For those of you who are wondering, HL and I took over Cheerios last weekend. And we made them even more cheerful. ^ ^
Now moving onto September 11...three things for me to remember:
1)The Day of Remembrance. I remember the day it happened. I was in school. In my...history class with Ms. Paige if I remember correctly. I think there was some message on the intercom that I ignored. I knew something had happened, though. I remember the flag was at half staff when I left school. I went home with Nicpac that day, because my parents were in the hospital, which will lead to Reason 2 in a minute. We got to her house, and her brother, Justin, was watching the news. He called us over, and it showed a camera’s view of the plane hitting the towers. It reran a few times (I guess for people who were just tuning in and so the news people could point out stuff), and some lady was screaming "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" over all the screams. (Note: I edited that so the Lord’s name would be taken in vain.) I do not remember my feelings. I think they were mixed. I remember they were bad feelings. I was all like, "This happened today?!" I always was slow to get things going on in the world, including fashion, the hottest stars, and 9/11. 9/11 took a while to fully sink in and for me to snap into realization of what had happened.
2) My brother, Plus, was born on 9/11. He turned three on Saturday. He had a very good birthday (even our parents were gone for most of the day). I remember Nicpac’s mom got a call from the hospital, and I got to see Plus for the first time that afternoon. Mom calls him our September 11 blessing. But a little random information: my dad always wanted a 9/11 baby. But we never counted on terrorists, so even if they decided to attack on...September 12, or December 15, or April 29, par se, Plus would have been born on 9/11 anyway.
3) This one is probably not really important to anyone but me and my friends, but it was the Joker and Harley Quinn’s anniversary. When Batman: The Animated Series aired for the first time in 1992, on September 11, the episode "Joker’s Favor" played, bringing both the Joker and Batman’s newest enemy, Harley Quinn, into the series. ^ ^ And Harley quickly became a very popular character. ^ ^
So those are my three reasons...we did not really do much for 9/11. My parents were working at the Air Force Academy to help raise money to pay for things like Girl’s Camp and Boy Scout Camp. In that time, my siblings sat brain dead, watching cartoons most of the day while I, when I woke up (7-ish, because my parents got me up to babysit so they could go to the game) was on the computer. While I was waiting for this new Batman series, "The Batman" (I will give my opinions and reviews and junk in a minute), I actually worked on my book. ^ ^
I am on Chapter 9 of 12 (according to my current layout, which may be either reduced back to 11 chapters or bumped up to 13 chapters in the near future). Chapter 8 could be done, but I want to place a...poem (;)) into it, but I need to be in a poetic mood to do that. But Chapter 9 is awesome so far. I am tormenting my dear Phoebe with yet another nightmare...
Anyway, I thought it was going to come on at 8:30. HL said it would be on at 10:30 her time. Well, either the ads on TV were wrong or the cable company finds humor in messing with time zones, because it came on at 9:30, a whole hour later. :p I freaked out when I some other show in the 8:30 slot on the TV Guide channel, which got me frantically searching for the stupid TV Guide, in which I relaxed because I did not miss it.
My previous opinions (the ones I had before I watched it) on "The Batman" were: "This is going to be stupid," "They ruined everything," "The character designs suck," and "Who ever heard of the Joker with a deep voice?" Now, I am going to give my review and then give my opinions after having watched it. All right, I do not remember everything (this was two days ago, and I am bad as far as journaling goes), but here’s what I got:
It started with this really weird theme song, showing random clips of the Batman beating up whatever enemy. When the show actually started, it showed this gang group together. I think two of them were trying to beat up a third. Anyway, Batman comes and takes out two of the thugs, then corners the third, Rupert Thorne (the name sounded familiar, and then I remembered it is in this one comic I have with the Penguin in it...), who seemed to be the mob boss. After the Batman took out the first two guys, Rupert, in fear I guess, offered Batman some of the loot money. “I’ll give you 30/70, 70 being me.” And Batman steps closer. “40/60?” Closer. “50/50!” Well, Batman is close, so Rupert runs and jumps out this window, lands on this slanted fruit-stand roof-looking thing, and onto another roof.
Thinking he got away from the Bat, he moves to run off, but there is Batman right in front of him. Okay, I was kind of changing Plus and watching the show, so since there was nothing that interested me, I went to wash my hands real quick. I listened and heard Commissioner Gordon say something about Batman. And then I came back, and I may mix up these next two scenes, but I think the next scene was Bruce Wayne coming home and parking the Batmobile (this version sucks. It’s all about the car, and this car was nerdy.) in the cave. And Alfred had a cake with three candles.
Bruce: My birthday isn’t until October.
And then Alfred said something about an anniversary (wow, another one...). This would mark the third year since Bruce put on the Bat suit. Anyway, he tells Bruce to make a wish. Bruce is silent, Alfred knows. “I wish they [his parents] were here too, sir.” And the Bruce blew out the candles.
Next scene (note: I may be mixing this scene and the previous one) was the police station where this cop was given a new partner. Just randomly, the cop was a black mal and his new partner was this Asian-American looking female. Just thought I’d describe them. Their case? Locate Batman and arrest him. (This could be another misplaced scene…) And then it’s back to the cave, where Alfred is giving Bruce this device that goes off when trouble’s afoot.
Arkham Asylum. There is a security guard going down the line, “This inmate in his cell, this inmate in his cell, Cell #208(?) vacant...” But then he realizes there is someone in there, so being the classic idiot, he goes inside to inspect. Yes, indeed, folks, there is something lurking in the shadows. You cannot see his face, but you can see this yellow-brown tunic-thing and long (think straight jacket long) purple sleeves with weird dark purple designs on them. There are also red eyes peeking from the darkness. It is the Joker, in his new form and new outfit (and he looks his best when you can’s really see his face :p). He says something and comes to the security guard.
“My card,” he says (possibly his best pun in the whole show in my opinion), and hands the guard a Joker card (which looks pretty cool considering the new design. In the old series [my opinion], J looked better in person than on the card. Now it is vice-versa), before he hits him with laughing gas and run out of the room. I think he freed all the inmates afterward, because they were roaming the place, which led to a police phone call.
Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne was at a basketball game (I think he looks kinda cute. ;)) with these two girls, and something in his pocket rings. It’s the Bat-alert-thing that Alfred gave him earlier. And so he leaves. And this was being filmed on the news and the camera caught his empty seat. They just assumed he was getting a hot dog or something.
Arkham Asylum again (Why am I cursed with alliteration?). There is the huge jack-in-box on this bridge leading across this river to the asylum. When they arrive, the handle begins to turn. “All around the cobbler’s bench the monkey chased the weasel...” Okay, so it was just music with no lyrics, but you get it. “The monkey thought ‘twas all in fun----BOOM! ...goes the weasel.” haha. And half the bridge is gone, trapping police on one side. The cop team comes over, and the woman, who has no patience, jumps into the river and swims.
“New partner,” says the black man, and jumps in after her, and they swim to the asylum. Meanwhile, Batman is in the asylum and has found the Joker in that one cell. They fight for a bit, and Batman grabs his collar and wipes his face, trying to see who is hiding under the make up. Joker grabs his hand and helps him rub.
“It doesn’t come off. It’s perma-clown!”
Okay, that was one of the lamest puns I have ever heard...so anyway, Joker and Batman fight, and Joker keeps jumping back whenever Batman throws a punch, and is saying stuff along the lines of: “You can’t throw me in the loony bin when I’m already here” and “My old hideout is in shambles at the moment.” Yeah, something like that. In the fight, Batman tore the Joker’s long sleeves, so they were the normal wrist length instead of straight jacket length. Nd Joker used his trick cards on Batman. There was this slow-motion scene of Batman bending way back to narrowly miss getting hit by four cards at once.
...Long story short, the Joker got away (and he was quick in movement, and his bare feet helped him. Turbo and Squish [who were watching with me] nicknamed him “Monkey” because of how he moved) and Batman found the guard he killed earlier. So Batman moves to get out of the asylum, and the black guard sees him. Batman throws a Batarang/grappling rope and swings, holding the hostage, into the moon and out of sight.
So anyway, Batman brings the guy to the cave and Alfred does what he can to help. Next morning the black cop pays a visit to Wayne Manor. Turns out he and Bruce are close friends, and the cop was telling Bruce how he hated having to go after Batman. He felt Batman was fighting for good, but the cops put him on the wrong side of the law. Of course Wayne agrees to this...
So anyway, later he checks up on that one guy, and knows he’s going to have to make an antidote for the Joker’s laughing gas. And then he’s going into memories of his fight with the Joker, especially the part where he’s talking about his hideout. “It’s in shambles, it’s a bit broken down at the moment...” (<---that might have been it). And then it hits him. If he can find the old hideout, he can find the gas, and if he can the gas, he can find the antidote. And so Bruce is thinking, “Where would a clown hide?”
Turns out the Joker is hiding in an old party shop. The top had what looked like a jester’s hat draped over it. So Batman goes in, has another fight with the Joker, who jumps into this basket and puts on aviator goggles. He then starts this giant hot air balloon off. That was the jester hat. It was a balloon that was very similar to his cards. And so the Joker is steering the balloon towards this statue with a sword on it. The plan? Pop the balloon (full of laughing gas, of course) on the statue’s sword and kill Gotham City.
But of course, Batman’s involved, uses this grappling thing to hook onto the basket and get into the balloon. He and the Joker fight, Batman and Joker each throw each other out once and get back in. Batman manages to just barely steer the thing away from the statue. He then manages to get the Joker to back off long enough for him to tie a rope to the basket and fire a grappling hook at the Batsub. The Batsub pulls the balloon down, the Joker jumps out with a parachute and is in the air for a little while. Batman puts this breathing thing in his mouth and jumps into the water. He pops the balloon underwater so the gas is wasted in the water, and gets some of the gas in a test tube for an antidote (not seen, but figured out later). The Joker finally comes down and falls into the water, curses Batman for ruining his plan, etc., etc. and gets turned in to the police while Batman gets away.
As Batman is driving, he contacts Alfred and tells him to move their patient out of the Batcave. “I have an antidote to whip up.”
And then it ends with a new security guard moving down the line of cells as he did before. But this time he kept his distance and when he got to cell #208(?), he was like “208(?)...now occupied. Check.” Something like that. And I think the Joker laughed. Or hew just smiled. Whatever. End episode.
My opinions afterwards: a lot remain the same, though the Joker’s voice actually was not too bad. It was not as deep as I thought it would be, and his laugh was kind of cool. I hated a ot of the new character designs, especially Batman and Joker, and the Batmobile! It is not a cool car anymore! This thing has “Nerd Bubble” written all over it! Erm...anyway, as far as designs, I did love how they made all the buildings and layouts, though the skies were kind of weird. The night sky was green. (In the words of HL: “Gotham’s got a smog problem.”) A few minor likes (some of which HL pointed out) were that at least they kicked off the series with a Joker episode. ^ ^ Yes, he is the most important villain. And that for the most part, the characters were kept in character (though the Joker sometimes resembled a wild animal---well, wilder than usual, anyway. Monkey. :p) Overall, I think this thing is okay for what it is. Probably two and a half stars out of five...maybe three...come on, you cannot beat the original series.
Moving on...when my parents got back, we celebrated Plus’s birthday. He got lots of toys, some clothes, and Bob the Builder shoes. We had cupcakes for cake, and then we all went to bed.
Sunday was normal. We went to church, and there were a few stories in some of the sacrament meeting talks that I loved and just have to share. (Let us leave my wild side, shall we? :p lol). Now note that both of these are true.
The first one (the talk being on “honesty”) took place in a college class room, med school as I learned later in the story. There was a huge test that everyone had to take. Just after the test had started, the professor had to leave. As soon as the door closed, papers ruffled as little cheat papers began to come out of pockets, backpacks, shirts, whatever. Now in the back was a young student who was working hard. He stood up and addressed the class.
“Look. I have a wife and three kids in an apartment nearby (I judge he was an older student, if you know what I mean. I worked hard to get here, and I will turn in the first one of you who cheats!”
His classmates seemed to think he was serious, and the little cheat papers disappeared almost as quickly as he came. And the outcome was that class was the largest that university ever had graduate.
The next story (this one is a bit more touching) was in a talk about faith. There was this little boy who was very sick. To help pay the bills, the family had to move to an apartment. Unfortunately, there was not enough money to pay for any of the medication or treatment this boy needed. His father said that only a miracle could save him. Now his little sister, Tess, wanted to help, so she pulled out a jar full of change and counted it. She counted it, three times, to make sure it was correct. She had $1.11.
While her parents were occupied with her brother, Tess sneaked out of the house and went to the drugstore six blocks away. When she arrived, the clerk was busy talking to another man, and was not exactly willing to pay attention to an eight-year-old girl. She tapped her foot, and let out the most disgusting snort to get his attention. It still didn’t work, so she banged the jar on the countertop. That got his attention.
“I want to buy a miracle.”
“I want to buy a miracle! My little brother is sick, and my dad says that only a miracle can save him, so I want to buy a miracle!”
I do not remember what he said, but it was something like, “We do not sell miracles here.”
Well, it turns out that the man he was talking to (a distant brother [-in-law]) was a doctor. He asked Tess what kind of miracle she needed. She said she did not know, but she would pay for it. He asked her how much she had.
The man smiled and said if she’d give it to him, he would see what he could do. Well, Tess paid him and took him home. Her parents were very surprised. The man inspected her brother and did what he could to help him. The boy lived and healed. The man’s service was free of charge. When her dad asked how much it was supposed to cost, Tess said, “$1.11.”
Is it not amazing what one’s faith can do? ;)
Later at home, it was quiet, so we played HeroClix. It was me and Bopie vs. Dad, Turbo, and Andy. They one, then Turbo and Andy went against me. I won. ^ ^ Bane took out Batman Aquaman took out Huntress and Robin. That left Joker and Harley with Clayface III, who had been beaten down well by Bane, so the Joker gave one good shot and he was out of the way, so again nobody beats my J-man. ^ ^ Well...when I actually win, anyway...everyone downstairs heard me cheering. My dad was like, “Nobody beats who? I think I did.” And I was like, “That’s my victory cry when I win! Well…depends on who I win with.” :p
And now moving on to today, where it was the same thing. Sort of. We have a Japanese exchange student named Iyumi who joined us in Aerobics today. She’s very sweet, but has more trouble than me (that says something) with all the exercises we do. But she’s nice (and also in my art class.). She likes to draw (^ ^), she has a sister and a brother, and she likes bananas. She did not eat breakfast this morning, so I gave her my banana from my lunch. Small sacrifice. Not like I ever really eat my lunch anyway...nah, it is more like a Capri Sun and a snack, then snack time again after school. Heck, breakfast and dinner are my two biggest meals of the day. :p
I did an extra credit lab in Chemistry (which I need to write up...), so if it is done tonight, I get thirty points, which will help my grade (a “C” currently. Well...that one assignment was a bit incomplete...but I had a lot of work from other classes that week too. :p That and my teacher has to re-grade my test because the computer for some reason counted a lot of my correct answers incorrect, and I was thinking, ‘No way I missed that many in a SCIENCE test…’)
Kev gave me a cookie today. ^ ^ He is getting one tomorrow. Shock1 seems to be getting back with Kyle (friends.) I am watching them. I scent danger. I do not care for him, and I do not like that her mother lets her and Kyle stay downstairs alone. When I am not there to smack him if he acts inappropriately. As I was walking home with her after school, I brought this up and she said, “It is no one’s business if we get back together or not.” I told her I was concerned. I did not say much after that. There was nothing to say. I feel a little hurt that she said that, especially when we both know what he is capable of. Oi. I am in Ivy’s position again. Not fun. But anyway...nothing else going on here. I am going.
-HQ and N