Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thing About Me #13, and more Free Books.

Thing # 13
(In the longest "25 things about me" tag in the history of the universe):

13. I walked out of the movie "I Love You, Man."

You know, the comedy with Paul Rudd and... that other guy?

I haven't walked out of a movie in years. Perhaps decades.

But I walked out of this one.

You know that uncomfortable humor? Like, in The Office? Especially the British version? I can handle The Office.

But for some reason, the pure pathetic factor of Paul Rudd in this movie made me cringe. I was covering my eyes and plugging my ears when everyone else in the theater was laughing.

Sam was puking his guts out, he was laughing so hard. And that was during the scene where Paul Rudd pukes his guts out.

That scene was the last straw. I couldn't take it anymore. I didn't want to make Sam leave, so I told him to stay and I would wander about and find another movie to sneak into.

Once in the hallway, I perused the possibilities:

1. Marley and Me (Nope. I can't handle the death of dogs.)
2. Duplicity (Nada. If Clive Owen is gonna have anyone, it's gonna be me.)
3. Slumdog Millionaire (No way. I can't stand to see endangered children.)
4. Watchmen (Hmmm... Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity-- mostly by a naked blue man -- and language.)

So, Sam gets out of his movie.

Sam: "Sorry, honey. I didn't know I Love You Man was going to be so disturbing."

me: "That's okay. It's just that there's only so much I can take."

Sam: "What movie did you end up going to?"

me: "Watchmen."

Sam (raising one eyebrow, if he could): "What is wrong with you? You walk out of one movie, because it's uncomfortable, and instead you go see Watchmen?"

me (shaking my head): "I know. I have no idea what's wrong with me. All of the other ones looked too offensive to me."

Sam: "Like Marley and Me?"

me: "Don't even pretend that dog doesn't die at the end. Who would want to watch that? Give me a post-apocalyptic dystopian universe any day over a dead dog."

There's gotta be a screw loose. Somewhere. Seriously, what is wrong with me?

Three Books to Give Away

1. For Lurkers: Any lurkers out there? Time to De-Lurk! (You can de-lurk by leaving a comment and becoming a follower). Then you get a free YA book of your choosing.

2. For Lurkers: Want a signed copy of Far World: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage? I have one for the second de-lurker. Hardcover.

3. For regulars: For you non-de-lurkers, anyone who convinces one brave soul to publicly "follow" my blog gets entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of The 13th Reality by James Dashner.

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So he's huge now, and he's going to be even huger. More huge. Bigger.

Easy Peezy, right? And don't be scared to de-lurk. We're all very nice here. Although Cam can be a little iffy (I kid! She just speaks her mind, especially when she questions my dork factor). And Erin is quite snarky. (She's my sister, so it's okay). But really, they're harmless.

And, I know you lurkers are out there. Come on in. Don't make me name names. Kent. Just kidding.


  1. Iffy? Iffy? IFFY? Me! I don't know what you are talking about. Glad you warned me about the movie...I went to see Marley and Me and took my girls and their friends - horrible mistake and yet they wouldn't leave with me when I tried to leave. I was mortified :)

  2. I know what you mean about the Office being uncomfortable. There are many sitcoms I cannot watch because of it. I barely endure the Office because hubby loves it. *sigh* I would have left I Love you Man with you and watched the Watchman. I do not find that odd at all!

    I have mentioned your blog so I hope my buddies post. If not - I nominate Debbie since she got me here and now I'm a regular! (I shared the Trekkie discussion with my hubby...he laughed and agreed!)

  3. Cam- I only said that so I could be guaranteed a comment from you. I meant that you speak your mind, call me out on my dorkhood, and I love it!

    Una- Wish you were actually in the theater with me. Let me know if any of your friends "De-Lurk".

  4. I'm reading Marley and Me right now. So the dog dies, hu? Guess I can just stop reading now...thanks a lot. :) I kind of figured he would anyway. Isn't that the point of all animal books? They get you attached then they die... (kind of a boring book anyway, really not my type, darn book club)

  5. I gotta admit I didnt see that one coming. I figured you woulda gone with Slumdog.

  6. Thanks for the heads up on Marley! I don't do dog deaths, either. Especially now that we have one that's, you know, not stuffed.

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't stand The Office!!!

  7. Karin- I'm only assuming the dog dies. So, technically, it's not a spoiler.

    Debbie- Somewhere deep inside, there hides a comic book geek. Way, way deep inside.

    Sal- Yeah, the dog totally dies. And I can tolerate the Office up to a point, then I just have to walk out of the living room. Dramatically.

  8. Wow! This is Kent. Called out as a lurker in the very blog I'm with... at.... whatever!

    Yes: I'm a total Brodi blog addict.
    (And yes, I even read Sam's!)

    OH, the embarrassment of being exposed. I feel so naked... No wait, that's a good feeling. I feel so naked-like-in-a-dream-of-when-you-have-to-give-the-valedictorian-speech-in-high-school. Happy for the attention, but uncomfortable with the breeze.

    I have a similar movie story. Sherri and I had a rare date night, and went to the movies to see "State of Play" (against my will because it has BOTH Ben Affleck and Russell Crowe in it... uggghhh). After the first 10 minutes, Sherri turns to me and says, "I'm getting nauseous with the jerky camera. Let's go see that Earth documentary instead." So we snuck into the other theater and waited for it to start. Just before it did, she says: "Now I really want to know how State of Play turns out!" Cue puppy dog eyes. You can imagine the rest: she watched Earth, and I did the walk of shame over to watch State of Play. So much for date night. Of course, I still made out like a high school kid with the random woman I sat by in the last row...

  9. Ah Kent- That comment was so worth forcing you to de-lurk! You win a free book of your choice.

    But, as a side thought, I have a lot of "Kent" lurkers... I refuse to admit I targeted you.

    But, yeah, I targeted you.

  10. What the heck does snarky mean? Are you sure you didn't just make up that name? Or are you talking Klingon closet trekkie!

  11. For definition of "Snarky": see above comment.

  12. I'm not gonna lie...I would have chosen ANYTHING over Marley and Me too. There's something about animal death (animals of the fluffy, cuddly variety, anyway) that reduces me to a quivering, blubbering, sobbing mess. That sight alone would be scarier than anything in a movie.

  13. Oh yeah...

    Debbie Lambson referred me to your blog, BTW.

  14. I know what you mean. Hubby has informed me I am not allowed to see "I Am Legend". I have Marley and Me and I am going to try to read the book and see the movie. However, I knew I would only do it in the privacy of my own home - who wants to see a movie that will leave them as a sobbing shell in public. Not me!

    For those that can't handle the loss of a furry - don't see "My Dog Skip" either...hubby's father tortured us one night by making us watch it. I still can't stand that movie!

    Brodi - trying to get my friends to delurk, but they are avoiding me. Hmmm, I wonder if that means something?

  15. Cole, Jessica and Kyle- Welcome, and Happy De-Lurk day for you! Is it Cole, Jessica or Kyle who is commenting? Anyway, welcome. You win the signed copy of Far World. (when you get a chance, email me your address: brosam (at) gmail (dot) com)

    Una- maybe it just means your friends are lurkers by nature? Ditto on the I Am Legend scene. Something about Will Smith crying over a dog that rips my guts out.

    Back when I was little, the schools used to make us watch Where the Red Fern Grows. It ruined me for life.

  16. I saw Watchmen and it was way too sexual for me. There was too much nudity. Of course, my husband loved the movie (not because of the nudity).

    BTW, I'm Debbie's friend and I'm coming here because she recommended your blog to me. And, I kind of want a free book. ;) The YA book I'd like is Goosegirl by Shannon Hale. Wow, I feel like a mooch now. :?

  17. Welcome to the blog! Thanks for commenting- and you're not a mooch. I made a deal with Debbie- and she's worked very hard for me.

    Goosegirl is a very good choice.

  18. Maybe if you hung in there long enough the movie would've won you over. I couldn't stand The Office for the first 3 episodes I watched (of season 2). Then all of a sudden I started to get their weird humor and now I'm totally hooked. If you watch Man I Love You 2 more times, you might make it through. (Not that I have any intention of watching that movie now).

  19. So Heids- should we make it a girls night out? I Love You, Man 3 times?

    I'll bring the chips and salsa!