I’m just gonna throw this out there. Often--okay, occasionally--some people (family members!) ask what I want for my birthday or Christmas. Being someone that has had all wishes fulfilled, I do not know how to answer. My wish to be surprised has been only occasionally fulfilled.
Now, I have the definitive answer of the perfect gift for me: a box set of Dharma & Greg. Besides that, I have everything that a person could want in life. When those people, who pose such difficult questions, have consigned me to a “retirement home” (euphemism for concentration camp), I will happily watch endless re-runs and laugh. Besides that small pleasure, such a life cannot be enjoyable.
Sadly, no one that would give me a present reads this worthless blog....
Watching reruns of Dharma & Greg, I was reminded why this is my all-time favorite sitcom. Whoever conceived the characters and wrote the dialogue is a genius. This is humor at its best.
In moments of complete delusion, I am madly in love with Dharma (not the actress that plays her, because I could not even like a follower of Scientology). I would accept her quirks in exchange for all the laughs, because I share some traits with Greg.
Second choice of sitcom would be difficult, because I like a few, each for different reasons. Blackadder has some brilliant episodes and some not-so-good ones, but is an intellectual tour-de-force by clever writers. Modern Family is a recent addition to the favorites list. Clever writing and excellent casting make this a success. I enjoyed Mad About You, until the end, when the storyline became sentimental and unpleasant. There must be others, but none comes to mind as I write.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.