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Get To Know Madeline Fresco Month – Top Ten Lists

This week, the final week of Get To Know Madeline Fresco Month, will be dedicated to favorite sports.

1. NFL – the whole thing from preseason to Super Bowl

2. March Madness

3. NBA playoffs

4. World Cup Soccer

5. MMA

6. Wimbledon

7. Summer Olympics

8. EPL

9. MLB – but only to sit in the stadium and eat ballpark food

10. Stanley Cup Playoffs


Good tidbits:

Favorite football team = Green Bay Packers

2nd favorite football team = Any team with Peyton Manning on the team

Favorite NBA team =  Pistons, although, they have been so bad lately (Detroit baby!)

Favorite World Cup Soccer team = USA Women’s team

EPL favorite team = Chelsea

NHL favorite team = Red Wings

MLB = tie between Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.

Favorite tennis player of all time = Andre Agassi

Fondest memory of Wimbledon is sitting on the couch in my parent’s house with my brother every summer watching Wimbledon.

Fondest memory of NFL is 2011 when Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl

Fondest memory of MLB is sitting in Giants stadium with my friend Gail eating hotdogs. 2nd favorite is barely a memory, but of being at old Tiger’s Stadium with my dad.


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Get To Know Madeline Fresco Month – Top Ten Lists

Top ten bands that shaped my life.

1. Annie – The Soundtrack. 1982. While others carried around their Cabbage Patch Kids, I carried around a Fisher-Price tape recorder with this soundtrack in it.

2. Billy Joel, An Innocent Man. 1983. Leave me alone. I was 7. FYI, I still know every single word to this album. How do I know? I’m listening to it as I write this blog. Oh, man. I LOVED this album.

3. Air Supply, Greatest Hits. 1983. Power ballads at it’s best. Who knows what the fuck I was singing at 7. I sure didn’t. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All? How is THAT appropriate for a 7 year old to sing? But man, oh,man, did I sing that song at the top of my lungs. My poor parents …

4. Madonna, Like A Virgin. 1984. What little girl didn’t love this album? I especially fell in love with her at the MTV music awards.

5. Daryl Hall & John Oates, Big Bam Boom. 1985. I loved them. Who knows why? Probably because driving in the backseat of my parent’s Oldsmobile I can only assume their many number one hits were on rapid repeat. M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E.

6. The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. 1987. Just Like Heaven. One of the greatest songs of all time. This solidified my love of The Cure before, during, and long after.

7. Metallica, And Justice For All. 1988. What happened to me? I used to be so sweet and innocent? Where is that Annie Soundtrack again? I literally wore out the print on this tape. You know what happened. Middle School. That’s what happened. This was my first concert. While some kids went toward NKOTB, I went this way. I told my parents I was staying at my friend Stephanie’s house. Which I did. We thought we snuck away to this concert with her sister and her friends. They let us come we thought, as long as we didn’t sit with them. We found out later Stephanie’s parents knew. They followed us, and sat behind us to make sure we were okay. That’s kind of cool.

8. Faith No More, The Real Thing. 1989. I’m currently switching over from Billy Joel to listen to this album. My God they were so good.

9. Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker. 1990. We all know the song on here that we adored. She Talks To Angels. Good album. Good song.

10. R.E.M., Out Of Time. 1991. Losing My Religion was huge, but that’s not what did it for me. I saw some special MTV was running on R.E.M., and they showed footage from R.E.M.’s Green Tour. I think it was called Tourfilm. I heard songs from past R.E.M. albums on there. I made my mom drive me to Kmart to get their previous albums. I had no idea there were so many! I picked Eponymous, a compilation cassette. That’s where my love for my all time favorite band started.

That’s my top ten bands that changed my life, helped me form as a child. 1990 was when I started high school, so clearly it didn’t end there. For example, in 1991, I went to an outdoor music festival and heard Otis Redding for the first time. Changed my life. This list doesn’t go into my profound love of Queen. I was exposed to them during high school on Pom-Pon of all things. We used Queen for almost every pom routine. Pretty cool if you have to be on dance squad. We also wore red ribbons when Freddie Mercury died. Not that it isn’t a big deal now, but then, in 1991? AIDS was still very much shunned. I got the right kind of knowledge about the disease early on. I’m grateful for that.

This list doesn’t touch upon my extreme love of Red Hot Chili Peppers. How I wore out Son Volt’s Straightaways. My absolutely ridiculous white-Detroit-suburb love affair with Dre, Snoop, and Eminem. My silly fascination with the song Kaw-Liga by Hank Williams that, thankfully, opened my ears to his entire collection. My adoration for a young Fiona Apple that seemed to sing to my soul. The fact that I made love for the first time to Sara McLachlan — and that’s not a bad way to go. My sincere appreciation of Missy Elliott’s genius. My knowledge of Aretha, Same Cooke, Louis Armstong, an Elle Fitzgerald only fueled the way my heart fell in love with Alicia Keys – this woman’s voice and lyrics gave me solace during the darkest times of my life — the death of my father and my own cancer diagnosis.

I hope you enjoyed this list. I know I did. It’s amazing, looking back, what I enjoyed. Some are what I would now consider refined, others, not so much. But I did love them.


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Get To Know Madeline Fresco Month – Top Ten Lists

100_0133Ten foreign countries that I have traveled to in my life — in order.

1. Ireland 1998

2. Paris, France (twice, actually) 1999

3. South of France + Monaco 1999

4. Rome, Italy 1999

5. London, England 2001

6. Edinburgh, Scotland 2001

7. Jamaica 2002

8. Tokyo + Kyoto, Japan 2010

9. Athens + Santorini, Greece 2012

10. Istanbul, Turkey 2012


I have to say, if I had to pick the best places I’ve ever been, I have a top four.


1. Paris, France

2. San Francisco, California

3. Ireland

4. Estes National Park, Colorado


I loved the ease at which I could travel about Ireland. The bed and breakfasts that I stayed at and the castles I got to see were amazing. Most of the people in Ireland were great, save for Kilkenny.


Estes National Park was also amazing. I never felt more at one with nature than when I was there. I stayed at a bed and breakfast that was off the beaten path. The owners gave us great trails to go hiking on. We were one of only a few people on the trails. It made you feel like you were the only people in the park. One of the greatest trips in my life.


As for Paris, it’s everything that anyone has ever said about it. It has a ton of sites to see. The people are fantastic, the food is excellent. The nightlife is great.


In my opinion, what makes a great destination to go to for travel is more than just their tourist area. For example, I went to Athens. While it was great to see the Parthenon, there wasn’t much else to see in regards to sites. As for Jamaica or Cancun, or even Hawaii, the problem is, that once you are done laying around at the pool and the beach — I’m kind of done. And bored.


Here are things that I feel make a destination great.


1. Great monument/structure.  For example. Parthenon. Eiffel Tower. Roman Colosseum. Golden Gate Bridge. Statue of Liberty. Stonehenge.

2. Great museums (although, I, for one, don’t enjoy museums). Louvre. Natural History Museum. MOMA.

3. Great tourist attractions. Examples: Fisherman’s Wharf. Central Park. Jardin des Tuileries. Empire State Buildiing.

4. Great food. Could you go for the food alone? San Francisco. New York. France.

5. Accommodations. They need to be comfortable.

6. Day trips. Santorini.


This is what makes Paris and San Francisco my top destinations that I have been to so far. San Francisco is way better than New York City for these reasons.


In Paris you have all of the sites to see. You have the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Les Invalides, and the Arc de Triomphe. There are all the gardens. All the museums. You could go alone just for the food. Just for the shopping. You have day trips like Versailles, Normandy, and Mont St. Michael. Same for San Francisco. You have all the food — you could literally plan a whole week just to eat at great restaurants every night. All the museums as well. Some really cool ones to, like the Academy of Science. Thursday nights they have bars set up and it becomes a nightlife thing. You can drink, listen to DJ house music, and look at amazing creatures. Pretty cool. There are all of the parks — Golden Gate, walking along Crissy Field with the bridge as your backdrop. There is all of the regular touristy sites like Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and Ferry Building. Yet, you also have lesser known things like running the Lyon Street Stairs, going on an urban hike throughout the city, Fort Funston to watch all the dogs play, movies in the park, and visiting a speakeasy. The side trips are worth it sometimes more than going to San Francisco. Sausalito, hiking in Mount Tam, going to Napa and Sonoma for sure, but also Guernville and Russian River.


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***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com



Get To Know Madeline Fresco Month – Top Ten Lists

Today’s Top Ten List will feature my favorite actors.


  1. Tom Hanks: I know. he is on everyone’s top ten list … and for good reason. He is excellent at everything he does. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Burbs. You can see his comedic genius in this role. In this movie, you can tell, he is destined for greater things. Another one of my favorite movies of his was Philadelphia. He was outstanding in it. This was a time when AIDS was still coming out into the mainstream. It was a daring role to take. My dad, a rough and stern guy, commented to me that the scene when Tom Hanks leaves the final lawyers office was outstanding for the emotion and the utter feeling of being lost in the world. Wow. Not only was it a good movie, with a great performance, but I had a little moment with my dad.
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio: Honestly, everything he does is fantastic. I was never really into Titanic, so my adoration for him as an actor is not born out of a teenage crush. His body of work is impressive. My favorite performance of his was in The Departed. I firmly believe no other actor to could do what he did in that movie. He conveys his increasing stress, anxiety, and fear throughout that movie overtly, and, more impressively, subversively. His facial expressions, the way he carries himself, all add to the increased tension in the movie. Love it. How this man does not have an Oscar boggles the imagination.
  3. Paul Newman: I loved watching Paul Newman movies with my dad. My favorites of his was Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and Road to Perdition. Cool Hand Luke — what else is there to say? I probably watched the egg eating scene 100 times with my dad. The Sting is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love it, right down to the soundtrack. The last one, Road to Perdition, was one of his last films. He is fantastic in it.
  4. Steve McQueen; Oh, man was he cool — that makes sense, his nickname was The King of Cool. He really just was.  My favorite movie was Papillon. My dad came to visit me in San Francisco and we spent an entire afternoon trying to find the street he lived on in Bullitt. This was before internet was on your phone. We were already out for the day and it dawns on him that this is what he wants to do. I really wish I could have found it for him. If he had mentioned it before hand, we could have rented the video (yes, the video), and figured it out before hand.
  5. Paul Rudd: I love him. I love everything he is in. One of my all time favorite movies, which, I liked the first time I saw it, but as I watched it a few more times, I now adore. His improvisational scene with Seth Rogen in 40 Year Old Virgin is nothing short of genius. Plus, who doesn’t love him in Clueless. This is my entry for maybe not the best actor in the world, but boy do I love to watch any movie that he is in.
  6. Robert De Niro: He is so good in everything he does, from comedies to drama. The crazy thing is he does both so very well. Best performances (yes, yes, I know Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and Awakenings, and Cape Fear, and …) that I have truly enjoyed over the years that aren’t the big ones are Meet The Parents (who would have thought he could be so funny), Analyze This, The Godfather Part 2, A Bronx Tale.
  7. Sandra Bullock: Here’s the thing. She’s not a great dramatic actress. That’s okay. She is a GREAT comedic actress. I think the general public and other actors look down on actors who are a main stay of comedy. They shouldn’t. When someone tries comedy and they aren’t good at it, it is the most cringe-worthy thing. That’s why when there is a great comedic performance, it’s seamless. The actor makes it look easy. It’s anything but. Faves are: The Proposal, Miss Congeniality, and my absolute favorite, Two Weeks Notice.
  8. Cameron Diaz: See above. Faves are There’s Something About Mary, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and The Holiday. I love The Holiday.
  9. Meryl Streep: She always gets all the glory. There is a reason. Every time you think to yourself that you are so over her winning all the awards, just take a quick look at her IMDB page. Her resume is truly awe-inspiring. Her performances in Sophie’s Choice, The Deer Hunter, and Silkwood are so good it’s ridiculous. But, shoot. Don’t forget about Kramer vs Kramer or The Devil Wears Prada. Her all time best movie in my opinion? Bridges of Madison County. I love that movie. Maybe not her best performance, that probably goes to Sophie’s Choice, but that movie is so outstanding. Do you or don’t you? It’s different for everyone. Oh, and one more …I love her in Defending Your Life.
  10. Keira Knightley:I love her in everything that she does. I think she is completely underrated. Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Bend It Like Beckham.

Honorable mentions:

Robert Redford: He was amazing in The Sting. That smile — ugh — to die for. Favorite movie? The Natural.

Dustin Hoffman: He’s such a good actor. I really think he is one of the best actors ever. Tootsie, Papillon, Kramer vs Kramer. All so good.

Gary Oldman: Honestly? Every time I see him in something he is so good.

Michael Douglass: Romancing The Stone … enough said

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***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com