Hey readers,

I just turned 27 a few weeks ago, and I'm beginning to suspect that I'm not going to age particularly gracefully.  I'm not sure when I came to this conclusion--maybe after I counted through today's daily caloric intake and realizing that 90% was comprised of breakfast cereal or perhaps yesterday night when I twisted my ankle while walking on a smooth, level sidewalk--but getting older isn't all aches and pains and feeling awkward and out of touch while watching MTV. 

No, there are a few benefits. 

Like, I'm pretty sure I can rent a car now without any extra fees, and that's nice. 

But it's more than that--I get to watch crappy movies from my childhood with the full benefit of 27 years of wisdom and life experience. 

For example, when I was 8 or so, I have a pretty solid memory of going to the movie theater to watch "Mac and Me." 

What I remember about Mac and Me:  A cute alien comes back to Earth and makes friends with a blond they have adventures.  The alien drinks some Coke...wait, did I mention that the aliens got their food from sticking straws into the ground and sucking back ground juice?  Because I'm pretty sure that happened. 

Uhh...they have some adventures.  Learn some lessons about friendship.  Everybody lives happily ever after. 

Then I rented the movie again last night. 

And sweet holy crap was this thing trippy. 

Current Reflections on Mac and Me:  Holy shit that alien is creepy!  Nobody seems that scared that a bunch of monsters are staggering around the city and stealing people's soda.  I mean, I'd get pretty weirded out if a regular person yanked a Coke out of my hands, but if it was a creepy ass alien that was doing the yanking?  Well, first of all, I would be pretty well outside of the alien's grasping range, but still...how could people be so non-chalant about all this alien stuff? 

And then there's the dance routine at the McDonald's. 

Yes, there was completely a dance routine at the McDonald's. 

With break dancers and a bunch of old guys in football uniforms. 

Maybe I should just show it to you guys...I really don't think I have a strong enough grasp of the English language to adequately describe what happened at the McDonalds. 
 


Being an adult is awesome! 

monica
5/7/2009 09:18:42 pm

i'm so glad that i missed watching that....

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chris
5/8/2009 02:01:10 am

haha, i did this exact same thing about 2-3 years ago. i remembered enjoying but also being a little frightened by this movie as a child. but when i watched it a few years ago at age 23 it was... well, actually there was no change, i was delighted during the movie and then had nightmares for the next 3 weeks.

but i will say that the filmakers made no attempt to hide their desperation at wanting to be E.T.

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5/10/2009 12:25:15 pm

I have not even heard of that movie! And apparently that is not a bad thing.

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5/12/2009 05:55:57 am

I don't think I saw Mac and Me when it was in theaters. And yet, it seems like something I would've gone to see. But after watching that dance scene in MickeyD's, I think it's probably one of those cases of a repressed memory.

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Britt
5/13/2009 01:09:45 pm

have I mentioned I find you insanely amusing, Ben Esch?

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Jamie
5/31/2009 06:19:48 am

Come on! I used to do that routine all the time at McDonalds! I do have to admit, that I feel slightly more stupid after watching that clip! Thanks Ben!

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