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Note to self 51: 05/19/1999
After last night's Star Wars fiasco I had
to type down everything that happened right away so that I wouldn't
forget any of it. First of all, the movie was not at all what we were really hoping for, but
I'll get to that later. The dark side tried hard to interfere
with our viewing enjoyment, but Yoda and the light side were
triumphant in the end.
It all started with the Wolfman getting tickets for
the Mega Playboy and I for the first showing of The Phantom
Menace (Midnight early on the 19th) in Athens early on the
18th (the new theater that was showing it refused to advance
sell any tickets -_-). Well, we got 'em and we prepared to meet
in front of the movie theater at 11pm to make sure that we got
good seats.... Later that day, I thought that it might be better
to get there earlier still, so I left with ticket in hand at
around ten, expecting a big line. The line was fairly short at
that time but it soon grew rather large (there were two lines
actually, one for each screen that would show it). Soon the Playboy
showed up and then right before we were let into the theater
(at 11!) the Wolfman appeared. We got great seats and talked
for an hour anxiously waiting for that famous trumpet blast and
those scrolling letters of gold. Finally, at midnight the lights
dimmed and it began. The first 15 minutes were extremely fast
paced and they felt a little rushed, but it soon settled into
a comfortable speed.... and then, it happened. The film went
all wacky on us!! The audience was pissed but patient and we
waited for the projector people to try again... Ten minutes later
they did, but it was still massively screwed up.
was about the time that the manager came in and explained that
the showing was cancelled and that we would get passes to see
it again (and wait in line again, and have to make time to see
it again). Needless to say not everybody was pleased. About 2/3
of the audience left taking the passes the manager handed out,
but the rest of us wouldn't budge. A few idiots started to yell
at the theater people (interestingly enough, Harry Knowles was
among them) which seemed to put everybody on edge and some cops
were called in. Luckily though, an arbitrator stood forth and
asked if it would be possible to show us the other print that
they had when it was done showing on the other screen. After
some diliberation, we were told that if we didn't mind waiting
that it would be possible ^_^ They even said that they would
refill any soda and popcorn cups and bags for free to try and
make the wait up to us (a mad rush to collect disgarded cups
and popcorn bags ensued in which I got a jumbo large of both
:p). Later, at around 1:30am, they also told us that they would
give us a free pass to any other movie that was playing in addition
to watching The Phantom Menace that morning. Not bad at all.
After talking and debating many things including
video games, light sabers and high school freaks until 2:40am,
they finally got it rolling! And boy did it roll! We were probably
the first people ever to be able to quote the first 25 minutes
of the movie as it played in front of us! Well, we watched it
all the way through this time and all I can say is, well, those Gungans make the Ewoks appear to be Shakespearean actors of Patrick Stewart callibre. The special effects are of course the main draw
and they do their best to dazzle (there are a few times when
things are obviously CGI, but not too many). Jar-Jar is unfortunately
one of the biggest mistakes in filmdom since the previously mentioned dreaded Ewoks
(everybody in the theater wanted him dead two seconds after he
first opened his mouth), but you can kinda forget about him as
the story unfolds. Well, no, not really.
Darth Maul is one bad mutha, but unfortunately (again
that word!) he's only on the screen for about 6-7 minutes of
the film's 2 hour and 12 minute running time. The pod race was
unbelievably rugged and the Queen's makeup and dresses were really
weird (but neat :). And the final lightsaber duel (set to Williams'
"Duel of the Fates") was an overcharged rush of pure
adrenaline. Forget Luke and Vader's wussy fights, THIS is how
it's done! Anyway, at a little after 5 in the morning we got
out and we left for our seperate destinations. By the time I
got home (5:40) I debated if it would really be better to just
get an hour shut eye before work or none at all (I must've zonked
out somewhere around then) and I found myself waking up to my
alarm before I knew what had happened. Then I went to work and
I'm sooooooo out of it... Ugh... But what an experience! I just
want to laugh at the people who left as soon as things got farged
up! ... And I still can't believe that I spent 7 hours at a movie
theater just to see one movie.
Note to self 49: 05/09/1999
what can I say @_@ It's been quite a week for this Rossman!
First, I reread the Nausicaa graphic novels (with Enya
and Loreena McKinnett constantly playing on my stereo:) early
in the week and refreshed my memory on why I love that story
so damn much! Then on Friday I went to the club president's House
Warming Party at his new digs. Now this was quite a night, so
I'll try to recall everything that happened, but my mental recall
facilities aren't their best when trying to look through the
haze that surrounds that night -_-.
showed up at around 6 (one of the co-founders told me earlier
that it would be starting at around 5.... it didn't) and woke
the club presidente and his chickie up from a nap...... That
was the first pre- or regular party foul I've ever been guilty
of *sigh*. I apologized for a bit, but since I brought some beer
they didn't seem to mind all that much. We talked for a bit and
a little while later the rest of the party pals started to show
up, including some Greenwood folks. By 8, I was feeling a little
tipsy and then the MegaPlayboy showed up (who was already in
the same buzzed state as I was) and we somehow decided to begin
a "Shooters" contest with the little green vials of
yumminess (Melonball Shooters!) that someone graciously provided
us with. After around 4-5 of those and a few more apple cider
mixes we thought it would be best if we went out on the pizza
run, with Robert driving, and stopped off at the liquor store
for some more heavy stuff. Well, long story short, we met Lurch,
discussed how much we hated fanboys and found ourselves with
several arm-fulls each of some tasty bottles 0_o At around 11:50,
I decided to stop drinking as I had to drive the Playboy back
to his place later on and I only had a few scant memories of
lip-synshing the whole Transformers the Movie album, drawing
Mulder backdooring it to a happy mule on the house's "To
do List", caught the Playboy with his beer goggles on doing-
ummmmm, er, nothing (^_^)on the back porch, tried to break
into the President's old apartment thinking he was hiding some
Vodka there, and finally watching Ken-boy commit the ultimate
party foul after a few drinks. He passed out on the floor in
the TV room while around 20 of us watched the subbed Totoro
and then he started spewing like a garden hose all over the carpet!!!
Then he was helped into the bathroom cause he thought he might
do it again, but instead he pulled his pants down, took off his
shirt and sat on the can where he soon after passed out, tipped
over and puked all over himself again!!! We all laughed our asses
off (sorry, Ken^o^), especially after they took his pants off
to wash them and let him crash (almost naked) on the kitchen
that I remember them splitting the Totoro cake's head open and
his brains gushing out (the chicks' screams didn't even wake
Ken up!), and the Playboy telling DS to his face how much everybody
hates him (and DS still not getting the clue). Anywho,
at around 2:40 I finally drove him to his house and crashed in
a free guestroom myself. The next day (after no real sleep) we
drove back to the party house to return the pres' hat that the
MPB took the previous night, I drew Chujo backdooring
it to a donkey on their marker board, and we got some left over
pizza for breakfast. When we walked in we found that Ken was
the only one still there (besides those who lived there) and
he was watching the president's private collection of Kenshin
tapes while the pres himself and his chickie were still asleep!!!!
I couldn't believe it! You don't "party foul" that
raunchily and then stay the latest the next day ^o^!!! That's
just wrong, Ken :)... After that I went back to my place and
took a shower and then fell asleep for a few hours.
that night I went to see the Mummy and had another great
time! That was a fun movie!! A little too light in tone, but
really cool! The special effects were amazing! Can't wait for
the Phantom Menace in a few days now (to which the Wolfman
and/or the MegaPlayboy better get tickets to)!! Anyway, that's
about it, except that I'm going to E3 in LA next week!!
Yahoo!!!!!!! I'll tell you all about that in the next Daily
Note to self 48: 05/03/1999
really going on. No good movies began this past weekend and I'm
just holding out until The Mummy this Friday. I came up
with a few designs for that T-Shirt company in Texas and I plan
to replace the Terrible Trio pic on the main Chronicle page soon
with a new one of me and my gals :)
I've also been reading a bunch of synopses of the
KOR manga on-line this past week! They read like screenplays
with all the settings, action and facial expressions written
out along with the characters' lines! I don't remember the site's
address, but it should be easy enough to look up yourself (lazy
bast*rd!). Let me tell you something, the Madoka in the manga
is 10Xs better than the anime version (and you all know how much
I love her!)!!!! She's a hundred times more understanding than
her anime counterpart and it is crystal clear, perfectly obvious
that both she and Kyousuke are in love. If there's ever a choice
that needs to be made between Hikaru and Madoka, without a second
thought Kyousuke goes with Ayukawa! And Kazuya and Akane show
up a lot more (Akane isn't the lesbian she is in the anime, she's
just got a Noriko-style crush on her love-interest, Ayukawa)
and Kyousuke switches bodies with his mini-cousin lots more times
than in the show. This is just the tip of the ice-berg of the
differences between the two, and I wish to God that somebody
would translate the manga and release it all in the States sometime
soon (and I mean ALL of it! What would be the point if they never
translated the end of this incredible series!?!?!?!). Oh yeah,
and although Ayukawa kind of "cops out" in the finale,
I still prefer the manga ending to the first movie's ending!
Note to self 47: 04/26/1999
almost one week after that senseless massacre at Columbine H.S.
in Littleton, Colorodo and I still feel incredibly sick just
thinking about it. If I had a time machine the first place I
would go back to is last Monday night, the day before it happened,
and beat the living and total sh*t out of those satanic b*tches!!!
They seriously needed an ass whooping. Then I'd call the cops
and get them sent to some kind of Arkham Asylum where they'd
become the prison beeyatch of some very large and angry fellow
until they committed suicide.
Other than that everything seems to be slowly starting
to make some sort of sense again. I finally read all of Yukito
Kishiro's incredible epic Battle Angel Gunnm this week.
And I now have a new second favorite action/adventure manga (Nausicaa
still rules that world with an iron fist though)! The story was
very long and cool with lots of incredible battle sequences!
What truly made it great, though, was how it changed tracks so
many times from beginning to end! It started off as Gally (I
refuse to call her "Alita", that's just not her real
name) is discovered and becomes a Hunter Warrior. But soon enough
we follow the cutie android as she takes over the violent sports
world of Motorball (my favorite part of the story, fyi ;). Then
she turns into the "Angel of Death" and travels the
badlands as a "tuned agent" for Zalem (like Mel Gibson
as Mad Max), and finally she ties up all the loose ends and has
her final battle(s)! Although the final ending was a bit well,
kooky-weird, it was still grand story telling. I really loved
how Gally visually matured during the course of the story. She
started off all wide eyed and almost naive to the world, but
she ended up.... well, still kinda wide eyed, but she had the
face of a toughened and wise woman in the end. The only thing
that totally surprised me was that Lou handled the "truth
about Bashtarlle, I mean Zalem (Tiphares)" 100Xs better
than good old Doc Ido (who's ending was kinda necessary but sad
in its own way)! Weird. Anyway, the only thing that truly bugged
me 'bout this manga is the translation and why Viz thought they
should change the names! Why is Alita better than "Gally"
and "Tiphares" better than Zalem?!?! There was/is just
no point to that at all. Oh well, at least maybe someday I can
read Koyomi's documentary books ^_^ They've got to be great!...
I just wish her dog didn't die -_-... he was cool.
Note to self 46: 04/19/1999
relaxing, refreshing Georgia weekend^_^ Great weather (maybe
a bit chilly) and I got a lot of fun things done. Hanged out
with the Wolfman, got a new mini-stereo system for the apartment
(my large surround sound unit won't fit -_-), gave the Wolfman
my old mini system (poor guy needed one), took my car in for
a recall notice on its cruise control, read some of my manga
and a book that I just got, went to an amatuer playhouse and
watched them do a funny "Whose Line is It Anyway" type
show, got lost and ended up cruizin' Freaknic at midnight
Sat. night for about forty minutes (@_@), put my parents' grill
together (that my siblings and I got them for their anniversary)
for a cookout on Sunday and then watched Bill and Ted's Excellent
Adventure on tape that night. Then today it was back to work.
Oh well, E3 is coming up soon and that should be fun! Jaa!
Note to self 45: 04/16/1999
been a while, but it's also been a fun two weeks^_^! Last weekend,
the Wolfman lent me his Parasite Eve PSX game and I played
that (disappointingly for only the 7 hours and 5 minutes it took
to beat). It was fun, but I got no friggin' clue what the hell
was up with the last seen and the glowing eyes. No idea.
I finally got my Capcom Art Book and Giant
Robo Symphonic cd in the mail last week! They both rock!
Now I'm just waiting for my Battle Angel graphic novels and Star
Wars I (to hit theaters). I just live from one "fun
high" to the next I guess.
Speaking of which, I also caught a lot of movies
on video that I've been meaning to see (some again). Including:
John Carpenter's Vampires, Cube, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket,
A Chinese Ghost Story Live Action, Bottle Rocket, Time Bandits
(always love that one:), Austin Powers, Dirty Work, .....
and a few others I can't remember. I also went to a lame conference
in Atlanta for the past four days, but at least I met a lot of
interesting people (including Homeless Joe, who proved to be
a fun conversationalist :^) and made some contacts. I also got
Chi-Chi to play hooky on Tuesday and we had fun getting some
people together and watching war movies and the BET channel at
the local Italian restaurant (.... guess you had to be there).
Then I just bummed out at my parents' place and helped them do
a bunch of stuff (like type up my mom's submission to the county
Teacher of the Year contest [which she better win!]). Over all
a busy yet fun week.... Too bad I have to go in to work on FRIDAY...
That kinda sucks. Oh well, que sera sera.
Oh yeah! I also got to drive the 'Vette! @_@ I
Note to self 44: 04/01/1999
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another April 1st. This year there really weren't as many good
pranks on-line as I would have hoped for. The weird part was
that the newsgroups had the best monkeyshines going on. They're
usually the lamest part of my daily on-line life (or lack there
of). Needless to say, General Chow had some great ones and the
Bandai and DIVX rumor scared the pissola out of a few people
Anywho, I'm working my arse off at the office and
my free time goes mainly into partying with some old friends
and watching Giant Robo again (It just keeps getting better
and better!!!). I'll finish up episodes 6 and 7 tonight. Then
I'll go see my dad in another weightlifting competition this
weekend. Nothing much planned beyond that besides Easter with
my fam and catching the new Simpsons and Futurama
on Sunday night:)