Shannon D

Our 10 year marriage / 18 year dating anniversary actually happened 2 days ago, on the 10th. But our wedding reception happened on 2/12/2000 — 10 years ago. It was a pretty big reception, and was followed by an equally big party at our house that night. (There were a few hours in between the events for everyone to change, eat dinner, etc.)

A good hour of video was taken by our friend Tony T! I managed to get it converted to VHS, and later to AVI on the computer, and later to YouTube postings with YouTube’s stupid 10 minute limit requiring me to break it up into 20 parts of various sizes. Here are the videos — most of them peppered with youngest-cousin Todd being extremely annoying. Go past the jump to see the pics & vid! (more…)

I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [IMDB American remake link] [Netflix link] [Facebook link] Based on a Japanese manga, Carolyn & I watched this Korean movie for a 2nd time in 720p high-definition, introducing it to Shannon & Christian who hadn’t really heard of it. It is rated 8.3/10 on IMDB, putting it in the IMDB Top 250 as the 116th greatest movie of all time. “15 years of imprisonment, 5 days of vengeance.”

LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a drunk named Oh Dae-su
who was abducted without knowing by who. Imprisoned for way too long
without knowing what he did wrong…
Revenge really sucks when it’s directed at you.

its unexpected victims.
[spoiler:highlight with mouse to read–>] Don’t fuck your sister.

PEOPLE: Directed by Chan-wook Park. Starring Min-sik Choi as Dae-su Oh, Ji-tae Yu as Woo-jin Lee, and Hye-jeong Kang as Mi-do. Rumour has it that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith will be teaming up to do the American remake. Ugh. Although I often like remakes, I think in this case they would be hard-pressed to duplicate the same theatrical experience in an American culture. The movie’s foreign origins helped keep up the mystique and craziness of the whole endeavor. As some have said in the IMDB forums — we’d rather see David Lynch do the remake.

QUIRKS: The 2nd movie in Chan-wook Park’s “Revenge Trilogy”. (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance.) I’ve heard of Lady Vengeance and wanted to watch it for some time. Some time after writing this review, I finally watched Lady Vengeance and gave it a 5/5 and a 10/10 — even higher than this movie. But most people prefer this one.

Basically, a man spontaneously imprisoned in solitary confinement for 15 years without knowing why has a mere 5 days to find his captor — or his new love[r] will be murdered.

VISUALS: The cinematography and general flow of the movie is quite good. There are some intense scenes — such as the [real] live squid that is [really] eaten alive. I actually saw that scene years before I’d seen the movie, by downloading a torrent called “squid make good food” from MiniNova. It consisted of 15 files of people eating live squid.

There is also a fight-scene that reminded Carolyn & I of the famous internet stick-figure fight scene(s) that went around a few years ago.

There is some graphic dental torture, some sex, some hallucinations. Some incredibly painful and intense scenes — especially at the end, when a character humiliates himself and, well… Wouldn’t want to spoil it :) Apparently only 7 people die on screen in the movie… It actually seems to be much higher than that when watching.

MORALS: People who do bad things don’t like it when you tell others what they did.

BAD STUFF: It can be a bit confusing, as its best to watch it subtitled. Missing a few key lines of dialog could really leave you wondering what is going on. And the “mystery” becomes more and more obvious as Oh Dae-su comes closer and closer to figuring it out. Some unfortunate people knew it right away. The truth is hinted at from the start. By the 90% point, the truth is simply spoken aloud so that anyone who still hasn’t figured it out knows. If you figure it out early, you might get anxious for the main character to figure it out. Other than that, I don’t really find anything bad with this. It’s a damn good movie. So there’s really not much “bad stuff” at all.

CONCLUSION: 5/5 stars on Netflix, 8/10 on IMDB.

RECOMMENDATION: This is a great movie for anyone who loves an intense revenge movie, or a mystery movie. This is not a detective mystery, but there is a crime that is being solved. See this, but make sure to watch it subbed, not dubbed. Voices and inflection are very important with Asian movies. If this was French or Spanish I’d watch it in English, as those languages aren’t as “foreign” to me. But Asian inflections are very foreign to me, and need to be watched with the original audio so as to not lose that aspect.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The other 2 movies in Chan-wook Park’s revenge trilogy share a lot of qualities with this movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: “Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian loved it. Benj really liked it. Carolyn liked it. A bunch of people still have it in their Netflix queue…. I sent a Netflix note about this movie when I first watched it in 2006. (more…)

This was one of the finest Rocky Horror showings I’ve ever been to. I held onto this blogpost draft for 14 months before deciding to just spooge the fragments out to the world without properly waiting. I mean, I saw Rocky Horror on the same approximate weekend the following year before ever posting this. So here goes… I am not attempting to make any coherent review here; just sharing info. (more…)

Nice to know I match Carolyn the most — as usual. (OKCupid has verified this too…)

Add us as a netflix friend by sending a frend request to “clintandcarolyn at acm d0t vt d0t edu”….

I’ve wanted to blog about a lot of crap, but I always have crap to do. Even with no job. So anyway, this is my new year’s catchup post. LOTS OF PARTY PICTURES INCLUDED!

Thanks to everyone who came out: AE, Ben, Bunnelanie & her horny-for-Mark sister, Carrie & husband, Chris Y, Christian & Shannon, Dan & Erin, Darren & Debbie, Eli, Evan, Gene & Heather, Greg & Nicole, Jason, Jason & Anna, Jay, Jeremy, Joe, John The Canadien, Jon B, Justin, Mandy M, Mark, Melanie S and her couple-friend, Parthena & Peter, Sammy, and Tabbitha, and a couple random people who’s names I don’t remember (that’s about 41 people, counting Carolyn & I). (more…)

It’s always a good times! Ian’s re-cap. Ian’s photos. Angel’s photos. Casey’s photos. Christian’s photos. Our photos. Vicky’s photos. Read on for my recount. Also, check out the journal everyone wrote in (PDF Warning). (more…)

Camping was a resounding success in terms of numbers, with one of our larger camping parties — fourteen people: Clint, Carolyn, Casey D, Christian D, Dan C, Evan G, Gene G, Heather K, Jesse B, Kipp E, Mark I, Melanie B, Nathan G, and Shannon D. (more…)

Starscape was pretty cool, but also quite draining!  It is basically a huge outdoor rave.  It was quite the scene.  Carolyn & I had never been to anything quite like it.  Thanks for the invite, Sammy, and thanks for the company, Shannon & Christian!  (Read on for full review, plus Sammy’s review.) (more…)

20040327 - hanging out - 100-0002 - John the Canadien under the ottomanSo, here is a past story about John The Canadien‘s drunken antics. For the record, and in his defense — John has since learned how to drink properly (in 2006). But this story is from 2004, when he had… shall we say “problems” with his drinking. Read on for adventurse in drunken furniture molesting! (more…)

20070113 - Clint's 33rd Birthday party - 109-0945_Clint wearing a crownWell, my 33rd birthday proved to be quite exciting, and the party (fight included) was one of the larger ones that we’ve thrown.

Special thanks to Eli for loaning us his jello syringes.

Link to 6+ flickr pages of pictures is HERE.

UPDATE: 2/4/2007: Now with video of “The Rappening”.



blog-overlook-2-small.jpgWe had our 2nd annual Assateague Island beach camping trip earlier this month. Although I was recovering from illness and could not drink due to liver testing situation (since resolved fine), I still had a blast!

Pictures of this event are HERE.
Carolyn’s blog post about the trip. The longest and most thorough account: (her post is both about Bethany and Assateague).

Vicky’s blog post about the trip:

Angel’s blog post about the trip:



So I got a letter in my mailbox Saturday from Kaiser-Permanente basically saying, “Dear Clint: Your liver is fine. The end.”

I wish we hadn’t waited til Sunday to get our Saturday mail, because then I could have had a couple drinks Saturday!

Weekend of PlayStation 2:


What a crazy weekend full of parties.  Friday night was chill, but Saturday we went to Jason & Anna’s 2nd Annual Memorial Weekend bash.  It was pretty fun, and Jason didn’t quite make it through the night unscathed :)  We crashed there, and awoke to the loud clanging of cleaning. 

Jason & Anna's party

Then after a couple hours we headed on over to Eli’s place for his “recovery BBQ”.  That was cool too, and we got to play guitar hero and eat bacon-wrapped shrimp!!  We couldn’t stay the full party because we had a party of our own to host.  So we left and got home around 6PM.

 I was exhausted, and just laid down for a few minutes, but could only afford to do so for about 15 minutes.  We had to rush to prepare for our party, with the first guest arriving before 8PM.  Hardly anyone came until 9:30PM or so anyway, at which point the party became decently packed.  We didn’t invite as huge of a list as normal, a lot of guys were too wasted to show up, a few unexpected girls showed up, Clint & Carolyn's partyand I daresay it was a 50%-or-better ratio.  Best…Ratio…Evar.

Pictures are at  Specifically, Jason & Anna’s party is HERE, and our party is HERE.

Saturday night ended with a couple people getting in a fight, and I had the brand-new experience of breaking up a fight, something I’ve never done before.  Let alone at my own party.  Let alone in my own bedroom

 Some people just don’t respect the sanctity of people’s bedrooms.  Given that this same person went out and pissed in my yard — NOT during a party — rather than use the bathroom like a proper civilized individual, I somehow suspect that I should have realized something was wrong with said person earlier.  I had also previously asked that he not be brought over.

Oh, the drama!

But there were other really fun things happening during the party.  Cool things.  Hot things.  Stuff that doesn’t suck.  Yes.

Finally, I crashed — last of everyone who was still there — after watching the episode of American Dad that I fell asleep during.  Around 4:30AM.  Got up the next morning and we headed to Shannon & Christian’s BBQ.  It was pretty chill, and I saw everyone who didn’t bother to show up at my party the day before.  And they heard about it ;)

We left early around 6:15PM, because we had to go home and clean our house some for the county inspection we had tuesday.

Ever since the party, our place has been plagued with the smell of death.  If anyone knows what it could be, please let us know.  It’s smelled like a rotting dead corpse ever since the party.  Sick.

UPDATE: 1/24/2007: Another party with another fight. Read about it here: