I feel dumb. Where is the link to get to the forums from here? Or like from anywhere?
8 years agoMomGamer
I just got back from seeing Toy Story 3 with my 19 year old daughter. Pro Tip: DO NOT get stuck behind a garbage truck for two miles on the way home from the film. It's hard to see to drive when you're weeping like a Miyazaki heroine.
It's a brave film. I'll give it that. But anyone who is under the impression that's a kid's film is sadly sadly mistaken. I'm gonna say it - if you are thinking about taking anyone under 12 or over 17, please be aware this one is not just cute and happy. Some of this thing is scary, and some is just frelling hard. I'm going to spoiler the middle bits, just in case.
The story hits on many levels.
I've been a toy. Not literally, but I've had friends who were written off by others. Many people wrote off my son when he was a teenager. Heck, I damned near did so many times. It can be so easy to just write people off right back. Watching them jump into that box was hard. I can't even be mad at the "bad guy". I've been left behind myself, and it does break something inside. And just sucking it up and pulling yourself back up by your bootstraps like everyone says is sometimes just not possible. We're not all Atlas, standing with the planet on our shoulders. And even if you do manage to get to your knees, things have still changed.
I've been Andy's mom. Both when she was trying to get something (ANYTHING!) done around the house because you really do have to get the work done sometimes, folks, and in the end when she got all weepy in his now-empty room. The worst part isn't in the film; it's my own baggage. Kids don't leave just once. You have to watch them walk away over and over again. I did it when my daughter went down the aisle in the ugly green acetate bathrobe, again when she did it in her wedding dress, and I have to do it every time they come over for dinner and she has to go to her home. I have to do it again every time my eldest leaves on deployment. Some days it's hard to watch the ones who still live at home go to work because each day is one step closer to a bigger goodbye. They will find many reasons to go, each in their own way. They have to. It's all part of growing up and raising them. They are supposed to end up with their own lives out in the big world. I'm always glad when they come back and see me for a while, but there's nothing in this world that makes it easy when they have to go again.
I've been Andy. I was proud of him at the end, even as I was bawling like a hungry, angry baby. That time of your life is full of those moments when you get smacked with the fact that the world you lived in up until that point has irrevocably changed and you're probably not nearly as ready for it as you think you are. The look on his face when he drove away was something else. He really did grow through that situation, but that doesn't mean it doesn't suck the chrome right off a trailer hitch.
I'm still a puddle and the movie's been over almost an hour. I'm sad. I'm angry. I want my babies back. I'm happy for the characters and they're not even @()&% real. I wasn't joking about the garbage truck. It pulled out in front of us at a light and after about half a block of watching it drive on while we sat at the red my daughter and I both burst out laughing and crying at the same time. There was just nothing else to do with the whole welter. Way to bring back a teenage moment - I'm feeling about 17 things at once here and all I know for sure is it's John Lasseter's fault.
The ending will wring you out. The only reason I can imagine someone not crying at the end of this is that it somehow interferes with their system's interpretation of The Three Laws. Seriously, you should have your cyborg heart looked at.
Do I think people should see this. Yes. Am I going to watch it again. I don't know. Not soon, I know that.
10 years agoMomGamer
Or blows, or something....
I'm a gamer, but because I'm also trying to have a grown-up life, it's not whether or not I can get a game that limits me anymore. My telling factor is getting time to play. Lately it's been telling me to kiss off. And thanks to the release schedule in November it's getting a little ugly around Chez Momgamer.
I finally got to play a little Gears 2 with my son (which I will keep offline for now due to EXTREME levels of humiliating suckitude), and he had to open the box to put it in. It had been sitting on my coffee table, just waiting patiently. I had to hide Valkyria Chronicles from myself because I don't think I have the self control not to do stupid things to my schedule to play it.
I've got eight games in a stack on the coffee table, among them Fable 2, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, the aforementioned jRPG crack pipe. Top that off with the three more I just picked up (Left for Dead, Naruto: Broken Bond, and Need for Speed: Undercover). Still got Persona 4, Prince of Persia, and something else I can't remember off the top of my head to come here in the next few weeks. That list doesn't touch the ones that I'm not done with yet.
On top of all that I have that pesky job-thingy, a Thanksgiving dinner to plan, my daughter's importunate boyfriend to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped.
There are days when you just want to say, "Screw all of this. I'm going to plug in Coltrane and play Bejeweled until the world gets it's sh*t together." But you don't.
For one thing, my son still thinks cover is only for secret agents and in the bowels of the Burrow that will flat get you killed.
10 years agoMomGamer
If you go to my profile you see the damning truth right there at the top of the page. They are even so kind as to bold it for you. ;)
Every year my daughters make up a song making fun of me for my birthday. They're not content with the "Happy Birthday to you, you look 62..." version. They can do much better than that. So they parody a song making fun of my gray hair or my geekiness or how old I am. See this for a lovely example.
I do love it. I do think they're funny, and they work hard on them. This year they came up with two of them. One of them is the usual "mean" one. I don't know what that is yet, but if if's anything like last year's "Mine eyes have seen the glory of Mom's hair turning gray..." song it'll be epic.
My actual birthday was Wednesday, and since we had church that night we had to move the party. But that didn't stop them from making certain that everyone knew I'd hit the big Four-Oh. We brought cupcakes and let the whole gang sing Happy Birthday. And right in front of the whole youth group the girls sang this.
Set to the tune of I Loved Her First by Heartland:
You're standing there and you're looking at me
And I wonder if it is not a good thing
Did I forget? Or did I do wrong?
And you're staring at me all along
She was enough for me not long ago
She was my number one
And I told her so
And she still means the world to me
Just so she knows
So I'll be careful and just check my chore
Time changes nothing
but life does go on
and we're not gonna argue with her
But she loved me first
She held me first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath I breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of my mother runs deep
I'm sorry we don't say every day
That we'll always love you this way
She loved me first...
It goes on for the whole song. I was a dripping mess by the end of it, right in front of everyone.
I have the draft lyrics sheet with all the scrawled corrections all over it in both their handwriting. It'll go in my memory box with all the others. They're going to record it for me once I get ahold of the karaoke version of the background.
10 years agoMomGamer
I really don't want to be obnoxious to this guy so I didn't respond to his posts, but this annoys me deeply. This guy has resurrected five threads in the General Gaming forum alone in the last day.
If he had something useful to say about the topic, it might be one thing. But his responses are less than helpful. If the topic had suddenly become relevent again, that might be different too. None of that is happening anywhere I can see. Just this guy lamely flopping into the conversation three years too late.
Would one of Velgoth's friends please educate him on the fine art of looking next to the post number and seeing how long it's been since a given thread was last touched before he strikes again?
And before you ask, heck yes I'm grumpy today. My asthma is being a @)%&@ and I had to spend most of last night and this morning at the ER, my younger son is being a dork and not doing his chore (or much of anything else), the email server here at work is being an intermittent harpy, and my officemate the political junkie is listening to talk radio and going off like a flash-bang at intervals because of what someone said in the blogo-sphere or pundito-sphere about the election.
And to top this off I'm here at work instead of home playing Spore, Infinite Undiscovery, Vesperia, Heavenly Sword, or Uncharted.
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