I spent four years of my life here.
It’s not Thursday, but here’s a throwback story.
I went to St. Mary’s College High School, a private Catholic school in Berkeley. They try so hard to do the right thing and try to instill good morals to people. Fine, that’s all good and dandy. But at times, they don’t think things through.
Like this one time, the school decided to do a celebration to show our appreciation to the custodians of our school. Good intentions and could be a great deal.
On Friday I met with some outta town friends for a late dinner. We tried out this Tokyo fried chicken spot. Let me tell, you that place is good.
Following, we met up with other friends for some boba. Now that was fun.
The very next day, we spent 14 hours at Disneyland and California Adventure. I had never been to California before but it was a blast. I didn’t get a chance to see it all but I love that place. Too bad I don’t think I’d be going back there anytime soon. But it sure was memorable.
I don’t remember much about this day. I know I took BART with my friends to The City, and I think we got picked up by his dad to go to the Cow Palace.
This was my first ever wrestling event live. I followed wrestling but to actually go to the event, let alone a PPV event was pretty cool. I think the tickets were for $45 and they were on the side of the stage, which was tough to see the jumbotron but still had a great view of the ring.
John Cena was a wigger then. Kurt Angle was popular. Kane and Undertaker were about to meet a month later.
But this was Eddie’s night. I didn’t know what was going to happen and I didn’t pay attention to spoilers on the Internet as much as I did, but seeing him win the title, knowing where he came from, and the jubilation everywhere, that was special. He deserved it and I am so glad it happened.
So for the past two weeks I took a trip down memory lane and pretty much rewatched all the Ghostwriter episodes. The show was one of my favorites as a kid and I was truly inspired by the show to really enjoy reading. Looking back, I have to say that this was probably one of the most important shows in my life. I can say it has a foundation to my career now as a writer. I really wish the show lasted longer but there’s a part of me that’s happy that it got to where it did.
Originally posted on Mass Cultured:
If in the early ‘90s, you were a) between the ages of 7 and 14, b) owned a television, and c) literate, then you probably watched Ghostwriter. Produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now called the Sesame Workshop) and BBC One, it premiered in the U.S. on PBS on October 4, 1992. Despite its popularity, the show was abruptly cancelled in its third season due to a lack of funding. The final episode was broadcast on February 13, 1995.
Ghostwriter focused on a racially diverse group of pre-teen friends who lived in Brooklyn, and solved neighbourhood mysteries with help from an invisible ghost. While much of the young cast’s acting was painful to watch, especially in the earliest episodes (most of the kids were from non-acting backgrounds), the show was a hit with its target audience. It was also lauded by teachers, who praised the series for teaching writing…
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I saw the movie a second time today. Saw it Monday, saw it this morning. I took a different approach to it and really focused on the Smallville upbringing. It was beautiful. Seriously, the soul of this young outsider’s story was amazing.
Not going to go too much detail about my thoughts this second time around, but I will say that this movie is the complete opposite of what the previous Superman stories have told us. In fact, this movie was just saw raw that I really felt that it is great to stand alone as itself.
The superhero part never truly attracted me to Superman. It’s his desire to be human, his desire to fit in — that’s what makes me love this character so much. This movie captured it better than any other story. That’s why I like this one. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Superman’s outfit has changed over the years, but the desire to be normal remains.
The new Man of Steel movie comes out this Friday, but I will be seeing an early screening of it tomorrow. I am excited! You should too. In my opinion, Superman is the best superhero of all time. And it’s not just because his powers are better than all other superheroes, but it’s because Superman is just so different from all other superheroes.
And it wasn’t until my high school years where my love for Superman really took flight. (See what I did there?) It actually was a manifestation of my love of Superman growing up as a kid watching the Christopher Reeve films, kind of watching Dean Cain and not really paying attention to Tom Welling. But the fascination of this caped wonder took me. To me, he was just so wonderful in so many ways. He captured my imagination like no other superhero ever did.
My appreciation for Superman started to grow in high school but didn’t really take its full potential until I saw Kill Bill 2. The final scene stuck with me. It’s because of that final scene, I realized that Superman was someone special. Someone I admired.
Go celebrate! I wouldn’t mind joining you!
Preface: This was something that had been stirring in my heart for the past couple weeks. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but I felt that I needed to write this post… or at least put it out there.
I am not actually gay. But having grown up in the Bay Area, having gay friends and really observing as an outsider, I wanted to share my thoughts on it. I haven’t been vocal about it in the past and part of it came because I wasn’t sure what to say. Now after some thinking, praying and reflection, I feel that at some level, I think I get it.
I probably will get some negative responses to this and that’s fine with me. I might get positive ones too. This message comes from the heart and I write this out of love.
When I first even got a glimpse or an idea of what being gay might be, I was a kid. I didn’t know what it meant really. I just thought it was some kind of term you used to say someone was different. I distinctly remember calling Michael Jackson gay because he was different. I don’t think it was necessarily the fact that he was very pale and sounded like a woman to me, but I just felt that being gay just meant you were different. I might have used it as an insult like this as a kid, but I never really believed it. I had no problem with it, really. It didn’t affect me, so it wasn’t my problem.
That mentality has stuck with me my entire life. I didn’t see it affecting my life, so I didn’t really deal with it. (When Prop 8 came around, I didn’t speak out for or against it. I don’t even remember if I voted.) Despite the fact that I grew up in the Bay Area, went to school with gays, it never really meant anything to me. Maybe because I was used to it. Maybe because I was never scolded or told how to feel about it. It wasn’t my life, so I just let it be.
A beautiful lesson told at the end of the movie.
I remember watching “Wreck-It Ralph” the week it came out because I love arcades and video games. Plus, Disney animated films usually are a high five. The other day I picked up the movie on Blu-Ray and I watched it again.
It didn’t hit me but as I watched it, I started to realize that the message in the movie was really profound. In fact, it was very strong and possibly one the best messages any movie has told in my recent memory.
This post contains spoilers to the movie so if you don’t want to know what happens, I am warning you. But the lesson here is so great that maybe you should read ahead anyway.
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As you know, I am a huge fan of Superman. After reading up on the history of Superman this summer, I have been more and more fascinated with him.
I saw a shirt a while back on the evolution of Superman’s logos but I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t my size. The above photo surfaced this morning and it brought me back to all the changes our favorite superhero has gone through.
I do wonder what’s next for Superman. The movie this year should be good and I wonder what the next move in 2020 will be like. What if they start another TV series on him? The possibilities!