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Week 36: Oklahoma (The Outsiders)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“Nothing gold can stay.”

–robert frost/ponyboy

Three words to describe this film/state: Looking to belong

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Greaser in Concession Stand, played by Tom Hillman
  • Soc in Concession Stand, played by Hugh Walkinshaw
  • Suburb Guy, played by Brent Beesley

State food/recipe to try: Oklahoma Indian tacos / Sonic Cherry Limeade / Arbuckle Mountain fried pie

Earring Inspo Character: Cherry Valance

Other Notes: I read The Outsiders I think in middle school, and my favorite thing about the book was that it was written by a 15-year-old girl. S. E. Hinton actually played one of the nurses in the film. The movie turned 35 last year and has all of the babyfaces: Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, and a very young Sofia Coppola. The big question remains: why were all of those schoolchildren randomly visiting that old church?? I can’t remember what the book had to say about that. If you know, please enlighten me in the comments.

Grade: B-

State Facts:

Next up: Oregon (Goonies). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Happy Hour

Happy (Birthday) Hour

We hosted our buddy Angela’s bday party a couple of weekends ago, and her only request was that I create a signature drink for the night–and could it be hot pink (as long as it tasted good and wasn’t too ‘college girl’)? Since her go-to is vodka and soda, I decided to keep it simple, and with the help of some internet magic, The Angela Cocktail was a great success. I probably made close to 30 drinks, and not one person complained about his/her hot pink glitter-lips. Here’s the recipe:

The Angela

Rim the glass edge in lemon juice and then edible tinker dust. Shake liquor and lemon juice with ice; strain into glass. Add a smidge of cocktail glitter; stir and witness the magic. Top with club soda and enjoy.

The Angela
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Week 35: Ohio (Bubble)

Category: Drama/Mystery

Quote of Interest:

“I was a professional ass-wiper.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Mumblecore murder mystery

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Bakery Shopkeeper, played by Phyllis Workman

State food/recipe to try: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams / Jackie O’s Paw Paw Wheat Ale / Fried Lake Perch / Pierogi

Earring Inspo Character: Martha

Other Notes: Not bad for an entire cast of unprofessional actors. Good small-town slice-of-lifer with a twist. Only complaint was no English subtitle option on the DVD–sorely needed for all of shy Kyle’s mumbled dialogue. An interesting piece from eclectic director Steven Soderbergh.

Grade: B+

State Facts:

Next up: Oklahoma (The Outsiders). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Internal Dialogue

First Year

Today marks 365 days since we loaded up our cats and other valuables and set off for the Sweet Life in Summerville, SC. It’s been a fast year, but a full one, and very good in many ways. Here is my essential take-away list for the first Carolina year:

  • being home again: reorganizing, redefining what ‘home’ is and what that looks like; communing with my things and cats as I heal from people/small-business overload
  • exploring unknown territory, making just a few good new friends, feeling a rooted connection to this place
  • learning how to relax and just be
  • reaching out to loved ones in more meaningful ways from a better place within myself
  • leaning into 40, coming to know who I really am and what I really want
  • figuring out what lies ahead, delving into new & old ideas of professional fulfillment
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Week 34: North Dakota (Fargo)

Category: Drama/Crime

Quote of Interest:

“So, that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money? There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’tcha know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well. I just don’t understand it.”

–marge gunderson

Three words to describe this film/state: Cold-blooded fools

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Victim in Field, played by Ƭ̵̬̊
  • Bark Beetle Narrator, voiced by Don Wescott

State food/recipe to try: Lefse / Strawberry-Rhubarb pie / Chippers / Chokecherry wine / Juneberry jam

Earring Inspo Character: Marge Gunderson

Other Notes: A highly entertaining classic worth re-watching, especially for its portrayal of male characters. Good juxtapositions of stark white/blood red, law/crime, brains/lack thereof, women/men. This film would probably make a great radio show based on its dialogue and regional accents alone.

Grade: A

State Facts:

Next up: Ohio (Bubble). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Week 33: North Carolina (Bull Durham)

Category: Drama/Sports

Quote of Interest:

“The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Between two bats

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Scared Batter, played by Don Davis

State food/recipe to try: Krispy Kreme doughnuts / Biscuits & gravy / Cheerwine

Earring Inspo Character: Annie Savoy

Other Notes: Another pretty good baseball movie starring Kevin Costner. Field of Dreams was creative, Bull Durham entertaining. The best part about the film was that it was really Annie’s story–a woman standing between a pitcher and a catcher, the main hitter here, holding the bat and fully in charge.

Grade: B

State Facts:

Next up: North Dakota (Fargo). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.