Monday, October 20, 2008

Walden Media

If you've been watching a lot of recent films, you most likely have heard of Walden Media. They are a somewhat new company that produces family-friendly movies. Most of their productions are based on beloved children's books, such as Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, and the Narnia series. I have seen quite a few of their films, and they have been decent at worst. Some of their films I wouldn't pay to watch, but would check out from the library.
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I pretty much watch nothing but family films. In fact, probably the most morally egregious film I've willingly watched from beginning to end was The Devil Wears Prada, and despite the fact that it has a very good point, I will never watch that movie again because of all the unnecessary content. So, as you might expect, I commend what Walden Media is doing. I realize they've made some box office flops, but the only movie studio that has never had a single flop is Pixar, and how many movies do they currently have to their name? Plus, some movies that flop at the box office are actually pretty good in my opinion. People hated The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising because it wasn't like the book. Well, guess what? I tried reading the book, and found it boring and uninteresting, so much so that I gave up on it. Yet, the movie was actually not half-bad. I'll wait to see what Walden Media comes up with next, but I'm pretty sure that I'll like it, no matter what the critics say.
Any comments?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Am I a nerd?

For years, I have thought of myself as a nerd. I've gotten various replies to saying that I am one, including concurrences, dissension, and people who thought I shouldn't label myself. There are various characteristics that make up being a nerd, some of which I've noticed myself and others that others have said about me.
One of the biggest reasons I say I'm a nerd is because of how smart everyone thinks I am. While I was never anywhere near the top of my class in high school, people have repeatedly said that I'm a smart person. While I disagree with them, it's apparent that popular opinion says that I'm brilliant. Why do they think so? Well, it's several things: my ability to recognize spelling errors almost every time I see them; my ability to use advanced words without even thinking about it, leaving others wondering what the heck I'm talking about; all the random trivia I'm able to spout about pretty much any popular topic aside from sports; and the fact that I've gotten high scores on most standardized tests, including the highest possible score on a writing one in both middle and high school.
Another reason is because of my interests. Most of the time, what I was into was not popular with my peers. (The only exception I remember was when I was into Pokémon like every other kid my age back in 1999.) In high school, most of my friends watched MTV and network prime time shows. However, I spent most of my time praising Disney Channel's sitcoms. I also read some books that I wasn't required to read in high school, and a lot of people my age hate reading, even now, and especially the guys. My interest in sci-fi/fantasy and superhero films/books/etc., how much time I spend in front of a computer (read: on Facebook,) and the fact that I have no interest in going out and partying all night proves my point even further.
Now, despite the fact that I'm a nerd, I would not say that all or even most of my friends are the same way. Most of my friends play or have played sports in some form other than in a video game; they go out and do things with people at least sometimes; they don't spend too much time in front of a computer except for when required; and they don't obsess over anything, much less television shows or celebrities. Some of my friends do have somewhat nerdy tendencies (such as Jake's obsession with the military, Matthew's addiction to video games, Kate's fascination with weather, Bob's love for programming, Robert's craziness for anime, and Emily having read a lot of the Star Wars books); however, I still don't think any of them are anywhere near as nerdy as I am.
Of course, this is up to you to discuss, so I will ask you: Do you think I am a nerd? Why or why not? Do you know any other nerds? If I mentioned you in that list of friends, do you consider yourself a nerd, or no? Why or why not? Let me know the answers!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Parody Ideas: Which do YOU want to see?

So, I've been in the parody "business" for quite a while. Normally, it's just a way to get my feelings out, and they usually don't mean anything to anyone who doesn't know me. So, I want to ask you all, my friends, about which song you would rather see parodied. Here are some choices:
• "Potential Breakup Song" by Aly and AJ (I was thinking of turning it into "The 'Why Don't You Shut Up?' Song")
• "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" by Paula Abdul (I was considering making it about something online, i.e., "Blog Like There's No Tomorrow")
• "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi (One option for that is "You Give God a Bad Name")
• "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America" by Gym Class Heroes (?)
• Any other suggestions you may have are appreciated.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Bad Reputation of Christians

I know that probably not all of you who read what I write are Christians. Some of you who are not may wonder why I've said the things I've said about faith, religion, the Bible, etc. I really couldn't be an atheist, because when I look at how intricately the world is designed, with all its ecosystems, cycles and processes, there's no way it could have just happened by chance. (If you don't believe a divine being created the world, you can leave a comment explaining what your reasons to back that up are. Don't worry; I won't argue with you. :])
Anyway, so today I was at the library and saw a book called unChristian. The back cover said that it was getting the opinions of people (mostly young adults) and why they look down on Christians. Part of the reason is they only see what Christians are against (i.e., homosexuality, premarital sex, etc.) and don't really see the love that the Bible preaches. I have to confess that I'm guilty of that; several times, I've said that people who bullied or demeaned me are "going to pay at the end of time." While they could, so could anyone else, including me. No one is beyond redemption, and if any of my former bullies find God, then all their sins are washed away, even the ones against me. I've done some things that I knew were wrong before I did them, sometimes even to my friends. (You Facebook friends of mine can attest to that.) It took a while for me to realize that I was wrong and learn from my mistakes. I also did plenty of wrong things before becoming a Christian, but those are all gone.
I realize that I've been too quick to call out people when they were wrong. A friend of mine once said, "I'm glad you're not a cop with the law like you are a Christian with the Bible; otherwise, everyone would be in jail." It's as Jesus said:
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Why should I condemn someone for harassing me when I've done the exact same thing to people who were totally helpless (little kids, a dog, even my disabled older sister)? I may feel bad now about doing those things, but the recipients of the harassment never heard an apology from me. So, even though I may be pointing the finger at others, I'm just as bad as they are.
Now, for the topic of homosexuality. The Bible does say that it is a sin. To quote Galatians:
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Now, here's the thing: I know there has been a debate about whether homosexuality is genetic or not. Well, as someone with a mental disability, let me talk about my struggle with another sin. When someone wrongs me, I want revenge. I've imagined more than once about blowing places up, as well as killing people and having someone else face the death penalty for it. However, that is a sin. God says to let Him take revenge on those who hurt His followers and to "love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you." I think it's an autistic thing to want that, and autism is thought to be genetic. You know what, though? I have to overcome it. It's not going to be easy; heck, I know I've plotted hundreds of deaths while bored. Still, I hope that God will understand that it was hard for me, and that I tried my hardest to fight it. So, if homosexuality is genetic (and I'm not saying it is or isn't) and it's a sin, so is being autistic in a sense. You don't like the opposite gender? Well, then, you don't have to get married. In fact, a conveniently and commonly ignored passage in the Bible goes like this:
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.
Just because you're a Christian does not mean that you have to marry and have kids! I may never be married, because I doubt any single woman (Christian or not) would want to marry a disabled person. You know what, though? God is not going to strike me down because I never found a spouse, and He won't strike anyone else down for that either.
I know, I've written a book here. However, I want your opinions. Am I being a stupid autistic in my beliefs? Am I right about the whole "being autistic is a sin" thing? Let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New! New! New!

I've got a new layout, new fonts and colors, and a newly updated playlist on my blog! Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Creepy Foreign Languages?

No, this is not a slam against any of you that speak a language other than English. Rather, this is something that I've noticed in myself, and I'm pretty sure it must be just an autistic trait. I have noticed that, whenever I see/"read" something in a real language other than English, it keeps me awake at night just thinking about it. It happened with someone's translation of a TobyMac song on a dc talk forum; I still think about the one time I heard Rammstein (or whatever their name is) and it still creeps me out, as does a foreign-language version of a decade-old Disney computer game demo (the dub of Piglet's voice was so shrill…ugh!); and, just last night, I made the mistake of watching Spain's version of the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song online after catching the end of it on Disney Channel.
Foreign languages don't just scare me in real life, though. I've had dreams about them (or, at least, simulated versions of them) and they creep me out, too. I don't even think I could count on one hand the dreams that I've had like that. More than once, it's been about hearing them on TV. In fact, once, I had a dream that was almost entirely in fake German. The dream was that I was laying down in a hospital waiting room, and that's what was on the TV in there. There was even a fake German "version" of The Happiest Millionaire, complete with closed captioning on the screen in some brightly colored, Old-English-style print. (The only line I remember from it was "Stooooooooop en esto gluven," which probably means nothing in any language.) The dream concluded with Jason and Maggie Seaver (yes, from Growing Pains) arguing in English about whether or not they should continue the German shows.
That happened years ago, but similar things also happened recently. Just a few days ago, I had a dream about a rock band dancing around a library (really) and singing songs in Latin. I woke up scared after that one, too. I expect it will happen quite a few more times.
I don't know why foreign languages scare me like they do. I have nothing against anyone of any race/culture/ethnicity/etc. In fact, I studied Spanish in high school and enjoyed it quite a bit. Foreign languages don't always scare me, anyway; I have Josh Groban's "Canto Alla Vita" on my iPod, and it has gotten quite a few plays. It's probably just an autistic thing. Who knows? Maybe my "fear" of foreign languages will help me actually learn and be able to speak them! I did pretty well in Spanish class; should I try French, German, and Latin? What do you all think? Let me know.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ballad of Crushing and Limerence

Parody of "Ballad of John and Yoko" by the Beatles

Waited to get back on the Internet
So my feelings I could confess
She then wrote me back, said
"Don't like you like that"
You know, she didn't even give me a chance

Crushing ain't all that easy
Especially not when you're me
Not even when she looks
As good as Mrs. Jefferies

One day, I watched Ella Enchanted
You may think that that was insane
But, I know that was the day
I found Anne Hathaway
I ditched Miss Hilary quickly and fain

Crushing isn't so easy
But, oh, how fun it can be
Plus, there isn't anyone
Quite like Miss Ashley T.

In Physics, yeah, that's where I met her
Fell in love immediately
But we're no longer friends
I think she wants me dead
Just because of my reactions to rejection by she

Crushes can leave you freezing
They can make you feel weak
Especially when they do not
Know about your feelings

Never paid attention to the Disney thing
Until I found out about Hilary
That's when everyone said
Will you just put an end
To all that talk about that Disney girl, please?

Still, can't cave in to peer pressure
Kept looking her up on the Net
And all of my friends
Knew me just for that
She was on the screen of my Mac

Crushing can be quite pleasing
But, oh, how hard it can be
What are you gonna do when
Your crush is happily married?

My friends know all about these women
Yeah, me and them go way back
Still, on I will press
And always have a crush
That's one thing I will never lack

Crushing usually is fleeting
At least, that is how it seems
But sometimes it becomes
A love everlasting
You just have to know when
The person returns your feelings

Monday, September 8, 2008

Let bygones be bygones.

I've mentioned on here before that I have somewhat of an overactive memory. I remember most of what I've done/said and seen/heard other people do/say in the past decade and a half. There is a problem with that, though: Sometimes, that makes it hard to forgive anyone (including not just others, but myself as well.) The emotions of something that happened years ago are still fresh to me today. Sometimes, being older has given me a broader perspective and made me realize that what I did was wrong.
No matter what horrible things I have done, though, I know God has forgiven me, even for all that terrible stuff I did in middle school. (Seriously, you don't even want to know.) Why rehash old memories when I'm the only one that remembers them? God is forgiving, and all that stuff happened before I was a Christian, so, all that means nothing to Him now. I just have to stay on the straight and narrow, which isn't going to be easy, but I will try my best, and hopefully, when I leave this Earth, God will say, "Well done."
Any comments?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mr. Autistic's Book Recommendations

I'm pretty sure there are at least some of you reading my blog who enjoy a good book. (If you don't, I'd suggest you not read this post, because it would be a complete waste of your time.) So, for those who like reading novels, I'll suggest some of my favorite books. (You probably already know what my very favorite book is. If not, check my profile.)
If you like Christian fiction, I would suggest the Babylon Rising series. The series was created by Tim LaHaye, the same guy who created Left Behind, but is not written by Jerry Jenkins, so the writing is much better in my opinion. It has everything you could want in a story: action, romance, suspense, and a villain you'll love to hate.
For those who like spy stories, I would suggest the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. The stories are about a teenage boy working for M-I:6. (Yes, the series is British.) The further you get into the series, the better the books get. I'd suggest reading them in order, though, and not even bothering with the terrible movie.
Now, here's a young adult series I'm not too sure how to categorize. Maximum Ride by James Patterson has been described as a combination of The Boxcar Children and X-Men. It's about six kids who are normal, except for the fact that they're 98% human, 2% avian. The series has action, humor, and even a little awkward romance, making it a fun read.
Pretty much everyone has seen the Star Wars movies, right? Well, if you liked the films, I would suggest checking out the books. They're written by actual sci-fi authors instead of George Lucas, so that means no awkward, cornball dialogue. My personal favorite SW novel is I, Jedi, written by Michael A. Stackpole. There are some other great ones, though, such as the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson, and the New Jedi Order series written by various authors. (If you want to read NJO, start out with Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore.)
Any comments?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"I get back down, but I get up again! You're never gonna keep me down!"

If you've listened to the radio in the past few years, most likely you've heard the song the subject line is quoting. While the song is about a bar, that line I quoted is actually a positive line when taken out of context. It's a lesson that I should have learned long ago, and will try my best to live out from now on.
Why do I bring this up? Well, because I had my fourth failed attempt at a relationship today. While I won't give out the girl's name, it was a good friend of mine who I really liked. Unfortunately, she didn't feel the same way. I can totally understand why she said, "I don't think it would work out because of the distance." In fact, she's probably right. Maybe my interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13 is wrong. I mean, it doesn't seem like the girls I've tried to date are interested in that sort of thing. I can't help but think that the people who told me that long-distance relationships never work were actually right. Maybe it's time I get a realistic grip on the way society works. (I still think some of society's rules are stupid, and probably always will. That's part of being autistic.)
What am I going to do about this? Well, I'll tell you what I won't do: A) turn bitter, B) block her from contacting me, C) spend the rest of my life blaming her for what happened, or D) bash her for doing as she did. What I will do is A) continue being her friend, B) forgive her (although I really can't blame her for what she did; I wouldn't want to date someone I didn't have feelings for, you know?) and C) treat her like today's events never happened. She's still my friend, and I don't want to lose my friendship with her just because she doesn't like me as anything more. After all, what would Jesus do?
Any comments?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day

Gotta love the Tubby Tabby. :D

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Have I lost my sense of humor?

Those of you who know me know that I used to laugh a lot. In fact, I did it so much, people thought I was stoned. When I was left to my own devices, 95% of the time, I'd think back to some memory that happened years ago, and if it was funny, I'd laugh. In fact, I've been laughing for years at something my sixth grade science teacher said. However, I haven't been able to laugh recently. I've been able to make others laugh, but while watching shows I used to find hilarious, I just don't laugh at them like I used to. I don't know what it is; I've heard about people with A.S. not being able to find jokes funny, but I used to laugh my head off at classic and Disney sitcoms.
A similar thing has taken place in the past four years: I haven't been able to shed tears. The last time I did that was back in 2004, and that was after someone treated me like dirt. Even after being upset over something (such as the deaths of my good friend and my grandmother) the tears just wouldn't come. In fact, my eyes didn't even get heavy, which they have done before. Am I becoming emotionless?
I have no idea what's going on with me. Someone wanna help me out?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Let's hear it for people with crushes!

As someone who has had countless crushes throughout his lifetime, I can tell you that having a crush on someone (whether they be celebrity or just someone you know) is completely fine. If having them wasn't, do you think I would still be crushing on Anne, Ashley, Emma, Carly, Katija, Anna, Krystal, and Danielle, plus my real-life crushes, whose names I will not reveal, since this blog is public? Crushing is fun, and sometimes, it can lead to a relationship.
Now, let me explain something here. If I had to choose between dating a Christian girl I already know or dating Anne Hathaway, I would choose the Christian girl. Seriously, I don't agree with Anne's lifestyle. There are some movies of hers that I wouldn't watch for all the money in the world, because (IMO) watching them would be a sin. Plus, I've read about some of the stuff she did with her now ex-boyfriend, which is so disgusting I'd rather not describe it here. (In a nutshell, they should have only done that if they were married and alone in their bedroom.) I still do like Anne Hathaway--I mean, she makes a great desktop girl--but she is not living the Christian life, so I refuse to date her, unless she makes a turn for the better. The same thing applies to every celebrity crush I have.
As you can expect, I have been teased for my dedication to the celebrities. However, I don't see how anyone with a Y chromosome could not find at least some of my crushes--that is, celebrity and real-life--attractive. I mean, I know for a fact that the vast majority of guys at my high school found my junior English teacher attractive. (Those who didn't had problems.) It's the same thing with Anne and friends: they're young, female, and cute. What guy wouldn't like that?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Problem Addictions Cause

As I've mentioned before, my life consists of a series of addictions, some of which are quite different from one another. Some of them, I don't even like to talk about anymore. However, my addictions have caused a problem that still affects me to this day. What would that be? Flashbacks.
I'm sure you've probably heard of people who used to "get high" off drugs and have flashbacks later on in their lives. Well, while I've never done anything harmful involving drugs, I have had addictions that were like drugs. When I was addicted to my shows, I couldn't get enough of them. If I wasn't watching them, then I was writing about them, researching them, talking about them, thinking about them, imagining myself with the characters, singing the theme songs, etc. The same thing applies to any of my previous addictions, whether they were computer games, bands/artists, whatever.
The thing was, when I was into those things, I didn't take them seriously. A perfect example of that is the 80's sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. While I adored that show when I was in middle school, I now hate it with a passion. After obsessing over it for nearly a year, I started to realize that the acting was terrible and the show was just stupid. While I haven't seen any episodes of it since giving up on it, I still have flashbacks. In fact, just last week, I thought about a moment from the show, and said, "That was funny." Then, I realized what I was saying, and felt like an idiot.
It's that way with all of my addictions, though. I didn't take any of them seriously; I thought they were "just a TV show [or computer/video game, or book, or famous person, or whatever.]" Now, after having flashbacks of all my life's previous addictions in the past year, I realize that I did go too far, and maybe I shouldn't have spent so much time thinking about them.
As I said in a previous post, I have no idea what I'm addicted to right now. If I had to guess, I would say my past. It seems to be my favorite topic of discussion; in fact, probably 70% or more of my notes on Facebook went into detail about stories from high school or before. However, instead of this addiction causing flashbacks, it actually consists of them. I just wonder what the long-term effects of this one will be. I'll probably find out no earlier than 2010.
Any comments?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yard Sale

So, next Saturday (August 23, 2008) my mom, my stepdad and I are having a yard sale. I'm not totally sure what my family members are selling, but here's what I'm selling:
• Several DVDs, including Contact, The Fifth Element, The One, The Second Chance (with a bonus music video DVD,) Family Feud (complete with everything you need to play,) Jumanji, and War of the Worlds (Tom Cruise version).
• A few VHS tapes, including three separate dc talk tapes, (Rap, Rock & Soul, Narrow is the Road, and dc talk Video Singles) plus The Pagemaster.
• A bunch of books, including three Star Wars novels, the first eleven volumes in the Left Behind series, a bunch more by Jerry Jenkins, two by James Patterson, an old copy of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, plus maybe a couple other miscellaneous titles.
• One or two issues each of CCM, Nintendo Power, and Archie Comics.
• Several different electronics, including speakers for your computer, a fiber-optic light, a night-light you have to see to believe, a book light, plus possibly more.
If any of my friends (that means only people who know me, not random people who have never seen me before) who are reading this see something they want to buy, please let me know and I will sell it to you.
Any comments?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Conservative Vs. Liberal

No, this isn't about politics. Rather, this is about Christians (which I am not against, since I am one) and how, at least to myself, I seem quite a bit more conservative than others I know. I was raised in the church, and was quite shocked at what some people there (including not just kids, but adults as well) did; it was stuff I would never allow myself to do. Sometimes, I feel like the most conservative Christian in the world, which is not to call into question anyone else's faith; it's just the way I feel.
Want some proof how conservative I am? Answer these questions:
  1. Have you ever willingly watched a movie that is or should be rated R?
  2. Have you played more than one M-rated game?
  3. Do you currently own any albums that have a "Parental Advisory" sticker on them, or that would be if they weren't "edited"?
  4. Do you think Christian girls shouldn't have to dress modestly?
  5. Do you never change the channel and/or turn the TV off when you see a sex scene on there?
  6. Have you ever regularly tuned into a show that was always or mostly rated "TV-14" or "TV-MA"?
  7. Do you never bother with "content reviews" of films?
  8. Have you ever downloaded an immodest photo of a female celebrity?
If you answered "yes" to any of them, then you are less conservative than I am.
I'm not condemning anyone here; it's up to God to decide their destiny. However, based on the values I was taught when I was young, I'm not going to do those things. You can argue with me about why it's okay, but it's not going to do any good. I'll stick to my family films and shows and clean music, download only modest photos of my celebrity crushes, read my content reviews, and stick to my notion about Christian girls dressing modestly (even though I expect many won't.) Here's how I back it up:
• "I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar." -- Psalm 101:3 (NLT)
• "Stay away from every kind of evil." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NLT)
• "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety…" 1 Timothy 2:9 (NIV)
The Bible commands it, so I do it. You can interpret those verses however you want. I'm not saying my interpretation is right, nor am I saying it's the only possible one. However, that's how I interpret them. Maybe I'm wrong about what those Scriptures mean, but if I am, God will hold me accountable for that at the end of time.
Any comments?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Songs that mean something.

Everyone has at least one song that means something to them. It may bring back a memory; it may echo a person's own thoughts about something or someone; or it may do something else. While I have been a fan of Christian music since I was eleven, for some reason, most of it doesn't really connect with me. I mean, most of the time, I agree with what the lyrics are saying, but the song doesn't profoundly affect me like some secular songs do. So, in this post, I will talk about some secular songs that are on my playlist and really mean something to me.
First off is a song I heard for years, but didn't really connect with me until I was older. "Love Changes Everything" was on more than one of my mom's Andrew Lloyd Webber albums, but it wasn't until I started falling in love myself that I understood its meaning. The song says, "Love makes fools of everyone." Well, it definitely made a fool of me. The final line of the track says, "Love will never, never let you be the same!" Well, my friendships with the three girls I professed my love to are not the same anymore. While I never dated any of them, things changed between us.
Some of my favorite secular tunes are breakup songs. As someone who has been turned down by three different girls, I can understand the meaning of the lyrics. Some examples are, "I tried so hard, and got so far; in the end, it doesn't even matter!", "There will be no white flag above my door. I'm in love, and always will be," "Once upon a time, I was falling in love; now I'm only falling apart. Nothing I can say; a total eclipse of the heart," and "If you're not the one, then why does my hand fit yours?" I understand those words totally; I've lived them.
Now, for my final example. A few months ago, right at the start of my church's door-knocking campaign, I was upset over a problem I'd recently had, and after talking with someone about it, I got over it. When I heard a certain song, despite the fact that's it's sung by a teenage girl, I felt like God was speaking to me through that song. The song was "Leave It All to Me" by Miranda Cosgrove, and the part that spoke to me was, "I will make you change your mind. These things happen all the time. So wake up the members of my nation; it's your time to be. There's no chance unless you take one.…Some things are meant to be, so give me your best and leave the rest to me." It may sound odd that God would speak through a Nickelodeon theme song, but He does work in mysterious ways!
Any comments?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A History of Crushes

In my last post, I posted pictures of my celebrity crushes so that you all could see them. They're a diverse bunch, from the infamous Anne to the nearly unknown Katija. Still, no matter how well-known they are, you can't deny how good they look. Anyway, in this post, I will delve into my past and talk about my crushes in general, including not just famous people, but people I actually know.
My first crushes were not on celebrities; they were people I actually knew. One was around my age, and is currently engaged. (No, that wasn't heartbreaking to hear; I've been over her for years.) The other one was one of my older sister's friends, but she's married now. It wasn't until around second grade that I had my first celebrity crush, which was actually more of a character than an actress. Who was it? It was the pink Power Ranger. (This was back in the mid-90's when that kind of thing was popular.)
In third grade, not only did I have a crush on my teacher (who I was too dumb to realize was a schmo, but that's another subject for another blog) but I also liked Teri Hatcher. While most of you probably know her from Desperate Housewives, the role I'll always remember her for is Lois Lane in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. That show was great, and so was she.
After getting into Scooby Doo and Mork and Mindy, I had two new crushes. One was Pam Dawber, who played Mindy. The other was, well…not a real person. In fact, as one of my friends said, I "like[d] a drawing." Yes, I had a crush on Daphne. Later cartoon crushes were Sora from Digimon and Misty from Pokémon.
In sixth grade, I had a crush on a girl in my homeroom. I'm not sure what it was that I liked about her; maybe it was just the fact that she was my friend. Nothing came out of it, and I haven't seen that girl in years.
When I first started high school, I was into the show Growing Pains. I said before that there was a "resurgence" of my interest in that show, and with that resurgence came crushes, which weren't there before. Specifically, I liked Tracey Gold (who played Carol) and Chelsea Noble (who played Kate, one of Mike's girlfriends). I also had a thing for the CCM singer Rebecca St. James. After a while of thinking, I came up with something: "Golden, Saintly and Noble." That was the name of my hard drive for a while, and I had an icon and a desktop image to go with it. (If you think that's bad, keep reading.)
Around November of my freshman year, I got into Disney Channel because of Hilary Duff. Later on, I got into people such as Christy Romano, Anneliese van der Pol, and Lalaine. So, I needed a new name for my hard drive. Finally, I came up with one: "Off Your Duff and In the Van!" (Yes, I had an icon to go with that, too.)
That summer, I met the girl of my dreams, or so I thought. She was from Cooper City, FL, and she came and visited my church for the summer. Before she left, she gave me her e-mail address so we could talk online. Some time later, I realized that I liked her. So, I sent her an e-mail telling her that. Her reply was pretty much, "Let's just be friends." That was pretty heartbreaking, as you might expect. I got over it pretty quickly, though.
About halfway through my junior year of high school, I was getting tired of Hilary. I needed someone new, but I didn't know who to go for…until I saw the movie Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway. That's what started me on my current crush. Not very long after that was when Suite Life premiered, and so I then got into Ashley Tisdale as well.
Throughout most of my senior year, I had a crush that I never saw coming. While I won't give out her name, it was a brainy, yet cute girl who went to high school with me. (The reason I never saw it coming was because, before meeting her, I thought she was a loser.) Of course, that didn't work out, nor did a crush that I had just a few months ago.
Everyone has had crushes throughout their lifetime. I may have had more than others, but that's okay, because no one can honestly say they've never had one.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

Why I Like Disney

I know there are some people out there who hate Disney. Say what you will about the company being "corrupt"; the bottom line is, they're making more family movies than any other label right now. I'll tell you right now that I don't like everything Disney. While I like some of their recent live-action films, such as Sky High and George of the Jungle, I am not a big fan of most of their animated movies (except for certain Pixar films) nor do I like their old flicks very much. In fact, I think you can attribute my love for Disney to the young, beautiful actresses they have in their productions.
Now, hold on just a minute before you start assuming things. While I do like stars such as Anne Hathaway, Ashley Tisdale and Danielle Panabaker, and even have them on my desktop, I am not a fan of younger stars such as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and (especially) Miley Cyrus. I like the ones I like because they're at least somewhat close to me in age. Probably as young as my celebrity crushes get is Nickelodeon's Emma Roberts, who is exactly three years younger than me, down to the day. (See, me and her have something in common. Aren't you jealous? :p)
I don't own very many Disney DVDs and videos. While my family does have quite a few, some of them I haven't watched in years, simply because I haven't wanted to. My DVD collection consists of TV shows (including one Britcom), superhero movies, both Star Wars trilogies, a few other sci-fi films (Star Trek: Nemesis being one of them), and, yes, a few Disney productions. Still, if I see a Disney movie at the library, I'm more likely to pick it up. It may not be quality, but at least I can be pretty sure it isn't going to be shocking or raunchy, both of which are not my thing.
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