resting next to 5 day Pilates and Charlotte’s Web
dining room light
reflecting off plastic packaging
a woman on front
one arm reaching for top of case
one arm touching toes
a sanguine smile showing ease of stretch –
ease for her
trapped in an ancient pose
on a DVD case
Tag Archives: pop culture
Sweet, sweet Kim…
“we do crazy things when we’re wounded…”
“the things we did were all for real, not a dream”
“I only wanted one time to see you laughing”
“It hurts to look in the mirror”
Moving to Atlanta was never in my plan. But, as my life goes, nothing seemingly in my plan is ever really in my plan. Bumps and curves delegate new mini-adventures that I play out according to The Powers that Be. I guess I could say that I feel lucky in a way to be in Atlanta. It’s a progressive city with rural charm and beauty. Every Labor Day weekend an event occurs in Atlanta – an event so great and powerful that it attracts nerds and geeks by the thousands and it takes over eight Atlanta hotels. I call it my Christmas. Others call it Dragon Con. Dragon Con is the largest Science Fiction and comic book convention on the east coast. It’s not the San Diego Comic Con, but it’s definitely second to it.
I am a geek. There’s no escaping that fact. My evolution into geekdom started when I was young and living in central Massachusetts. Channel 56 hosted Creature Double Feature every Saturday and for four hours I was geeking out to old Science Fiction/Horror films like Ants, Godzilla, Dracula, and The Mummy. My love for Sci Fi/Horror grew as I did and I soon found myself enthralled with movies like Alien, The Lost Boys and The Star Wars trilogy. I was completely caught up in the chimerical world of perfect escapism.
I had heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I knew my sister was a fan but I had never seen the show. I even *gasp* dismissed it a silly. However, she forced me to watch it while visiting me in San Diego and I was instantly hooked. What was this clever show? Wait…what? Isn’t the pretty blonde supposed to die in the beginning of the show? Nope! This show was different. It completely switched the script on the old cliché of the pretty blonde getting killed in the beginning by turning her into a slayer feared by vampires and demons. The fact that she is just a girl going through all of the teenage coming-of-age dramas and the fact that the setting of the show is high school couldn’t be any more perfect. The dialogue is witty, is fluid and is swiftly delivered when adding comic relief in the middle of a highly dramatic scene. As an educator, I even use Buffy the Vampire Slayer to teach an epic hero unit. Buffy, like Luke Skywalker, follows Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey and…she’s a female epic hero. Let’s be honest, people. We don’t have too many female epic heroes, do we?
Once you become addicted to something written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, you soon find yourself in what us addicts call The Verse which consists of all the fantastical settings and characters of any and all of Whedon’s creations. Dragon Con even has a Whedon fan track as if we’ve become our own subgenre. There are the anime geeks, the comic book geeks, the steam punk geeks, the Star Trek geeks, etc…and the Whedon geeks.
Who knows what will come of Dragon Con 2012. With The Avengers coming out in May (and yes, I will probably fly to LA to watch the premier with my sister), I’m sure the Whedon fan track will leave this chic geek completely satisfied.
It’s The army of the 12 Monkeys
wild animals running amuck in Zanesville, Ohio
Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt
Pitt’s best role if you ask me
he had that crazy eye
so bold to release tigers, bears, lions
and a monkey with herpes
to an unsuspecting community.
soccer dads rescheduling practice
moms with shot guns in doorways
all searching for African and Asian big cats
a zany Ohio safari in America
teenagers too afraid to sneak into woods to smoke pot and drink beers
for fear there might be a grizzly bear.
Bruce Willis came from the future to find them
The Army of the 12 Monkeys
and they didn’t even do it
it was just a lonely man, dead now,
who unlocked cages.
shouldn’t keep exotic animals in cages anyways
shouldn’t keep them at all.
Facts of Me
1. Fact – My opinion is fact.
2. Fact – Journey was only really Journey with Steve Perry. Now they are just a band with an Asian imposter.
3. Fact – I no longer get depressed. I only get sad. It’s better.
4. Fact – Office pranks make me happy.
5. Fact – Someone knows how I got here and he’s damn proud of me.
6. Fact – I’m in love.
7. Fact – I know nothing of love.
8. Fact – I contradict myself all of the time.
9. Fact – My absolute favorite book to teach is Of Mice and Men.
10. Fact – Joss Whedon is the master of the universe.
11. Fact – Though a poet, teaching poetry does not come naturally to me.
12. Fact – I have laughed more, watching episodes of The Office, than I have laughed in my entire life.
13. Fact – My sparring partner is a 4 yr. old who likes to sport fake vampire teeth.
14. Fact – Pho is magic.
15. Fact – Dragon Con is Christmas.
16. Fact – I ripped my own heart in half to save myself in order to save the man I love who saved me. The whole thing was quite cyclical. It was real. It happened. I swear.
17. Fact – I am afraid of nothing.
18. Fact – I am afraid of love.
19. Fact – Did I mention I contradict myself?
20. Fact – Dwight Schrute is amazing.
21. Fact – “Bears, beets, Battlestar Gallactica.”
22. Fact – Vinyl is better that digital. Duh!
23. Fact – I will no longer allow substitutes for The Poet into my quirky little world. They don’t belong.
24. Fact – NFL is way better than college football.
25. Fact – I don’t understand.
26. Fact – Though once cookie dough, barely cooked, I am now an actualized cookie, ready for the taking. It took a while for me to cook. I’m there.
27. Fact – “That’s what she said” jokes have been fully integrated into my every day. It’s hard. That’s what she said.
28. Fact –I deserve answers.
29. Fact – To prevent a sudden dance burst in the gym, one should refrain from listening to both the Footloose soundtrack and Run DMC.
30. Fact – I love living.
31. Fact – I need answers.
32. Fact – Someone actually cared.
33. Fact – Answers?
34. Fact – This wasn’t supposed to be about you.
35. Fact – I have brilliant ideas and super poor execution.
36. Fact – Good Will Hunting is a great flick.
37. Fact – Kanye West and Jay-Z have offended me by sampling Otis Redding. It just ain’t right.
38. Fact – NPR is cool.
39. Fact – Send me a letter. Explain it all. Let me move on if you don’t love me.
40. Fact – Cupcakes make everything better.
41. Fact – I am a Masshole coated in San Diego sand. I AM NOT a southerner. My true home, the home I yearn for, is San Diego. I want to come home.
42. Fact – Be real with me. I deserve that, don’t I?
43. Fact – Outdoor adventures are funtastic
44. Fact – Depending on my mood, I can do either high-brow or low-brow. I’m not opposed to or biased towards one or the other.
45. Fact – Ear buds are weird little things that do not stay in my ears. Therefore, I sport earmuff headphones.
46. Fact-Old movies like Casablanca and Roman Holiday are masterpieces. Old Hollywood is hip.
47. Fact – I am a Sci Fi junkie. Only I could figure out a way to integrate watching Serenity in my 10th Lit. curriculum.
48. Fact – My news sources include: Al Jazeera, MSNBC and BBC.
49. Fact – I’m sure that I’m right.
50. Fact – I’m scared that I’m wrong.
51. Fact – I feel like I put on a comedy routine all day long. It mentally exhausts me.
52. Fact – I go by Garrity. That’s all you need to know.
53. Fact – This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite shows. Spike to Buffy:
“You listen to me. [Kneels in front of her] I’ve been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I’ve seen things you couldn’t imagine, and done things I prefer you didn’t. I don’t exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood, which doesn’t exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes, a lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred plus years, and there’s only one thing I’ve ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face] Hey, look at me. I’m not asking you for anything. When I say, “I love you,” it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You’re a hell of a woman. You’re the one, Buffy.”
54. I am taking Gracie on an educational road trip to Graceland. What’s not educational about Elvis?
I wrote this in response to the poem below. When he said that he would always look to see if I was there, this became my response. It’s as true today as it was in 2004.
If I’m There…
locked with tears
miles of silver steel stars –
my heart holds them there
with your galaxy.
Perhaps if stars explode
an ocean will be released
drowning last of yesterday’s lies.
Lies are only words most see.
Truths are found in metaphor,
read between lines
guided by endless seeking
and led by dead poets.
Sometimes lightning mixes
with gray, diseased storm clouds
causing fog to form
It’s lifting though.
When it does
you’ll find me.
I’ll be the one
shaken from near death
when nearly drowned
in star’s explosion
Copyright © Ellen Garrity 2004
What do you do when you don’t know where the person who you want to make a CD for is? You hope they stumble upon one blog among millions of blogs in a vast cyber universe.
I dream of…
Often, on nights when I’m at home alone, I let my mind wander…..
…and I wonder?
Every letter word formed…
Are you out there?
Linger on, kindred traveler….
I want to be haunted by the ghost…
Maybe I’m not crazy…