Monday, February 22, 2010

Snow Day!

This morning when I woke up and looked outside to see a large amount of snow piled on my car and more coming down from the sky, the first thing that popped into my head was "SNOW DAY!" I immediately dove for my laptop to check my school email to find out if class was canceled. Sadly, it was not so I slumped of, slightly disappointed, to finish my morning routine before braving the horrible traffic conditions on my drive to campus.

About halfway through class, a guy who had his laptop out announced all classes were canceled after 12pm. Since my next class didn't start til 12:30pm I was stoked and immediately texted my mom to brag about getting the day off.

The text she sent back about the weather was hilarious, so I'm giving it to you word for word as she sent it to me.

"It says it is 28 degrees with snow & freezing fog....what the heck is freezing fog????"

I was so glad I was out of class before I read her message because I literally laughed out loud. The last thing I needed was to have read it in class and laughed in the middle of dead silence during our quiz, then having everyone stare at me.

I still don't know what freezing fog is, I had never heard of it before. I'll probably google it later and see what comes up, but for now I'm enjoying feeling like a little kid during my snow day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Hallmark Holiday!

In honor of Valentines day, the holiday for lovers, I give a quote from (500) Days of Summer.

"Roses are red,
violets are blue,
fuck you whore."

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.

The first time I saw (500) Days of Summer that quote gave me a good laugh, but then again I've always had a cynical and twisted sense of humor. Not to mention I have never been a fan of Valentines Day and it's phony attempt at guilting people into buying gifts for their loved ones simply because a corporation says you should, while filling their pockets with said people's guilt money.

Did I mention I don't like Valentines Day?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Good Lord In Heaven, WHY?!

I think I've mentioned before in another post that the people at my work are a wide variety of characters. There's the normal mixed in with the strange and the funny with the not so funny. And of course, this mix of personalities leads to some interesting conversations.

Here's the back story.

Lately, we've been cleaning the store like crazy because corporate is doing walk-throughs and we need to make sure everything in the store is nice and neat. While I was straightening up a shelf and condensing product, one of my supervisors came over and pointed to one of the items I was sorting and asks, "Do those work?"

Of course, in true sarcastic fashion I responded with "No, we put them on the shelf and we're selling them because they DON'T work."

She laughed and squinted her eyes at me before walking away.

A guy I work with who had been listening to our brief conversation come up and asked me "Do you know what else doesn't really work that we sell?"

I know this guy and he's usually really funny so I braced my self for a great punch line.

"Those light up drum sticks we sell for Rock Band."

"Oh, really?" I was kind of let down because I expected something funny. I should have known better than to let my guard down because no sooner than I finished my sentence did he go, "But I bet they make sex really interesting."

"Gah! What?? Why?! Why would you even think that?!"

He starts laughing, "I bet they would though! Just imagine, they'd light up places that aren't normally lit up."

"Oh good lord in heaven, WHY?! I'll never think of those things the same again. There's a reason those places don't get lit up, you know! I'm leaving, it's time for me to clock out. Ugh, you're so wrong dude."

Of course as I was walking away and shaking my head wishing I had an erase button for my brain, he was laughing his ass off at having effectively traumatized me.

Sigh, boys.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"District 9"

Last summer, if you turned on your TV for even a moment, you'll remember the insane marketing campaign that was going around for the movie District 9. It was everywhere, you couldn't cut to a commercial break without seeing a trailer for the film.

At the time, I remember thinking the movie looked really interesting and I really wanted to see it, but because I was so busy trying to get my school stuff all straightened out before the semester started, I never did manage to go.

Flash forward to last night, I opened my Netflix for this week forgetting I had put District 9 in my queue, so I was pleasantly surprised when I remembered I still wanted to see it. I popped the movie in my DVD player and prepared to wind down for the night. Of course, as has been really typical for me lately, I was exhausted from staying up late doing homework and I figured as much as I wanted to watch the movie, I was most likely going to fall asleep during it.

Boy, was I wrong.

First off, the movie was not what I expected at all. From what I gathered from the trailers, I assumed the movie was going to be a faux documentary type thing about aliens in "District 9" and the politics behind it and such, blah blah blah, boring yet interesting stuff at the same time. And while the movie does start off in faux documentary form, it doesn't stay that way for long before switching to different character points of view.

But I have to say, what I absolutely love, and I mean LOVE!! in all caps with exclamation points and little hearts surrounding it, is the writing for the movie. The character development is done insanely well. Especially, with the main character.

I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone who might not have seen it, but the main character is a bit of an anti-hero. He starts out doing a lot of despicable things to the aliens in "District 9" and as the movie progresses, and because of his situation, you can't help but empathize with him (even when he does stuff that makes you sit straight up in bed and shout "NO!" at your TV at 1:30 in the morning when you're supposed to be sleeping, but instead you're so into the movie you just can't shut it off). And the best moment of all is when he gets his last chance at redemption for every thing he's done.

I don't know how many different ways I can say I love this movie, but I do really love it. As soon as I was finished watching it, it immediately jumped to the top of my list of favorite movies.

So, imagine my excitement when I read today that District 9 received two well deserved Oscar nominations, one for best picture and the other for best adapted screen play. I told you the writing was phenomenal, now do you believe me?

Now the question remains, does District 9 have a shot at winning? As far as winning for best picture, I doubt it, especially with the the high profile Avatar in the running. But as far as the screen play goes, I think it has a very good shot at winning with that one.