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I was tagged a few days ago by 8 Skeins of Danger with the following mission: List 10 things that your friends may or may not know about you, but that are true. If I've repeated any of these in previous such postings, I apologize in advance. 1) I went to 6 different elementary schools, 1 middle school and 3 high schools. We moved a lot when I was growing up for no good reason in particular. The longest we stayed in one place was from late 1983 to the summer of 1988 when I was 9 to 14 years old (4th to 8th grades). By the time I got to the high school which would prove to be my last one ( and was the 3rd one I'd been to in the same year) I barely bothered to speak to anyone for the better part of the year, why bother to try and make friends if you're going to just leave again? I was pooped, making friends was too emotionally exhausting, thankfully I got over it eventually and made the best friends I ever had in my life, or will likely ever have. 2) I was happy when my parents divorced. I actively encouraged my mother to leave my Dad once I figured out she was just staying with him because she thought I needed a father figure. Seriously, they were horribly suited for each other and should've split up permanently long before they finally did. As a child, I was always confused when I saw movies where kids freaked out and were sad when their parents split up. My parents split up 2 other times before they made it permanent, the first time being when I was 4 years old so maybe I was just so used to it/sick of it that I didn't care anymore? The last time they got together I was sorta annoyed, but didn't have the heart to tell them how I felt since it was obvious that I was supposed to be happy about it, but that wasn't at all how I really felt. I got more attention when they were apart and felt more free to express myself without my Dad around, who had such strong opinions on things that I felt like I had to pretend to agree with him or else he'd disown me or something. 3) I grew up in various parts of the southern part of New Jersey. I've lived in Virginia since late 1998. I miss the places where I grew up although there are many things I hate about that place as well. I won't ever move back there, it's far too expensive of a place to live compared to where I live now. It's a strange place. There are lots of little towns along the shore that are like a continuous strip mall punctuated with housing developments. If you go further inland there is a huge forest called the Pine Barrens which is full of monsters like the Jersey Devil and the South Jersey equivalent of hillbilies called"Pineys". There are lots of retirement villages full of senior citizens who drive too slow and hate to pay taxes for local schools because their own grandkids live far, far away and therefore recieve no benefit from it. It's like a poor man's Florida. There are lots of hospitals and doctor's offices to take care of all those oldsters. People from New York (or North Jersey, which might as well be New York) and Pennsylvania come to the shore in huge numbers to rape and pillage every summer. The economy depends on them to a large extent but they are not loved by the locals who call them "Bennies" or "Shubies" which is local slang and doesn't have a good connotation. We hate it when people confuse us with people from North Jersey, it's almost insulting. We lack that obnoxious " Joisey" accent. We don't mind being associated with people from Philadelphia, they're on the same wavelength as us. Despite all this many families who live there were originally from the Northern part of the state, once you live there year round, you're pretty well accepted and it won't be long before the yearly hordes of invaders start to grate on your nerves as well. That is probably the glue that really holds us together -mutual loathing of tourists! I generally like the people here in Virginia, but they will always be a little alien to me in some ways. I always feel like an alien myself, but then again, I always did even when I was "home". 3) I don't listen to music as much as I used to. I have never been musically talented.I feel like I have music in my soul, but have no way to adequately express it. I can't dance, I can't sing. Despite this, I was in musicals in high school. I had to get off stage if there was a dance number, I managed to blend in okay in a chorus, but was too nervous to do a solo without it totally sucking. Music used to be pretty important to me, as a source of inspiration but it's faded in prominence as I've gotten older. I just don't have the time to keep up with it the way I'd like to, I need to move to another planet that has more than 24 hours in a day. 4) In my personal life I need a lot of stability to remain happy, however I like to see lots of change in the world around me. For example, you have no idea how happy I am that we have made so many changes to the way American money lTransformers & Transformers 2 DSC 7055
Transformers is a 2007 American live-action film, based on the Transformers toy line. The film is directed by Michael Bay and written by John Rogers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager involved in a war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, two factions of alien robots who can disguise themselves by transforming into everyday machinery. The Decepticons desire control of the All Spark, the object that created their robotic race, with the intention of using it to build an army by giving life to the machines of Earth. Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, Anthony Anderson and John Turturro also star, while voice-actors Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively. Producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto developed the project in 2003, with a treatment written by DeSanto. Executive producer Steven Spielberg came on board the following year, hiring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The United States Military and General Motors (GM) loaned vehicles and aircraft during filming, which saved money for the production and added realism to the battle scenes. Hasbro organized an enormous promotional campaign for the film, making deals with hundreds of companies. This advertising blitz included a viral marketing campaign, coordinated releases of prequel comic books, toys and books, as well as product placement deals with GM and eBay. Transformers was a box office success despite mixed critical reaction to the radical redesigns of the characters, and reviews criticizing the focus on the humans at the expense of the robots. It is the thirty-seventh most successful film released and the fifth most successful of 2007, grossing approximately US$709 million worldwide. The film won four awards from the Visual Effects Society and was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing. The film spawned a sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which was released on June 24, 2009 to negative reviews but was a commercial success and grossed more than its predecessor. A third and final film is set to release on July 1, 2011 in 3-D. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (also known as Transformers 2) is a 2009 American sci-fi action film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the sequel to Transformers (2007) and the second film in the live-action Transformers Trilogy. The plot revolves around Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), the human caught in the war between Autobots and Decepticons, having visions of Cybertronian symbols, and being hunted by the Decepticons under the orders of their long-trapped leader, The Fallen, who seeks to get revenge on Earth by finding and activating a machine that would provide the Decepticons with an energon source, destroying all life on the planet in the process. With deadlines jeopardized by possible strikes by the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Bay managed to finish the production on time with the help of previsualization and a scriptment by his writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and series newcomer Ehren Kruger. Shooting took place from May to November 2008. Despite mostly negative reviews from film critics, it was a box office success, surpassing the all-time earnings of its predecessor in a month; its opening day, with $62 million in North America and close to $100 million worldwide, is the second highest Wednesday opening gross in history, and the fourth-highest single day gross of all time. With a total of $402 million in North America and $836 million worldwide, it was the second most successful film of 2009 (behind Avatar) and eleventh overall domestically, and the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time and fourth highest of the year (behind Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) internationally.
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