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A 16 year old North Farmington student want arrested today for bringing a loaded gun to school.  The student has been taken to Children's Village to await his trial at the Oakland County Probate Court on Friday.  At no time did the student reveal the gun or take it out of his backpack and no threats were made against another student or faculty.  "After it was reported that a student may have had a gun in the school, police liaisons escorted the student from class and found the .25-caliber handgun with bullets in the clip in his bag." (clickondetroit.com)  The student claims he found the gun and police believe he brought it to school to sell it.

 
 
It's that time a year again, after crunchy leaves and warm apple cider, new television is the best thing about fall!

Let's take a look at some of the shows (old and new!) that will be tv to talk about this fall!
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Lone Star:  I was really psyched for this show for one reason: Jimmy Wolk.  I was really excited to hear that a former classmate had found so much success; headlining a new primetime Fox show. 

James "Jimmy" Wolk plays a Texas con-man living a double life with two separate women.  I liked the premise, it was fairly original in terms of storyline and honestly it's nice break from reality, crime and hospital shows that have been flooding the tube.

The first episode is basically a set-up to introduce the characters and get a feeling for the conflicts those characters might run into along the way.  This is an essential part of any pilot, but unfortunately it just didn't go any farther.  I kept waiting for something to happen and I didn't see anything I hadn't seen in the teaser trailers over the past few weeks.  Apparently the 7 million people that shut it off after watching House agreed.  However, I decided to give it a chance and watched the second episode as well.  The second episode actually had more promise, there were conflicts and cliffhangers, I was really looking forward to next Monday!

Jimmy's performance stands up, even next to veteran Jon Voight's character.  Although he's a newcomer to prime-time TV, North Farmington alums know Wolk is no stranger to the stage. I'm really looking forward to watching his career unfold.

Unfortunately Fox has decided to replace Lone Star with the third season of "Lie to Me."  They aren't "cancelling it" but instead moving it to Saturday nights at 11pm.

I think Fox made a few mistakes with this one.
1.  Running it on Monday night.  There were just too many contenders.  Dancing With The Stars as well as the new show "The Event" were both in the same time slot.   Tuesday would have been a much better option because there wouldn't be as many choices for viewers to have to decide between.
2.   Starting the show in Fall.  I think this show would have done a lot better as either a mid-season show, or even by starting up in the summer and building a fanbase.

Overall, I think Lone Star is a decent show with potential, it's unfortunate that it only got the chance for 2 episodes on primetime TV.  Luckily for Jimmy Wolk, he's in a Disney Feature film with Betty White.

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No Ordinary Family:  Here's another show I DVR'ed this week.  Critics are touting this as a "better version of Heroes."  Okay, no critics are saying that, but I think so.  It's basically a sci-fi dramedy where an "ordinary family" acquire superhuman abilities after a plane crash in the Amazon.  Throughout this pilot Michael Chiklis who plays Jim Powell and Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell are explaining, seemingly to the audience, about their lives and how they became superheroes.  At the end of the episode the camera pans out and reveals a couples counselor who they have been explaining everything to.  This show looks promising, and even though the episode was setting up for the season, I was captivated throughout the whole episode. 

More reviews tomorrow!
 
 
I know this has been floating around the internet for a while now, it's pretty viral at this point, but I still wanted to post it.

 Watch some Japanese guys do fake slow motion.  The group is called World Order and the song is Mind Shift.
 
 
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I recently got hired at Best Buy in Okemos.  Which is awesome, partly because they have an excellent employee discount and partly because, oh you know, paying bills is semi-important. 

Part of the stipulation for employment over at Best Buy is that one has to take a drug test.  I call my step-mom, Kim, and tell her about after 3 interviews they hired me!  She congratulated me and asked when I started training.  I told her I first had to take a drug test and when they received the results they would call me in for orientation.  She then proceeds to ask me if I will pass the test?  And informs me that if I don't think I will pass there are products at the health food store that will yield a desired passing result.  Thanks for the advice! :)

Wednesday comes around and I wake up for my 10am drug test.  Let's just say I don't remember the last time I was up before 10am.  Scheduling my drug test first thing in the morning wasn't the greatest idea I've ever had.  I made the executive decision that peeing before I got to the clinic would result in a lack of having to go once I arrived, no matter how much liquids I consumed on the way there.  The testing facility was only about 15 minutes away from my apartment so I fought the urge and drove.  I signed in and the woman called my name.

Clinic receptionist:  Will you be able to use the bathroom?
Me: Yep!
Receptionist: Are you sure?
Me: There is no doubt in my mind.

She explained to me the procedure and cautioned me not to wash my hands or flush the toilet.  She then asked if I could make sure to fill up the cup at least to the first line.  I again assured her it would be no problem.  I could have filled up two cups!!

Lesson learned: Don't schedule a drug test first thing in the morning.  Not sure how useful this information will be to me in the future, but what the hell.

Now I just have to wait for the results!

 

Sick day

09/28/2010

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Back when I was in college (you know, all of 2 months ago), it was much more gratifying to stay home sick.  However, now that I have absolutely nothing to do, I don't even get the pleasure of knowing I didn't have to sit through a boring lecture or lab.  At the end of a cold I was usually ready to go back to school, see friends, get back into the grind.  I'm at the end of a cold now, and all I have to look forward to is more of the same.  More sitting on the couch.  More making excuses for not going to the gym.  More watching the new fall line up that I DVR'ed. 
 

    Carla Schechter

    Part-time superhero.  Currently unemployed.


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