Once again my friend Mike at Mike’sFilmTalk has decided to pick me for blogger’s tag. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time that he’s picked me for this and that leads to one final and startling conclusion: he can’t stand me. Why don’t you like me, Mike? What can I do to change your heart? Is it too late?
I jest. Mike is a great guy and he has a great blog and I strongly urge each and every one of you to check it out. As for blogger’s tag, it’s a little game we play whose rules go a little something like this. Someone tags you, you answer 11 questions that they’ve prepared for you and then you make up 11 questions for the 11 people you tag to answer. Let’s break it down:
I, along with 10 other people, got tagged by Mike aka Darth Blogger.
Mike provided us with 11 questions to answer:
1. Have you ever been made redundant from your job and how did you feel about it?
I’m a security guard; I feel redundant all the time.
2. If you were interviewing someone for a writing job, what 3 qualities would you look for and why?
Grammar, talent and respect for the genre in which they ply their literary trade.
3. What is your favorite board game and why?
Monopoly and seeing as how I lose every time I have no idea why I even play the game.
4. When you look at the stars, what do you see?
I see one of the many splendors of God‘s creation.
5. When you look at the ocean, what does it remind you of?
That Godzilla is lurking out there somewhere in its depths.
6. How do you overcome writer’s block?
By veering off the intended course and allowing myself to entertain other possibilities for approaching what I have to say.
7. If you could say 3 encouraging things to another person, what would they be?
I love you just the way you are, love the one you’re with and don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.
8. Do you prefer to write your stories/books/poetry/prose/articles on paper first, then type them up and edit them, or do you like to type them straight into your computer to edit?
What is editing? You can do that? Seriously, you can do that?
9. Do you like writing in one genre or more?
I like scary stories; so when I finally do write something it will probably be in the horror genre.
10. As a writer, do you think actions speak louder than words?
Shooting someone with a real gun is way more effective than saying ‘he shot him.’ Action speaks volumes.
11. What is your favorite quote and why?
God’s Grace is giving us what we don’t deserve; God’s Mercy is not giving us what we do deserve.-I like this because I have to remind myself of it every day.
Okay, now here are my 11 questions for my 11 victims:
1. Aliens have landed on Earth and have asked that we give them our least intelligent person. Who would that be?
2. You’ve been voted the Sexiest Man/Woman Alive by People magazine. What are the first five words of your acceptance speech?
4. Your spouse, whom you have loved and cherished for years, has just become a flesh-devouring zombie. Do you shoot them yourself or try to get them a spot on The Walking Dead?
5. What would happen if we were given the right to kill one person of our choosing without fear of punishment or retaliation?
6. What was the first Album, 8-track, cassette, CD or digital recording you ever purchased?
7. Elvis has come back from the dead. What fate lies in store for all those impersonators?
8. What are the worst book, movie and song you have ever read, seen or heard?
9. Horror movies have been banned and to be caught with one is punishable by death. What do you do?
10. If you could live in any TV or movie universe which one would you choose and why?
11. You have one hour to teach the Frankenstein monster one thing. What would you teach it? By the way, a song and dance to ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz‘ has been done and is therefore not an acceptable answer.
Yay. That was fun. Now let’s see who my victims will be.
I know; I’m missing six victims. If you feel like participating then consider yourself tagged. Oh, and pass it on, okay?
- I’ve just been tagged! (inmanbenedict.wordpress.com)
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- Richard Brooker (1954 – 2013) (monsterzeronj.wordpress.com)
- $&441 Amazing Beige & Ivory Navy Thread Bear with Toys Music Box (Puttin’ On the Ritz, Berlin (SWISS)) (jwgcyzhh.wordpress.com)
- Relationopoly (chicksinthemitt.wordpress.com)
- Rest in Peace Richard Brooker (campcrystallake.wordpress.com)
- Review: Dark Skies (thepopcornmuncher.wordpress.com)
- $Mezco Toyz Living Dead Dolls Exclusive Figure Jason Voorhees (2009 Remake) (mezcolivingexclusivefigurevoorhees9w.wordpress.com)
- Grammar Website Evaluation (annemyno1.wordpress.com)
- I just got tagged (crazygoblin.wordpress.com)
TAXI DRIVER: An appreciation for God‘s LonelyMan
This is a question for my blogger friends. Why do you write a blog? What is that drives you to put words onto the brightness of your computer screen? I know why I do it. I do it because I want to feel as if I am a part of something that is bigger than me. I admit that I get a little rush when I read a favorable comment or when someone likes a review I’ve written. I feel good when I check my page view count for the day and I’ve had a few hundred visitors. That means that all the times that I have sat alone in a dark room watching movie after movie has not been in vain. When I sit at my computer racking my brain for the right words to say I know that someone, somewhere will read what I have written and will appreciate it in some way or another. I am alone as I sit and type, but I am not lonely.
In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle is always alone. Even in scenes where he is surrounded by other people, he is ultimately and painfully alone. In the scene in the diner with his co-workers he is off to one side of the table, slightly separate from the rest. Again, in the diner, this time with Iris, the young prostitute that he feels a need to save, he is still alone. Why? Because his ideas, his way of thinking is so out of tune with hers that they are two people on separate sides of a desert island; always knowing that the other exists, but never making that connection.
The saddest and most heart wrenching scene in the film comes when Travis, after taking Betsy to a pornographic movie on their first date together, is on the phone in a lonely hallway pleading with her to give him another chance. As we listen the camera pans away from him. We don’t know whether to console him or put him down like a dog to ease his misery. Travis is so far out of touch with the rest of the world. He is never alone, yet he is lonely; and he is alone and he is lonely. By its own design, the job of a taxi driver is one of the loneliest jobs on the planet. A cabbie is continually in a situation where he is with people and yet they are all rank strangers to him. For the brief time that they are in his cab, they are a part of Travis’ world, but at no point in time is he ever a part of theirs. Travis Bickle truly is God’s Lonely Man.
Again, I will ask you; why do you do what you do?
- When did I become a Taxi Driver? (motherhoodmania.wordpress.com)
- 2 arrested in 2010 shooting death of Cobb taxi driver (ajc.com)
- Script To Screen: “Taxi Driver” (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- Mean Streets: The Landscape of New York in Taxi Driver (kubrickontheguillotine.com)