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Spoiler Alert! September 23, 2008

A Movie Review of Summer 2008: The Life of Some Kids in Salem

Genre: Feel-Good Comedy/Drama/Action Adventure

Cast: The director of this movie, God (Life as we know it, Earth: And Other Surrounding Planets, Godzilla XI), took an interesting approach when creating this movie, which is loosely based on a true story, and hired each person involved to play themselves.

Location: Salem, OR.

Plot: This story follows the lives of some teenagers and young adults in the summer of 2008. Without focusing on any one person, there isn’t one ‘protagonist’ per se, but many. This movie has multiple story lines and characters, illustrating not only the difficulty in these kids’ lives, but also highlighting the connection and comrade-like relationships one builds in this stage of growing up. We can see these characters grow during this summer as the kids go on many ‘adventures’ or ‘outings,’ together and apart, dealing with things such as…

  • going to kung-fu panda.. =)
  • one going to sun river
  • batman midnight premire, as the realization hits that 3 in the morning does not work well with being insecure.
  • a car wash and an over-nighter at the church
  • several taking summer classes
  • going downtown because salem is not youth-friendly, and there are limited things to do on a normal day
  • learning how to structure life around family, friends, school, work, and life’s many surprises.
  • lots and lots of movies
  • going swimming at north fork with great friends
  • silvercreek
  • many working, drama ensues both within the work setting, and outside but in regards to the work setting… some learn that sometimes it is best to distance yourself from situations you know wont turn out well.
  • excellent escape to portland for the day (x2)
  • one goes to mexico, and realizes how much she cares for the people back home.
  • beach trips add some comic relief and care-free summer days
  • frequenting the park, and realizing that obsessing over some things is completely ridiculous
  • a girl’s decision to move away for college
  • a great campout where relationships strengthen and legends are borne

Overview: Basically just a genaric summer fun movie, like a thousand before. A pleasing blend of comedy, action, drama, romance, tragedy, and adventure, which leaves the audience’s hunger for a good story satesfied. Sunny summer days, starry summer nights, and some lazy summer afternoons give you a basically well-rounded picture of a typical group of teenage & twenty-something friends, taking on the world one day at a time.
Ratings/Comments

The First President Post

  • We give this movie a B-. Picture every other teenage movie about summertime, and you’ve got a good picture of this one. With perhaps a bit more zeal and passion than the norm, this movie tells the story of the same group of good friends in the same deciding time of life as we’ve seen a thousand times before. The only thing that makes this movie stand apart is this group’s tight bonds and compassion. See it, but we advise waiting until it comes out on video.

Persons Magazine

  • Go, Go, Go! A delightful cast and marvelous story of such a crucial period of one’s life. This movie has a unique heart about it that one can’t find as much as they would like! Lovely cast and precious peek into the lives of these kids. We at Persons Magazine give this one two thumbs up!

The Rainy Times

  • 5 buckets of popcorn to Summer 2008: The Life of Some Kids in Salem. The only criticism of this one we can find is that the cast was too involved.. the drama was so real because it was real.. the love and the anger and the comedy and the confusion and the doubt was so real because it was real. The only thing we can fault this movie with is hitting too close to home and leaving no lines uncrossed. Maybe too painfully realistic at some times, and too comically frank at others, but there is no doubt that this movie will go down in the record books, if only for those who were involved.
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A mix of seriousness and randomness. As many of the best things are. December 23, 2007

11 things I have learned to appreciate as I get older

Progression– moving forward…

Remembering– how things were… how we were…

Learning– how to grow up…

Spontaneity– can make a perfect moment…

Planning– but sometimes a well thought out plan is nicer…

Silences that Speak– when you can look at someone and they are looking at you and you both know what the other is thinking without having to say it…

Passion– believing in something with all your heart…

Wandering– not knowing where you are going and not caring, just looking for an adventure…

Conversation– never running out of things to say to someone…

Enthusiasm– founded or unfounded…

Laughter– the saving grace…

Each of these things have become more and more important, and seem to be trends in my life as time goes on… many underestimated, each essential…

11 things I have learned to not appreciate as I grow older

Mushrooms– …. why do the exist. honestly.

Bedtime– there is never enough time in the day…

Alarm Clocks– i love my batman one, hate what they stand for…

Egotism– joking is ok… true cocky behavior is just aggravating.

Drama– hate it…

Drama– hate it a lot…

Jealousy– not pretty.

Forgetting to block– just ends up with a mocking and a headache.

Bad Timing– sometimes timing makes an event, but bad timing can hurt…

Indecisiveness– or should i write that?

Klutziness– gosh i hope it’s endearing or something. not just uncoordinated.

Each of these too have influenced my life, often to my much dismay.

But life goes on, we live, we grow, we write random posts.

 

and so it begins. September 14, 2007

Got my books today.  $300 dollars, baby.

/cry.

 

Dream (And a Little Rambling) August 8, 2007

Filed under: Bitterness,Deep Dark Forests,Life,Randomness,RANT,Summer days — alwaysbri @ 1:11 pm

Have you ever had a dream you just can’t shake? Like all day you can’t stop thinking about it… I had this awful dream last night, and it’s weird cuz I keep remembering it. Usually I have weird dreams but this one was just scary. I don’t know, it’s weird to not be able to shake it. That happened to any of you before? Anyway… that’s all.

Oh except I want to complain about the weather a bit.

What the heck is this!!?!? August. Clouds. Chilly. It doesn’t work! So so lame.

Alright now i’m done for reals. And if you couldn’t tell this is yet another attempt to create a post with little to go on. I had an amazing post ready a couple days ago then i realized i was wrong so i couldn’t post it, so all you get is this. deal with it.

 

Dear Mapquest July 4, 2007

Dear John Mapquest,

I never foresaw this day coming, but alas, it has. This just isn’t working for me anymore. If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have said that I was sure we would be together forever, but today I saw the truth. You were only leading me on so that you could let me down, and I got that loud and clear with this afternoon’s happenings.

While I may not have noticed until today, I realize now that it was there all along. I mean, I was always the one doing all of the work in this relationship, and I can’t help but think that you never even cared. I followed your direction, your advice, and I followed it completely. There was no doubt in my mind that you were leading me down the right path, that is until you led me astray. Now I feel that I can’t put my trust in you, because quite frankly, I couldn’t take the feeling of you letting me down again. You never did care, did you?

People warned me that you were no good. They said I would be better off without you, but I was so stubborn! I had faith in you. Faith that was, apparently, misplaced. We can still be acquaintances, but this completely exclusive relationship must end now. It isn’t healthy, for either of us. You obviously cracked under the pressure, and I need a strong system that I can rely on. If you can’t do that, then we should rethink this commitment.

Please understand that I don’t have many hard feelings against you. We go way back, and we had some good times, and awesome adventures. Those days are long in the past, and we need to move on. Thanks for the memories, Mapquest. Perhaps someday we will find ourselves together again. But for now I must go.

Sincerely,

Brianna.

 

Illogical Thought Processes May 29, 2007

Filed under: creatures,Deep Dark Forests,Life,Randomness,Reflections — alwaysbri @ 1:31 pm

I had the pleasure of watching scary movies last night, and I have quite an active imagination. I am pretty easily freaked out, and I do weird things when I am scared, and it got me thinking of what the other people were doing when they were scared.  I realized, that people really do like, the worst, most illogical things when freaked out. I mean seriously. If there actually was someone/something to be scared of, we would make it so much worse by doing what we do. I mean, think about it. It’s so dumb.

Things people do:

  • Wrap up in a blanket (aka tangle yourself up so as to make it harder to escape if there actually was something coming for you).
  • Cover their eyes (aka not be able to see or prepare for when it approaches).
  • Yell/say incoherent (or worse, coherent) things (aka tell them exactly where you are). << this one is my personal downfall.
  • Hide (aka, prolong the inevitable).

What kind of rituals are these!? So bright. Why don’t we help them some more. Gosh, with our happy help, the aliens, monsters, dead people, giant arachnids, or whatever is haunting your thoughts at any particular time, wouldn’t need to really even try that hard. I’m thinking the ‘bad guys’ are actually probably pretty wimpy, since they really don’t have to work that hard for their victims seeing as we help them so much. Food for thought. If they are all wimpy we shouldn’t be afraid in the first place. but if we weren’t afraid, we wouldn’t do stupid things, and the scary thing would be forced to not be wimpy any more, which in turn would make us scared, because they could actually do bad things. It really is a vicious circle.

 

Bigfoot Lives May 10, 2007

Filed under: creatures,Deep Dark Forests,Life — alwaysbri @ 7:53 pm

    Backpackers, campers, and hikers dream of a sighting. Admittedly skeptical, but hoping that one day they will see the creature of legends. They all want to see Bigfoot. This supposedly ‘mythical’ creature has haunted many stories, and tales throughout history. I wish with all my heart to see Bigfoot, and I believe that someday I will. Many people doubt Bigfoot’s very existence, but this doubt is unfounded. Bigfoot, obviously, not only lives, but is healthy, thriving, and currently dwelling deep in the forests of Colorado.

Why Colorado? It makes the most sense. Dense forests, as well as plentiful food supply and water. Sounds like a good setup for the guy. Bigfoot has been spotted in quite varied places, it is true. Montana, California, Oregon, Ohio, you name the place, Bigfoot has been seen there. There is an explanation for this. Obviously, there is not only one Bigfoot, but a whole family or maybe even species of the creature. Where Colorado is the place that the head creature, the Bigfoot lives, other places house different bigfoot’s. Or maybe he is a very fast runner. That possibility should not be counted out. Either way, Bigfoot romps through the forests, headquartered in Colorado, and the family he may or may not have, may or may not live in different places, explaining the sightings. The forests shield him, or possibly them, from many prying eyes of the public, and the water and food keep him, or possibly them, healthy and strong.

Even with this logical solution to Bigfoot’s housing problems, people still refuse to believe  in Bigfoot’s existence. These people overlook the many eyewitness accounts of encounters over the years. I had the honor of meeting one such eyewitness, a man who saw Bigfoot for himself. His overalls weren’t too incredibly dirty, and even though he referred to himself as “St. Charles the Second,” I am confident that his account of the encounter is basically true. People usually don’t believe him, but I think that just because a man doesn’t do his taxes for a few years, and marries his daughter off to her own cousin, doesn’t mean he isn’t trustworthy. Furthermore, St. Charles the Second is not the only person who has seen Bigfoot. Many others- and some of them not certifiably insane- have spotted this creature of legends. Many tracks of the animal have been found, confirming these sightings beyond the shadow of a doubt. These footprints could not be faked. Probably.

It is true that Bigfoot has been reported to look different ways. Sometimes he is made out to look like a large monkey, walking on two legs. Other times, Bigfoot is said to be more human like, but extremely hairy. Certain individuals use the differences to show that Bigfoot couldn’t exist, for the accounts vary, and cannot be trusted.  Ape and man, however, are not that different. In almost every Biology class in the country, kids are taught that man is merely monkey, but evolved. I don’t feel that we should judge what is man, and what is ape, seeing as people are supposedly just ape plus a few million years. Bigfoot very well could be somewhere in the process of evolving. If we take evolution as truth, ask no questions, and don’t think too much, Bigfoot doesn’t seem completely unlikely.

Bigfoot exists. There is no question about it. He has been sighted by almost fairly reputable sources, and his footprints have been seen. The differences in location and appearances are explained with some thought. People need to stop asking questions, and digging deeply into the story. Embrace the fact that Bigfoot lives.