Adventure, Life, New York City, Today was Awesome

Recap: 10.24.13

What a fucking day.

Work was insanely busy. I met Thad Hayes (from behind plexi-glass), who I am somewhat enamored with after working with him for over 8 years at 3 different companies (and he has no idea who I am or how busy he made my day today (and Monday through Wednesday (and most likely tomorrow))).

I walked a thousand miles from West 18th street to East 34th Street to meet captain Clam for burritos and beer at Blockheads. While waiting for my sweet Crustacean to arrive,  I sat outside talking to one of my best pals in all of the land when I hear this annoying sound. I looked left and there is Banksy’s moving installation driving by. I was so damn excited that I almost shit myself (kidding).

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I shared a few beers and bowls of chips with the Clam before his meeting tonight and then wandered into Duane Reade to get money. I came out with $20 from the ATM and $40 of merchandise. Damn You Duane Reade! I walked to the 6 train on Park and 33rd and headed to Union Square to transfer to the Q, all the while trying to figure a different route home because I HATE THE Q TRAIN! I somehow managed to get a seat that was suspiciously empty on a train packed with people. I soon figured out why.

The man to my right was passed out in what appeared to be summertime gym clothes. The man to my left was in and out of consciousness. He kept falling asleep on me and letting his hand fall (only just a little) onto my leg. I would scooch over a little more and he would widen his legs and be all up on my shit. He stared at me just about the entire ride home speaking to me in Spanish. Once he started trying to guess my name, I told him to please leave me alone. He told me that I sound like his girlfriend and that he left her alone and wanted to know if I knew where she was. When he was in one of his sleeping modes, I took a good look and there it was… his pants were covered in semen and cashew crumbs.

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Here is a picture of a kitten to help you forget what you have just read.

Now I am home, exhausted, broke, and traumatized… about to go jump in a hot lavender bath with a 40 oz of Ballantine Ale to help me ponder the lessons that I learned today.

#1: Thad Hayes is way more handsome than his bio picture makes him out to be.

#2: Banksy is awesome and deliciously creative.

#3: Don’t go into Duane Reade after a few beers (or ever because no matter what THEY WILL GET YOU!).

#4: Sometimes it is worth it to stand on the commute home and tell the story from a spectators point of view.

#5: Train spectators make excellent allies.

Happy Fucking Thursday.

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Movie Review, The Wizard of Oz

Occupation Freelance Movie Critic: “The Wizard of Oz” 3D

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FACT: The greatest movie ever.

For two hours last Tuesday night, I was 6 again. I would tell you to ask my two older sisters about their experience with my obsession over The Wizard of Oz, but it might very well be a time in their lives they are willing to forget. You see, we had this magical device called a VCR (google it HERE if you were born after 1990), and would record all sorts of movies and TV shows off the “Boob Tube” (that is my mom’s sentimental name for the tv set). I like to think of it as an early bootlegging ring, run by three young girls out of their Long Island Living Room.

Once we had our copy, I watched that bitch every day for at least 3 months. I watched it so many times that the tape started to wear out. There was one part of the movie that was particularly worn and that was where Dorothy encounters Scarecrow. I would fast forward and rewind that scene and watch him break dance  all over the yellow brick road. Hysterics would ensue each and every time, and I’m pretty sure my sisters thought it was funny, too. Gosh I was adorable!

At some point the tape disappeared. I am positive there was a conspiracy to kidnap and destroy the tape without my knowledge. I knew it (!) and cried every day until I discovered other gems like Aladin, Beauty and the Beast, and old school reruns of Batman (still kinda have a thing for Adam West, even in Family Guy disguise).

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Needless to say, I love the Wizard of Oz, so when it came out in select theaters for it’s 75th Anniversary, I was stoked and insisted that my darling Clam take me immediately (as in not yesterday). Now, there are a few things that really made this movie special for me. The first, of course, is that I LOVE this movie and it is my favorite and I have always dreamed of seeing it on a huge (jumboteron-esque) screen with surround sound alongside other fanatics. Secondly, I have never ever seen a movie in 3D (although I was recently told by a reliable source that it is not a true 3D movie and should broaden my horizons with a “real” one).  Finally, it was the first time that Captain Clam and I have gone to the movies together. You would think after 2 years we would have had a date like this, but no… he’s a clam and completely misunderstood.

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Completely misunderstood.

I skipped and sang all the way to 34th street IMAX, like a little kid with a balloon in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other. His Claminess was not so thrilled, as he hates musicals and psudo-wizards and all sorts of childish funsies. To console his lemon sucking attitude, I snuck in some Captain Morgan’s airplane size bottles of rum and bought a $4 20 oz soda. Clams like booze, so it worked like a charm. With a little rum in our bellies, we rationalized acting silly at a silly movie while wearing silly glasses.

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I’m surprised hipsters haven’t discovered these yet.

So the lights go down and the show begins. The previews were short and not in 3D, but when the countdown for the feature film came on, I had a miniature panic attack. It was as if the numbers were actually jumping off the screen. I tried to grab them and eat them (as they looked quite delicious). I really didn’t like the 3D and was totally discombobulated. I am truly and old school gal, I guess.

Open scene with Dorothy trolloping down a dirt road. My eyes adjusted and it was actually okay to watch and I think I may have even cried a little bit out of excitement and nostalgia. I kept taking the glasses off to see what the screen looked like. Madness! It was like I didn’t have my contacts in.

I could see all the other guests bopping their heads and feet and singing along. I was doing it too! It was truly a great feeling to be in that moment with my Clam, Dorothy, a hundred other people, and Captain Morgan. At a certain point I had to go to the bathroom, which was conveniently located downstairs (sarcasm alert). I ran for the first time in a long time. When I was doing my business I heard another lady come tearing ass into the bathroom and all I thought was “She must be seeing the Wizard of Oz!” I returned to my seat just in time for Scarecrow’s fancy dancing. Yay!

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The last time I watched the Wizard of Oz I was 30. The last time before that, I was 12. In the two times I have seen this film as an adult, I picked up so many things that I never saw or understood before. I never realized that my favorite character is the Cowardly Lion (of course, he’s a big snuggly cat!) and that Toto is an extremely important character (even though he is a stinky little dog who I want to put in a basket and take on a picnic). Of course I am no expert on cinema, even though I have watched everything on Netflix at least twice. Here is my official amateur breakdown just for you.

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Dorothy

I never realized it, but Judy Garland was a damn fine actress! Her emotional response and drop-of-a-hat tear ducts are simply incredible. She pulls together a unique display of a very independent damsel in distress. I am sure the distress part was for the men in the 1940’s audience and the independent half was for the women.  Her youthful charm warms up all those already fuzzy songs, and her unconditional devotion to Toto is so sweet that I caught myself a little bit of the diabetes.

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Scarecrow                      

Scarecrow is a liar. He was the mastermind for most of the anti-witch plotting, and yet he claims to have no brain. That’s like the skinny girl complaining about how fat she is.  The Scarecrow also never gets brains. He gets a degree and automatically thinks he knows everything (sound familiar, college grads?). Then he gets to Rule the Emerald City. What? Sounds like the 2000 Presidential Election to me.

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Tin Man              

Towards the end of the movie, the Wizard says something extraordinarily meaningful to Tin Man that I never remember hearing (Like metaphorically hearing) before. He says, “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable. ” Tin Man replies “But I still want one.” Cue Tear Drops. Of course Tin Man has a heart, why else would he galavant through OZ with the other stooges to help Dorothy? He just wanted a heart beat and instead he got a watch. Do you know how hard it is to fall asleep when all you hear is time ticking away? I say good luck with all that.

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The Cowardly Lion

The Lion is by far my favorite character. He brings a little more comedic gesture to the film and is so adorable when he wipes his teary eyes with his tail. It also dawned on me that the Lion might be gay. Some of his mannerisms are stereotypical, like how he reacts when his hand is slapped by Dorothy, or the manicure and permanent that he receives to go see the wizard. He literally says “I got a permanent for this.” He also professes that he is a “Dandy Lion”. I love it and I love YOU, Lion!

He is timid, shy and lacking courage, but yet always manages to find bravery. Courage is confronting fear, especially when you don’t want to.  So, the entire time he thought he was a coward, he had courage, but just needed someone to tell him by giving him a medal. What is this? Little League Baseball?

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The Wicked Witch                  

Always delightfully scary, the re-mastered colors of the wicked witch are magnificent. Her shrill voice and maniacal laugh are so deviously enjoyable. Those long lanky fingers, always looking like they are in agony, come through the screen perfectly in this 3D version. It seems silly to me that she is after these ruby red slippers, but then I remember that they are pretty dope shoes and she is, after all, a woman. The best part of the witch’s role is her demise, as she melts into the ground shouting, “Ohhh – you cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! Melting! Oh – what a world – what a world!…” (I always thought she was yelling “My world! My world” That sounds better to me, so I am going to pretend that’s what she is saying from now on.) It’s even more rewarding when all of the witch’s minions praise Dorothy for the “happy accident” that both saved Scarecrow and pretty much everyone else in all of Oz and Munchkin Land and the Emerald City. Yeah. No biggie.

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Nice ride.

Glinda

Continuously stunning, doesn’t she just make you smile? Glinda is the perfect fairy godmother. She’s a beautiful “witch princess” who has the same pitch in her voice as all of munchkin land. I guess that’s why they like her? Oh, and she’s real pretty.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

When I was 6, I didn’t like him. Not even as a sweet old gypsy on the side of the road. Now, of course, I am just slightly older than 6 and can value all of the lessons that he has to offer. Despite being an ornery old man, he does share valuable insights into life. Plus he travels in a hot air balloon with ” State Fair OMAHA” written on it, which reminds me of one of my favorite Counting Crows songs. Holler.

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Toto, too

I never realized what an important character Toto is. I mean, he is the reason that Dorothy gets herself into all sorts of trouble with Miss Gulch and her garden guarding pussy cat. He also keeps her from riding off into the sunset in the hot air balloon with the Wizard, because (shocker) he is chasing a cat (what does he have against cats anyway?). Toto ends up being the best friend Dorothy could ever have. Loyal and loving, he is the one who undermines the Wizard’s attempt at the appearance of grandeur by pulling the curtain back and revealing a small space full of bells and whistles. Burn. Good Dog.

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It really was a treat to see my favorite movie ever on such a huge screen in big comfy seat with $4 sodas and Captain Clam being tortured next to me. The 3D effects didn’t do  much to enhance the value of the movie, but that’s because the movie can stand on its own. The colors were fantastic and the details were brighter and more, well, detailed. That I can attribute to the size of the screen and the color restoration. There were very few times when the 3D was prominent enough to even notice, which made it neither add nor subtract from the film.

Of course being my first 3D film, I had some eyeball issues later on that evening, which included dryness, redness, and some irritation. But maybe that’s also because the theatre reuses their 3D glasses and I was a little freaked out about that (I kept mine, of course).

Overall the movie is the charming piece of cinema mastery that it always was and always will be. It will teach millions of people warm and fuzzy songs and the lessons in life that are basic and closest to the heart.

Lesson 1: Accept your friends for who they are.

Lesson 2: Always stand by their side.

Lesson 3:  What you think you need and what you really need are two very different things.

Lesson 4: You can always find what you really need inside of yourself.

Lesson 5: (Cheeseball Alert) There is no place like home.

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Sick Day

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If only I were this cute yesterday…

Leave it to me to get sick on the first 80 degree day in October. I have been sick all week, but yesterday I was too sick to even move, let alone go to work. I texted my work pal at 7am telling her how broken I was. I then drifted off to sleep until 8 when I called and let work know that it was official. I’m sick… like, legitimately.

Now, I should have known I was getting sick by all of the awful nightmares I have been having. I attributed them to the new mattress that Captain Clam surprised me with on Monday. I thought that maybe since I was sleeping well and not having to wake up every 3 hours to add air to the bed that my dreams were just catching up with an uninterrupted sleep cycle. I also attributed the very early 7:30 pm bed-times to the new mattress. Basically I have lived in bed since we got it. I am either extremely excited to have the new mattress or I am really stinkin’ sick.

I took a sick day. I wanted to take 2, but unfortunately I am still in my 90 day trial period and I simply don’t get paid days off yet (I don’t even get paid holidays yet (whaaa)). As it were, I woke up from my third nightmare where I had a beard tattoo growing up my neck and onto my chin. It was red and blue. In my dream all I could think was “This must be a dream. Why would I do this?” Thankfully, it was and I woke up in horror.

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John Henry Fuseli’s “The Nightmare”. I named that little demon on top “influenza”. How poetic.

One of my dreams was a very vivid kidnap dream with crazy amounts of violence.  The dream was incredibly gory. However, I didn’t wake up scared or full of adrenaline, but I was really kind of thinking “What the Fuck” when a high school friend tried to manually tie my tubes with a kitchen knife.

Somewhere along the way there was a dream about a monster hunting retreat you could sign up for. The hunting grounds were on an old estate that was littered with old vehicles full of supplies and weapons. You were allowed to bring your hunting dogs with you, but they were liable to turn on you at any given point in the “game”.  After the first week, all the participants who were left standing were invited to a “ball” where they were given a night off from the monsters. The monsters ranged from Dinosaurs to zombies. Sounds like an awesome video game about nothing to me (I could make MILLIONS!).

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I googled “zombie monster” and this is what I got.

There are a few more fever dreams (like the one with all the road kill bears), but those are the strangest. After my encounter with them, I was certainly not ready to face a day that needed to be started at 6am. When I finally rolled out of bed at 10:30 (I don’t even sleep that late on weekends! Gosh I am getting old), I had a small spark of ambition since I figured it was a “day off”. Oh my, how wrong I was! I am realizing that most of the sick days I used at my previous job were mostly “mental health” days, and that my current sick day was just that… a sick day.

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That’s what a sick clam looks like.

I was completely unable to function at all yesterday. I was inspired to write this blog post and finish a few others that I have neglected for far too long (remember 6 Word Stories?) I even thought that a walk to the park would help me, maybe a little sunshine would dry out my face, or maybe I could sweep and mop and do laundry and toilet train the kitties on this glorious day filled with sneezing and coughing and all kinds of other things you need toilet paper for. And there’s the kicker. We didn’t have any toilet paper.

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An excellent pun.

But at least we had internet.

I spent most of the day on Netflix, Facebook and watching cat videos (HERE is a link the the greatest thing in the world as of yesterday). I also spent a ridiculous amount of time on www.landandfarm.com looking for the perfect homestead in Maine for me and My Captain. I did find a few doozies and gladly shared them with Le Clam when he got home from work last night. What we have discovered about Maine is that no one has ever cracked open an Architectural Digest and that you can never have enough pine in your life. Wall paper is a different story.

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I LOVE PINE!

Despite my inability to move but admiration for the thought of being motivated, I was able to do the dishes, tidy up the apartment, put some laundry away (which consisted of me putting most of it back into the laundry bin or directly into the garbage), make the deliciously comfortable NEW and exciting bed ( yes, I am counting that, even though I laid down most of the day, but ON TOP of the covers), shower (it was more like a bath with the shower on), and make myself something to eat (and by “make myself something to eat” I mean I made Ramen Noodles (strangely, Mr T. Was climbing into the bowl trying to get at them. She’s such a frat girl!)).

The moral of my story is that sick days when you are truly sick (like pieces of your lungs are coming out of your mouth) are meant to be spent in bed being cuddled by furry animals watching bad tv and eating soup. At a certain point it hurts to even think about doing anything else (like bathing). It’s okay to be sick and to take a day to heal. I only wish I had taken a second day to finish the beginning of recovery before heading all snot nosed back to the office. And it’s okay to be sick of soup, since now that is all you are allowed to eat (according to every mom’s advice). It’s only for a week or so!

 

Sorry if this post totally sucked. I am still so sick and can’t even see straight, but I love  you for making it this far through the bungling ramble of my words. My next post will be awesome. I promise (all you Wizard of Oz Fans out there).

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