To be honest, if I hadn’t run into Casey (the group member me and Ken shared, Pause), I would not have done the viewings and outline for the project. There was a 66% chance that we weren’t going to present today. Of course, I caught the other 33%. I was going to get the Stokos, finish the annotated bibliography in the Media Center and get some sleep before the 9:30 class.
Casey’s news changed everything.
I still got the Stokos (they are open from like 4pm to 2am, weird hours) and shit was correct. I left my bookbag in the Media Center and went straight home. I got home, popped in the 1988 version of Hairspray and had 5 of my 8 wings and some fries. About 30 minutes in I started to nod off, but fought that off. After that, I was able to watch both movies back to back no problem.
(Note: John Waters version was a lot more genuine and innocent. The remake was full of fat jokes and sexual innuendo that the original didn’t present so overtly.)
After the films, I took a shower (I’m man enough to admit that it had been a few days since my last shower, i didn’t have much to do, work doesn’t count, I hate that job. In the words of Joe Budden, “Some days I don’t shower, I don’t to be clean”)
Feeling refreshed and ready to work, I walked up to the Media Center a little after 4 o’clock in the morning. I couldn’t drive because I don’t have a parking pass. I arrived at the school at before 4:30am. I took me an hour to work out the outline for my part of the presentation, the cultural aspects in both films. I started the critique of the group and myself, but I need to shut my eyes for a little bit.
I got about 3 hours of sleep on the WMJF couch before waking up at about 8:30am. My brain was still fried, I couldn’t come up with a good group critique. I finished what I could, added a little bit to the annotated bibliography and headed to class.
(Note: Im only at 9:30am, and I’ve already done more than I’ve done most of the semester)
Of course, we were the first of the two groups. Me and Casey, were there first. Since I had only been to one group meeting and missed class on Tuesday, I was a little out of the loop. Casey also did some of the cultural/social/political aspects of the film. Luckily we both had enough that when we overlapped, we had other points we could make. Bo came in next and let us know that Cristin was late. Bo did the story differences and similarities between both films. Cristin finally arrived with visual aspects of the presentation (the Powerpoint and clips from Youtube). She would cover the aesthetics differences and similarities between both films.
Since I had not been on class on Tuesday, there were no clips for me. That didn’t bother me, after I knew what I was going to be talking about, I was straight. I kind of rushed through my part and did say what the point to my observations were, but hey, I got it done.
After the presentation, I was ready to turn in my strong outline under my weak group analysis. This is when the professor had an epiphany, that we should turn in the critique after the class after our presentation, so we could reflect on how it went (Lucky break #2). So I was relieved, but I still had to turn in my annotated bibliography.
After class, I went back to the WMJF Office, and cranked out the annotated bibliography. I still had to get some sources, which I found after some work. So I got my six sources, finished it up and waited outside the classroom door for the 11 o’clock class to be over. Once it was over, I handed in my annotated bibliography, (9 days late and 45 points taken off) and heard the sweetest words I’ve heard in a while:
“I’m only going to take one day late off” -Professor Holliday (Lucky Break #3)
WHAT!?!?! HE HAD TO BE KIDDING ME, but he wasn’t. Damn I’m a lucky dude. I hope he knows I’m graduating and doesn’t want to come between me and my receipt for college.
“Suddenly it seems like my shoulder blades have just shift/its like the greatest gift you can get/the weight has been lifted” -Eminem
That says it all, I was worried that my bullshitting would keep me from graduating, but after that news, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The rest of the day was a piece of cake with some more high notes. My producing classes, was business as usual. We had a guest speaker, one of about 6 Director’s Guild of America recognized director’s in about 3 states. He was a real downer but just gave us some realistic views of the world we want to be a part of. After class dismissed early, the professor showed us a VHS copy of a film made by one of her associates. The film was about a gay man that wanted some companionship. Still, the thing that most surprised me was that he had made a professional quality short, and was still giving out VHS copies of it. IN 2008!! I know he had to have access to a DVD burner.
(Note: Good short, a little long, wish he would have ended at a point that would have given a more ambiguous ending. Everything after that point felt unnecessary.)
I felt out after that. I slept until about 9 o’clock. The Office was new and it was a classic episode. (Ryan: Guys, I think my friend Tory might have a drug problem. What do i do?
Micheal: Here’s what you do. You tell him that your his friend, your gonna help him and everything is going to be alright. (brief pause) And then you put a wire on him, find out who’s selling. Drugs. And then you take that guy and flip him, turn him into a snitch. Then you follow him to the people who are really really bad. Been watching The Wire recently, dont understand a word of it.)
OF COURSE MICHAEL WATCHES THE WIRE, AND OF COURSE HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND A WORD OF IT. That was the exclamation point to the classic episode AND IT WAS A FUCKING WIRE REFERENCE.
Then it was 30 Rock, which is a great show in its own right. But the big daddy was coming up at 10:02pm. Lost.
That episode was amazing, classic. I’ve always head that season 2 of Lost was the high point of the series. But season 4 is catching up and if they can somehow the this episode (which is an arduous task) then it will get there no doubt.
Because of the strike, they had to pack a lot of info into this episode, which meant a lot of mystery too. Ben Linus is the best/most complex villain since Stringer Bell. This episode made him look like a bad ass, and answered/raised so many of the questions we’ve had all season and some we’ve had since the beginning of the series.
I was on a high after all this. The evening was anti-climatic with an outing Downtown with Josh but the day was great on so many levels.
“Your the luckiest man alive” -Gemima Doris Philippe