Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Thanks to Alec Baldwin, I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a 'Leading Male'

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thanks to Alec Baldwin, I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a 'Leading Male'


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I revisited Alec Baldwin's podcast Here's The Thing and realized I know exactly what I want in a man. 


I moved from Alec to Rumi only to reflect on what a charmed life I lead.


Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin
Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin's Podcast


Here's The Thing 

Caught up on Alec Baldwin's "Here's The Thing." I listened to Alec Baldwin's interviews with Joe Dallesandro and Kevin Kline. Millennials may need to look up Joe Dallesandro. On second thought, they may need to look both those names up.

The Kevin Kline interview was great, I highly recommend you download that episode. Actually, listen to both episodes because Joe Dallesandro's might be equally as good - but on opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum.


Little Joe Dallesandro
Joe Dallesandro of Andy Warhol Fame


In any case, at the end of the Kevin Kline interview, Baldwin paid Kline a compliment about his acting. He said, "You possess all the traits of a great leading male: masculinity, intelligence and sensitivity." I paused the podcast, rewound, and listened again. Then I wrote down the traits.

Masculine and Sensitive Super Heros
Masculine and Sensitive
Not so smart but I'll let it slide this time


I thought *that* is exactly what I'm looking for in a leading male too! Alec Baldwin hit the nail on the head! Or did he? I went back to my notepad and I scribbled one additional trait Baldwin had omitted.... "humor." Even James Bond is funny.

Masculinity, intelligence, sensitivity... and humor... that is what makes a great leading man. Alec Baldwin + Leyla

Some say humor goes hand-in-hand with intelligence, and whereas I believe that one cannot have a sense of humor without intelligence, I promise it does not go both ways. I also believe that sarcasm is lost only on the stupid... but let's move on!


Sufism In The Afternoon 

Recently, I quoted Rumi to my mom. I must've made a clarification, as if she might not fully understand the quote because she quickly gave me the hand (to use an antiquated expression). My mom said, "Oh, you're going to teach ME about sufism?" Then I remembered she grew up in Turkey, where she probably studied sufism from grade school through high school, and I only know about it from "Quote Cards" on Pinterest.



Khalil Gibran is one of my favorites
His poems remind me of the spiritual, love & mysticism of the sufis


While on my podcast discovery, I stumbled upon a Rumi quote audiobook. I thought positive Rumi quotes would be a good thing to listen to while working. But the narrator went too fast and I only listened to a few poems. One quote stayed with me. Once gain, I rewound and wrote the quote down.

You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that's already around your neck. - Rumi 

Damn it Rumi, you did it again! It's true. All I ever do is wander around looking for the diamond necklace around my neck. Basically, he's saying we search and search but our true riches are right under our noses. Similar to "the grass is always greener on the other side" but sexier.

It's so easy to get wrapped in the day-to-day baloney that life serves up. And the Rumi quote made me sit back and take a look at how awesome life can be... and so I wrote this blog post.


This is The Diamond Necklace Around My Neck

Leyla in Cape Town
My sense of adventure
And love of travel


Arsan family trip to South Africa
My incredibly odd yet amazing family
And our close-knit relationship



Leyla in Morocco
My lust for life
And the friends who join me, indulge me and tempt me


Leyla Arsan
My unintentional youthful looks
And intentional youthful demeanor


North Avenue Lakefront Trail
My good fortune to wake up to this every morning
And the wisdom to know how fortunate I am


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