Thursday, May 10, 2012

Police Story

So I drive to UVU (My local University) around 7 pm and as I'm driving there I notice two people being pulled over by cops in different places. While at UVU I see someone out the window get pulled over by a cop. As I walk out to my car around 11 pm I see a police car drive past me. As I drive to the gym I see yet another person get pulled over. So at the gym I'm like, "Ah today must be a quota day. I oughta' be really careful on my drive home." As I leave the gym around 1 am I think, man I'm hungry I could go for a sandwich so I head down to Smiths in Provo. I was driving the speed limit the whole way and as I make my way down bulldog avenue I pull up to the stop light at 500 North. Across from me in the left turn lane is a police officer. There is no one else around and I'm thinking, this guy is going to pull around and pull me over for some stupid shit even though I've done nothing wrong. Then like a bat out of hell or for me a guarding angel 3 blocks behind me at the other stop light this guy with his brights on comes barreling down the road. This light is awful cause it stays red for like 2 minutes and only switches to green for like 15 seconds so I figured he wanted to get there before it switched on him. He drives super fast pulls into the left turn lane (with his brights still on) and stops right as the light turns green. He peels off turns left, the cop turns on his lights and turns right pulling him over and effectively saving me from getting pulled over.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Blog-Hopping

The only thing of note I did for leap day was that I did some blog hopping. Back when I originally created this blog back in 05, that's primarily what I did. The funny thing is, most of the early readers of this blog and if you identify yourself under the old categories of either 100 Hour Board people or Blue Beta people I met you because of blogging. And I met a lot of really cool people due to that. But basically what I did was I would start with a friend look through their friends and see what their friends were writing and if I had anything to say I would comment when I felt like it.

Funny thing is maybe this is too strange now. The internet is a much different beast then it was 7 years ago. Last night in doing this I went to a couple of friends blogs, clicked on their friends, read random stuff, happy blogs, depressed blogs, blogs on love, philosophies, movies, travel. There were two blogs which felt eerily similar to my own life a couple years ago and I wrote lengthy comments. I got on this morning and found one of them deleted the comment which I'm not surprised about, I actually probably would have deleted the comment to. If some random person wrote some comment about life getting better though still sucking in some ways I'd probably be like, "Crazy person 12 o'clock."

In 2005 I did this and made some of my best friends at the time. I didn't really believe the internet could produce those kind of results. Some of those friends I never did meet in person but we became blogging buddies and commented back in forth. There's one girl in Alabama that we talked about life for a good 3-4 years. I quit blogging sometime around 09 or so, it was when I had moved back to Utah from Boston and resumed my college career. At the time I was so focused on school that a lot of things like blogging didn't really seem important anymore. But in the past couple months I've been itching to write things again even if it was just simple thoughts, things about nothing. And as such I started blog hopping again. There's a cool local buddhist girl that I found, a gay dude that loves silent film, and a girl at BYU that does sculpture that I've found so far. All besides the ones I commented on last night.

So if I commented on your blog last night and you're coming here and you're like who the hell is this guy that wrote on my blog. I'm some wacky fellow who's nearing the end of his college life in Utah. I do know and am friends with someone you know (Or at least you know blogging-wise), but I haven't met you in real life. I'm as you can see a long winded guy who writes really fast. Most people would look at this blog post and be like man he must have spent an hour, it's only been 8 minutes now. It's just my morning streaming thoughts.

I like you blogging friends, I've found since I was gone most people don't check their readers any more as I didn't for a good couple years so there's only a smattering few of you. And you are awesome.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hairy Dating

I remember in high school when talking to someone about dating that I first came upon this phrase told to me, "You know if you'd just change this about yourself more people would want to date you." This is for the most part a flawed concept. I say for the most part because there are aspects that are totally true such as cleanliness and such like that, but when it comes to most other aspects of someone's personality there might be gradual change but I can't accept this as a rule to dating. I am a single guy who does want to find someone at some point and would rather it be sooner then later but I've always had this idea that if I were to change myself especially an aspect of my personality of which I really like just so that girls will find me more universally attractive and then I do end up dating a girl, is she dating me because she likes me or is she dating me due to an artificial change? One of the big ones especially in my college days was due to my hair. Now most of you if not all of you know me and know my hair but if you don't here is my favorite picture of my hair, it is a little blurry but I think it adds to the value of the picture.



I love that picture. Growing up in good ol' Provo Utah I was always told that if I just cut my hair then girls would want to date me. A couple of times I did have to cut my hair for various reasons, here is an example.



I've cut my hair to a buzz about 4 times in total after having a full head of hair. These cuts did not bring about dating opportunities and in fact I've dated girls while I've had hair. But this is one of those cultural issues of Utah, where for the most part the majority would rather date the guy in the second picture versus the guy in the first picture. I did have one girl in particular tell me that if we ever dated she would not let me have long hair to which I replied, "then we will never date."

Here's my philosophy, I want someone to love me for who I am and who I love being. Unfortunately what plays against me is the notion of prince charming. What I mean by this is many girls have aspects of their perfect guy, things they've been dreaming about since they were young girls. I know many guys who are the same way, and in a way I guess I am the same just in that I am looking for uniqueness and self confidence in your own uniqueness. But what I'm trying to say is that I am quite unique and when I initially talk with someone I see a lot of potential in that I look for a wide range of variety. But what works against me is since I have this wide range of variety there are things about me which could be someone's "no-nos" which they'll quickly dismiss me for regardless of our actual potential.

It may be a part of my ego that I feel this way, that I feel myself to be a bit more unique then a lot of other offerings out there but i also have to realize I'm playing with those offerings and am often viewed as one of those offerings. Someone will initially look at me and not think unique. Which is often why I feel the need to converse with someone before they can make up their mind.

Now I'm starting to ramble. But basically what it comes down to is I am someone who wants someone's true self and wants to be my true self within a relationship. And that is something of which I'm not willing to budge on so I would rather be single then have someone love me for a fractured self. So this is one of those general whiney oh I want to be in a relationship posts but it does still have a twist that I am happy that I'm not with someone I hate or someone who hates me. Plus my hair looks awesome.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jimmy's Birthday

I had a weird week but last night was quite refreshing. My friend Jimmy had his 30th birthday party. He basically reserved a room at a local club and had a dj in who did karaoke for us. So it was about 50-70 people all of whom I had at least met once before, all friends with Jimmy doing an epic night of Karaoke. You haven't really experience true karaoke until you do it with these guys. The DJ even at the end said, "I've never seen a group that brought it from start to finish as much as you guys did, it's been an honor." I did my usuals of Natalie Imbruglia's Torn and Cameo's Word Up but added a new one which I think I did quite well with:

Talking Heads: Life During Wartime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DblvhECdws0

I think the best part though came because of my friend OJ. Utah is hard place for me because I am so extroverted and when I lived in Boston or London or even when I was in LA for a very short period I could do lots of flirting, I have a little bit of game outside of Utah. But inside Utah I just don't know how to do it. My friend OJ brought a first date to the party and that first date brought a random friend of hers. I didn't know her, I likely won't see her again, but in those 3 hours or so, I had some good game. It was a good ego boost. I've been needing that for a while. I stuck her with the humor charm, it worked pretty well.

Now tonight I'm back up to salt lake to see those blokes again as Jimmy and Jeff have their annual Academy Awards party at Brewvies Cinema Pub. If you haven't been to Brewvies you're missing out, it's a bar and a theater and you can order food and eat it inside the theater, and their tickets tend to be a good 4 bucks cheaper then real theaters.

Once monday starts I'm going to have to go back to being responsible and doing homework. Man it's so nice to have a killer weekend sometimes. I'm pretty sure there were some really good pictures, once everyone wakes up I'll post one or two in my next post.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sprints

One of the worst things about living in Utah is that all the gyms close down on sundays. This kills me because it's a lot easier for me to keep something up on a daily schedule and sometimes on tuesdays or wednesdays because I'm doing school I can't go to the gym. So by missing one of those days I just lose another day and can only do 5 days a week instead of 6. If Golds Gym was open on sundays I could go and be awesome. The closest one that is open is the one off of Van Winkle in South Salt Lake (murray maybe? I don't know suburb names up there) but that one is only open from 8 am to 4 pm. So if I happen to wake up at 3 pm then that no gym for the day.

I'm not complaining today however because I'll likely be laying in bed most of the day. There is a golds in orem that is open 24 hours but then on saturday night it closes at midnight and monday morning opens at 5 am and then stays open until midnight saturday. That's the one I tend to go to, it's not the closest but it serves my needs. So often if I want to do a saturday workout I have to plan for in the day or right before midnight so if I'm doing some sort of social party then no gym on saturday. Last night a bunch of my friends went to see Dave Foley do stand up, I was also invited by another friend to go see the oscar nominated shorts in salt lake, but as I spent too much money last week and know I will be spending a bunch of money next week (Jimmy's Karaoke birthday party! on Saturday and Oscar night at Brewvies on Sunday) I knew I didn't have the funds to do either thing. So last night I thought I'll go to the gym and get a good workout in. At about 8:30 my mom was like, "Hey I'm gonna watch Moneyball, you wanna watch it with me?" And of course I wanted to since i haven't seen it.

One thing that may surprise those that don't know my parents is they both have excellent taste in movies. Of course they do come to me first on most of their decisions to make sure something isn't over the top gory. We watched Drive the other day and didn't realize it had very sudden moments of over the top gore. There was one scene and I won't really spoil it, but if the first gore scene were the only gore scene I think the movie would have been better because it would have been one moment of insane terror to juxtapose the rest of the movie. I did like the movie even though it was quite weird. My dad is super into foreign movies, I probably would not have seen the beautiful French movie Jean De Florette if not for him.



My mom does prefer action movies but she also likes sci-fi which is fun as well. But both of them are always willing to watch oscar nominated films. So yeah we watched moneyball which i do think should win for sound editing. Then the movie ended at about 10:40 so I knew I had one hour to do the gym for the night. So I got on the elliptical and let the music decide how fast I would go. Often I'll just put my ipod on random and run to the music and see where it takes me, well if you read the title you can probably guess what happened. Here are some of the songs I ran to last night, you don't need to listen to all of them but you'll just find they are all quite fast paced. But if you're looking for some new music these are a good mix of decently fast songs. (apparently I don't know how to embed.)

We Are Scientists -- The Great Escape
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK20cYuFmbM&ob=av2e

Chiptuned Rockman -- Shadow Man Remix
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNkB0wLwXcg

Dj Satomi -- Waves
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYSYLt14miM

The Pillows -- Come Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIF62VhD0U

Apocalyptica -- Drive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RipGQ_z5Mh8

Stratovarius -- Forever Free
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01mY-jwPJFI

Now click on the last one and listen to about 30 seconds and then see that it is a 6 minute long song and that it doesn't slow down at all. I clocked in 4 miles in 40 minutes and at the end was completely drenched in sweat. That last song especially I was pumping my fist as I ran mouthing the words "Forever Free!" It was pretty epic. Regardless I don't think I'll be moving much today because I am insanely sore. I'm a bit behind on my chinese movies class so it'll give me a chance to watch those movies.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Woody Allen watched List

First I want to start off this post by saying one of my absolute favorite things in life is being embargoed. I feel so cool when I have something and I am not allowed to share what it is for a couple days.

I had a crazy night of partying last night which is going to be followed by partying with the same group tonight so I won't say much. But we did talk Woody Allen and I've mentioned some Allen to others recently and so since I've watched a lot of Allen lately and I like making lists, here is my Movies seen and unseen list of Woody Allen. Also I should note I actually have around 50 of these lists for a lot of other directors of whom I really enjoy. List making is helping my movie watching. 23 seen, 23 unseen. 50% yeah!

Seen

1969 Take the Money and Run
1971 Bananas
1972 Everything You Always Wanted
to Know About Sex*
(*But Were Afraid to Ask)
1973 Sleeper
1975 Love and Death
1977 Annie Hall
1978 Interiors
1979 Manhattan
1980 Stardust Memories
1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
1983 Zelig
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors
1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery
1997 Deconstructing Harry
2000 Small Time Crooks
2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
2002 Hollywood Ending
2003 Anything Else
2005 Melinda and Melinda
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2009 Whatever Works
2011 Midnight in Paris

Unseen

1966 What's Up, Tiger Lily?
1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
1984 Broadway Danny Rose
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
1987 Radio Days
1987 September
1988 Another Woman
1989 New York Stories
1990 Alice
1992 Shadows and Fog
1992 Husbands and Wives
1994 Bullets Over Broadway
1994 Don't Drink the Water
1995 Mighty Aphrodite
1996 Everyone Says I Love You
1998 Celebrity
1999 Sweet and Lowdown
2001 Sounds from a Town I Love
2005 Match Point
2006 Scoop
2007 Cassandra's Dream
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
2012 Bop DeCameron

My favorites of the ones I've seen are probably Bananas, Zelig, Deconstructing Harry and Midnight in Paris.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Talkin' bout the Gym.

I've become a regular gym goer and when you become a regular you start to notice the other regulars. One of the craziest things to me was some of those beautiful people that you seem to always see at the gym, most of them you only see once or twice ever, and if you do seem them again it's only once a week. Gym friends are an interesting breed because I don't really want to know any of them outside of the gym but I do see them every day. So some of the regulars I've gotten into the habit of at least saying hello each day and continuing to encourage them to keep coming. I think my favorite guy is the janitor, he's a latino fellow who doesn't speak much english, and I don't really speak any spanish but I made sure to start waving at him and now seeing him smile every day makes me just a little happier. If I don't initiate the hello he does it now so it's a nice little thing we got going. These people that you end up seeing every day you get to know little things about their life, there's a gay fellow in his late 30s who has two kids that I will often talk to in the hottub. There's a pretty muscular guy who I got to know about a year ago when we would throw a football in pool (usually around 3 am when no one else was there). I know he works late and so he usually comes in every day around 11 and stays til 2. Then there's the guy who's lost 40 pounds because he's trying to win a million dollars through jennie craig. I probably talk to the biker guy the most, the one who got into a car accident a number of years ago and had some brain damage. He's a good fella, often tells me the same things and he is super republican but in the gym you can't really fault people for that kind of stuff. I'm pretty bad with names so I don't actually know any of their names. The funny thing is there are only about 3 people from my outside of the gym life who I also randomly see at the gym, there's that one beefcake guy I met at one of those "real college parties" who's really into UFC. Another is my buddy Rob S. who always takes off his glasses to work out so he can never see me. And then once in a while I'll run into one of my best friend's step father Baha. But I don't usually go at the same time he does.

The gym is a really interesting place. I've been going now for about two years. In high school I was super skinny and could eat anything I wanted, my freshman year was when my metabolism slowed down and I started sleeping 17 hour nights. I can't do 17 anymore. I did 13 the other day but that was a fluke. I allowed myself to get heavy pretty much through depression and apathy. Now I want to get healthy but it's a lot harder to get healthy then to just maintain the health. Today was a very good day though. I ate only vegetables and peanut butter and blueberry jam sandwiches, and then I ran on the elliptical for a grand total of 10 miles. My cardio is doing awesome right now. I also did some weight lifting and swimming. The interesting thing is since I've been going to the gym so much I had to create some things to do. Over the past two years I've created the perfect workout mix. I go through my gigantic 200 GB worth of music and I can only have upbeat songs, even if I like them, I can't have songs which have a lot of silence, it's a big weeding out process but it's also caused me to really delve deep into a lot of the music I acquired from other friends and listen to a lot of stuff. It turns out I really like The Talking Heads, oh and I really hate Judas Priest. My whole collection is on my main computer but on my ipod is only stuff I can work out to. I make some really epic dance mixes now. Running to dance music is awesome.

The other thing which gymming allows me to do is think a lot. Today I was looking at my blog and I found a "hidden" blog I made in 2007, mostly just a place where I could put journal entries and anything I wanted to write that I didn't want other people to see. After reading those I realized I really was incredibly depressed in 07. I'm glad I pushed myself to move to Boston at that point cause it really helped me with a lot of my issues. It was fun looking at those though cause I had time to think on it while at the gym today and realize that though I still have a number of those problems, they don't effect me as much anymore. I feel a lot better about myself personally and so a lot of those things which drove me crazy no longer drive me crazy and some of those things I actually love about myself now. It was refreshing to get that kind of perspective especially since I had forgotten a lot of the things that happened back then. It also gave me some good material and so I day dreamed a bit today and worked through some more material for my eventual stand up comedy premier. It'll happen some day I hope. Mostly I just want to find some open mic night and do it there.

Now it's 2 am and I AM SO SORE RIGHT NOW. I ate at midnight and I have a rule to only go to bed 3 hours after I eat something so I've got another hour. I think I'll watch some more Cheers. I'm currently in the ninth season. The first season was by far and away the best season. Since then it's sorta dropped in quality as each season progresses, now it's gotten a bit hard to watch sometimes but overall I do still like the show, and I am close to finishing. Right now the best characters are Frasier and Lilith. After Cheers it's on to Frasier.

For those who TL,DR: I ran 10 miles at the gym.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Va Va Va Valentines Da Da Da Day

Apparently Valentine's Day is next week. Relationship blog posts are probably the number one topic of all of my past entries combined. Hey, I'm doing Statistic stuff in school right now maybe I should see what the actual stats are on that. Relationship and love and all that stuff are just so much fun to talk/gripe about. I've always been a bit of a complainer and the blarg is the perfect place to complain. I've actually never been in a relationship on Valentine's Day which isn't too surprising but as my family doesn't really like holidays too much I often forget it actually exists. At least until I get the annual Valentine's email from my friend giving me the actual history with all the war and blood and death.

One Valentine's day I remember with fondness was in high school when I went to the valentine's dance with the best friend of the girl I had a crush on. Which if you think about it, is a completely stupid thing for a high school boy to do, "Oh I like your best friend but I feel like I've been on too many dates with her, let's go on a date instead." If it wasn't high school I would have been liable to get my knees broken for pulling those shenanigans.

This particular gripe is going to go to one Amy H. Amy was this girl I was friends with in high school, one such friend who doesn't want anything to do with me now a days, of course she's become super duper religiosity, and since I am a long-hair this is a no go. Anyways, if you're not aware I went to high school in Utah Valley, a place where dating is a silly thing. (I don't really understand how to date in Utah, I've dated plenty of people outside of the state (Wow I sound like my girlfriend lives in Canada (Did I tell you I might go to grad school in Canada? (That would be sweet.))))

Anyways in Utah high school we had more then just Homecoming and Prom dances, we had like 9 dances a year, one per month minus summer. I was a youth of sexual desire, and so it was known to me that if you take girls to those dances you might get a girlfriend. But I didn't really want to go to all of them, but that Amy, she guilted me, "But what about the girls who desperately want to go and don't get asked? Don't they deserve to go?" Oh man, she was good, I complained to her that on dates where girls asked I didn't get asked and she was like, "The man is the one who asks, girls don't need to ask." Oh man, Amy, you weaselly girl you. I honestly can't remember most of the dates I went on in high school.

The best one I went on however was one I went with Megan L, a crush I had my senior year. If I'd have known how dating worked I'm fairly certain we actually would have dated, but alas I just couldn't figure it out. On that date we got ourselves stuck in a tube slide and talked for like 3 hours with our bodies intertwined. It was pretty awesome. 17 year old me is giving my a thumbs up right now. I've tried finding Megan L since then but she's impossible to find. She probably got married and doesn't list her last name on facebook. Le sigh.

I'll probably talk more about VDay at some point this week. But for now... class.

TL,DR: I talk about slides.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

2011 Movie List

One of the best things I did was joining this one movie forum site where they have us make all sorts of lists. Well here for you and me to have a handy other place to keep it is my list of movies I first watched in 2011 in order of preference. It has the movie Director and year it was put out. Keeping track of this stuff is fun. And in case you're like, what is this Abraxas movie I can't find it on imdb, it was at sundance last year, a great Japanese movie about a guitarist in a punk band that turned himself into a monk but started finding he needed music to survive so as a monk he put on a punk concert. With how important music is to me it sang to my soul.

1. Abraxas (Naoki Katô 10)
2. Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau 02)
3. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda 06)
4. Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen 11)
5. Zelig (Woody Allen 83)
6. The Social Network (David Fincher 10)
7. The King's Speech (Tom Hooper 10)
8. Love Exposure (Sion Sono 08)
9. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird 11)
10. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent 74)
11. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann 52)
12. Thor (Kenneth Branagh 11)
13. Chicago (Rob Marshall 02)
14. Rango (Gore Verbinski 11)
15. Manhattan (Woody Allen 79)
16. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen 86)
17. Run Ronnie Run (Troy Miller 03)
18. X-Men: First Class (Matthew Vaughn 11)
19. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig 11)
20. Source Code (Duncan Jones 11)
21. Megamind (Tom McGrath 10)
22. Escape From New York (John Carpenter 81)
23. Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon 11)
24. Captain America (Joe Johnston 11)
25. Tangled (Nathan Greno and Byron Howard 10)
26. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges 41)
27. The Italian Job (Peter Colinson 69)
28. The Killing (Stanley Kubrick 56)
29. Stardust Memories (Woody Allen 80)
30. Role Models (David Wain 08)
31. Big Trouble In Little China (John Carpenter 86)
32. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (Woody Allen 82)
33. The A-Team (Joe Carnahan 10)
34. Big Fan (Robert D. Siegel 09)
35. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (Rodman Flender 11)
36. A Serious Man (Coens 09)
37. Interiors (Woody Allen 78)
38. Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Michael Apted 10)
39. Lethal Weapon (Richard Donner 87)
40. The Captains (William Shatner 11)
41. Green Lantern (Martin Campbell 11)
42. Murder By Death (Robert Moore 76)
43. Romancing The Stone (Robert Zemeckis 84)
44. Manhattan Murder Mystery (Woody Allen 93)
45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (David Yates 11)
46. The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi 11)
47. The Transporter 3 (Oliver Megaton 08)
48. 127 Hours (Danny Boyle 10)
49. The Other Guys (Adam McKay 10)
50. The Incredible Hulk (Louis Leterrier 08)
51. Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges 80)
52. In Time (Andrew Niccol 11)
53. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (David Yates 10)
54. Spy Kids (Robert Rodriguez 01)
55. Mystery Team (Dan Eckman 09)
56. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron 91)
57. The Transporter (Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen 02)
58. Paul (Greg Mottola 11)
59. 40 Year Old Virgin (Judd Apatow 05)
60. Thunderball (Terrence Young 65)
61. Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck 11)
62. Breast Picture (Jonathan Smith 10)
63. Avalon High (Stuart Gillard 10)
64. Operation Endgame (Fouad Mikati 10)
65. Brain Candy (Kelly Makin 96)
66. Ocean's Eleven (Lewis Milestone 60)
67. The Terminator (James Cameron 84)
68. The Green Hornet (Michel Gondry 11)
69. Dr. No (Terrence Young 62)
70. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Mike Newell 10)
71. Red (Robert Schwentke 10)
72. Hot Tub Time Machine (Steve Pink 10)
73. Superman 2 (Richard Lester 80)
74. I Am Number 4 (D.J. Caruso 11)
75. Hall Pass (Farrelly Brothers 11)
76. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Kevin Smith 01)
77. The Transporter 2 (Louis Leterrier 05)
78. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Michael Bay 09)
79. The Next Three Days (Paul Haggis 10)
80. Sleep With Me (Rory Kelly 94)
81. A Dirty Shame (John Waters 04)
82. Sex and Breakfast (Miles Brandman 07)
83. Group Sex (Lawrence Trilling 10)
84. High School Musical (Kenny Ortega 06)
85. Meet The Parents (Jay Roach 00)
86. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Brigitte Berman 10)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Why I (for the most part) stopped using facebook

I love Karaoke. But as many know I am also a comedian by trade and when I do some sort of performance even if it's karaoke I have to put on a show. I can't just get up and sing Piano Man because everyone sings Piano Man. So I have a couple of choice hits that I will sing when I feel like doing Karaoke. Probably my favorite song to do straight just like the artist is Cameo's Word Up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjAantupsA

That is the music video of it in case you don't know the song, it's pretty awesome. Also it has Levar Burton for some reason. But as I was saying I like to do performances, this all started when I discovered the words of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive. I would read them in a fashion like William Shattner that would result in my sobbing on the floor at the end. After this I came to find many girl singers tended to have pretty awesome lyrics when sung by a man. The one which really hit the spot though was Natalie Imbruglia's Torn. I mean look at these lyrics:

I thought I saw a man brought to life
He was warm - he came around like
He was dignified
He showed me what it was to cry
Well you couldn't be that man I adored
You don't seem to know - don't seem to care
What your heart is for
No I don't know him anymore

There's nothin' where we used to lie
Conversation has run dry
That's what's going on
Nothing's fine

I'm torn
I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am chained
Lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed
Into something real
I'm cold and I am shamed and bound
And broken on the floor
And I can see the perfect sky is torn
You're a little late
I'm already torn

Now imagine this song being sung by a guy who looks like a football lineman and I'm not singing them, I'm yelling them, screaming the words to the world because I, the giant standing before you is torn. Yeah, it becomes quite an impressive spectacle. But the thing which really puts it into overdrive is this line:

I'm cold and I am chained
Lying naked on the floor

Obviously I can't get naked on the dance floor, but what I can do is lie on the floor and unbutton my shirt as I cry out the lyrics like a beached whale. It gets a lot of drunk people hootin' an' hollerin'.

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Let's change gears here for a moment. (Wow this is a long post and still has nothing to do with the title. At least not that is apparent.) I'm a husky fella, but over the past couple years I've really been working on it, not very successfully but I still have been going to the gym quite a bit and trying to diet. My cardio is actually really good right now. But what the gym really helped me with was taking my shirt off. The first year of gymming I could never take off my shirt even in the pool, I've always had somewhat of a shame about my body as many people do, but as I was in the gym pretty much every day at the same time I began to not really care anymore. I took off my shirt and now it's no problem. Flashforward to now and I don't give a shit, I can take off my shirt at any function if it comes to that. As a for instance this slip and slide 4th of July party:



Yeah, sexy man doing some curling.

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So where does this all bring us? Well one of the reasons why I stopped blogging as well as all the other internet stuff is over the past couple years I've had a number of significant lifestyle changes. What this means is for instance let's say I'm on facebook and I post a line previously seen in this post, "I don't give a shit." There would be a great many people on facebook who would be offended. I'm not saying it's a bad thing or whatnot, it's simply my life has changed in ways in which I know if I were to post about would burn bridges here and there and I don't really want to deal with that kind of stuff. I'm the type who can talk with someone about in person but little sentence facebook bullshit will tear my heart asunder. <--- Yeah! Asunder.

But what was the moment which made me decide facebook simply wasn't worth it? So I had just done my Karaoke version of Torn, everyone was laughing and cheering. I got high fives afterwards and man was I having a fun time. 20 minutes later I receive a text from my dad, "What on earth are you up to?"

"Just doing Karaoke with some friends," I reply.

"Well grandma called us up because she got on the internet and found a picture of you with your shirt off and she was very upset."

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Within minutes of doing something very fun and not at all harmful someone in the crowd takes a picture, uploads it to facebook, tags me, my grandma sees it and gets very upset. I get a couple messages from past friends telling me they are disappointed at my behavior, my friends on facebook drops about 8 people that day. All because I took of my shirt at a gathering with friends. So from that point on I thought, "Why am I even on facebook when within twenty minutes you can have a whole heap of drama?"

Of course whenever I share this story the first thing anyone says is, "You know you can just change your privacy settings." How much drama does everyone have on facebook and can it ever all be solved from just changing privacy settings? But more to the point do I really want my life to be so interconnected that everything I do and say is judged within seconds by a random smattering of peers from different points in my life?

I don't like people not liking me, but if it means hating myself I just gotta live with it and do what makes me happy.

For those who TLDR: in this post I get naked and listen to Cameo's Word Up.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

No I don't have Cancer

Wow, what a depressing post to end my blog on for forever. I don't have cancer but I probably will at some point in my life. Ha Ha! Genetics!