Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Golden Fleece
Elton John & Bernie Taupin | October 5, 1973
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – AUTOGRAPHED!

The Screening Room | 2012
The Impossible

I'll be damned if the iTunes Movie store didn't manage to make me cry my eyes out for .99 + tax. You really need to rent this movie while it's still a buck.

I have a problem with some of these "based on a true story" movies, especially when they are disasters, and you are, quite literally, forcing survivors to live it all over again, and go through PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

But I'll never forget where I was when I heard about "the tsunami." I was getting ready, the day after Christmas in 2004, to deliver my grades to the college at which I was teaching.

And when we all reconvened after Christmas break, and the sheer enormity of the devastation of that tsunami was just becoming apparent, I felt we, as teachers and as people as far away from this disaster, needed to do something.

So I asked the "powers that be" if I could "have a word" with the faculty and pass a basket so we could raise some funds for DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS or THE RED CROSS. And, so typical of me, I reached into my pocket and thought I had put aside a five dollar bill, and grabbed it and put it in the basket before I passed it around the room.

Imagine my shock when I noticed it was a twenty.

And I just said fuck it. I'd probably waste it on something stupid anyway, and I had a job that upcoming semester (January 2005).

Strange how things happen.

Last I recall, the corporation (that ran the "for profit"school) ended up raising some $150,000 across the country via all their locations.

Still. I do have a very hard time on "entertainment" based on "true stories" of heartbreak and disaster.