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22 January 2012 @ 10:04 pm
These Are My People. Here's My Patch.  
I was just flipping back and forth between two TV shows - one was an SVU episode where the perp was played by Michael Trucco (you know him as Anders on BSG) and A Cinderella Story on ABC Family. This is a weird enough combination as is, but Trucco also played the uncle of Chad Michael Murray’s character on One Tree Hill - so the combo of watching him on SVU and then flipping to a movie starring Chad…look, if I had been stoned, I would have thought I was watching a really messed up episode of One Tree Hill, okay?

Anyways, I saw my grandpa today.

We try to go every Sunday and spend an hour visiting at the nursing home. Friday was Grandpa’s birthday (92 ya’ll!!) so we took him a card and a vid The Canadian-Brother emailed us of his kids telling Grandpa 'happy birthday'. He watched the video on my sister’s phone, then my grandma watched it and then Grandpa said, “Don’t put that away, I want to watch it again!”

Then he told us this story about being on the ship in the Navy during WWII. They had these young kids on board (“Oh yeah, they were definitely kids, these boys were.”) and how they wanted a dog but they knew they weren’t suppose to have one. So unbeknownst to anyone else, they grabbed a dog off the docks one day when they were in port. Once they were back out at sea, they hit a terrible storm and these young boys kept getting sick everywhere. So my grandpa tells them, "Stop thinking about it, you’ll get over it," and one of the guys says, “Can you tell that to our dog?” That’s how Grandpa found out they had a dog onboard.

He said that damn dog was terrible sea-sick and at their next port, the boys unloaded it onto the dock.

In other family news, The Nephew is awesome. He is really into Teen Titans right now (The BFF bought him season 1 & 2 for Christmas).

TN: Who is your favorite? My favorite is Beast Boy.
Me: I’m not sure I can pick, I like Robin and Raven.
TH: You could eeny-meeny-miny-mo it.

It’s his new answer to everything lately, you can just decide by eeny-meeny-miny-mo. I called him a few days ago and asked if he had watched anymore Teen Titans and he said, “Yes, I have all four now but I didn’t like the very last episode. It wasn’t very good.” He is a very opinionated 5 year old.

He also is really into Les Miserables the musical, which I know is weird for a kid his age. When I was 18 and The Little Brother was 13, we went to NY to visit The Canadian Brother (who I guess would have been The NY Brother then) and he took us to see our one and only Broadway play, Les Miserables. Now my little brother at the time was into hardcore punk like The Misfits, etc. But he got so into this musical, we both did. We listened to it obsessively and it is still my favorite musical to date. Anyways, he was never ashamed to be listening to it when his punk skater friends came over. He even got one of them really into the music from the play. He actually read Victor Hugo’s book at the age of 14, he loved the story so much.

I guess he is still really into it because now his kid is as well. The Nephew says to me the other day, while we are in the living room playing video games, “Hey, do you know who Gavroche is? I like his song,” and then proceeds to sing it for me - the whole thing. There were a few words he kind of slurred, either because he didn’t know the words or he was trying to imitate the accent...but this is serious business for a 5 year old to be singing, it’s not Raffi or whatever five year olds listen too these days. Then he says his other favorite song is “One Day More” and I said, “Yeah, but that’s hard to sing because there are so many people singing so many different parts,” and he says, “No, I just sing the one day more part,” but then he proceeds to start singing all of Jean Valjean & Enjolras, the revolution leader’s, lyrics.

I mean, seriously, who is this kid and how did he get so awesome? I was so impressed. If he wasn’t so shy about cameras, I would audio record it and upload the audio for you all. He is so damn cute, my Little Man.

If you don’t know Les Miserables and why it is impressive that he was singing these songs…I shall now give you video.

This is Gavroche and as my brother informed me when he went looking for a good clip to show The Nephew, who wanted to see what Gavroche looked like, he was apparently played at one time by Nick Jonas. You can all go look that up for yourselves, if you are so inclined.

This is One Day More, which is probably my favorite song of them all, although Do You Hear The People Sing holds a close second. I like the big ensemble numbers a lot. I get all goosebumpy. Once I saw a New Years Eve performance and after One Day More, ushers came down the aisle offering drinks and the cast came out on the stage and made a toast. It was midnight exactly during the intermission, it was really cool.

In final news, Tivo has recorded another bad SyFy movie starring Jason London for me, this one is called “Snow Beast”. It also has John Schneider. So that’s on for this week sometime in my viewing schedule. I know, I have a sickness, I can't stop watching bad SyFy movies.
Ironlily - Making My Marque: jayandsilentbobdancingvikingprincess on January 23rd, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Did you know, DID YOU KNOW?!?!?!!!!!

HUGH JACKMAN will be SINGING Jean ValJean in the Les Mis movie, forthcoming!


(also, loved the stories of your family, as per usual. of course you knew that already, but still.)
dodger_sister: wolverinedodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
DUDE. I KNOW. Like, OMG, I get shaking-excited everytime I think about it. It's like my wet dream come true. I mean, I have such a stupid ridiculous love for Les Mis and Hugh Jackman is just...there really isn't anyone as talented as him these days, he has that old film star quality to him and I just...I CAN'T WAIT.

My sister has the DVD of Hugh in Oklahoma and that was about all I could handle without exploding, this new Les Mis is gonna put me right over the edge.

(Thanks! Even though they often annoy me, my family is quite awesome).
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Kate: Newsies Seize the Dayceitfianna on January 23rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I love Les Miz so much. My first introduction to it was at a summer camp where some friends convinced me to join them in singing "Do You Hear the People Sing" for the camp talent show. Les Miz and Newsies songs are what I sing when I'm happy and walking.

Also I've always enjoyed A Cinderella Story, it's such a sweet and fluffy movie.

Your nephew completely rocks by the way and makes me think of my nieces who are a few years older but very much themselves.

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dodger_sister: newsiesdodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Do You Hear The People Sing is a great intro song to Les Mis, like if you want to convince someone that they should see this play or whatever, because it is so rousing.

Les Miz and Newsies songs are what I sing when I'm happy and walking.

Those are my top musicals too! (Along with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). I always have soft spot for Oliver! because it was the first musical I saw (though my mother insists I saw Fiddler first, I don't remember it) and I love Dodger (obviously) but something about Les Mis and Newsies just draw me in. My brother was also obsessed with Newsies, I can't tell you how many times we watched that movie.

I actually own A Cinderella Story. My sister got me this DVD 3pack for my birthday called The Slumber Pack - it has ACS, Traveling Pants, and What A Girl wants. I think she bought it as a joke, because I had expresed interest in ACS and she was like, "Here you go, you 12 yr old girl". But then she highly enjoyed A Cinderella Story, in the end. I've always thought Hilary Duff makes good choices though. And well, I liked Chad in the football uniform, I am just that easy to please.

My nephew is seriously the coolest kid. I may be biased.
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Denidenig37 on January 23rd, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
Hee, The Nephew being badass as always :-D
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
My nephew is badass, thank you. :) I don't want him to ever grow-up but I also kind of can't wait to see how cool he turns out.
lizibabeslizibabes on January 23rd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Bad Sufy movies rock...some are so bad that they become good lol

Nepthew sounds awesome and talented
dodger_sister: fatherdodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Bad SyFy movies are better if you watch them with a crowd, or loads of alcohol! I was on the phone with my dad the other day and I said, "Hey dad, I am watching a bad SyFy movie right now with The Faceman from The A-Team in it," and he says, "Meteors are gonna destroy the earth? Yep, I'm watching it right now too." lol

My nephew is awesome and talented (I didn't even know he could sing!) ;)
lizibabeslizibabes on January 24th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
I tend to watch them with my mum, the latter/earlier you watch the worse stuff, gets, but it's pretty entertaining. Still need to watch megashark v some other monster I can't remember, it looks so bad, but in a way that makes it really fun to watch lol
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wolfrider89: Em Misha approveswolfrider89 on January 23rd, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
The Nephew just keeps getting more and more awesome. He's such a cool little dude. :)

Also, that last vid? (can't see the first one for some reason) Woah. I want to see that musical!

Love the family tales, bb. :)
dodger_sister: musicalsdodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
My Nephew rules everything!

The link for Gavroche's song here.

You should totally see Les Miserables! It is epic. You want to get out of your seat and shout, "Revolution!" and then like join the fight. Then you remember it is a play and you have to sit back down. ;)

It has a reformed convict fugitive, revolutionaries, stubborn hard-edge cops, love triangles, abused orphans, streetkids, pickpockets and corner whores. Sounds good, right?

I reccomend, if you ever get the chance, that you see it on stage, it's the ultimate experience. But also, there is a movie coming out (I think they start filming this summer) and it is the first time they have ever done a musical movie of it. They have made several movies of the book, but none of the musical. And this one stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean!! (watch the One Day More vid again, Jean Valjean is the guy who sings the first line).

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ranua: steve's handsranua on January 24th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
I was actually just thinking about your Grandpa the other day, hoping all was well. Congratulations to him on making it to 92. That's dang impressive.

The Nephew continues to be a source of amusement that's for sure. I'm actually not surprised he knows all the song. We as older kids, adults, find something we like and memorize the shit out of it, little kids do the same thing. Except where we end up creepy fanboys, they're adorable little prodigys! lol

I saw Les Mis I think in elementary school on a field trip and remember being very impressed. I've never seen it as an adult though. The vids make me think I need to rectify that.
dodger_sister: musicalsdodger_sister on January 24th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Grandpa has good days and bad days. He gets confused easier these days, but when he is awake and alert, he seems pretty good. My grandma has gotten him some large print books and I think reading even a little bit every day has helped a ton.

I didn't even know The Nephew could sing! I warp shape him into the ultimate fanboy as best I can but thank goodness his dad has remembered to get on the musical-love early.

Kids actually have an easier time with memorizing than we do, because they are still learning their language skills. You know the song at the beginning of Beauty and The Beast that is half in French? I had this girl at one of the daycares I worked at, she had just turned 3 years old and she could sing that whole damn song, even the french bits. It was amazing.

Elementary school? I am impressed because my school didn't even take field trips like that in high school. It was a crappy school.

Oh yes, if you get a chance to see it on stage as an adult, you definitely should! Also, the movie will be coming out next year, I think, with Hugh Jackman, so that'll rock. But nothing will beat seeing the play live.
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Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on February 26th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Glad to get a grandpa update, that was a cute story. And the nephew, aaaauuuggghhh! Love it. He sounds fabulous. I have the same kind of amazing pride in my niece, who at fourteen plays four instruments, is an amazing photographer, and is just all-around way cooler than me.
dodger_sister: musicalsdodger_sister on February 26th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I always love Grandpa telling stories about the navy - he is a fantastic story-teller.

The Nephew is the most adorable thing ever. I am so proud of what a cool kid he is turning out to be. I mean, he likes comics and video games and good tv shows and now, apparently, musicals!

who at fourteen plays four instruments, is an amazing photographer, and is just all-around way cooler than me.

She sounds awesome! I know, how are all these kids cooler than us? My cousin's 11yr old is learning to play the drums - I mean, how is he that cool? I remember when he wouldn't sleep in his own bed and now he is learning to play the drums because, in his words, "That's what the ladies like."