The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Friday, April 29, 2005 at 7:57 PM | Filed under ,

Today, Kevin and I saw The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We went to the new Lowe's theater next to Alderwood Mall. It's a neat story, if I may say so myself (which I may). Despite the exhaustingly unnecessary mountain of stairs that you have to walk up to enter the theater (or you could take the escalator), it's a nice theater. Big! After getting my ticket, and waiting for Kevin to get his, we went to Theater Nine. Stadium seating! It's nice because (a) you don't have to worry about not seeing over people's heads, and (b) you're more level with the screen, reducing cranenecking.

The movie itself was pretty good. I was expecting that it would be annoying to watch because the original story would seem to be pretty hard to translate into a Hollywood video, but they did it pretty well. While I was pretty upset about Zaphod's second head, there were several points in the movie that were really funny.

One hilarious moment in the movie is when the camera zooms out from the earth just prior to its destruction. It's funny, but describing it would ruin it if anyone reading this were to see the movie, so I'll just say "don't walk away while the earth is blowing up."

I liked the So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish song so much (and several other songs) that I had to buy the soundtrack at Fred Meyer. So that's interesting.

When the credits started, most of the audience left, but Kevin, several other people, and I stayed, and it's a good thing we did, because there was the Careless Talk animated guide entry and although it wasn't nearly as funny as the animation in the BBC mini-series, it was worth seeing.

On our way out, the ushers were handing out Juicy Fruit to those of us who had stayed. Whoopie yay! I will keep it to remind myself of today (along with my ticket stub...I usually don't throw those away).

Standardized Testing

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 9:01 PM | Filed under

For these last two weeks, the freshmen and sophomores have been taking standardized tests during the first class of the day. For the rest of us, that means that we've got blocks of classes where most of the class is sometimes missing.

Last Tuesday, most of the class in Chemistry was taking the test, and people were testing in our chemistry classroom, so we juniors and seniors went to a different classroom where we had practically two hours of free time. I read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy during most of those two hours.

Last Wednesday, Ms. Hudemann was proctoring the testing, so we had to move to a different classroom and Mr. Cook was supposed to be subbing for us, but the bell had rung and he wasn't showing up. Many people in the class kept saying that we all should leave, but nobody was doing anything. Eventually, a few people left, and one person apparently went to tell Mr. Hoffman, the Principal, that we had no teacher, so then Mr. Cook came and my group worked.

Last Thursday, we had two hours of History. Sigh. A pretty normal class since it's a junior class and nobody was testing, except it was two hours long. And last Friday, two hours of ASL. Ms. Brinkley didn't have anything planned, so we did nothing. I learned how to play a card game called 13 that didn't seem to make any sense at all.

Oh, and last Friday, it was remarkably hot in Mr. Worster's classroom, and somebody asked Worster if we could go outside and do our work there. Yoon wanted a place with shade, though, so Mr. Worster sent Rachel and me to go scout out a nice place with shade. Unfortunately, as it was just around noon, there weren't really any shadows around, so we sat on the concrete steps on the hill and I got a sunburn.

Mr. Worster and I were talking about Kansas or something and I brought up the Topikachu (Topeka was the site for a big Pokémon event, Topeka + Pikachu) thing and then we started talking about Pokémon, and how his son wanted cards, so he had asked his students to donate Pokémon cards and he got a bunch and yadda yadda. My point is that he got me playing Pokémon again and I beat Pokémon FireRed and I had already beaten Pokémon Ruby so I merged my two Pokémon teams together to create one really diverse team!

On Monday, in Calculus class, Mr. Worster thought our brains would get fried doing math homework for two hours straight or something, so we watched a movie called Stand and Deliver. It was a good movie.

Today, we had two hours of Creative Writing class, and it was a good thing we had the extra amount of time because Ms. Shaw wanted to keep watching Good Morning America because Bruce Springsteen was going to be on and she wanted to see him, but after a while, she decided to start teaching once she realized how much time she was wasting.

Spring Break

Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 11:40 AM | Filed under

Sure, everybody gets Spring Break earlier in the year than we do, but hey, we've got better weather, as well as Daylight Saving Time. So just back off!

So, Spring Break started after a really long day of school yesterday. In History, we took an in-class essay. I thought I wasn't very prepared, but apparently, I did enough studying to write the essay without forgetting any of my mental notes, which is a good thing. Yesterday, the Organ Lady was going to be giving presentations all day, but the only way to get in was if your teacher signed in, and I was afraid that none of my teachers would have signed up, like the last two years. But, fortunately, awesome Mr. Worster signed our Calculus class up to see the Organ Lady! Overall, I was a bit disappointed. I thought we'd get to poke at organs and stuff, but instead, it was just a lady who talked about not smoking and stuff. All the good seats in the front were already taken by the time my class got there, so I had to sit in the back with those people who yabber jabber, so I couldn't hear very well, and worst of all, I could barely see the blackened smoked lungs and hearts and stuff. Awwww...

On Monday, I am going to have my wisdom teeth removed off of my face. I honestly can't say I'm looking forward to it. If anyone has any sage advice, let me know (leave comments).