Many things on the internet are evil. We have websites, social networking sites, and the infinite number of games that are readily available for you to download on your smart devices or play on your next generation game console. I have an iDevice. Actually, I have two iDevices. Not related to the topic on hand (which is okay cause I ramble on like a recently single woman does with her group of catty bitches) but I own the iPhone and the iPad, both I cherish more than my family and the small number of friends I have.
On these smart devices, I have apps I use rarely and I have apps that I use frequently. I have numerous games that I play daily, some I play weekly, and other games I only downloaded because they were free. Nothing keeps me entertained than defeating invading forces, killing zombies, solving questions about common knowledge trivia, or naming that tune about current pop hits. I only know the currently popular songs because I am in sync with today’s culture and all the current trends, no matter how cra cra they are.
With the year coming to end and my project as well, I feel I need to do something different for the new year. I love watching movies and watch them just about every day now. Most of the movies I watch now aren’t big budget flicks and don’t have well known actors in them. A few days ago I thought of a great idea to not only entertain me but also give you the readers something to look forward to every month. The title of this post says it all. It’s about movies and it’s loosely about Kevin Bacon.
I am going to play a year long game of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon“. If you do not know what the game is, it’s quite simple. A person gives you a name of an actor or actress. It is up to you to get to Kevin Bacon in the shortest number of links possible. In my version, I am going to pick two actors. For instance,
There will be a few rules I have to follow when playing the game.
1) I have till the end of the month to connect them.
2) I have to watch movies and pick out an actor in that movie to move on with the link.
3) I pick an actor and the first movie that comes to mind, I have to watch it.
4) There is no back tracking. If I goof up, I must move on with the actors at my disposal in the movie I selected.
5) No checking out IMDB (internet movie database).
6) I cannot already plan the movies I watch.
7) I cannot use the same actor twice.
8) I cannot watch the same movie twice.
After I solve the connection, I will post the movies I watched and explain how I made the connections. Let’s say I had to solve Vincent Price & Matthew McConaughey. I already connected these both today but…
Vincent Price was in “Edward Scissorhands” with
Winona Ryder who was in “BettleJuice” with
Catherine O’Hara who was in “Nightmare Before Christmas” with
Paul Reubens who was in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with
Donald Sutherland who was in “A Time To Kill” with Matthew McConaughey
That may not be the shortest link possible but that is okay. If I was to pick another actor, say, Jeffery Jones (Bettlejuice) instead of Catherine O’Hara, I would have an entirely different set of movies I would be watching.
Vincent Price was in “Edward Scissorhands” with
Winona Ryder who was in “BettleJuice” with
Jeffery Jones who was in “Ferris Buller’s Day Off” with
Alan Ruck who was in “Speed” with
Sandra Bullock who was in “A Time To Kill” with Matthew McConaughey
The actor I connected to, will be the actor I begin the next month with. When I come to December, I will have to connect that actor back to the actor I started the year with. Sounds easy, right? I will discuss the project more toward the end of next month. As of now, it is an idea. Let’s hope I can accomplish this.
Remember when I was working on my top ten movies of certain genres? Click here, here, here, and here to read them. I forgot about it and moved on to other blogs about random things. I still plan on returning to that. As I was strolling about my site (which I do often), I thought about a post to talk to you about movies that I cherish. These aren’t current movies. We can all rave about them. We’ve all seen Toy Story, Independence Day, Clerks, Goonies, etc… I am talking about the movies that, or so I thought, were so obscure, that only my family knew about them. Soon came the power of the internet. I have googled all these movies and each of them come up. Even when I look on IMDB, people are talking about them. I really thought my family were the only ones that have seen them. At least I know we weren’t alone. I have compiled a list of 10 movies that my family still have lodged inside our brains. Maybe you have seen them. If you have, you’re awesome. If you haven’t seen them, I suggest you find a way to do so. I will forever be in your debt. Without making this post longer than it should be, I’ll post one movie at a time. The first movie on the list is,
The movie has 80’s written all over it. The movie starts with an (dare I say) amazing opening number. Two girls on roller skates (Candy and Sunshine) are hand delivering sealed colored envelopes to a select few people. These people are the captains of their team. Once delivered, each captain shows up to find out that none other than, Leon (LEON!) has hand picked each one of them to take part in his “Great All Nighter”. The captains laugh it off and denounce the idea of this foolish game. But don’t worry. Leon didn’t spend a year working on this game. By tomorrow morning, they’ll all be dying to play.
Sure enough, they do. The team captains select their team members. There are five teams. The Yellow Team, The Red Team, The Blue Team, The White Team, andThe Green Team. They begin the game with a clue that will lead them to the next clue. There, they need to use their wits to solve the clue to move on and eventually find the finish line. Some teams play by the rules and other teams cheat. Along the way, the teams hit some rough spots. The Red Team’s, Peggy and Lulu take a break for some disco dancing. The Green Team (Meat Machine), find true bliss at the Pabst Brewery. Even the Yellow Team, find some hardships during the race.
Leon and his two gals watch the game unfold inside his apartment. The teams are tracked across a strategy board (Thank you, Mrs. Thorpe) with little cut outs of their cars. At the beginning the other tenants are furious at Leon with all the noise but once they find out what he is up to, they too become fans of the game.
Winning is important. They need to prove to the other team that their team is the best. The movie takes the teams all over Los Angeles. Pinball City, Pabst Brewery, and the airport (to name a few). The first clue is,
The sea is reversed. SSITARI is mixed up and blind.
The teams are comprised of the type of social groups you’d find just about anywhere. The Yellow Team is the “good and honest”. The Red Team are “women are people too”. The Blue Team are “Cheaters”. The White Team are “The Nerds”. The last team is the Green Team. They are “The Football Jocks”. The movie does have a pretty big cast. The leader of the yellow team is David Naughton. He was the spokesperson for Dr. Pepper. You’ll see some product placement for Dr Pepper at one scene in the movie. He was also the star in John Landis’, “An American Werewolf in London”. Playing his little brother in his first big role was Michael J. Fox. Poor Scott. It is his birthday too. Adam is too busy and forgot all about it.
The Blue Team’s leader is Stephen Furst. He played Harold, the arch-nemesis of Adam. A spoiled kid with a van that was loaded with a, turbo-charged engine, observation bubble, plus a computer that can solve any clue in five minutes. He too starred in a John Landis movie. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It was a little movie called, “Animal House”. Even though he wasn’t a big actor back then, Andy Tennant (Melio) has went on to be a successful director of many current movies (Hitch, Fools Rush In, Ever After).
Finishing off the cast, the Red Team was led by Maggie Rosewell. Her name might not sound familiar but her voice probably does. She adds her voice to the longest running animated series ever. They took part in the game to get back at the Green Team. “Those moron jocks!”
Not only are they out to crush the green team. So is the White Team. After they were fools of at their debate, they know it takes brains to defeat people like the Green Team. The white team’s leader is the god of all nerds, Eddie Deezen. Him and his band of nerds ride around in some serious mopeds. Nothing like having one of those machines between your legs.
The leader of the Green Team is Brad Wilkin. Adding to the Green Team is, Dirk Blocker son of Dan Blocker of “Bonanza” fame. Nothing like five guys shoved inside a mini bug. They may be dumb as rocks but they did solve the first clue all by themselves. Also making appearances in the movie is, Pee Wee Herman,
Question is, Who is your favorite team?
The movie is available on DVD. It isn’t Citizen Kane. It isn’t Battlefield Earth. But it is a enjoyable movie that will have you laughing and cheering on your team of choice. This truly is a movie of the 80’s. It’s the great all nighter with some great one liners. Grab yourself a Pabst Blue Ribbon, cook some pouched eggs, and relax.
Summertime isn’t the only time to host a tea party for friends and loved ones. You can do it anytime of the year. However, there are a few basic rules one must follow when hosting a tea party. Follow these few simple tasks and your tea party will be as sweet as the tea itself.
1. Never send out invitations: Most people ignore this rule. It might be the best idea to notify friends, but there is no need to send out invites. You’re just wasting time and killing trees. Your best option is to just announce it. Do it before a meal or right after. Mention the party and ask them if they want to come. Some will refuse but fear not. Even if they refuse, they are still invited. When I say “invite” I mean demand. They have to come. No matter what.
BE SURE YOU ARE AT YOUR OWN HOUSE. YOU ARE THE HOST. THEY ARE GUESTS IN YOUR HOME. IF THEY WANT TO BE A GOOD GUEST, THEY WILL STAY. LEAVING WILL JUST MAKE THEM LOOK BAD.
2. Gather supplies: After your guest get comfortable, gather the needed supplies. First off, make sure you have enough cups. Sometimes the cups will be hiding under your bed or under a table. Search them out. If you do fall short on cups (and I hope you don’t), just use the sugar cup for drinking. Plates are not needed. If you feel like using them, then go ahead. You’ll need a tea kettle. We will talk more about how to make the tea in a bit. When your guest need to mix the tea, offer them a spoon. Let them know that they will have to wait turns. You will only need one spoon. No need to dirty more dishes.
3. Making the tea: Now that you have everything you need, it is time to show off your skills in the kitchen. This is a very simple tea to make. It takes less than ten seconds to make, even a baby can make it. Best part, you don’t even need to be in the kitchen to make it! You can do it right in the comfort of your own living room. Make sure you have enough space. Sometimes, this can get messy!
THE PERFECT TEA
1 can of Pepsi
1 full pepper shaker
1 teaspoon sugar
Open the can of Pepsi (If you are watching your weight, you can use use diet) and pour it in to a cup. Next, break the top off the pepper shaker and slowly pour the entire shaker into the Pepsi. Mix thoroughly. After the pepper is mixed in, follow it up with a teaspoon of sugar. Mix again. Then enjoy! This is a perfect tea for anytime. It is very refreshing. The sweetness from the sugar blends perfectly with the pepper, giving it that special flavor.
4. Entertaining your guest: While your guest enjoy the tea, it is up to you to provide the entertainment. One good idea is to dance. It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not, the will still get a good laugh. A favorite dance among many tea drinkers, is the booty shake. If they crave more, try these two others- “Who can fall asleep the fastest?” and, “The cleaning game”. Please consult your parents for more games to play.
5. Offer seconds: After everyone is finished with their first cup, offer another one. They will decline but put your foot down. Everyone deserves seconds! Use force if need be. Steal the cup from their hands and pour them that second cup they are too scared to ask for.
6. Ending the party: All good things must come to an end, even tea parties. Keep serving that tea. Serve it all till the last guest leaves. You don’t want to be wasteful. Plus, the guest will thank you. If you’re not worried about losing cups, offer them a cup for the road. Know this. You will never see that cup again. You might want to ask your parents first before giving out cups. Thank everyone for coming.
7. Cleaning up: What a mess! It’s time to clean up. No, not the game. Real cleaning! Wait! I don’t mean you. There is no need for you to lift a finger. You just hosted a party ans you’re probably tired. It is best to give the responsibilities to your aunt, uncle, or your parents. They can do it. Besides, you’re just a baby. You shouldn’t clean. You need to enjoy your youth.
8. Pat yourself on the back: You just hosted your first tea party! Hope it went perfect. No worries. Get yourself back to the store. Cause tomorrow, you’ll be doing it all over again!