doing show and tell and this little girl was showing pictures of her Daddy, who is currently away serving in the military. They set her up because they had Daddy there for a surprise reunion. Seeing that little girl (cute as a button) run and jump into his arms and yell "This is my Daddy!" to everyone in the class brought tears to my eye (it really did).