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I found this wonderful website that contains all of the old Doctor Who serials and I've been working on watching all of them! I know, it's been a bit a challenge at times, but I feel like I am big enough of a fan to do it and I wanted to know what has come before. I wondered, "Maybe there *IS* a companion more awesome than Rose? Maybe Ten isn't my favorite Doctor? Maybe the Time Lords deserved to die?"

Ok. I found out the answer to the last question in "The End Of Time, Part I & II". It was YES;)

But what I've really found is a wealth and treasury of television from a bygone age in a different land. While some of it has been trite, other things have been magical. PURE magic. They must have known they were onto something special, because they kept at the scripts and hammering and chipping away at the Tardis, until the show began to evolve on it's own. And it's a sight to behold.

From the moment you see the Tardis in the first episode (An Unearthly Child), you know that something isn't right. And when you see The Doctor, at first he seems to be a scary old lunatic. But very quickly you learn he's not only a lunatic, he's a "mad" scientist, and an alien one, at that. But he brings you in with his inquisitiveness and his penchant for purposeful menace (in An Unearthly Child), and you want to go with him and scout out a planet that is charred to it's core.

I've already watched all of the First Doctor's serials that comprise the first 3 Series and two serials at the beginning of the 4th Series. After that The First Doctor becomes The Second Doctor and the show changes a bit. With the First Doctor, the show was obviously trying to teach and entertain the audience, which was made up mostly of children. So the stories are simple, yet knowledgeable, and imaginative. They use the future to show us the horrible things we can't fathom, and the past to educate on where we've come from as a society. I hope to start going back over what I've watched and maybe save some people some time, unless you are as hardcore as I am, which is fine;) If you would like to start your own Classic Doctor Who watch list, I recommend two things: 1)Get Netflix! They have all the Doctor who that is already released, with most of the rest to be released all by 2013! 2)Go to this website, and start here: http://lifetheuniverseandcombom.blogspot.com/2009/03/watch-all-doctor-who-william-hartnell.html This will start you with all of the First Doctor serials and link you on as you go. And check out that website, too. Combom has put a lot into it and it's a wealth of information and news (AND DAILY PUZZLES!!!).

Anyway, I have some other ideas about the Classic Doctor Who stories, but I'm going to address them on a serial by serial basis from here on out. See, I put myself on hiatus from NuWho, because I don't like anything about it, so I'm going to have to focus my energies elsewhere, anyway.

This summer is going to be interesting;)
Given the choice, would you rather sleep in or eat a delicious breakfast? Is there any food you love so much that you'd wake up at dawn or travel a great distance just to eat it?

Nope. I'm sleeping in. It's a fact. Ask my mother.

Holy Hell...A Week Without Internet

I can't imagine my life without internet anymore. It is possibly the most withdrawing thing that can happen. Both of my computers broke. And I didn't do any reading (like I thought I would). I watched a ton of movies, though. And I offer up one word summaries for them.

27 Dresses - Cute
Mr. Woodcock - Hate
What Happens In Vegas - Hapless
The Ugly Truth - Charming
The Proposal - Ryan
Year One - Trippy
The Hangover - Funny
The Company Of Wolves - Elusive
Watchmen - Again

Anyway, I stayed home from work today to clean my house and so far so good. Going to re-arrange some things (Okay, the living room). Dishes, Clothes, Bathrooms, bedrooms. And then, maybe I can get back to reading books.

The holidays just fucked me up. Compeletely.


Now mind you, I have a lot of chickens to pluck today. First off, I had a dream last night about kung fu fighting a chicken suited John Belushi in Danny Glover's front yard like in the end of Lethal Weapon. Yes, John Belushi was Gary Busey for this scenario. I honestly think I had too much NyQuil, as I didn't wake up until 11:30 this morning. (BTW, the NyQuil is to help out with my allergies that have flared up since I pet sat at my friend's house this weekend) But to have such a vivid dream about kung fu fighting, chicken suits, and K-mart. Pretty crazy. Moving on...

Secondly, I have a real problem with Cinemark Tinseltown in Shreveport. They have screwed up the fine institution of midnight movies. My friends and I have had problems this year while they have been "tweaking" their system. Which in the past was, "Get in line." Now, it's "Get in line, stay in line, and don't go to the bathroom for the rest of the night!" Imagine it with a german accent and you've got the right idea. Anyway, I have written them and expressed my concerns about the way their business is being run, and I hope to get a good response back from it. A good response would be that they get rid of this dumb system that doesn't work and go back to doing it the old way. I'm sure I'll be writing about this again soon.

Ooh, it's time for lunch!

Writer's Block: Tinsel town

Do you put up decorations for the holidays? If so, when do the decorations go up and when do you take them down?
So. I was not going to decorate this year. Until my nieces asked if we could do it next sunday. FABULOUS. It's not that I'm not in the Christmas spirit, I just think it's still too early. But, I digress. When kids ask for simple things, I'm not one to deny them. Damn my soft heart. So, next Sunday, we will be decorating my home for the holidays.

This year went by really, really quickly. Which was surprising, because it sucked. 2009 was a waste of my time and your time. Everyone either got married or died (or both). Here's to hoping 2010 brings much needed laughter and aliens (we all NEED aliens). Just a bit lighter on the angst, please. Once Christmas is over, I have a feeling we will all be returning to normal.

Well, normal for me:)

Making a living on a long day

SO, today was just...off. I don't know how to explain it any better. And, everyone I talked to felt it, too. At least, it seems that way. I actually did do a bit of work today, nothing mind boggling, mind you, just normal work. After two years in a new place, business ought to pick up. I mean, we're right on the street. Anyhow, maybe tomorrow will be a more comfortable day. Everyone seems on edge as well. I'm just trying to pay bills and stay afloat. I don't know what's wrong with everyone else. I wished for a Tardis today, just so I could go ahead and get to tomorrow. A fellow twitter-er called me out about it:

Yes. I went on to say that I'd really just like to take over a planet, which led to a discussion about being insane on Skaro (old planet). Anyway, Just popping in. Hope for a more comfortable day tomorrow.

Comic-Con and How I'm Not There

So, Comic-Con festivities start tomorrow and my friends, The Mansons, are going to be there. Though, I knew I wouldn't have the money to go (and, I don't), I am still totally happy for them.

And, yes, jealous as hell.

Had I known that David Tennant and Russell T. Davies were going to be there, I would have split Heaven and Hell trying to get the money to go. Oh well. You live, you learn. Still, I am completely psyched for them (AND, my friends in L.A. who are making the trek to San Diego, also). I have been following (seems like for weeks now) certain twitterati that are covering the con, especially in reference to extra parties and Doctor Who/Torchwood. So, I'm pretty knowledgeable about what is going on where. Very exciting. It is a geek mecca!

I am waiting until Sunday evening to really say anything about Torchwood: Children of Earth or Doctor Who: Planet of The Dead. Now, I've seen both of them already, but it just isn't right to talk about it, yet. That being said, I would like to talk about the reaction of people that have already seen COE. First thing, calm down folks. It is a story, and I know we get attached to things and people being in a set place in a story, (take it from me, I KNOW, and have the geek cred to prove it!) but I have to agree with the writers in you must serve the story and the journey of the characters. There was a bit of a ruckus a few weeks ago over one one of the Torchwood writer's blog where people were chewing his ass left and right and threatening him and Russell T. Davies. Really unnecessary and inappropriate comments. And it was really, because people could get to him easily, because he had a blog. A blog where he shared part of the writing process with fans and what it was like to work on these wonderful shows. I just want to say shame on those people who were SO ugly to him and RTD. There is never a reason to act like that, and I haven't heard of anything on this scale since Chewbacca died. *(Yes, Chewbacca was killed in Vector Prime. Not Peter Mayhew, who will be at Comic Con)

Anyway, I feel very protective of my favorite talent whether it be directors, writers, actors, whomever is involved with my favorite shows or bands, whatever. I am always going to advocate to respect their privacy and personal space, no matter if it is a blog or a singular interview. There are boundaries you do not cross. Everyone is busy and making an effort to entertain you, and I consider it a treat if someone takes a second to tweet at us. You can enjoy their work without being fucking creepy about it. There are bigger media related issues that go with this, but fan wise, it's just us out here in fandom. I beg of people to PLEASE be cool and do not act like animals about your show.

Besides, there is always the Ret-Con. *rolls eyes*


No. Really. I wanted to send this out just in case I go into catatonic shock. I know everything will either get better or...just completely quit. I highly expect to wake up every morning to the sounds of explosions or gunfire or the end of civilization. So far, none of that has happened and the only sound I'm waking up to is a lawnmower. *yawn* But, that's not the point. The question is do I have the ability to change a fundamental basic about myself? I don't know. I want to have it. The truth is I don't think that I do. I do not like change. I am the queen bitch of kicking and screaming against change when change happens (especially, if I can't control that change). Going to begin to attempt this (along with some other things, I have been gradually doing). So, if it fails, if *I* fail, at least I have a little blip that I tried. I don't feel like trying, though. But the need to be free of everyone's expectations and to be free to do what I want has gone beyond something I can just deal with and has turned into something that if I don't fix now, I'll end up in a home, drooling on myself. Because it drove me crazy.

So, today we begin...what? A cleansing? (It is possible I'll pretend to be Zelda Rubenstein for the rest of the day, now that I've thought of "cleaning" my house) I don't know, but I'll try and try again If I have to.

Never give up, never surrender.

Dude, really?

18 weeks!? What the hell have I been doing with my life? I haven't been doing drugs, or being a stripper, or having the sex, so WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Well, the answer is simple. I have been *trying* to work (but everyone is broke, so no go on the dough) and I have been helping my brother and ex-sister-in-law with their beautiful kids. They are wonderful, beautiful, smarty pants babies and I love taking care of them, but sometimes...it takes a toll. I have sacrificed a lot of me time and a lot of my social life to help them out. But, while I say that, I wouldn't want it any other way. We as a family were lucky to get kids that are this great, and not little "Snotleighs" running around screaming at everyone. I am working to get out more during the week. I really want to do the Happy Hour @ Abby Singer's on Tuesday evenings and do the PUB CRAWL! downtown once a month. But, I want to get out at least a couple of times a week. I feel like it will be a good networking opportunity for me. Which brings me to: I have made some awesome new business cards, which I can't afford to get just yet. I know, sadness. But, I am working a lot, lately. And I feel that my stress level is playing with my physical well-being. I have been eating a lot better and have lost 5 lbs! WOO HOO! Anyway, I'm going to list a few things that I love right now:

1. True Blood
2. World War Z
3. iTunes
4. Facebook
5. Passion Pit

Okay, I'm out for now.

Writer's Block: Dream Job

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Years ago, when I was a child, I knew immediately what I wanted to do when I grew up. From a very young age, I knew I was a performer. I grew up planning on moving to Chicago and becoming a theater actor. That is all I ever wanted to do. I got older, though, and when I was 15, my parents divorced. It threw me off big time. I graduated at 17, and because I stopped planning, went straight to working mediocre jobs. I eventually landed myself in beauty school. I am good at my job and I do love it, but I was born to be actor. I would trade a lot to have the chance to go to Chicago and pursue theater again.


Jill Usrey

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