Bucket List Romantic Movies

Earlier I saw a bucket list for romantic comedies that I completely disagreed with so I made my own. It's not perfect, but pretty good for how little I spent on it.
10 Things I Hate about You
16 Candles
50 First Dates
About a Boy
Baby Boom
The Big Sick
Before Sunset
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Breaking Fast
Bride & Prejudice
Bridget Jones' Diary
Bringing Up Baby
The Brothers Bloom
But I'm a Cheerleader
Chasing Amy
Coming to America
Crazy Rich Asians
Crossing Delancey
How Stella Got her Groove Back
It (1927)
Legally Blonde
Love & Basketball
Love Jones
Miss Congeniality
Moonrise Kingdom
Muriel's Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Fair Lady
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
The Philadelphia Story
Poetic Justice
Princess Bride
Reality Bites
Roman Holiday
Sharu wi Dansu? (1996)
Singin' in the Rain
The Thin Man
Top Five
White Chicks
White Christmas
When Harry Met Sally
Working Girl
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Best Governor Ever!

All my life people have always called the current governor BEST GOVERNOR EVER! so I decided to look that up for myself. I checked out all the governors on Wikipedia, going back to Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. Those not worthy of a entry were automatically disqualified. I wrote down all the governors who did the most in their terms; who had left an indelible mark on our state. Then, I looked the top dozen on other websites to get other opinions on their legacy.

It wasn't even close. The best governor that Florida ever had was David Sholtz (January 3, 1933 – January 5, 1937).

Sholtz was raised Russian Jewish in Brooklyn, but moved to Florida to get his law degree from Stetson. His campaign had little money so it was dependent on door to door chats and a truck with two loudspeakers attached to it. His campaign goals were about education and accepting federal aid. Even though it was the Great Depression, the current governor had refused federal aid. The state was in huge debt, $2,124,000 and unemployment was so bad that 1/3 of Tampa's workers were unemployed. At that time, governors were restricted to one term so after winning the election, he had to go to work quickly.


Established the Florida Park Service
Set up a Conservation Committee to determine which lands to become state parks
Established the Citrus Commission
Set up state-wide pensions for aged and blind
Set up state welfare board
Established the Florida's first workers' compensation law
Started the Florida State Road Department Traffic Division which was a precursor to the Florida Highway Patrol
Lowered auto tag prices
Mandated that prison work camps contain plumbing and hot water
Ordered investigation into prisoner conditions
First proposed gambling income to help fund public education
Increased money available for public schools
Established teacher's being paid by the state and not dependent on local funds...some teachers were being paid in company scrip while others had to accept delayed paychecks for months at a time
Established free textbooks for students through 6th Grade despite complaints from the textbook companies that it was...you guessed it...socialist
Improved the job situation so that Miami went from 16,000 on federal assistance to just 4,000

And that 2 million dollar budget deficit? All paid off with a $591,000 surplus

Unfortunately, like many of his day, he was lenient on lynching.

The other nine runners up in alphabetical order...

Thomas Brown
Cecil Farris Bryant
Lawton Chiles
Melchor Feliú
Francis Philip Fleming
Bob Graham
William Dunn Moseley
Harrison Reed
Nicolás Suárez Ponce de León II
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    Switched at Birth


I miss having Evil Puppy as an icon.

Once again, we find ourselves at a final episode with Conan O'Brien. However, this isn't like the other times. There isn't uncertainty about where to find him next. There isn't the relief that he'll be back on my television soon with nightly shows.

He's going to HBO Max with a weekly show.

It's truly the end of an era and I will miss what we had together while being grateful for what we shared together. I never got to see a taping in person, but through LiveJournal, through Facebook, I've been able to meet other fans and crew who have grown to be wonderful friends.

In times of trial, his Tonight show speech still comes to me.

Thank you
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Champa Bay

The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl and the Lightning won the Stanley Cup. It's pretty awesome. I've bought both hats. I will admit that it's sad watching all the festivities and not being able to go, but I am happy that I got to be in all of that last time with both in 2003 and 2004. I'm also determined to do all of that when the Rays win the World Series. It'll happen, they just need to make it in a non-election year.

Also, the Rowdies got to their Championship, too! Then, everyone got Covid and it was canceled. :(
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Right now is the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st year of the 21st century!!!
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Favorite Directors

Wes Anderson
Frank Capra
Gurinder Chadha
Cameron Crowe
Ava DuVernay
Rick Famuyiwa
Jon Favreau
Victor Fleming
James Gunn
Bong Joon Ho
Peter Jackson
Barry Jenkins
Rian Johnson
Hiro Murai
Mira Nair
Kevin Smith
Steven Spielberg
Guillermo del Toro
Taika Waititi
Edgar Wright
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V for Vendetta

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

When I was young, I believed as most do in anarchy. No rules would mean all would be equal, right?

Then, I realized that not having rules meant those already with too much power would simply use their power to subjugate others without any checks or balances, leading to a worse outcome than before.

However, I had always believed in V for Vendetta that people should be what keeps the government in check. People should be what the government fears.

January 6 made me rethink that. It shouldn't take seeing things from the other side to understand a different angle, but sometimes, it does. I want a government beholden to its people; not shareholders or CEOs but what the Bible refers to as "the least of these brothers and sisters of mine".

However, I don't want a government scared to go to work. I don't want a government that feels unsafe in their workplace. I don't want a government scared for their family at home. NO ONE DESERVES ANY OF THAT.

So, that leads to rules, that leads to designated protest areas, like the street but not their private residence...the Mall and streets but not the Capitol steps or inside.

So, do I still support blowing up the Houses of Parliament? Is it just like blowing up the Death Star?

I don't know.
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News of the World

I really enjoyed News of the World. I told my mom it was like The Mandalorian without all the Star Wars stuff. It's written and directed by Paul Greengrass who I usually enjoy. He's done most of the Bourne films and it has that same pacing where action is always around the corner. Tom Hanks is also great for carrying a film.
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End of the Year Quiz 2020!

I don't remember these things being so long before...

1. What did you do in 2020 that you'd never done before?

I was able to get away with social distancing and backing away from people without it being too weird. I finally got paid to go on vacation for two weeks. It was a staycation while the store was closed, but it was still pretty glorious. I used that time to start a non-fiction book which is also a new thing. I ordered Hulu on the two dollar a month plan and decided that in 2021 I'll start paying for other streaming services on a temporary basis. I also played Dungeons & Dragons virtually.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never really make any specific to the new year. Instead, I try to have them at all times. My current goals are to attend a city council meeting, continue organizing house and maintain my list of things to do once we feel safe to do so.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but there was a lot of death, I'm sorry for everyone more personally affected.

5. What countries did you visit?
Same country as always, just here, I really do want a passport, but kind of a waste of money right now

6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020?
Before all this, I was trying to be better about going out, meeting people and trying new things, new places. I want to get back to that.

7. What dates from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Leap Day Weekend which was awesome. On Friday, I got cool black Converse snow boots. On Saturday, I bought two animals at Build-a-bear so they would have the 2/29 birthday. On Sunday, almost everyone went to the Renaissance Festival that my nephew performed in and the next day, we celebrated my mom's birthday at my brother's house.

St. Patrick's Day, we went to the mall one last time under constant threat of it being shut down. That week almost everything did shut down.

My birthday was the first birthday where I didn't leave the house; eating leftover Taco Bell while watching all the new Animaniacs episodes.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I got published! I wrote a small article and my friend put it in her book.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I was still working retail during the holiday season. Also, I never managed to get to the river.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Mr. Bubble was the best. I also love my BAB Grogu, my Minnie Mouse watch and The Haunted History of Pasco County by Madonna Wise.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Dolly Parton who continued her usual philanthropy but also financed a vaccine. Stacey Abrams and her fellow patriots who made sure people could safely vote. There's everyone who have stocked neighborhood pantries, turning little libraries into lifesavers. I can't forget all those deemed too essential to stay at home to work. Yeah, it takes skill to clean carts and greet people with a smile especially when they won't even wear a mask, which brings me to...
The most important people are the healthcare workers who put themselves in danger every day to help others while others have the luxury of either not believing Covid even exists or that it kills people.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Trump and just about everyone under him, especially playing down Covid so now people glare when you ask them to wear a mask

I'm also sad about those who claim to be Christian, but put their parishioners in danger or encourage them to hate.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills although the student loans are paid off, yay!

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?


As mentioned above, I was published in my friend's book. I also got to read an advanced copy of a Star Wars book that I had been forward to and season two of The Mandalorian with AHSOKA!!! I finally got my Lightfury plush on Leap Day.


We were going to spend Free Comic Book Day at Emerald City Comics which we had never done before. Halloween didn't happen either, even though it was on a SATURDAY and I'd been looking forward to that for years. Easter didn't happen although I made the most of it by watching the extended Lord of the Rings trilogy. The last book we read for the book club was really enjoyable and we never got to discuss it.

16. What song will always remind you of 2020?
I'm not sure. However, for now, I've been thinking about Joe Diffie a lot. I don't think I'll ever forget how he died from Covid.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) Happier or sadder? Happier, there is an end to this unlike last year when we were waiting for the guillotine to drop. There's also hope on the politics front. There are more against fascists than for them.

b) Bigger or smaller? I think I'm about the same, just redistributed differently

c) Richer or poorer? Probably about the same although there is that new stimulus check...

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I need to get outside more and I should get over my fear of video calls

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Being anxious, having to be polite with people who just want me to agree with them

20. How did you spend Christmas?
We watched the 2020 version of the Disney Christmas Parade. I didn't think it was too bad, but my mom was very annoyed at the lack of Santa so we ended up watching the 1983 Disney Christmas Parade. We each opened a blind box for our present portion. Then, we watched various other Christmas classics.

21. How many one-night stands?

22. Did you fall in love in 2020?
Well, Disney+ did premiere Hamilton...

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
Ugh, Hamilton, The Mandalorian or What We Do in the Shadows

24. How will you see in the New Year?
As usual, we watched the ball drop on NBC. I was happy Amber Ruffin had joined in. Unfortunately, with Disneyland closed, there was no PST ball-drop there on the Spanish channel.

25. Do you hate / dislike anyone now that you didn't hate / dislike this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
Obviously, A Haunted History of Pasco County and the book club book, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate. However, I was reading a lot of non-fiction last year especially the Dade City Banner.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Leadbelly, which I realize should have been decades ago

28. What did you want and get?
Grogu from BAB was my main want although his birth name is Lucas Chadwick. Another was the rainbow Loki mystery box Marvel produced for Free Comic Book Day and a new President!

29. What did you want and not get?
I wanted more local liberal or even moderate representation. I wanted Covid to be taken seriously like in other countries. I wanted to get to go to the beach and Orlando. I took for granted that I could see all the new tentpole films with my brother.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I loved Birds of Prey and David Copperfield, but if we're including streaming then there's The Happiest Season, The Vast of Night, Troop Zero and of course, Hamilton.

31. What did you do on your birthday?
I watched Animaniacs, ate Taco Bell and drank Code Red for the first time in years.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not having everyone dying from Covid?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020?
I hate our conservative overlords fashion rules. Also, bras aren't necessary.

34. What kept you sane?
All things must end. I have to be ready when it is.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taika Waititi, Stacey Abrams

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Undying loyalty to a madman or extreme hatred of other views, either way our country suffers

37. Who did you miss?
Almost everyone at some point

38. Who was the best new person you met?
All my new work buddies!!!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020.
It's true that working doesn't feel like working if you find your passion. The hardest part is getting paid for it.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"I'm young, scrappy, and hungry
And I'm not throwing away my shot"

41. What was your favourite moment of the year?
Hmm, Ren Faire, birthday dinner, Office Space

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?
When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died

43. Where were you when 2020 began?
At home where I had the ball drop on the tv and Disney countdown on the laptop

44. Who were you with?
My mom, as always

45. Where will you be when 2020 ends?
At home

46. Who will you be with when 2020 ends?
Again with my mom

47. What was your favourite month of 2020?
April, I never went into work

48. Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2020?
None I think

49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2020?

50. How many people did you sleep with in 2020?

51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2020?
That the votes came from overseas and our votes didn't count

53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2020?
A little, sometimes I think I can do more than I'm capable of

54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2020?
lol, I think I might have a list

56. How much money did you spend in 2020?

57. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2020 and change what?
Put the phone case back on

58. What are your plans for 2021?
I want to volunteer, meet people and get a new job or a track towards one.
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