Milestone 100

Welcome to my 100th blog.

I have been so looking forward to this post.  It seems only yesterday when I started blogging — I mean, seriously blogging… and now you are reading my 100th entry.  Honestly, I never thought I’d reach this far.  As much as I love writing, I do run out of ideas and interesting topics that most of the time I wonder how I will be able to sustain keeping a blog. 

Now that I have reached my milestone 100, I promised myself I will make this entry an interesting one. 

If only I can think of anything exciting to blog about…

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I just realized that I haven’t written anything new since that Menudo article sometime last week (see Tuning In to the ’80s post).  To be honest, I let the entry “sit” for a while, allowing the readers to enjoy it first before I posted something new.   And then I just became so busy that I never got the chance to stay in front of the computer long enough to type something. 

I tried to check my stats, though, at least once a day… and much to my dismay, my hits just dwindled.  Yesterday was a new record-low.  As of 10pm, I had 0 views.  That totally hurt my psyche.  99 blog posts and I am back to 0 views.  I am back where I started. 

Once again I am reminded of the quote from the movie Field of Dreams : “If you build it, they will come.”  I haven’t written anything lately, ergo, I have no readers.  Makes so much sense.

So, this is my 100th entry.  Welcome me back to blog world!

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For lack of any new and interesting happening in my daily life, I tried to find inspiration from my favorite tv shows.  Let’s see where it goes from here… 

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Remember the tv show Charmed?  The one about three sister-witches who could kick butt — and who all happened to be good-looking.  I watched that show for 8 seasons.  To this day, I remember their 100th episode.

the ultra hot Cole Turner

In this episode, they killed off the character portrayed by Julian McMahon.

Julian McMahon played the role of Cole Turner aka the great demon Belthazor, who also happened to be the ex-husband/great love of Phoebe (Alyssa Milano’s character).   In this episode, Cole cast a spell to alter realities so that he can have Phoebe back (without the Charmed ones having to fulfill their destiny of kicking demon butts), but in the reality he transported himself to, he found out that though Phoebe was with him, she obviously didn’t love him. 

There was this particularly moving scene where Cole confronted Phoebe and when he asked why she can’t make things go back to how they were between them,  she replied, “Some things are just not meant to be…” 

How many times have we faced that realization in our own realities?

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Criminal Minds’ 100th episode.  The BAU were tracking down George Foyet aka the Reaper, a notorious psycho killer (convincingly played by C. Thomas Howell) who was playing mind games with Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner.  In this episode, the Reaper went after Hotch’s family– who were already under protective custody of the FBI, but since the Reaper was smart and cunning (and since it’s just a show), of course, he was able to track down Hotch’s family. 

Before the episode ended, Hotch’s wife Haley was killed by the Reaper.  But before he shot her, she was able to talk to Hotch on the phone.  It was a moving farewell spiel… where she made Hotch promise that whatever happens, he will make sure that their son Jack will know about love — and that Jack’s future will not be defined by death or darkness.

the painful goodbye

I felt what she said, really.  Maybe it’s because I’m a mother, too.  And as a mother, you would want to make sure that your child grows up knowing what love is… finding what’s good in this world, and not letting sadness or grief get the upper hand.  It was a riveting scene because while at the doorstep of death, Haley was still thinking of her son and the possible outcome of what was to happen.  It was the last selfless act of a mother.  I found myself in tears.

And C. Thomas Howell’s portrayal of George Foyet a.k.a. the Reaper was just spectacular.  In fact, he was pure evil.  Who would have thought that this was the same pretty boy who appeared in the movies Outsiders and Secret Admirer?

It was truly an intense 100th episode. 

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Grey’s Anatomy’s 100th episode was supposed to be Meredith-Derek wedding.  Instead, it was Alex and Izzie who ended up getting married.

Izzie-Alex wedding

What’s memorable about this episode were the voice overs in the beginning and closing of the show.  To quote Izzie’s closing voice over, “You never know the biggest day of your life is the biggest day. Not until it’s happening. You don’t recognize the biggest day of your life, until you’re right in the middle of it. The day you commit to someone or something. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there’s not enough time, because you want to live forever. Those are the biggest days. The perfect days.”  (from tv.com)

Yes, we don’t always know what will or what can happen in any given day.  And most of the time, what may stand out are the things that we never expected nor planned.  It’s the little surprises that turn your day into something big.  You start off having a regular day and end up experiencing something that will stay with you  for a very long time.

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I started off with this blog not really knowing where it’s headed.  To some it may seem like a hodgepodge  of ideas. 

But I did learn some valuable things in the process…

For one, I relearned that writing is not easy.  There are off days… there are days when hard as you try, you just seem so stuck and you just want to begin your piece with “In the beginning…” or “Once upon a time,” just so you will have an opening line.  Second, I learned that when something really affected you somewhat, you are bound to remember it more easily than the other mundane things in life.  Like the episodes I mentioned above, for example.  I remember those episodes because of the scenes and the lines that moved me.  Third, you reach different people in different ways.  Not everyone appreciates a certain quote exactly the same way.  People pick up or discover things from where they are in life, depending on what they need to learn most on a given day or at a given time.  Some ideas are more valuable than others.

Lastly, this painstakingly long exercise of writing this 100th blog somewhat reminded me of the reasons why I blog on the first place… It’s because I want to share what I know.  It’s also because I want to remember stuff.  And all the more so, it’s because I know that as you read my entries, you get to know me better… and as I write them, I get to know more about myself.

Here’s to the next 100… Ha- Ooh!  (the Spartan way!) 

Ha..Ooh!

 

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photos via google image; Grey’s Anatomy quote via tv.com

(tv show episode summaries from own memory)