Friday, February 3, 2017
I was able to see an early screening of Rings last night, here are my thoughts with as few spoilers as possible. I re-watched The Ring 1 and 2 in preparation for this movie (didn't have enough time to watch the Japanese originals, although I did see The Ring 3D) and realized that because I didn't really like the first movie, I never even bothered to watch the second. My feelings having re-watched are similarly blah, it's kind of an interesting concept, but as horror movies they aren't very scary or interesting. The movies are filled with so much research (where did the tape come from? who is this girl? what happened to her?) that it can be quite slow besides the beginning and end of the movies. So I was hoping that since they decided to make another sequel, they would choose to make the movie more fun (as a horror movie should be) at the same time...
They did it! Rings is fun, scary, and true to the original movies all at the same time. David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes (the writers) and everyone else involved, really made an effort to make this film truly scary. Also, as a fan of Asian horror, I can say this movie is very true to that genre as well being supernaturally scary as well as true life scary (people are more scary to me than ghosts ever will be). There's even a fun twist at the end, those of us who remember the first movies might guess but it's still a good scene. I'm not too strict about those pesky things called "plot holes" but there could have been some additional explanation at parts particularly in relation to the professor. All in all, I really liked this movie more than the The Ring 1 and 2. It's worth the watch. I'd give this movie a 7 out of 10. Although I found it weird that the leads were supposedly a couple fresh out of high school (with one just starting college) yet they acted and looked much older, and never once did they think to call their parents (nor did the parents call them) to ask for help.
|My photo of the movie screen as we waited. Camera couldn't capture the "real" Samara on account of how dark it was but she was just like the one on screen. Spooky!|
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Story time/rant: based on my previous blog, you know that I moved to NYC err Brooklyn in order to get close to all these cool social media marketing jobs and snag one for myself. Well that hasn't happened. On top of that, New York costs so much money, like beyond the expensive that I was prepared for, that my savings is nearly gone. Besides NY's atrocious rent (and other fees) costs, I have a LOT of bills/debts to pay every month too. So yeah, I might lose all of my belongings as well as my room in an apartment if I don't find a job soon. And yes, I am actively applying EVERYWHERE!
I try to vent to my new friends and all they can offer is "try harder", they give me a list of tasks I should do to help find a job, as if after 5 months I haven't tried all of that already, even while falling deeper and deeper into a depression that I can't afford to have (no insurance), I continue to try. I have a bachelors degree, a master's degree, and over 10 years of work experience, but since I don't know the "right people" or didn't think of a great and witty way to get them to read my resume, I can't get hired to work. Not even jobs that pay little and I am well over qualified for will hire me, so exactly how am I supposed to live as a not so young adult???
Meanwhile up in the Kim Kardashian suite, *GASP* she got robbed of millions in jewelry, but still has her mansion, livelihood, and ass to sell in order to earn it all back in a month or two. Not that theft is ok, or that she deserved it, but in ranking the greatest tragedies even of this week, the Kim K robbery isn't one of them, but you know, priorities... This is truly an F'd up world that we live in.
Sure this may make me seem like one of those bitter, entitled, whining millennials that seems to be the IT topic to discuss these days. Stupid, cocky, good for nothing millennials always wanting to get not a job, but a career, that affords them the ability to settle down, own a house and car and raise a family. How greedy, selfish, and entitled we are, the nerve! But from what I have witnessed from many of the people that I have met in my adult, career minded life, what I said above is true and it is legitimately how this world works, as bitter as I may sound (and may actually be). Sure there may be people who can go to school, get some experience, fill out some resumes online, get the call back and interview with no outside help, no excessive research studying and effort put in. I for one hope that it is possible for at least some people! But for the most part, as the saying goes, "it's WHO you know, not WHAT you know" and though I know a lot of people, and I am grateful for them, they are clearly not the people who can get me a job at all, let alone in the field that I want to work in. And I am sick of being depressed, worried, and anxious about what will happen when the day finally comes that I can no longer afford to support myself, as I have for the last 8 years. It's a horrible, draining, feeling, yet I am still trying everyday to find work and prevent myself from becoming homeless. I can take UNIQUE suggestions on how to get a job, but I just can't stand to hear one more person tell me "go apply on LinkedIn, indeed, monster, go to job fairs and network, sell some of your things, go work retail until you get a better job" I have and am trying that and it's not working so please, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!!!
Food for thought: check out this article from Elite Daily, of the "genius" who will likely get a job through admittedly really smart thinking, but excessive effort and bribery (even if it is just donuts), "Clever Guy Landed 10 Job Interviews By Hiding Resume In A Box Of Doughnuts". Yes I am jealous that I didn't think to do that first, back when I actually had money to spend, but I am also bitter that such extreme measures are necessary just to get a chance at a position in this day and age. Anyone else experiencing hardships finding a job these days even when you are trying many different routes and maybe even over qualified for the job? How about those who got creative like the doughnut guy and landed a position?
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Storytime: My NYC Roommates Have an Attitude with Me and Get Caught in a Lie Days Before I am Moving In (with text evidence)!!!
Where we last left off; I avoided being scammed by a lying broker who was completely unhelpful in getting me a NY apartment, by instead finding a room for rent by the tenants instead of trying to get a lease with a landlord who won't except people who aren't VERY well off.
Flashback to when I went to see the room and later that day, met all of the roommates. My roommates are a husband and his wife and their friend, to avoid using their real names, I'll call them Husband, Wife, and Friend. Husband showed me the basement space, it was one large room with a half bathroom. Husband said that the whole space will pretty much be mine, except for some stuff the were storing in the back corner portion of the room. When I asked if I would also be allowed to store things there, he said "I don't see why not", they had about 1/4 of that area filled with their stuff so I knew I would have plenty of room for storing my stuff there. He told me he would build a large bedroom where I would sleep, and add a shower to the half bathroom, these were their plans for the space so that they could rent it out. I later learned that they also planned to make a small bedroom in the storage area for guests. The space is actually kind of large so I thought they were going to maybe leave a storage area or either I could still store my stuff in there, just left to one side of the room and a bed could go on the other, fine. All of these renovations were going to be completed within the month before I got there so they said, great. Everything was friendly, sounded like a plan and a large space for me and my stuff, because as I told them and tell everyone, I have A LOT of stuff. They wanted to debate on which person to rent to for a few days, OK, well I am in the meantime leaving in the morning to head back to Pittsburgh and finish packing and things because I was moving to NY with or without that specific room, I could have let the movers put my stuff in storage for 30 days which was an included service had I told them in advance.
A few days later Wife, the main correspondent for this whole renting situation, texts that they chose me as the roommate in the basement. Hooray! I go about telling all my friends how although it's unfortunate that I wasn't getting my own apartment, that I was getting a whole basement space which is the size of a 1 bedroom apartment, so it's cool and a little less than an actual 1 br apt. That was when I started texting to know about the progress of the renovations and dimensions of all of the spaces, so I'll know how to fit my stuff. Ducked, and dodged every time, at first I'd get a "it's not done yet but try again next week, it'll be done then", and then I would get ignored or told that "I'll send the dimensions later" but then never received them. And as I was planning a big move, I didn't have time to dedicate all my time hounding them for information about the construction progress which Husband, a carpenter, was doing himself, which means that he can do it any time in the day that he has free.
Cut to a few days before my moving day, my sister informs me that she, my niece, and my dad are all coming to take me to NY and will stay the night and help me move in. I don't see a problem, we'll all be down in the basement, no big deal...WRONG! I texted Wife just fyi, my dad, sister, and niece will come up maybe stay a few nights with me and help me move in. Insert attitude! Actually insert the texts! *I am the picture, Wife is the bubble with a heart inside.
Can someone explain why I am getting attitude for having family move me to another state? Can someone explain why it is my fault that you didn't do your part that was to construct the basement shower that we would use? How is this a reason to be having an attitude and making a problem before I even move in? How is it not expected that someone moving long distance alone wouldn't have some sort of support or help at least upon moving in? Please someone answer this questions for me.
So where I said that "if this is just how you are then we would not make a good fit as roommates...", I should have stuck would that and took that last chance to get out of dodge.
This was the first warning sign of problems to come, right before I was on my way. But what could I do a couple days before moving, after I already put my deposit and signed the agreement? So I figured I can deal with it just keep to myself for 7 months then I'm done. But no, stay tuned for the biggest train wreck in this whole ordeal thus far in my next storytime...
*please excuse the alignment of these photos, blogger never wants to allow me to easily move around and properly align photos, the struggle is soo real!
I came here having traveled overnight by bus, ready to find my apartment, all documents and finances at hand ready to make a deal. Having conversed with my broker for a month already about my situation (no job, no 40x rent, no guarantor, yes great credit, yes lots of savings), that I was looking to live in the Brooklyn or possibly Harlem areas, and having him tell me "I know what you like" (referring to the kind of apt I was looking for) I figured I would have no problems finding a place. WRONG!! That first day, all I saw were duds. Too small was the main issue, which really shouldn't have been an issue, because if there is one thing that I was clear about, it's that I have A LOT OF STUFF, and thus want large (for new york standards) bedrooms, which is why I was aiming to live outside of manhattan. But everything that I saw was small! Day 1 was a fail and thus I lost faith in my broker and felt the need to resend him my ideal apartments which I was easily finding in the various apt sites online, and in my price range. Sending him my ideals was also a fail because he told me to stop, claiming that I wasn't letting him do his job. Well in my defense, what is the point of letting you "do your job" when you're showing me crap that I don't like? You clearly need my help, and my days are dwindling! But I did as he asked and stopped sending him apartments that I was interested in, but I didn't stop looking...
Day 2 comes and my broker is busy doing other things, thus I search on my own for places. After he told me to stop searching and to "let him do his job" I found some awesome apartments in my price range. The poster/broker for those places lived nearby and could immediately show me the places. I told her my situation via our email conversation (again to be clear I have no job, no 40x rent, no guarantor, yes great credit, yes lots of savings to pay rent until I find a job) and she came and picked me up! The first place that she showed me was ideal, she even had a friend who was looking to find a roommate in the summer (I was looking to obtain a roommate later) and it was cool, I filled out the application and then she realizes "oh, you don't have a job or a rich guarantor? You will not qualify!" Well that's just great, I wasted my time doing this and on top of that, I already told you of that stuff prior, so obviously you didn't really read the emails! That made me mad on many levels; first you weren't really paying attention to what I said in our correspondence (you just saw and jumped on an opportunity to make money) second I just got my hopes up for nothing! That apartment was adorable! But ok stay calm and keep looking.
Day 3, back to my original broker. He claimed to have a better list of showings for me, more my size. What do you know, 1 of the apartments was the same as what I saw the previous day through the other girl. I saw his apartments and the best one was the one the other girl had already shown me. I said "I like this one best but the girl already told me that because I don't fit the income requirements so the landlord won't rent to me" he says "oh". That "oh" told me a lot more than that. It said that this whole time, although he knew my situation (no job, no 40x rent, no guarantor, yes great credit, yes lots of savings), and was supposed to be finding me apartments based on that, he was really just trying to do anything to make a deal, showing me anything even if the landlord wouldn't accept a working class citizen like myself. That "oh" made me lose COMPLETE faith in him. And on top of him showing me a bunch of crappy apts, he made sure they were all at the top of my price range, the price I would ONLY pay if it was an apartment with every single feature that I asked for! And so I went to the "find a roommate" websites and set up some rooms to see the next (my last) day.
Day 4, my broker will not give up! He calls himself "helping" give me a woman's perspective (his female coworker) on NY apt renting, so that I will know that I am expecting too much and need to accept less. She mentions a 1 bedroom apt (I had previously been looking at 2brs) that is a quick 30 minutes from the city. I say ok, and go on about my room viewings, promising to look up the address later to see that the area, Bay Ridge (although not the area that I wanted) is actually nice. Well the rooms were all very small and very sad dorm room like situations, multiple rooms and a shared kitchen, no living room, no friendliness, just stay to your small room and share the kitchen and all is well...no thanks. Then I checked out the 1br Bay Ridge apt that my broker's female friend told me about to discover that it was a nice looking area, but it absolutely was not 30 minutes away, it was 50 minutes away from downtown!! What a lier!!! I called him and told him about this lie, and that I am no longer interested in his help, I'll just have to find a room for rent.
The last room I saw did seem like a true friendly roommate situation, with lots of space, although it costed a lot more the husband/roommate assured me that I would have my own large bedroom, a small living room and get to store things where he was also storing things in the basement "guest room". I liked it, it was a basement with a half bathroom, the space of a small one bedroom so I didn't mind paying considerable more for the space. So on my last day in NY looking to find an apartment, I found a room instead, but I wasn't homeless (although now I am regretting that decision).
What I learned from this experience is that all of the articles about skeevy NY brokers are right! You can't trust how nice they are because they just want your trust so that they can try to sell you a place and make their commission. They don't care if it's what you want, they will try and scare you into settling with claims of "this will go fast" "others are looking at this" "this is what the market is like, get used to it, accept it". You certainly can't tell them your budget because then they'll only show you things at the top of it, so that their commission is bigger. And, to real you in from the beginning, some brokers will post great apartments to get you to call, but when you inquire they'll say that the apartment was already sold. I'm pretty sure my broker did that to get me, and then proceeded to question me about what I wanted and act like he could certainly find what I wanted and in my price range. But no, he didn't.
For more info, check out this Huffington Post article by Hilary Rowland, 8 Truths About NYC Real Estate Brokers: Beware! I found it to be quite accurate of my 4 days spent with 3 different brokers. Although the main culprit is the one who I specifically came to NY to have him find me the place, the girl who showed me the place I wanted to rent, didn't play games, she didn't pay attention to my email, but she wasn't trying to cheat me or show me crap either. I guess if you actually do have good apartments to offer, you don't have to resort to tricks.
Do you have a related broker story to share or any bad experiences trying to get an apartment in NYC or anywhere else? Comment and let me know.
Stay tuned for my next blog post on how I am now living in NY.
Monday, February 15, 2016
So what's with diets? You'd think being calorie conscious would be helpful. I'm purposefully trying to eat far less meal calories (more veges and less carbs , 500 cals or less per meal), because I don't want to exercise and do want to leave room to drink my calories (wine, rum, or schnapps) after a day of hard work. Do I need to stop eating altogether and only drink at the end of the day in order to lose some weight? Does drinking slow your metabolism more? Who knows the answer to these questions?
Losing weight is annoying but busting out of your clothes is even more annoying.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Hello, Bonjour, Do mae dian, good day, guttan tag, kunichiwa, chao, shallom, hola, ni hao
Hello to all of the children of the world!We're all the same in more ways than we know
We speak in many different ways
Though some things might be different, we're people just the same
And we all like to sing and play
Hello, Bonjour, Do mae dian, good day, guttan tag, kunichiwa, chao, shallom, hola, ni hao
Hello to all of the children of the world!
That was sing along time, with Doris!
I just woke up from a nap (sometimes I just got to get away) and that song from like my 3rd grade chorus recital just came to me! It used to be one of my favorite songs. It really explains a lot about the way I am, and how my growing up in a place that encouraged us to take an interest in learning about other types of people, and had us sing such songs really bread tolerance in us kids.
I often complain about the lack of diversity in Pittsburgh, because where I grew up (Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland) there were no such clear lines of segregation. I mean everyone was just together, your neighbors and classmates were of all types of different races. It was not a shock at all to see people that looked different than you, and each other, it felt like there were no minorities because there was just a mixed bunch of kids. There was not mostly one race and then some others, like what is common here in Pittsburgh and probably just about everywhere outside of the Air Force bubble.
Anyways, my point is, it is sad :-( I know for a fact that discrimination and hate are taught traits. Kids don't know that being different is something worthy of being treated different until someone (usually their parents) teaches them. As kids in Maryland, when we got new neighbors who were an interratial married couple, we simply thought, "you two look different from each other, can we play with your puppy now?" When my parents' black friends adopted a fillipino boy, all we thought was, "is he our age?" so that he could play with us. When I found out that my Mexican friend spoke spanish I wasn't all, "speak English what are you saying?" I more like bothered him to say more and had him teach me his spanish name because it was interesting that he shared something new with me. None of us kids knew to be racist against different people because we weren't raised that way.
Then I moved to Pittsburgh in middle school. It was a whole new world. There were clearly mostly black and mostly white areas, and you would have to be super lucky to see any "other" races in class, let alone in your neighborhood. It was an interesting change to see how people "stuck with their own kind" very often here. Not really in a racist way, put in a "that's just what is done" kind of way. But here is where I learned that racism and discrimination really does still exist.
Now I am an adult, so I watch the news (sometimes) and see so much discrimination against race, sexual orientation, the amount of money you have, and it is all just disgusting! I've recently started learning Korean and with it am learning more and more about how racist some Koreans are. I've also been catching up on the last season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Which of course comes with the stories of how much hate these men got growing up for being gay, and for wanting to dress up like women and entertain us. Pennsylvania just legalized same sex marriage and I have been hearing a lot of hateful things because of that too and I'M JUST OVER ALL THE HATE!
I hate, hate! So maybe that's why that song from my 3rd grade recital came back to me. Let's all have fun singing the song and stop hating and being rude to people just because they're different. Everyone being the same would be way too boring!
Hello, Bonjour, Do mae dian, good day, guttan tag, kunichiwa, chao, shallom, hola, ni hao
Hello to all of the children of the world!We're all the same in more ways than we know
We speak in many different ways
Though some things might be different, we're people just the same
And we all like to sing and play
Hello, Bonjour, Do mae dian, good day, guttan tag, kunichiwa, chao, shallom, hola, ni hao
Hello to all of the children of the world!
Anyone have stories of hate that they want to get off their chest? Oh and feel free to correct me if I remembered any of the other languages wrong.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
So I have been thinking of other things to watch when I want a break from school work. Because I be needing many breaks from thinking about school. Seriously, thinking about school 24/7... shoot me, shoot me dead, don't miss.
I now have started a new list of things to watch. Mostly playing catchup on shows and even youtubers that I loved, but neglected for the past few months due to my kdrama obsession. I mean, I wish I could watch every single interesting show but, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! Especially since I have added a whole other country's tv schedule to my list of possible shows to watch.
Here are some things that I have been watching now that my Kdramas and Walking Dead are over.
Grey's Anatomy; A medical drama about a group of interns turned doctors and their relationships which largely consists of other hospital employees. It is on it's like millionth season and is still running strong as far as I know. I definitely still love it.
Being Human (U.S.); A werewolf, vampire, and ghost live in a house and craziness insues. Especially since werewolves and vampires are racist (speciesist) against each other (in most cases). This show has since finished.
|Top is the American cast, Bottom is the British Cast|
Being Human (U.K.); Started before the American version. I like them both. This one has also finished but I need to watch the last season (5).
Star Crossed; Aliens came to Atlanta back in the day, were hearded into things that I can only describe as fenced in "ghettos" and now they are trying to integrate them into the world via a select group of alien teens (all hot by the way) who were chosen to go to the town high school. Oh and 1 alien boy was saved by a little human girl when he first arrived to earth, they are reunited and are instantly in love, but face angering people who hate the thought of a human/alien relationship. This show is new and I'm loving it, hopefully it'll be picked up for a second season.
Youtube Channels; It's Judy's Life, Dominic Show, Ryan Higa TV, Dear Naptural 85, Crystal theVlog, Wing is fun, The Lavigne Life, The PTX Experience and because I'm obsessed with Pentatonix Superfruit as well. Also Todrick Hall, The Fung Bros, David So and Patricia Bright aka Brit Pop Princess. Those are just a few of my obsessions! They are all funny/talented/informative/interesting and I want them all to be my best friend. Most if not all of them have multiple channels as well.
On the list to catch up on;
Switched at Birth; I LOVE this show about girls who were switched at birth (as the title suggests). 1 girl is from a rich family, the other is from a working class one, and the working class daughter is deaf. It's about the life of the teenage girls and the combining of the two families.
The Fosters; A couple of lesbians adopt a bunch of kids who are all teenagers. Lots of drama because of the complete multiracialness of the family (think Brad and Angelina's clan) the issues with foster kids not having thier real parents in their life, homosexual issues, and the issues of teenagers. So basically there are tons of issues coming every which way in this show, but it is really a beautiful family that has a lot of love for each other.
American Horror Story; An AMAZEBALLS horror show that tells a different horror story every season. Season 1 was about a haunted house, season 2 about alien abduction and experimentation on patients within a mental facility, season 3 (which I have yet to finish) is about voodoo and withcraft. Awesomeness and super creative. Plus this season's cast is amazing!
Glee; Amazingly, the same writer of American Horror Story writes Glee, and I love them both although they're total opposites. Glee is about a high school glee club stuggling through being the misfits in their school while breaking into song every chance they get. If you like pop and rock music, you'll love this show simply for the amazing covers they do of the songs. It's also really funny.
New Girl; Another funny show about a girl who moves in with 3 guys (now there are 4) and they're all just goofy, ridiculous, and hilarious!
Arrow; Based on the green arrow comic book character. But is not the same guy who was the green arrow on Smallville (another awesome show that has ended, it was the story of superman).
America's Next Top Model; Tyra Banks has this competition to find...read the title. There are now male models on the show, so...YAY! I personally love the artistry of it all, the photographs are so well done, I love it.
Maybe True Blood. I do not know. What do you think? I am a couple seasons behind, lost interest, but it could be worth it just for the werewolf (he is wonderful). It is kind of vampire porn, but with a story, and with other creatures (including fairies, what?). I lost interest, but I could get back into it, if I am compelled.
Side note, Game of Thrones is back already! That is a legit replacement for Walking Dead on Sunday nights. But if you need more, I'd suggest any of the above shows, they thoroughly manage to keep me interested in what happens next and help me stop missing Glenn, Michonne, and the others. I've also been watching lots of movies, horror movies. Before you know it, just like with Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead will be back!
What are some good shows that you are watching, any suggestions?
Monday, March 31, 2014
OK, calm down self.
See, I was already scared to watch this episode. Here I am with the great idea to yet again watch the walking dead before bed (at 1am) and then the scene of a bloody Rick sitting alone against a truck reminded me about the crazy men that are after him.
Finally Darryl comes out of the woods and tells the leader guy not to hurt them, "they're good people". Well Darryl, too bad those me aren't good people, so they don't care. Crazy old man leader accuses Darryl of lying. Because if you don't agree with his plan, you are obviously a liar. He orders the men to give Darryl the "liars punishment" (remember from last ep, that means you get beat to death). WTF?!? That was actually a stupid move on the leader's part because now he got some of his men distracted and otherwise occupied beating up Darryl, which gave Rick a chance to weigh his options. Old man leader probably thought that Rick would be easy to handle since he's just 1 man, much smaller than his men, with a woman and child on board. Well they messed with the wrong one, because guess what, Rick's crae crae too! Rick went straight up zombie on them dudes! He bit a chunk out of the old guy's neck! Literally went CHOMP on what seems to be an important artery since blood went shooting out of the bite hole (yup, Rick bit a hole out of his neck). That was crazy and awesome and necessary! The bad men were looking at him all shocked and confused as to whether he was human or walker. So Michonne jumped into action and took her guy out and then went for Carl who was now a hostage by that porky pervert. Seriously, was that porky guy really just all over Carl, like he couldn't wait to have his way with him? How effing sick! As soon as that perv saw Rick coming he stopped what he was doing with a quickness, scared to death. Yes perv, be scared of Rick, you ain't so tuff once your friends all died huh? Rick gutted that perv! I mean I paused the show right now due to the myocardial infarction I was about to have, but the last thing I heard was Rick still stabbing the guy, even though he was already dead.
So as you can see, the good guys won. Rick didn't even get his ass whooped (again) which is what I was really worried about (how many more beatings does that man have to go through?) but I'm still traumatized! The bad guys are dead, Rick and Darryl are together again but I got the chills. It was a really quick battle but it was oh so brutal! I can't get over how they threatened to do things to Michonne and Carl, brrrrrr, chills. Before the attack Michonne was expressing her concern for Terminus ending up being like the Governor's place. I guess you can worry a little less now because clearly Rick ain't gonna let nothing happen on his watch. Rick don't play!
I am seriously majorly freaked out! This is rare since I LOVE horror movies and have seen so much blood, killings, and torture in movies that I'm pretty desensitized to it (except the Human Centipede, that almost made me wanna puke, almost). But yeah, I needed to calm myself before watching the rest of the episode. Wasn't that a super amazingly good first 15 minutes though!? OK, I'll go back to watching the rest now.
Now I was able to calm down and finish the rest of the show, here are my chosen key moments...
Rick, Michonne, Darryl, and Carl made it to Terminus! Thankfully, they are far more suspicious than our previous arrivers. The scope out the area and Rick hides their stock of weapons in the woods outside of the perimeter, in case their weapons are confiscated inside (smart thinking Rick). I personally find it super suspicious that this is a sanctuary but it seems like no one is ever around outside. It's a pretty abandoned sanctuary. But they decide it's OK (probably because it's abandoned, therefore doesn't look threatening) and go inside, surprising the Terminites in their factory. All is well and good until they are about to eat, but Rick notices a guy with a watch that he recognizes is Hershel's. Time for another round of crazy as Rick takes the watch guy hostage and all of the soldiers surrounding Terminus are revealed. After some standoffs, Rick and crew finally surrender, since they are outnumbered, and they are herded into a train car. Props to Carl for noticing that the Terminites were obviously not trying to kill them. I was even saying that while watching, like either they are the worst shooters ever (because they definitely could have easily killed our people, they were out in the open) or they're shooting them in a way trying to direct them to go somewhere.
Another lackluster reunion occurred when Rick and the others got put in the train car and noticed Glenn and the others inside. Since they're being held hostage it's not exactly the most joyous occasion to have found each other again. Maggie didn't bother asking about her sister, and she actually could have gotten some information from Darryl. So it's official, Maggie went this whole season without giving 2 sh$ts about her little sister's well being, that really is pretty disgusting. She's known Glenn what, 1 year, and has known her sister forever, yet only cares about Glenn. Don't you hate it when girls get a boyfriend and suddenly couldn't care less about anyone else but that boyfriend? I guess it still happens even during a zombie apocalypse.
Anyways, I think this whole episode was summed up perfectly when Rick said that they will be surprised when they find out that, "They're screwing with the wrong people." No truer words have been said.
This Walking Dead Season 4 Finale was so good! Most of our people have found each other, no one died, and there's no severe cliff hanger yet I can't wait to see what happens next! I'm going to go ahead and throw this out there, witchcraft. Everyone of those Terminus people are fairly young except for the 2 middle aged women. Those two are the perfect age to be seasoned witches, and the room with candles and weird writing adds to my thoughts of witchcraft (or something similar). I'm glad it seems like Tyreese Carol and baby Judith didn't make it there yet. I'm hoping they were nearby, heard the gunshots and will stay away because of it. And what about Beth? Are her kidnappers members of team Terminus or is it yet another group of crazies?
How did you like the episode? What do you think Terminus is all about?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Rick, Michonne, and Carl are getting along really well as they walk along the train tracks. I think I missed (or temporarily forgot) when they decided to go to Terminus, but that's evidently where they are headed. Is it just me or did Rick look like a dad proud to see his two kids getting along when Carl decided to share his candy bar prize with Michonne? I was thinking, dag Rick, you look like an old fogey compared to those two.
Glenn, Tara and Dr. Mullet's crew are also headed to Terminus. Glenn suspects that that's where Maggie would go, and he is right. When he spots Maggie's walker blood messages, he darts off like a madman, determined to catch up with her. Did anyone see how ridiculous Abraham was trying to protect Dr. Mullet? Why did he make a huge scene trying to cover Mullet from the walker who fell out of the tower, knocking Tara across the floor in the process. That was sooooo unnecessary, wtf?! He didn't even apologize! He didn't even help her up! What was the point of that? He ran over arms spread to guard mullet as if he was being attacked, meanwhile the zombie took a whole extra 30 seconds to actually appear. Could he not have just said, "Hey Mullet, heads up!" Or if he wanted to do more, he could have walked (at a normal pace) took Dr. Mullet's hand, and lead him out of the way. The bum-rushing was completely and utterly uncalled for! Can we say overreaction. What a freaking drama queen!
Anyways, Dr. Mullet is in love with Tara (despite Tara's preference for women) so he seems to want to go wherever she's going, which is wherever Glenn is going. But the two groups have to part ways when they come to a tunnel of the unknown. Glenn feels a crazy need to go through the tunnel since he can tell by Maggie's message that that is the way that she went. Abraham says that it's too dangerous being that there is no visible end to the dark tunnel, but there is the obvious moans of zombies inside. Let me restate for the record my deeply devoted love for Glenn. Not only is he smart, but he is so crazy brave (emphasis on the crazy, but that's ok) he is willingly going into a cave that we know is filled with walkers (by the sound of the moaning) just because he needs to find his girlfriend/wife/baby momma. I LOVE GLENN!
Too bad they went in and just about everything went wrong! Tara's already messed up leg (thanks to drama queen Abe) get's caught under a rock, and all of the zombies that they heard from outside of the tunnel, are coming for her. Glenn, being the awesome person that he is, refuses to leave her and tries to fight off the zombies using what little bullets he has left. Just as they're about to be screwed, overcome by too many walkers, someone on the other side yells "Get down!" and shoots all the zombies dead. After all the shooting is done, we see that it is Maggie and them with Abraham and them. Yay! Glenn and Maggie finally found each other!!! Reunited at last. I am too happy because I was getting tired of them frantically searching for one another, now they can calm down a bit.
In this episode of the Walking Dead, we finally see that there is no reason to doubt Eugene's smarts simply because he has a mullet. The way he tricked Rosita into waiting at the spot that he came up with by doing some Physics math problem (if Tara walks along the train tracks at this speed and velocity while we drive around the tunnel at this speed going northwest, how long until we meet again on the train tracks...wtf?) in his head, was pure genius! And somewhere within that math problem was a point in time where he would run into Maggie and crew, and then they managed to drive into the tunnel just in time to save Tara and Glenn from getting eaten! Genius!
Meanwhile, I think I was trying to ignore this possibility, but Darryl is hanging out with those wild men who barged in the house during Rick's nap! I was hoping they weren't evil, but they certainly can't be good if their current mission is to hunt down Rick and they kill people for telling a lie. Oh no! I hope Darryl will be able to stop them from hurting Rick, although Darryl is clearly no longer in his right mind. What is with him just going along with these guys without asking many questions? And what the heck! Did he just say f Beth? Because he's definitely no longer worried about finding her.
Maggie, Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Eugene, Bob, Sasha, and Rosita made it to Terminus. Maybe it's just me, but it looks awfully suspicious if a lady cooking at a sanctuary in an apocolyptic world doesn't even flinch when new survivors show up. Cookoo, Cookoo, (the sound of a cookoo clock) I sense craziness a-brewing...
AAAaaah, I'm worried again! Rick is not healed yet but it seems that he's in for another ass whoopin. And boo, next is the season finale which means, a cliff-hanger and a long wait until the next episode. What's going to happen? I'm scared!
Check out Hollywood Life, tv.com, and the San Jose Mercury News for full recaps of the episode.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Fog fight was scary awesome!|
Episode 13 - All Tracks Lead to Terminus
Well guys, I guess it was another boring episode with Darryl and Beth. Just Kidding! There was definitely lots more action in this episode than the last (although again, I liked episode 12 even though lots of people didn't).
Beth is still not so smart. She tries using the cross bow and steps in some sort of trap that hurts her ankle area. So you are basically in what one could consider a war zone and you have only 1 outfit, the clothes on your back, but the strongest most sturdy bite (or trap) proof combat boots possible were not your one choice? Are cowboy boots made for hiking through woods because I thought they were just made for walking. Why does it seem like Glenn is the only one taking serious precautions to prevent being bitten even when bitten (refer to his zombie proof robocop outfit as seen in twd post season 4 episode 10)? I know Beth wasn't bitten, but my point is, WEAR APPROPRIATE ATTIRE! There's no need for a country fashion statement! Get you some military standard combat boots. I'm sure her feet are small so her size was likely still at the store. That small squirrell trap (or whatever it was) shouldn't have been able to pierce through her shoe enough to render her unable to walk for long periods (oh Darryl, please carry me). Idiot!
Then they find that funeral home and see how spotless it is and perfectly filled with food, yet there were no zombies inside, so clearly someone lives there (present not past tense). I'm not saying that they should have left, but they should have prepared for a potential crazy person. Again with the no "just in case" planning. It's all well and good that Darryl was changing and trying to become a more trusting person, but that doesn't mean you can't be prepared with a "bad guy backup plan". Let's not go overboard with the niceness!
Meanwhile, on the railroad tracks to Terminus we got Sasha trying to talk Maggie out of continuing her search for Glenn. Really? This girl managed to find a boyfriend/husband in a world where most people are dead, recently lost him as well as the rest of her family, and is pregnant with his baby, but you think she's going to give up hope of finding that man? Why should she anyway? What else is anyone doing? Y'all ain't got jobs, food, much sense of time passing by...y'all ain't got $%*@ to do! Flashback to '90s classic movie, Friday, lol.
Sure you could find a house and just hang out, hoping that no evil people come by and try to ruin you, but you can find a house anywhere. Frankly I don't understand why they haven't found houses before this. They're all empty (for the most part) and free for the taking! They should have done like the Governor, found a gated community, cleared it of zombies, and moved in. But still, they can do that later. Looking for their people, especially with a baby on the way, should be their priority. Even Bob (the alcohlic who is now growing on me) was trying to convince Stacy that having people is what really matters, not settling down and getting comfortable somewhere. But Sasha insisted on complaining, so Maggie went without them to look for Glenn. She got pretty warrier woman too, gutting walkers along the way the use their coagulated blood to write messages to Glenn.
Bob was pretty distraught to find Maggie gone, you can tell he definitely values people. After a quick makeout session he even left Sasha to go find Maggie. That's pretty deep, because a kiss in the apocolypse when people are scarce, basically means that you are now married, partners. He chose to leave what may be his only chance at a partner to go help his friend find her partner. Good choice, but then I was nervous, because now the 3 are all split up, very dangerous.
Well we all know that all turned out well. Sasha found her a building to move into, looked out the window and recognized Maggie napping on the ground with walker corpses, WTF?! Sasha had a wtf moment as well, and while trying to bang on a window to get Maggie's attention, the window fell out of it's sill and woke up all surrounding walkers! Sasha rushed out of the building and into the hoard of walkers that surrounded Maggie. They fought the zombies, yay girl power, made up, and Sasha agreed to help Maggie find Glenn. Soon after, they caught up to Bob on the train tracks. Yay!
Not so happy ending for Beth and Darryl. For some idiotic reason, Darryl thought it made sense to not use the windows to see who made a nooise outside. Well there was a reason, earlier a noise was made outside and it was just a creepy 1 eyed dog who quickly ran away when Darryl stepped near him. So Darryl assumed that this 2nd noise must be the dog again. Darryl opens the door and is bombarded by a bunch of zombies pushing through the door. How is this really even possible? Let's think about this. At best, zombies can do a quick shuffle, and yes we see that they travel in packs, and yes I'm sure bad people set this trap up and therefore lured the zombies onto the porch in a way that didn't trigger Darryl's noise alert, but how could anyone keep 10s of zombies quietly gathered in front of a door? Those walkers moan rather loudly on a regular basis, and they don't tend to just stand there patiently, they're always reaching and grasping at something. So I'm pretty sure while being gathered onto the porch, walkers would've been loud enough to draw attention to the front door before the bad people rang the doorbell, so to speak.
Let's play along for the show's sake though. Zombies busted into the house, obviously a trap by whoever set the house up so perfectly. Darryl yells for Beth to get out, but he gets trapped in the basement emballment room. This was actually the most awesome part of the episode for me. Darryl is trapped in this tiny room with like 30 walkers aiming for him. Somehow, using something pointy (knife I guess) and a guerny, he manages to kill enough walkers, that can't do anything but reach for him over the gurney, scurry under the gurney and zombie hoard to another gurney, kills some more and makes it out of that clausterphobic basement room and up the steps which more zombies were coming down. Darryl (or should I say, his writers) are amazing! I don't know how anyone could be that good and get out of that predicament so unbitten! Well, maybe Tyreese could, but he would have just killed them all, not scurry around them. Darryl makes it out of the house just to notice a car drive away that seems to have Beth in it. Of, course, she, would, get, caught.
Darryl looks for the car, then gives up and wallows in a crossroad. Eventually a crew of dudes that look like hunters come out of the woods and find him. DUN DUN DUUUUUUN!!!
Who are these wild looking hunter guys? Are they good or bad? Do they have Beth? Will they help find Beth? What do you think?
Why would someone want to trap/kill people like that? He was obviously trying to kill them. With all of the involvement in walkers and dead people this person obviously has, what if they are the one's who started the whole epidemic? So much for Beth thinking that this was a nice person who wanted to give walkers a nice berial.
Episode 14 - Look at the Flowers
Now for the craziest most unexpected thing I ever could've imagined. Lizzie killed her sister to turn her into a walker and was going to try it with baby Judith as well. WHYYYYYYY!!! When she said that "I know what I have to do" I yelled at the Carol to ask that girl to explain exactly what it is that she felt she needed to do because I wasn't confident that that she and Carol were on the same page. I knew the girl was mad, and I knew her walker loving self would end up getting people killed, but I never thought that she'd kill someone! Herself maybe, so that she could join the walker club, but not her sister. How is she gonna force zombism on her like that? Freedom of choice Lizzie, freedom of choice! Just because you choose to like and want to be a walker doesn't mean you get to force your sister into it, just like they couldn't force you to get your act together. It's like she was a freedom fighter for the walkers. NOOOOOOO! Walkers are not anything similar to slaves, it's not the oppression of the living dead, they're not being attacked, they are the ones doing the attacking! This girl needed a little more schooling before she decided to become an activist. Jeez!
|I was just about to do Judith.|
|They're just hungry.|
|She's my friend!|
I'm happy that Carol shot that girl. She was a psycho killer who was dangerous. She had to go! I really wish they would have let her wait for her sister to wake up zombified, and let her get eaten by the sister that she murdered. That would have been fitting punishment. Although crazy Liz would have thought of it as a game. Smh, we knew she wasn't normal back when we saw her playing footsies with bloody mucus on the prison floor. Ugh, that is too sad.
I'm also happy that Carol told Tyrees that she killed his girlfriend. That man is a great actor because I could feel the rage steaming from his body through the screen, as well as the stregnth it took for him to not flip the table and start flinging Carol around the house like a rag doll. Let's just imagine that scene, because we all know that he could do it, that's a LARGE hunk of man. But anyways, he's awesome for letting it go. He really overreacted anyway, that girl was definitely bound to die unfortunately, Carol just did it (unnecessarily) sooner. You could tell that Carol was ready to die though. I'm sure that hit too close to home, her daughter died last year, now these 2 adopted daughters died, 1 of which she had to kill herself. She looked disappointed when Tyrees didn't rage out and kill her. How sad sad sad.
Other heartbreaks in this episode; Tyrees loses his chance to have a living room (don't worry, it's just temporary, hopefully) and they didn't find Darryl. They were so close! They saw the smoke and were attacked by sizzling walkers, but since they never went to explore the fire they missed members of their crew. I don't know why you wouldn't think to check out all signs of human life knowing that you are missing some people, but these folks are the only group not hunting for their other members, so of course, they'd be the ones who actually had the chance to find them. One day, hopefully soon, these groups will join together again as one.
R.I.P. Mika and Lizzie
Sunday, March 9, 2014
So I just recieved this ad from a facebook friend. First thing that made me suspicious; no fine print! I am an avid coupon user (ain't no shame in my game) so I know that basically ALL coupons have fine print. The fine print doesn't always have anything that would prevent normal use of a coupon, but it just clarifies and is VERY specific about who and how the coupon can be used. So before reposting this ad (which wasn't from Chipotle themselves, 2nd red flag) I decided to do a quick search to see if this ad was real or fake.
|Well we say...|
That's what I keep reading in comments about the Walking Dead episode "Still". I may be one of the only people to disagree. I for one think that the episode was interesting, plus the added factor of my always being on edge, worried a zombie will come out of nowhere and take a bite out of someone (R.I.P. T-Dog).
This may be my love for psychology talking, but major strides in getting Darryl to heal a bit, were taken, which I personally love. He is a severely damaged individual, and I mean pre-zombieapocolyptic damaged. His life was crap, so he has major issues, but is also very good at surviving because of the crap he has faced, thus continues to be an mvp (most valuable post-apocolypticsurvivor) in the zombie world. I mean, people always forget that this is a DRAMA about living in a zombie ridden world. Not every episode is going to be action packed, sometimes a story (which is part of the drama aspect) needs to be developed. And I think that is what was done with this episode.
I personally have never really liked Beth as a character. But hey, the fact that she is getting to be better at fending for herself (much like Carol did, but hopefully won't go Carol crazy) makes me like her a little bit more. Beth also likes asking a bunch of annoying questions in this episode, but if those annoying questions help Darryl's mental state, it makes me like Beth a little more still.
But during the episode, to Beth's questions, I couldn't help but keep yelling at the TV; "You idiot! What kind of question is that? We already know he was abused and neglected and ran around with his crazy racist brother doing not so commendable things pre zombpocolypse! Motorcycle repairman? Security guard? You've got to be kidding me!!" She was making me so mad with those stupid questions. But then I realized, she didn't meet Darryl until what, season 2? When they found the farm and her family. So by that time, we all knew basically what kind of life and person Darryl was, but I'm sure he didn't rehash his life story with these new people. Even while they were living on the farm, Darryl barely spoke to the farm people, if anyone at all he talked to the originals, since he's not much of a talker in the first place. *Memory Lane: Who remembers when Darryl kept hallucinatedly (made up word) seeing armless Merle in that creek? Was that not the scariest most confusing thing ever? And then later it turns out that Merle actually had been alive! Crazy and lucky for him, but scary for us since Merle was a bit psychotic, but then awesome because Merle came up with that amazingly genious plan to lure walkers to the Governor (via having them follow his car playing loud music) and then he failed to kill him and got killed himself instead (still confused as to how the governor got out of being completely trapped in a building surrounded by walkers) but became an awesomely scary/cool/sad walker :'-( I bawled for Darryl's lost. But I swear that goes down in history as one of my favorite kill schemes ever! Up there with the wheelchair bomb and Gus coming out looking like 2-face fixing his tie before dying, from Breaking Bad (I miss that show).
I digress... But yeah, both Darryl and Beth got some issues. How about Beth's declaration that she "needs a drink". Oh, ok, we'll get right on that Beth. SMH. I love how Darryl thought that was so dumb that he just pretended not to hear her and kept chowing down on his freshly grilled snake.
#@$% REALLY!!?? This is the best thing you can come up with to do with your free time? Risking your life for alcohol alone is pretty dumb, but wanting to suddenly become a drinker, KNOWING that your dad was an alcoholic is magnificently dumb! I know Beth isn't a doctor, or necessarily all that smart, but her dad was, so I'm sure he told her that alcoholism is genetic. Last thing we need is her becoming an alcoholic (we already got Bob) when she barely knows how to defend herself sober. Plus there actually are other things you can be doing with your time! How about trying to find your sister and other jailhouse "family" who may be alive, and look for alcohol on your way. At least be a little logical with your pre planned alcohol induced stupor. GEEZ!
OK, enough with my ranting about Beth. How about that country club of doom!!!! That was really special. I guess once they drank all the alcohol in the place (how is it really all gone?) they decided to kill themselves. SMH. Cool scene though. If I were Beth and Darryl, I probably would've took a few outfits though, just for backup, because they don't seem to have any. LOL at the thought of hardcore bow slinger Darryl wearing those preppy golfer clothes. That'd be a site to see 8-D
My favorite scene of this episode was the back hug. How kdrama of you Walking Dead :-) That's all I could think while watching it unfold. It was so sudden and so sweet, and look, back hugs really do help! But, please don't end up falling in love Darryl and Beth, because
- that's a pretty gross age difference (not that I'm ageist, but Beth's too young right now)
- Darryl has a girlfriend, Carol who is crazy and is still alive
*Check out a full episode recap at Persephone Magazine, or anywhere linked in my previous highlights posts.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Michonne and Carl best friends forever! I'm such a fan of the thought of Michonne and Rick getting together and them all being a happy family and getting baby Judith back. This is my dream and it must come true! Don't be sad Carl, you'll get your baby sister back :'(
OMG those scary men coming into Rick's house. I nearly died twice! Thank goodness Rick didn't get caught, he's just now coming back from the dead from his last beating. Those men though, it says a lot about someone that they'd fight each other that hard just to have a bigger bed. Clearly those men are crazy idiots, as if there's time to put people in sleeper holds in a zombie world. If they had to move suddenly, that guy is getting left behind because he can't be awakened and is too heavy to carry. The war with the Governor is finally over and everyone is separated yet we can't get two days of rest without finding new people to try to kill us, in addition to zombies. Ugh!
Glenn, get well soon! Go find your wife! Abraham, how do y'all like him? You deserved that punch Abe, don't be claiming that people are dead unless you seen their dead body, rude! Glenn's still sick but did a good job fighting against a man twice his size. Say something else Abe, try it!
But for real, I'm team Abraham. I already know that I'm biased because 1. I love red heads and 2. I love large men. He's a little one track minded and "it's my way or the highway", right now. But hopefully he'll change, be on our side, and stay alive (please). A team with Rick, Daryl, Tyreese, Glenn, and Abraham is a team that I want to be a part of.
Shocker of the episode though: So the mullet is a scientist? Being a scientist myself I am both shocked and fascinated at this phenomenon. Alls I'm saying is I'd love to meet this scientist who is smart enough to save the world, yet chose to wear his hair mullet style. More than how he will save the world, I want to know what the science is behind his choice hairstyle.
While I'm talking about the mad mullet scientist, how smart can he really be to be living in a zombie infested world but not know how to use weapons properly? He damn near killed everyone trying to shoot at the zombies! Wasting bullets when he could have just yelled for the others to help kill them by hand! He killed probably the most useful car they're likely to find. And then had the nerve to say, "Trust me, I'm smarter than you". Really? If I was Abe, I would have said, "Your hair says otherwise". Based on hair alone I'm definitely trusting a ginger over a mullet. Lol.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne are now following the yellow brick road (aka the railroad tracks) so they're certainly going to find Carol, Tyreese, and the kids soon right? I can feel it, but they may end up finding Daryl, and Beth first. Here's to hoping our jail people find each other quickly.
This episode really makes you think...
What do you think will occur in the future based on what happened?
P.S. I found another place that does recaps, walking dead cast, one writer is named Mr. Blahg. With a name like that you gotta love it! They have lots of awesome clips and sneak peaks too.