The Chance to Redo Middle School:

From listing my successful and unsuccessful years as a former middle school student, I now recognize how much my mind has strengthen since then.  Middle school is a time where kids transition from children to teens and go through sorts of problems that teachers are unable to control due to a baloney policy implemented from the politically correct schools called “Zero Tolerance Policy” where many innocent kids are punished because they defended themselves against someone who was creating chaos in the first place. For example, bullying.

If I had the chance to redo middle school all over again, here is what I could do differently:

  1. Recognize how some school administrators do not care about their students and it’s essential for us to stand up against those who want to tear us down mentally and physically.
  2. Do not rely on some of the teachers. Tell them your situation but they will not do anything about it because they have a bad habit of turning the other cheek and when problems arise, they will claim that you didn’t tell them about being bullied in the first place. Stand up against those who go the distance to wear and tear you down on a daily basis. Joining a club where you stand up for your rights won’t necessarily help at all.
  3. Learn how to adapt and communicate with a group of people who think differently than you do. Chances are, they can learn something from you and you can learn something from them. Do not be afraid to speak what’s on your mind.
  4. Try out for more extracurricular activities and do not be afraid of rejection because it happened to me twice: I was too late to join the yearbook staff in middle school (due to not filling out the application on time) and I did not make it on the school’s softball team because I wasn’t fast enough. But near the end of freshman year of high school, I asked my favorite geography teacher from middle school at the time, who was a yearbook adviser then, if she could send a recommendation letter to my high school yearbook adviser. Shortly afterwards, I ended up on the yearbook staff in high school. There’s always that one teacher who made a huge difference in my life and to this day, I want to thank her kindly for sending the adviser a recommendation letter because it helped me tremendously improve my writing, photography and communication skills. Despite not making the yearbook staff in middle school, something better came along in high school and for that, I am grateful for the help she gave me and will always remember her as my favorite teacher in middle school.

Middle School has some perks to it such as field trips and all, but if only there was another chance to make up for it due to my shyness which held me back for quite some time, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat and prove to our younger students that you should not be afraid to speak up when in doubt or if something serious bothers you.

If you had the chance to redo middle school all over again, what changes would you undergo?

“The Mummy” 2017 Film: Second Impression

Even though I wrote about the top five summer films to see in 2017 for MTSU Sidelines and The Mummy was the first film to be listed on there, I now take back what I say about this film for two reasons: One, it may not be a remake but it has a similar style of how the other films were introduced. For example, the narrator talking about the person who committed murder during the Ancient Egyptian times as well as being found, mummified, buried elsewhere along with a curse. Not to mention but Tom Cruise’s character Nick who kept zoning in and out of reality dozens of times throughout the movie which led to nowhere. And because I read information about the plot and wrote the review before going to the movies with my grandfather on an early, sunny Sunday afternoon with the thought of giving this film a chance to see if it would pass or fail the test. To no avail, it failed at an instant rate.

Secondly, there wasn’t a plot story to begin with. In other words, there were two guys who went from bombing Iraq when an airstrike suddenly hit one of the areas where they found the mummy’s tomb to flying with an archaeologist on a plane back to London when suddenly one of the guys from the aircraft was cursed and killed another individual and the plane crashed somewhere on the countryside of England.

Sure this isn’t a remake of the 1932 and 1999 films but it had a similar back story to it in regards to the mummy. It was disappointing in the end because there were far too many details in regards to Tom Cruise’s character seeing the mummy from ancient times and back to reality in a matter of seconds as well as Russell Crowe’s character explaining to him that he was like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The plot was extremely complex to the point where very little people had shown up to the theaters and watched the film. It failed to deliver what was promised and for that reason, the “Mummy” films should be left as is while throwing this one away in the garbage.

We Are All Narcissists: It Can Range from Mild to Severe

Although I am not a psychologist, it takes common sense to recognize that we all tend to have a case of narcissism at one point or another. We may not intend to be that way or not notice it right away but there are certain individuals who carry that narcissism luggage from mild to extremely severe which is often times, noticeable through experience.

For example, a family member who lives in denial 100% of the time, claiming that they did nothing wrong while blaming as well as verbally, mentally and physically abusing others for their own wrongdoings. This is an extreme severe case of classic narcissism at best. They are well-known to paint themselves as victims when confronted with reality.

As for moderate narcissism, these people are between arrogant and victim playing. In other words, when you compliment them, they respond with “I know” instead of using polite manners. When you give them constructive criticism, they do not take it well and claim that they could never do anything wrong without blaming someone else.

A mild case of narcissism is when we all have a habit of talking about ourselves every once in a blue moon and not mean to come across as self-absorbed. This mild case is not meant to tear anyone down. It’s about how often we talk about ourselves and our accomplishments in which we rub in other people’s faces.

In the end, we all have narcissism because it’s what helps us boost our self-image and first impression to those we surround ourselves with. Those with a severe case cannot be helped unless they seek it first and recognize how much harm they are conflicting upon those they love whereas those with moderate and mild narcissism can change at an instant rate but it takes one to admit the damage they are causing and seek for help.

New Jeepers Creepers 3 Story-line: Why?

As a fan of the original Jeepers Creepers films which were released between 2001 and 2003, the third film finished the filming production in Louisiana two months ago with an unknown release date and with one of the strangest story-lines to be shared via social media.

After reading from a few sources, the plot of this movie will be a “fill in the hole” between the first two films. In other words, what happened after Darry’s death, before and after Billy Taggart’s death (second film). Sure, it’s understandable that some people would like to have some questions answered in regards to what happened before and after but why consider doing this plot now? Why didn’t they consider doing this before filming the second film in 2003?

Has it occurred to the writers and director that going with this story will ruin the suspense the audience first encountered when watching both Jeepers Creepers 1 and Jeepers Creepers 2 for the first time?

While some pictures have been released and used in other sources along with other information, I am going to keep this post real and beg the question to my audience: why go along with this story-line and not the one where people are curious about the Creeper’s origins? What makes this story seem to be better than the original script they intended to use?

My Walker Stalker Convention Experience:

On Saturday, June 3, I attended my first Walker Stalker Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

It was my 24th birthday and I met two of my favorite actors from The Walking Dead: Emily Kinney as Beth Greene and Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene. Despite misunderstandings about general admissions and where the lines were held due to the staff confusion and being rude to people time after time again, the line moved as quickly as it did and around 10:45, I made it in there where action figures were displayed and actors signed autographs.

The actors were very courteous and I enjoyed my time there although the prices are costly for autographs and selfies. But in the end, it was worth spending a day downtown Nashville meeting people I’d thought I would never meet in a million years. If you are a fan of The Walking Dead TV series, I highly encourage you to go and meet your favorite character actor. They are very welcoming and enjoy communicating with their fans.

My experience may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity but I am glad to step outside of my barriers and got to meet my favorite celebrities although I should have  asked a few questions about their past film careers because their acting has improved significantly overtime with experience and practice. Not to mention but ask them what advice would they give to youngsters who are interested in pursuing a career in acting.

“The Last 100 Days of Diana” Review:

“The Last 100 Days of Diana” has been over for the last 42 minutes in Central Time, Tennessee and from what the show covered consisted bits and pieces of Diana’s childhood and early years of marriage to Prince Charles.

But the essential details from the ABC show revealed her relationships with men during and after the end of her marriage, as well as holiday trips with Dodi Fayed, controversial issues between a former model he was engaged to in 1997 and the surveillance video camera of them leaving the Ritz Hotel in Paris before the tragic car crash struck underneath the Pont de I’alma bridge.

It was interesting to hear what her former butlers and friends discussed in regards to how she kept the 1995 interview under wraps before it was televised and what they thought she should have done: either keep your dirty laundry aired for the whole world to view or keep your controversial issues private because it is not everyone’s business to know what you are enduring in your marriage.

The show’s ending was depressing but mind-boggling because it seemed as if she preferred staying at the hotel rather than leave late at night and shortly after the pictures were taken, the crash occurred and three lives were gone forever. Not to mention but she seemed rather tired of the holiday trips and was ready to head back home in London to see her children before they go back to school.

The show was sad but there are some life lessons we could learn from it: 1.) Never take your life for granted. Secondly, do anything to prevent yourself from getting involved in a situation which could end up controversial, no matter if it was nation or statewide. And when you search for love, don’t look for it first. Being desperate is not how you end up with a happily ever after story.  There are plenty of fish in the sea. The right time will arrive when you least expect it.

The late Diana, Princess of Wales was a phenomenal humanitarian who’s been greatly missed for twenty years. She was just as imperfect as we all are, but no matter what, she captured many hearts and will continue to do so for many more years to come.

Angry Fan Has Celebrity Worship Syndrome:

In a previous blog post, I summed up some points regarding my encounter with an angry fan online and how obsessed she is with the actor and his personal life. From my experience, she definitely has the “celebrity worship syndrome” which is when people are overly in love with their favorite celebrities. Down below is a list of what I endured during the time I communicated with this “angry, love struck fan.”

  • Over the course of four months, she changed her persona from nice and friendly to spiteful and bipolar out of the blue.
  • She became angry as time marched on and didn’t show true self until later because she is miserable with her own life.
  • She was highly jealous because the actor’s wife seems to be prettier, more humble while living the good life whereas the angry fan doesn’t have neither of those characteristics. She is obsessed with the actor’s looks, personality, private and public life.
  • She became defensive if you forbid to say something positive about the actor’s wife for an unknown reason. She said to me in an email before going off on her that she wants me to join her and go on a “hate campaign” against the actor’s wife. Sounds as if this angry fan has psychotic behavior. I refused and told her how she behaved towards me was unacceptable and I will no longer tolerate it. I sent the email to her in the nastiest way possible because she became rude first and I stooped to her level to show her that she is not going to mind trick me into thinking that I will be naive and fall for her shenanigans again.

This lasted from December 2010 to March 2012 and thankfully, I learned something after communicating with a stranger on Facebook whose behavior spiraled out of her own control. My message to those who go through the same thing: be careful who you are communicating with. If you have questions, do your research on the person (not to be a stalker) and think before communicating with them any further.