Odds and Ends...

10:23 AM Elizabeth Seckman 56 Comments

I played Trivial Pursuit over the weekend...my team lost, NOT, because we didn't have intellect and a booty kicking ability to answer question after question...

We lost because I was a freaking LOSER at rolling the doggone dice and circled the middle forever until the other team gobbled up all their pieces of pie wedges and went right to the winner's circle in one roll, got a Harry freaking Potter question and won.

There's a writing/ life lesson in that, but it's depressing, so let's just move on...

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And there's also the ExpressYourself Meme...and this week is:

The movies that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck?

I can answer that in one word: Disney

Disney has no respect for Happy Endings and has lost me more sleep than all the "Friday the 13th"s wrapped together in one bloody, decapitated bundle.

Don't believe me? Below...the proof...my first childhood trauma:

Think Disney will pay for my therapy?


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56 comments:

  1. LOL! I saw Old Yeller years ago. I will never watch it again. You know what else traumatized me? The Fox and the Hound, as well as Bambi. I don't own either because they are freaking depressing. Thanks a lot, Walt. :)

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    1. There are too many depressing stories to name!! I get really nervous when I watch a new Disney movie.

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  2. I know I bawled when I watched Old Yeller, but that was a LONG tine ago. Would I cry today? Probably. I'm a sucker for dogs.

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    1. I have no desire to watch it again. I rewrote that ending in my head (Yeller kills that mountain lion and he lives to a ripe old age) and I'm sticking to it!

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  3. Lol! You're right! Old Yeller isn't the first one that comes to my mind - although I cried, I'll admit it. My poor little brother cried for years every time he heard the phrase from The Fox and the Hound - 'And we'll always be friends.' 'Yah, forever.'

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    1. You're so right. And we can't forget "Where the Red Fern Grows"...another Disney doggie downer classic!

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway. Sad as some Disney movies are they teach true life lessons.

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    1. That's my problem Sheena- I hate reality.

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  5. Hah hah hah, I've never recovered from Bambi thank you very much!!!

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    1. I'm still reeling that Bambi was a boy name too!

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  6. Ha ha ha! I'm a total loser dice roller as well. ;) And I HATED Old Yeller. Almost as much as Where the Red Fern Grows. Not as much as E.T. though... ;)

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    1. At least we know we won't get rich in Vegas, so we don't have to waste money trying!

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  7. And I do realize E.T. is not Disney. It's just the movie that scarred me for life forever! :)

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    1. If it had been Disney, ET would have died and they would have performed an autopsy with a catchy melody.

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  8. LOL! Oh Liz... (Do people call you Liz?) I'm laughing... you are SO FUNNY. Yeah, I'm still traumatized by Pinocchio ;)

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    1. Yep, some do...the lazy talkers who avoid multi-syllable names...my dad was lazy like that...he always called me Liz. :)

      And yes, Pinocchio...very dark side to that movie!

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  9. I wasted far too many hours circling the middle of the Trivial Pursuit board. Family Christmases descended into warfare when someone mooted the idea of just counting the cheeses we already had!!

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    1. I suggested that!! But nooooo....you have to get to the middle on the perfect roll I suppose it's God's way of reminding me life ain't fair...expect it!

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  10. OMG, Disney owes me a great deal of therapy for OLD Yeller.

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  11. I haven't seen Old Yeller. I prefer happy endings.

    Irreversible scarred me for life. It's the sickest movie I've ever seen and I still see flashes of the movie in my head.

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    1. I've never seen Irreversible and thanks for the heads up, I'll be certain to keep it OFF my list!

      (If you ever do watch Old Yeller, just play it until the dog meets the mountain lion, then shut it off and use your writer's imagination to create a better ending.)

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  12. Interesting! I haven't read the book, but now I have to find it... :).
    Nice blog! I hope you'll like a suggestion of mine I usually post at any blog, site I like? Do you use sites like zazzle.com, cafepress. com, fiverr? They could be a good way to show the world your works and to help "remove" stupidity in the streets like headlines on t-shirts, fridge-magnets, cups, etc: My Boyfriend kisses Better Than Yours, FBI - female body inspector, etc. Not everything we see and think of should be about sex, right? It would be much better if there were more nice pictures of mythical creatures, good thoughts, poems from fantasy genre, etc? I'm allanbard there, I use some of my illustrations, thoughts, poems from my books (like: One can fight money only with money, Even in the hottest fire there's a bit of water, The thinnest thing in the world is the border between good and evil, or
    Let's watch the moon, let's meet the sun!
    Let's hear soon the way the Deed was done!
    Let's listen to the music the shiny crystals played,
    let's welcome crowds of creatures good and great...
    etc). I guess such lines look much better than the usual we see every day? Best wishes! Keep up the good work! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of the water dragons' hunters - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

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    1. I have never checked out those sites...I will have to do that!
      I'm not overly good at catch phrases, so I doubt anything I write would end up on a tee-shirt.

      And Old Yeller is a movie...though it could be a book too, I never checked.

      Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you. :)

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    2. Best of the best wishes! Thank you for the add! :)

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  13. I liked Old Yeller. It's been decades since I watched it.

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    1. You must be reality inclined. Some of us have to be or the world would go to pieces!

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! Disney movies as any movies are good and not so good!

    Nas

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  15. Oh, yeah that's a bad one. I will NOT be letting my (very sensitive) daughter watch that one. (Her name is Elizabeth as well.) :)

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    1. Must go with the name (lovely name it is, by the way!)...I cried and cried over it. My dad was like, "It's not real." My brothers were like, "Yes it is. They shot Old Yeller."

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  16. Old Yeller is my dad's all-time favorite movie...and I'm not kidding.

    I actually don't mind endings that aren't all sunshine and rainbows...but Old Yeller, well, that's just plain sad!

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    1. I believe I must be reality phobic. But I suppose it reminds you to be nicer to your dog...they won't live forever.

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  17. I haven't watched Old Yeller, but the ending of Toy Story 3 had me bawling. 0_o

    Thanks for participating in the meme!

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    1. I fell asleep during Toy Story 3...and now that you say that, I'm glad I did.

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  18. Oh Old Yeller was so sad. And I'm not super good at trivia. I always need the dice on my side ;)

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    1. It helps to have several decades under your belt to be good at trivia. I am a wealth of useless knowledge.

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  19. I always avoided Old Yeller because I heard something happened to the dog. I'm not a dog person, but knowing just kept me from being able to give that movie a try. Actually, I've even had to take a second look at the words to "Ring around the rosey". So many things we just didn't know how really depressing meanings lol!

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    1. You're so right! I didn't know the truth about ring around the rosey until I was in college...now that's REALLY sad!

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  20. Oh don't you hate that when you can't land in the middle! Ugh. I love trivia games.
    Disney movies are hit or miss for me. I loved them as a kid but I dislike the fact they make millions off of other peeps ideas. They're so unoriginal.

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    1. It's super frustrating to roll past that magic circle time and time again!

      And I did think of a Disney movie I liked...Jungle Book, the movie...but it's a rip off of Kipling, so that just proved your point.

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  21. Old Yeller is/was a one time watch for me. I don't think I could EVER bring myself to ever watch it again. And I have NEVER made my kids watch it either. I think I will spare them.

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    1. You can do like I do...rewrite the end in your mind. Professionally it's called denial, but since it's denial of a fictional situation, it won't qualify as certifiable.

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  22. Elizabeth, I picked you to be the recipent of the Liebster Blog Award!! Check it out from my blog posting tomorrow! Congrats

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    1. Aw thanks!! I appreciate that. I'll have to check that out!

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  23. Hey:)

    OK, so I've never seen Ol' yeller... but the dog dies, right?

    And Bambi's momma takes one for the team...

    OK, these things are bad... but just try WORKING for Disney... (I've done it three times in two continents and two American cities)

    Just look at my hairline....

    'Nuff said.

    :)

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    1. You crack me up!!
      (and off the record...have you checked with an attorney? You may have grounds for a lawsuit.)

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  24. Yeah, Ol Yeller was horrible! Another depressing one was The Fox and the Hound cause they're so cute when they're puppies and then they grow up and try to kill each other. Ugh. And yes, Bambi was depressing as hell.

    BUT I still love Disney. haha.

    Nice blog, btw. I'm a new follower. :) Great to meet you!

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    1. Great to meet you too!!!

      Fox and the Hound was sad too. I mean I know, I know, it's reality...but reality kinda stinks, so why not avoid it in movies whenever you can?

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  25. Old Yeller was horrible, they also did a similar one about a deer called Flag, just as depressing. I also hated Turner and Hooch... and while we're on it, the Elvis song 'Old Shep'. Gonna go hug my dogs now.

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    1. LOL! One of my dogs is getting older...I'm sensitive to lost dogs stories now more than ever.

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  26. You tell me about it...Disney's movies can be good but sure, they can be so predictable and derivative. Pixar is all the way ORIGINAL.

    But I do respect The Lion King despite it gets annoying after awhile. One of my family members was so obsessed with it once that it drove me up the wall...very bad thing. Thank goodness, it's over now :)

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    1. My sons loved Lion King. They had a tape of the soundtrack and listened to it over and over again. Forever I will know the words to "Be Prepared!"...my little guys' favorite.

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