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Fright Night NOT Fun Daily Prompt

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Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.

I most definitely do NOT like to be frightened or scared, much less do it to myself.  I don’t have a good constitution for that.  Literally, my nerve endings pop and seem to tear out of my skin at the very littlest thing.  When did I first know?  Oh, that would be in the woods.  The music started rising, everything got faster and faster and louder and louder, then….. BANG!  Bambi’s mother was dead….. off screen.  It’s okay, my head was buried into the hood of my parka jacket long before that evil hunter murdered an innocent doe mom.  I love Halloween, though; but hate zombies any way shape or form.

My body loves to be in a calm state.  That’s just how it is.  I won’t even watch violence on tv, though I did read “The Exorcist” and “Carrie.”  I did “Carrie” on the big screen, but not “the Exorcist.”   I love the subject matter, hate the pins-and-needles-through-my-skin excitement.  Did I ever tell you that I’m a Gemini?  Quintessential.  What that means is that this post will fluctuate back and forth and when it’s all told, you won’t really know where I stand.  No, I can’t really say that.  I’m incapable of watching really violent movies or tv shows.  I don’t watch or read mysteries, or pick up books with blood on the cover.  I never read or saw a Stephen King book or movie.  I really love Criminal Minds on tv, yet I can’t get through even half an episode without switching to another channel.  I can watch Bones, though, and a new favorite, Blacklist.

I think there is too much violence, blood and gore, must too realistic blood and gore in the movies that children go see and what is put on tv.  I’m sorry, but the generation of today is too brainwashed to know that they should not be watching this stuff.  What is so great about zombies?  Though I love that car commercial with the zombie in it, but that’s because it’s too crazy for me to think of a zombie having a civilized conversation and telling the sales girl that it’s not nice to place labels on people…. then his ear falls off and he admits that he IS a zombie… ha as if you couldn’t tell.  That commercial gets me all the time and I laugh.  Maybe this is how the powers that be desensitizes the public into believing zombies are “fun” and the next thing you know, babies are showing up all over the internet dressed up with zombie makeup.  What happened to cute Halloween costumes for the little ones, younger than teenagers?

I wonder why people like to watch scary stuff.  I mean, it’s not like there’s a decent plot except for maybe Stephen King puts out.  Why do people like to be scared by Jason and the rest (as you can see, I’m not familiar with any of  this type of pop culture, if you could call it “culture.”  WHY does Hollywood resort to this sort of thing in the first place?  Can’t they tell a decent story without all this crap?  Why is it necessary?  Oh, because people love to be frightened.  Why?  Are they missing something in their lives and this sort of thing reassures them that they’re still alive?  Can’t that electrical alive sensation be gotten from somewhere else?  It’s not even a good feeling, people.

You know, I don’t like those big rides at amusement parks, either.  Too much adrenalin does not do my body good.  I’m starting to feel sad for those people who need to scare themselves to death into this thing we call life.  Hmm  That’s kind of ironic, wouldn’t you say?

So, I’m sure there will be people out there who will take an exception to my musings today.  I’m talking about the Horror genre.  Maybe you can lay it out for me why you are attracted to scary movies, books and the blood and gore.  Also, what about this late entry into the mix of adrenalin pumping rides that can be kind of dangerous yet we can’t be pulled away from riding them proudly dozens of times?  What’s the draw to pay whatever you are paying to be scared?

Disney and the Lone Ranger

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It’s after midnight and I’m fuming.  I vowed to write a post, but I’m so tired.  I’m so upset about the Lone Ranger movie.  I’m sick.  I promised Gabe that we’d go see this movie… I was looking forward to it, myself.  It was produced by DISNEY and I automatically felt it was safe to assume it would be appropriate for my boy.  Oh how I was wrong.  I just found out about the extreme violence and the scene where the villain of the movie slices a heart out of a living person and (gulp) eats it.   What the heck?  Where’s the decency?

Yes, as a parent I really should have checked more into this movie, but shit, I’ve been into watching the trailers for weeks now.  I never saw the violence spoken about in the reviews.  Disney’s reputation lulled me into false security.  You know, the almighty Disney Image of princesses and the princes that sweep them off their feet.  I’m boycotting this movie, even though I know full well that I can see it without my son, on the sly.  I would not feel good about that and I’m not about to betray him in that way.  What the heck am I going to tell him after discussing this movie with him for weeks?  After both of us conveying our excitement to each other during those weeks?

Another reason I am pissed is that Disney marketed this violent adult movie to young kids.  Kids that play with Legos.  Lego kids. imgres-2imgres-3

Need I really say more?  Well, I’m making a hard parenting decision and will risk my child’s wrath and severe disappointment– something I try my absolute best to avoid, by somehow explaining why we’re NOT going to see this movie.  At this point, I really wish that I had a much larger readership.  I feel I want to get this out as far and as wide as possible.  Yes, I’ll even pull the “Autism” card.  It’s much harder for autistic children to adapt to changes and I’m quite sure that he’s feeling pretty set that he will see this movie and soon.  He’s smart and knows that July 1st has come and gone…. I PROMISED!  So many things going on right now, did this really need to be one of them?  Today is his dad’s birthday, so maybe he’s be preoccupied with that and some kitchen cooking things I’ve got lined up for the summer.  A reunion picnic coming up, we’ll see how that goes.  One thing I have going for me is that there are a couple of other movies coming out like “Despicable Me2″and “Turbo.” imgres-4

One commenter stated, “My mother let me see the ‘Exorcist’ when I was six and I turned out all right.”  Um, yeah, really?  BTW, how are we supposed to know that you’re “alright?”  Your word is not enough for me.  Yes, this world is changing, but where is it going?  Nowhere I want to be.  I don’t care if there is a lot, OR “just a little” violence.  Violence is nothing different than that and I’m NOT down with my kid being exposed to it at his present tender age of eight years old.  I should’ve known something was up when I realized that Johnny Depp had top billing and that his name is set over Armie Hammer’s name, meaning the main character is Tonto and not the Lone Ranger.  Whaat?  I want the legendary hero and not a caricature!   I also should’ve known something bad was up when they changed the Lone Ranger’s outfit from white (really a light blue when seen in color) to black.  We’ve been showing Gabe the old LR episodes and he’s expecting that… I should point out, however, that he DID point out the difference in the two Tonto’s.  Also, Disney there are so many Native American actors out there who would’ve been better choices than Mr. J.D.  He’s got to wear a lot of blackish makeup to cover up the fact that he’s got white skin… geesh.  I’m not reflecting what critics are saying.  Yes, I did read a few reviews, but as you can see, I have plenty of my own reasons to complain.  I have provided a few random links below and I’ve not read them, so there are no hidden personal agendas regarding reviews.

This is where my kid spends time, in anticipation of going to see the movie, the LEGO Lone Ranger site:

LEGO LONE RANGER home page games to lure them in and products galore to buy.

Oh geez, I’m going to publish this probably too soon, as I often do (AND DID).  Then I’ll spend tomorrow editing and adding stuff I forgot about…. OR maybe I’ll do the right thing and wait.  One thing is VERY sure.  I will be boycotting this movie, and the Lego sets associated with it.  I would boycott Disney, as well, but we really can’t afford to go to Disney amusement parks or purchase special novelty items, so it won’t be too difficult to just  continue to stay away.  My kid will hate me, thank you very much.

How Do YOU Want To Write History?

I saw a movie a while back in 1998, “American History X”, a very, very powerful movie about racism and violence. Just found out that Ed Norton was in it (As you can tell, I do not really follow movie stars). I was actually pressured to go into it by my date at the time. We had agreed to go to a particular movieplex theater and out of all of the choices, it was either going to be this or “Catherine the Great”, with Kate Blanchet (which I DID want to see). Well, he was a guy and I had the lesser advantage because he was paying for the both of us. However I got in there, I am very grateful for seeing a movie I NEVER would have seen on my own because of the violence that was in it. This was the only instance that I can recall violence being worth watching. To give you an idea of how I feel about violence, and how I react to violence, I will reveal that I will hide my eyes when Bambi’s mother gets killed… OFF SCREEN. “Run, Bambi RUN”, then one shot rings out (if I can remember that correctly).

You may be wondering what brings this subject up… and I am surprised as you are. This morning, on NPR, I listened to a news article describing the resurgence of the KKK through the issues of immigration. The name of the article is “Supremacist Groups Use Immigration Issue To Recruit Members”. Keep in mind that if you go to this site, the actual article is an audio file and you need to click on the “listen” link. Just the thought of this happening, and I wonder why I am surprised, gets me off the fence of where I stand with immigration. I must confess that I have been leaning against letting excess amounts of foreigners into our country, for the basic reason being that I worry about what is left of our wild life, nature. Developers are tearing down beautiful parts of this country, for housing to accommodate the ever growing population. Our urban areas are battlegrounds. I feel that if we keep pushing people within our borders, on top of all the “illegal” immigrants coming in, that this country is headed for more problems than we have already. As a human being, I do have compassion, but feel torn that we have laws and they are being ignored. I mean, what about those people who went the “legal” route, spent the money, time, whatever hardship, learned the language, etc. These people followed the rules… as you can see, I’m a rule person. I will not go into more of my reasons for feeling anti-immigration because there is a critical issue right here that has turn the tables for me, regardless of what I think about how this country is handling this immigration problem. I will just say that we need to change the Immigration Laws that are in place. We need to address the source of why people are flocking to our country, varied as they are, I will not go further into it on this post.

The issues that I feel right now are not erased in my mind, but just put on the back burner. Also, I do believe that we, as human beings, must be compassionate towards the people who are here. We are all part of the same human race, we all have families we want to support and protect. For those Christians out there, remember that Jesus is in ALL of us. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me.” If we look, we will find Jesus in every face we see… so how can we turn away those who are in need? Further, most of the people who are here already have been here for years, working; and I’ve heard that some are even paying taxes to this government… on their own. How many of us “natives” can say that?

I believe that if these neo-nazi groups remain under the radar for much longer that we will have a huge problem on our hands. I want to ask a favor of anyone who reads this. I urge you to write about this issue, if you are so moved. I want to utilize blogdom to spread the word of this potential disaster. Unfortunately, I do not have a large readership, but maybe someone who does, can write about this so that it gains more exposure. I am acutely aware that this is a crazy post, and that you still may not know WHAT I am trying to say. To that I can only say that I am not perfect and that I am still trying to resolve issues in my own mind; but I firmly believe that HATE and VIOLENCE in any form must be stopped. If these supremacist groups are going to latch onto immigration to perpetuate the hate and commit violence and murder and whatever else they are capable of… which, btw, can be more than we can ever dream of… they simply must be stopped.

For the mothers out there. THINK of what our children, in supposedly safe schools, will be exposed to…. and it’s everywhere, do not dare deny it or you may jeopardize the safety of your child. No matter if you live in an urban area, or a so-called “safe” community. Hate has a way of seeping into every part of society, unnoticed. If you have seen American History X, you know what I’m talking about. You think that a kid is innocent, then he pulls a gun on YOUR kid and shoots him in the boy’s bathroom in school…. age is not a factor in the possibility of it happening. I, for one, am terrified. You think your kid is safe because he/she is a good kid, a gentle kid, a kid whom everyone loves? Think again. Those could be the very reasons they get targeted. Think this paragraph sounds too dramatic? Think, seriously THINK again. I’d rather go the extreme to protect my kid than be too relaxed and have heartache strike. I am trying to bring to light something that needs to be taken seriously and acknowledged. Think of all those kids that have been killed in school already. Ha, I also think of all those parents in NYC who are screaming out against metal detectors in schools and the removal of cell phones from the kids. Do you know that cell phones are tools that are used to create mobs of kids at fights, spectators and drive up the numbers of participants in the fights, repeatedly; AND a challenge for the police in trying to control such events?

So much hate, any form of hate, poisons this world and the universal energy around us. Anything positive that is achieved by the rest of us, is nullified by those who perpetuate the negative.

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