Character? What about it…

The month of February here on the blog will be all about character. Fun, huh?

Once again, I’m participating in NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month. The first and last time I did this was the month of November, 2010. Yep. 30 days of posting.

I did it. I did it. I did it.

November, as it turns out, was a no theme month. Easy peasy.  Not so, February.

February has a big ol’ fat theme.

February being the shortest month; February being the month I loathe for inexplicable reasons; February being the month I’m most likely to do something radical to the way I look/live/am; February being the ugliest month on my neck of the planet; and February being the month most likely to trip me up on the keyboard, I decided would be the best month ever to post daily on a theme — a theme not chosen by me, but by the powers that be at NaBloPoMo.

And that theme is Character.

I can write about character — those who have an abundance of it, or a total lack of it.

I can write in character, BE a character, talk about my favorite characters in books, movies, art.

I can dish character of the letter and symbol variety.

And before the month is out, I’ll probably do all of the above and more.

For the month of February, character is my oyster.

I just looked up character in my Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition), because I thought I’d cheat fudge a little in this the first post and define the word.

Forget it.

I measured it. The definition is 2 and 1/2 inches long. I can see your eyes glazing over as I type. My eyes are glazing over as I type.

Today, you get my favorite character in a crime drama. I just spent the last hour watching Pioneers of Television on PBS. Specifically, pioneers in crime drama. The first thing I realized is that television is just not that old. When I think of pioneers in television, I think of…well, Little House on the Prairie.

Without further ado, my favorite character in the Pioneers of Crime Drama category was Lt. Columbo of Columbo, so deftly portrayed by Peter Falk.

Columbo and the Dog

This clip gives you the essence of the Columbo character — the cigar, the trench coat, the car, the dog. This type of crime drama was based on the strong character and Columbo in particular on the likeable character.