Is their one particular person the you have always wanted to meet? If I could meet only five people that I admire or want to get to know, it would be a tough decision. There are so many. So here is a random list of five people I would like to meet face to face and why:
1. Jeff Probst – I want to play Survivor and I think he could get me in.
2. Bob Goff - He just seems like he would be a fun guy to hang out with and he would probably take me on an adventure.
3. Kate Beckinsale – She’s pretty, I love her accent and I think I would have a shot.
4. Ryan Hall – He is an elite marathoner, a christian and my running hero.
5. Tom Hanks – He’s funny and seems down to earth. I’d like to know how many times a day he gets “Run, Forrest, Run!”
What person or people would you like to meet and why?
Here are five things that I learned or was reminded of this week.
1. The pollen apocalypse is an annual thing. I should be immune to it.
2. God is awesome. I am not.
3. Still struggling with marshmallow peeps.
4. The Hunger Games is a phenomenon.
5. Target is a fashionable store.
What did you learn this week?
Every time I finish my grocery shopping, I end up in the tractor beam of nonsense called the tabloids. There they are, right in my face as I place my goods on the conveyor belt. I try not to look. Instead I try and focus on the little packs of gum that are on sale at the top of the rack but resistance is futile. The tractor beam has control of my eyes and I have to read all of the headlines even though I know they aren’t true. It’s harder if there is a lady in front of me with a cart full of Capri Sun and Pampers and a binder full of coupons. Then there is the guy behind me that just wants to pay for his sandwich but the “10 item or less” line was too crowded. There is no way out. Despite my best efforts, there is no escape from the lure of the tabloids.
They keep the really shocking ones between the holiday recipe books and the Archie cartoon digest. I can’t imagine people still read Archie cartoons. Occasionally, they throw in the weight loss books and horoscope tablets. But this mini magazine aisle is usually dominated by celebrity news or fake news.
Do you wonder why they keep the trashy magazines in the checkout lane? Right in eye sight? Why don’t they put them with the rest of the magazines that are on aisle four? It’s because we are curious. We love to see what is happening in the lives of stars because it seems our lives are boring and mundane compared to theirs. I also believe that the magazine makers think we are dumb enough to believe what is written on the covers of these things.
It’s never positive news either, unless it’s the issue that shows before and after pictures of formerly overweight celebrities. Mostly, these magazines focus on how a certain star is hooked on drugs or how a star is so skinny that they might die at any moment or that so and so, with the cool hair, is dating you know who from that Disney show and that they are madly in love.
In my most recent visits to the checkout line, the popular story is the crumbling relationship between a very beautiful and popular actress and her handsome husband. Each week there is a different reason that they might end their marriage. He is cheating on her. She was seen with another man, shopping around Palm Springs. Neither of them thinks that the other spends enough time with the kids. Does it matter? Not to us. But what do you think goes through their minds when they see this? If they see this?
I’m no celebrity but I often wonder how I would feel if I were on the cover of one of these magazines. It’s preposterous, I know. My life isn’t interesting enough to be put in international publications.
To put it in perspective, how do people look at us? What do the people that don’t know us very well think of us? What do people perceive of me when they see me in action or hear things about me?
I don’t know any celebrities. I don’t know any of those people on the covers of those magazines so I feel obligated to give them the benefit of the doubt and not judge them by headlines and awkward paparazzi photos. The same thing goes for the people I interact with everyday. I’ve been guilty in the past of making snap judgements of people I barely know. Who am I to judge them when I don’t know their story? I would hope they wouldn’t judge me without knowing mine.
Moral of the story (if there is one)? Don’t judge a tabloid magazine by it’s cover. We don’t always know the truth of what is going on in people’s lives.
Now. While in the checkout line, turn around an gaze at the fitness magazines behind you. The ones with the people with the perfect bodies… wait, that’s another post entirely.
I loved going to the movies when I was a kid. It was one of the highlights of my summer vacation. I remember the first movie I saw. It was called “The Rescuers”. It was a Disney movie about a couple of mice and their group of friends who ventured out to rescue a child from the clutches of an evil woman and her alligator cronies. Maybe you’ve seen it.
My favorite movie of all time was a film that I didn’t even want to see. In 1981, my neighbors took me to see a movie about an archeologist. An archeologist? Really? I had no interest. This was the same time that “The Empire Strikes Back” was in theaters. Archeologist or Star Wars? It was a no brainer. I resisted but I went. Only because my parents made me.
After seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, I was a changed kid. I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I came home and found a piece of nylon rope to use as a whip. I ran into the woods an tried to swing from the tree limbs and find treasure but the rope never worked and there was no treasure to be found. Still, Indiana Jones was my hero.
Since that time, very few movies have blown me away. Sure there are a few that I really liked. The Matrix, The Usual Suspects, Inception, to name a few. But, overall, movies have gone stale.
It seems to me that Hollywood has run out of fresh, original ideas. It keeps churning out movies that we have seen a million times, only repackaged to make them seem new. The story is all the same. There is a hero. He or she will go on an adventure. He or she will meet opposition. He or she will defeat said opposition and all will live happily ever after.
My biggest gripe about movies these days is they are saturated with superheroes. For example, I recently saw this.
How many times does this story need to be told? We know what happens. We know how it ends. Give us something new.
Watch the new Batman movies. They are doing it right.
Hollywood has forsaken me. They just want my money. I realize that it’s a business but their business is to entertain us and they are failing.
There needs to be a revolution in storytelling. I believe that some day, someone very smart and very gifted will invent a new way to tell a story. Literally and visually. Something original. Something out of the box and fresh. Something that will blow me away and will make me leave the theater feeling like a kid again.