I once dated a guy who "took himself too seriously." I was in lurve, so didn't realize what a total killjoy he was until after he unceremoniously dumped me (yes, even the Super Librarian has been dumped). Looking back on it now, I feel the need to thank him for being a jackass and dumping me cuz man, did I dodge a bullet with that one.
Reflecting on that relationship, I realized that I have no tolerance for men who think they're "all that." A sense of humor has always been vital for me, but it's those guys who can laugh at themselves that really slay me. It shows me that they're comfortable in their own skin and acknowledge their foibles. I find that sexy as hell.
Which makes Paul Newman just about the most perfect romantic hero in my mind. This guy allowed his face to be put on bottles of salad dressing. Can you see someone like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or George Clooney doing something like that? Um yeah, no. Newman did it for charity, and I also think he did it for a lark. This was a man who was never really comfortable with "celebrity." He loved acting, but all the other "stuff" that goes with the job? Yeah, not so much.
I've loved many of his movies, but it was Paul Newman away from Hollywood that got me every single time. Living in Connecticut, doing theater, married for 50 years, and starting a "little" food company for charity that turned into a multi-million dollar business. Yes, he was old enough to be my grandfather, but I so would have hit that. Just sayin'. A moot point since the man had Joanne Woodward at home. The Super Librarian knows her limits.
You'll have to excuse me if I think the world got a little less interesting today.