Politics is Important [What a Shock]

Hello everyone and welcome to my first non-kpop related video haha. Well, I pretty much said it all in the video but I was cut-off while talking because my memory card ran out of space [which is why the ending is so abrubt] and a few things that I wanted to say  weren’t filmed, so I guess that I’ll say them here.

I believe that choosing not to vote is stupid because voting is one of the only ways that the average person can contribute to what goes on in their government. Pretty much everything is handled by the three branches of government and the only way for people to have some semblance of control over what happens in their country is for them to help choose who represents them. Also, if you don’t vote then I’m sorry, but you’ve pretty much lost all right to complain about those in power. If you decide not to vote then you shouldn’t whine when the president doesn’t do what you want him [or maybe her someday] to do. Even if the person you voted for doesn’t win then at least you can rest easy knowing that you did literally all that you could to try to do the best for your country. And really, that’s all anyone can ask of you.

P.S. I know Halo 4 comes out the same day as the elections [November 6] and believe me, if I was 18, I’d have serious trouble dragging myself away from my Xbox to vote, but it doesn’t take too long and every vote makes a difference; so go out and do our country proud 🙂

P.P.S. At first, I thought that saying “politics is” sounded wrong because of the plural/non plural confusion but I looked it up to be sure and it turns out that saying “politics is” is fine, depending on the situation. I’m using it as the subject of politics instead of a factor within politics. It’s like with statistics: ‘statistics is very interesting’ works because it’s in reference to the subject but ‘these statistics are very interesting’ also works because it refers to statistical data. I thought some people might want to bring the grammar hammer down on me so this is just a little fyi.

Anyway, see you guys next time; I’ll try to post more frequently! 🙂

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The Hunger Games Movie Review

Well I decided that since The Hunger Games came out in theaters a couple of weeks ago (thus giving people enough time to see it before giving spoilers) I would write a review on the movie. Let me start by saying that I love the book trilogy; I read the first book around late 2008 or early 2009. It came out in September of 2008 so I guess that makes me a Hunger Games hipster. Lovely, just what I wanted to be. Anyway, enough about my life and let’s get to my opinions.

The story takes place in a futuristic North America which has been turned into the country of Panem. Panem was divided into thirteen districts which were ruled by the Capitol until the districts decided to rebel. The Capitol was able to reclaim control over twelve of the districts while destroying the thirteenth completely. Every year, as a reminder to the twelve districts of what happens when they rebelled, one boy and one girl from each district is selected as tribute to fight in a battle to the death against the other tributes. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is from District 12, the poorest of the districts. She lives with her mother and younger sister, Prim, but her father died a year or two earlier. At the reaping [when the tributes are selected] Katniss volunteers as tribute when Prim’s name is called and she, along with the male tribute Peeta and their drunken mentor Haymitch, prepares for the 74th annual Hunger Games. *Note: The rest of the review contains some spoilers for both the book and movie.

If I had to sum up the movie in one word, it would have to be ‘wow’. Now, mind you, I’m a bit of a Hunger Games fangirl; not crazy obsessed but I adored the books, so my impressions of the movie may be different than those who never read the books. Whether or not that’s a good thing, remains to be seen. I was so impressed with how true the movie had stayed to the book. Only a couple of details were changed, which is common for a movie that was adapted from a first-person novel. In the movie you see President Snow talking to the game maker, a riot in District 11 after Rue’s death, and an ominous scene with the game maker and a bowl of berries, which all but literally tells you that the game maker dies. All of these scenes are never given to you in the book because it is written in Katniss’ point of view, and she was never able to know that any of this was happening. One detail that they unnecessarily changed was the way Katniss received her mockingjay pin. In the book she gets it as a gift from her friend, and mayor’s daughter, Madge Undersee. In the movie, however, neither the mayor nor his daughter are mentioned or shown, instead she buys a woman gives it to Katniss for free at a shop in the Hob. I wouldn’t mind this detail too much if it weren’t for the fact that Katniss learns a piece of important information while visiting Madge at her home in the second novel. I’m sure they’ll figure out a new way to lead Katniss to that information, but I still feel that they could have kept Madge in the film. My guess is that introducing Madge as a character would have made the movie longer than they wanted it to be. Either way, I digress.

Another reason I would say ‘wow’ is because if you hadn’t read the book before watching the movie, there might be a few holes in the story for you. For me, the biggest one would have to be when Katniss had been stung by the trackerjackers and has hallucinations. I feel that it might have been hard for people to realize the explosions were the cause of her father’s death. Other than that, I can’t remember specific details but I know that there are scenes where Katniss will do something and, since we can’t hear her thoughts in the movie, her motives behind her actions will become misconstrued. I’ve had friends tell me that they think Katniss is a mean, rude person because she did something [i.e. the way she talked to her mother after the reaping] when really they just didn’t know why she had done it and after I explained, they realized her true intentions. All in all I think that the movie was very well adapted from the book and I hope the second one is just as good. Hopefully, changing directors won’t cause any harm to the way the movie is produced. I’ll be sure to have my fingers crossed!

P.S. am I the only one who loved that Woody Harrelson [Haymitch] and Lenny Kravitz [Cinna] were in this movie? Also, what are your thoughts toward the anger that some fans of the books feel about black actors having been cast for some of the roles? My opinion is that even if you thought of someone as a white person while reading the book, it’s ridiculous to become infuriated when that character isn’t white in the movie. The character’s race shouldn’t matter unless it’s specifically addressed in the novel yet changed for the movie.

3D Movies

Something that seems to becoming quite popular lately is bringing back old movies in the theater and making them 3D. That’s it. No extra scenes or commentary or anything special, just 3D. I’m pretty sure it started with the Lion King, then came Beauty and the Beast and now Stars Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. I have also heard that both Titanic and Finding Nemo are going to be coming out soon. My only question is: why is this so popular? Why do people feel the need to spend $10-15 to see a movie that’s been out for years in 3D when you can watch it at home? The argument that “Well, I don’t own the movie” is pretty hard to believe because if you are going out of your way and spending the money to see an old movie in theaters, then you must obviously like it enough to own it.

Watching movies in 3D isn’t even that great of an experience; personally I hate 3D movies. They give me headaches, the glasses get annoying and turning your head to look around gets quite awkward. The last movie I saw in 3D was Shark Boy and Lava Girl and that was a can of cheese whiz PLUS the crackers. It was the early 2000s so the effects were all obvious. Like when someone just happens to be playing paddleball and the ball flies at the audience. Or a character stabs another character and the weapon flies out of the screen at an attempt to scare the pants off of anyone watching. So I decided that 3D movies are doomed to be forever terrible and didn’t watch another one since. That is, until January 14, 2012.

For any die-hard Disney fans, you may know that January 13 is when Beauty and the Beast came out in 3D in theaters and while I love all things Disney (mostly the classic animated films) I had no intention of watching it. I didn’t see The Lion King, so why would I watch this? Because my friend dragged me to it, that’s why. I don’t mind so much because she paid for my ticket but either way, I watched it and I as pleasantly surprised. As expected, it wasn’t an Earth-shattering experience that would forever leave me questioning the value of 2D cinema, but it wasn’t as terrible as my last experience with 3D was. The 3D was much less subtle and it always made sense. The glasses weren’t the blurry, one-frame-blue-the-other-frame-red, bulky glasses that I was used to. In fact, at first I thought they were sunglasses until I realized that it made no sense for the theater to give me a free pair of sunglasses with my movie. So while I’m not going to start paying the extra money to see all of my movies in 3D [what a waste of my low salary] I did enjoy seeing my favorite Disney princess in full 3D glory. As a side note, my brother went to see the Star Wars movie today with his friend and when I asked him how it was, he replied with “good” and then went to eat something. As usual, what takes me 500 words to describe, he can sum up in one.

SOPA

Well a few days ago, on the 18th, in protest to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) many websites participated in some sort of blackout. Google censored its logo, Wikipedia went into a complete blackout and WordPress allowed its users to either blackout their blogs, display an anti-censorship banner on their blogs or both. Since I didn’t get the email until the day after when I actually checked my email account, I couldn’t blackout my blog -sigh of disappoinment- but I was able to show my support to the cause with the banner.

For those who don’t know what SOPA is and don’t want a lengthy explanation written at a level that only college professors could understand, I’ll just cut to the chase and tell you why everyone was so mad about it: it was going to censor websites that are based in the United States that had any material that was copywrited. For example, a media sharing website called megaupload was shutdown and some people involved with the website were charged with a number of federal crimes.

You can see why this would upset people, not just in the United States, but around the world. It hinders our freedom of speech and even hurts businesses that may be selling items that belong to other companies; like if a small cupcake shop’s website puts up a large company’s cupcake recipe. That small cupcake shop would have to shut down its website and any other website that is affiliated with that website would have to cut all ties. If the shop and anyone involved were to refuse, they’d face jail time.

Luckily, the SOPA bill has been so strongly protested against that it has been indefinitely postponed. While that is a triumph, it’s isn’t a complete victory because at any time the bill could rear its ugly head and threaten the users of the internet all over again. So pay attention and do your part in this or any cause that you believe is important. Because if you don’t stand up for your rights, then they’ll eventually go away.

Penn State Scandal

For the past couple of days news has been brought into the light about the Penn State scandal that has been going on for over 15 years. A quick summary for those who don’t know the main point: Former assistant coach at Penn State, Gary Sandusky, sexually abused young boys; sometimes on the Penn State campus. There’s more to it and more people involved but already it’s quite obvious how wrong these events are.

Before getting into the people involved I’ll give a timeline of the scandal, starting with the beginning of his career. Note: I did not create this timeline, I took it from the Huff Post. Any and all credit for the timeline goes to the Huff Post. Now let’s begin. [feel free to skim if you must, I’m aware of how painfully long this is, I just posted it for the curious]

“1969 – Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.

1977 – Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.

January 1983 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1982 season.

January 1987 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football’s national champion for the 1986 season.

1994 – Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.

1994-95 – Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.

1995-96 – Boy known as Victim 5, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade.

1996-97 – Boy known as Victim 4, at the age of 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile program.

1996-98 – Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.

Jan. 1, 1998 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.

1998 – Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.

Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6’s mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, “I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”

Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.

The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.

June 1999 – Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.

Dec. 28, 1999 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Summer 2000 – Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade.

Fall 2000 – A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, who he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13.

Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8’s identity is unknown.

March 1, 2002 – A Penn State graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] tells his father immediately.

March 2, 2002 – In the morning, the graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno’s home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002 – Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant [Mike McQueary] had said.

March 2002 – Later in the month the graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] is called to a meeting with Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz. The grad assistant [Mike McQueary] reports what he has seen and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.

March 27, 2002 (approximate) – The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] hears from Curley. He is told that Sandusky’s locker room keys are taken away and that the incident has been reported to The Second Mile. The graduate assistant [Mike McQueary] is never questioned by university police and no other entity conducts an investigation until the graduate assistant testifies in Grand Jury in December 2010.

2005-2006 – Boy known as Victim 1 says that meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.

Spring 2007 – During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.

Spring 2008 – Termination of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy’s mother calls the school to report sexual assault, Sandusky is barred from the school district attended by Victim 1 from that day forward and the matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law.

Early 2009 – An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general begins when a Clinton County, Pa. teen boy tells authorities that Sandusky has inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.

September 2010 – Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile, saying he wants to spend more time with family and handle personal matters.

Nov. 5, 2011 – Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.

Nov. 7, 2011 – Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the investigation into how the school handled the accusations. But she refuses to say the same for university President Graham Spanier. Curley and Schultz, who have stepped down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky.

Nov. 8, 2011 – Possible ninth victim of Sandusky contacts state police as calls for ouster of Paterno and Spanier grow in state and beyond. Penn State abruptly cancels Paterno’s regular weekly press conference.

Nov. 9, 2011 – Paterno and Spanier, one of the nation’s longest-serving college presidents, are ousted, effective immediately. Earlier in the day, Paterno announced he’d retire at the end of the season. In the end, he didn’t have that choice.”

Yeah, that was a long timeline, which makes it easier to find the crooked events within. One of the most notable events, at least to me and other than the rapes themselves, is Mike McQueary’s role in this scandal. The timeline itself didn’t mention his name so I tried to add it in brackets every time they mentioned him as the “graduate assistant”. He witnessed a child being raped by Sandusky and instead of trying to stop it or going to the police, he walks away and tells his father. Let me repeat that: HE. WALKS. AWAY. FROM. A. CHILD. BEING. RAPED. I don’t care who you are, what you do, and the possible personal consequences one might go through by interfering, as a human being it is your obligation to help that child and let me tell you, going to your father is not the way to go about it. Maybe if you’re a child that works, but an adult? You are old enough to know that is wrong and you need to alert the authorities or pull Sandunsky off of that poor boy. There are situations where the line between right and wrong can be blurry and therefore one might be confused about how to deal with it, but this? There is no excuse for someone to just walk away, tell your father, tell Joe Paterno [another assistant coach] the day after the event, report it to the Vice President and then allow them to cover it up by merely taking away the rapist’s keys as punishment [which they didn’t even do].

This brings up another thing: why was Sandunsky allowed to have keys to the campus if he had been fired? Paterno knew about the accusations made against Sandunsky but he let his have access to the campus anyway. Why? Because they had been close friends for years, that’s why. Joe Paterno knew about the scandal for years but instead of doing the right thing and telling the authorities he decided the university’s reputation was more important than the well-being of the children. I just don’t understand why people are making the Penn State scandal about Joe Paterno getting fired. How about people focus on something other than their precious football. CHILDREN. WERE. RAPED. and people are whining because a man who could have stopped it [but chose not to because the rapist is his friend] can’t coach? This is about institutional coverup, NOT FOOTBALL!

Movie Review: Sucker Punch

The Five Badass Chicks from the Movie Sucker Punch

Sorry it’s been so long but I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. In those weeks, however, I had enough time to take a break and watch a movie I’ve been wanting to see since I saw the first preview. If you don’t know what movie I’m referring to, you might want to reread the post’s title. I guess I’ll start with the positives.

Well I have to say that I absolutely loved the movie [except for the ending, but I’ll get to that later]. It was an interesting sci-fi flick with a group of girls that can seriously kick CGI butt. The storyline is interesting, the outfits are interesting [especially for heterosexual men, if you catch my drift] and the effects are amazing. I guess I could give a basic plot summary as well, so if you haven’t watched it and don’t want it to be ruined, look away.

A young woman [later referred to as Baby Doll] is sent to a mental institution by, what can only be called, her evil stepfather. Once there the movie starts into her dream-like sequences where she is in a brothel and has to dance for men so they can choose her to do the deed with. However, she is being saved for a rich man who will come for her in five days [in the real world her five-day deadline is for her lobotomy]. So she devises a plan to collect five items in order for her and her new friends to escape. Her friends are listed in the picture, names under the corresponding girl. I won’t give up how the movie ends just yet, that’ll come later.

Alright so that’s the basic plot and I have to say that I liked the way it was done, but it was definitely flawed. First of all, while this might not be a bad thing, the movie gave me this sort of anime vibe, especially Baby Doll’s character. Throughout the movie she wears her hair in pigtails, wears short little skirts [yes, even in the snow] and gives off this overall cutesy, anime feel. I really don’t know how to explain it, it’s just one of those things that you have to be familiar with anime clichés and patterns in order to understand what I mean. Also, the movie is quite repetitive after the first 45 minutes or so. Once they create the plan to gather the items you can predict what will happen next. The girls sit with the man who Baby Doll is distracting with her supposedly mind-blowing, amazing, sexy dance moves. I say supposedly because we never see her actually dance. Instead we go into her mind and see that while she’s dancing she’s really thinking of incredibly detailed missions where she and the other four girls must retrieve the item. These moments are a nice release from any suspense the film has created. That may seem like a good thing to those watching the movie [as it first did to me] but after the first two or three missions you find yourself losing interest in the movie and especially those fantasy missions.

Now on to the characters, although I could add more above I’ll spare you the rant. The people in this movie are incredibly one-dimensional. Meaning that they never really develop. You learn a bit of background on Sweet Pea and her younger sister Rocket but even that’s a little vague on the details. You learn nothing about anyone’s personalities, history, thoughts, feelings, desires nothing. The four supporting girls are little more than minions that all share one thought: to leave the ‘brothel’ where they are held prisoner. I like to watch the characters of a movie develop. Sure, maybe not everyone [like the evil stepfather and, obviously, Baby Doll’s little sister] needs to be developed, but the five main protagonists? I think they should be. Also the villain can be summed up in three words: creepy but unthreatening. He’s played by Oscar Isaac which if you’ve ever seen a picture of the man, he’s not that scary of a man. He’s pretty small and the only time I’d ever fear him is when he had a gun in his hand, which happened once so overall, not that bad. Creepy and annoying? Yes. Making me shake in my slippers? No.

Finally I come to the ending. In a nutshell: it made me really, really angry. After I slept on it I realized that while it was still lacking, I understood why everything happened, happened. So again, spoilers so you know, shield your defenseless eyes now. Oscar Isaac [or Blue as he is named in the movie] lives instead of dying when Baby Doll shot him [which I knew would happen because she only shot him once in the shoulder before running away. You think she would have learned after letting her evil stepfather live but I guess not] Although Blue is arrested, it’s only after he lobotomized Baby Doll so it kind of cancels out his arrest. Yeah, you read me: Baby Doll gets lobotomized because she sacrificed herself to let Sweet Pea live. Which also bothers me; why is the only survivor of this entire plan the girl who didn’t even want to go through with it in the first place. Baby Doll mentions how only Sweet Pea would have been able to live normally in the outside world. I must say, that seems like a load of bull honky because everyone else would have done just fine. So the entire mission was in vain because four girls had to die [or in Baby Doll’s case, become brain-dead] for one girl to live.

That is a less angry [although still bitter] version of my initial reaction. After thinking about the ending I’ve come to realize that while I still don’t like the ending, it’s not as terrible as it seems. Baby Doll wanted out of the asylum but realized that only one could successfully escape and that she had nowhere to go, so she decided to let Sweet Pea escape because she still had parents she could go to. So instead of live with the horrors of the asylum she was glad to be lobotomized in order to escape into her own world. So in the end Baby Doll was ‘set free’ and Sweet Pea was able to live her live normally. So although the ending made me both sad and angry, I can at least understand why everything happened, even though I don’t agree with it. Would I watch the movie again? Maybe, depending on what kind of mood I am in and if I’m prepared to feel terrible when it ends. Again. Well anyway that’s my [incredibly long] spiel about the movie Sucker Punch. Now you know how I feel about it and maybe got a new perspective that you didn’t think of before. Speaking of which, feel free to tell me yours in the comments. As always, new opinions are accepted with open, enthusiastic arms. Adios!

Aren’t haunted attractions supposed to be scary?

In Lancaster, PA I went to one of those scary, haunted walk through things with two of my friends and I must say that I experienced a large lack of fear. I went to one called Jason’s Woods because it looks pretty good according to the website, and maybe it was. I get scared really easily and I expected to have the wits scared out of me but was pretty disappointed when that didn’t happen. I’ll list what I did with the $25 Three Show Combo.

First everyone went to The Grand New Jason’s Woods Theater  where we listened to a woman speak for a short amount of time then watched a video with a preview of what we would see. The video is compiled of the videos under the Photo/Video Gallery section at jasonswoods.com in case anyone reading would like to check it out.

After that we exited the building and went straight to the Haunted Maze, which looked pretty scary by the entrance. Of course once I saw that the woman checking our ticket was a little old lady, I melted. I can’t help myself around sweet old people, I always find myself minding my manners and telling my friends around me to do the same. She was super nice and had on a witch’s hat which I found funny because even though this was supposed to be a scary attraction, she didn’t try to scare us. Anyway, I digress. We went through and one of my friends (who I’ll call by my nickname for her instead of her actual name) was in front. Little Hamster (yeah that’s her nickname, don’t ask it’s a long story) was pretty much leading the entire group of 20-30 people because everyone but her was too scared to go first. At one point there were only two ways to go and both were pitch black. I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. So Little Hamster, Gretchy (my other friends nickname) and I asked if anyone had a flashlight. One man had a bright cellphone but refused to go first. We mentally facepalmed; here was a large man who would survive much better than my group if anything dangerous happened (which obviously wouldn’t) and he was too scared. Finally Little Hamster got impatient and just went, with me grabbing her jacket hood so I wouldn’t get lost and Gretchy doing the same to me. Behind us we hear screams and the sound of Freddy Krueger snipping his scissorhands but we were far from it. Finally, like a bloodhound, Little Hamster gets us out of the maze and much to our surprise, we were first. Mind you, we are small women and the fact that we beat out the multiple strong men that we left behind, made us (and by us I mean Little Hamster) feel pretty good about ourselves. We laughed and said a few celebratory words and went on to the next attraction.

We stopped at the Haunted Hayride. Being born and raised in the concrete jungle I had never been on a hayride before. So I was a little wary but when we sat down, backs against the side and legs stretched out, I immediately liked this better than the maze. There was no chance of me getting lost and for me walking around is scarier because I don’t know where I am going. Add that to the fact that when it comes to fight or flight I am 100% flight, it doesn’t make a good combination. Anyway, we were driven around and it took a long time for the first stop to come, which was just some hillbilly character yelling at us. Then we moved on, drove for a while, stopped, and more characters yelled and ran along the sides shouting and getting in our faces. But the thing is, they weren’t scary, just a bit obnoxious. Also, there was a group of girls who ranged from about 8-10 or so. They were incredibly scared, they rolled around in the hay to get away from the character while everyone else just watched and laughed. Except for two teenagers sitting next to me who, while not as obvious, were a bit scared too as one could see because they sat in the middle, not the side. So the characters aimed for the young girls and teenagers because no one else gave appeared to be scared. If you just laugh and act calm they’ll move on to people who are easier to scare and that’s exactly why my friends and I were overlooked. At the end of the mostly soothing ride (although there was a strobe light room and that was extremely head-ache inducing) we got off and went to the Barn of Terror.

Okay I’m sorry but I am so done with describing everything and the last two attractions, Barn of Terror and Pirate’s Revenge, are so similar that I’ll just simply summarize. You walk around into different rooms, people pop out to yell at you, and you eventually make it out. Now it was pretty dark in both and that led to me running into walls and focusing so much on where I was going that a few times I missed when people popped out, only knowing someone had when I heard Gretchy scream. The Pirate’s Revenge was pretty cool, though, because we were given 3-D glasses, which made the walk through really disorienting. Also in the pirate attraction there was an all black room with neon colored dots everywhere and in it is a man wearing an all black suit with the same dots on them. So he blends in and Little Hamster ran into him, causing her to scream for the first (and last) time that night. So to recap, was I scared? No. Was Jason’s Woods scary? For a lot of people, yes, just not for me. Did I have fun? Most definitely.

P.S. sorry it’s so long, I kind of got carried away. But I was there for a few hours and there was a lot to talk about. I’m sure I’ll be back to my 300-500 word posts in no time 🙂