1. Walk 1000 miles (I’m already at 453, so this won’t be too hard)
2. Fix my mom’s blog (she had a very successful run of 20,000 visitors when it was active)
3. Donate old clothes
4. Start my own library (Apparently you can start one out of the trunk of your car)
5. Finish “Daisy” (a short story I started 7 years ago and never finished)
6. Catch up on The Walking Dead Comic Books (Did I mention I only paid $0.91 for a $60 comic book?)
7. Buy a new laptop. (I know I just got one 2 years ago, and I have so many old laptops that my cats have their own but I want a new one)
8. Finish the Movie List (Finish writing it, that is. There’s no way, I’ll finish all 5,000+ films in a year. Then again…challenge accepted)
9. Organize and restock coupon stockpile (I haven’t couponed as heavily as I used to. Luckily my stockpile lasted me 2 years)
10. Save $2000 (not for any particular reason, I just want to bank some emergency money)
11. Get a library job. (Hopefully this will lead to my dream job)
12. Get accepted to graduate school (this is going to be hard, but rewarding)
13. Film a documentary (I have a few topics in mind already)
14. Become an archivist (Because I need to become a level 7 nerd to keep up)
15. Publish a hardcover/paperback book (I just like the way the book feels in my hand. I already published a book so this is just a continuation.
16. Clean my room
17. Learn to drive (I can’t promise I will get my license, but I’m going to try to conquer my fear)
18. Get black cowboy boots (Because my dad thinks I’m trying to dress like Slash all the time. I mean, he’s not wrong)
19. Buy adult clothes (Not like lingerie, I just don’t want people thinking I’m 16 anymore)
20. Buy dress shoes (For when my combat boots aren’t dressy enough)
21. Update camera software (there were some glitches I need to fix)
22. Fix my mom’s One Drive (it’s a long story)
23. Finish all the books that I said I read during the semester.
24. Complete my Tom Hanks Movie Collection
There you have it. The 24 things I want to do before I turn 24/December 31, 2017
I was in a play called the Panza Monologues which was performed in the Texas A&M San Antonio Auditorium. That’s me in the baby blue scarf. I started off the play, so I was pretty nervous. I got so many compliments after the show that I might consider auditioning for other plays and short films. It’s been 7 years since the last time I was on stage, and I really did miss it. Even though I was nervous, it felt good to get back on stage and put myself out there. Not only that, I bonded with these girls over all the long rehearsals and all the hard work we all put in really showed in the performance.
It meant a lot for me to do this play. I wanted to be more social and more involved in extracurricular activities and something that made ME happy for once. I’m wearing a black feather boa so you know I had a good time. I have struggled with my cultural identity in the past and this really helped me realize how I fit into the Latinx community.
Doing this play has motivated me to start writing again and I have taken on the task of helping my mom with her genealogy and family history. As the years go on, I started to realize that if no one else was willing to do it that I would have to step up just like my mom did and do her best to try to keep our family as close as possible. I wanted to give a special thank you to Dr. Santos because without her encouragement and guidance I might have just buried my creative talents instead of putting them out there for the world to see.
When I saw this picture, I immediately thought of this memory I had with Janet and the Aquatic Science field trip when we were at the beach. We took a trip to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. Down the street from the aquarium, you could walk on the beach in the sand. I was standing there in the water, letting the water splash against me. Janet walks up behind me, quietly moving her toes around in the sand. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” She said with a sigh.
Being the sarcastic person that I am, I joked, “Back in my day, the beaches were a lot cleaner.” She frowned a little and looked away. “I wouldn’t know, I’ve never been to the beach before.” I looked at her perhaps too astonished, because she looked away from me again after seeing my expression. “I’m sorry this beach has to be your only experience, this place is a dump compared to a lot of nicer beaches.” I bent down to pick up a really pretty seashell. “Here,” I said as I handed her the shell. “This will make your experience at the beach special.”
She looked at the shell in her hand, tossing it around. “I don’t get it. What makes this one so special?” I smiled a little to myself. I picked up another seashell. “You see this shell? It’s got a piece missing. Your shell is whole. No pieces missing, no chipped off edges. It’s perfect.” She looked at the shell again. “Yeah, I guess you’re right.”
We spent the rest of the day in the water, playing in the water. We ended up getting back on the bus soaking wet. We were the first Aquatic Science class at my high school and I enjoyed taking that class much better than I would have if I had taken Physics my senior year.
I’m going to watch this movie later tonight but I wanted to write down my thoughts going into the movie. I will update this later on after the movie is over.
First, the only reason I’m watching this is because I watch almost every single Horror movie we get (I didn’t watch the Gallows but I heard I didn’t miss much) at the theatre. If I had to pay for this movie, I probably wouldn’t go but that’s only because they broke all the major horror movie trailers rules.
This movie is PG-13 which translates to loud teenagers who yell things at the screen during the entire movie. I’ve been to enough horror movie pre-shows that I would be willing to bet money this will happen.
The second rule they broke was putting “from the producers of the purge… And other non-scary jump scare movies.” It might as well say “from the producers who stole $10 from you last month with that awful horror movie are back to do it again”
The third rule they broke was boasting that the director is M. Night Shyamalan. Now, I’m not saying he’s a bad director I’m just saying he hasn’t put out a good horror film in the last 10-15 years (depending on who you ask; 15 years for me personally). He was responsible for After Earth and the live action version of Avatar: the Last Airbender. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a bad director. He has done good work, just not recently.
This movie will be showing in the RPX (why I have no clue) but even without seeing the movie, I would say don’t bother spending the extra money.
UPDATE: This movie was so painfully bad, I almost couldn’t watch it. The camera is shaky, and it looked like it was filmed by the actual kids in the movie. I want to say there were some redeeming parts to the movie, but I can’t even bring myself to say that much. Overall, I’m begging you not to watch this movie. I know I say this about every movie, but this movie is the definition of 45 minutes too long.
I promised that I would try to review more movies, and since I’m going to the pre-show for #TheVisit tomorrow I figured I should review the last movie I saw. That movie just happened to be Sinister 2. I love horror movies, even though for the most part they generally suck and are a waste of money. I get to see them for free, so for me, that’s not an issue. If you’re a horror buff like me, you’ll know when to skip it and when it’s worth wasting 90 minutes of your life.
I’ve seen the first Sinister movie on several lists for the best modern horror movie, and while that is certainly debatable I will say it was a fairly good contender for the title. Unfortunately, this Sinister sequel was closer to a Children of the Corn reboot than it was a sequel to its own franchise.
Without giving away too much of the plot, I laughed at a majority of the scenes in the movie. There’s such little character development that by the end of the movie, it doesn’t really matter who dies because you don’t care anyway. The only redeeming thing about this movie was the films the kid had to watch. Those were scary and creepy in their own right, but is 10 minutes or less of scariness worth $21? Of course not.
Sadly, I wouldn’t even waste my time watching this on TV. If you can watch it free like me, it’s worth watching it once. It sadly falls flat in comparison to Sinister.
I always ask people one crucial question when they ask for my opinion of a horror movie: “Do you like horror movies?“
If you say yes: I would reply, it’s not worth your time or your money.
If you say no: I would reply, this movie will scare the pants off you.
Someone at work asked me what I thought was the best movie of the summer. Without thinking, and because no other title stood out at the time, I said Straight Outta Compton. I wanted to be completely sure, so I looked up a complete list of all the movies that came out this summer. I only included nationwide releases and limited releases that were shown where I work. There are 42 movies in this list.
(Note: Bold indicates that I liked the movie. Italic indicates that I saw the movie. Strike through indicates that I didn’t see the movie.)
Avengers Hot Pursuit Mad Max Pitch Perfect 2 Poltergeist Tomorrowland Aloha San Andreas JUNE 2015
Entourage Insidious 3 Spy Jurassic World Dope Inside Out Max Ted 2 JULY 2015
Magic Mike XXL Terminator: Genisys The Gallows Minions Self/less Ant-man Trainwreck Paper Towns Pixels Southpaw Vacation The Vatican Tapes Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation AUGUST 2015
Fantastic Four The Gift Ricki and the Flash Shaun the Sheep Diary of a Teenage Girl A Man From U.N.C.L.E. Straight Outta Compton American Ultra Hitman: Agent 47 Sinister 2 No Escape We Are Your Friends War Room
Now I realized that I only saw 16 out of the 42 (38%) movies on the list, so maybe this isn’t the best list but this is strictly based on my personal opinion and taste. I think I do a pretty good job of picking which movies are good. I’m sure there are some choices you won’t agree with, and that’s okay.
There were some movies like Trainwreck and We Are Your Friends that I was torn on whether I liked them or not. I like different movies for different reasons. It could be really good cinematography or a really good story. It’s rarely ever the latter. Some movies are just a fun way to waste a couple of hours and some are better if you wait until it comes out on Red Box or Netflix.
There are only two movies that I would say are good even though I haven’t seen them to be absolutely sure would be Southpaw and Hitman: Agent 47. I know that most people would expect me to say that the Avengers or Jurassic World was the movie of the summer, but I don’t believe that.
I saw the Avengers 2 five times (mostly because I can only bring one other person with me for free and EVERYONE wanted to see it) and while it was fairly humorous I expected more from the movie. The fight scenes were cool, but for $220 million I expect nothing less.
If you didn’t already know the original Jurassic Park was known for it’s massive amounts of product placement, so I don’t know why people thought Jurassic World would be any different. Jurassic World was nothing but one long commercial designed to make you spend all your money.
It reminds me of the movie They Live (1988); this was basically what I saw when I watched the Jurassic Movie…
…while everyone else saw this. If you couldn’t see the first image, I feel sorry for you because you’re basically paying $10 a person to watch a two-hour commercial. It saddens me not only did this movie break several records, including the record for Fastest to $1 Billion (which only took two weeks) but as a filmmaker it was painful to watch.
The entire movie looked fake like they couldn’t even be bothered to go outside to film a real sky or forest. I also was surprised at how little the audience reacted to the dinosaurs eating people as if they see that every day. I’m 22 years old and it was slightly terrifying, so why is this being marketed to kids? Oh right, you have to start the subliminal messages while they’re young. How else will you get them to buy their childhood back 20 years later at double the price?
This brings me to what I still consider to be the Movie of the Summer (2015). I highly doubt this movie will win any awards, but I still consider this to be a powerful movie. This was essentially an editorial on the civil rights movement without ever trying to be. This movie will make you laugh, cry, sing, and dance. I’m sure fans of the group N.W.A. will say it’s riddled with inaccuracies, but name one biopic that isn’t. This movie really opened my eyes to the world that we live in is still the world we had 30 years ago. If you only saw one movie this summer and it was Straight Outta Compton, then it was money well spent.
I’m going to try my best to start reviewing movies as they come out, and even though I can see any movie for free I don’t watch every single movie. As you can see I didn’t even watch half the movies that came out, but when you look at the list it’s easy to see why.
Butcher Babies at Alamo City Music Hall (AKA Back Stage Live)
September 1, 2015
This was our very first Butcher Babies concert. This show was quite an amazing experience. I took over 250 pictures and only a handful of them came out good. I wish I had taken my nice camera, but these were all taken on my iPhone 6. I did edit them on photoshop, but just to adjust the lighting and add my watermark. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to a concert that wasn’t at an arena or stadium. Every now and then, we go to bars and local concert halls to check out some new music. It can get a little rowdy at their concerts, but it’s all in good fun. The Butcher Babies always put on a great show and their music is something you can listen over and over again. After meeting them at the mall and seeing them perform, you can tell that they genuinely love their fans and truly appreciate their support. They say it’s tough to meet famous people, and I definitely felt like they will get bigger as time goes on.
It can get a little rowdy at their concerts, but it’s all in good fun. The Butcher Babies always put on a great show and their music is something you can listen over and over again. After meeting them at the mall and seeing them perform, you can tell that they genuinely love their fans and truly appreciate their support. They say it’s tough to meet famous people, and I definitely felt like they will get bigger as time goes on. If you haven’t already, check them on youtube and on social media. I highly recommend them.
If you want more Butcher Babies, check out these photos and video I took at the Meet and Greet with them at the mall.
I attended the Meet and Greet for the Butcher Babies at F.Y.E in San Antonio, Texas before heading to the show later that night. My dad gave them some of his personal customized guitar picks and the band loved them. They signed his CD and the band was super nice. You can tell that they genuinely love their fans because of the way they were interacting with everyone. You could tell they wanted to stay longer, but they needed to get ready for the show.
“I love the Butcher Babies because they represent female empowerment. If you want to be a lead singer in a metal band, do it. There’s nothing you can’t do.” – My Dad
This was a long time coming, and we waited in line for 30 minutes just to spend one minute with them. Even though there was a long line it was well worth it to meet the band because not many bands would go the mall and take pictures and autograph stuff for their fans. The band really chill and down to earth. They don’t act famous or anything they are just regular people. I wish I could dye my hair like Heidi and Carla do. They always look so awesome on stage.
My dad had a blast at both the meet and greet and at the concert especially since he has had to tone it down a little bit because of his health. That won’t ever stop him from enjoying a good concert. I even bought my dad a ton of merchandise from the Butcher Babies for his birthday because he loves them so much. I would highly recommend their albums especially their cover album. They just have a really good sound and always put on a great show.
I have decided to start the process of transitioning to an adult. I currently don’t pay any bills, still live with my parents, and I don’t have a car or even a license. I just turned 22 a few weeks ago, and some of you may think my situation is weird but there are some benefits. Let me explain.
I graduated high school a month before I turned 17, and right around that time I decided to learn how to use coupons. I got my first year of college paid for with scholarships, so I don’t have any debt and I have an associate’s degree in psychology. No student debt +1
I get severe anxiety whenever I get behind the wheel of a car, so I mostly take the bus or get rides. That saves a lot of money, but it makes up for it by wasting lots of time. If you consider that I probably would have gotten my license at 17 I have avoided paying roughly over $20,000 and if I had been smart and saved that money I could have bought a brand new car in full. Lots of money saved by not having to make monthly payments for the car, insurance, and gas +3
I’m 22 and I have never paid a single bill in my life. As soon as I move out, I will be paying more bills than I have money for. So to account for the increase in spending I applied for a second job (I currently work weekends; average of $400/month) to be a substitute during the week. I also have a little side business where I could make up to $300 in a single week, unfortunately, the work is not steady or consistent enough to make it a main source of income. It’s more of a cushion to have some extra money. No bills +1
As a first step towards my new life, I decided to cut out all the things I don’t need. I managed to trim $60 from my monthly expenses. Compared to the last few months where I spent more money than I made, I managed to keep monthly spending to about $300 a month. I currently have $250 saved up, and it may not be much at least I’m not starting at zero. My next step is to begin the Adult Drivers Ed class and hopefully get a second job making more money.
I noticed that whenever I focus all my attention on one thing, everything becomes background noise. The people sitting around me are like extras on a TV set. They don’t matter to me at all, but they’re still here. They matter to someone, somewhere else. It makes you wonder if you’re just in the background of someone else’s life. Is it really possible that we are somehow all connected or are we all just living here taking and buying everything we can get on hands on? Do we all have a purpose or just a select few? Time changes Life so quickly. One minute, you’re the same person you’ve always been; then ten years later you’re a totally different person. All of your experiences aren’t anything new, they’ve been happening for centuries. Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind. (Timothy Fuller)
We teach each child the same lessons; we give each adult the same job; we learn to grow old through the people we meet on the way out.
I can sit and wait for hours and watch hundreds of people walk by and I still won’t care about them. They are just seamlessly wandering around trying to get to the place they need to go. I find it interesting that some people won’t ever help a stranger as if you weren’t a stranger yourself!
I think I’ve discovered the secret of life — you just hang around until you get used to it. (Charles Schulz)
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