Monday, January 30, 2006

Babies in Movies

No no. You might be thinking that I’m talking about what makes a good family comedy other than a chimpanzee – sadly, no. I’m talking about bringing babies to movies.

Last night I went to go see Underworld Part Deux. This will NOT be a movie review –so don’t worry. This movie was too average to have a review other than the fact that I thought it was NOT a family film. But apparently those in the audience of the 5:30 matinee at the United Artists Denver Pavilions did not share the same view.

My opinion why this movie was not suitable for children under 8 – which all kids present were well under 8 years old:
1. It was rated R
2. There were tons of people getting killed either by sucking of blood, decapitation, guns, and the ripping of jaws off (which is why I’m convinced it got the rating of R)
3. There was a hot sex scene which showed pretty much everything except parts. Let’s just say – it didn’t leave much for interpretation (this MIGHT be covered in the R rating, but I’ll have to check)
4. The language was proper for an R rated movie, meaning that there were a lot of f-bombs
5. Excessive use of titties and blood. Now, I know I covered this above, but I would like to add that there were titties, blood, people turning into werewolves and people eating other people. Why do I mention this again? Cause this is what makes a good horror movies. I know I know, “But Cassie, you love zombies, dammit!” Tis true. But I also love horror movies as a whole, and this had a whole lotta horror – which could possibly be a reason why it was deemed a rating of “Not suitable for Children without Parent Supervision”.

So if I might sum up:
This movie was not acceptable for children who are still grappling with the concept of ‘is this movie real’ and ‘Dad, what is trick photography’ (heh heh heh – I love that term). I just don’t think the Rating System really had in mind that you could bring babies to the theatres who were crying the whole time because they were so freaked out by a scary movie. Are we TRYING to raise sociopaths?
Okay, so that MIGHT be a little over the top –
But am I crazy here?
I remember babysitting when I was 13 years old going to see Ghostbusters 2 – and all 4 of my young charges were scared shitless at Vigo popping out of that painting! We unfortunately had to leave the theatre (which, at the time sucked cause I thought that was a GREAT movie) because they were so scared!
So why would someone take kids who were around the same age to a terrible film like Underworld 2?

I understand if people can’t get a sitter – but if you have to bring your kids along to a movie, why not go to a kids movie? Or even a comedy or PG love story? And why weren’t they taking their kids OUT of the theatre when they started crying? Cause they didn’t want to miss out when that vampire got blown to smithereens when the bomb detonated? Geez!!!!
I think they need to start making signs to follow “Please turn off your cell phones” that say “if you were dumb enough to bring your baby to this rated R film, please take him out of the theatre when he starts crying so he’ll only have nightmares for 1 week, instead of 3!”
I some of you have kids, nieces and nephews. Would you take your children to these types of movies when they were that young? Or even now? What do you think about this new trend? Do you think there is some validity to the belief that violence on the TV and movies leads to maladjusted adults? Could we be contributing by allowing our kids to see these movies before they are mature enough? SOMEONE GIVE ME THE ANSWER!!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Trivia? About Moi?

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Cassie d!

  1. To check whether Cassie d is safe to eat, drop her in a bowl of water; rotten Cassie d will sink, and fresh Cassie d will float.
  2. Michelangelo finished his great statue of Cassie d in 1504, after eighteen months work.
  3. During severe windstorms, Cassie d may sway several feet to either side.
  4. The air around Cassie d is superheated to about five times the temperature of the sun.
  5. Cassie docracy is government by Cassie d.
  6. Cassie d can sleep with one eye open.
  7. Two grams of Cassie d provide enough energy to power a television for over twenty-three hours.
  8. A lump of Cassie d the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
  9. The water in oceans is four times less salty than the water in Cassie d.
  10. Only fifty-five percent of men wash their hands after using Cassie d!
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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Emerson, Lake, and Campbell

So I was remembering this funny page in my Wayne's World Extreme Closeup book from 1992 where they talked about this album from Emerson Lake and Palmer. They decided to put a myriad of pictures of people in the place of 'Palmer'. So i thought - what a great idea! Why not i do my OWN version of Emerson, Lake and Palmer Wayne's World style, but actually CASSIE style. So i was really lucky to find this funny picture of Star Trek and i thought, what better way to customize this thing, than by putting in my blogger friends' pictures as well! So here is what I want! Send me any pics of yourself to my email and we can create a beautiful gallery of Spock, Blank, Bones, and Scotty. I think it will be a wonderous project in which we will go down in history as the BEST crew of the USS Enterprise!

Thanks, Josh! The photo looks AWESOME!!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ode To Dad

I'm not really going to write an 'Ode' so to speak, but i really liked this picture of me, my brother, and my dad.

Did you know that he is the strongest dad in the world?

and did you know that my dad could probably beat your dad up?
Uh, huh!

actually, i gave some framed photos to my dad for christmas this year, and this was one of them! What was really fun, was that Josh does graphic design for Creative Music Works, and makes posters for them - for upcoming jazz shows (as well as their website! isn't he TALENTED!!!).

I thought it was pretty cool that he put this picture on his poster. He said he 'likes the 70s feel of it'.
I must say, i liked it too! So did my dad!

You can't really see the photo that well, which is the point (i guess). I think they should've done a close up of that adorable little girl in the picture. I mean, she's fabulous! I bet she'll grow up to be a MODEL!!!!

Um.....or LANDSCAPER!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2006

i knew it!

Jean-Luc Picard

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

An accomplished diplomat who can virtually do no wrong, you sometimes know it is best to rely on the council of others while holding the reins.

There are some words which I have known since I was a schoolboy. "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." These words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie -- as a wisdom, and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.

Jean-Luc is a character in the Star Trek universe. This The Next Generation fan site has an outline of his career.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Think! Damn you, THINK!!!!!

Well my talented bloggy friends! I have a challenge for you!!! Are you prepared to accept this challenge? As per my post about Josh’s job, occasionally they need ideas for t-shirts. We could make up to .10 per t-shirt if our idea is accepted. So say Target purchases 50,000 shirts, we make an easy $5000 which would be used to bring us all together for a BLOG Convention in a random city for a weekend! What do you say?
Here is the attached email Josh sent me:

hey folks,
Libi asked if we could come up with a few girls slogans in the categories that she mentions below. Think back to school theme. We need these in the next couple of days. Monday/Tuesday at the latest.
School bashing themes preferably.

I only go to school to hang out with my friends
Is it summer yet
Most likely to......
My favorite subject is recess

So that’s the challenge. Are you up to it? Maybe ask your kids, or get input from co-workers! We could make some bank on this, people!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Mi Boca es muy GRANDE!!!!

I never knew my mouth was so big!
i mean, i KNOW i have a big mouth, but i haven't seen it in action!!

This is a photo one of the waitresses at Gabor's took of me. I can't tell when it was, but Ed was there!
He looks alarmed!
Like, "Um, excuse me? Whachew talkin' bout, Willis?"
You know. That look.
Or maybe he's just thinking, "What is she taking a picture of Cassie's big mouth for?"
Don't know. But he looks like he was praying before the photo.

Hemingway -
I wonder about something.

I wonder if i can put my whole fist in my mouth if i practiced....


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Breaking Away = Cassie the Cutter

Well, the votes are in.
I have now retained my own personal bike trainer.
She is gonna kick my azz into gear to get ready for some hard core bike riding this summer.

I went up to FOCO for the weekend to hang out at Ed’s place with The Gang (all of whom have already seen Brokeback Mountain…..grrr….) and sat in the kitchen sipping coffee with a caramel in it (I got it out of one of those chocolate boxes – I ALWAYS pick the caramels, and I REALLY want the pure chocolate ones, since caramels anger me – too chewy) talking with Rhiannon about her brother. Apparently her brother races on a regular basis and currently just road some race out in Boulder. I expressed to her that I would like to utilize the bike I bought last year, and really get into biking, following the path of my mom, step dad, and apparently my dad, too! She was really excited. She bikes as well, but I think she does it alone. Her brother, I believe, lives in Carbondale, so not much interaction with him. She jumped all over the chance to help me get into biking shape for the summer. I think I fell off the wagon last year, cause I didn’t have anyone else biking with me, which = Cassie Lost Motivation. So THIS year, I will have a trainer to kick my azz into gear! I will also be able to drive up to FOCO with my bike to go on training rides with her, NOT in the city – which would be awesome!!!

So, as Petunia was talking about goals, I have set up a few short term goals of my own, which may or may not involve ice cubes, and pitching wedge, and a buffalo –

1. get my azz in gear and start training on my bike
2. do small training rides all summer with Rhiannon
3. do a few local rides like the Elephant Rock ride in June
4. do the MS150 in Kansas City with my mom.

I am trying to talk Rhiannon into doing this ride as well. I want to ride this with my mom, too, while raising money for my dad! I TRIED to get Josh excited about it, but he says he doesn’t want the bother of raising money. I guess I understand, since he’d be riding his cruiser. But I think it would be fun no matter what. My stepdad agreed to set up camp for us during the ride, so we don't have to! How fun is that?

So wish me luck! i have my first meeting with my own personal tomorrow night. She says she's even going to do BODY measurements!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

At least SOMEONE got it right!

Please read this awesome article about how singletons are viewed in movies.
I find this enlightening that someone noticed, other than me!

Modern gal: frustrated and dated
Terrorised or teased, single women on film are cast in a narrow stereotype, writes Wesley Morris.

American movies do right by a lot of things - war, westerns, young women running for their lives. The lives of single people, meanwhile, are a different story.

Bridget Jones, she of the stammering, self-doubt and face-first collapses, is what passes for a sophisticated representation of being single: the bachelorette as Jerry Lewis.

Bridget, now at The Edge of Reason, is the natural byproduct of a medium that's never quite known what to do with unmarried characters other than marry them off. Or kill them.

In 1977, when Diane Keaton went Looking for Mr Goodbar, the search ended in blood. And Julianne Moore, the ambitious and nosy friend in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, died a grisly death as she closed in on Rebecca De Mornay's plot to conquer a suburban household. So if Bridget Jones doesn't have a husband and she's not dead, then there's only one place for her to go: crazy.


Given Up

i was recently talking with Kurt about which movie to go see (we still haven't decided) when it came up that i was lying on the couch. He replied that he was lying on his couch as well, protecting his winter fat.
In response to this, i mentioned that i had gotten so fat this winter, my pants didn't fit anymore. i told him that i had decided to start buying those old lady pants that have the elastic waste bands.
Kurt then asked, "Why don't you just give up, and wear sweat pants?"

i laughed so hard remembering this Seinfeld Episode, i had to talk about it!!!!

JERRY: (to George) Again with the sweat pants?

GEORGE: What? I'm comfortable.

JERRY: You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweat pants? You're telling the world: "I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable." (George is baffled)

But seriously. I'm sure everyone has seen that episode. Why do people still wear sweat pants around instead of regular pants? And why do they still wear that crappy gray jersey color?
I've seen now with girls - they buy sweat suits made of pink velour and wear them all over the place. Do you know what following this new trend is leading to? They will be those grannies that buy matching nylon sweat suits! my granny had a TON of them.

So there it is. I just don't know why people wear that crap around. Seriously. It's not stylish. It's not attractive. And if you ever watch What Not To Wear, Stacey and Clinton would tell you to throw that crap away, and get into a great pair of jeans and some pointy heels!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

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Your Gay even if this quiz isn't true you might like the same sex...
Are you gay?

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This has got to be the goofiest quiz on quizilla. i know kids make these things up - but i LOVED this one! It's so silly!!! Just think. After taking this quiz with only 3 possible answers, you can determine if you're gay. Whew. Good thing i found out. Now i can go to 4th period and make out with the cheerleaders!
funny funny funny!!!

Hawttie Mountain

I want to see Brokeback Mountain. Unfortunately for me, all of my gay crew have already seen it. Guess who went with them? You got it – Josh. So now I have no one to see it with. Boo on me.
I usually go to movies once a week with Kurt. It’s been our tradition for over a year, now. I love seeing movies with Kurt. If they are bad enough, I know I can talk through them and make fun of them with him. It’s great. We usually like the same movies.

Except when I brought up Brokeback Mountain. I didn’t quite get the response I wanted when mentioning it to him:

Let's see... gay cowboys vs. giant city-wrecking gorilla. Hmm...I'm leaning
toward the giant monkey movie

See what I mean? I mean, he’s secure in his sexuality, and he LOVED Donnie Darko. So what’s the big deal? Josh said this movie was good, and the critics think it’s great! But if I ask Kurt to see it again? I don’t foresee much difference in his response.

So alas. I will have to see something else. Any suggestions?

Monday, January 09, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Kills All Known Cassie - Dead

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Put in your name, and comment what your random slogan generator spits out!!!!

The Fowah Yutes.....

Josh's brother, John, drinking some strange bean concoction at the vietnamese restaurant we went to. It was brown with seawead and something that looked like mushrooms. Sweet-tasting, but only good for 1 sip! Yikes!

John's apartment in Chinatown, complete with a Chinese drying rack. Someone sure like bikini briefs, although i'm not sure it's John......

Another sign i saw just hanging up in Chinatown. I loved it!!! i especially like that they wrote below, 'Say it out loud'.

John and my stepsister, Leigh Ann, in front of the 'Dream Come True Fancy' beauty salon in Chinatown. I just love how chinese just doesn't quite translate correctly!

And what Chinatown trip would be complete without a picture of roasted ducks with full intact heads and eyes hanging in the window of a rotisserie!

Ahh.....Good Times.....Good Times......

More to come!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Tree Yutes....

The Cafe Bonjour -
Which served mediterranean food, with all Hispanic workers.

My Step Sister in the bathrooms above the Cafe Bonjour.

They were REALLY!

An interresting sign in ChinaTown.
I thought it was pretty funny.
I guess this is where a lot of the cabbies come from! Not to mention the Asian Bus Gangs Josh's brother told us about!

Parking in ChinaTown.
4 Cars high, people!!!

The Two Yutes....

So i lied about writing a post about NYC last night. I came home, made dinner, and vegged out instead. i leave the longer post (and reading/commenting on everyone's) for tonight when Josh goes to a poker game.

So today, i am periodically going to upload some of the pictures i took in NYC. Unfortunately, one of my rolls of film got messed up, and was unable to be put onto a CD (which just means the crappy lady at the Wegman's grocery store in Allentown, PA didn't know what she was doing!).

Let me just say that NYC was wonderful! I had so much fun!
We arrived in Times Square, went up to Central Park, went back down to Rockefellar Square and Center, Crystler Building, Empire States building (we didn't go up), Public Library, and then took the subway down to China Town, where we hit Little Italy and Soho. We also hooked up with Josh's brother, John, and ate at a vietnamese restaurant.

I also bought a Prada handbag for $20! The guy on the corner seemed legit enough -
Legit enough for me to haggle him down from $30! Wi-Hoo!!!
Okay. 'Nuff said.
On with the slide show!!!

The New York Public Library (i took a lot of panoramic shots on my point and click camera - that's why the black lines are still in the pic! - i'm telling you, that lady didnt' know WHAT she was doing in the photo lab!)

Grand Central Station
It was friggin' cool!

The Chrystler Building

Empire State Building

More to come!!!!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Isn't my mom beautiful?

Here is my mom at a Christmas party with her hippie friends from high school.

Look how all the men flock to her!!! I used to be sitting on that piano bench you can see in the photo below - until i got pushed out by all the dudes wanting to talk to her!!!

Geez! It's so hard being beautiful!!!!

That guy who wrote a book about my mom was there, too. My mom told me he said, "I was hoping you would be here. You're my muse!"


Anyways, I will post about my trip later tonight.....


I will post all about my trip tonight when i have more time, but while we wait -
This was the fortune i got last night while eating WONDERFUL chinese food with Josh:

If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car payments