Waiting for My Real Life to Begin

The life and times of a girl named Swishy.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Gold standard

First things first: Congratulations to Cheryl, Vanessa and Elle Charlie, winners of a totally badass TRL soundtrack and a few other goodies. Send me your address and I'll get 'em out to you. (And if you didn't win but truly, TRULY have a burning desire to own a totally badass TRL soundtrack, email me and we'll see what we can do.)

OK. So. I have a little bit longer commute to work now. I work some crazy hours and I can't always call people to kill time while I'm driving, so I've started listening to talk radio on the way home. But not just any talk radio, ohhhhh, no. The kind of talk radio where they talk about relationships and cute boys and the field day that Joel McHale will have on The Soup with this season of The Bachelor. (OK, not really on that last one, but did anyone see tonight's episode? Ohhh, my. I think Jason is just adorable but THOSE GIRLS! Cringeworthy. Completely. And DEANNA! NO, SHE DOES NOT!)

I'm getting sidetracked. So! Last week on one of the shows, they were talking about whether Brad Pitt was still considered the "gold standard" for men. He's getting kind of old, said the one guy host. No way, said the girl. There doesn't seem to be a lot going on upstairs with him, the guy said. Whatever, the girl said, he does humanitarian work. Only because Angelina makes him, said the guy. Please, said the girl, maybe he just realized that there was more to life than sitting around watching Jennifer Aniston smoke pot. And around they went.

So then people started calling in with their picks. One person said Christian Bale. (I was like, seriously? The gold standard for ALL MEN? I'm sorry. No.) Another caller said Johnny Depp. (A little warmer. He can look incredibly hot sometimes, but he's so ... I don't know. Just so JOHNNY DEPP. Someone who's above it all can't be the gold standard.)

My old gold standard used to be Tom Cruise. I loved him to absolute tiny little pieces until he hooked up with Joey Potter. He's jumped on too many couches and yelled at Matt Lauer too many times to be the gold standard anymore, but holy Maverick in a fighter jet, have you seen him on the cover of Details this month? I almost got whiplash doing a double-take in the airport. It's like vintage Tom Cruise.



You can be my wingman anytime. Sigh.

OK, so gold standard. You know how I love my Brangelina, but I don't know about Brad. The gold standard has to be someone that almost everyone can agree on--someone gorgeous, someone charismatic, someone charming, someone larger than life but accessible at the same time. Someone like ... George Clooney? I'm thinking Clooney. Bonus: The man will be single forever, so we all still have a shot. (Right?)

Who's your pick? And what about the gold standard for women?

(***Update at 5:47 a.m. because I am a total freaking insomniac: If this is true, FORGET about Clooney. The kind of gold standard that turns your finger green, maybe. Brad Pitt would NEVER. Hell, CHARLIE SHEEN would never. Gross. Just gross.)

36 Comments:

At 7:17 AM, Blogger DeeMarie said...

Tom looks uh-mazing in that picture!!!!!! I don't know who I'd pick as the Gold Standard. I think of someone and then remember a moment that takes them out of the running...
I would so LOVE a copy of that CD!!!! Congrats to the winners!!!

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger JenKneeBee said...

I LOVE me some Christian Bale, but you're right, he's not the Gold Standard for all men. I think maybe Hugh Jackman. He's good looking, smart, and very funny. As far as the Gold Standard for women, it seems like every guy I know is either in love with Keira Knightly or Natalie Portman. Personally, I think Zooey Deschanel.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Nut Nut said...

I still say Brad Pitt only because I tend to find a different sort of man sexy (Ed Norton), and I know they would never be considered a gold standard. Plus I hear Ed is acting like a pompous fool most times because fame got to his head, but I still love him. As far as women go? Kate Winslet has it going on, even with a little nose fixing.

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger kk said...

For me, Brad Pitt just doesn't do it.

I've always had a soft spot for Dean Cain (yes, I know he is in no way an A-Lister, but he's cute!)

And there's of course my new infatuation with Michael Buble ever since I saw him in concert.

But if we're going mainstream, I might have to agree with George.
(And, of course, Tom Cruise in his Top Gun days. Yum.)

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Mandy said...

That magazine cover is like vintage Tom! The gold standard? I love me some Pierce Brosnan. I have never found Johnny Depp attractive.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger House of Jules said...

DUDE, did you get my e-mail about Doug Reinhardt? I've been dying to hear your reaction to that.

As for the Gold Standard, I think Clooney is a good pick b/c most women love him and most men want to be him. That's so cheesy to write but I think it's true.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Kristabella said...

My answer to anything about celebrity men these days is always Robert Pattinson. Because he's EDDDWWWAAARRDDD! SWOON!

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Trish said...

I'm lovin' me some Hugh Jackman right now.

Mmmmm

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Monnik said...

Wow - Tom does look awesome in that picture!

Hugh Jackman isn't a bad pick.

Not sure though, this will take some thought.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Just A Girl In GA said...

Tom does look good on the magazine cover but he was never my gold standard.

My gold standard is either David Letterman (funny, smart and cute) or Matthew Perry (funny and cute, perhaps smart).

I like to be the pretty one in the relationship LOL

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger J... said...

I think Brad Pitt would have to be the gold standard going on looks alone.

I've never liked Tom Cruise but that magazine cover is pretty smokin'!

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Elle Charlie said...

My gold standard is Matt Damon, but he's a bit too anti-hollywood to be the real gold standard. Still, he's my dream man. I LOVE him. It's the Bourne movies. They definitely got to me.

I think Brad is an airhead. I agree that he's only doing humanitarian work because Angelina is the one in charge. Not that he doesn't want to, but that without her he couldn't quite have come up with the idea on his own. He's kind of vacant.

Clooney can't be w/Paris Hilton. At his age, she just has to seem too ridiculous. I mean, at any age she seems ridiculous, but a grown 50-something man couldn't even listen to her prattle one without falling asleep, could he?

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Beth said...

1. tom DOES look like the "old Tom" in that picture. HOTTNESS!!!

2. Brad will do it for me forevah!!!

3. Clooney nad PARISITE HILTON???? OH NO HE DI'INT! come on....I've seen the video...she's not that good in bed!!! WTH???

4. Christian Bale? naw....

5. Depp? naw...he's just a lttle too...dirty for me. I think he would smell, and not in a good brad way either.

6. You are posting again! I love my Swishy!!!!

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Crazed said...

Shut the f up!! Seriously Clooney?! Ugh, Gross even before the little story.
Brad Pitt is still the mainstream gold standard
Christian Bale is WAY hotter than Depp (never a fan of bad facial hair).
Jackman is too hairy for my taste.
Cruise is still too crazy.. along the same lines as Britney will never be the same kinda hot crazy.
How cute is Matt Damon?
My ultimate gold standard(and pretend you don't know this).. Jake Gyllenhal.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous kristi said...

I love Christian Bale, but Clooney is DEFINATELY the gold standard. And don't worry about the Paris thing because I heard he was eating with a bunch of people and she came over to say hi and he didn't even speak to her. So his reputation is still intact. Plus, big bonus, he just broke up with his girlfriend. Yes, I watch a little too much TMZ.

Tom Cruise, crazy or not, what woman doesn't love the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger AlaneM said...

George nooooooooooo!!!

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Dizzy Ms. Lizzy said...

I swoon - - absolutely SWOON - - over Jimmy Smits. Luvs me some tall, dark, Latino hotness . . . *SIGH*

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger flea said...

hmm this is a tough one, clooney is def way up there though and I don't believe the "Paris" thing at all he's way to classy for that...

I also like Hugh Jackman..

but for another man to throw in our ring I'd like to suggest/mention Daniel Craig, bond baby!! need I say anything else?

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Angela Williams Duea said...

We are all gonna be so disappointed when Clooney comes out of the closet someday. No way that man is straight.

That is one hot Tom Cruise pic, but he had a long way to go to get back in the race. I mean, about the only way he COULD redeem himself at this point is to kill Hitler. Nice career move.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Golightly said...

I'm with the talk show: Brad Pitt all the way. And I def do not think he is getting old. Gold standard for women: I'd say Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron or (gasp) Angelina jolie

YES - I totally watched The Batchelor and I will admit that I'm going to watch the entire crazy season just to see WTF Deanna and her crazy are going to bring! Last night was totally gold standard for reality shows ;)

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger She said...

I'm going to go with Harrison Ford! I don't he gets enough credit for his total hawtness!

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Maybe the Clooney thing was a joke? I'd like to think more of him than that...although you know these reports are oh-so-reliable!

My gold standards aren't really the norm, so can't really weigh in. Never liked Brad Pitt, not a fan of Hugh Jackman. And have you seen the pics of Johnny Depp and his wife from the French Glamour?

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous courtney said...

Ewww, Clooney and Paris Hilton? Yuck. Tom Cruise was such a cutie back in his Risky Business/Cocktail days, but yeah, ever since he went all spazzy in public? Not so much. I LOVE Johnny Depp, but you're right, he's kind of above it all. I don't really like Brad Pitt... he just seems so... plastic? Hugh Jackman is good. I can get on board with Hugh Jackman... or in bed. ;)

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Ooo, I'm going to make the gold standard tough. There's no one who sounds that yummy to me. Christian Slater? But only for his voice. River Phoenix? But he's dead.

Pitt? Ick. Clooney? Ick. Hugh Jackman? Eh.

Maybe the guy who plays the doctor on Lost? Yeah... I'm really good with the actors, I know!

 
At 12:20 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

My gold standard was Ben Affleck but then he went and got married and started having kids.

I like funny guys.

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Jon B said...

Gold Standard for guys: Scarlett Johansson is the usual pick.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger michelle said...

the clooney/paris thing made me die a little inside ... i still love him though.

my gold standard is robert redford circa the way we were ... *sigh*.

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I knew nobody would pick mine:

My gold standard ...

drumroll please ...

VINCE VAUGHN.

funny.

Tall.

Dark.

Could rock my world.

Yep, I'd let him.

You know I would too! : )

 
At 2:37 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Since I need to provide swishy with the male perspective, here's a few of who I would consider "guy's guys."

Clooney is on the list
Chris Cooper
Clint Eastwood (I don't care that he's almost 80...go watch Unforgiven)
Clive Owen
But the top spot is reserved for Barack Obama

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Tanya said...

Clooney is good.
So is Matt Damon.
Never have really cared for Johnny Depp. There is is sexy dirty like "I'm dirty because I just built a car", then there is "I forgot to shower dirty". Johnny Depps falls into the 2nd category.

What about Will Smith? He's funny, he nice to look at, and he is totally a family man.

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Andie said...

you know mine!!!

Ryan Reynolds.

he's accessible. he's got a hot bod. he's gorgeous. he's funny. he can actually act!

he does good deeds (he ran a marathon to raise money for the michael j. fox foundation.)

his only flaw:

he married scarlett johansson. LOL

and that is a hot picture of tom cruise. too bad he's still a weirdo. LOL

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger Tanya said...

Thanks to you my co workers and I were talking about it this morning. We couldn't agree with one. Maybe we should just combine them all into one super-man!

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

I'm late to the list but am thinking Craig Ferguson.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Betty said...

For me, it's Tom. I've always been drawn to intensity!

Hugs,
Betty

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Vanessa said...

Hooray! Thanks and sorry it has taken me so long to get caught up with blogs. I'll send the addy PM style.

 
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