Rocky

8.5/10
To be honest, when Mr. Theriault first started the movie, I didn’t think it was going to be very good. Let me just say, I honestly haven’t seen a good movie like this one in a while. Despite this being a 1976 classic, this is a must-see. It’s about how Rocky shows the realization of his potential by pushing with determination and will. From being a poor club boxer to boxing the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed. After Mr. T told us that Sylvester Stallone, Rocky, was the one who wrote this film and constantly persevered to get it sold, it only made this movie mean so much more.

In this movie, I also absolutely adore the chemistry between Adrian and Rocky. I love when he asks her to take off her glasses and hat and you can just see the connection between them when they gaze into each others’ eyes. Or when he takes her out to the skating rink spontaneously for 10 minutes even though it’s closed. Adrian also continues to support throughout Rocky’s training for the fight. Aside from Rocky’s journey for the fight, the fact that he starts to fall for Adrian and sticks by her side just gets me hooked to his story.

Paulie: [talking about Adrian] You like her?
Rocky: Sure, I like her.
Paulie: What’s the attraction?
Rocky: I dunno… she fills gaps.
Paulie: What’s ‘gaps’?
Rocky: I dunno, she’s got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.

My most favorite scene was the scene right before the fight. Rocky is talking to Adrian about the fact that he obviously can’t beat Apollo (as Rocky is a club boxer about to fight one of the heavyweight champions) and that he just wants to go the distance. No one has ever gone 15 rounds against Apollo and given the opportunity by Apollo, he wants to be able to do it. Just going out there and doing something no one has ever done. Here is a little bit from that scene:

Rocky: I can’t do it.
Adrian: What?
Rocky: I can’t beat him.
Adrian: Apollo?
Rocky: Yeah. I been out there walkin’ around, thinkin’. I mean, who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league.
Adrian: What are we gonna do?
Rocky: I don’t know.
Adrian: You worked so hard.
Rocky: Yeah, that don’t matter. ‘Cause I was nobody before.
Adrian: Don’t say that.
Rocky: Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.

This movie has an important message encouraging others to continue to persevere. Even with there may be little to no success at the end of the tunnel, you have to keep going at it. It doesn’t matter if there is roadblock or you encounter an obstacle. It matters if you have the will to overcome it and continue. For example, let’s say you just joined the basketball team and your coach tells you that you’re one of the weaker players on the team and some of your teammates start to laugh at you. Are you going to let them continue to laugh and make fun of you? Are you just going to do nothing about it and put yourself down even more? Or will you actually try to improve and continue to work hard and practice everyday? It’s how you react to the negativity and obstacles that is constantly trying to bring you down. You have to show them that you’re better and can overcome that.

“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”

Rocky Balboa: Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.

Another scene that I really enjoyed was his training for the big fight. Not only does this scene get me pumped up about getting out and accomplishing something, but it also shows how rewarding the end result is. So go out and try something new, and if something gets in your way, keep going. And I’ll end the post with the video for that scene.

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Everybody. All the time.


“Everybody. All the time.”

I was going to make this post at some point. But it’s all surreal. Just like that, the 2013-2014 season has come to a close. I can’t believe the 2014 Winter Percussion Indoor season is already over. This season has been so memorable and I’m so glad I got to spend it with an amazing group of talented people. SCPA Finals was great and we went out there and gave it our all and gave it our best. Persevering through tough times only made us that much closer. Putting in all that hard work of countless rehearsals (including Thursday night rehearsals I will miss so dearly), we put together a powerful and indescribable last performance for our audience. After they announced us as SCPA Open Class champions, I could feel the carthasis and euphoria radiating from everyone. We were all proud of what we accomplished by transforming mere black notes on a page to what we call music and to be able to perform with emotion and passion by pouring our hearts and souls out there for everyone to see. I’ve never seen a group of people so motivated by the pure love and passion for this activity.

I still remember when I came to the band room as a freshmen not knowing what WGI, SCPA, a vibraphone, or what a front ensemble even was. My family thought I was crazy to be dedicating so much of my time to this activity. I’m also glad I can say that this second family makes me look forward coming to school. When they told me to join clubs or sports and to get involved, it has made me realize that school is so much more than just straight A’s, AP courses, and stress. This activity has changed me so much in that it has been able to teach me to fight for what I love and to not ever let anyone tell me I’m not good enough. Being given the opportunity to be taught by talented instructors and performing with a  group of phenomenal people is truly a blessing. Performing for hundreds of people in high school gyms every weekend. It’s extremely exhilarating. Exchanging that last glance with fellow teammates in the arena is a feeling that there are no words for. It’s completely priceless.

While I’m at it, I would like to thank my section leader, for being a role model and always being an inspiration to me to strive for something better. There are no words to describe how grateful I am. I’m truly going to miss you Jimmy (if you’re reading this, probably not) and good luck with your future endeavors! (pssst RCC) And also a huge thank you to the parents that come out to competitions every week! Thanks for all the support from providing rides and food to cheering us on! We wouldn’t be anywhere without the parents.

I’m so thankful for all the friendships made in this activity and having the privilege to have met such amazing people. I’m glad emotions, friendships, and memories were created that I will be able to cherish for the rest of my life. I’m definitely excited for next year and for what next season has in store for me 🙂

Earth Day 2014

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Picture taken from my phone at school.

Rarely do I ever get the time to sit and just think… Today, as a class, we took a “nature walk” through school and it opened up my eyes to many things. It was quite fitting as today is Earth Day! (even though many failed to realize it was Earth Day) Talking was not allowed which helped each individual take in the experience of the beauty of nature. Somehow, from the same parts of the school I pass by everyday, on this field trip, I noticed things I’ve never seen before. For example, there is a beautifully grown sycamore tree right by one of the entrances and secret doors on the walls! With AP week approaching soon, the silence and the admiration of the beauty of nature has released a lot of stress for me. I was able to clear my mind and focus on something not school-related for once…

Another thing this nature walk has gotten me to realize all the little things people have done for me. And it’s crazy how they’ve just become secondary to me. Walking me to class, holding the door for me as I struggle with my endless amount of textbooks. Sometimes, I take these people for granted. “Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.” Three things you can’t recover in life are: the moments after it’s missed, the word after it’s said, and the time after it’s wasted. Someone else is probably more happy with less than what you have, so be grateful! So take time today to appreciate who does something you take for granted!

Not how he died, but how he lived…

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” ― Mitch Albom
A few days ago, a student of the Baron family in the 10th grade, was involved in a life-threatening bike incident on his way to school that cost him his life days before what would’ve been his 16th birthday. It was just too soon and his life was cut way too early. Althought I unfortunately was unable to meet him personally, I’ve heard many great things about him from fellow classmates and teachers as well. He left a legacy, something everyone could remember him by. He was always the one who enjoyed making others happy. His jokes would easily get a laugh out of someone and put a smile on others’ faces. This, in return made him happy. He cared about others’ happiness before his. He knew how to have fun and enjoy the little things about life, which most of us have yet to learn.
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.” ― Antonio Porchia
He got away from the daily normal routine of dragging himself to school everyday and allowed himself to experience new things. He had so much more to experience, so much ahead of him, but unfortunately for him, his life ended too soon. Just like Mr. Theriault always said, “Live for today and make today awesome”. We’re so caught up in school trying to prepare for something (college) that might not even happen. After news of the incident reached my family, my family became more tight-knit and close. We continue to treasure and look out for each other more and not take what we have for granted. Before, I usually neglect the phone calls from my mom when I was out with my friends as I would think of it as she was trying to be the “overprotective mother” she is. I soon realized that she continuously checked up on me because she cared about my safety, because it would be so hard for a parent to go through losing their child. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family as I’ve also experienced the loss of a loved one. The best way to deal with a situation like my classmate’s death is to acknowledge it. Have a moment of silence and take time out of your day to pray for them and their struggles. It is important to be there for those who were close to him by comforting them by simply just listening to them. Be there for even the people who did not know him, as it may bring up a past experience of the loss of close friend/family.
I began talking to a friend about my experience about my classmate’s death and I’ve began to realize to not mourn over his death. As he’s done his part in life, he would want us to live life in his memory. Continuing to be sad isn’t what he would have wanted. He would have wanted to look down and see everyone smiling in his memory.
“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” ― Haruki Murakami

Whale you be mine?


(Sorry, I just love someecards)
You gotta pizza my heart! Be my valentine? And you know what that means… Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I think the majority of us can agree that Valentine’s Day becomes Single Awareness Day. No worries! Sitting at home with a box of pizza, a bucket of icecream, and Netflix is just as fun! In all seriousness, Valentine’s day can be about showing love to another person, whether it would be a friend, another family member, or a significant other. It is day to show a friend or loved one you care that they accept you for who you are! Appreciate those around you who always look out and care for you. Or even show an act of kindness to someone else who may be feeling down on this day! Many tend to dislike Valentine’s day because why would we need this particular day to show your love to another person when this should be happening everyday? It’s sad to think on the day of love, many are stressed on getting the perfect gift for that significant or finding someone to be their Valentine on this day. Are you a last minute person? It doesn’t have to cost more than $10! For example, handmade valentines could do the trick! Or… are you fueled by hydrogen and helium? Because you are the center of the universe. Cheesy pickup lines work! Trust me, they melt my heart every single time. 🙂 Or a simple mini adventure date could require absolutely no money at all! As long as you’re devoting time out of your day to let them know that they are special to you! Good luck 🙂

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

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You have cat to be kitten me right meow!

Oh, silly cat puns. To help us understand more of the different techniques used in comedy, we watched Galaxy Quest in class a couple weeks ago. It’s a parody on the series, Star Trek. A scene in the movie that shows that humor involves the thought that something is a mistake, is when Tommy Webber starts screaming as the spaceship enters the minefield from not being able to steer the ship properly. We learned that comedy can never be mean and funny at the same time. Mr. Theriault also talked about how a sense of humor is one of the best assets to find in someone. A sense of humor means that they can lighten up the mood during dark times and they know when to use their humor. I use sarcasm all the time and when I find that someone doesn’t get my sarcasm, I find it difficult to be funny with them. Things that cause us to laugh may be unexpected or just from extreme ignorance or stupidity. The kind of comedy this week for me has been funny cat videos. I mean who ever gets bored of these kinds of videos? Not only are cats funny, but they are adorable! I mean, would you look at that GIF? The cat automatically steals the coin. While you endure with the anticipation of your final grades, here are some funny cat videos that show physical humor! Hopefully, they help relieve some stress and make your day somewhat brighter. I’m sure some of you could really use a laugh right now! After all, laughter is medicine! 🙂

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -Charles Dickens