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Ferris Bueller

The Sausage King of Chicago

Posted on 2007.12.21 at 13:42
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Globus - Epicon

Yeah. As long as I've known him, everything works for him. There's nothing he can't handle. I can't handle anything. School, parents, the future. Ferris can do anything.

I guess I would've been sixteen when Ferris Bueller's Day Off came out. I likely saw it the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school. Back in the day, I was probably a lot like Cameron Frye. Disinterested, uncomfortable, and boring. While I can see the brilliance of Alan Ruck in the character, at sixteen all I saw was myself.

But no one wanted to be Cameron Frye. Everyone wanted to be Ferris. Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. Everyone wants to be adored by their peers at that age. I remember being frightened at being labeled, "different." Trying instead to be like everyone else. As adults, of course, we shun conformity and strive to break free from the masses. Being different helps define us.

Can someone see a movie - and change who they are?

It took me a year or so, but I became Ferris Bueller, and it opened up endless possibilities for me. I became self-confident, outgoing, adaptable and flexible. Perhaps it was just my time? Either way, I've always appreciated the freedom such an outlook predisposes.

Later in life, I tried to emulate Peter Gibbons from Office Space with much less success. At least that one helps keep things in perspective.

McKinney, Texas is the second fastest growing city in the United States. This is the weekend before Christmas. I stopped at Best Buy this morning. I must be insane.

After scouring, but not finding, A Life Less Ordinary on the shelves, I finally got a kid to look it up for me on their computer.

"Shows as deleted in our system." He says.
"What does that mean?" I implore
"No Best Buy anywhere will have it. We no longer carry it." He tells me.
"Because its old." He looks at his screen, "Whoa. 1999! Really old."



photogoot at 2007-12-21 23:08 (UTC) (Link)


I spent a whole summer of weekends in 1983 going to the Red Barn Roller Rink waiting for my true love from Xanadu.

Ya, that did not work out for me... Although to this day I am strangely aroused in my nether regions when I hear disco music. ;-)

ehowton at 2007-12-21 23:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Xanadu

Thank you for sharing. That movie mesmerized me as well, as a budding pubescent youth.

I'd probably swallow my own tongue if I had to sit through it today.
snapper521 at 2007-12-22 02:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Xanadu

I am strangely aroused in my nether regions when I hear disco music

Whoa there Paul... thats a bit to much info... baaaaaad mental image. *groans and covers eyes*

[Currently listening: Rick Springfield - Human Touch]
ehowton at 2007-12-29 15:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Xanadu

I appreciate that every time I go to Borders.com or Amazon.com, the film "Xanadu" comes up on my "Recently View" list.

The only recourse I have now is hoping that NO ONE EVER sits adjacent me when I browse these sites, else I die of embarrassment when they notice what I've been recently viewing.

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-12-22 01:05 (UTC) (Link)
Did Peter Gibbons play Milton??

I can defintely see you as Milton!!!

I'm going to burn this building down!!!

Edited at 2007-12-22 01:48 am (UTC)
ehowton at 2007-12-22 05:27 (UTC) (Link)
Ron Livingston played the character, Peter Gibbons - the one who decided he wasn't going to work any more.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-12-22 01:46 (UTC) (Link)
You can order it from Best Buy online for $6.99. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=3778503&st=A+Life+Less+Ordinary&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=43806

Or from Amazon.com for $9.98 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=3778503&st=A+Life+Less+Ordinary&lp=2&type=product&cp=1&id=43806 with free shipping.

Here is a tip. If you go to the change exchange machine at Albertson's and else where you can get an Amazon.com gift card by just trading in your spare change and it does'nt cost you a dime, so you don't even need a credit card to order from Amazon!!!
snapper521 at 2007-12-22 02:07 (UTC) (Link)
"Here is a tip. If you go to the change exchange machine at Albertson's and else where you can get an Amazon.com gift card by just trading in your spare change and it doesn't cost you a dime, so you don't even need a credit card to order from Amazon!!!"

Neato!! :-D Though I don't think that knowledge will do me any good... I don't have a store called "Albertson's" anywhere near me that I know of... y'all got weird named stores down there in TX...
snapper521 at 2007-12-22 02:00 (UTC) (Link)
Best buy is retarded. Only carrying "recent" movies. :-| I know why they do it, but it's still retarded. :-| Just another increment within the system to force us into using the net for yet another thing... (in this case buying a movie which is outdated by their standards).

[Currently listening: Rick Springfield - Don't talk to Strangers]
ehowton at 2007-12-22 05:25 (UTC) (Link)
The thing is, they carry much older movies. I could've pointed that out to the pimpled youth assisting me, but its likely he wouldn't have understood the point I would be trying to make.
time3 at 2007-12-22 11:11 (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I could identify with in that movie was that most, if not all of my teachers were as drab, dry and terribly boring as the part played by Ben Stein. I did well in High School, never the less, but wow, way to make the learning experience excruciating.
ehowton at 2007-12-22 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
That's sad.

irulan_amy at 2007-12-23 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
"Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements."
photogoot at 2007-12-23 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
ehowton at 2007-12-23 04:27 (UTC) (Link)
PC Load Letter? WTF does that mean?
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