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Q&A:Oct. 27

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October 28th, 2011 Posted 12:02 am

I received my Q&A a day 5-year journal in the mail today.

Oct. 27, 2011
Today’s question is: What was the last goofy thing you did?

Answer: Get drunk at San Dimas Wine Shop, then sing to Yoda and Dora in the kitchen, watch glee and then get stuck in a loop of Britney Spears videos.

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Monkeys

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October 25th, 2011 Posted 10:22 pm

Today at lunch, I went home and watched some Planet Green while I ate my food. The channel was showing a special on Jungles and Grasslands throughout the world, so I figured it was a safe thing to watch while I ate. It wasn’t. I watched a tribe of natives shoot down monkeys with blow guns and I watched the same tribe breast feed the little orphan monkey babies. I guess it’s like a circle of life thing for this community, but  “ew” is the only way to describe it. Watching those monkeys swinging in the trees reminded me of my friend Ryan’s obsession with monkeys and how he think they would be the coolest pets. Recently, Ryan put together an image of his “ideal” pet which looks something like this:

Yup. That’s a monkey (but imagine him with a cuter, puppy-like face Ryan says), with a lion’s mane, eagle wings (so the pet can fly and get him stuff) and a very fashionable raccoon’s tail. The traits you can’t see in this image are a dolphin’s intelligence and an ability to talk like a parrot, so he can sweet talk people while he’s away fetching things for his master.

That looks pretty disturbing, especially for someone who hates monkeys as much as I do. I don’t think they’re cute or cool to have as a pet (look at what Moe did) or even fun to watch at the Zoo. I think they’re gross, dirty and deeply frightening. Growing up with my dad’s obsession with monkey everything: coin banks, stuffed animals and decorative coconuts has turned me off from the  primate to the point where I “ugh” in disgust every time I see anything shaped like a monkey (like the green gorilla-shaped eraser I saw at JCPenney last week). Let’s just say there is no way I would survive a Planet of the Apes movie.

And just for fun, if Ryan could have a pet monkey, then he must be crazy or in a Disney film.

(3:50:45 PM) Alex: if u were a Disney character u would be Aladdin
(3:50:50 PM) Alex: cuz he has a pet monkey
(3:51:19 PM) Ryan: and a genie!
(3:52:34 PM) Ryan: oh snap… and a princess
(3:52:50 PM) Ryan: prince ryan
(3:52:52 PM) Ryan: it has a nice ring to it
(3:57:35 PM) Alex: ud have to wear those puffy pants
(3:57:41 PM) Alex: idk what if theyre mean pants
(3:57:53 PM) Ryan: I have a flying carpet too
(3:58:12 PM) Ryan: Aladdin had a pretty sweet gig now that I think about it

I guess Aladdin did have a pretty sweet deal especially since he was a homeless thief aka “street rat” at the beginning of the story. What guy wouldn’t want to score a princess with all her wealth and beauty? But that’s getting off the subject of monkeys. Anyways, enjoy the video below, appropriately named “Monkeys.”

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The Great -Gasp!- “B”

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October 23rd, 2011 Posted 11:56 pm

There are 2  months and 2 days until my self-imposed deadline of reading 50 books in a year. Unless I start reading a book every other day, it’s safe to say that I’m not going to make my deadline. However, my attempt  to expand my reading list beyond V.C Andrews series has been an amazing literary journey.  The latest stage in my journey is ” Bright Young Things,” by Anna Godbersen, a throw back to the days of bootleggers, flappers an materialism of the Roaring Twenties.

As a big fan of Great Gatsby, I had high expectations for this book. It wasn’t a book I went looking for or had even heard of before until it showed up as a Free Book Friday in B&N’s newsletter, but it is definitely a book I’m glad I found. Bright Young Things encompassed the laid back attitude of socialites, the dangers of bootlegger turf wars and the wonder and struggle of breaking out from a small town.  Even the names of the characters had an appropriate historic sound to them: Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur, and Astrid Donal. I became so enchanted with the novel that I even based my Halloween costume after the fashions of the 1920s.  Now I can proudly say I have a purple clothe in my wardrobe.

Since finishing the book, I have started doing research on the fashion and events associated with this time period from Wikipedia to documentaries and even  movies set in the 1920s. I am sad to report that Netflix does not carry the original Great Gatsby movie, but you can rent a more recent version of the film with Paul Rudd (Although, I don’t know why you would want to). That guy is in everything! But that’s for a different post…From my understanding there is a new Great Gatsby film coming out next  year starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Jack and Spider-Man, that should be an interesting combo.

Anyways, a good read overall, with three distinct characters whose personalities were so detailed and has such depth that I felt I knew these characters personally. I could believe this  story was more of a diary entry than a work of fiction.

The only problem I had with the book was in the very first chapter, the author says by the end of the decade one of these women will be married, one will be famous and the third will be dead. So I wasn’t sure if this book was going to take me through a whole decade, but as I read on I  tried to guess who was going to die and who was going to be famous. And then it ended and no one had died. Instead, there was a sample chapter from the next book in the series. What?! I’ve been had! I didn’t want to get hung up on another series, I wanted to  take a chance on 50 new books this year and read a buffet of stories.

I’m stuck in a limbo, do I buy the next book since I got the first for free, or should I carry on with my quest and read the next books in my mental queue? I think for now I’m going to read the books I’ve been looking forward to reading instead of getting stuck in a loop of series books. The last time I decided to continue reading a series, I ended up purchasing/reading four Pretty Little Liars books and spending about $50 on books in a 2 week period and I just don’t have the budget for that right now.

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