The Real World: Extra Edition

The Real World, Movie Extra

100 strangers were picked to be extras in a movie …

So if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you might already know that I was picked to be an extra in a feature film. How awesome is that?! Well, it gets even better. They bussed 100 Hispanic people, myself included, from Houston to New Orleans and set us up in hotels for the week. Score!

It’s safe to say all of us extras are getting know one another pretty well. We traveled together from Texas. We ride to and from set together where we work together for at least 10 hours. And we even go out together. But when you group 100 people together, especially Hispanics, you’re going to get some pretty interesting dynamics. It’s basically been like one giant episode of The Real World.

You essentially have 7 types of people:

The Party People

These are the people who are constantly talking about going out and getting drunk. It’s all they can talk about on set and all they can think about all day. Then the minute we reach our hotel they’re pouring into cabs heading down to Bourbon Street. They’re pretty easy to spot the next morning on set. Just look for the ones with their heads down that look like they got hit by a train.

The Flirts

No Real World season would be complete without a few (or a lot) of random hook ups. That’s where the flirts come in. They’re the ones walking around giggling at the opposite sex and teasing their way into flirty banter. You can find them by looking for the little couples on set off to the side.

The Flighty Girls

These girls aren’t necessarily bimbos, but they sure like to act like it. As part of the flirty group, they play the helpless, little girl card to get their way on set, behind the scenes, and at the hotel. I actually find these to be some of the most annoying people. I just don’t like it when people play stupid. You can be a person of substance and still be attractive.

The Bros

Everyone knows these guys. They’re the group of guys that hang out together and bro out. They talk about all the hotties, including the celebrities on set, and their plans for hooking up. Then they head out at night as a group to party and meet some ladies.

The Anger Management Cases

Quite possible the most volatile of the group, the ‘Anger Management Cases’ are those with the shortest fuses. Quick to anger and first to complain, these would be the people that you would want to stay far away from. They’re just a recipe for disaster.

The Party Poopers

The party poopers, good girls or responsible ones, whatever you want to call them, are the ones that actually go to sleep at a decent hour because they know that they have to be up for a 4:30 AM call time. They also pass on a night out, so that they can rest after spending 13 hours in the sun. I just might fall into this category. Of course, everyone already knows I love my sleep.

The Resident ‘Mom’

The resident mom or den mom is basically the mother on set. She worries about the safety of others and tries to offer them friendly advice. She really mothers everybody!

Well, we have the day off so I’m off to explore New Orleans. But first, tell me which group would you fall into?

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Home Decor for the Geek In You

I have a confession to make. My name is Lynsey and I am a big geek.I love all things Sherlock, LOTR, science and literature. In fact, reading is my cardio. And I just may have enjoyed school. Yup, I’m one those people. So it’s no surprise that I love nerdy home decor. Here are a few of my favorites:

For the Front Door

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I’m thinking the second one would make a great door mat for Christmas, while the first one is perfect year round. If you don’t recognize the references, we can’t be friends anymore. Kidding. Not Kidding.

For the Kitchen

chemistry, flask container

 

Science will pretty much always hold a special place in my heart. I started out as a biology major in college and pre-med, which means I have a lot of science courses under my belt. Plus, who doesn’t need a prescription for caffeine early in the morning. I may not be a coffee drinker, but I do have the shot glass version. ;)

For the Office

Jane Austen, Bookworm home decor

dumbledore quotes, geek prints

seize the book, book lover

blog print

For Fun

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This gets filed under fun because I’d spend hours walking by that light just so I could punch it. Pretty soon I’d be sporting a mustache and plumber’s crack.

hanging scrabble, scrabble game

Troy and I used to spend hours playing Wordfeud, so this hanging Scrabble game would be perfect for us! I can just imagine the epic games we would play.

What are some of your favorite geeky things? Would you put any of these in your home?

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More Things My Students Say

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Teaching English to people on the other side of the world means that I’m up before the crack of dawn every day, so it’s a good thing that my students are so entertaining. I can always count on them for a good laugh and a few compliments.

Here are a few of the gems I’ve picked up during my lessons:

They have impressive insights into life:

“I heard that Americans marry 3 times. The first time in their 20s for love. The second in their 30s for money. And again in 60s for no reason.”

“Everything is important in the universe. Mankind and not”

“First of all, my wife is very beautiful. I just husband. I worship my wife.”

I guess I’m running a little behind on that first marriage. I’ve got one year to get it done! Then I’ve got to start looking for that sugar daddy for my 30s. Any takers?

They can also be extremely honest:

“I am very fat man. Not Batman. Fat man.”

“I really want to hear your voice, but not now.”

Me: “Do you get along with your sister in-law?”
Student: “She’s beautiful. Unfortunately, she was married. I’m very envy about that.”

Me: “How do you clean your laundry at home?”
Student: “ I ask my wife.”

Me: “What kind of goals do you have for your future?”
Student: “Actually, I want to be tall.”

Me: “How would you describe your appearance?”
Student: “Well … handsome.”

Some are very conservative:

“I’m not Taliban, but I think woman should keep in their house.”

“I don’t like woman to work outside home. I think that is more appropriate role for woman.”

Poor guys were definitely preaching to the wrong woman. Luckily, I’m able to keep my opinions to myself during work.

But they really know how to flatter a girl:

“I love your voice very much. I love Texas girl.”

“I want to deliver your breakfast, but I can’t do that.”

“Your voice is good. Your personality is good I think.”

“Your voice is so young and beautiful and kind. Your sound when you’re smiling is very nice.”

Student: “I’m 51. How old you?”
Me: “I’m 28.”
Student: “Ooooh! Nice!”

Someone wants to deliver my breakfast? Yes, please! I’m always willing to let people bring me free food.

Of course, they’re also very concerned with my personal life:

“How about we just free talking? How about we talk about you?”

“In Korea, that is marriage age. Your age is old girl.”

One thing is for sure, my job is not boring! If you’d like to learn more about being a Phone English Teacher, click here. Or head on over and check out some more pearls of wisdom from my students.

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Sometimes People are Jerks

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Saturday night the boyfriend and I decided to splurge on dinner and a discount movie. Big spenders, I know. But this girl has to save money for her birthday trip at the end of the month. Not to mention, all the alcohol that it will take to help her forget that she’s only 1 year away from the big 3-0.

Okay, enough of this 3rd person nonsense. Who do I think I am? Elmo?

Anyway, there we were settling in for our $2 movie when I got a front row seat to Jerkfest 2014. As the lights began to dim, a woman in an electric wheelchair and her guy grabbed the last available handicap spot in the theater. The man to my right, who was reclining so far back in his seat that he was squishing the woman behind him, was not happy with this seating arrangement.

“I CAN’T SEE OVER YOUR HEAD!’ he snarled repeatedly at the woman, who could do nothing but stare back at him blankly.

When the opening credits finally began to play without disruption, I thought his entry for Jerkfest was complete. I never realized that he was aiming for the title of King Jerk. Within a few minutes, his royal highness was requesting that the woman move. That’s right. This able-bodied king of jerks was asking a woman in a wheelchair to move because he couldn’t see. Forget the fact that all the other handicap seats were occupied or that there was an empty seat next to the king. Nope. None of that mattered as he made her move.

I couldn’t believe the audacity of this man sitting one seat away from me. It was all I could do not to call him a jerk to his face. The woman on the other hand handled the situation with a lot of grace and dignity. She didn’t call him any names. She didn’t argue or cause a scene. She just moved. Unfortunately, that meant that she was forced to watch the movie from the center of the isle, while her manfriend sat in the row in front of her. Talk about a date night gone wrong.

It’s situations like this one that make me question the human race. We have put a man the moon, built buildings that kiss the sky, eradicated diseases, and invented the cronut. But we still can’t treat one another with the respect and kindness that we all deserve.

So today I’d like to remind y’all that your actions matter. Kindness matters. Kindness has the power to brighten someone’s day, make people feel less alone, and to change the world. Maybe if King Jerk had acted out of kindness, that woman could have enjoyed a fun movie date with her man sitting next to her. Maybe I would have been commending him for switching seats instead of making a scene. And maybe the world would have been shy one jerk that Saturday night.

So don’t join the ranks of royal jerkiness. Be compassionate. Be respectful. Be kind. And if you can’t be kind, be quiet.

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Have you ever had a similar experience? How do you handle jerks?

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Top 13 Halloween Movies on Netflix

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Halloween is just around the corner! I love a good excuse to dress up in costume and eat insane amounts of candy, which may also include some Halloween booze. And you know what goes perfectly with candy and booze? Scary movies!

Watching Halloween movies is one of my favorite traditions, so I rounded up my top 13 Netflix picks for the perfect Halloween countdown. Let’s just say I saved you an hours long scroll through the horror section. ;)

Halloween Movies on Netflix

Nightmare Before Christmas

A family favorite and Halloween classic, this film reminds us that though Christmas is awesome (hello, presents!), there’s still nothing quite like Halloween. So before you head off to kidnap Santa, remember to enjoy the spookiness of the season.

The Possession

The Possession is a story about a little girl, her jewelry box, and her imaginary friend. And by imaginary friend I mean evil, soul sucking spirit. I’m sure you’ll think twice about buying that antique jewelry box next time.

Scream

A 90s classic that turned the question, ‘what’s your favorite scary movie?’ into a phrase to be feared, Scream never take itself too seriously. Poking fun at the rules of scary movies, it will leave you guessing throughout. And guess what! Netflix has Scream 2 and 3 for you to enjoy too!

6 Souls

Jonathon Rhys Meyers does a fantastic job in this creepy psychological thriller! It’s surprising twist will leave you thinking about it for hours.

Carrie

Based on Stephen King’s first book, this movie is a classic in it’s own right. This film shows us what happens when high school bullying, supernatural powers, and teen angst combine in an explosive prom night, literally. While I’m a bigger fan of the original, Netflix has both versions for you to choose from.

Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby is an old school horror movie done right. Not only will you be left wondering whether or not you really know your neighbors, but you’ll also be thankful that you didn’t have Rosemary’s pregnancy.

The Craft

A 90s favorite and cult classic, The Craft will make you want to put on a pair of knee socks, break out the Ouija board, and play a round of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. I just have one question for you – are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Insidious 2

Unfortunately, Netflix only has the second chapter of Insidious, but it’s still worth checking out. The film picks up as the Lambert family is attempting to move past their sons recent brush with evil spirits. This time it’s daddy who has to battle his demons.

Hellraiser

Hellraiser is the movie that will make you never want to solve another puzzle again, while also demonstrating the miraculous power of a single drop of blood. Apparently, one drop can bring your ex back from the dead, provided you’re willing to offer up some human sacrifices to complete his body.

Cabin in the Woods

If you like your scary movies with a bit of eye candy, this one is perfect. Chris Hemsworth puts down his mighty hammer to take on the role of hunky friend in this film. Though his Thor hammer might have come in handy when he and his friends were fighting for their lives in that creepy forest.

Children of the Corn

Children are adorable, but after watching this movie you’ll be looking at them in a whole different light. In fact, you’ll be sleeping with your door locked and avoiding corn fields at all costs. So go ahead, make it a marathon. Netflix has all seven movies for you to fill up on.

World War Z

If zombies are more your style, you won’t want to miss Brad Pitt and his flowing locks as they come to rescue during the zombie apocalypse. Who else but Angelina’s beau could save the human race? And the best part is that Netflix actually has the unrated version of the movie, which means you’ll get an extra dose of brain munching. Total win!

Devil’s Carnival

This musical horror film lets us in to the secret that the devil is a huge fan of carnivals, so much so that hell is one big twisted carnival. SOA fans might not be so happy to see that Unser has become one of hell’s best workers, but I suppose that’s what working with the Sons will get you.

Family Friendly Alternatives

The Adams Family

The Adams, the one family that makes yours seem normal. But if you really want to channel your inner Wednesday, put on some black, braid your hair, and refuse to smile.

ParaNorman

This is a cute story about a boy who channels his 6th sense to save his town from a century long curse. He may not get the chance to speak to Bruce Willis, but he does encounter plenty of other ghosts and zombies.

The Haunted Mansion

Who knew haunted mansions were filled with so many life lessons? While battling ghosts, this family learns a lot about togetherness and appreciation for one another.

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies?

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