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Mad Dog
16 November 2020 @ 10:25 pm

Suicide in the Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

- Siegfried Sassoon

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Mad Dog
28 February 2012 @ 01:00 pm

Well since I took a class in American Cinema last semester, I've decided to start watching more movies that are classics, or are before my time, along with recent movies. Either way, Here be my movie of '11:

The Great Dictator (1942): A-
Tangled (2010): B+
The Defiant Ones (1958): B+
Bringing Up Baby (1938): A-
Some Like It Hot (1959): A
Five Easy Pieces (1970): C+
The King's Speech (2010): A
The Producers (1968): B-
The Missouri Breaks (1976): C
Limelight (1952): B-
Up In The Air (2009): A-
Bonnie and Clyde (1967): B
It Happened One Night (1934): A
Gone With The Wind (1939): A-
On the Waterfront (1954): A-
City Lights (1931): B+
Carnal Knowledge (1971): C
Mrs. Miniver (1942): A-
Goodbye Again (1962): C+
You Can't Take It With You (1938): A-
From Here to Eternity (1953): A-
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Mad Dog
07 August 2011 @ 09:47 pm
It's been forever since I've been on, and I can't stay on long now, but I was on TWOP today and a bunch of people were on the I Love Lucy forum basically insulting it, and have been since yesterday, you know, on the 60th anniversary of the show (and the 100th birthday of Lucy herself). I guess I'm just really annoyed, because I still love this show despite any flaws. It's still hilarious to me as well as touching, and granted it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that doesn't mean you have to pick it apart on the anniversary of its airing. Seriously, respect it. People are calling the characters "horrible" because they're acting like several people would in the 50's (apparently some people don't understand that many shows don't age with us).

I don't know, I guess I was just a bit crushed to see something I love so dearly and something that has been a huge part of my life just get picked and picked and picked on a day when it should've been shown respect.

In other news: have a new job as a housekeeper at a nursing home. Kind of really hate it cause it's exhausting and several of the patients are extremely cranky (which I understand why, but they're incredibly rude). But either way, it's some cash. Heading off to school in 2 1/2 weeks. Still nervous, but actually excited. I've known who my roommate is for a couple of weeks, which helps lower the stress as well. My sister has moved back home and is making everyone miserable. You know, the norm.

Basically my summer has been packed. And yet it's the hating of Lucy that has me annoyed enough to say screw my schedule, I wanna write a journal entry that basically tells all of the Lucy haters to fuck off, and to go watch some dumb reality show. I'm not asking you to change your views: just to have respect for those who do actually like the show on the anniversary of it's airing.

Did I mention I worked a long shift today and am super tired so I'm probably grumpier than I should be? Could have something to do with it. ;)

I do hope everyone is doing well. Sorry you've been greeted with such a sour entry from me.
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Mad Dog
28 May 2011 @ 02:29 pm
Hi! Yes, I'm still alive! Hahaha.

So, finally finished with my first year of college! Well technically, I finished two weeks ago, but either way.
And to be honest, it actually went by kind of quickly. I mean, in October/November, all I was doing was counting down the months every day, but I think it actually helped for me to be busy with classes because it kept my mind focused on something else.
So, it wasn't as terrible as I'd thought, but in my defense, I didn't have the best start. At least I never have to take math again. Huzzah!
Ended up with a B in astronomy, which I'll take cause with that teacher, I'm surprised I got a B period. B- in German, but I raised that from a much lower grade so I'm proud of that. B+ in psych, though that's cause I didn't do so well on the final, and A's in poetry and foundations of conflict resolution. Overall, I'm proud of myself.

Went to Washington D.C. last week. First time, and it was beautiful! Granted, I walked a lot (walked a mile to and from the subway each day cause the hotel was in Arlington) and it was a bit hot, and the subway was creepy, but I had a fun time. My sister made a lot of it unenjoyable, but I went to the Holocaust Museum, something I've wanted to do for years, and got many many things in the gift shop, and I went to the Museum of Crime and Punishment, which was fun too.

So now I am officially back. Well sort-of. My summer will probably be busy as well, but not nearly as busy as my school year was. I still can't believe I'm on vacation. The high school doesn't get out for a couple of weeks.

Well I hope everyone has been well. I think it's been a few years since I've been here, so I wouldn't know. ;)

Also, a random complaint: It is hot here. Last week before I left, it was cold, and now it is blazing hot. What the hell? :(
Current Mood: hothot
Mad Dog
08 March 2011 @ 10:04 pm
Ugh, I'm terrible at keeping a LJ.
Seriously, I may have responded to all of my comments. Not sure. :(

So I sent an application to the college I want to go to a couple weeks ago. Will hopefully hear back from them next week. I am super excited to start classes about the Holocaust, you don't even know. Like, I'm excited to go off to college now. A year ago I wasn't even slightly excited. I'm finally into this (slightly). I'm still insanely nervous, but I have a spark of excitement. It's nice :). Also, this school has a building that is for Holocaust Studies. With a library. I'm excited to be in that library. :D

And I got a letter this morning from my school. Apparently, I can be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society? It's a society (like a frat except more like an honors program), and it's kinda cool, I just have no idea what it really is. Since my GPA was higher than 3.5, I can be a member. And I get a medallion. I dunno. Yay for me, I guess? Ahaha.

That's...pretty much it. School, school and more school. I hate German. And astronomy. And the astronomy teacher. My life is boring.

Carry on!
Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed
Mad Dog
28 February 2011 @ 12:31 am
Well, just watched the Oscars.

Now, I say this as someone who is under 25.

That show sucked.
Seriously, by trying to make it "hip" and "aimed at younger audiences", they just made it terrible. I like James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and I spent the entire time being embarassed for them.
Ugh. My generation sucks.
Current Mood: blahblah
Mad Dog
24 January 2011 @ 02:22 pm
So, beginning of a new semester.
Started school last Tuesday (well, technically Wednesday cause we had a snow day) and have been in all of my classes except for astronomy, a.k.a. my five hour night class.
I will admit that I am only taking this class to get my science credit. I have no interest in seeing the stars whatsoever, but it was either that or biology/chemistry/some other annoying class. And I'm only doing the five hour class cause I didn't want to take two separate three hour classes. The only beneficial thing about this is that I didn't have any other classes today and I don't have classes tomorrow until 1:00 and even that's just a one hour class.
I'm also in German. That language is intimidating, no lie. It doesn't help that even though I'm in German I, I'm not allowed to speak English unless I ask permission in German...which I don't know how to do.
Either way, this semester seems like it'll be a little easier than last semester. Or more than anything I'll have time to sit down and take a breath, which last semester really didn't give me time to do because my schedule was so effed up.
Also, at this moment, I have a goal. That doesn't sound really impressive, but what I'm trying to say is I have a clear-cut goal. I want to finish this semester so that by fall I will have transferred to a State college and will be on my way to getting a major in history and a minor in Holocaust Studies. I've had this goal since October, but now I can give it a clear amount of months. 4 months. I will finish this semester in May and wil have hopefully passed my classes and be completely ready for school next year. I know what I want to do. This isn't like the end of high school where I was going to college because there was nothing else I could really do. Therefore, I feel a bit happier and more determined. :)

Other news...
Why can't there be any good television on anymore? Seriously, either new shows are crappy or old good shows are getting crappier. Like a couple days ago, I watched the series finale of Medium (a comfort show of mine, causeI'd love to imagine having Joe for a husband, or at least have as wonderful a relationship with my future husband as Joe and Allison have, and also I loved that nothing super serious or intense happened so you could watch it after a crappy day) and that was a show I thought I could never really dislike. Well the series finale effed that up, cause it was terrible. They randomly killed Joe. Nevermind he's my favorite, but they killed one of best relationships on television and they left Allison and her kids alone without a husband/father. I don't know, for a show that was my "comfort show", this just left me incredibly depressed. I can't even describe how I awful I feel about that. I know, it's a television show, but the crap that happens in a series finale taints the shows before that, so if I ever watch a repeat then I'll always think of this. It sucks. :(
I won't even get into how much House and Bones and Criminal Minds suck (even NCIS is getting dull D:).
At least I have Leverage. And The Closer...for a year ): (though if they do to Fritz what Medium did to Joe, I will be really, really pissed cause the Fritz and Brenda relationship is probably the only other wonderful couple/relationship on televsion nowadays and there is no reason to damage it in any way D:<).
BUT...I finally watched Community. I LOVE this show. I love all of the characters, practically all of the relationships (as a 19 year-old, I find the Jeff/Annie romance-thingy to be very icky) and so much more. It's so refreshing and I'm happy it's only in its second season (hopefully meaning it'll last for many more years) that way I have a show to look forward to. I think I avoided it cause comedies nowadays suck. But hopefully, this show will stay on the air so I love it for years to come. :D

Ok, that's it. about 3 hours till my astronomy class. Not excited. D:
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Mad Dog
09 January 2011 @ 11:39 pm

Oh my God. Major Dick Winters just passed away. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/01/dick_winters_of_band_of_brothe.html

I'm not even sure what to say. I'm not surprised, because he was 92, but it still breaks my heart to know that such a great man is not here anymore. After watching the Band of Brothers mini-series, I read more about him and grew to have such a large amount of respect for him. The word "hero" is tossed around nowadays to those who don't deserve it, but he was one who deserved it. He was a hero of mine. I won't lie, I'm actually tearing up now. It's silly, but there are so few people similar to him, that it's sad to have such a great man leave us. And I had always hoped that he would be the last to go, so that everyone could greet him once he passed. Far-fetched, but still.

Ok. I'll end on a light note: I'll simply say that he was a wonderful man who was a true hero, and that I'm hoping once he passed, that he was greeted by Harry, Luz, Toye and all of the others who left before him, and that Nix was at the beginning of line, saying, "Going my way?" :)

Rest in peace Major Winters. At least you found the peace you always wanted. Thank you for letting the world know how wonderfula  man you were. You won't be forgotten.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
Mad Dog
26 December 2010 @ 12:43 am
|01-13| - Band of Brothers
|14-23| - Criminal Minds
|24-35| - Leverage
|36-50| - The Closer
|51-55| - other shows (Burn Notice, Life, NCIS, White Collar)
|56-58| - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
|59-62| - One Flew Over the Cuckoo"s Nest
|63-65| - Reservoir Dogs
|66-68| - actors (Jack Nicholson, Tim Roth)



They say that these are not the best of times, but they're the only times I've ever known.Collapse )

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: 'Summer Highland Falls' - Billy Joel
Mad Dog
17 December 2010 @ 05:20 pm
Finals are OVER!!!
Yes, yes and more yes!

Seriously though, I've been super busy this week because of constant studying for these things, and now that they're over and I feel like I did a decent job on them (even math) I'm just feeling so relieved that I am probabbly gonna spend the rest of the night doing absolutely nothing. Because I can. :D

I am feeling very cheery Christmas-wise. I guess it helps that I have a month off where I don't have to worry about anything for school. >:D

Yeah. I'm happy. I'm stress-free. I'm content.
And it's been a while since that's happened. :)
Current Mood: calmcalm