July 3

Moth Man, in Indy??

There has been a Moth Man sighting in Indy. Well, there might have been. Let’s look at the facts. Last Saturday, Amy (cousin, roommate, best friend) and I were heading downtown for an event. All of a sudden she shouts out, “Did you see that?” I turned to look at her, and then out the window where she was looking and told her that I didn’t see anything.

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Amy went on to describe  seeing a huge vulture. It was the biggest one that she had ever seen in her life! She told me it look like it was human size with huge wings. Amy couldn’t believe what she had just seen. I asked her if it had red eyes but she didn’t notice because she was so taken aback by the size of the thing. Fast forward to a few hours later, and Amy is having a medical issue and is taken away by an ambulance to the hospital. I know she has a pre-existing medical condition but that did not bring this particular issue. It came out of the blue. It could very well have been something that medically happened to her, or it could have been because she saw the Moth Man!

For those of you who don’t know about the Moth Man legends, here is a  brief explanation. The Moth Man or Moth Men are unknown beings that seem to appear before disaster strikes. Sometimes, they interact with people, while other times people just spot them. Supposedly, there were many sightings and interactions with these Moth Men before the collapse of the bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Are these beings here to foretell us of impending doom, or are they the ones causing it? No one really knows for sure as it is always been a mystery.

Moth Men have been described as huge winged creatures. They stand taller than most people at 6 feet or higher. Their wings have a very long span and their eyes glow red. They appear to be on the skinny side because no one is sure what is in their diet. Some people say that the Moth men are aliens from outer space sent here to do damage, or to warn us. Others say that people are simply mistaken very real animals and confusing them for a Moth Man. Some of the animals accused of being the Moth Men have been owls, vultures, some kind of diseased bird, a hoax, or human error.

While doing research about this, I found that some people have mistaken the Moth Men as a Thunderbird.

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The Thunderbird stems from Native Americans culture. The Ojibwa describes the Thunderbird as large winged birds that can resemble other well-known birds. The purpose of a Thunderbird is to fight underwater spirits. This is the time for migration, and just like any other bird, the Thunderbird moves during Springtime. Could Amy have actually seen a Thunderbird during it’s migration?

No one knows for sure if there was an actual Moth Man sighting here in Indy. It could have been a mistake, or it could have been a Thunderbird on it’s migration. It seemed all too strange for Amy to sight this thing, and then end up in the hospital later on that night. I didn’t see it, nor did anyone else that we knew who was driving the same direction as we were to the event. Could this be the start of a supernatural event, a warning from an alien race, or just a huge bird big enough to eat a small toddler? We will never know for sure. In the meantime, Amy is doing better than she was last week, but we will not being keeping an eye out for these strange winged creatures!

July 3

20 Freebies for your Birthday

It’s that time of year again for me, when I gain another year, and probably will gain several more pounds after I am done with this list! There are actually several places out there that will give you free, or deeply discounted items on your birthday! This has come in handy for many reasons. First, it is nice to be able to treat yourself with some fun and free items on your birthday. Many of these offers are available the entire month of your birthday, while others will expire faster. Secondly, this is great for other people. I have found myself being broke most of my life and can’t buy my friends and loved ones gifts. This is a way that I can still get them a present either by getting them free food, or something on a discount. Some of these offers require a purchase of a drink which is something I can do even when I’m scary broke.

I recommend that if you decide to sign up for these freebies, do yourself a favor and get a separate email account. Not only will you get these free offers, but most likely you will get many other offers in your inbox that are both great coupons, and some ads. There are many free hosting sites to take advantage of so I suggest that you do so in order to not clog up your normal inbox. This would also be a great place for you to sign up for other offers that you might want such as newsletters. I also suggest doing research in your local areas for any birthday items they may have that aren’t a chain. It’s always good to give some love to your local places!

*** I am not sponsored by any of these places. I am just spreading the love for some free items on your birthday! If you want to sponsor me, I am open to it though! Not all of these work in your area even if there is a branch of the restaurant close to you. Do your research while signing up because most have disclaimers. These are the ones that have worked for me unless stated otherwise.  Don’t forget to check your junk folder because your email may have gone there and your free item might go unnoticed!

1. Arby’s: One free shake on your birthday. You will also get many other offers and freebies for your local Arby’s, so pay attention. Right away, you will get a free Roast Beef sandwich with a purchase of a drink.  http://arbys.com/get-deals/

2. Baskin Robbins: One free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream….AND a discount on a birthday cake! Just join their birthday club by filling out their form.  https://www.baskinrobbins.com/content/baskinrobbins/en/signin.html

3. Chili’s: Free desert or app on your birthday. This is not available in every area, and it’s not in mine! Sad face, but here is the link to sign up for the email club: https://www.chilis.com/register

4. CVS: $3.00 off via Extra Care Beauty. You will need to sign up for their free card which is a great way to get points and save money at CVS. It is free to sign up and it’s always nice to get discounts. https://www.cvs.com/promo/promoLandingTemplate.jsp?promoLandingId=join-beautyclub

5. Dairy Queen: Free Blizzard with a purchase of a Blizzard. Join the fan club, but not available in all areas. https://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/Blizzard-Fan-Club/

6. Disney Movie Rewards: Get 100 points on your birthday to go towards many items on the Disney Movie Reward site. Sign up: http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/

7. Dunkin Donuts: One free drink on your birthday, plus one free drink for signing up for the free account. You don’t need to have a gift card, but it does help you get more offers. You will get offers and coupons. https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en/dd-perks

8. Firehouse Subs: Sign up for their reward program online or via their app and get a free sub on your birthday. You will also earn reward points for every purchase. It doesn’t say what kind of sub or what size. https://www.firehousesubs.com/firehouse-rewards/

9. Gigi’s Cupcakes: A personal favorite of mine! You can’t beat a free cupcake on your birthday. You will also earn rewards towards more free cupcakes! It’s a win-win! https://gigiscupcakesusa.com/

10. IHOP: Free birthday pancakes and more! Sign up for their free Pancake Revolution: http://www.ihop.com/pancake-revolution

11. Jason’s Deli: $5.00 coupon when you sign up for their mailing. Make sure that you read through the bullet points and sign up for their birthday club and enter in your birth date! http://www.jasonsdeli.com/about-us/sign

12. Kohls: $10.00 off coupon which will be mailed or emailed to you before your birthday. Sign up for the Yes2You Rewards here: https://www.kohls.com/feature/rewards.jsp\

13. McCalister’s Deli: $5.00 coupon on your birthday plus other offers will be emailed to you. You will also get a free cookie offer after signing up!  http://mcalister.fbmta.com/members/UpdateProfile.aspx?Action=Subscribe&InputSource=W

14. Olive Garden: Free desert up to $10.00 emailed to you 6 days before your birthday…AND a free app or desert for signing up to their email club. You also have the choice to sign up for other sister restaurant sites as well. Sign up here:  https://www.olivegarden.com/customer-service/joineclub-step1

15. Panera Bread: Free birthday treat and rewards towards free and discounted product when you sign up for My Rewards There is also an app for your phone. I have gotten a lot of use out of this reward program including one month with a free bagel every single day!! https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/company/meet-mypanera.html

16. Sephora: If you join the free Beauty Insider program, then you can get a free birthday gift during your birthday month. You will also get offers and reward points: Sign up here: https://www.sephora.com/profile/beautyInsider/?om_mmc=aff-linkshare-redirect-1EJqTwLQbuk

17. Starbucks: One free drink or food item. You will need a gift card for this, and your free item will be loaded to that card! This will expire the day after your birthday, so pay attention! I advise keeping your card registered to get deals! There is also an app. https://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards/rewards-program-ts-and-cs

18. The Container Store: If you sign up for their POP program, you will get an email with a free offer for a sticky pad! https://www.containerstore.com/pop/

19. Steak and Shake: If you join their eClub, you will get a coupon for a free surprise. Many times, it is a free meal without the drink. http://www.steaknshake.com/eclub

20. Ulta: If you join Ulta Rewards, you will get extra points and a coupon for a free birthday gift. http://www.steaknshake.com/eclub

So, there was a very small list of items that you can get on your birthday! Do your research and see what your local options are as well. Another tip is if you travel and have reward points on airlines, check with them because you might get extra points. If you happen to be staying in a hotel during or close to your birthday, let them know. They might do something for you from an upgrade, to a discounted service.

Remember, you might have to show an ID at some of these places to get your free item. You will have to print off the coupons so if you don’t have access to a printer, go to your library! Make sure you follow up on your emails. They will send you links to confirm your account and this is how they get your birthday or mailing information. This is important, or you could miss out! Read your coupons carefully because it might require a purchase such as a buy one, get one, or you might need to purchase a beverage. Pay attention to the expiration date because some of them will not be the entire month, but only on your birthday. Most of all, explore these offers, and have some fun!

July 3

An Open Letter to DC Comics

Dear DC Comics,

 

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I had such high hopes for you! As a child, I religiously watched your shows on TV, your movies on the big screen, and read the comics when I could. I grew up watching Batman and Superman. I know that the Batman series from the 1960’s was campy, but that show defined camp! I had so much fun watching Batman and Robin tangle with those strange and wonderful foes! Superman was the best thing to see on the big screen! Christopher Reeves was larger than life, and Superman could really save the day! As I grew older, I watched Batman: The Animated Series and was introduced to this strange and lovely being, Harley Quinn. I didn’t know what it was about her, and her terrible abusive relationship with the Joker, but I found myself rooting for her and wanting to see more.

DC, you were doing a great job! Batman was one of the biggest movies of my childhood! Not only did Jack Nicholson play the Joker, but Prince did the soundtrack! Amazing! And Micheal Keaton did a great job as Batman. There was even nods to the source material in the movie which was great for us fans! That is when things started to decline. The second Batman movie was very dark, and visually hard to see. Plus, it was just gross at some points.  Then you switched Batman up, twice in the following years. Batman and Robin is one of the most cringe worthy shows ever! It’s not even on a campy level. It’s just bad, and embarrassingly so. What in the world were you thinking, DC, when you gave the green light to these turds? When do you believe this was okay? Now, you are literally spending time and money making up for these movies because you lost fans.

The Dark Knight series was very successful, but it’s not the Batman movies most audiences want or need! These movies were great entertainment, but we wanted more. We wanted the pure Batman. And we still are waiting because for some reason you thought Ben Affleck would make a great caped crusader? That isn’t even the worst part. You destroyed Superman! The forgettable movie that came out in 2000 something was a boo boo. Smallville was a pretty good TV show so that made up for the kind of sad movie adaption with what’s his name. But “The Man of Steel!” Let’s talk about a monster mistake! I have never wanted to walk out of a superhero movie before (including Batman and Robin) until I saw this movie!

Superman was nothing like he was supposed to be! He was violent, angry, and had a body count in the hundreds. He made the Earth his battleground and destroyed buildings, and so many lives! He snapped a neck without much thought or remorse which made us all wonder, was Superman ever capable of being on our side? Now, if you are saying this was all the set up for Batman Vs. Superman, you are correct. But why didn’t you stick with the source material where there were more ways that you could have gotten these two Titans pitted against each other? I fell asleep during Batman Vs. Superman. I tried watching it again, but kept falling asleep. I woke up at the part where Batman stops killing Superman because they share a Mom with the same name…Wow…that was so deep!!!  Congratulations, DC, you made me no longer care about these wonderful charters that I grew up with.

I watched “Suicide Squad” and this is the closest to your reboots, or New 52 vibe that you have gotten right. While you lacked in a cohesive story, you at least introduced so characters that were worth looking twice at. You missed the boat with the Joker, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn, but I’m hoping you will make up for it in stand alone movies, or a sequel. The potential for some good stories are there. Just leave out the Enchantress, and what was the point of Croc if you weren’t going to do anything with his character? You literally introduced more characters than you had a story for, and we grasped at straws to get one out of the entire move. One word: EDIT! One more word: FOCUS!

Let Lisa tell you what you need to do in order to get to Marvel status and not a joke. First, make all of your writers read your comics! Second, find writers who love writing, in this universe and about these characters! Your writers are coming off as though making these movies are a huge chore! Your current writers seemingly has a distaste for these characters. It’s like they are saying, “I’m sick of Batman so let’s make him a has been!” “Superman is boring, let’s find a way to make him even more boring, but more violent.” Violence does not equal a good story. You actually need conflict, relate able characters that you want to root for or against, and a reason to care. Your stories have been lacking in the very basics of people wanting to go on these adventures with the characters! Why do I care about whiny Batman? Why do should I care about a Superman who killed so many people?  DC, you are a lost puppy, but you can find your way home.

You have a chance to do a first that no other superhero movie has done before. You have the ability to have an all female superhero movie. You already biffed that with Wonder Woman. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that both Wonder Woman and  Justice League will do a great job at the box office. However, no one will actually love these movies!  The way that Wonder Woman was used  was so minor, and so cliche that I could care less that she was on the big screen. You might make it up with her stand alone, but I somehow doubt it. Put your interests in Harley Quinn.  Harley Quinn is a movie where you could have a great female writer, director and star. Don’t mess these up for us! Don’t mess this up for the fans, and for girls. You have the power to start to mend the alienation between your terrible movies and your fans, so start there!

Make good choices when it comes to Nightwing! I have been waiting for a Nightwing movie for years! Cast the right butt! You’ve got this! Don’t mess it up. Batgirl is something I can get behind because you hired Joss Whedon. Guess what, he is a fan and loves the comics! That is what you are missing. You have spent so much time making these characters dark that you didn’t realize that you were making them unlikable! Your writers, directors, and even the very dark tones that you use in your movies only showed how much these characters were annoying you. By trying to breath life into them by making things darker, you lost their humanity. Go back to loving these characters. Get excited at the prospect of seeing them on the screen and don’t treat it like a chore. If it’s a chore, fire the writers, and for gosh sake, fire the actors! We know that Ben Affleck doesn’t want to be Batman so let the guy go. We are better off with someone who is excited and happy to play this character, not someone who hates it!

So, there ya go, DC. A little bit of free advice from a fan. You can change! You have the power and I’m rooting for you! In the meantime, I’m spending my money with Marvel, but I’m still hopeful that one day you will figure it out. All it takes is love of a charter, and the story, actors, and directors will come.

 

*Lisa Tebrinke is available for hire to write for DC Comics. Please, no Aqua Man because that would be a conflict of interest.

July 3

Doctor Who: The Excitment and The Sadness

Since Christmas Day, I have been waiting for the newest episodes of Doctor Who! It comes back on my birthday!!! It’s like the birthday Time Lords smiled down upon me and said, “Lisa, here is your favorite TV show, brand new for you on your birthday! Order some Chinese food and enjoy!” There are so many things coming up that are very exciting and some that are just plain heartbreaking. Here is what I am looking forward to, and what I am worried about with the upcoming season.

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First, I can’t contain my excitement that John Simms himself is coming back to Doctor Who! You have no idea how happy that this news makes me!

 

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I adore John Simms and he is my favorite Master. I love Missy, and she is a close second, but John Sims brought such pain and insanity to the Doctor’s oldest friend. They say it’s through the power of time travel that we will see him again, so does this mean that we might have both The Master and Missy at the same time? One can only dream, but with Doctor Who, anything in time and space is possible. If you have not seen John Simms as the Master, do yourself a favor and go back to series with David Tennant and watch  “Utopia.” You will get a background about the Master that you have never heard of before in this series of stories. Watch all the way to “The End of Time,” and see what he did in a moment of love.  Don’t forget to Vote for Saxon.  The Master is a very complicated character, but no one brought more depth to this character than John Simms.

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Second, there will also be the return of the original Cyber-men. These are my favorite Doctor Who villains in the Who universe. The Cyber-men are horrific and scary! What they actually are is so much more  scary than all that metal surronding them. They are beings that are free from their own personal thoughts, guilt, love or anything that makes them human. The believe that they need to “upgrade” and “delete” the human race and save them from themselves. The newest incarnations are truly scary, but nothing quite compares to the first ones with their masks, low voices, and the potential of pure horror.  I think we are about ready to see a whole new take on these awesome foes! I also heard that the Ice Warriors are coming back. We saw them last in series 7 with Matt Smith.  The Ice Warriors were also a classic villains who we are lucky to see once again. Speaking of returns, how long do I have to hold my breath to get Captain Jack back? I will do it!

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Third, is we are getting a new companion. We already have one so this will be a trio with The Doctor, Nardole, and Bill. Bill’s character is causing a lot of stir already for two reasons. First, she is rumored to only be a “one off companion,” who will be with us only through one series. I am choosing not to believe these crazy rumors because people take small parts of stories and connect their own dots.  Second, Bill is openly gay. While this is literally nothing new in the Doctor Who universe, the reason thisis a big deal is because the actress playing Bill doesn’t want it to be. I feel that she is correct because it should be normal at this point. It is 2017, and we should be able to turn on the TV to see an openly gay lead character in a role that families can sit down and watch together. This is creating something positive, and more of a way to create a safe and open dialog between loved ones. Gay charters are nothing new on the show, but one who is a full-time lead is a bit different. We should never leave out Captain Jack Harkness, who was one of the notable openly gay characters on Doctor Who, which lead him to star in his own show,, “Torchwood.” These characters are sorely needed and it should no longer be a controversy. However, it will be one because that is how life works. I hope that we can all just enjoy this new companion and the stories!

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Here are the things that I am not looking forward to. Peter Capalidi will be leaving after this series. We are assuming that he will stay until Christmas, and then regenerate as per tradition. However, even though we met our beloved Peter Capalidi during a Christmas episode, his regeneration was nothing like it has been during the “New Who,” series. We didn’t get to see the radiation light shoot through and melt one person away, replaced by a new one.  Matt Smith basically sneezed really hard and become Peter Capaldi. Maybe, they will be following this bit of difference and have 12 go in the middle of a season. That would be a crime because I believe they have not used Peter Capaldi in the way that they should have. There were so many missed opportunists, and he is the one person who has been preparing to play this role from childhood. It actually breaks my heart because I saw such horrible story lines lost on this amazing actor. People were also very mean to him because he was”old.” This generation got so used to the younger Doctors that they never stopped to realize they were only 3 people in the line of 12 who played this iconic role who were younger. The ages vary and there is nothing wrong with that. My beloved Peter Capalidi never got the recognition, and the strong stories that I believed he deserved.

The last is the bitter sweet loss of Steven Moffat. Steven Moffat is currently the head writer of the series and has done so for a few years now. He has created some of the most beloved characters such as  the weeping angels.  His stories are generally among the very best in the “New Who” series.  He has a great style that is complex, but sometimes he misses the boat, and in a big way. By the end of the past series, I was so ready to see Clara go that I actually didn’t care if she died. The relationship between Danny and The Doctor was pointless and even cruel at times. I disliked seeing Danny on screen at all. His character was awful and all that I kept thinking was how big of a waste that this whole thing was, and how they were misusing Peter Capalidi. I will miss Steven Moffat because he doesn’t have any fear when it comes to writing good or bad. He has created some of the best stories that I watch over and over. He is very talented, and is a true fan which makes his work even better. I think he was ready to leave last series and it showed. Now, all we can hope for is a good send off for both Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi.

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Come Saturday, we will have some new friends on our screens. This will be a spoiler free zone, and I ask that you don’t ruin it for other people. Like time travelers, we will all be seeing the new show in different time zones. Many will be hours and hours ahead of us. Be kind and don’t post anything that will take away the joy of watching the show for others. Give it at least 24 hours from the original time it airs in your area. Until then, catch up on past episodes and have fun. Saturday, take The Doctor’s hand and run. Just run and run and run until we can run no more. Then, we will meet our new friend, and run some again.

 

Mini Easter Eggs: Name Game:

What is in a name? The names in Doctor Who are not chosen by accident. The names that are chosen and titles that are given are never by accident.  For example, look at these anagrams used through the series.

Torchwood: (Doctor Who)

Panic Moon: (Companion)

Astrid: (TARDIS)

Mister Saxon: (Master No. Six)

Clara Oswin Oswald: (A window across all)

 

 

Bill is named after Billie Piper who played Rose.

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Clara’s name came from Elizabeth Sladan who played Sarah Jane. Clara was one of her middle names.

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Rose was named after the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan.  In the language of the Time Lords, Susan translates to Rose.

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July 3

Update: Freebies and Promotions for your Birthday

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I had a very nice birthday with lots of freebies which I am still taking advantage of right now. I wanted to give you an update on a few of the things that I got, plus add a few items that I forgot about getting! I am all about helping people get free, or discounts, especially for your birthday. As you get older, you don’t make a big deal about your birthday anymore. You may not get any presents, so why not treat yourself!  Don’t forget that I am strongly advising you to get a separate, free email account to use when you sign up to all these glorious sites for freebies. Your inbox will fill up with advertisements and offers. You will also get coupons, and more free products for many of these companies.

What I have gotten so far:

ULTA:           

                     

I got my free item coupon via my email right before my birthday. I also got an offer for 25% off an online purchase. I was able to take my phone into the store and get my free item which was a Lancome Mascara. It was very easy to do, and I happen to be right next to an Ulta so I went in without printing off my coupon. The lady behind the counter was able to do this because I had a bar code to scan.

 

2. STARBUCKS:

 I got one free Venti Drink from Starbucks. I had a choice between a free drink or a free treat. You must have a Starbucks gift card in order to get this deal because they load it onto your card. This expires the day after your birthday, so you will need to hurry in fast! All you need to do is a get a gift card, and register it online at Starbucks.com. Sign up for a free account and you will get updates, and of course, your free birthday drink.
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 3. GIGI CUPCAKES:

I haven’t gotten this one yet, but it’s on my list! This was from last year or the year before. I can’t recall. You sign up at the store with your phone number and get a free birthday cupcake.

 

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4. PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA: 

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 I forgot about this one! Papa John’s will give you 10 reward points towards an item. You must sign up online and order. Even if you don’t have delivery in your area, you can still use this to order carry-out and get the rewards.  Every time that you shop, you earn reward points. Ten points won’t get you a free pizza, but you can put them towards a cheaper pizza, or a free side. I happened to have enough to get a free medium pizza, and two free sides. I could have gotten a free large pizza and one side, but opted to go with a smaller so I could get two sides. I recommend signing up for this free account because you will get deals that you may not even know about! Especially during customer appreciation time where you could get more points or free pizza!

5. WEBER GRILL:

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There aren’t many Weber Grill’s around, but if you are close to one, I recommend sifree cupcake for desert as well. Follow this link to sign up for your Grill  Club for free. You also have the option to order food online which is great. Especially in the location in IN, because it is always busy! https://www.webergrillrestaurant.com/the-grill-club/login/gning up for their birthday club. This is different than when I first signed up so you can either do it in the restaurant, or on the website. They will give you a coupon worth $20.00 off your food! I only go to this restaurant twice a year because it is a bit on the pricey side, but this coupon helps me out a great deal. If you eat there, sometimes they give you a

Other Freebies that I forgot to tell you about! 

Here are a few more freebies or discounts that I forgot to let you know about.

Half Priced Books:

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Go sign up in store, or online for a coupon that you will get on your birthday. It is usually good for up to two weeks. Mine was 15% off, but in the past it was up to 20% off. No worries, because that discount can get you a lot in this awesome bookstore! https://www.hpb.com/home

Speedway:

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Sign up in store, or online for Speedway rewards. You can use those points that you earn on your purchases to get gas, food, or gift cards. On your birthday, they will send you an email worth 200 points. You must print off this voucher and bring it in to a Speedway with your card so they can add your points. The card is free, it’s like any rewards card. They give you about two weeks to use this voucher before it expires.  You will get other rewards such as free drinks. https://www.speedway.com/SpeedyRewards/

Smoothie King:

Here's to making your birthday go smoothly. Enjoy a 20oz. smoothie for just $2.99! Before opening coupon, make sure your printer is ready. You will only be able to view this offer ONCE.

If you sign up with Smoothie King in store, and provide your email address, they will send you an email with an offer. For $2.99, you can get a 20 oz smoothie, which is a nice deal. This is good for about a week after your birthday.  You can also download the app, or sign up online. http://www.smoothieking.com/

Italian Village, Chicago:

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If you are ever in Chicago, make a trip to the Italian Village for some of the best food ever! I recommend that you get reservations, and wear something that is just above casual to more formal. If you sign up in store, you will get an email for a free desert. It is worth it! I  go almost every single time that I am in Chicago.

Jelly Belly:

Exclusive Birthday offer: Happy birthday from Jelly Belly! Get a FREE 10-Flavor Beananza Gift Box with any order over $25 at JellyBelly.com

Jelly Belly will give you a free 10 flavor gift box if you purchase at least $25.00 worth of product. Sign up on their website.

Swagbucks:

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Swagbucks is a place where you can take surveys, and watch videos and get points. You can then redeem those points for various gift cards starting at $3.00 demonination. The more you use this site, the more points you will get. For your birthday, they will send you 55 points to go towards a gift card, so you need to be active on the site. Want to know how to earn gift cards for free, with little work. Check out my link and sign up. http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ltebrinke

*Remember, these offers are not available in every area. Go to the websites, or the store itself if you have any questions. I do not promise any of these free products because things change all of the time, but these items were free or a discount at the time of this writing. Photos used were either mine, or searched free images to use. I am not sponsored by any of these companies.
July 3

Doctor Who: Thoughts on Pilot

Hello underdogs! I hope that you have been having a lovely week so far! I am super excited about the new this new season of Doctor Who! It is finally back on our screens after only 2 episodes on the air in an almost 2 year span. It was very hard to wait and wait, but it looks as though it was worth it! Here is what I thought of the newest show, and our new friend, Bill. I’m going to give you my thoughts, but I am not going to give the plot away. That’s for you to view if you want.

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We find The Doctor who is currently a professor at Coal Hill School. For those who don’t know this reference, this school has showed up many times in the history of the show. The Doctor has taught here on and off, and his granddaughter, Susan attended school and started this whole big adventure. Clara also taught there, as well as Ian and Barbara. School Reunion took place there, as well as the 50th anniversary. I believe the new show, “Class” is also taking place at this school. We find that the Doctor has been teaching there at least 75 years. In the basement, there is a door with words written in Gallifrian, the language of the Time Lords which he and Nardole are guarding, protecting, or trying to break into. We aren’t really sure. Bill is a canteen girl who serves chips. (Very reminiscent of Rose who did the same job during School Reunion.) Bill is not a student, but she is eager to learn, and the Doctor is willing to teach. He takes Bill on as his private student because of her hunger and willingness to learn.

 

They form a bond, and Bill finds herself in need of the Doctor’s help. I won’t give all the spoilers away, but she has a creature following her through both time and space.  The Doctor and Bill’s relationship is wonderful. It is not only a student/teacher aspect, but friends. I can see these two getting into all sorts of trouble together. This was a very simple story, and it was so very refreshing to see that this introduction of our new friend was not over the top. Bill cared about someone, and the connection was real. She lost the girl she liked, and made a tough choice. It was heartbreaking, and simple, and such a great way to set up the story for Bill.  Of course we got our famous line, “It’s bigger on the inside!” And for the first time ever, we had someone ask for the toilet.

One of the most amazing things about this particular show was all of the inclusions of past people and places. The Doctor’s office is set up with photos of River Song, and Susan. He mentions repeatedly what TARDIS stood for which is directly from Susan. Susan named the TARDIS, and she was the one who explained this to people who would travel with them.  This makes me wonder if we will be seeing Susan again! I really hope so.

We know that we will be seeing the First Doctor again who is played by David Bradley now. He is most well known for Harry Potter and starting the blood bath at the red wedding in Game of Thrones. There is no information about this besides the fact that he will be in this series. Maybe, we will get to find out what happened to Susan! Her story is very “up in the air” because of the audio adventures. For the show, Susan was locked out of the TARDIS by The Doctor in order to help her leave and stay with Peter. She would have stayed to take care of him forever, and lost her chance at the love of her life. We don’t know her fate after that because The Doctor doesn’t know where she is, or if she is still alive. It is well known that Peter Capaldi has asked several times for Susan to come back, and we may get that chance.

It was fun seeing the Dalek for a few moments on the screen with Bill. However, they were used and not the main baddie in this particular show. We have such a great set up with the school, The Doctor teaching, and Bill that this is going to be an amazing season. This is so bittersweet because this is what Peter Capaldi deserved from the start and he is just now getting great stories just as he is leaving. Bill is such a diverse and wonderful character, and is very likable! I am so excited to see what happens next. There were more questions than answers in this episode, like who did The Doctor promise to not leave? Why has he been hanging around for the past 75 years teaching. What is behind that door? When is John Simms coming back, because we only got a second of him in the teaser!

All in all, I was very happy with the show. Meeting Bill was like meeting Rose. Although I loved Clara, her story was complex and impossible. Amy’s character while charming, was a bit annoying and her introduction was tough. This felt right like it did with Rose, and like it did with Jack. You just know that this person belongs in the TARDIS with The Doctor traveling through time and space. Bill was ready for the TARDIS, and we were ready for her!

 

Easter Eggs:

Photo of River Song

Photo of Susan in black and white. This was from Carrie Anne Ford’s original photo shoot for the show.

Nardole admits he likes The Doctor.

First shot of the TARDIS from the prospective of the windows.

First time anyone asks The Doctor for the bathroom. If you listen to the directions, you find that it’s not easy to get to.

Bill has been reportedly named after Billy Pipper who played Rose. Her nickname is Bill, and Steven Moffat said that was a factor in the naming process. However, someone pointed out that the original Doctor was named William Harntel, also known as Bill. Bill’s wife was named Heather. Bill’s love interest was named Heather.  I love this show much!! I can’t take credit for this fact, but this is wonderful and loving! This show is amazing and it loves it’s past and never forgets where they have come from.

 

July 3

Game of Theories

Hello Underdogs!

I feel that I must start with the long disclaimer. Game of Thrones is a show that is one of the most watched series on TV, which is based off the massively successful books by George R. R. Martin. There is a lot of differences between the two, but they both can exist and both be enjoyed on their own, and together. I am not one who will ever tell a person that they aren’t a true fan unless they read the book, or if they are only a fan of the TV show. It doesn’t matter because you have the right to enjoy whatever you like, and it doesn’t make you less of a fan unless you know all of the folklore associated with the story.

I am reading the series but I find myself both in awe and slightly annoyed with the world and the pace that Martin has created. That’s why I find series on YouTube very helpful when doing my own research to understand their world better. It is interesting enough for me to want to keep going and dive deeper into this story but I don’t have the patients to read all of the works. Maybe someday, I will but for now that will take a backseat the to TV series for me which got me hooked on the story to begin with.Now that I have that out of the way, and I am confident that everyone who is any type of fan is welcomed, here are a few theories of who I think is actually going to win the game of thrones.

First, I will give you my theory on what I hope that will happen. My favorite character is Dany, and the reason that I watched the show in the first place was because or her, and her dragons. Even though she can be violent, I feel that she has a strong part of her that really wants to save people. She feels as though she is owed her birthright which is the Iron Throne. She has been hunted and abused her entire life and now she is fighting back, and even helping those who have also been harmed break their chains. Dany is a warrior and a politician even though she doesn’t want to be. She listens to her advisers and acts with passion and fire. Sometimes it’s the right thing to do, while other times she dances with madness.

I tend to agree with one of the most popular theories out there which is that of the three-headed dragon and the three riders. I believe the riders are Dany, Jon, and Tyrion. Dany and Jon are family even though at this point they don’t know this information. They both have much in common beyond blood, and I think Jon will help Dany see the greater threat of the White Walkers than taking over the seven kingdoms. I also think they will eventually fall in love. The last rider will be Tyrion, who is rumored to be Dany’s brother. While there isn’t a lot of theories to back this up, the greater point is the formation of the three houses of Stark, Lanister, and Targeryan who will battle together instead of against one another. After all, this tale of Fire and Ice is all about how war is a pointless and sadistic sport where no one wins. What would be better than the three houses who have been battling for power, join forces and fight the greater threat together. Maybe this story will have some peace after all. Even if it doesn’t, isn’t it better to go down fighting side by side with a focused goal for the greater good, instead of afraid and alone and dying for something that wasn’t your fight?

This theory would see Dany winning the Game of Thrones, with Jon and Tyrion by her side. That is until one of them dies. I believe that Jon will not survive because when he died and was brought back, he made it clear that he never wanted to come back again. The end of the story has been hinted that it will be a bitter sweet ordeal. That’s why I think that Dany and Jon will have their moment in the sun, before Jon is killed. By who? My thought is Cersei Lannister will be the one who personally kills Jon Snow. Cersei has nothing left after the death of her children. If the throne has been taken away and Dany is the Queen, what else does she actually have left except her madness? I see her somehow killing Jon, then quickly being killed by Jamie. After all, he is the King Slayer. Jamie will be so distraught that he will either kill himself, or he will take one for the team in a last ditch heroic effort for the threat they thought was over, but actually was not.

The other theory is my favorite. All men must die, so what happens if they all do and no one is left? I did not come up with this theory on my own because many of these have been discussed on YouTube. However, I have added to it my own thoughts. I think that this whole story is nothing more than a story, or even a past historical event in this universe. The vast libraries where Sam is now at and studying is literally the same thing in the opening credits of the show. Take a really good look at that place, then think about the opening credits. It is all the same! What if this whole thing is just a story or event in history that is being retold by Sam himself. What if he has been our narrator all along and he has been telling us this story as not only a tribute to those he lost, but as a warning of things that could come.

I think it would make a lot more sense that no one actually wins the Game of Thrones, because this story is set as a warning to not repeat history again. There is wonderful and rich stories but they all end in violence and heartbreak. Everyone will die, but from their deaths, legends and warnings are born. This would be poetry that even though all men must die, their stories don’t have to. Sam is there to tell us, and anyone who will listen to be careful of their history because it may not only repeat itself, but you can create monsters more terrible than has ever been imagined in the past. After all,the White Walkers were created in order to save the Children of the Forrest against men. While people were so busy fighting a war that killed thousands of innocent people, a whole other threat bigger than any of them was looming in the darkness.  This is a cry for the universe to listen to the world and not to fight against it.

In the end, it is all theory. However, it is a lot of fun! I love trying to figure out what will happen because this is an amazing story. It is written so well that you feel pain when these characters die. You feel joy with their joy, and fear when they are faced with terrible situations. The world George. R. R. Martin created is breathtaking and complete. It is so alive that is has a pulse of it’s own. While the song has almost ended, it can be sung over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 3

Coffee 10 ways

Hello Underdogs! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day! It’s Mother Day in the USA!  In honor of all those hard working Moms, and all those who fill that roll, here is a list on 10 ways to make a great cup of coffee. Coffee is a staple in many people’s daily routine and helps them jump start their day! It can be very expensive habit to have if you find yourself going to places that sells a cup of coffee for over $5.00. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you are like me, you need to mind your dimes! Here are 10 ways to get a great cup of coffee. I am going to rate these on my own personal scale from 1 to 5 cups of coffee to let you know how well I believe each of these work. Enjoy, and if you have tried any of these and love it, leave a comment in the comment section!

  1. Drip Coffee Maker:  

A Drip Coffee Maker is probably the most common way that people make their coffee. You will find this everywhere, from people’s homes, to stores, and employee lounges. These makers can range from very cheap to ridiculously expensive. It is very easy to use with coffee grounds, filters, and water. There is a burner that keeps the coffee warm if you want to have more than one cup, or have coffee throughout the day. It is a very cheap, and effective way of making a good cup of coffee. Pros: it is very cheap, and very easy. You get a lot out of your dollar with this maker. You can doctor up your cup with various sugars, creamers, syrups, or more. Cons: The most common complaints is that the coffee is not as strong as what some people prefer. I have also heard that people believe that the longer the coffee sits on the burner, the more burnt taste that the coffee gets. I personally give it 5 cups of coffee out of 5!                                                                                                    . Image result for 5 cup of coffee

 

2. French Press Coffee Maker:     

This is a very efficient way to make a good, strong cup of coffee, especially if you don’t have a traditional drip machine at home. The cost for this ranges from anywhere from $10.00 on up and can get very expensive. I have found that more expensive does not mean better, especially with these. You can stick to a cheaper, or middle priced French Press and be fine. Just read what it does because your needs may vary, such as wanting to use it to make tea as well. How to use the French Press is pretty simple. First, you fill up the glass with warm water and let it sit for at least 3 minutes. Warm up your water in a separate container to your liking. I do recommend going a bit hotter than you like because your coffee needs to steep. Drain out the water that is is the glass, and put in the recommended amount of ground coffee. Pour over the hot water and cover, but do not plunge until at least 3 minutes have gone by. After, plunge and pour your coffee. Pros: Very good cup of coffee for pretty cheap. Cons: It’s is a lot of back and forth to make this coffee. You can’t skip the step of warming the glass or you risk the glass breaking. French Press Makers have a rep for breaking easy, and they have earned that rep for a reason. Because of this, I give this process a 4 cups of coffee out of 5.

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3. Instant Nescafe Coffee: 

I know, this is so cheesy, but this is something that we grew up with and the commercials made it seem so elegant. I had to include this on my list! This is very simple to use, and you don’t need anything but hot water, a cup, and a package of your choice of Nescafe. The pros is, this is very easy to make and there are many fun flavors to choose from. The cons, you get what you pay for. It may not be the best tasting product, but it is fun to try out once in awhile. This is why I give it a 3 out of 5 cups.

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4. Instant Coffee:

Similarly to the above, instant coffee is easily made, but unlike the above this is not a flavored drink. All you need is hot water, a cup, and the instant coffee to make a cup. Instant coffee can be affordable, and this is something that many people on the go choose to travel with. Many times, companies have individual packets already measured out per cup so all you have to do is dump and stir. The Pros: This is very easy to use, and it is nice to travel with. The Cons: You risk getting grounds left in your cup that you end up drinking, the taste may not be as good as other ways to make coffee, and the packets can be more expensive than a bag of coffee. I’m not a huge fan of this, but it will do. This is why it only gets a 2 out 5 cups

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5. Keurig Coffee Machine:

Keurig Coffee Makers are still fairly new and have exploded on the coffee scene. Instead of using a filter or just grounds, you have to purchase K Cups. K Cups have coffee inside them, measured out and perfectly ground to get the best result. You use one K Cup per cup of coffee that you want, and there are several size sections on the machine. This is starting to replace many of the Drip Coffee machines in offices and in the home. People equate this to home coffee tasting closer to what you can purchase at a coffee house. The Pros: The coffee is very good, and the machine is very simple to use. You have options of size and you can choose the strength of the cup of coffee you are making by the press of a button. Cons: The machine is expensive, the K Cups are not cheap either. You need to purchase the correct kind of cups to fit into your machine. You get more coffee out of a drip machine than you do a K Cup. The waste is awful for the environment. These little cups are now all over landfills! It is also common that if you find this machine replacing the drip machine in offices, they will charge you per cup to recoup some of their money lost on the expensive cups of coffee. Because of the incredible waste, I give this a 2 out of 5 cups.

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6. Mr. Coffee Steamer:

This Mr. Coffee is a bit different than an everyday drip machine. This has a milk wand and this also requires no filter. You can make a very strong cup of coffee and have steamed milk just like at a coffeehouse, except at home. You can use any type of ground coffee that you enjoy, although espresso roast is recommended.  This is also very simple to use, just make sure you have enough water to make your coffee, and to fuel your steamer. The Pros: Very easy to use, and this is a professional tasting cup of coffee. This is a lot cheaper than using K Cups, and there is hardly any waste since there are no filters used. This machine is also a excellent value for the price.  Cons, It can be difficult to get the hang of using at first, and it doesn’t make a lot of coffee at once. This is actually one of my favorite ways to make coffee so I give it a 5 cups out of 5.

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7. Pour Over Coffee:

This is a step up from instant coffee. For this, you need a filter inside of a funnel, hot water, and a cup. You pour coffee over the grounds and let it let it seep for at least 3 minutes. The stronger you want the coffee, the longer you need to let it steep. This is a process so it can take several long minutes to get a cup. Pros: The coffee is fairly good, however, I recommend doing a lighter or blonde blend using this method. I have found that a darker roast tastes weaker when you pour over. This is a easy way to get coffee if you don’t have a machine. Cons: This is a process, and you need to monitor the process because you may need to push more water through. It is messy and it is much easier to burn yourself using this process. This is a middle of the road coffee, but not bad. I give it a 3 out of 5 cups

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8. Coffee Tea Bags:

Another way to make a cup of coffee if you don’t have a machine readily available is to make your own coffee, tea bag. Simply get a filter and scoop your desired amount of coffee in the middle. Tie up the filter like a tea bag, with a string, and place into hot water just like you would a tea bag. Let the coffee steep in the hot water for at least 3 minutes, or longer depending on your taste levels. Pros: Easy to do, and a simple fix if you don’t have a machine handy. Cons: This can be messy, and the coffee could be weak. I give it a 2 out of 5 cups due to the trial and error process it can take to get a good cup. Image result for 2cup of coffee

9. Ice Cube Coffee:

This is a popular way to enjoy left over coffee from any of the methods listed above. All you do is take your coffee and pour into a ice cube maker. Freeze the coffee until they are cubes. Place several into a cup of milk, or even a cup of coffee. When the ice melts, you will get a nice drink instead of a watered down coffee. Pros: A nice way to make sure you aren’t wasting any coffee. Your coffee drink will not be weak, and this is a simple, fun, summer drink. Con: You have to wait for the cubes to freeze. I give this a 3 out of 5 cups because this can actually be a very nice treat on a warm day!

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10: You want to leave it to the professionals:

At the end of the day, your time and your money is yours. There are moments when it is just easier, and even a nice treat to go get yourself a cup of coffee from one of the big chains. I love doing this myself, but it can be an expensive habit. That is why I joined a few programs online to help me gain free points and exchange those for gift cards for places like, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Here is a link to Swagbucks for you to follow and sign up. It is free, and you can do several things to get your points including take surveys and watch videos. Please use this link to sign up and you can get started right away! I give this a 5 out of 5 because nothing beats a free cup of coffee.  http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/ltebrinke

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July 3

Theory Thursday: Dig It, Where is Doris Day?

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new format which is theory Thursday. I am very excited to start off this new format and see how this new way of blogging. I am going to give  some credit to Affective Collective on YouTube who inspired me to research and look into this theory. Please check the link at the bottom of the page. theory thursday

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How long has it been since the world has seen the actual Doris Day? The real one, not the one hired by studios to portray Doris Day. Doris Day is a retired American actress who is also famous for singing, dancing, and most recently, animal rights. She is now 95 years old and has a grown son. Doris Day has been acting and singing for years and is an icon of the stage and screen. While people know her name, her face and voice have seemed to have changed. People do have reasons that their faces change. First, it’s just the aging process. People grow and change during their life and that includes some things like noses and ears getting bigger and longer, face filling out, and fluctuation of weight. The other reason people’s features change is due to surgery. More often times than not, this kind of surgery is optional cosmetic. However, people have had to have surgeries due to accidents or other medial reasons. These surgeries can change how a person looks in a very minor, or very drastic way.

The darker side of this theory is that her differences had nothing to do with age or surgery, but the fact that she has been replaced over and over again. According to some, the only real footage of Doris Day is from something called a Scopitone.Image result for Scopitone

A Scopitone was a machine that was very big during the 1950’s-1960’s in the UK, and eventually  the United States. It was a machine that was normally found in a bar that played music videos by several artists. You place your money in the machine and they played whatever video was up next since there was no way of making a section to choose what one you wanted to see. According to “Affective Collection,” the only real photos of Doris Day is from this machine. While I can’t find any other information on that claim, it was enough for me to look into the replacement theory. I have spent hours looking at “Doris Day’s” face, and I can’t say I am not without some doubt.

I would equate this to the Modern Day theories that some celebrities have died or been killed off, only to be replaced by someone who looks very similar.Image result for avril lavigne is dead For the last several years, the big one has been Avril Lavigne. Many people claim that Avril has been dead for the last few years and been replaced by another girl. The theory goes that A,L. committed suicide a few years ago and her back up signer just replaced her. People point out the difference in her face, moles, and music style. However, this theory only exists because someone made it up to show how fast and how much a theory can be believed especially about celebrities. People who don’t listen to this explanation say that he is just saying that to distract us from the truth, that Avril is dead.

While it also seems laughable that anyone could replace  a well known celebrity of today’s world, does it seem too far fetched for this to happen in the 50’s and 60’s? It is a known fact that celebrities hired their own look a likes that did press and some interviews for them. It is also known that it is a practice on Broadway to replace the actors or actresses during the performance in order to help preserve the lead’s voice. This can either be for a scene, or for an entire act .At curtain call, the original actor would be on stage and non would be the wiser.  Studios were also famous for taking full advantage of owning their celebrity. That means that they controlled every single aspect of the actor’s life. Judy Garland was famously forced to have several abortions because of the studio made her have them. So, is it so out there to think that a studio could create a name and persona, and recasting it over and over again until they have the right person? The person who is known as Doris Day has said publicly that she isn’t sure when her own birthday actually falls. Could that be due to false records, bad memory, or something else?

One of the reasons that people point that Doris Day isn’t the same person is because of the song by The Beatles called, “Dig It.” This rare gem of a song is 38 seconds long and the only one in The Beatles category to credit all 4 members as writers. Take a look at the lyrics.

“Dig It” By Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starkey

Like a “Rolling Stone”,
Like a “Rolling Stone”,
Like a “Rolling Stone”,
Like the FBI,
And the CIA,
And the BBC,
B.B.King,
And Doris Day,
Matt Busby,
Dig it

 

Supposedly, these lyrics with the 3 people mentioned were known to have been replaced by someone else. It calls out the government agencies that had knowledge or had assisted this to happen. Like a rolling stone, things come and go, but they all keep on rolling. It is very strange for The Beatles to mention Doris Day in a random 38 second song. The Beatles have had their share of issues with their own conspiracy theories. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know that all of The Beatles had been under government surveillance, and even had drugs planted and assassination attempts.  So did they happen to know something that the rest of the world didn’t? Could be. Could they just be throwing together some non sense? Could be. Who knows, but it seems a bit strange.

If this doesn’t seem to phase you, take at look at these faces. What do you think? Is this the same person? It very well could be and there could be an easy explanation for the questioning. First, it could be the make-up and the age. Second, it could be the camera angels. Third, people change and sometimes they do things to themselves to make those changes. All of this could be as silly as the A. L. theory. I am fully aware of that. But I am also fully aware that there has been recorded history about the abuses of the studios and how far they will go to protect their interests. Their interests is money, and only money. Not the health or well being of the people who work for them. Could The Beatles have been making a statement, a protest, or just making a song? Who knows, but it is food for thought. It’s a strange world that we live in, so it’s not like this is impossible.

                          

    

 

Doris Day’s only performance

 

July 3

Fan Friday: Wonder Woman

Hello Underdogs! Welcome to the new Fan Friday. For the first week, I will be posting the Day theme, followed by the title of the piece that I am writing. After that , I will go back into just writing the blog. I hope you enjoy! Fan Friday

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Wonder Woman’s movie came out about a week ago and I was finally able to see it in the theater. I have been very weary about this movie because female characters, especially in the super hero roles, have had a history of becoming a joke. If they are used at all during a movie, they are in the background and their stories are left out or glossed over. I was also worried because the last several DC Movies have been questionable at best, so I was concerned about how they were going to treat Wonder Woman. My fears and concerns were wrong.

Wonder Woman was never uttered during this film because it was the story of Diana and the Amazonian women. Diana’s life at home with her Mother and her people were not glossed over but was given a real relationship. The film is rich with Greek mythology just like the comics. After American spy, Steve Trevor, accidentally finds his way onto their island, he brings war with him.  Diana decides to leave her home and go on to a mission to help the world at large. I won’t give away too many other details because I want you to be able to enjoy this movie if you go see. (Which you should)

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What I loved about this movie is this was what Wonder Woman was always supposed to be like! When she was created in the 1940’s, the world was at war and all able bodied men were enlisting. That meant that things like comics were being run by women. In her origins, and all through The Golden Age of Comics, Wonder Woman was a strong fighter. She fought Nazis, had her own crew, and did her best to help right the justices of the world. Wonder Woman looked and acted like a strong warrior!  When men came back from war, women went back into the home and Wonder Woman morphed into something very different.

This was called The Silver Age of Comics and Diana became more of a pretty thing than a fighting victory bad ass hero. This is when the phrase, “beautiful as Aphrodite” started.Image result for wonder woman silver age If you look at Wonder Woman, she went from a woman with very strong features to a thinner, softer, sexier female. She seemed to lose height and weight as well. The focus of her being a bringer of justice became a background story to her love life and to the shackles of being a female stereotype. While Wonder Woman did have some amazing adventures, she was not the same as she used to be. Generations of girls grew up reading her adventures with her strength in the background, and her beauty in the foreground. Some have said that beauty is a side effect of needing to be taken seriously. It’s sadly true, people tend to hear you more when there is beauty associated with you.

I do want to point out that Wonder Woman, while becoming more of a beauty, did still have some amazing adventures. She fought crime without her powers. Diana became an army nurse. Even though she is wants peace, she also can fight for justice which has been a point of contingency within her. The closer we got to Modern Day comics, the more we hear how Diana is also very emotional. This is another thing that is both seen as power, strength, and equated with weakness at the same time. Wonder Woman portrays the best of a bad ass female hero and suffers from the stereotypical female mannerisms at the same time. At the end of the day, we females see the hero in her and strive to be the strong, amazing warrior and not let the stereotype of what people think that we should be.

Every young girl needs to see this movie! We need this Wonder Woman so badly. This movie is not like a traditional super hero movie with over the top battles, super humans, and aliens. This is a striped down version of a very good story and in the center is a strong female who was fearless, a fighter, and strong mentally and physically.  This is the first step in showing the world that female superheros should not be ignored and their stories and just as important as anyone else. There will be a generation of girls that will grow up never knowing what it was like to only hope to see their hero on the screen. Yes, there was a campy TV show, and Wonder Woman has been alive in comics and films for years. This is the first time we have ever seen the real heart of Diana, and the real Wonder Woman. This is the Golden Age Wonder Woman that was ran and written by females. This is what she should have been all along. It has taken some time to get here, but we are so happy that this day has finally come!

On a side note, I saw this meme going around on the internet and it brought tears to my eyes.

I am so excited to see our PrincesImage may contain: 4 people, people smilings become Generals. The world is trying so hard to say, there is nothing wrong with being a Princess, but you can be so much more! Don’t stop at a Princess, be a bad ass! Be a Hero! Be an amazing Girl!! From Rey to General Leah, to Diana, the world is ready for you ladies!! The world has been begging for this for a long time and we have finally been heard! Girls, you can be anything! I literally teared up watching this movie because this is my childhood hopes, and my adult drive to finally be able to see these strong and amazing women on screen. I really hope that they will continue down the Wonder Woman path and make another stand alone film after Justice League. Congratulations, DC, you have not only given us an amazing Wonder Woman film, but you have also given us….HOPE!

Thank you for opening the door for all the female characters waiting to come out of the dark, and into the staring role!!!

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