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The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.

Almost Famous is my absolute favorite movie of all time. There are movies that are better made, more interesting plot, better acting, better directing, etc. etc., but despite all of that, no movie has ever inspired me like Almost Famous did.

My first experience with Almost Famous was in 2002. I was 12. It was the first night my parents let me stay home alone. They got me a pizza and let me rent a movie, and then they went out. I don’t think anyone knew what 7th-grade-Allie was getting into. I can 1000% say that this night, and this movie, changed my life. I always had a particular interest in music and things like that– going to camp my favorite part of packing was making mix tapes– but I didn’t know people could love music and have a career based on their love for music. And that’s one of the most important lessons I learned from Almost Famous— you can find a career in something that you love to do. This movie inspired me to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

When I was 12 I didn’t understand everything that was going on in the movie– all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But I understood the core part of the movie, the part of the movie that really spoke to me. William Miller’s life could be complete shit but he still wanted to write about music. I don’t want to write about music. I love music. And I love writing. But the passion I have for an over-encompassing umbrella of entertainment news and popular culture would make a music journalism career difficult. But Almost Famous didn’t make me want to be a music journalist, it made me want to find something I love and do it. Just find a career and pursue it and love it. And I guess that’s what I’m doing.

To this day I can watch Almost Famous and still be just as inspired by it. I watch William Miller grow up, I watch fights between bands, I watch hearts breaking and hearts mending, and I am still so moved by what is happening on screen that I can’t wait to find something I love as much as William Miller loves writing about music.

So thank you, Cameron Crowe, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, etc. for being in the movie that changed my life.

“Never take it seriously, you never get hurt. Never get hurt, you can always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you can go to the record store and visit your friends.”-Penny Lane, Almost Famous

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No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future

I’m graduating in just over 100 days. I am FREAKING. OUT.

Actually, “FREAKING. OUT.” doesn’t even explain the myriad of emotions that I am feeling. About graduation. About moving out of my house in East Lansing. About potentially having to live back at home with my parents. About not knowing what I am doing with my future. About turning 22. [Trivial, maybe, but still it’s another year older.] About practically everything school and future and life related. At any point in time if someone comes up and asks me how I am, one of the words I immediately go to is “arghuuuhhh.” Yeah. Figure that one out.

There are few things that can keep me sane. Wanna know what one of them isn’t? Most of my friends [even though I love all of them dearly]. Yeah, you. Probably. Because I am graduating and there is a chance you are also and we are probably freaking out together. And if you aren’t graduating that means I am probably leaving you and chances are I don’t want to do that either! You know what else isn’t helping? Season Two of The O.C. [Actually, now I’m onto Season Three. NOT. MUCH. BETTER.] Why does that show freak me out? No reason. No good reason, at least. But it reminds me of things I want that I don’t have, and it reminds me of people I want to work with that I’m not working with.

Things I want that I don’t have- Adam Brody
People I want to work with- Adam Brody. But more realistically Josh Shwartz. But really. Adam Brody.

I often feel the need to apologize for how pathetic some of my dreams are. Like, my dream of marrying Adam Brody. I apologize.

I am crazy. And the countdown I have leading up to graduation and real life is NOT. HELPING.

HALP.

However, I have learned some things this past year that can kind of help me take this graduation thing with a bit of a kick in my step. I now have goals that go deeper than “meet famous people” and “be best friends with Chelsea Handler.” While those are two of my goals still, I have other work-related and future-related dreams I hope to accomplish. I have actually learned INTERESTING things in classes, which I find rare. I think I have finally found something in my major that pertains to what I want to do without making me sound incredibly vain and shallow.

And what I’ve found most interesting as of late is new media and media marketing. And keeping old media alive. Because watching a television show ON the television is now considered old media. I think there is some sort of beauty in watching a television show ON the television. And well, it may be selfish, but I need television. How else am I going to expand my emotional journey through life? I can’t do that on my own, I need Meredith Grey guiding me. And how to fall in love, I couldn’t do that with Elliot from Scrubs, or Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother. What if I fall in love with someone of the undead variety–Buffy the Vampire Slayer will show me the way.

[COMPLETE TANGENT..kind of…: I realize how fake television shows are. Especially that last little quip about falling in love with a vampire. I hate vampires. Twilight has ruined vampires. But none the less, the love story in Buffy is one of the greatest and most heartbreaking I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot. Practically all I ever do is see. And watch. So trust me when I say this, Buffy knows how to kick ass and kick my heart into my chest so deep I’m not sure it will ever come back.

That was a Buffy tangent. The original tangent started off by me telling you that I realize that television romances are fake. And that Meredith Grey can’t really guide me through life. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want her to. And I realize that Seth Cohen is not a real person, he was a character written by Josh Schwartz [love] portrayed by Adam Brody [love +], but that doesn’t mean that I can’t find certain characteristics of his attractive in real people. It shouldn’t be IMPOSSIBLE to find a scrawny indie Jewish kid with a good taste in music, movies, books, and an ever expanding knowledge of pop culture. Is that too much to ask for? I hope not. [It is, I’m crazy. I’m aware. Again. Apologies.]

Oh. Eff. I have no idea where this tangent started. Or where I am going to end it. I think it started with me saying I know that there is a difference between real life and the characters in my favorite shows. I think it is going to end with me saying that I would rather not realize this difference and take characteristics from my favorite TV characters and have them show up in real life. Even more apologies for the crazy.] /End Tangent. I think.

Again. I apologize for my patheticness and craziness. And I digress.

Television is changing. And while I can accept that, I would like to work with it and change with it. I guess I can give up my commercial breaks but not for some crappy product placement advertising. It needs to be well thought out and something that fits in with the characterization and the plot of the show. Or like how they do it on 30 Rock, and they just mock product placement. That is also acceptable.

BUT ANYWAY. I feel I have digressed. I’m not sure. I have not blogged in a while and have lost all blogging etiquette it seems and I do not want to scroll up to see my original point. If I even had one. Apologies.

I guess the main take aways and the reason I started this post are the following:
1) I AM GRADUATING SOON. THE EFF?
2) I have more concrete goals than “meet famous people” and I find that comforting
3) I can FINALLY kind of give half of an explanation when people ask me what my plans after graduation are
4) I’m completely aware that I’m crazy. Now you are, too.
5) Adam Brody is the perfect man. Or Seth Cohen. They are interchangeable to me. [reread number 4, please]
6) I’m not the greatest at real life because I take life lessons and life advice from television shows. Once more, apologies.

That seems to sum it all up. over 1100 words all for those 6 points. Who knows who read this. I won’t read this. That’s a lie. I’m narcissistic and will TOTALLY read this. Not only today, but sometime in the future when I go through all my old blog posts, I’ll read this to see how much or how little I’ve grown. Normally how little. But one can hope.

I don’t know how to appropriately sign off of this rambling I’m doing.

Enjoy the day, I probably love you.


Moving to New York

I can’t believe in one week I will be back in Michigan. I can’t believe it, and I don’t want to believe it, so until I am off the plane and back on Mitten-ground, I refuse to believe it.

This summer has gone by far too quickly. I got here on May 15, and before I knew it, the month of June had come and gone. And then July happened way too fast. And now it’s August?! AUGUST?!! How did that happen? Summer flew by, and I want it back. I want to go back to May 15 and move into my dorm for the first time and see Times Square for the first time and walk around mid-town and L.E.S. and walk through crowds in China Town and get gelato in Little Italy and be overcome with the disgusting scent of trash and heat that I’ve grown oh so accustomed to.

These past few weeks have been a lot of fun. I don’t remember what I last wrote about, but I think it’s been about a month since I’ve blogged. In the past month I’ve been to the Siren Festival, New Amsterdam Market, Brooklyn Flea, Central Park Summer Stage (comedy), Central Park Summer Stage (music), Second City Theater, and so many other places.

Siren Festival was a free music festival on Coney Island, and it was a lot of fun (and also a lot of heat- there was a heat advisory that day but it did not stop anyone from having a blast). I saw Screaming Females, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and Matt and Kim. It was awesome.

At Central Park Summer Stage I saw the Daily Show correspondents do some stand up, followed by Lewis Black. It was absolutely hilarious. I also saw a free concert there with Basia Bulat, TuNeYaRdS, and St. Vincent. All of them were incredible and so much fun and so adorable.

This past Friday I saw my first New York play (off broadway, but still fantastic). It was Trust, with Zach Braff and Sutton Foster. It. Was. Fantastic. And not just because I am unhealthily obsessed with Zach Braff, it was a really great play. It was very funny, a little twisted, a good amount of dark humor, and the music they used was great (it had Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grizzly Bear songs!) After I ended up getting to meet Zach Braff which has probably become one of the best moments of this summer, if not my life. He was incredibly nice and down to earth and willing to sign autographs and write notes and take as many pictures as you wanted. It was fantastic.

Ah! I’ve done so much, and I feel like there is still so much to do! Leaving New York will definitely be a heartbreaking day, I’ll miss this summer so much. But I’m excited to get come home and see my friends and family and my dog. And I do miss East Lansing. But it just seems like the past 12 weeks have gone by so quickly, I just wish this last week would slow down so I can savor every last bit of New York living that I can get.


New York I Love You

Every weekend I’m in this fantastic city I love it more and more. I can’t imagine coming home in 5 weeks. I don’t even want to think about it.

This week has been exceptionally nice. It’s been sunny and nice out everyday, and this weekend has been really hot, but there is not one single cloud in the sky and it makes being outside so enjoyable (and sweaty. But mostly enjoyable).

On Friday I sat outside at Bryant Park and read for a few hours, and I also got sprinkled on, which was really refreshing. But that night I went out for a friends birthday dinner, and we went to this cool Asian-themed restaurant called SEA in Williamsburg, and after that we went to the South Side Sea Port where PUMA has set up a lot of things revolving around the World Cup (woooo) including a fun dance party– complete with foosball and ping pong. The ping pong table was hard to get to, but the group of friends I was with pretty much controlled foosball all night when we weren’t taking up the majority of the dance floor.

On Saturday the Brooklyn Museum had Target First Saturdays, which is just some cool free stuff that Target sponsors at the Brooklyn Museum. We walked around and looked at the Andy Warhol exhibit which was very interesting, it was more of his abstract stuff and less of his pop-art, so it was a side to his art that you don’t hear about or see very often. I really enjoyed it. After that we went outside to the parking lot and saw an Art Battle, which was were 4 painters painted for 15 minutes and we got to vote for whoever had the best one. The theme was American Idols (or something like that) so one girl did Woody Allen (which was really cool but it looked like she didn’t finish), someone did some Indian (also really cool), someone did Madonna/Lady Gaga (hard to tell, but her fingers were in her mouth!), and then the last guy had a really cool painting and then he put some afro-tastic guy on it (I have no idea who the person was) but it was still cool. It was very interesting to watch.

After the Art Battle they turned the parking lot into an epic dance party. I don’t think I can explain how many people were in this parking lot. It looked like people waiting at the main stage for Lollapalooza. It. Was. Awesome. And epic. We got right in there and busted some moves. They were playing like 80’s reggae and pop music and rap and stuff, it was a lot of fun. Then we came back into Manhattan and went to a few bars on my street, which was super convenient for me, dancing some more, and called it a night.

Sunday was the 4th of July, and I went over to Bushwick to watch the fire works. We had a nice spread of food and we did some grilling, and when it was dark out we went onto the roof and could see fireworks in every direction we looked. It was literally 360 degrees of fireworks, very cool. We hung out on the roof for the rest of the night and it was fun.

Now I am waiting to head back to Williamsburg to go see Beirut! Ahhhh I can’t wait. I love Beirut! I’m very excited!

Anyway. Like I said, I, sadly, only have 5 weeks left and still there is so much to do! I can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! lovelovelove


Talkin’ New York

Oops. I guess I haven’t blogged in a while. My bad!

Since my last post, I’ve been to the Empire State Building, a few bars and a few restaurants, a few friends apartments, and many little shops. The Empire State Building was pretty sweet, just to go all the way to the top and look out at the city from that view was pretty amazing. Also, I got to think about Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks meeting at the top in “Sleepless in Seattle” and Chuck and Blair rekindling (and then rebreaking up) in the season finale of “Gossip Girl,” so that was cool.

Later that weekend I also went to Brooklyn for my first time and had a “Welcome to NYC” brunch at my friend Laura’s apartment. It was delicious and fun and I met a bunch of people from MSU/ U of M who have moved to New York in the past few years and who are just in NY for this summer for an internship like me.  Brooklyn was pretty cool, rather industrial looking. I want to go back and explore some more, I was in Bushwick and I want to go back and go to Williamsburg and Prospect Park and other places like that. I live right near the Williamsburg bridge so I think one night I’ll walk across, it’s supposed to be a spectacular view.

I made a list of things I want to do in NY and I’ll get to crossing them off. These things include different museums (The Met, Guggenheim, the museum of natural history, the wax museum), different touristy things (the carousel in Central Park and the zoo and stuff), the Serendipity restaurant from the John Cusack movie (“Serendipity”) and also! I found the crossroads of the house that was used for “The Royal Tenenbaums” so I’ll definitely have to go there.

Even though I’ve almost been here a month, everything here still seems so new to me. The walking and the street shopping and the culture, it’s just so much busier and livelier and more exciting than anything else I’ve ever experienced, and I love it!

Next weekend between watching world cup games I’m going to knock a museum or two off my list and definitely do some more sight seeing and Central Park wandering! I’ve got so much to see and only 2 more months left. Eep!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. I wish my other friends abroad would blog more (AHEM, Fima, Mindy, Trista!!!!!!)

Time to get some rest before cheering on the USA tomorrow!!! Wooooo! (I love FIFA!) G’night!


Piazza, New York Catcher

I love when the weather here is warm and sunny with no clouds in the sky. Those are by far my favorite days in the city, not necessarily for walking around because it gets way too hot for that, but to sit outside and read. I spent a lot of my memorial day weekend sitting outside at Bryant Park with my book, an iced tea, my iPod, and the sunshine. So much sunshine– hello ridiculous tan-line.

I also spent a couple hours wandering Central Park, still looking for the zoo! No luck yet, but I have time. Before I leave New York I will have found the zoo and the Jackie O. reservoir. The entire park is like, 51 streets/blocks long, it stretches from 59th street to 110th street. That’s a walk. I always enter at 59th street because my subway takes me right there (it’s also right next to where I work!) and the reservoir is at like, 95th street in the middle of the park. The zoo isn’t that far from my entrance, but I go in at around 7th avenue, and the zoo is at 5th avenue (the park itself width-wide goes from8th avenue to 5th).

There is still so much I want to do, but I have been trying to spread it out so as to not do so much my first month or so here. I still have a few museums to go to, and I have yet to go to the empire state building, and I also want to go to Battery Park (you can see the statue of liberty from there).

Anyway. I found this thing on Tumblr, and I’m going to do it. It’s called the 30 Day TV Challenge and I think with my vast appreciation for television, I should be able to accomplish it. Basically, someone came up with 30 different things about TV, and each day you watch one of the things. I’m starting tonight.

Day 01– A show that should have never been canceled- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching- How I Met Your Mother
Day 03 – Your favorite new show ( aired this t.v season)-This is a tie between Cougar Town/ Parenthood/ Modern Family/ Community/ and Glee. I’ll probably just watch one of each, I guess.
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever- Alias
Day 05 – A show you hate- This took me a while to think of because I don’t really hate that much, but I guess Pretty Wild is a really shitty show (and most reality shows on the E! Channel)
Day 06
– Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show- Phase One, Alias
Day 07
– Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show- Season 3 Finale
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch- Scrubs, or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Arrested Development
Day 09
– Best scene ever- The final scene of the season 8 finale of Scrubs
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving- Gossip Girl or True Blood
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you-Heroes (season 3, duh)
Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times- My Musical, Scrubs (there are oh so many though)
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show- Ren and Stimpy
Day 14 – Favorite male character- Seth Cohen, The OC (obviously)
Day 15 – Favorite female character- Lucille Bluth- Arrested Development, or Liz Lemon- 30 Rock
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show- Gossip Girl
Day 17 – Favorite mini series-  I don’t have one, but I guess John Adams because Paul Giamatti is in it
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence- The OC (because of Mindy)
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or Arrested Development
Day 20 – Favorite kiss- season 2 of The OC, the spiderman kiss
Day 21
– Favorite ship- physical ship- The Black Rock (Lost), relationSHIP- (toughest question) probably Ross and Rachel, Friends, or JD and Elliot, Scrubs, OR Ted and the mother on HIMYM.
Day 22 – Favorite series finale- Gilmore Girls, Lost, or Arrested Development
Day 23 – Most annoying character- probably Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls, or Jenny Humphrey- Gossip Girl
Day 24 – Best quote- “Pick me, choose me, love me”- Grey’s Anatomy
Day 25
– A show you plan on watching (old or new)- Mad Men
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale- Season 2 finale of Weeds
Day 27 – Best pilot episode- Arrested Development, Modern Family, or It’s Always Sunny
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession- that I can remember, Gilmore Girls
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession- Chelsea Lately
Day 30 – Saddest character death- Denny, Grey’s Anatomy

Well, since I am pretty pathetic, this is how I am going to spend my nights before going to sleep. Day 1 starts tonight!

I miss all my friends and I hope everyone is enjoying their summers!


Hedonistic Me

I’m in the tedious process of packing for my summer in New York.

My brothers bed is currently packed with 3 months worth of clothes, two pairs of sheets, some towels, and some other accessory type things (belts, hangers, shoes, etc). Thankfully he won’t be home until tomorrow afternoon so I have to time move all my stuff someplace else (like suitcases?! wut?!)

Anyway, I’m going to edit some of my old entries from this blog and use it as a summer-blog so I can remember some of the hopefully awesome things I’ll have done in New York this summer. So from this point on some entries in the past that were previously public are now password-protected.

I miss everyone already, though.

Also, everything I say is my own and no reflection of the company I am working for or any one else who works there.