The YA Genre, Its Not Just for Young Adults

Jennifer Connelly as Josie McClellan in Career Opportunities

Jennifer Connelly as Josie McClellan in Career Opportunities

Yesterday I went to see the movie Southpaw, after that movie was over I saw that Mission Impossible was starting in about 30 minutes and decided that I wanted to see the opening scene with Tom Cruise hanging off the jet in IMAX and then I would go home.

I had already seen the movie and thought it was OK. Basically if you love any of the Mission Impossible movies, you will probably love this one. I am not a fan of the franchise but I have seen them all and despite finding them silly there is always at least one very entertaining moment, usually Tom Cruise doing some crazy stunt and, well, there is always at least one sexy woman in the movies. I am a straight guy, I love me a sexy woman.

So, I had some time to burn so I went and saw the end of the movie Paper Towns. Another movie I had already seen but I welcomed the chance to look at the pretty young women in this movie again.

I must admit, I have a soft spot for what is now called the YA, young adult, genre and I grew up on the great 80’s teen comedies, yes, John Hughes (RIP) was a teen comedy god. Sure, part of it is that I will soon be eligible for my DOM, dirty old man, membership, and I like looking at beautiful young women but the more important reason is that I live vicariously through these movies as I did not experience any of what you see in these movies.

While other kids were partying, dating, losing their virginity, making friends that last forever, or at least friends you never forget, going to proms, experiencing graduation and just being a young adult during middle and high school, I was having to be an adult.

Basically I went straight from 10 years old to manhood and missed all that fun stuff. Sure, I went to school but my off hours, when not studying, was dealing with serious issues such as family members in hospitals and nursing homes, deaths and funerals, basically lots and lots of emotional devastation. I survived.

I now and have always loved watching movies about teens and young adults, Pretty in Pink, Superbad, Ghost World, Risky Business, The Spectacular Now, Pump Up the Volume, Napoleon Dynamite, Meatballs, River’s Edge, The Virgin Suicides, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Heathers, Clueless, My Bodyguard, 10 Things I Hate About You, Juno, Rebel Without a Cause, American Graffiti, Boyz n the Hood, Election, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Lucas, Peggy Sue Got Married, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Dead Poets Society, American Pie, Hoosiers, Back to the Future, Bring It On, Kids, Brick, Fame, Can’t Hardly Wait, Sixteen Candles, Porky’s, Lean on Me, Stand and Deliver, The Outsiders, Weird Science, Never Been Kissed, Dope, The Lost Boys, Footloose, Class, The Last American Virgin, All the Right Moves, Valley Girl, Better Off Dead, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Tomboy, School Ties, Angus, The Craft, Cruel Intentions, Splendor in the Grass, Grease, Carrie, Donnie Darko and many more I now forget, I watch them all and they all break my heart in some fashion.

My favorite is Say Anything…with Almost Famous a close second, and yes, both were written and directed by Cameron Crowe who will always be my bromance soul mate I probably never meet.

The character I most wanted to be, Ferris Bueller as played by Matthew Broderick, of course, but the character I most connect with is Lloyd Dobler as played by John Cusack in Say Anything… and, of course, I grew up to be Mike Damone as played by Robert Romanus in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. “Scalper? You call me a scalper? I perform a service, my friends. The service costs money. Now do you want the tickets or not?”

How about the girls? Jennifer Connelly as Josie McClellan in Career Opportunities is probably the sexiest character while I will give Cybill Shepherd as Jacy Farrow in The Last Picture Show second place.

As for the more romantic crushes, there are so many, Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles, Emma Watson as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Heather Graham as Mercedes Lane, great name, in License to Drive, Meredith Salenger as Lainie Diamond in Dream a Little Dream, Joyce Hyser as Terry Griffith in Just One of the Guys, Amanda Peterson (RIP) as Cindy Mancini in Can’t Buy Me Love, Elisabeth Shue as Chris in Adventures in Babysitting, Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous and though I really want to say Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club is my favorite, I really do love the weird loner girls, I have to go with an upset choice, Mary Stuart Masterson as Watts in Some Kind of Wonderful. I also love the sensitive sexy little tomboys, they always break my heart.

So what about the ladies in Paper Towns? Yes, Cara Delevingne as Margo is a sexy girl and a former Victoria’s Secret model but the young lady that stole my heart in this movie was Halston Sage as Lacey. You have to love the popular girl who turns out to be so sweet and has more depth than you would have ever expected.

What more can I say? Well, I guess a Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson quote from Dazed and Confused sums it all up very nicely, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

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Wow, Shania Twain Sucked

Shania Twain

Yesterday I had Shania Twain tickets for Philips Arena here in Atlanta. When I bought the tickets months ago I thought, this being her so-called farewell tour, that it would be a giant ticket. Boy was I wrong.

The show never sold-out and I had to go on the street with my last 6 tickets that I paid TicketMaster just under $158 a ticket. It was not pretty, I lost hundreds of dollars on this show, it happens, but I did have one fun moment.

It was a 7.30pm show and I decided I would leave as soon as I had sold all my tickets or at 9.30pm if they did not all sell. At about 9.10pm, I had three tickets left and up comes three guys looking for tickets. Unfortunately they were only there to meet girls and only wanted to spend $20 per ticket. 

One guy ended up getting a free ticket from three girls coming up that had an extra ticket. It was a woman with her daughter and a friend of the daughter. Mom was probably 55 and the other two were probably in their early 30’s. It was funny watching the guy convince them to give him the ticket as the women were definitely more interested in the guys than the guys were in them. I especially enjoyed watching the one girl put on a show of shaking out her hair and putting her hairband back on, leaning over and showing off her lovely cleavage, horny women are always fun.

I was not going to take $20 per ticket as you simply never know when you may get lucky with a late big spender. It happens, some of my all-time best deals have been really really late ones especially after the box office has closed. Deals such as I just paid someone $5 per ticket for their seemingly worthless tickets and then Mr Late Drunk Big Spender gives me $250 per ticket as I am the only option. In this case, I was the only option for tickets as the box office had just closed and all the other scalpers had left.

At 9.30pm I walked off telling the guys to have a good night. At this point my only hope was that I randomly got lucky walking home or that the guys would play my bluff and spend some more money. I did not get lucky with anyone showing up late as I headed home but two of the guys chased me down, I was literally about half the way home, a ten minute walk, when they came running up, yelling for me to hold up.

At this time I knew I was going to take their money, it was just a matter of how much I would get from them. They were actually nice charming guys that had graduated from the University of Kentucky and not the usual jerks looking for a deal. Sure, they did the, but what else are you going to do with them dance, but they were not assholes about it. Usually people for some unknown reason will also insult you as they try and buy your tickets for next to nothing but these guys were cool and kept pointing out that they totally understood me trying to get my money back.

After chatting about UK and UNC basketball for a bit, I finally made my move, OK guys, my bottom line and only because you have been nice about all of this, is $50 a ticket. They tried to stick to their guns but one guy finally cracked and offered $30 per ticket. His friend lost it on him but finally said fine, $30 per ticket. I said no and started to walk away, I then stopped, turned around, and said, fuck it guys lets split the difference, $40 per ticket and only because I have enjoyed our conversation, take it or leave it.

It was pretty funny, the one guy was, no way, no way, we have missed half the show and we are only going in to meet girls and we promised each other we would only spend $20 per ticket but the other guy said, fine, and reached for his wallet. After a minute or two of the one guy saying no way, no way, and telling his friend he was crazy, he finally pulled out the money.

After paying me this same guy just started laughing, shaking his head and excitedly telling me, you would have taken the $60, you did not care about the money, you you would have taken the $60, you just wanted to win, I get this, you just wanted to win.

Yes, at that point, it was simply all about the hustle, having fun, winning a tiny little battle over the price of a couple of tickets. I gave them all three tickets in case they wanted to sit with their buddy and then went home. Sure, I won, I got $80 instead of $60 or $40 but it was not much of a win, I lost almost $400 on those three tickets. Such is the life of a ticket scalper.