Friday, January 2, 2009

The Breakfast Club

What a lovely morning. I knew I didn't have much work on my plate today, so I turned on the TV while enjoying my morning cup of coffee. Turns out we are getting a free preview of some movie channels, and one of them had The Breakfast Club on.

I did what any other child of the 80s would do -- I didn't move from the couch until the movie was over. Being it was on HBO, it wasn't edited. I think it's the first time I've seen it unedited in about a decade. Sorry, but I can't take Judd Nelson's character seriously when TNT or USA edits him to say "Fudge you, man." It just doesn't work for me.

This movie seems timeless to me. You know how sometimes you watch a TV program or a movie that you loved when you were a kid, and now it seems cheesy? (Think the original Knight Rider) Not The Breakfast Club.

I've been trying to figure out why. Could it be because Judd Nelson was one of my first crushes? Could it be because I've always loved Emilio?

I think I have nailed it down. One thing that hasn't changed in high school throughout generations is the different cliques. You have the preppy, popular girls, the jocks (or as they're referred to in the movie, "sports"), the geeks or nerds, the stoners, and so on.

Don't shake your head and say, "I never participated in those labels," because it's simply not true. Even if you didn't want to participate, everyone ended up being labeled in one fashion or another.

I've come to the conclusion that The Breakfast Club is timeless is because it centers around a theme that our parents dealt with, we dealt with, and our kids and grandkids will deal with. Kids are mean and high schools are full of cliques.

Regardless of the mean kids and cliques, I wouldn't mind getting locked in a library on a Saturday afternoon with the cast of The Breakfast Club. Would you?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy 2009 everyone! I hope you all had safe and fun celebrations last night. We ended up having a pretty chill evening. We went to our favorite local bar around 7:00 and got out of there around 9:00. Then we had a few friends over for food, drink, and old fashioned fun.

Our favorite bar ended up having an all-night liquor license, but we just could not imagine hanging out there until 5:00 this morning! Although, I have to admit it might have been funny to get up early, take a short drive over there, and see people stumbling out as the sun came up. Hopefully there was a line of cabs waiting to take everyone home this morning.

I'm not sure why, but I've never been too big into the whole New Year's Eve celebration. I've tried to go out and get into it in the past, but I end up just getting annoyed with the crowded bars and restaurants. There are just too many people who are too drunk for my liking.

I go out with my husband a couple of times a week and have a great time at our little corner bar. I don't need to be out when the masses are taking over the bars and the streets. I am much happier sitting on the couch with a bottle of wine and good company while watching the ball drop at midnight.

Regardless of how you rang in the New Year, I hope it turns out to be a great 2009 for you all!