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wtf netflix and some truth

Love, Actually is one of those movies that I don’t really like except for right around Christmas. Because of this, I don’t really want to invest in a copy of the DVD and it doesn’t seem to be on any of my cable channels. I’m having trouble accepting that it’s not available on Netflix’s instant view and today I went to check again to see if it might have magically appeared. It hadn’t, but I noticed this recommendation that Netflix had for me.

Based on my interests, in Jackie Brown and The Turning Point, Netflix is suggesting “Mid-Life Crisis Movies” to me. Thanks, guys.

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I’m going to squeeze in two more days of truth today: a book I’ve read that changed my views on something and my views on gay marriage.

I feel like the book question sort of corners you into selecting a non-fiction book. The first one that came to mind in that category is probably The Omnivore’s Dilemma, though I don’t know that it really changed any of my views but was just really, really informative about some stuff that I kind of already assumed. Perhaps a better example would be The Way We Never Were which is a sociology book about what author Stephanie Coontz calls “the nostalgia trap.” We accept the myth of the “good old days” without really examining data from that period. If we did, we would realize that we had a lot of the same problems that we’ve always had. A fiction book that had a great effect on me was The Road. It fleshed out a lot of feelings about life and parenting that I was really afraid of experiencing or thinking about, but it was really good to release after reading it. (That means I cried hysterically for about an hour, but, you know, a good, cleansing cry.)

As for gay marriage…if you’re against gay people marrying each other, I feel bad for you and wish that you would get your head out of your ass. If you are actively working against gay people marrying each other, I really have nothing nice to say to or about you. I wish I could say I was open to dialogue about this issue, but I’ve seen no evidence that people who are truly troubled by the prospect of consenting adults marrying each other aren’t just huge jerks. Life is too short to engage such people. But know that I think you are deeply troubled and should pray for peace. I will vote against your politicians and quash your pathetic attempts to discriminate. I will dismiss any religious backing for such hate as a truly unfortunate side effect of the First Amendment. Call me close-minded. I never claimed to be open-minded toward mean people.

Day 1 Something you hate about yourself.
Day 2 Something you love about yourself.
Day 3 Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 4 Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 5 Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 6 Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 7 Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 8 Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 9 Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Day 17 A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

4 comments to wtf netflix and some truth

  • Just yesterday I added ‘Love, Actually’ to our Netflix queue, which is under my husband’s name and fully represents all his interests on the homepage. As a result, that page is laden with suggestions for crappy science fiction. I’ve now making it my mission to freak him out when he logs on. I’ve just added ‘The Notebook’ to the list to get (also, seriously, why isn’t that available to watch instantly?). I’ve never seen either of these movies, but I think they’re going to get me to my goal immediately.

    (Also, ‘The Road’? Totally agree. I can still tear up thinking about that big picture presented in that book.)

  • The Road. Holy crap. It made me want to jump in front of a moving truck. Then I recommended it to all my friends…with a warning that they might want to jump in front of a moving truck.

    You might actually enjoy “The True Story of Hansel & Gretel” by Louise Murphy. I pimp that one out quite a bit, too.

    http://www.amazon.com/True-Story-Hansel-Gretel/dp/0142003077

  • I made it about 30 minutes into “The Road”‘s movie adaptation before I just decided I didn’t need to feel that way and I shut it off, never to return. Buh-bye, horribly depressing dystopian horrorshow.

    and this:

    “I’ve seen no evidence that people who are truly troubled by the prospect of consenting adults marrying each other aren’t just huge jerks.”

    should be shouted from rooftops 24/7. I would go one further and say these people are Massive Assholes. The second any anti-Gay-marriage BS comes out of someone’s mouth, they are dead to me. They’ve just proved themselves to be a heartless jagoff and I have no further need for them in my life, period.

  • I really can’t handle The Road, partly because of the parenting stuff you reference (someone told me what happens in the story), and partly because I get so freaked out by any kind of post-apocalyptic storyline that I’d be anxious for days afterward. The price of literacy is simply too high! Too high, I say!

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