I may have mentioned, in passing, that I'm about to leave my current job as a beltway bandit and try something with a slightly more European vacation schedule. My overwhelming sense at this moment of transition is relief - after nearly 6 years in a dysfunctional company, it's time for a change. (An opinion reinforced yesterday in a managers' meeting when we were treated to 20 minutes' discourse on the new layoff procedures and 2 minutes on whether the company is planning to give any raises in 2012 for people who were rated top performers in 2011.)
So plainly I feel like this is a good time for going under the fence and making a break for it, which puts me in mind of my top two escape themed pieces of media: The Great Escape, and the Great Escape.
The first - and easily more fabulous - of these is the 1963 film, because it has Steve McQueen jumping a motorcycle to freedom! (well Switzerland, at any rate). So QED that pretty much has to be the best Great Escape.
The second, and honorable, mention goes to the Blur album by the same name released in 1995. The British press created a Blur versus Oasis frenzy over the release of this album relative to (What's the Story) Morning Glory, which apparently led to people shouting "OASIS" in Damon Albarn's face in the street as Blur's album was crushed in overall sales. In addition, even the band later decided that they didn't really like the album all that much as it was cynical and unfeeling... which I thought were its best points. I mean, when you combine disdain for movers and shakers with attractive girls in short skirts, I'm not seeing the problem here.