the field trip

another self-glorifying piece of trash that you can't resist to read. tempt you enough?

Sunday, October 09, 2005

cellar door

i have three things to say tonight

1) i am utterly a lone

2) i thought i was a happy guy but tonigh i realized i am not

3) i am angry

the end.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

feeling a bit of nostalgia

the past is something obviously we can never get back. memories are all that we can keep from something we miss and most times they can bring back the saddest and the happiest of feelings. tonight i'm feeling tad bit bittersweet.

i miss a few people. im not talking about folks from college because i spent four great years with them, i am talking about the friends that i learned how to drink with, that i helped escape police late at night. the friends i traveled back and forth with to the beach on school days and the friends i went to stupid proms with, the friends who i egged and tp'd houses with. The friends i played court baseball with and the friends i rode boats on summer afternoons with.

i was looking at Bria's profile tonight and she had some pictures up. it made me miss a few people. i really regret a lot of things from the past four years. i lost touch with a ton of my best friends whom i have come to realize really were awesome and who i basically took for granted while i was in school. i mean i didnt take them for granted, i am just the type of person who doesn't miss things very often, and it is hard for me to "miss" friends only because i will love and cherish them no matter how long the time or space between us, no matter how much time passes between our last meeting or conversation i know in my heart i will always care about them.

when i went away to school i went away with the intent on leaving a lot of shit behind me from home. i went to a place where i could start over, basically forgetting that i would eventually lose the small amount i wanted to take with me-- my friends.

i can't get these past four years back. sure i did a lot of stuff i will never forget, but i also missed out on a lot of memories with those who made me who i am now. this is for you guys. i will not proceed to make the sappiest list of people i miss for all the world to see, shove off if you can't handle it.

mike bright, dude i miss the way you make me laugh and always are restless and are never happy. it is you that was missing from my life in recent years, i can never get back the jokes you made or the impatient change of scenery you demanded but i will know that someone did enjoy those things and hope that i was in mind while you guys were doing them all.

stefan; im glad you went to europe, i am glad you continue to do music, you were the most talented one of us and i can't say i dont miss your lethargy but i do miss you being my little bitch man, more than you know dude.

matt hundley, that beard of yours rocks. i am profoundly forever indebt for all the knowledge you bestowed upon me and i miss your sarcasm and your wit. take care of my outer banks while im gone.

paul adams, well you left us before i left you and you're in a similiar boat so i can't say much other than i miss all the inappropriate times we had at your place.

bria and allie, you two are perhaps the two happiest things i miss. you always made me smile and put me in a good mood. you were contagious and i can see that you have taken that fortunate trait to where you are now and i am jealous of those who are now in your company. i just hope you dont forget about me over here on the left side. you are my mo mo and porkchop and remain to this day my favorite memory of my last summer before school, love you girls.

i could go on forever but i am tired and have to get up early for coverage in the morning. hope everyone enjoyed my soul to text. goodnight.

xoxo-slightly drunk ryan

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

life and times of an intern: chapter 1 - eye on the prize

So let’s talk about work. Everyday I walk a mile and half down a street that sometimes smells like urine, but more often smells like well…urine. I often pass a few homeless folks, usually the same ones everyday, and many strangers. I see the same vendors and shop owners opening up at the same time everyday. I have even gotten the timing down on a few street signs in order to hasten my trip.

Generally I sweat a lot on my way, not because it is too hot or because I am walking really fast, or even because it’s a rough walk, but because you just sweat when you walk a moderate distance and also because, and this is my own opinion and I am not sure whether it is true or not but, I think that the hottest time of any day isn’t the mid-day but the morning when the sun starts to hit its beginning peak, like 9 to 11ish. I just always feel like when the sun hits the moisture left over from the evening it creates this mini humidity that makes it hotter than it really is for that brief time period, and also it is difficult to adjust to such a rapid change in temperature from very nice to warm as fast as mother nature wants us to. Wow that was a long description of the weather, anyway…

I pass billboards for dozens of movies and street signs for everything from television, movies, and music to even books and religious conferences. Suffice it to say that my walk is nothing short of “colorful.” I listen to my mp3 player, think about the wonderful opportunity I have here in LA and sip my water to stay cool, smiling occasionally at anyone who wants to take in my southern mannerisms and often singing louder than I should but its ok because I fit right in with the roller skating homeless guy.

So when I arrive I see posters for the films New Line has released recently, will release, or are coming soon. I pass those two Oscars I described before and follow a row of assistant desks, more or less saying hi whether verbally or with my smile to every one of them, and head to my own desk. Up to this point my day is pretty much great. I work in an office with great people and I am getting to know the industry that so many want to be apart of and so few are ever allowed in; I consider myself lucky and at an advantage, at least until the phone rings.

Now as I have said before my duties include, but are not limited to:

-copying scripts (often times dozens and dozens a day)
-binding scripts (many times a day)
-putting in scripts for coverage to be read that evening
-running up and down getting these scripts and delivering scripts to other assistants and execs.
-sending stuff out for messenger
-answering Disco’s phone
-covering any number of desks that need covering

These are my basic tasks, not too hard, but not in the slightest unimportant. It is sometimes monkey work, but often times I go beyond what is asked and I take pride in that. Whether it is labeling scripts that weren’t asked but were going to be done anyway, or asking when I’m in the area if there is anything I can help any assistant with, I do what I can when I can. I am not by far saying I am the shit or am awesome but I pride myself in my work, no matter what it is; always have, always will.

However, when someone takes advantage of my generosity, willingness, and attitude to do whatever I can whenever I can, it kind of pisses me off. I am in now way getting into any specifics but let’s just say that Monday and Tuesday were not the best and brightest of my days so far here in L.A.

Now I understand the nature of the business. I am here to work for free to prove I belong, to show that I am willing to do whatever it takes to stay and become a player. I respect everyone around me (for the most part) and feel that I do belong with them. If I didn’t I would not hesitate to leave or recognize that when this is over then I am back to Virginia. But I have been through too much shit in my life, and done far too many tasks where I was taken for granted, used, and underappreciated to let this shit take the cake. Basically I am venting, but where else can I vent but on my own damn blog?

On the bright side I think everyday I show up, do work, shut up and take it is another day closer to getting a job and being respected. There are perks and those perks are great, like seeing the list of celebs I have posted a bit earlier, not to mention being allowed access to a plethora of scripts that only a few eyes are allowed to see.

So what I am getting at is no matter how much I guess I feel like I am being stepped on or used, that really that’s what I am here for, to be used and utilized to my fullest extent. If someone needs 40 bound copies total of 6 different scripts, so be it, I will just have to suck it up and deliver it with a smile, because all the bullshit you can go through in your life will never amount to the piece of shit you would feel like if you regret not following what you wanted.

Ok done with my philosophical rant, goodnight and good luck.

celebrity time

well my profile space on my screen name has officially been maxed due to all the celebrity sitings i have had so i have decided to start a list on here instead. it will go from most recent to oldest and will constantly be updated so dont be afraid to check back often seeing as i averaging a celebrity a day, sometimes two! ok enjoi:

stacy kiebler (wcw/wwe hottie) 11/4/05 new line office, she said hi to me unprompted

adam shankman (director) 11/3/05 we met personally at new line

michael rapaport (the war at home) 11/3/05 new line office

vincent a vaughn (need i say anything really?) 11/2/05 new line office, we made eye contact

seann william scott (stifler in american pie) 11/2/05 new line elevator, we spoke it was cool

jon heder (napoleon dynamite himself) 10/21/05 New Line Waiting area

rosario dawson (rent, sin city) 10/19/05 coming in to see Mark at New Line

scott bakula(quantum leap) 10/18/05 at the beverly center

andy milonakis (douche bag, waiting) 10/17/05 new line waiting area

tom arnold (best damn sports show period) 10/17/05 new line waiting area

kristin johnson (3rd rock from the sun) 10/14 at taco bell

kate nauta (transporter 2) 10/14 new line waiting room

fat joe (rapper mogul) 10/13 at subway

joel schumaker (director Batman Forever etc) 10/7 new line office

robert patrick (terminator 2) 10/6 at a concert

kristin davis (of sex and the city fame) 10/4 in the new line office

eva longoria (desperate housewives) 10/4 in the new line office

frank oz (yoda/fozzy bear) 9/30 in the new line office

dane cook (comedian) 9/30 in the new line office

lisa ling (former host of The View) 9/29 at the newsroom cafe

iron chef host ( i dont know his name) 9/28 in the new line office

anthony keidis (red hot chili peppers) 9/27 at the newsroom cafe

cameron diaz (the mask, charlie's angels) 9/27 at a taco bell

david cronnenberg (director history of violence) 9/24 new line office

elizabeth and andrew shue (leaving las vegas & melrose place) new line office

paul walker, scott caan, giovanni ribisi, diane lane, tyson beckford, josh brolin, peter gruber, ashley adams 9/21 Into the Blue Premiere

lauren holly (dumb and dumber) 9/19 new line office

ricky shroeder ( silver spoons) 9/15 new line office

jessica alba (sin city, fantastic four) 9/12 on the street i accidentally ran into her

luke perry (90210) 9/12 in the new line waiting room

ben savage (boy meets world) 9/9 at a cafe near my building while eating lunch