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Friday, November 30, 2012

When Harry Met Ava...


…not that Harry is my sort. I much prefer tall, blond scientists who are soft-spoken and kind-hearted. But aside from all that... For 23 years now I’ve thought that Nora Ephron must have been channeling me when she created the character of Sally Albright. I share so many similarities with Sally. I mean, she’s even a writer, for heaven's sakes! (But can I stop for a minute and ask if anyone else can believe When Harry Met Sally is 23 years old?!?!? Seriously - 23!! Two more years and it’ll be a quarter of a century old! Great! Now I feel old.)

Anyway, when I first watched this movie...All the way through, I thought Sally was just like me. Here is the best example:

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.
Sally Albright: I don't see that.
Harry Burns: You don't see that? Waiter, I'll begin with a house salad, but I don't want the regular dressing. I'll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. "On the side" is a very big thing for you.
Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
Harry Burns: I know; high maintenance.

Yep! I’m, apparently, the worst kind too. And that whole “on the side” thing is totally me (though I'd never eat mustard sauce "on the side" or otherwise. Yuck!). Just ask any of the Lady Scribes who’ve ever gone to dinner with me. The first thing I do in any restaurant is try to figure out if there’s anything on the menu I don’t have to “special order”. See… I try to be the low maintenance sort. I’m just not.

But I’m with Sally on this. I just want it the way I want it too. And if I’m paying money for it, I should be able to get it the way I want it, right?

Sally Albright: But I'd like the pie heated and I don't want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side, and I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it, if not then no ice cream just whipped cream but only if it's real; if it's out of the can then nothing.
Waitress: Not even the pie?
Sally Albright: No, I want the pie, but then not heated.

I am, in my defense, a generous tipper. And I always say “please” and “thank you.” I’m not really a pain, or at least I don’t think so. But, I suppose, this could maybe all be categorized as me thinking I’m low maintenance when really I’m high maintenance.

I'm not the only one I've recognized on the big or small screen. Years ago, when I watched the first episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I turned to my then husband and said, "OMG! Larry David is just like you!" And it was uncanny. Truly.

My ex-husband glared at me and said, "Everyone thinks Larry David is an (expletive)." And then he didn't talk to me for the rest of the day.

Funny thing, a lot of people think my ex-husband is an (expletive) too. If Larry David ever runs out of material, I know someone he can ping for ideas. ;)

So now you tell me, have you ever identified with a character in a movie, tv show or book so much, you think the author is spying on you for material? If so - which character do you relate to more than all others? What about friends or family? Have you ever come across a character and thought... He/She is just like _______? 


20 comments:

  1. OMG, you ARE Sally. I never made the connection before, but I've certainly spent enough time with you are conferences to see it - LOL. I cannot think of a character I identify with. I am sure there is one, but it isn't coming to me right now. I can think of a few people who are close to me who are so like some I have seen on the screen, but I am going to refrain from commenting. I don't want a day of silence ;).

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    1. LOL. Jane ~ you are a little bit of a chicken not naming names. ;) I mean, we'd never tell. LOL!

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  2. Wow. Sally through and through. Having had the pleasure of sharing a few meals with you, yep, I can say that you and Sally are twins.

    I think I'm like Kathleen in You've Got Mail. But I have some Sally traits as well...especially when I order food. Interesting that Meg Ryan played both characters.

    Very fun post.

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    1. L.j. ~ I never saw You've Got Mail. What makes you like Kathleen?

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    2. Kathleen owns a bookstore, which is something I always wanted to do. And she lives in a sort of dream world with memories of her mother. Since mine passed away when I was young, I can relate to that.

      But all that aside...my husband just told me the character I'm most like is Donald Duck. I didn't ask why. But he may have a point, especially when I get angry.

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    3. LOL!! Turn about is fair play, I say. If you're Donald Duck, who is he?

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  3. What?! I don't see you as fussy at all. I mean, I've eaten with you a billion times and you always seem pleasant and easy to please. Of course, I'm the one who wants the salad with only half the cucumbers and tomatoes that they want to put on and I want a small plate to put the extra onions that I don't want and I want a steak knife to cut my salad into tiny chunks and I MUST have lemon in my water . . . and, geez, I find you completely reasonable and low maintenance. Just like me.

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    1. LMAO, Claudia! You just happen to have lunch with me at a place where I don't have to special order anything. And I'm so glad to eat there and have you be fussy, because it's usually me. :)

      BUT...I think we're both reasonable and low maintenance. (However others might disagree.)

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  4. Ava, LOVE that picture of you with Harry! Baha! I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but my husband says I'm a cross between Lucille Ball and Miss Piggy. I don't really know what to make of that, but since I adore them both, I'll take it. ;}

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    1. Andris ~ Me + photoshop = danger (or maybe hilarity, I'm not sure.)

      The Lucille Ball thing I see completely. You ARE a redhead who is hilarious! And - now that you mention it - you do have a bit in common with Miss Piggy. I wouldn't mess with either of you. LOL!

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    2. I think I've been threatened. Bahahaha!

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    3. What?!?! I would never threaten you. Never. I like you way too much for that. :)

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  5. I like to think of myself like the feisty author, Jen Lancaster. Ha-Ha! I wish. However, she does make me laugh!

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    1. LOL! Laughing *is* important, Connie!

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  6. OMGOSH, AVA! Cute post. I have no idea what character I'm like, maybe Elle from Legally Blonde, but without the blonde hair. ;) WHo knows. I think it would be scary to find a character just like me, lol!

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  7. Marquita ~ Elle is a great character! Legally Brunette just doesn't have the same ring. ;)

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  8. LOL! I can totally hear Sally's lines in your voice if I think about it! :-)

    I have no idea whom I might resemble--someone bossy, no doubt!

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    1. Deb ~ I don't find you bossy at all! (I think you're always right, actually. And that's high praise from me.)

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  9. OMG! I never thought I was a Sally, but last night my hubby took my daughter and me to an ice cream parlor/coffee bar after dinner. Me: Do you have hot cocoa? Barista: Yes, we have a mix. Me: Is it made with milk or water? Barista: Water. Me: Never mind. I'll have a half-scoop of snapping turtle ice cream on a sugar cone. Barista: We don't do half-scoops for adults. I'm supposed to charge for a whole scoop. Hubby: That's fine. She wants a half-scoop.

    My hero! LOL. I remember when we first started dating, I said something about being a little high maintenance and he said, "You like what you like and that's okay." It didn't dawn on me until last night that he totally caters to my likes and dislikes without making me feel high maintenance. Even at dinner, he asked the waitress if I could have the filet special without the shrimp and crab because I've developed an aversion to seafood, and I had mentioned I would have probably ordered the steak otherwise. He's a keeper! <3

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    1. That's awesome, Sam! I'm so glad I'm not the only Sally around here.

      Last night my scientist read my blog and then dug out his copy of When Harry Met Sally for us to watch. He's a keeper too. :)

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