Small Town Strikes Again

When I rejoined the single life at the beginning of last year, all the gals in my usual group, except one, were right there with me, or about to be, and that was a lot of fun. A gaggle of thirty-something women with money to burn and time to spare? Plenty of opportunity for getting into shenanigans! Naturally, over the last thirteen months, our relationship statuses have diverged, merged, and diverged some more through summer flings, painful breakups, unhealthy obsessions, and genuine connections. Now, at the time of writing this, three of us are in long distance relationships (how odd is that?), one is in a rekindled local relationship, and one is swiping left and right to make plans for the upcoming weekend.

So, although I’ve officially been out of the dating pool for over five months now, there are still dating stories I could share, and one recent event involving a friend’s date reminded me so much of my post about all my coincidental run-ins, good and bad, in Boulder that I had to. Continue reading →

Flash Fiction: Screen Time

We are lying on the sofa in the den watching a movie. I selected the movie; he always wants me to. I sent him the trailer; he never watches it. This always works out fine because he never really watches the movie either.

He is on his phone texting Eric, browsing Facebook, texting Joel, browsing reddit, texting Johnny, browsing imgur, making memes to send to Cameron, Scottie, and Chris. The incessant clicking and the blue glow aren’t what bother me. What bothers me is that he just missed a portentous western sky, a meaningful glance between the protagonist and her sister, a book placed in a particular spot on a shelf, a close up of a dog as seen through a window. How will he understand why so-and-so does such-and-such if he didn’t see those clues? He’s mired in an artificial world constructed through images curated to reflect an ideal vision of the participants’ lives, enhanced by unnaturally witty dialogue that only be accomplished with the help of an edit button and he’s missing…

He’s missing… Continue reading →

Juliett

Yes, I know Shakespeare’s Juliet only had one T, and it is a little odd that the international spelling alphabet would use extraneous letters when its whole purpose is to make communication easier, but I didn’t save this post for Romeo because I didn’t have anything else for Juliett.

I saw the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet with my friend Jeremiah (another J name), who I had an enormous crush on at the time. I won a radio contest to go to a special preview showing and somehow got Jeremiah to go with me. You know how you tend to remember the most bizarre, seemingly meaningless things from your youth? I remember that before the showing began, the radio hosts did some Romeo and Juliet trivia questions with the audience. I answered one correctly and won a pillar candle, kind of like those religious ones that Walmart sells. And I remember clearly that we were sitting on the left side of the theater, about halfway down and I pushed my way out of my row and ran down the aisle like an ecstatic and slightly off-kilter Price is Right contestant to claim my prize. Continue reading →

Echo

The worst movie I have ever seen is The Best Offer, starring Geoffrey Rush. If you watch the trailer, it doesn’t seem that bad. Actually, I thought it seemed quite interesting, which, of course, is why I started watching it. But not long into it, I started wondering if it was a joke. The acting is horrible and the plot thin, predictable, and hokey. I’m no film critic, but this review sums up my feelings pretty nicely. I can’t understand why an established actor like Rush would agree to be in a movie like this. My thought was maybe it was the film school project of the kid of a friend of his or something. It is really and truly that bad. But my partner and I were having such a good time mocking it that we had to watch it through to the end. And that’s when we came upon the echo (seen at the 1:20 mark of the trailer). The most cringe-worthy and laugh-out-loud part of the whole film. Cinematic effects at their worst. If you are looking for an alternative to Plan 9 From Outer Space for communal yelling at the television screen and throwing tomatoes, this is good option. Otherwise, don’t waste your time.

What else are people writing in the A to Z Blog Challenge? Check out today’s featured blog, sponsored by the letter E: Evelyne Holingue. This was a no-brainer; I’m a foreign language fanatic and was thrilled to discover Evelyne’s blog during the challenge last year. This year’s bilingual entries are even better and since one of my New Year’s resolutions was to work on my French more, I just love these.