18. Los Angeles. Film geek. 1st grade spelling bee champ.
We went to eat at a diner before band practice today. I forgot the name but it had 4 stars on Yelp so we figured why not.
I ordered a cup of coffee and made it to my liking. The right amount of cream and the right amount of sugar.
Halfway through the cup, the waitress comes to our table and fills up my cup without asking. I’m pissed. I spent all this time getting the coffee to my liking and she ruins it without asking.
My friends said that my reaction was irrational but they don’t drink coffee so they don’t understand. Don’t fuck with my coffee. The worst part was that she kept doing it. She ignored my protests the first time and I didn’t even see her do it the second time.
Yesterday, I asked two British guests what they thought about Scotland wanting to leave the U.K. Not to undermine the implications of such an event, but their answer was adorable. It was as if you were listening to a parent talking about not wanting their child to leave for college.
The fascinating part was how calm their response was. I’m sure I’d cause a huge argument or receive an incredibly passionate response if I were to ask an American what he thought about Texas voting to secede from the nation.
Of course, I told them that we separated from their country and look at how we turned out.
It’s been a while since I’ve followed an international event like this with such interest. While I have no personal stake in this nor did I have a preference, it was interesting to see a country rally for independence and vote against it.
After spending pretty much all of summer being talked to about it, Halloween Horror Nights is here. The reason they spend all summer building it up to the rookies is because it’s an entirely different beast than summer is. The hours are ungodly and the crowds are drunk and stoned teens and adults.
I did get to experience the event for the first time ever on Tuesday night. We had an employee preview night and it wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be. I was actually very impressed by the whole thing. To begin with, I had never once seen any evidence that the mazes were being constructed and all of sudden they’re just there. The characters and locations taken from An American Werewolf in London, From Dusk Til Dawn, and The Walking Dead looked exactly like their cinematic counterparts(especially An American Werewolf in London).
I lucked out on my shift tomorrow as I’ll be working from 3 p.m - 11 p.m so I’ll do half day operations and half-Horror Night operations. On Saturday, I’m in at 6:12 and I’m out at 2:30 a.m. The hours don’t excite me but I hear that the rides are empty because everyone’s at the mazes so at least it won’t be as intense as summer.
I don’t know how real it was but it sure as hell feels real.
Asked by Anonymous
In photography class, we have to let the water continuously run over the film for 10 minutes. There are 30 people in my class. Now take into consideration all the other photography classes and people who go there for the hell of it.
Washed the car in this heat. I look like I murdered someone.
Gonna go chop off that hair now.
My photography class begins at 2 p.m and ends at 4:45 p.m. I didn’t leave the darkroom until about 7:30 p.m. I spent those five and a half hours learning how to properly process a photo from a negative onto an 8x10 sheet. I had to make test strips, a proof sheet of my negatives, test strips of a photograph of my choosing, and develop an actual print.
I chose this photograph of a flower. I loved how much the white stood out but I wasn’t able to process a proper print. My professor isn’t looking for perfection since this is our first time so I’m ultimately okay with this. In hindsight, I probably should’ve chosen a picture with less shadows than this one.
I shot the photo on 35mm film so I had no clue if I got anything worth developing until the roll was over. I developed the film myself through a tedious process of properly winding the film onto a reel and using the correct chemicals at the correct times. I made a test strip to make sure I was exposing the frame properly onto the photo paper and finally, I made an actual print through another tedious chemical process.
On this project alone, I spent about $100. $80 for the photo paper and $20 on 4 rolls of film, 3 of which ended up being useless due to poor developing.
Last Monday, I spent 3 hours in the photolab. I don’t have any classes on Tuesdays but I went last Tuesday and spent 5 hours in the photolab. On Friday, I spent an additional 2 hours in the lab. Today, I spent 5 hours in the lab.
15 hours in the lab and $100 just to end up with this one lousy print.
But it was so worth it and I can’t wait to do it again.