You've Got Mail


True confession: I’m a sucker for romance.

I will cry at a wedding even if I barely know the bride and groom.

The minute the clergyman says, “I now pronounce you husband and wife”, I have to whip out a roll of paper towels.

Perhaps it’s because I’m an emotional Italian, but anything that has to do with lovey-dovey shit, I adore.

Such as romantic movies.

Meaning
: chick flicks.

However, it always boggles me WHY these type movies are referred to as chick flicks, as if all guys don’t enjoy romantic movies, and all girls do. As a matter of fact, I know of several ladies who truly can’t stand chick flicks. They actually prefer guy flicks, which have been labeled under the genre of Smash em’ up, Crash em’ up.

Personally, those type movies are not my cup of tea, but hey, that’s why there’s M&M's plain and peanut. We all have different tastes.

I do enjoy a good action or suspense thriller, but not ones laced with tons of graphic violence because I see enough of that living in a city.

Last week, while perusing one of my favorite stores, FYE, I purchased a previously viewed DVD of You’ve Got Mail for only $5.99.

I remember first seeing this film many years ago and being utterly charmed.

I’m a HUGE Tom Hanks fan, as well as a HUGE Meg Ryan fan. And I’m also a HUGE Nora Ephron fan because she’s a genius at romantic comedy. She flavors her movies with good old-fashioned romance of times gone by, and then sets it in present day.

Nora is very wise in casting Tom and Meg in movies together because they have an AMAZING onscreen chemistry. When you see them together in a film, you can feel that their characters belong with each other.


You’ve Got Mail is a funny, touching, and an adorably romantic story about the start of online chat rooms, when everyone who had a computer at the time was tempted to try it.

Basically, it’s a story of two people who meet in a chat room and fall in love, yet offline (not knowing that they are the one’s chatting ) CAN’T STAND one another.


Through a series of events, they eventually discover that they are the two people who have been secretly communicating with each other, and end up coming together in the finale.

Honestly, the ending scene of this film ALWAYS turns on my waterworks, as we see the power of love finding its way even through the Internet.

Viewing this film again got me thinking about how many people still believe that online relationships (whether romantic or just friendships) are not possible.

Now back when this movie came out I didn’t even own a computer, so the idea of meeting people via the Internet seemed ridiculous to me too.

However, over these past 7 years, I now realize that forming relationships IS possible.

And I think one of the reasons is that online connections (especially when it comes to blogging) are a very cool way of gradually getting to know someone because people are more apt to share deeper things about themselves on screen, than they would off screen.

Also, I think the energetic power of the written word exposes more of ourselves than we think it can. Words often express the heart of someone.

I know for me, I get a very clear feel for someone just from reading their blog.

Through blogging, I’ve met some really awesome people (like you guys), who I consider real life friends, not just people I socialize with online. Truthfully, I actually think of you guys throughout my day; wondering how you are.

But that’s not to say we can’t occasionally meet assholes online too, because we can.

Yet, that’s not the Internet’s fault because I’ve met plenty of assholes offline also.

You can find an asshole anywhere.

So, I guess the point of this post is to say I do believe that deep connections CAN be made online.

And the schmaltzy romantic in me also believes in the possibility….of a LOVE connection.


*Please take a few minutes to view the video on my sidebar of the final scene from this movie. You won’t regret it.

61 comments

  1. Jeanne PursellJanuary 30, 2012

    I totally LOVE this movie!!! LOVE it!!! Honestly, I could watch a romantic comedy...or two...every single night!!! Sadly, I don't get to do that, but whenever I get a chance I check out bargain movies on itunes or Amazon! I agree with you about the online connections too! As a matter of fact, I had been reading a blog for a couple of years when finally I decided to ask if she wanted to meet me for lunch...as she lived not far from me. I do not know any other bloggers around here!! So...we did meet for lunch and it was as if we had known each other for YEARS! Now...we have gotten together with our husbands and we are going there tomorrow for dinner...the husbands get along famously! They hang out and play guitar together while K and I just laugh and chit chat!! It worked out perfectly!! It CAN happen!! Sure wish we lived closer, I'd love to have lunch with you Ron!! We'd have more than a few laughs, I'm sure of it!! Have a great Monday!!
    xo Jeanne

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  2. I'm an old romantic too Ron and proud to admit it. You can't beat a good cry at a wedding or even watching a film. Psssst I've noticed MWM chokes up a lot more at stuff since he got older. Don't tell him I told you. ;)

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  3. Oh yeah......now I'm all gooshy and mooshy. LOL This is after I watched the clip so I'll blame you!

    I'm supposing it was some 12 year old, pre-adolescent boy that rolled his eyes and popped off with 'chick flick'. He just hadn't gotten around to discovering the joys of girls, yet. LOL Sometimes the silliest things...stick, huh?

    There's not a whole lot of movies I can say I've actually seen. But this is one! I like the two of them together...and it was such a cute movie. And in 1998 I was going back and forth across 'the pond' (as he-who-talks-funny would say) with my own, extremely twisted version, of 'You've Got Mail'. Only, neither of us used AOL--and I always kept (still do!) my computer on 'mute' so I wouldn't have to listen to the dings and dongs and tinkles that happened. LOL

    So I'd be in biggggggggg trouble if I pooh-poohed the ability to develop and sustain relationships (of all kinds!) via this medium.
    I mean.......like SERIOUS trouble!
    Like......loss of french pressed coffee to steal or something. :-/
    THAT would be bad. Veryvery bad........

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  4. Yes, you definitely can form friendships, relationships with people online. Sometimes they turn into RL-ships and that's great, too!

    "You've Got Mail" is one of my favorites, too. I'm not really a rom-com person but something about Meg Ryan and/or Tom Hanks is magical. Also, Meg and Kevin in "French Kiss" - never gets old!

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  5. oh yes, such a great film. Made me fall in love with New York too, seemed so much like a friendly small town where you can walk two blocks to your friend's house. The scene where little-girl-Meg is dancing in the bookstore with her mom always made me cry.

    You're right about the possibilities of meeting wonderful people online - that's where I met my own lovely Cristybella. And I'm so thankful for the internet, chances are impossibly slim that we ever would have met any other way.

    Thanks for the delightful post today and wishing you a splendid week. xo, diane

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  6. Good Akelamalu~

    "I'm an old romantic too Ron and proud to admit it."

    You GO, girl!!!! And you're absolutely right....you can't beat a good cry at a wedding or even watching a film.

    It's good for the soul!

    " Psssst I've noticed MWM chokes up a lot more at stuff since he got older. Don't tell him I told you."

    HAHHAHAHAHHHAHA! Okay, I promise not to tell him that you told me :)

    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear. Have a great week with touches of romance!

    X

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  7. Hey there Lady Nitebyrd~

    "Yes, you definitely can form friendships, relationships with people online. Sometimes they turn into RL-ships and that's great, too! "

    You said it. And I actually know of a few people who have formed RL-ships online and they're still together.

    "Also, Meg and Kevin in "French Kiss" - never gets old!"

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that movie too!!! And Meg and Billy in "When Harry Met Sally" - brilliant chemistry!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis! Have an awesome week!

    X ya!

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  8. Good morning Jeanne~

    Isn't it a faaaaaaaaaabulous movie? And isn't the dog ADORABLE??? I watched the DVD extra features at the end of the movie and Nora Ephron said they actually used 2-3 dogs that looked the same.

    " Honestly, I could watch a romantic comedy...or two...every single night!!! "

    Ditto! I love me some romantic comedy on a weekly basis. Thank you for mentioning Amazon, I will check it out.

    "I decided to ask if she wanted to meet me for lunch...as she lived not far from me. I do not know any other bloggers around here!! So...we did meet for lunch and it was as if we had known each other for YEARS!"

    See! That's what I mean....people CAN form great connections online that eventually turn into solid offline friendships. I've met many bloggers offline and it's as you said....it was as if we had know each other for YEARS!

    "Sure wish we lived closer, I'd love to have lunch with you Ron!! We'd have more than a few laughs, I'm sure of it!! "

    Definitely! And if you ever come to Philly for a visit, email me and I send you my phone number so we can meet up!

    Always so nice to read your comments, dear lady. Thank you for stopping by!

    X

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  9. Rob LenihanJanuary 30, 2012

    Hey, Ron--emotional Italian?? That's redundant! My mom was Italian and she cried at just about everything she saw on TV. We used to tease her when we were kids, but now I find I'm blubbering at every sad or romantic movie. (I've been known to cry at commercials!!!) I've never seen "You've Got Mail," believe it or not, but I did see "She Loves Me," the musical version of the original play, on Broadway, so I know and very much love the story. And you're so right about forming relationships online. I've "met" so many great people through the Internet--yourself included. Take care, buddy, and have a great week!

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  10. Hiya Mel~

    "Oh yeah......now I'm all gooshy and mooshy. LOL This is after I watched the clip so I'll blame you!"

    See! Didn't I tell ya? Since purchasing this film, I watched it THREE times and got gooshy and mooshy every TIME!

    "There's not a whole lot of movies I can say I've actually seen. But this is one! I like the two of them together...and it was such a cute movie."

    Isn't it adorable?

    "Only, neither of us used AOL--and I always kept (still do!) my computer on 'mute' so I wouldn't have to listen to the dings and dongs and tinkles that happened. LOL"

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA....OMG...how funny!!! And as you know, I only stopped using dial-up two and half years ago, so I DO remember those ding-dong-tinkle sounds VERY well.

    "So I'd be in biggggggggg trouble if I pooh-poohed the ability to develop and sustain relationships (of all kinds!) via this medium."

    Yup, I was so thinking of YOU while composing this post because you're someone who can vouch for making a love connection via the Internet.

    ((( You and Himself ))))

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week!

    X

    P.S. hope all is well with your sister....x

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  11. I have the DVD. I love the film, in fact now you've jogged me I might view it again tonight. I love a weepy and lately it doesn't take much to get me to that state. I've noticed the other half gets more weepy these days so perhaps it is an age thing. Not with me though, I always had a good cry at the flicks. I really like the last scene with the dog looking up at them kissing... see I'm off again... where's the tissues. WHO MOVED THE TISSUES?

    Have a fabulous week.

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  12. Hey there Rob~

    "Hey, Ron--emotional Italian?? That's redundant!"

    Bwhahahahhahahahaha....you said it, boy! TOTALLY redundant. I think Italians 'invented' emotions - HA!

    "My mom was Italian and she cried at just about everything she saw on TV. We used to tease her when we were kids, but now I find I'm blubbering at every sad or romantic movie. (I've been known to cry at commercials!!!) "

    Oh, how cute! And do you remember those Kodak commercials with Paul Anka singing, "The Time of You Life?" Well, those made me cry too!!!

    "I've never seen "You've Got Mail," believe it or not, but I did see "She Loves Me," the musical version of the original play, on Broadway, so I know and very much love the story."

    Ironic you mentioned "She Loves Me" because on the DVD extra features, Nora Ephron said that when the musical came out on Broadway, she went to see it a million times because she loved it. In fact, that's when she got the idea for "You've Got Mail."

    "I've "met" so many great people through the Internet--yourself included. "

    Ditto, buddy!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a grrrrrreat week!

    X

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  13. I love this movie...they do have great chemistry. I also love "Sleepless in Seattle".

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  14. Hey there Diane~

    "oh yes, such a great film. Made me fall in love with New York too, seemed so much like a friendly small town where you can walk two blocks to your friend's house."

    That's one of the others things I LOVE about this movie....it's set in NYC, which is my favorite city on the east coast. On the DVD extra features, they give you a tour of all the places they shot the film. It was so interesting to watch.

    "The scene where little-girl-Meg is dancing in the bookstore with her mom always made me cry."

    OMG...that scene made me cry BUCKETS! Such a sweet and tender scene.

    "You're right about the possibilities of meeting wonderful people online - that's where I met my own lovely Cristybella. And I'm so thankful for the internet, chances are impossibly slim that we ever would have met any other way."

    Holy cow...I don't think I ever knew that about you and Cristybella!?!? How faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous! And see...you're proof that it CAN happen.

    Always a delight to read your comments, my friend. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a splendid week!

    X to you and C!

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  15. Hey there SuziCate~

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE "Sleepless in Seattle!!!!!"

    That's another one that makes me cry at the end!!!

    *boo-hoo*

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Suzi! Have a wonderful week!

    X

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  16. Good morning Valerie~

    "I have the DVD. I love the film, in fact now you've jogged me I might view it again tonight."

    OMG...you have this movie too???? How awesome!!!!

    "I've noticed the other half gets more weepy these days so perhaps it is an age thing. Not with me though, I always had a good cry at the flicks."

    Oh, how cute. I can just picture the two of you sitting there watching a movie together and having a good cry moment. How sweet!

    "I really like the last scene with the dog looking up at them kissing..."

    LOVE. THAT. SCENE. In fact, when the dog reaches up and grabs his sport coat by the mouth, that's when I REALLY cry - HA!

    Thanks ever so much for stopping by, dear lady. Enjoy the movie this week, but be SURE to have some TISSUES handy!!

    X,
    Mr. Schmaltzy

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  17. Hi Ronnie,
    I really like most chick-flick films( I own a few) and most of the time, I can get pretty sentimental,too. But like with everything in life, we have our down times. Alas, I am there right now and heck, that is part of life at times.

    Romance aside, this film should ring out loud and clear for anyone who has befriended(and maybe even met) online friends. I thank my lucky stars for friends like yourself and a handfull of other wonderful souls.

    And Ronnie, keep those home fires burning... That mysterious new love that the psychic predicted last year may well be an online romance :)

    Hugs to you down in love city. xo

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  18. ...I knew all along that you were just a big ol' marshmallow and now this post confirms it! (((you)))

    ...I absolutely ADORE Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan too! Well, I loved Meg before her lip job, I mean, I still love her but not so much her looks anymore. :o\

    ...You know, I have never seen that movie. I love the lil' clip you provided so I do believe a viewing of the movie is in order, don't you? Yeah, I never did get the "chick flick" thing but then I could see where a man could come up with that say after watching "Steel Magnolias" or something like it. :o)

    ...And what is up with Golden Retrievers in chick flicks? They're a great dog, I know, but seriously, what is up with that?

    ...Just so you know, meeting you is on my bucket list. ;o)

    ...Have a great day you hopeless romantic you!

    ...Blessings :o)

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  19. Bonjour Barbara~

    I had a feeling you enjoyed chick flicks too!

    "Romance aside, this film should ring out loud and clear for anyone who has befriended(and maybe even met) online friends. I thank my lucky stars for friends like yourself and a handfull of other wonderful souls."

    I couldn't have said that any better myself! And to think that I once thought online relationships were ridiculous - HA!

    YOU were actually the very first person I meet through blogging, and I will never forget my feelings of nervousness; wondering how it was going to go. Which, it went SMASHINGLY!

    "And Ronnie, keep those home fires burning... That mysterious new love that the psychic predicted last year may well be an online romance :)"

    *wink*

    May. be.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Have a wonderful week!

    Sending ya a BIG hug.....

    (((((((((((((((( Barb )))))))))))))))))))))

    XOXO

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  20. Oh Ron, you old softie, you!!! I cry at weddings too. I'm not a movie person, but if I have to watch one, it had better be a chick flick or comedy!

    I also think about my blogger friends throughout the day and even will have dreams about them, even though I have no idea what most of them look like!!! And while most people are trustworthy and all, I doubt I'd ever want to use one of those e-harmony type of dating sites because I think too many people are tempted to fudge the truth on those profiles!

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  21. Oh Ron, you old softie, you!!! I cry at weddings too. I'm not a movie person, but if I have to watch one, it had better be a chick flick or comedy!

    I also think about my blogger friends throughout the day and even will have dreams about them, even though I have no idea what most of them look like!!! And while most people are trustworthy and all, I doubt I'd ever want to use one of those e-harmony type of dating sites because I think too many people are tempted to fudge the truth on those profiles!

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  22. Good morning TJ~

    "...I knew all along that you were just a big ol' marshmallow and now this post confirms it!"

    Yup, that's me....a big ol' sentimental marshmallow!

    Tee, hee.

    "...I absolutely ADORE Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan too! Well, I loved Meg before her lip job, I mean, I still love her but not so much her looks anymore."

    I know what you mean because I saw her in the movie, "The Women" and thought to myself, "Why on earth did she do that?" It's like I shared in my post about a week ago concerning women in Hollywood who are having cosmetic surgery to compete with the younger actresses. It's sad.

    "You know, I have never seen that movie. I love the lil' clip you provided so I do believe a viewing of the movie is in order, don't you?"

    If you ever get the chance, rent it, because I know you'll LOVE it. It's such a 'feel good' movie.

    "Yeah, I never did get the "chick flick" thing but then I could see where a man could come up with that say after watching "Steel Magnolias" or something like it."

    LOVED "Steel Magnolias!" What a BRILLIANT cast! In the Broadway show, you never actually see a man, the cast is ALL women.

    "...And what is up with Golden Retrievers in chick flicks? They're a great dog, I know, but seriously, what is up with that?"

    Bwhahhahahahaha! You know, I never thought about that but you're right. I think it may be because Golden Retrievers are such LOVABLE-looking dogs perhaps.

    "...Just so you know, meeting you is on my bucket list.'

    *smiling*

    ME TOO!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dearest lady. You always make me smile!

    Have a lovely week, TJ!

    ((((( You )))))

    X

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  23. Hey there Bijoux~

    "I cry at weddings too."

    SEE!!!!! At least now I know I'm not the ONLY one!!!

    "I'm not a movie person, but if I have to watch one, it had better be a chick flick or comedy!"

    Me too, but I also love SCARY movies. OMG....I LOVED to be scared, but it has to be a suspense-psychological thriller movie. If you ever get the chance, rent "Panic Room" with Jodie Foster - it will keep you on the edge of your seat! But, make sure you have a glass of wine handy - HA!

    "I also think about my blogger friends throughout the day and even will have dreams about them, even though I have no idea what most of them look like!!!"

    How funny you mentioned that because I too have dreamed about blogger friends. The thing about blogging is that we truly have the opportunity to really SHARE ourselves, which allows us to get a 'sense' of who we are - inside and out.

    " I doubt I'd ever want to use one of those e-harmony type of dating sites because I think too many people are tempted to fudge the truth on those profiles!"

    I've never tried that myself, but I think you're right.

    As always, it's great to see ya, my friend. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a grrrrrrrrreat week!

    X

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  24. I have seen this movie several times, I love it
    and you're so right about tom and meg, they're wonderful together
    I love all these type movies
    I sometimes fantasize of the scene where the guy runds thru the airport to stop me from leaving right at the gate
    of course these days he'd be shot dead by homeland security but in my mind it ends well

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  25. Hey Lady Dianne~

    Isn't the movie faaaaaaaaaaabulous???

    So glad to hear you like it too.

    "I sometimes fantasize of the scene where the guy runds thru the airport to stop me from leaving right at the gate
    of course these days he'd be shot dead by homeland security but in my mind it ends well."

    Bwhahhahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    Bwhahahahahahhahhahahahahahaha!

    Dianne, that made me HOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE YOU, WOMAN!!!!!!

    I can JUST picture that!

    Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the greatest laugh!!!!

    Have a super week, dear lady.

    X to you and the gang!

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  26. Pamela D HartJanuary 30, 2012

    “The minute the clergyman says, “I now pronounce you husband and wife”, I have to whip out a roll of paper towels.”


    Ron, I chuckled at the “whip out a roll of paper towels”. Anymore, I need tissues for some commercials! What’s up with that? I mean I’ve always been sensitive at weddings, certain romantic movies, or even “sad” parts of other types of movies, but a freaken commercial! Basically, anymore I just carry tissues in my sleeve if I don’t have pockets.


    I don’t know why they call Romantic Movies “Chick Flicks” either. There are plenty of men who like them and plenty of women who don’t. I really don’t like stereotypes because there’s always someone I know to break it, many times, ME!


    When the internet first started to become popular and people began “chatting” and “meeting up”, I was skeptical. I think a lot of people were. Now that it’s been around for awhile and many people have found true love and happiness, I feel quite differently about it. I don’t, however, think anyone in a committed relationship should be “chatting” it up, just like they shouldn’t be “chatting” it up in a bar—cheating is cheating. But if people find it easier to find their “mate” on-line, I’m all for it. Like you said, you CAN find out a lot about people through their written words. And just like in real life, there are A-holes. No system is perfect.


    Have a super-duper week!

    ((HUGS))

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  27. "You can find an asshole anywhere." Yeah you can! You got that absolutely right! I agree that you expose yourself more online than most people do in real life. I have met some people I consider some of my best friends online (YOU INCLUDED) and am so thankful because if it weren't for blogging I wouldn't have.

    I LOVE that movie and don't tell hubby I told on him but he secretly loves chick flicks too! And he cries at every wedding we go to. As soon as he sees the bride he starts crying! Just don't tell him I told you that! LOL (I'm sure he's reading this right now!)

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  28. DELIGHTFUL movie! Of all the movies I own, I'm sorry to say I don't have this one, but if it's on a movie channel I definitely watch for awhile. Hey, wouldn't owning a little bookshop be so cool?! Thanks for sharing the ending... magical!

    I consider my online relationships important too! And you're right, you get a sense of what that person is like from reading their blog and seeing their photos. You can almost picture yourself going to their house or them coming to yours. So many times I've said something to Ron about Blogger so and so but I know he doesn't quite get it. He has a FB page and has gotten comments and left comments about pictures but, to me anyway, blogging is better because you get to know more in depth stuff. For us nosy people, blogs are the way to go. haha

    I liked Meg Ryan alot in French Kiss too, and Tom Hanks was fun in The Terminal.

    Have a most enjoyable week! x

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  29. Hey Ron!

    I'm still around. Sorry I didn't make a comment on your last blog, but OMG I've been busy. Will make sure to share what I've been up to when I finally get a post up on MY blog!

    Sage and I watch a LOT of DVDs. He is at my place every night of the week and he is always bringing over DVDs for us. Unless Stump is off of work, it is a chic flick (Sage will bring home an action movie for him when he is here). We are both ADDICTED I tell you!

    The one movie that he introduced me to that has become my favorite was The Notebook. I swear to you I haven't cried so much in my entire life! If that wasn't true love to the depths of one's soul, I don't know what was.

    I've always been one to cry at a movie. My son gave me a horrible time over Moulin Rouge. I cried like a baby and he laughed until I thought he would pee himself like one. Next thing you know, I'm bawling and laughing at the same time. Damn kids.

    I remember seeing "You've Got Mail" many years ago. Sage and I will have to grab that one and re-watch it.

    Have a wonderful week, Ron!

    XOXO

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  30. Nothing better than a good romantic comedy! Honest to goodness romance is what I love to watch.

    Online friends can be as good as any friends I have made in my life. You can pour your heart out to them. You can lean on them. You can receive (and hopefully give) sound advice. You can laugh together. You can cry together. You may not be able to physically feel a hug but a virtual hug is still felt. You can certainly get to know them very well. What more can you ask for in a friend?

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  31. Hey there Peg~

    "I have met some people I consider some of my best friends online (YOU INCLUDED) and am so thankful because if it weren't for blogging I wouldn't have."

    Ditto, my friend!

    And OMG....how wonderful about hubby! Yes, I kinda got that feeling about him when meeting you guys and also from his comments on your blog, that is a very sensitive, caring, and romantic guy. So I'm not at all surprised to hear that he too enjoys chick flicks.

    And shhhhhhhhhhhhh....I promise not say a word to him that you told me, even if he's reading this right now - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Hope you had a MARVI Monday! Enjoy your week!

    X

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  32. Hiya Mary~

    I have a feeling you will LOVE this film, and not just because of the romance, but also because of the way it's shot - it's filmed so creatively.

    "Hey, wouldn't owning a little bookshop be so cool?!"

    Yes, I would LOVE it. And if you watch the movie, the shop is dang cute and cozy - just makes ya wanna grab a book, sit down, and spend the whole day in there.

    " So many times I've said something to Ron about Blogger so and so but I know he doesn't quite get it."

    I know of several people who I work with that don't get blogging either. They can't quite understand HOW you can connect with people, just from reading their blogs. My answer to them is, "To fully understand what blogging is all about, you have to do it."

    "He has a FB page and has gotten comments and left comments about pictures but, to me anyway, blogging is better because you get to know more in depth stuff. For us nosy people, blogs are the way to go."

    I TOTALLY agree. I know that MANY people love FB, but to me it's not as in depth as blogging is. Also, I find blogging WAY more creative than FB because it's like your own personal space, where you can design it to reflect YOU.

    LOVED Tom Hanks in "The Terminal." In fact, I just saw that this past year on DVD.

    As always, I so enjoy reading your comments, my neighboring friend. Thanks a bunch for stopping by today.

    Hope you had a SUPER one!

    X

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  33. Hey there Diane~

    It's sooooooooooo fab to see ya!!! I so missed you last week. In fact, I was going to email you to see if you were okay because you haven't posted lately. Glad to hear it's just been because you're busy - and no worries, I totally understand. Work comes first.

    "Unless Stump is off of work, it is a chic flick (Sage will bring home an action movie for him when he is here). We are both ADDICTED I tell you!"

    HA! Oh how FUN!!!! Another chick flick lover!

    "The Notebook. I swear to you I haven't cried so much in my entire life! If that wasn't true love to the depths of one's soul, I don't know what was."

    OMG...I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE "The Notebook!!!!!!" And you are so right, if that wasn't love to the depths of one's soul, I don't know what was. I cried my eyes out watching that movie, especially the end! I cried BUCKETS!

    Yes, and Moulin Rouge is another one I love. And I adore the way it was shot. The visuals are spectacular!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Looking forward to catching up on your blog posts this week!

    Have a wonderful week!

    XOXO

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  34. Hey there Babs~

    "Nothing better than a good romantic comedy! Honest to goodness romance is what I love to watch."

    Meeeeeeeeee too!!!!! And if you ever get the chance to watch this film, I know you'll sooooo enjoy it!

    I looooooooooved your entire last paragraph! You nailed it PERFECTLY!

    Especially this line.....

    "You may not be able to physically feel a hug but a virtual hug is still felt. "

    AMEN! And you truly CAN feel a virtual hug as if it were a physical one.

    And please allow me to say that it's been an absolute highlight meeting you, Babs. Honestly, from the second I started reading your blog, I thought to myself, "This is someone I want to get to know better."

    So thank you for being here in blogland!

    Have a super week. And thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  35. Thank you so much for saying such a lovely thing :)

    I have also felt a real connection to you and I always read your comments out to Mo. We especially love your videos! What a great time we would have with you if we ever met in the flesh!

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  36. Hiya Pamela~

    "Anymore, I need tissues for some commercials! What’s up with that? I mean I’ve always been sensitive at weddings, certain romantic movies, or even “sad” parts of other types of movies, but a freaken commercial!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And I TOTALLY understand what you're saying because I'm the same damn way! Even if someone is telling me a story (say, about something touching) I will tear up and have to grab a Kleenex, I kid you not!

    " I really don’t like stereotypes because there’s always someone I know to break it, many times, ME!"

    Yup, me neither. And often times it's me too. Like, I love the color PINK, and I don't care that I'm a BOY and suppose like BLUE. Although, I DO like blue too. Tee, hee!

    "...I was skeptical. I think a lot of people were. Now that it’s been around for awhile and many people have found true love and happiness, I feel quite differently about it."

    I do too. And if you can believe this, I swore to high heaven that I would NEVER own a computer and get online. I actually bought a computer back in 1999, but only used it to write and create things with (like my business cards and brochures). I really didn't get online until about 7 years ago, and never dreamed I would be blogging.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Always a joy to read your comments. And btw, it's been a BLAST getting to know you this past year. I LOVE your blog!

    Have fantabulous week!

    (((( You ))))

    X

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  37. You are so welcome. And I meant every single word!

    I know you've had tremendous struggles with the technical aspect of your blog these past few months, and I so applaud you for pushing ahead and revamping, because I know it wasn't easy.

    And I do hope you'll keep blogging, because your presence would be very missed.

    "What a great time we would have with you if we ever met in the flesh!"

    OMG....wouldn't that be a BLAST??? And hey, who knows, we might just!

    ((((( Babs )))))

    Please say Hi to Mo for me, okay?

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  38. Ahh, online romances...a topic near and dear to my own heart. For obvious reasons. :)

    Not only is love over the internet possible, but so too are friendships. Many of my closest friends I met years ago through blogging. Some of them I have been in contact with for over ten years now. That never ceases to amaze me! For me at least, the World Wide Web has been a godsend and changed my life for the better. I mean...come on...I met my soulmate that way! Bet the schmaltzy side of you just loves hearing that, Ron. ;)

    Also, and slightly off topic, might I mention that M&M's also come in other flavors. Like the pretzel I've currently got in my candy dish. And peanut butter. And cherry, and truffle, and...

    Well. You get the point.

    I bet you love When Harry Met Sally, by the way. It's one of my all-time faves. :)

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  39. *laughing* I KNEW there was a reason I latched on to you.

    Well......one or two....or four....LOLOL

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  40. Herman TurnipJanuary 30, 2012

    Okay, I'll admit it. This is one of the rare "chick flick" movies that I can actually get into. It actually makes me smile a few times. Great performances all around, and is a worthy addition to any movie library.

    When the wife reads your post later on tonight I'm sure she'll pick it out as one of our movies to watch this weekend. Heh...

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  41. " This is one of the rare "chick flick" movies that I can actually get into."

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Herman!!!!

    *doing the happy dance*

    See! I knew I couldn't be the ONLY guy who loves this 'chick flick!'

    "It actually makes me smile a few times. Great performances all around, and is a worthy addition to any movie library."

    Couldn't agree with you more!

    "When the wife reads your post later on tonight I'm sure she'll pick it out as one of our movies to watch this weekend. Heh..."

    Please tell Karin I think she's got GREAT taste in movies!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Hope you had a marvi Monday!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  42. Mel, isn't Diane a GEM?

    X her!

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  43. Oh Ron!

    I am a sucker and a hopeless romantic. I cry at movies, hallmark cards, commercials, and weddings!

    "Through blogging, I’ve met some really awesome people (like you guys), who I consider real life friends, not just people I socialize with online. Truthfully, I actually think of you guys throughout my day; wondering how you are."

    ME TOO!!!

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  44. whenpigsflyJanuary 31, 2012

    I know I saw this movie ages ago but can't really remember it. All I can say is that it's so sad how Meg Ryan's plastic surgery went bad and she doesn't act in movies anymore. Sorry, that was totally off topic but needed to be said.
    I agree with you about making connections online. It's been such a phenomenal way to find other people who are on the same wavelength. Yes, there are nuts on the web but like you said, there are nuts everywhere.

    Long live blogging!

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  45. Shiraz and this film... You’ve Got Mail is like "the one fave movie of Susu the chick film watcher". I've seen it more than I know how to count... being a blonde and everything;) When I was up the Empire State Building I just kept remembering the scene. Will they meet or not?

    Blogging has proved to be such a tremendous way of being in connection with lovely and creative people that I could have otherwise missed in my life. I find it hard to talk about some things face to face with my "real life" buddies, but when writing things out, it comes easier. I mean I do talk, and sometimes a lot, but the deepest stuff has a difficulty surfacing. Some of my closed ones, old friends or family, have read my blog and then asked "hey, are you dealing with eating problems?" and then it is easier to start chatting.

    I too think about my blog friends and look forward to meeting them one day since every time it has happened, it has just been the best. Or reading from them, too, since I understand not everyone wants to meet outside of on-line. I value every contact and every person. Everyone is so unique and has something to say. You Ron have a gift of communication to others, you spread something special - humor, acceptation, caring, empathy and encouragement!

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  46. Bonjour Susu~

    "Shiraz and this film... You’ve Got Mail is like "the one fave movie of Susu the chick film watcher"."

    Isn't it a GREAT film? And it's so ironic you said that because while watching this film last week, I enjoyed a delicious glass of a Shiraz/Cab blend, and some bruschetta and cheese on crackers. YUMMY!

    " I find it hard to talk about some things face to face with my "real life" buddies, but when writing things out, it comes easier."

    I totally agree. I think writing things out is like good therapy because it allows us to lay it all out and then stand back and read our thoughts and feelings, which often brings greater clarity. Also, receiving feedback through comments helps too, because someone might say even one thing that causes us to realize something we might have overlooked.

    I've met several of my blogging friends offline and every time it was like meeting someone that I felt like I knew for YEARS.

    Thank you so much for stopping by this morning and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this post. Muchly enjoyed! And thank you for your sweet and kind words.

    Have a wonderful week, beautiful lady!

    (((( Susu )))))

    X

    P.S. say Hi to your mom for me!

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  47. Hey there Jen~

    "All I can say is that it's so sad how Meg Ryan's plastic surgery went bad and she doesn't act in movies anymore. Sorry, that was totally off topic but needed to be said."

    No, I really appreciate you sharing that because you're right, you don't see Meg in movies anymore. The last one I saw her in was "The Women" which was a remake of the 1939 version. OMG...the remake was horrible. I kept staring at Meg's not-so-very-good cosmetic surgery and thinking, "How sad." That's what I meant (in my post a few weeks ago) about how many women in Hollywood are getting cosmetic surgery to keep up with younger actresses and just doesn't work.

    "I agree with you about making connections online. It's been such a phenomenal way to find other people who are on the same wavelength."

    Isn't that GREAT? And just think, if it weren't for blogging YOU and I would have never met!

    Long live blogging!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Always so great to read your comments.

    Have a super week!

    X

    P.S. Again, congratulations on your blog move. It looks AWESOME!!!

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  48. Hey there Meleah~

    "I am a sucker and a hopeless romantic. I cry at movies, hallmark cards, commercials, and weddings!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Hallmark cards!!!! Me too! Perhaps it's the 'romantic trait' in our sun sign, LIBRA! Truthfully, almost every Libra I've ever met is a sucker for romance. Our sun sign is ruled by Venus - the planet of beauty and love.

    Always fab to see ya! Thanks for stopping by.

    Again, I'm so happy to hear about all the inspiration you've been receiving for writing your book!!!

    Go, girl!

    X

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  49. Hello Ron.
    Firstly - I'm popping in for my fix of Ron-insanity. (not pooping, as I typo-ed last time) How rude of me. teehee.
    I'm not a huge fan of 'chick flix' as rom.coms. are often referred to, preferring more fringe movies and dark comedies, but I do really like this one. It is so sweet, Tom and Meg are just perfect and yes I do shed a tear or two every time I watch it.
    I'm surprised our friend Jay hasn't made a comment yet. Her OH loves Meg and is a big rom.com. fan.
    Off to catch up on your other posts now. See you in the next comment box my lovely. :-)

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  50. Hellooooooooooooo Jeni~

    Always so wonderful to see you!

    " I'm popping in for my fix of Ron-insanity. (not pooping, as I typo-ed last time) How rude of me. teehee."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! I actually thought that was intentional and that you were being witty and clever!!!

    "I'm not a huge fan of 'chick flix' as rom.coms. are often referred to, preferring more fringe movies and dark comedies, but I do really like this one. It is so sweet, Tom and Meg are just perfect and yes I do shed a tear or two every time I watch it."

    Yes, I totally understand that not everyone enjoys chick flicks, but isn't this one utterly charming?

    And btw, I too enjoy dark comedies and more fringe movies. And being a theater lover, I also enjoy darker plays and musicals - like, Sweeney Todd and Evita.

    Thanks ever so much for stopping by and sharing a comment. I thoroughly enjoy our conversations.

    Hope you're enjoying a faaaaaaaabulous week!

    X

    P.S. I tried clicking on the link you share (rom.com) but got a blank page.

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  51. I don't know how that turned into a link. i just typed rom.com. and it turned itself into one????

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  52. Yup...it turned itself into a link.

    But I just found the website you're referring t, by googling it.

    It's actually d-rom dot com.

    Thanks!

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  53. Howdy Mark~

    OMG...I am so sorry that I didn't publish your comment yesterday when you posted it, but for some reason it landed in my spam filtering box and I just found it today. SORRY!!!!

    "Ahh, online romances...a topic near and dear to my own heart. For obvious reasons. :)"

    "I mean...come on...I met my soulmate that way! Bet the schmaltzy side of you just loves hearing that, Ron. ;)"

    YUP....and I was anxious for you to read this post because I know that YOU can validate what I meant in saying that romance/love IS possible through the Internet!

    ((((( Tara and Mark )))))

    "Not only is love over the internet possible, but so too are friendships. Many of my closest friends I met years ago through blogging. Some of them I have been in contact with for over ten years now. That never ceases to amaze me!"

    Me neither Mark, it never ceases to amaze me the close and special friendship bonds we can form, just from blogging. And thank you, buddy, for being one of them!

    "Also, and slightly off topic, might I mention that M&M's also come in other flavors. Like the pretzel I've currently got in my candy dish. And peanut butter. And cherry, and truffle, and..."

    OMG....nooooo...I honestly had no idea that M&M's came in other flavors besides plain and peanut!?!?! I'll have to look for those. Thanks for letting me know.

    "I bet you love When Harry Met Sally, by the way. It's one of my all-time faves."

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

    Meg and Billy also have an amazing onscreen chemistry.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Always great reading your comments. And again, sorry for the delay in publishing your comment.

    Have a great rest of your week!

    X

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  54. Katherine KrigeFebruary 01, 2012

    I love how comfortable you are with yourself Ron. I too cry at the drop of a hat for anything remotely sappy. On Monday my book club met & we watched "The Help" - I laughed, growled and sniffled my way through it (and had our host remarking "are you crying?!" - YES!) Perhaps it has something to do with a level of empathy, as I always put myself in someone else's shoes, therefore feel everything. I suppose embarrassing at times, but that is just who I am.

    Anyway, I too am thrilled that I have met so many amazing people online. You really can make some wonderful connections and those that you do connect with are important and every bit as real as the flesh and blood people that fill our days too. Hugs to you my friend
    xo

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  55. Greetings Katherine~

    " I too cry at the drop of a hat for anything remotely sappy. On Monday my book club met & we watched "The Help" - I laughed, growled and sniffled my way through it (and had our host remarking "are you crying?!" - YES!) "

    *applauding*

    OMG...I cannot believe you just mentioned the movie, "The Help" because someone I work with burned a copy for me back in December and I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The thing I really like about that movie is that it's a roller coaster ride of various emotions. Like you said, you laugh, your cry, you growl, etc. I felt myself tearing up quite a bit during that movie. And what a GREAT cast!

    "Perhaps it has something to do with a level of empathy, as I always put myself in someone else's shoes, therefore feel everything."

    If I'm not mistaken, you once told me you're a Cancer, right? Well, that's one of the traits of a Cancer, they feel such empathy and compassion, and feel it deeply. My brother is a Cancer and he's the same way.

    "I suppose embarrassing at times, but that is just who I am."

    You GO, girl!

    "You really can make some wonderful connections and those that you do connect with are important and every bit as real as the flesh and blood people that fill our days too."

    Ditto! And thank you for being one of those wonderful connections. I really get sense of YOU through your magical writing!

    Thank you for stopping by. Have a super rest of your week, my friend!

    XO

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  56. This is a great movie. Tom Hanks is so brilliant in everything he does. (even Toddlers & Tiaras spoofs ;-)

    I always considered myself a romantic...I grew up listening to Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney on my AM radio under my covers in bed...but I'm afraid that I've become a bit cynical about love and it's something I really don't like about myself.

    You're so right about online relationships, though. I've met so many amazing people (of course, it goes without saying, you) through my blog and (gasp) Facebook. It's pretty awesome.

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  57. Hey there Chrissy~

    "Tom Hanks is so brilliant in everything he does. (even Toddlers & Tiaras spoofs ;-)"

    OMG...that video clip you shared was HYSTERCAL!!!!!!

    Truly, he IS brilliant in anything he does. He can do comedies, but also very dramatic movies too.

    "I always considered myself a romantic...I grew up listening to Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney on my AM radio under my covers in bed...but I'm afraid that I've become a bit cynical about love and it's something I really don't like about myself."

    Ah, yes...Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney. LOVED them both. In fact, my father and mother had LP's of them when I was a kid. Also, Frank Sinatra!

    Trust me, I too can get cynical about love at times, so I know what you mean. Yet, I somehow still remain a HUGE romantic.

    " I've met so many amazing people (of course, it goes without saying, you) through my blog "

    Ditto, girl! I can't believe you and I have been blogging now for like THREE years already. In a way it feels like two minutes ago, and other times it feels like I've know you FOREVER.

    TWINS!

    Always fab to see ya! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful week!

    Much X to you and the gang!

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  58. ahhh, i forgot how cute and YOUNG they are in this! he still looks fabulous and as i was saying about dear Meg, if only.... she is such a sweetie with a lovely face....my hubbie loves these types of movies and will watch this one in particular over and over again. i liked her with billy crystal but now i cannot remember what it was when a minute ago i could....harry met sally!!!! was that funny or what?? ;)

    me...i am not a movie person unless they are romantic historical dramas...aren't we all so different? i adored and loved every single merchant ivory production ever made...even bought enchanted april for far too much for far lower quality but i still love it just the same.

    thanks for the walk down memory lane, ron. you and my hubbie would love watching tv together so anytime, just say the word and he'll break out the popcorn and root beer!

    while i am popping by talking too much, i wanted to see if you received the invite to my 'maybe private' blog. honestly i still don't know if it is or can be ...but if it is, some were having problems getting on the thing but i found out all you had to do was click it in your blog roll over there and it should, fingers crossed, get you on like always and there should be no glitches. hoping not anyway...google is not wanting this to happen and that is very obvious. ah well.. xoxoxox to you, my sweet friend...have a good weekend of movie watching-that's when the best ones are on according to my husband who can sit forever watching them. :) xox gotta love a man who loves a romantic comedy!

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  59. Good morning Linda~

    LOVE "When Harry Met Sally!!!" My two favorite romantic comedies of Meg's are THAT movie, and "You've Got Mail."

    "my hubbie loves these types of movies and will watch this one in particular over and over again."

    See! At least I know I'm not one of the only men who enjoys romantic comedies!

    "me...i am not a movie person unless they are romantic historical dramas...aren't we all so different?"

    I enjoy those type movies too!!! Enchanted April was great! Anything with romance, I love.

    Yes, I tried the link you sent me to your private blog, which took me to your blog, but would not allow me to leave a comment. In fact, I sent you an email a few days ago saying that. However, I just tried it again and it worked. So, I'll be over to see you sometime this morning.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Always great to see your comments!

    (((((( Linda ))))))

    Hope you're having a super week!

    XOXOXOXOXOO

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  60. i'm sure i saw this movie but barely remember it. i like chick flicks, not too much bang bang. i'm a tough one when it comes to movies tho' and end up watching a lot of kid or animated movies.

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  61. Hey ladyV~

    " i like chick flicks, not too much bang bang."

    I'm with you, girl! No bang bang for me.

    " i'm a tough one when it comes to movies tho' and end up watching a lot of kid or animated movies."

    I LOVE kid movies!!!! I can watch Toy Story (the first one) a million times and still laugh!

    X

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