Mid-January Quotes

Random Calendar Information #2

Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

Michael Steele became the first black party chairman of the G.O.P in 2009.

Rice University in 1961 provided what would become NASA’s mission control center.

The game Risk has 42 territories on six continents.

Chapeau is another word for hat or cap.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried to use a parrot in the 2018 draft.

The glass tree frog has translucent bellies and chests.

Trifecta #78

Journal Entry Type #119: You Are Not My Friend but No Need to be Rude

This is going to be a random JET with as many topics I can squeeze into a 30-minute blog. I have to say, first of all, I wish I had done some things differently 20 years ago, and by this, I mean majoring in something else that would be useful today. My initial thought after the dream of wanting to be an FBI agent was majoring in social work. I wish I had done that now or maybe becoming a teacher which is interesting since I’d rather be around adults than children.

I also am in desperate need of an oil change for my car and is really the reason for this post. I would’ve gotten it done last weekend except this asshole of a guy behind the counter made a point to tell me I was five minutes late twice in front of people. Being the person I am, I apologized for being late, but he kept on. I didn’t tell him that the last time I brought my car to get worked on, it took longer than they told me when it would be ready and never called me. I had to call them the next day and ask them about my car, which I was understanding about since they were busy. He obviously forgot about it or didn’t care that it was a two-way street. On the ride back home, I thought more about it and should’ve taken my car elsewhere. By the time I made the decision to go back and pick up my car, it was still in the spot I left it and asked for my keys back. I understand people have a bad day but don’t be a dick about it. If the guy said it will be a while because you were late, it wouldn’t have bothered me. Fine, just get it done so I can pick it up later before you close. He looked at me surprised I was back so soon. I could tell he was expecting the worst from me. I saw his name on his shirt and said nothing else to him besides I wanted my keys back. He said something else, but I repeated him to give me my keys back. In my view, if you are that bent out of shape over five minutes, I’ll take my car somewhere else.

Onto the break ups of 2022 and not because I follow this religiously, it’s because I really thought Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet would last. The good thing is it seems they are still being respectful to each other. My belief is it seems the act of getting married ruins some relationships. I know it’s a little superstitious but look at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after they married. I know it was more than that, but a piece of paper does funny things. They are still battling it out in the courts. Then, there are those who put acting on the slower burning burner like Freddie Prinze Jr. I also had a weird dream about him last night and the many selfies we took together. There are also those like Sandra Bullock and Laura Linney who would not be so relevant without streaming services like Netflix. Hollywood loves to straddle the fence between pushing middle aged actors and actresses out and honoring them for their accomplishments.

I’m running out of time and will end with a book I’m currently reading a book. It’s interesting even though I’ve only read two chapters. It discusses narcissists, sociopaths, and high-conflict people who are all highly toxic people. It reminds me of people I once knew and glad to never see again. It reminds me of a time when I wish things had gone differently. It reminds me to move forward not backward. Most of all, it’s a reminder to live in the present because that’s all I’ve got.

Short Story: Goodbye to You

I was not ready to hear my own words. When the time came for me to utter them, to say goodbye in the most creative way, a part of me had one hell of a time saying even one of the words. I'm sure those near me were wondering what I had in my mouth that prevented me from speaking. It was quite simple. I fixated upon the word goodbye. Was it two words or one word? Should I have used a hyphen when using it in my past letters. Should I have written the e at the end? What does it matter to the average person? No one in his right mind should even care. By the sheer luck of it, the only way for me to get my attention back to the person I was never seeing again was from a squeaky wheel that passed us on the street. I could see it was wobbly a little bit and prayed it did not come off. Luckily, it stayed on until the car was out of sight and if anything should go wrong with the wheel, it would no longer be my problem. 

I turned back to my dear friend and still could not bring myself to say goodbye to him. It was the next logical step in our relationship to allow him to flourish in a new city with new people that would become his new friends. It was hard for me to accept we built our life upon such a weak foundation, but over time we crafted our existence endearingly and successfully. We became a strong bonding glue, one that couldn’t be broken by one mistake, but I was lying to myself that night I kissed him for the first time. This wasn't a simple mistake. It was gigantically tragic. It was the mistake of all mistakes and now I was paying for it dearly. 

With no longer anything to be proud of or happy about in my present time, I tucked my chin down into my turtleneck as far it would go and waited for him to say something. He never said anything. He only climbed into his car as if it was a normal day. I wanted to melt into the concrete and never breath again. The problem was my tenacity was always a step ahead of my secret agenda. I was far from the normal age of death. I didn't want to die but was afraid how I was going to live with him gone. There were times I wished I had a conversation with him about children dying of a disease like cancer. We never had deep conversations as we did in the beginning. Their short lives aren't in the same category to those who prematurely take their lives. Children are the brave ones and adults are the weakened other.

I was too scared to say goodbye in the most creative way and too depressed to tell him to stay. I'm not saying I deserve any pity. Society looks down upon those who willingly don't live up to their potential, no matter how small it might be. People look down upon themselves enough. We end up murdering our fellow neighbors for no good reason. It's stupid to punish yourself for being mentally unstable. There's no need to because someone will do it for you until you are out of sight and far from the mind. The wind has died down. My hair was back to being the tangled mess before I left to meet my friend. My hands were in my pockets when I freed them from bondage. I missed him already. I should've written down what I was going to say, the words I had rehearsed over and over in my mind, and maybe he would've stayed a little bit longer.

The words written on my hand were still legible. I pretended I didn't write them. The words meant I was hurting and angry. I felt rejected and needy. He left without saying one word to me. I licked hand and rubbed it against my jeans. Instead of trying to be so creative, I should've said "good riddance, you asshole." I should've followed it with "I hate you more than you'll ever know." This was wrong. This was a lie. I knew it and so did he. It was better to not say goodbye or something familiar that would bring us to our knees. We would see each other again because good friends always do, but something had changed between us that night. Neither one of us would put a name on it and we played out the remaining days together as if nothing happened. I shoved my hands back into my pockets. The walk home was as before and when I wiped my shoes on the rug, I remembered it was on Tuesday he told me the news and that was the first time I knew we would never say goodbye no matter how hard it would be.

Journal Entry Type #119: One Week Under My Belt

It’s officially 2022! Well, nine days into 2022 and soon to be 31 days into 2022. It will basically soon be February. I will need to start sending out birthday cards to my family. I don’t have much to say for lack of time and energy. I had great many things I wanted to do this weekend. I ended up doing half of that. I didn’t do nearly enough writing this weekend. The energy I don’t have in my waking hours I seem to make up during my dreams especially the one where I was trying to fight off crocodiles and octopi. There is actually three different ways you can spell octopus in the plural sense: octopi, octopuses, and octopodes. No matter how you spell it, I still kicked the wall trying to get it off my leg and stubbed my toes. Of course, this woke me up. It seems I can’t get peace during my sleep either. The dreams might be because I’ve been watching Crikey! It’s the Irwins lately and a part of some underlying theme in my life. A part of me has been all over the place mentally and wishing for so many different things. I have an idea for a short story based on something a wrote on FB commenting on the news of Bob Saget dying. What used to seem real to me no longer feels real and what used to be a constant for me no longer feels constant. I watched some previews for movies that just came out and needless to say, some look decent to watch but others not so much. My life hasn’t been much of anything lately. I’d like that to change. A part of me feels certain things are better left alone or expressed through creative means. I guess I should take note and follow through on this. When I get any kind of motivation to write, it’s time for another week of work. Basically, my schedule is off sync and I’m led to believe I don’t have any time for myself.

Early January Quotes

Here they are for early January quotes and the last one is the funniest because it’s damn cold in Nevada right now with low of high 20s or low 30s.

Random Calendar Information #1

Carl Albert as Speaker of the House would have been president if Nixon would have resigned before the confirmation of a new Vice President in 1973.

Marie Curie fitted ambulances with X-ray equipment during WWI.

Hakuna Matata means no worries for the rest of your days.

Sahara Desert covers most of Libya.

Madagascar is about 250 miles from Mozambique.

More than 80 percent of the Philippines’ citizens are Catholic.

When Toys R Us ceased operations, it told its customers “Don’t ever grow up.”

Journal Entry Type #118: For Those I Would Love to Meet

With Betty White passing just prior to turning 100 in January, here is a list of 10 people I would have loved to meet in person for those still alive and those already gone. I’m sure the list will change by the end of this year. I should do a comparison in December 2022. I will also compile a list of famous people I’ve seen because why not. Okay, so it’s not so much writing but that’s what my next JET will be.

The ten people I would’ve loved to meet in person already gone are the following in no particular order.

  1. Joan of Arc
  2. Albert Einstein
  3. Kahlil Gibran
  4. Freddie Mercury
  5. Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Queen Elizabeth I
  7. Bruce Lee
  8. Emily Dickinson
  9. Alexander the Great
  10. Anaïs Nin

The ten people I would love to meet in person still alive and actually talk to are the following in no particular order.

  1. Dwayne Johnson
  2. Cate Blanchett
  3. Brian Williams
  4. Bindi Irwin
  5. Tom Hanks
  6. Tina Fey
  7. Michelle Obama
  8. Uma Thurman
  9. Conan O’Brien
  10. Liz Cheney

The people I’ve seen but never talked or said very minimal to are the following in no particular order and the musicians I saw at concerts. I keep adding onto this list because I remember them when I’m trying to sleep. I can’t believe my memory is that good and bad.

  1. Stan Lee in a parking lot (yes, I did see him in a parking lot/my roommate confirmed it was him as he was with me/Lee was about 10 feet away from me so easy to see him and no, I didn’t ask for his autograph).
  2. Tori Amos in a concert (10 feet away from her)
  3. Mickey Rourke outside a store with his dog
  4. Jake Gyllenhaal on a jog
  5. Kenny Johnson in a bookstore
  6. Illeana Douglas on her bike
  7. Kate Bosworth with her dog
  8. Dolph Lundgren outside a restaurant
  9. k.d. lang in a concert
  10. Derek Hough in a restaurant
  11. Ben McKenzie on a walk with his dog
  12. Maya Angelou when she was speaking
  13. Michael Chiklis while filming The Shield
  14. Henry Rollins in a presentation
  15. Sugar Ray Leonard in a restaurant
  16. Ashley Johnson in a bookstore
  17. Alexander Skarsgård on a walk
  18. Marilyn Manson in a concert
  19. Ani DiFranco in a concert
  20. Matthew Broderick on a walk
  21. Ben Stiller on a jog
  22. Walton Goggins on a walk
  23. Rachel Bilson in a mall
  24. Sandra Oh in Target
  25. Smashing Pumpkins in a concert
  26. Doug Hutchison in a store
  27. Jami Gertz in a store
  28. Benito Martinez in a bookstore
  29. Charlie Hunnam on a walk
  30. Tilda Swinton in a store
  31. Rob McElhenney in a store
  32. Fred Armisen in a bookstore
  33. Jakob Dylan in a store
  34. Joey Lawrence on a job
  35. Debbie Gibson on a job
  36. Jay Karnes in an airport
  37. Hayden Panettiere on a walk
  38. Kathy Griffin on a walk

Movie Review: The Last Duel (2021)

I say before all of you, I spoke the truth!

-Marguerite de Carrouges

There are not major spoilers in this review!!!

History of the Last Duel

The Last Duel like many historical drama stories was adapted from a book by Eric Jager. The screenplay was written by Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. The movie is two hours and 32 minutes long with an R rating. Its location is in medieval France where Jean de Carrouges (played by Matt Damon) challenges Jacques Le Gris (played by Adam Driver) to a duel because of the accusation of rape by Marguerite de Carrouges (played by Jodie Comer). This leads Jean to defriend his squire and Jacques to find support from Count Pierre d’Alençon.

Do You Believe Her or Him?

While I was drawn to the movie because of Jodie Comer and Adam Driver, Matt Damon gets the first-place award for the worst hairstyle to exist and Ben Affleck gets second place. In addition to the main four characters, Harriet Walter plays Nicole de Buchard, Alex Lawther plays King Charles VI, Serena Kennedy plays Queen Isabeau, Marton Csokas plays Crespin, Željko Ivanek as Le Coq, Tallulah Haddon plays Marie Bryony Hannah plays Alice, Nathaniel Parker plays Sir Robert de Thibouville, Sam Hazeldine play Thomin du Bois, Michael McElhatton plays Bernard Latour, Oliver Cotton plays Jean de Carrouges III.

The opening scene establishes their hatred for each other through a jousting match. It then cuts to better times when they were friends and Jean had recently married Marguerite de Thibouville. With everything at stake especially peoples’ lives, Marguerite watches from the stands to see who wins the duel. After King Charles VI makes his announcement, establishing the winner although we already know who won (the viewer) the movie ends on a somber note. The end of the movie also marks the end of an era in France concerning trial by combat where royalty and ordinary citizens would have to find other ways to entertain themselves.

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Overall View of The Last Duel

In spite of this cast, historical drama movies still have a tiny sliver of a home in Hollywood. I have to say it’s impressive Ridley Scott is still directing movies at his age. I had no idea he was in his mid-80s. Yes, Ridley Scott blamed millennials for the failure of The Last Duel, but even I thought some parts of it could’ve been shaved down. There wasn’t enough difference among the scenes so going back to a particular scene three times between Jacques and Marguerite wasn’t necessary. How Marguerite’s shoes came off before going up the stairs didn’t lend much to the heart of the story. Le Gris is not a good guy even if the details are not clear cut because back in France during the 1300s, there were no cell phones to document what he did. Then again, this probably behind a closed door so it results in a she said/he said case that sadly still happens to this day. The pacing could’ve been a little quicker, but all considering it was a good movie.

I give The Last Duel THREE FINGERS at 80%

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