What has become of today’s high school’s? Have you been in one lately? From #Gossip Girl we see well-heeled teens texting gossip, email blasts to obliterate their competitors and bring down those they deem trouble, sometimes the teachers are included in the target group. Why aren’t the teachers taking the darn hand helds away from them? Why aren’t the teens getting sent to ISS (inter-school suspension)? Well, because it’s television. In real life I can assure you from a recent stint as substitute English teacher for 11th and 12th graders, texting during class and generally acting up is not a preferred status to own. There is ISS (didn’t have this when I was in high school but the biggest thing high school kids did then was smoke cigarettes outside during lunch 🙂 And there is #Glee on Fox now which showcases the singing choral groups that compete amongst the teen angst jocks and wannabe’s in High School for attention. Heck, Gwyneth Paltrow has given the substitute teacher a whole new glow on Glee. Not only did she control the students she mesmerized them with her singing prowess and in-depth knowledge of her subject matter. Way to go Gwyneth! So, I was not singing although I did corral the Theater class for improvisations that actually weren’t bad. And, of course I did study acting – well, okay I took two courses at HB Studios in Manhattan. And there was that extra bit on The Romantics… blah, blah, blah.
As for lit, I did study it and loved it. Yes I was a good student. I do have a Master’s Degree and helped enough corporate execs with speeches, media interviews and writing stories to control and direct a bunch of hormonally confused teens. I said that last sentence over and over again while I was back in High School. It helped to center myself. You see I started to have flashbacks to when I was a student in high school. Those insecure feelings of inadequacy. I understand the dysfunctional family circus can wreak havoc on a teens tiny self-esteem. But, the attitudes? They must be adjusted. So, for that high school girl who texted the whole time first period… never again. And, no I didn’t get my hair cut at Walmart, my hips aren’t big, and if you misbehave again, flip desks over, talk too loudly, ISS is calling! And, for the girl who said I pronounced everyone’s name really nicely – Thank you. Gossip Girl XOXO!
Okay not quite as glamorous a premiere as I hoped but … the movie I was an extra in a year and half ago is now out on DVD. Yes – you too can see me run off in the rain in #The Romantics. It didn’t get a wide release in the theaters so it went to DVD a lot sooner. When it begins to rain you will see me and my date for the wedding Clay – tall, tan jacket, bald man, run off together. Oh what about me? It is dark by then so check out the woman getting up real fast and carrying a red purse – #Kenneth Cole – and my jacket is a dark print. Clay kindly grabs my arm and we run!!! Look out Godzilla is coming!!! No not really but believe me that is what I was thinking. It was about 50 degrees then, no sun, after 3PM and we were getting showered with cold water. Brrrr! I know what you see in the film is the second or third take because in the first one, I ran off without my purse. I was scolded for that. In between takes we were toweled down by the crew. Oh, how Hollywood! And, when it rains, my hair curls and frizzes like a perm from mother nature. I can see my hair is a bit wavy at that time too. Who knew my red Kenneth Cole purse would be such a symbol of wedding regret but apparently it is. Don’t want to spoil the whole movie for you but it doesn’t happen. What? You will have to see the movie. Other shots to look for: #Southold Yacht club is beautifully pictured as our beautiful bays, beaches, and creeks – not to mention Old Field Vineyards where the wedding scene and many others were filmed. It’s a kick to see them so well portrayed. Of course you will see #Katie Holmes, #Josh Duhamel, #Anna Paquin, #Candace Bergen and many others portray characters that get lost in the #romance of eastern Long Island.
Am I sad that I didn’t get to see myself run away in the cold rain with my red purse on the big screen ? No, not really. You see this way I can skip all the other parts and just hit replay again and again and again to see the scene I was in. And, laugh and laugh. Of course I watched the whole movie and I did like it. I may be a bit biased. You will have to wait til the end to see my runoff scene as well. Let me know what you think about the red purse, my run, and of course the whole movie. What do they say, “There are no small parts, just small actors.”
Whether you are entrenched in snow drifts or just watching with amazement on TV from your sunny and warm locale in the U.S. you know this winter has been a big one with the snow totals. Business has been slowed, daily routines in your personal life have been slowed and enjoyment away from home has been slowed – for those in the snow news anyway. I sincerely remember with pleasure my first snowshoe experience. It was several years ago in upstate New York and was lightly snowing as a group of people, led by an experienced snow shoe person started toward the large forest. For the next hour and half we sloshed, bounced, and sometime tripped with our snowshoes firmly attached to our waterproof and insulated boots. It’s never a good idea to do snowshoeing unless you have enough snow on the ground. This winter is perfect for it. No one wants to trip, fall and gaff over sticks and branches that sometimes show through the snow. For those that haven’t done this it is a great aerobic workout. I have done this a few times with a large group and came back every time sweating! The first time I learned to never wear jeans again. They needed to be surgically removed from my body. They had literally froze to my legs. Snow shoes, if you don’t know, kick up snow on the back of your legs as you go. BRrrr! Once you are wearing the right snow proof, water proof, warm clothes and shoes, the experience is phenomenal. A lot of parks, wilderness preserves, have snow shoe trails in the winter. I was just told about one on the South Fork of Long Island which I will be looking into shortly. If you can’t beat the snow, you might as well enjoy it! So, do what you can do to get out and enjoy it. Whether it’s snowshoeing, cross-country or snowboarding and downhill (for the more limber and bruise resistant souls) or just walk near your home. Get the cardio going and enjoy this element of weather because before you know it, we’ll be switching on the air-conditioners and complaining about the heat and humidity.