Wednesday, August 08, 2007

10 things?

I always inwardly made fun of the whole internet meme of “tagging”. I thought it was a cop-out from people who couldn’t write a real blog entry. But I think that was really just because I was never cool enough to get picked.

But no more, thanks to this douchebag.
“Once you’ve been tagged, as I have, you must write a blog post with ten weird, random things, little-known facts or habits about yourself. At the end, choose at least 5 people to be tagged, list their names and why you picked them. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says “you’ve been tagged” and tell them to read your latest blog.”

Okay. A lot of this is common knowledge to my real-life friends, but even for those of you who know me well, there are probably some surprises in there. Without further ado:

1. I hate cockroaches. Spiders, ants, mosquitoes…I have no problem with. But cockroaches just chill my skin in the way I imagine my skin would feel right before I die of skin being frozen off my body. I don’t know how this started or where it comes from. Maybe it’s because they feed on trash. Maybe it’s because I know they’re going to survive our extinction when the nuclear holocaust comes. Or maybe it’s the way that they don’t die when you step on them, they just kind of spring back with their tough hide and scuttle to hide behind the couch.

Seriously. They’re probably the best argument against Intelligent Design. If evolution is true, they’re truly a marvel of natural selection. But if it’s not, why would an intelligent, loving, God create something that…icky?

2. It’s hard for me to buy nice, expensive things, but way too easy for me to buy a billion cheap, disposable things. This has always been a problem for me. It’s way too easy for me to just eat out, see a movie, or buy a pack of Tangerine Altoids. They’re all gone within minutes (Seriously, you’d be surprised how fast I can throw back a pack of Tangerine Altoids), and I’ll forget that I even spent money at all.

But as soon as I buy something permanent, the guilt sets in. I don’t want to buy a movie, because I’ll know it’ll just sit on my shelf, unwatched. I don’t want to buy a new pair of jeans, because every time I wear them, I’ll remember how much they cost me, and how I should have just gone to the thrift store instead.

It’s something I’m working on, I think I’m getting better. I forced myself to buy Final Draft, and while it was completely worth it, it still was like pulling teeth.

3. Speaking of pulling teeth, I’ve never had my wisdom teeth out. Nor have I had braces. I am the only person in my family that can say both of those things. What can I say, I got the good teeth genes of the family.

(of course, I also got two fillings last Friday. Not sure what that means.)

4. Furthermore, I have 20/20 vision, and kind of wish that wasn’t the case. Ever since I was a kid, I thought that glasses were awesome, and wanted to wear them. But my vision was never bad enough to warrant a prescription. I wore fake glasses for a short (short, short time), but couldn’t bring myself to do it with any consistency. Probably with good reason; everyone hates a poser. Since then, I’ve learned to accept my place in the world as someone with good vision.

5. I was homeschooled. A lot of people know this; it’s not really a secret. But I needed something else to round out the list, and there are probably some other people out there that still don’t know this about me. It was a good experience, and definitely shaped the person that I am today.

I have a notion to one day put my homeschooling experiences on screen, either on TV or in Film. Or maybe even a play, I don’t know. But in any event, it’s a section of the population that has no real accurate representation, and I’d like to do that someday.

6. I played piano in my church band. I liked it a lot. Well, I like it a lot, actually. Because…I’m actually going to play next Sunday. 10AM, Sovereign Grace Church, Chesapeake, VA. Be there.

7. I wrote my first script at the age of 14. It was a spy spoof, ingeniously titled “A Spy Movie”. In truth, it’s really a bit generous to call it a “spy” spoof, since it really just referenced any movie that was popular at the time (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, etc). And it’s also generous to call it a “spoof”, since it wasn’t…actually…funny.

But I was really excited about it for a time, and was planning to make it with my friends—although I never quite figured out how I was going to make buildings explode, and giant chasms appear on screen (I think I just said to myself “I’ll just get After Effects. It’ll be okay). As you could probably guess, I never actually made the movie. I DID make a trailer, which was enough to get other people excited about it. But our camera never worked, and we could never get schedules to coincide or locations secured.

Also, I was 14, and thus couldn’t drive.

But we got a trailer. Maybe I’ll show it to you guys sometime…

8. I legitimately LOVE the Marx brothers. I hate pretentious film dicks who put every movie made before 1940 on their favorite movie lists, because they’re a FILM major, and should obviously like that stuff. I mean, I can respect and even enjoy the films of Orson Welles, John Ford, Howard Hawkes and the like, but I would never list any of them among my favorite movies.

Not so with the Marx brothers. Duck Soup is probably one of my favorite movies, and I can sit down and enjoy almost any Marx brothers movie as an afternoon’s entertainment. I legitimately laugh at Harpo’s physical comedy, Groucho’s wit, and whatever Chico did that was funny. Honestly, Zeppo was BOOOORING, but that doesn’t stop the Marx brothers from rocking hard.

9. My Dad works for Pat Robertson. Yes, that Pat Robertson. The one that called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, claimed that 9/11 and Katrina were God’s punishments for the homosexuals, and the one that talks to God everyday. My dad’s worked at the Christian Broadcasting Network for 20+ years. He’s a remote cameraman, which means that he travels the country (and the world), shooting testimonies, news stories, whatever Pat Robertson happens to need for his daily broadcast.

Furthermore, I’ve been ON the 700 Club. This happened a lot when I was younger, and they needed kids for the re-enactments. I’d usually get paid in ice cream, but every once in a while I’d get a check for my trouble. This also happened recently. During a school vacation at home, my Dad needed a rebellious college-age kid to smoke and booze it up in the background of some person’s sinful past life. And I was more than happy to oblige. And this time I was paid in pizza.

10. I have recently decided that my greatest desire in this life is to see the Earth from Space. Honestly, this has always been true, but it’s really become much more real within the past couple of months. It started when I saw the IMAX 3D film “Space Station”, narrated by Tom Cruise. The giant, two-story tall, three-dimensional images of the Earth were simply awe-inspiring…even more so with the realization that these images were completely absent of CGI. This was real. And ever since then, I’ve just become more emotional whenever I see a picture of Earth from space, or think about space travel in general.

The most exciting thing is that space tourism may just be a reality within my lifetime. I might someday get the privilege to pay a years’ salary to go into space for 15 minutes, be weightless, and see the fucking earth.

What an exciting world.

Now, for tagging:

1. Josh – Because he’s commented on my past 3 posts, and that tickles me.
2. Peter – because he gave me kickass notes on my script (see below).
3. Amanda – because she’s moving to LA, and really gonna try to make this whole TV thing work. Best of Luck.
4. Andrew - Because he’s an interesting guy, and I’d like to see what 10 things I don’t know about him...
5. Mackenzie – because she went to Italy. Probably TONS of things I don’t know about her.

Go, DO IT!