Strap in boys, this gon’ be a long one
So I’ll be making ten lists of ten items that should shape my imagination, experiences and media consumption. At first when I saw this I figured this would be cake BUT I feel this may be way harder than I originally thought.
Ten movies, books, TV Shows or other media that have changed your life:
9th Grade English. Our big project was a book report that we had to journal about every 30 or so pages. I couldn’t pick a book so my teacher, brought out a couple and I selected this one because the description seemed cool. Changed my entire life. It was the first adult book I’d read. It had drama, mystery, sex, murder, uncensored language that I was unaccustomed to in books. It set me on a path of inhaling books at top speed.
2. The Bible-Various Authors
Grew up in church. We read the Bible a ton. I can make references rather easily to the Bible and it’s something that has just been there my entire life.
3. I don’t remember the name of this book but it actually really influenced my decision not to join a frat in college. The book was about a kid that had died from hazing and how he haunted the frat. It also reinforced my fear of angels (THAT’S ANOTHER STORY) so I can say this work of fiction stuck with me and steered me on a specific path.
4. League of Legends-Riot Games
This game was introduced to me in 2009 and set in motion something kinda weird. I’ve poured HOURS into this game and occupied a ton of brain space with information regarding this game that I am somehow still absolutely trash at. I’ve made friends through this game and have also turned down social engagements just to play. Definitely life changing.
5. Insidious-2010 Horror film
I hate scary movies. In 2010, I tried to get over that fear with some friends. It confirmed that I hate scary movies and have no need to watch them. Ugh.
6. Game of Thrones-HBO
We didn’t have HBO growing up. I’ve never seen The Soprano’s or The Wire but Game of Thrones came out when I was in college. My roommates and I had missed the first and I think the second season so binged it. Like Sacred, it was the first show like that I had seen.
7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-Douglas Adams
I remember grabbing the anthology of the entire series and immediately immersing myself in this world. The creativity, the narration, the story, the absurdity was mind-blowing to me.
8. Series of Unfortunate Events
Brother introduced me to the series. Never read the first book but Lemony Snicket’s innovative style was something I had never seen before and I just started to expect more from authors.
9. “Lucky Seven”-Dave Holland Quintet
This song sent me into a hole of jazz that I’m grateful that I got buried in. Introduced me Nate Smith as well so that’s just a cherry on top.
10. Bedlam In Goliath-The Mars Volta
Talk about life changing. Bedlam in Goliath is the Worst scroll to the bottom.
Ten movies, books, TV Shows or other media that you actively hate:
This was way harder. I don’t cling to things that hate so some of this may be recency bias.
- Friday-Rebecca Black
This song was shockingly bad. I feel like it transcended into catchy again but I was still just so mad at it.
2. The Last Avatar-2010 “Movie”
Some things need to be left alone. This is the first time I’ve not finished a movie I voluntarily started. *Endless line of trash emojis*
3. The Cape-NBC
This show was so bad that to this day my dad makes fun of it. I just didn’t understand the purpose of its existence.
4. Dragonball GT
They introduced Pan and almost from the first episode I was out. She was unbearable so I stopped watching.
5. Hey Soul Sister-Train
Train is such a solid band but this song was so boring and grossly overplayed. I grew to detest it and would actively complained when I heard it.
6. Insidious-2010 Horror movie
7. Franklin The Turtle
Fuck this bitch ass, whiny reptile. If I find my rant on him on twitter I’ll post it but I tweet a lot so…
8. 13 Reasons Why-Netflix
I didn’t watch this so it’s hard to actually hate it but I’m adding it. So we’re glorifying suicide for drama and views…kys
9. New York-Alicia Keys and Jay-Z
Overplayed. It was everywhere. The chorus is boring. My roommate freshman year of college was from NY and the Yankees won the World Series. Perfect storm for me to never wanna hear that song again.
10. Iron Fist-Netflix
I have an obligation to watch all the Marvel stuff on Netflix but I just can’t get through this one. I have no reason to care about the characters. I actively dislike it.
Ten movies, books, TV Shows or other media that you loved as a child:
- Dr. Seuss-Author
Does this count? It’s not just one book, it’s the whole lot. He was brilliant. My brothers and I would rap them as we waited for mom to finish work at church.
2. Sesame Street-PBS
Oh, you didn’t watch a ton of Sesame Street as a child? Are you human? It’s the GOAT kids show and I loved it.
3. Wheel of Fortune-Game Show
It came on after Sesame St and before we went to church. It’s a classic game show and I grew up with it. Jeopardy was also great but we should have been out of the house by then and I grew to love it later.
4. Matilda-1996 Film
This movie had it all. Ms. Honey was one of my first crushes, Matilda was so cool and smart. Yeah, I love it.
5. The Lion King-1994 Film
Young kids aren’t supposed to be exposed to such emotion at a young age but the movie is damn near perfect. A perennial classic and I was swept up in the wave.
6. The Matrix-1999 Film
This movie changed the entire game for everyone. I was definitely too young to watch it but I think my brothers and I wore down my cousin until she let us watch it. Can you imagine watching The Matrix at 10 years old…whew.
7. Gospel Music
This is the music I grew up with. Despite not always wanting to hear about it all the time I grew an affinity to it. To this day, anytime I hear good gospel music I crack a little smile.
8. Captain Underpants
I was under 10, poop and pee jokes were my jam. Interactive books, wacky villains. Classic.
9. Magic Tree House Series
I read so many of these books holy moly. They were so good at transporting you to another place. Filled with adventure and peril, the siblings were such a treat to travel with in their….Magic tree house.
10. Matt Christopher
I guess I’m ending this list how I began with an author. Christopher wrote books for boys about sports. That’s it. They were great. Well described action and themes we could behind. Recipe for success and I found myself always hunting for the next book or one I hadn’t read yet.
Make a list of ten stories only you can tell:
- The Comcast situation in 7th Grade
- First kiss with Marie also in 7th Grade
- Me smashing Samme Cramer’s toothpick bridge…also 7th grade
- Why we got yelled at in band after horrifically butchering the Star Wars theme.
- How I lost my virginity
- How I actually lost my virginity
- Falling in love in college and how that turned into a miserable failure
- Getting caught masturbating by my parents
- Getting that first big paycheck
- The traumatic experience of my childhood
Make a list of ten interesting, disturbing, or poignant images or scenes you see throughout your week:
- Homeless people
- My bank account
- My apartment
- My empty refridgerator
- Strangers on the bus
- Trump tweets
- World news
- People’s opinions on Twitter
- Genuine joy on a person’s face
- Racism in 2018
Make a list of ten mothers you’ve known in your life, excluding your own:
- Cheryl Fordham
- Jeannene Howard
- Joye Mann
- Lori Aulenbach
- Barbara Cantatore
- Latasha Stone
- Ms. Ison
- Xavier’s mom
- Leila McAdoo
- Kiana Freeman
Write down the first phone number you remembered memorizing, and then write ten images, moments, or scenes that come to mind afterwards:
717-939-1973 (Don’t call this, I don’t know who live there now)
- Plastic covers over the carpet.
- Sharing a bedroom
- Morning of my seizure
- Lucid dreaming
- Peeing the bed
- Day we thought someone had broken in
- Throwing up in the living room
- Getting a drum set for Christmas
- Skating through oil and the subsequent beatings
- Enema (story for a different day)
Make a list of ten daydreams you have or have had with any regularity:
- Financial comfort
- Physical fitness
- Playing music full time
- Being the most powerful superhero of all time
- Suddenly coming into wealth and what I would do
- Being able to break down movies pass the surface level
- Being content with my skill level of drumming
- Being good at League of Legends
- Having a child both positively (married/ready) and negatively (right now)
Make a list of ten topics you wish you could write about:
- Social constructs
Poke a hole in the reality of each of the items listed in this question: Make a list of ten interesting, disturbing, or poignant images or scenes you see throughout your week.
- Homeless people: None of these people are homeless. They are wealthy people filming a TV show.
- My bank account: It’s actually just counting down how much time I have to live. Getting paid is the only way to stay alive.
- My apartment: Prison cell that I believe I have the freedom to come and go as I please. In reality, I’m in a criminally induced coma.
- My empty refrigerator: The food eats each other so despite me actually grocery shopping regularly, it stays empty because there is a cannibalistic, Toy Story-esque war going on.
- Strangers on the bus: Holograms obviously
- Trump tweets: He wrote them all 27 years ago and is releasing them as the become relevant.
- World news: The United Nations produces all the news in the world in order to form the opinions of certain countries.
- People’s opinions on Twitter: Twitter is actually written in its own language that we haven’t fully grasped. Unpopular opinions are just words that an individual hasn’t learned yet.
- Genuine joy on a person’s face: It’s been opposite day since 10-02-2001.
- Racism in 2018: Black people are scientifically proven to be from another planet but nobody told them.
Ok that was fun.