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27 March 2008 @ 12:23 pm
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Christopher can be a little "weird" at times compared to other kids (his thoughts alone are unusual), but sometimes the weird happens TO him. Case in point: while playing on the beach at Santa Cruz, he found a lemon in the ocean. A lemon. Now, if you were 8, and you were going to bring show-and-tell stuff from your vacation to school... could you honestly resist bringing the lemon? :0

The Easter Bunny at our house (AKA, me) had a pretty good year, with the glaring exception of buying "spiced" jelly beans instead of the fruit ones. Why does anyone SELL the spiced ones? Gah! Orange is "clove" or something, and it's nasty. :(

We're in the middle of watching Big Eden at home, and though the main character is a gay man going back to his small town after his grandfather has a stroke... I had a minor moment of culture shock regarding exactly what a "small town" might constitute. This movie appears to include a one-room schoolhouse, and I know there are a few in the foothills around where I live, but still... I can't get it into my head that these exist in the middle of modern life!

Sam/Dean SPN folks: if there were a story you wanted to see someone write, what would it be? I'm always looking for ideas to kickstart the muse. Meanwhile, I'm still working away on the Sweet Charity story I owe the lovely and patient Debbie. :)

So, new Reaper tonight? I really, really get a kick out of Ray Wise in this show. Since I mainly remember him from "Twin Peaks"... who knew he could be so funny?


 
 
 
elanurelelanurel on March 27th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Now, if you were 8, and you were going to bring show-and-tell stuff from your vacation to school... could you honestly resist bringing the lemon? :0

Given that I would probably blog about it at the age of 38? Odds are pretty-darn high from where I'm sitting. ;-P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Given that I would probably blog about it at the age of 38?

And I actually DID! *koff* At age 44.

Because sometimes the "weird" is what makes life interesting, you know? :D
elanurelelanurel on March 27th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I did blog about a tomato plant that was growing out of a sidewalk crack in the middle of the Denver Tech Center, so I'm right there with you regardless.

Because sometimes the "weird" is what makes life interesting, you know? :D

Absolutely! The weird stuff that happens to me is generally far less intriguing, though.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I did blog about a tomato plant that was growing out of a sidewalk crack in the middle of the Denver Tech Center, so I'm right there with you regardless.

Ha! I would find that so bizarre-- and a metaphor for resiliency, too-- that I'd blog about it too. :D

The weird stuff that happens to me is generally far less intriguing, though.

Mostly, the weird stuff that happens to me IS Christopher, 90% of the time. :0
elanurelelanurel on March 27th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Ha! I would find that so bizarre-- and a metaphor for resiliency, too-- that I'd blog about it too. :D

Yep, that was the post pretty much in one. Both wenchpixie - who never even saw a picture of the wee little tomato plant - were both annoyed when I drove by one day and someone had ripped it out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
were both annoyed when I drove by one day and someone had ripped it out.
! Why would someone do that? It should be rewarded with continued survival, if it makes it. And later harvesting.
elanurelelanurel on March 28th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
*face palms*

I need a beta for my comments whenever I am manic... Criminey. ;)

To answer your question? I really don't know. It's a fairly upscale part of Denver, where lots of companies have their corporate offices, so maybe someone felt it was unbecoming. The area does have its own gardening service, to my understanding, so all of the medians have the same planting scheme, etc.

It did actually have two tomatoes on it when someone yanked it - and one was ripening.
shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on March 27th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
A lemon? Wow! I'd scream about it!)))) Sounds totally cool!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Since it's not the kind of thing you imagine someone bringing TO the ocean, and then getting washed away, it's even stranger! Why a lemon of all things? :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 27th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
I love the surrealness of the childhood life.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really miss the stuff from when they were younger and even more clueless.

Like during a car trip, Lauren asking "Why we don't have witches in the sky!?"

Or another time, "Why we're not seeing any blimps for a really long time?" "Well, we don't often see them. "Are they shy?"
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 27th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Tell her you don't see witches in the sky because the parking fees for brooms is extortionate.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 27th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
:D Too late now-- that was when she was two. At age 10, she knows better now. Rats...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 28th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I got asked once if I rode a broomstick. I replied only when the bus was late
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I got asked once if I rode a broomstick.

Boy, I hope that was a kid asking that question.

If not, you were very smooth in addressing insult with humor!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 28th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
It was banter between colleagues.

The best one with a kid was when Stewart was about 7. One of his friends kept looking at my hair before finally asking if he could touch my hair. Bemused I said, "OK". He spends about five minutes carefully looking through my hair before saying, clearly disappointed, "Aw! You don't have horns!"
etherealflaimetherealflaim on March 29th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
*rofl*

Oh jeez, I was laughing nonstop and rolling around on my bed (from which I am currently surfing) after that one. I need to tell my mom that story. She's a teacher, and she'll appreciate it. She's probably going to call me tonight (sigh -_-) so I'll mention it. Thanks for the jolt of laughter!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 29th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
There's got to be a pagan jokes bingo card or something.

me and my now nearly teenage son were waiting at the bus stop when we're accosted by some Jehovahs. After they've annoyed us for a few minutes, we're informed that we're going to hell.

"I hope so," replies Stewart. "Better parties."

Or the time when we're shopping in Woolies and we're in the toy dept. One of those Harry Potter broom has fallen over and I kick it up, saying "Vientas" or something and it jumps into my hand.

A wee bairn sees me and runs to her mum, saying, "Mummy, that lady's magic! She made the broom fly!"

Edited at 2008-03-29 10:19 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Teehee. I use the same reply when people tell me I'm going to hell. But it's not because I'm not a Jehovah's Witness...

And good call @ scaring the kids. What would life be without it?
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 28th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Nope! What was Christopher's presentation/his take on the find?
He didn't even get that far! I warned him about the rambling, but he really wanted to ramble over the preliminaries (about him being sick and the boardwalk and all), and he didn't make it to the Lemon Of Mystery before it was time for the class to go to the library!

Lately I've been seriously craving S/D domestic fic. Go figure.
*sigh* I had one I was supposed to write for fluffandfold, but I was struggling to get Xmas fics done (only made it through one of them) and your story still up for work, and there was a logistical problem with how to make the prompt I chose work. Might still rewrite with a slightly different take to get that problem out of the way. But not just yet!
etherealflaimetherealflaim on March 29th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yay@reaper. I just watched it for the first time after the new smallville this thursday, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I had some "oh jesus" and some "lol" moments at the gay (demon) neighbors, but oh well =)

Double yay@Big Eden. I thought that movie was adorable. Not the best, or the most true to life, but adorable nonetheless. And probably one that straight people could watch and not throw up over, lol. Though if you're looking for a really, really good gay-themed movie that EVERYONE should see, look up Soldier's Girl. Bring your kleenex.

If I were a boy of 8 years who found a lemon in the ocean, I'd probably come up with some elaborate story about how it got there and tell that for my show and tell. Yeah... I "told stories" as a kid. I was pretty bad. Maybe that's why I'm here writing fanfiction, lol.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 30th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I had some "oh jesus" and some "lol" moments at the gay (demon) neighbors, but oh well =)
I wish the security-specialist neighbor were less of a stereotype (the other's more middle-of-the road), because that gets so old. You should watch it from the beginning, though-- totally worth downloading the eps via Torrent. The humor is so weird, and Sock and Ben are great sidekicks, not to mention the hilarious flair Ray Wise has as the devil. And even my husband thinks Sam's a sweet kid. Great show.

Double yay@Big Eden. I thought that movie was adorable. Not the best, or the most true to life, but adorable nonetheless.
I loved this movie. I may rewatch it (which I NEVER do right away) because we had to see it in three chunks, and I basically want to focus on seeing Pike's character evolve. I'm kind of in love with that character and the performance Eric Schweig gives. It's as if the writer/director AND actor really "get" what it's like to be terribly shy. There's subtlety in that performance, where the exterior of what Pike looks like and the interior of what he's feeling are just worlds apart. Plus, I can't get over a character who when asked to stay to dinner actually responds once with "I can't. I'm afraid." and then runs away. It's kind of refreshing, because that IS what he's feeling, and he actually says it!

The other movie looks to be very good (via imdb.com), though I must admit loving that there was no "heaviness" to Big Eden. It was a love story, it was warm, it makes you feel good at the end, and it's devoid of stereotypes and ugliness in every way. *happy sigh*

Yeah... I "told stories" as a kid. I was pretty bad.
We're always working on Christopher not regarding storytelling but extrapolating one instance of something into a Universal Truth, or saying "I knew that was going to happen," when he means "I'm glad that it did" or "I wished it would" or whatever.

My dad, though? Good lord. As an ADULT he's still telling stories, which I've now reached the eyerolling stage over. When someone tells you that "I remember being born" (as he did a few years ago at age 76 or so), all you can say is "Funny that you remember this now, when you've never remembered it before." :0
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Ray Wise has as the devil
was indeed BRILLIANT, even in the few times I saw him. I loved how he was being such a bad influence. And I laughed out loud when Sam finds him in the gay bar, and he says "You /would/ swing both ways." And, of course, the Devil doesn't deny it.

because that gets so old
Do you know anyone like that in person? MAN they wear me out so fast. But yeah, it gets old when it's someone on TV who is probably nothing like that in real life.

totally worth downloading the eps via Torrent
Yeah, I should probably do that. But I've been avoiding downlading TV shows for awhile because I have catching up to do for work and also wanted to find some time to read/write fic. But I'm sure I will before Tuesday =D

there was no "heaviness" to Big Eden
<3 feel-good movies. Love, love love. The warm/fuzzies!

devoid of stereotypes and ugliness
If you do watch Soldier's girl, I think you'll find that the movie is almost ABOUT a battle with stereotypes and ugliness. I think, from my personal world-view, that it's a really good blend of "reminds you that there is always some truth to stereotypes" and "reminds you that stereotypes are fatally dangerous." And yes, it's a very heavy movie. But, as I'm sure you'd guess from my fiction, that works for me =)

I love your thoughtful comments and replies, my dear!
~EF
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 30th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Do you know anyone like that in person?
I do, though not as often as when I was in music/drama. And I think that's more and more rare with younger men, thank goodness, because why go to the extra effort to make yourself a target? But television... gah. It clings to that stereotype. I read once that John Barrowman auditioned for the lead role in Will and Grace, and was told he didn't come off as "gay" enough. He is gay. Instead, they picked a straight man who bent a little more toward that stereotype. *rolls eyes*

<3 feel-good movies. Love, love love. The warm/fuzzies!
I don't always like them if they're sappy (I tend to hate the Chick Flick genre), but this one escaped that for me. I did come away feeling as if I could have seen an entire more movie's worth on Pike, and would have liked to!

If you do watch Soldier's girl, I think you'll find that the movie is almost ABOUT a battle with stereotypes and ugliness.
The blurb made it sound really interesting, and I do like Lee Pace. And since I have trouble imagining him pulling off that role, I'm even more intrigued.

I love your thoughtful comments and replies, my dear!
:D Yours too!

I tell you, if you want to see an interesting drama that really questions the differences between ethics and religion, you might try "Black Robe" sometime. It's about a missionary priest who goes to the Canadian wilds to convert Indians, and winds up with an entirely different perspective on himself and what he's doing. Lothaire Bluteau is the lead, but August Schellenberg as one of the Indians he meets is outstanding. That performance blows me away.
(Anonymous) on March 30th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I can't edit replies (not a paid member maybe?), so I have to add another...


I totally didn't realize that I've missed 12 episodes of reaper! Zomg, have people been talking about this show and I've been missing it? Cause I kinda thought that he pilot was not too long ago, hah!
~EF
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 30th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
I totally didn't realize that I've missed 12 episodes of reaper! Zomg, have people been talking about this show and I've been missing it? Cause I kinda thought that he pilot was not too long ago, hah!
It is SO funny. They ran about 10 episodes before Christmas, and I only saw recorded half of them because it was on opposite "House, M.D.," and I would only remember Reaper was also on... at about 5 minutes after both shows were over.

Hence, I had to torrent all the episodes I missed. But definitely worth it! What a wonderfully weird little show. :)