Friday, February 22, 2008

My Good Advice: How to Past the Disney World High

As part of a new feature of RuckitUp.com (my home site) and Can I Please Just Say.. I will be offering advice to anyone and everyone that asks for it. All you do is e-mail me at ruckitup@gmail.com ! Please do so, it helps me pass the time.

The first brave soul to seek this valuable advice is someone by the name of “Chris” from Toronto, Canada.


“I just returned from the awesome Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and I have a bit of a crisis. I'm back in crappy Toronto, Canada (in the February blahs), and I can't seem to focus on anything because I'm so depressed on not being in the 'happiest place on earth' where 'dreams come true' and...well you get the picture. I'm going back to university now and need some advice on dealing with life after Disney World (hopefully one day I'll just work there...selling beaver tails in the Canadian pavilion at Epcot, ha). So, any pointers?”

Well Chris, let me start by saying: “You think Toronto’s crappy, eh?” I’ve been to Canada once (Nova Scotia) and I thoroughly enjoyed all the “eh”s and “ya”s and thought I’d insert a few myself. In honor of Canada, of course.

Walt Disney World... I definitely feel your pain. You may or may not have gathered by perusing my website that I myself spent more than three months working at Disney World. That was nearly a year ago now and I still cannot get past wishing I were still there. The Happiness floating around there truly is intoxicating, ya? In the three months there I must have visited the different parks hundreds of times.. Literally. And never got tired of them. It was very sad to go, ya.

But the best thing about Walt Disney World is that it’s one of those things that will never go away. It will always be there to go back to. And it never stops growing. They add new rides and attractions all the time. So when you do get to go back, it will be even better than it was before.

The greatest advice I would give you is to HANDS DOWN WITHOUT A DOUBT do the Walt Disney World College Program. The link to the international program is:
http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/sap/its/mimes/zh_intlrec/international/icp.html

I’m sure you’ve already heard of it, but it is really a great great thing to do. You live in great apartments, have a cool job, and best of all if you work in Canada at Epcot, you have a pretty rockin costume to wear to work, as I’m sure you’ve seen before. You also get to meet and work with people from everywhere around the world and you get in to all the parks for free as much as you want!

I did the program and it was just awesome. So ya, that’s my recommendation.

In the mean time though, you live in Toronto! And after some quick research, I’ve found a few things you could do around there (whether you’ve already done them or not).

You know, I’ve found that many times people that are from a certain place have never done a LOT of the things there are to do there. So, here are my ideas:

Canada’s Wonderland: From what I can tell, it looks freaking awesome, eh? A lot like Six Flags Over Texas. Lots of thrill rides.

Hockey Hall of Fame: Uhh- no explanation needed. And it’s only $12.


Toronto Zoo: Looks like an amazing zoo that you could spend a whole day at.. Reminds me of how much I loved Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Riverdale Farm: “Tour the Farm's scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens. Cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats may be seen along the way in the barns and outdoor paddocks.” You can even watch a daily cow milking at 10:30. And its free. Lots of photo-ops there.

CN Tower: Go up in it. It’s huge.

And this looks like the most fun:

Toronto Island Park: Spend a day canoeing, biking, playing tennis, relaxing at the beach, or just you know, looking at downtown Toronto on the other side.

Dang, now I want to go Toronto! Looks like you have plenty of pretty cool options to fill your time before you make your way back to Orlando. And if you've already done all those well then, I guess do them again.

Enjoy!


-Adam

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Celine.. Wonderful Vocalist? Yes. Wonderful Lip Syncer Too? Yes...


Now I will preface this the same way I did the description to the video on YouTube.. I LIKE Celine Dion. I think she is an amazing singer and I KNOW that she has sung live at many countless performances. HOWEVER, when I was watching her special on CBS in America, my ears could not help but notice that during "Taking Chances," what I was hearing was EXACTLY the same as the version on the CD. As in, the vocals and instrumentals in that performance did not differ at all from the CD.

Now, I understand that artists do this in many televised performances and for some reason, that has become acceptable to the general public. Personally I was very disappointed that Celine, who is fully capable of singing her music live, would stoop to the level of Ashlee Simpson and Britney Spears.

Even though I was disappointed, I wasn't going to make any big deal about it, because there was just no reason to for one instance. But I got on YouTube. Great YouTube. And in searching for video of the CBS special, I found 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, more instances of Celine doing the exact same thing (lip syncing Taking Chances to her CD) in different performances around the world.

At this point, I felt that fact could not be overlooked. I decided to compile the videos I'd found into one video, syncing them all together the best that I could, to show how bizarre their thought process prior to these performances must have been.

In the day of YouTube where all video is global, they should have realized that SOMEONE would take notice of this.

So, can I please just say: when you're someone like Celine Dion, you're held to a higher level than most other performers in the industry. If you wish to preserve your voice for a world-wide tour and decide that not singing live for the specials promoting said tour would be best, so be it, but don't fake it. Do interviews, show behind the scenes footage, anything other than pretending to be singing when you're clearly not.

I have your CD Celine; I am capable of listening to that on my own.

See for yourself:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

THIS. IS. A. LIBRARY!


So, I'm doing college work in the LIBRARY for the first time ever. Because I was so blessed to be born into the age where the Internet came around when I was still in elementary school, I can count on one hand the times I've ever come to the library to "study."

1) 5th grade to do "research" on my science project (not to be confused with Science FAIR project) on the special effects used to create the tornados in the movie, Twister.

2) 11th Grade to find quotes for my research paper on The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Which, I might add: I worked very hard on and NEVER got a grade back. Hmm......

Wow, OK so only two times.. that's uhh- pretty crazy. BUT that's why I'm so grateful for the Internet because it's brought all that information into my home. So I can stay home, all the time, and basically never leave...

Oh but I should also add: being here and seeing the lady at the reference desk TOTALLY reminds me of the "All That" sketch on Nickelodeon of Lori Beth Denberg being the librarian and running around and screaming at everyone to be quiet because:
"THIS IS A LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

So great. What happened to Nickelodeon???

Monday, February 11, 2008

Amy WINEhouse...

Natalie Cole: Amy's Wins Send a 'Bad Message'

PEOPLE.com: By Jenny Sundel and Stephen M. Silverman

Dr. Phil, move over. There's a new advocate for tough love on the circuit: Natalie Cole.

The multiple Grammy winner – her first win, in 1975, was for best new artist of the year – told PEOPLE at Sunday's Warner Music Group post-Grammy party that she took a dim view of Amy Winehouse's awards sweep at the Grammy ceremony earlier in the evening.

"I don't think she should have won. I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together," said Cole, 58. "We have to stop rewarding bad behavior."

Of Winehouse, 24, who is currently in rehab in England, Cole says: "I'm sorry. I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it's not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too. She needs to get herself together."

On the seriousness of Winehouse's troubles, Cole – who over the years has battled her own substance-abuse problems, successfully – observes, "I mean, she could die. This isn't something that's cute and fun just to throw around in the press. The girl really has a problem, and I think for those of us who have been in the business long enough, we know the sacrifice it takes. This is about discipline and hard work, and you don't get to just do your drugs and go onstage and get rewarded."

In all, Winehouse won five Grammys – including record of the year, song of the year and best new artist. She also rocked the crowd inside Los Angeles's Staples Center with a live-via-satellite rendition of "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab."

"Her performance was fine," surmised Cole. "I don't take anything away from her talent, but I just feel like she's stepping into a place that she hasn't earned yet."

As for whom Cole, whose new jazz CD will be out in August, would have lavished with Grammy gold, the singer replied, "Rihanna, even Beyoncé. "I just feel like they're ready to go the long haul. You can tell how hard they work, they're great people, their heart is in the right place. These are the people we should be praising, these are the people we should be encouraging."

She added, "And the others, we need to help them."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Can't Sleep

So lately I don't know what my problem is but for the life of me, I cannot fall asleep.

And it's not that typical nervousness about the next day. I mean, what could I possibly be worrying about for the next day? I only go to school 2 days a week and I don't have a job.... So ya. I will say though: it is giving me a lot more opportunity to watch my DVDs of FRIENDS which I'm totally back into now for some reason. So that's good.

But I need some ideas, some solutions for how I am going to fall asleep. And preferably not ones involving large amounts of medication or anything that could be considered illegal in most states.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy New Year!


Happy Chinese New Year everybody! 2008 is the year of the Rat..
So here's some Mickey all festified up for the occasion.

1987, the glorious year I was born, was the year of the Rabbit. So ya, hip hop.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Heavy Load



Don't get me wrong- I totally appreciate the desire to make just one trip to wherever you're going but sometimes you've just gotta say, "Uhhh, I'll be back for the rest of that."

Now, as dangerous as it could have been to do this, I took this picture as I was driving one day because that truck startled me so much. Also, I got away from it as quickly as possible.. I didn't want any of that junk hitting my car.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

You've Got it All Backwards

Seriously though, what is the deal with those people that INSIST on backing into their parking space?

I've seen it time and again, usually when I've gotten somewhere early (as I usually do) and I spend the remaining time until my event in my car either listening to the radio or reading a book, someone will inevitably pull into the spot next to me. But instead of being normal and pulling into the spot like nine out of ten people would do, this jerk has to back into the spot.

1) WHO are you trying to impress???

- if I weren't sitting in my car right next to that spot, no one would see your car backing-up skills anyway.

B) You of all people shouldn't be backing into the spot.. you're a terrible driver.

- if it takes you three tries to get the car somewhat centered between the lines, forget it. It isn't worth the embarrassment.

3) What are you accomplishing by backing in?

- if you're trying to save time by figuring that you'll be able to just pull straight out of the spot when you leave, don't forget to factor in the five minutes it took you to actually finish parking your car in the first place.

All I'm saying is: I've never found the need to have to back into a parking space so I just don't understand. But if there is a good reason to do so, someone please let me know, cuz I'll be the first one at the WalMart parking lot tonight to practice my car backing-up skills if I need to...