Line(s) of the Day #HighFidelity

I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.

As said by the narrator Rob Fleming in the book High Fidelity (1995) by English writer Nick Hornby, and has achieved success as adaptations for TV, film and Broadway.

Line(s) of the Day #TheOfficeAnAmericanWorkplace

There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. But isn’t that the point?

Pam Beasley (Jenna Fischer) in the brilliant mockumentary The Office: An American Workplace (2005- 2013). Based on the British version, the American adaptation was set in Scranton, Pennsylvania and tells of Michael Scott, Jim, Pam, Dwight and a wide array of memorable characters.

Line(s) of the Day #MotiveMurderMethod

Alfred Joseph was a nice man. The type of man who would lend you his umbrella even if it meant he got sodden wet. The type of guy that would drive miles out of his way to make sure his friends got back ok. Even strangers sometimes. The type who would always bring far more than he needed to when invited to a party, but wouldn’t be annoyed if guests didn’t bring anything when he hosted. 

Indeed, he was a legend in the small town for his kindness and generosity. When little Bobby Firman broke his leg and missed out on his trip to Disneyland, Alfred was the one who set up a fundraiser and gave generously himself to make sure Bobby could go when his leg was better. When Alfred’s competitor for the Best Homemade Lemonade was disqualified through an overzealous technicality, Alfred made sure she was reinstated, even though it meant he lost out on the prize. When the town was voted among the least desirable, Alfred used it as motivation to help change its whole perception. He worked harder than anyone cleaning up the parks, scrubbing off graffiti and helping to improve dilapidated buildings. And smiled his way throughout. 

People would ask for his advice all the time and he would never mind, even when he was out shopping or in a hurry. He made so much time for everyone that people often joked that he must have more hours in the day than everybody else. It was that same humour that led people to comment that the town’s most popular attraction wasn’t the majestic 40-foot arch by the town hall, but rather the short, bespectacled and much-loved Mr Joseph. Which made the fact he wanted to kill his wife all the more surprising…

That’s the opening to my short story “Motive, Murder, Method” from my third book Always Never, Rarely Sometimes. I wanted to thank those of you who had got a copy so far and to let you know that my website http://www.alexanderraphaelwriter.com/ with all the details has now been updated. I hope you guys are all well.

Line(s) of the Day #Driverslicense

And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one
And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone
Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me
‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

Taken from Olivia Rodrigo’s debut song Driver’s License (2020), which has smashed all number of records, including being one of the most dominant number one’s in US Billboard’s Top 100 history.

Line(s) of the Day #TheQueensGambit

“Chess isn’t always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful. It was the board I noticed first. It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it. I can dominate it. And it’s predictable, so if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.”

Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the superlative drama series The Queen’s Gambit (2019), which tells of an orphan’s rise through the ranks of the male-dominated world of chess in the 1950s and 60s.

Line(s) of the Day #TheOffice

Darryl Philbin: In the warehouse, we’d use code names for people we wanted to talk about. Andy was “Jelly Roll”, Mike was “Dennis the Menace”, Ryan was “Douchebag.”
Ryan Howard: Hey, that’s not a code name, that’s just an insult.
Oscar Nunez: Plus, everyone would know who you meant.

Craig Robinson, BJ Novak and Oscar Martinez in The Office: An American Workplace (2005 – 2013), the hugely successful American adaptation of The Office (2001 – 2003), which ran for 14 episodes but was hugely influential.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSecretGarden

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

As said by Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.