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The End [Dec. 31st, 2005|03:54 pm]
Big Bad Chris B
2005 is just about over.

Now let us never speak of it again.
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No Day But Today [Dec. 3rd, 2005|03:59 am]
Big Bad Chris B
[Current Music |Rent soundtrack]

I saw Rent on Thursday night...

I'm not really into musicals, and I've never seen the play, so I was surprised at how much I loved the film. I thought I'd enjoy it, of course, but this was far beyond what I was expecting. It was a wonderful experience to see such a film that creates a remarkable world that lets viewers into it for two hours, a world that appears broken and beaten, but is lifted up to something magical by the people in it.

The characters were great. Good personalities, good acting, great chemistry. Their eccentricities work very well together to create a loving, if flawed, family. Despite their problems and pain (AIDS, poverty, heartbreak), they try to celebrate life and love. Even towards the end, when they start to drift apart, it's still hard not to feel for them.

The best part of the film, though, were the songs. They range from fun and uptempo ("La Vie Boheme," "Out Tonight"), to full of angst and pain ("One Song Glory," "What You Own") to even downright gorgeous ("Without You," "I Should Tell You"). I actually made it a point to buy the soundtrack after the film. I'm listening to it right now. It was well worth the money.

Every so often, a film reminds me of why I love the movies. Rent is such a film. It's a shame that the creative force behind the original play, Jonathan Larson, passed away shortly after its debut. If this was just his first major play, who knows what he could have produced in the future? However, his passing reminds us to take every opportunity to fulfill your dreams and live your life to the fullest. There is "no day but today."

Measure your life in love.
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Paint It Black [Nov. 26th, 2005|12:12 am]
Big Bad Chris B
[Current Mood |accomplishedblack]
[Current Music |Depeche Mode - "Black Celebration"]

And so the Holiday season begins.

Today was Black Friday. Black Friday, for all the fortunate people who have never worked in retail, is the day after Thanksgiving, and is typically the busiest shopping day of the year (in terms of customer traffic). I had to be up at 4 fucking AM, because I agreed to come into work at 6 AM (when they opened), but wanted to get there at 5 to get my registers ready.

Once the store opened and I started ringing, I nearly committed homicide about five times alone in the first half hour. Michaels ran a 25% off coupon (that lasted until 9 AM), but we weren't honoring it, which pissed people off. We ran a 60% off coupon that customers tried to abuse (and, I'm sure in many cases, did abuse), by taking it to other registers, even though it says "ONE PER DAY." There were fights with people who wanted the coupon on sale items. The fact that no customer left the store in a body bag is a testiment to my greatness, and something I should let the management know when it comes time for my raise.

Actually, all things considered, it wasn't too bad. It was kinda fun, actually. We had a lot of cashiers, and we all worked together to get through the day. I felt particularly apprecitative to Sue Anne the office lady who covered nearly ALL of the breaks on my end (despite the fact that she'll probably have to stay till god knows when), and Jason the wood merchandiser, who went outside in the freezing cold to look for carriages. Plus, there was pizza, and I got out at 3, three hours earlier than I normally do. I had a nice nap, and woke up just in time for Smackdown (which was alright, but not really what I was expecting).

The Saturday afterwards is also a really busy day in retail. Sometimes it can as busy (if not even busier) than Black Friday. I remember three years ago at work, Black Friday was a disappointment, while the Saturday right after it was our busiest day ever (to that point). I'm sure that tomorrow, the staff will have to deal with cunts trying to use the 60% coupon (which was today only), more arguments over sale items and the usual loads of screaming kids, undersexed soccer mums and bored teenagers loitering the mall. The only thing I'll have to deal with, meanwhile, is trying to decide when to get out of bed and what to eat.

In other news, Thanksgiving was okay, I suppose. Didn't do anything really exciting. I wanted to go to the cinema and see The Ice Harvest, but didn't get around to it. Instead, I watched The Deer Hunter. Good lord what an overrated film. I also watched the Garfield Thanksgiving special and...fuck I forgot to watch the Charlie Brown one. I taped it, then forgot about it. Shite. Anyway, the Garfield one was quite good; it was certainly better the crap Halloween one, but not half as good as the Christmas special which I love to death. Nice touch.

Couple of sad notes. Pat Morita has died. Interestingly enough, I was just watching a VCD with '80s commercials on it, and I saw one for a PPV airing of The Karate Kid III. It's too bad, he was a great actor, and I credit the success of the series more to him than to Ralph Macchio.

And, for Alias fans, the show will be ending in May. I should really get around to watching it one day. I think it's amusing that ABC puts it after Lost last year, it gets its best ratings, then it slips after they change the timeslot and they decide to end it. I haven't seen anything after the first season, though, so it may be due for an end (lord knows the X-Files certainly was after their fifth season).

In other TV news, I finally finished the O.C. Season 2, and, despite the season not being nearly good as the first (something that Seth practically acknowleged in one episode), it had lots of good moments and the finale was excellent, probably the best episode in the series. I never thought I could get worked up over an intervention, but they handled it really nicely. I'll try to get caught up with Reunion next, after I finish MR-75.

I'm off to try to find tracks for my Christmas mix CD.
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Viva La Raza [Nov. 19th, 2005|01:47 am]
Big Bad Chris B
I have a few more things I'd like to say about Eddie Guerrero. I'll put them behind a cut, though.

We Lie! We Cheat! We Steal!Collapse )

Anyway, tomorrow...well, today, actually...is my birthday. I kicked it off earlier last night with a trip to Salem, NH, and spent lots of money. Sadly, the trip itself wasn't as nice as I'd hoped. I shall post about the BBCBirthday later on, as I'm tired now, and want to try to get the strength to do a few other things before passing out.
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Oh My God [Nov. 13th, 2005|01:07 pm]
Big Bad Chris B

Eddie Guerrero. 1967-2005

Eddie Guerrero, one of my favourite wrestlers and one of the brightest spots on the WWE roster, has passed away.

I still can't believe this. Gary and I were just talking about how he'd most likely be winning the World Championship on Smackdown last night.

This really is a terrible loss. Eddie Guerrero was one of my favourite wrestlers. He was a true inspirational success stories, someone who battled seemingly inescapable demons. He went from being released by WWE in 2001 to cleaning himself up, coming back with a passion seen by few others and even winning the WWE Championship for his efforts.

As a face, Eddie would touch your heart and make you believe in him. As a heel, he could make you HATE him with a fury. Not for too long, though; he could never really stay heel. People just loved him too much.

Thank you, Eddie. Thank you for the years of memories, for always giving it your all, for always going out of your way to make whatever you were involved with seem special. The list of great matches, storylines, promos, angles, etc. that you were involved in is too long for me to even attempt to list right now. Thank you so much. Everytime I question why I enjoy wrestling, it's people like you that remind me of why I love it so much, and why I always will.

God bless you, Eddie.

The flame of the "Latino Heat" will never, ever extinguish.
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Another Saturday Night... [Nov. 13th, 2005|03:29 am]
Big Bad Chris B
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished (not exactly)]
[Current Music |Missing Persons - Greatest Hits]

Good evening!

First, a belated happy birthday to i_heart_my_geek. Hopefully she had a nice day, and the Rent movie will be a good, nice late present for her.

(Speaking of birthdays...seven more days till mine. I expect everyone to remember it, even if I won't.)

I think I'll randomly mention a song of the day. This could be based upon something that goes along with my day or a current event or whatnot, but it'll usually just be random. I'm sure it'll go the way of the defintions or questions of the day or whatever the hell else I put in here, but we'll see.

Today's song of the day is "Mental Hopscotch" by Missing Persons, a marvelous early '80s new wave band. I only knew three songs by them (including "Words," their biggest hit with a beautifully tacky, early '80s video), but stumbled upon them by accident a few weeks ago. I was looking for a song, thought they might have sang it, and clicked on a bunch of their song clips on ITunes. Turns out that the song was actually by Berlin ("The Metro"), but I did like the clips I heard, and decided to buy a hits album. Money well invested; "Mental Hopscotch" is a standout, complete with that insane loud and quick bit towards the end, but "Window" is sweet and their cover of The Doors' "Hello I Love You" is delightfully trippy. It turns to shit by the end, though, as on their last album, they tried to fit in with mid-'80s techno pop bands like the Eurythmics and Information Society, and just really weren't that remarkable. Still, the early tracks have a spark and excitement that can only be found in glorious new wave music.

Speaking of their Doors cover, I wish I could start some sort of bureau devoted to approving song covers. If the cover does something unique with the original, or puts a lot of heart into making it something special, or just plain sounds good, it would be approved. The aforementioned Missing Persons song, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" by Nirvana, "All Along the Watchtower" by Hendrix and William Shatner's excellent version of Pulp's "Common People" would be approved. Meanwhile, I'd relish turning down that version of "The Man Who Sold The World" by the lady from the INXS reality show (that they keep playing at work just to annoy me), or Limp Bizkit for turning the Who's magnificent "Behind Blue Eyes" (one of my all-time favourite songs) into substandard nu metal triple. C'mon, Fred, a fucking SEE AND SAY?!! It was wise of them not to even try the build at the end, though. I heard they recently took on The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony"; I'll have to hear this to believe it.

I'd also practically imprison 311 for their god-awful disintegration (pun intended) of The Cure's "Love Song." I'd also nix anything recent from Rod Stewart. I quite like Rod's music from the '70s and '80s, but once he butchered "What a Wonderful World" (my favourite song ever), it was all over for him. And any techno/club/dance "musician" that takes a great song and desecrates it. I'm talking to you, people who used Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" and Bryan Adams' "Heaven."

I just redid my LJ appearence yet again, right in time for the Holidays (well, a few months early, but if the mall can play Christmas music and have the tree in the centre set up, I can damn well customize my journal as such)! I changed the layout for the first time in over a year and I may also want to go into the advanced customizations later on and see if I can put flashing, Christmasy lights around the border. I'm keeping it simple, yet making it horrifyingly tacky. Rumour has it Jeff Hardy saw it and said, "Dear god, that's horrifyingly tacky" (it's just a rumour, because no one could really understand what he was saying).

I'm not really into fashion or style or "putting the effort into looking anything coming close to resembling good," but what the sod was up with Jeff's white outfit on Impact?! Granted, it looked less ridculous than Cena does on any given Raw, but I thought he had stepped out of a Backstreet Boys video from ten years ago.

Good lord I spent about an hour on this LJ. I've wasted today in so many ways. Granted, I did watch The Thin Man and Impact, but other than that...let's see...I spent hours this afternoon doing sudokus, including one that took me about two hours (and that I eventually gave up after screwing up beyond all belief). I really need to get out of the house, but that would take effort.

Oh yeah, I got my '80s advert disc in. I'll annoy everyone by writing about it in great detail in the future. They have those "Feature Presentation bumpers" that cable movie channels (such as Showtime and Cinemax) used around the mid-80s, and some were downright frightening. I love the HBO in Space one, but there was a Showtime one that'll have me lying awake in bed at nights.

Actually, I'll sleeping really peacefully, just not that much when I do. I have agreed to go into work early every day until Christmas. It'll start with me showing up at nine this week, and then earlier in December. I'll probably have to be in at 5 fucking AM on Black Friday. They'd better at least let me out around 3, or I swear, I'll use all of my strength to lift my till and bludgeon a helpless old lady to death. I don't know why I do so much for them. I really do love the place deep down inside, though. No matter how bad it gets, I just think of how much worst there is out there, and show up again, ready to service the old ladies with a great big smile! I just hope the managers remember all this when I do want something.

What a dull entry. I think I'll steal a car and try to provoke a Bum Fight next week, just to spice things up. The entry will probably still be dull, though, as I'll forget about both and write about how I fell asleep on the till at work and still managed to be a better employee than half the staff (especially the night crew).

And I'm off to try and watch I Robot before going to bed. Don't take candy from strangers!


Captain Crunch
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We Have All The Time In The World... [Nov. 11th, 2005|02:45 am]
Big Bad Chris B
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |The Best of Bond soundtrack]

Greetings and salutations.

As we continue the march to my birthday (November 19th, one week from tomorrow), things are still looking up. Not much has happened, as usual, but things have been fairly pleasant. I just wish I could discipline myself to stop staying up too late and get some sleep, so I can stop making shit mistakes at work (like shorting my till nine dollars). Ah well, I was forgiven, and they still love me. At least I think they do...

On an unrelated note, I don't really listen to a lot of it, and I don't even have any CDs of such, but I really like jazz. I saw a movie recently which had periodic numbers in it, and I was really getting into it. Ir reminded me of how I used to stay up to 6 AM so I could hear the Jazz Brunch on FNX. I particularly like when jazz musicians utilize a piano in some form; the piano is my favourite musical instrument, even more so than the guitar. It's so laid-back and beautiful.

Here's an interesting illusion.

I'm trying to avoid LJ surveys like the plague, but dupreesdarling posted one that seemed interesting, and I figured it'd be worth a go. And, besides, what better way to welcome a new LJ buddy than to steal one of their surveys?!

Mmm...Stolen Survey...Collapse )

And that's it. Good night, and good luck.
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Filthy and Gorgeous [Nov. 5th, 2005|05:48 pm]
Big Bad Chris B
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |Scissor Sisters - self-titled album]

Greetings from BBCBville!

It's been a while since I last updated, although, as usual, nothing really noteworthy has happened. I have been spending an extravagant amount of money lately, mostly on DVDs and CDs. I recently bought all four of the new TNA wrestling DVDs, for example, just because I'm really getting into the fed. I wish I watched more of them before they started getting popular, especially their Friday afternoon show on FSN. As it is, I guess I'll have to be happy being a typical bandwagon jumper.

EDIT: I also just bought 12 movies!!!! (Actually, two movies apiece on six DVDs. Really cheap ones from Target. As in a quarter. More information can be found right here!.)

My birthday's coming up soon. November 19th, mark it on your calendars and take out a second mortgage to buy me presents! I'll probably ask my mum for the Bret Hart DVD and the new Liz Phair CD. You know, I should probably buy her supposedly great '90s CDs one of these days. (Liz Phair's. Not my mum's). I had an opportunity to pick up Whip Smart and Exile in Guyville on the cheap a few months back, but I didn't. :-( I did buy a Collide CD, though, which is probably good, but I wouldn't know because I only listened to it twice. I'll also most likely ask my brother to purchase Ichi The Killer for me. This had better be good, Gary!

Longtime BBCB LJ readers may remember that, earlier in the year, I started a project in which annoyed many people for weeks by asking them to give me a film recommendation. I've actually watched fifty one of them so far, and I am trying to finish off the entire project by the end of 2005. That way, I can get some of the crap off my "to do" list (like Shakespeare in Love) and watch some better movies that I've picked up from video store closeouts. Such as Ninja Heat, Mongrel and Two of a Kind (yes, the John Travolta/Olivia Newton John one). And the TWELVE movies I purchased tonight.

I'm in the middle of one of the movies right now, Brigadoon. It's a MGM musical from the '50s about two American hunters who stumble onto the sinister fantasy land of Scotland. Hopefully, they'll teach the savage natives some American customs and traditions, leaving the place in shambles and giving me a happy ending. I'd finish the film up, but I'm going out in a few minutes. Tonight, I also plan on watching Tiptoes and Ishtar. I watched about ten minutes of the latter before passing out in a drunken haze last night, and even Captain Morgan couldn't make the songs any good (although I think that's the whole point). The film itself doesn't look too bad, though, so we'll see it deserves all the shit it got when it first came out.

No Impact tonight. :-( Ah well, I got my fill on Thursday night. The two X-division matches were very good, but if they really want to make an impact (no pun intended), they need to get as far away from WWE style-booking as possible. I'm not just talking about the talent, either, although hiring less twats like The Dudley Boys would be nice. After the awesome Ultimate X match, the main event, complete with two ex-WWE guys and a screwy run-in finish, was like one I could see on any given Raw. TNA could be the future of wrestling, but they really need to get away from booking things like that and playing on the strengths of their talent. And they also should stop putting Rhi(y?)no in the main event. After ECW folded, it was all over for him.

Smackdown was alright this week. I liked the opening tag match, and Teddy Long dancing was funny. I saw bits of the main event elsewhere, though (including the finish), so I didn't bother watching it. On a related note, I'm going to miss Christian, but it's for the best that he did what he had to do. I kinda want to see him in TNA, but he really needs to improve the offensive portions of his matches if he wants to compete against some of their talent. I bet AJ or Sabin could have a fantastic match with him, though.

I make it a point to teach all new employees how to put register tape in the printer properly. I make it a point to tell them which way it goes. WHY CAN'T ANY OF THEM PUT IT IN THAT WAY?! Grrr... And please stop fucking up my bag system. The boxes are under particular registers for a reason. (It involves me, an ordering gun and the limited time I do have when the lines die down.)

My mum wanted to go to McDonald's to get a coke tonight, and I realized that it really must be a fun place to poop at. After all those years of saying it, I never really thought about it until it just suddenly hit me. McDONALD'S IS A FUN PLACE TO POOP AT! If she didn't just go through the drive-up window, who knows what might have happened?

And that's about it for now...
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Makes Much More Sense To Live In The Present Tense [Oct. 21st, 2005|08:44 pm]
Big Bad Chris B
[Tags|, ]
[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |Alter Bridge - "Metalingus" (Edge's WWE Theme)]

On this day,
I see clearly
Everything has come to life.
Bitter place and a broken dream.
And we'll leave it all behind.

On this day
It's so real to me
Everything has come to life.
Another chance to chase a dream
Another chance to feel...chance to feel alive.

Good evening everyone!

Last weekend, I was in a slightly bad mood and ended up having a lengthy discussion with my mum about some slightly unfavourable plans I had for Halloween. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps I was coming down from being drunk, perhaps I just got out of the wrong side of the bed. I'm really glad that the storm was just a passing shower, because this week has been great.

Attractive, nice new people at work (I know he'll never see this, but good job Eric!), a great edition of Smackdown, and some very good movies (The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the fourth and fifth Halloween movies; I really can't see how they fucked up part six so badly, but I guess Dimension Films really wanted to piss all over the legacy of a very good film series, further evidenced with parts 7 and 8) are a formula for greatness.

I know things can probably go back to being horrible tomorrow. And they probably will. But...

I have a good friend at work. I don't really want to go into talking aout her because I don't want to seem like I'm exploiting my friends' problems for the sake of a journal entry, but it seems like everything that can possibly go wrong for her always does. I can't begin to imagine the sadness, frustration and grief she feels on the inside. I know the feeling of always getting nowhere and being let down constantly, but not on such a grand scale as her.

And, yet, despite all this, she always gets her job done, is wonderful to other people, and is always trying to go out of her way to be nice to everyone she works with. Despite occasionally (well...constantly) noting how tired she is, she doesn't often come off as miserable or lugubrious. Customers love her, and I can't think of any employee that doesn't. She's a great person.

And then I have another..."friend"...that nearly died last week. He had a major asthma attack, aggrivated by his panic (he was obviously worried that, if he died, he wouldn't be able to see me on MSN that night). He spent time at the hospital and had to spend the week heavily medicated. He's told me that since, he's been relatively happy, and has learned to enjoy life a bit more. With hat.

I can take a lesson from both of them. My problems aren't nearly as bad as their's, so why should I spend more time complaining than they do? Rather than looking at each impending day with loathing and disdain, why not try to think of something I can do to make them better? In fact, I'm trying to plan some things to do for this weekend. Nothing major. Maybe cook some macaroni, watch a few films, perhaps read some comics if I feel like it, try to catch the Phantom Gourmet on TV. But, hey, macaroni, films and comics are good, and the Phantom Gourmet makes me genuinelly happy. I think this weekend can be quite good.

I'm looking forward to trying to reshape my mindset. I know there will be bumps in the road, and that I may regret writing this entry at points, but if I can eventaully go back to looking ahead instead of falling backwards, trying to find something to look forward to in the future instead of dwelling in the past, being positive instead of trying to bring everyone else down with me, things will be okay. Nobody likes a whiny little bitch anyway. Just ask Matt Hardy! (Or don't. You really don't want to talk to him.)

Howard Stern said it best. "Enjoy, even when you're not enjoying."
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This Shit Is...Oh Fuck It.... [Oct. 12th, 2005|09:14 pm]
Big Bad Chris B

Well, THIS is certainly one of the more interesting quizzes I've taken:


And the highly appropriate results...

I am A Dingle Berry .

Dingle berries... we all know one. clinging to that parent or significant other for dear life.. basing every discussion on the opinions and actions of that one special person. the mama's boy (or girl) of the shit family, but Dingle berries do have a dark side and are known for their jealousy and sudden bursts of anger and violence though the life of a Dingle berry may seem meaning less, it does have its upsides... usually death.
What Kinda Shit Are You?

Speaking of that, watching a really good film is like taking a nice shit. I watched Midnight Skater last night, and I was in a good mood all day as a result. The film (which I purchased as part of one of those cheapie $7 box set from Best Buy) boasts bad acting, horrible camerawork, incredibly fake gore effects and there's a scene in there that will no doubt offend many, many people.

That all being said, I loved it. It was incredibly fun. I loved all of the characters and the film made me genuinelly laugh on many different occasions. I was actually excited to be watching it, and wanted to watch more work from the writers/directors (the brothers Campbell). It's good to see brothers with a degree of competence (fuck off, Polonias) make movies that are a blast to watch.

I would go as far as to call it the best film I've seen as part of a Brentwood set. Most of the movies I've seen on those have been utter shit, but this proves something that Gary and I were recently discussing. The movies on the sets are usually homemade, DIY, and not very famous, so you never know what you're going to get. Yes, I had to wade through a load of crap, but watching a movie like Midnight Skater, even with all its flaws, makes the journey worth it and makes the film itself even better.

What's more, I watched Demon Summer (one of their other films) on Sunday, and found it to be almost as enjoyable. In fact, I noted some similarities between the two. The films have a lot of characters in it, but manage them fairly well; many of the same actors and actresses pop up; the same actress has (laughably simulated) anal sex in both movies.

So, yeah, I'll be buying more cheap film sets in the future, because of the efforts of the Campbell brothers and because of a MASTERplan Gary and I have.

And that's it. I'm off to start the Halloween series!!!

I'm just a guy that likes to skate. At midnight.
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