Breaking News!

Holy crap everybody!  Melissa Dixon and I just discovered that we went to high school together.  Suddenly, I’m in a boat looking at tiny little animatronic people wearing the traditional garb of their homeland.  "It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears…"  The song is cheesy, but it’s true, IT’S TRUE, it IS a small world after all.

I had no idea.  I mean, I thought, hmmm…the name Melissa Dixon sounds vaguely familiar, but is pretty common, and I thought, hmmm…she seems to know a lot about movies and such, I wonder what she does for a living.  I was impressed.

Now, this.  Come to find out we went to the same high school at the exact same time.  I AM freaking out, but it does make sense.  The Melissa Dixon I remember was super smart, well-spoken, and a good writer.

Uh-oh.  Oh, no.  Melissa, please, please, please don’t tell anyone the ugly truth about what I was like in high school.  You know, what I’m talking about, don’t you?  That dang Edie Brickell story is just the tip of the iceberg.   

But what I want to know Melissa is how a nice girl like you ended up at a nasty little blog like this?

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6 thoughts on “Breaking News!

  1. Wow! Brian Gibson from high school, yaaaaaaaaaay! One of the only fellow students I actually remember, what’s the word, fondly.

    Thanks for the kind words, Brian, and likewise — I love reading your thoughts on film. Many congratulations, too, on your Hollywood career! And no, I have no “ugly truth” to tell about what you were like in high school (sorry, Kulturbloggers!). I remember a few very specific things — like a heated argument about Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” in AP English. I think I remember shared disappointment in the premiere of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. And I *think* I remember you telling the story of Laurence Olivier’s pointed comment about Dustin Hoffman’s method acting — when you posted that over on the American vs. British acting thread, I thought, “Was high school Brian Gibson actually the first person I ever heard that story from?” But my brain may be scrambled on that one…

    I’m a software tester preparing to return to school in film studies, in response to your query. I’ve already made some forays into academic film studies, and the humanist approach to film is depressingly absent and unwelcome. So, basically, I cling desperately to whatever intelligent, humanist film writing and discussion I can find, and Kulturblog definitely qualifies — that, in answer to your question, Brian, is how I ended up at this decidedly NOT nasty little blog.

    Throw in a bonus mini-high-school-reunion, and my own Kulturblog experience so far has been a complete success!

    (It IS a very small world. My true love of five years, Brian (!), has taken several motorcycle trips with a guy named Bryce who was in an AP Physics class (at a different high school in my district) I drove to every morning. Brian and Bryce met each other long before Brian and I got together, and today, Bryce is the only person I still see from my high school days. Though at one point, I did meet a friend-of-a-friend who turned out to be dating (and ended up marrying) the woman who was my swim team captain in high school. I’ve had other separate sets of friends who turn out to know each other, too…)

  2. I have a brother who is always running into people he knows at completely random places. Like on a weekend in New York city he’ll go to Times Square, or someplace, and run into people he knows from Seattle. Or visiting home for a week, he’ll go to Pike Place Market and run into people he knows from Philadelphia, or New York, or both. And he’s not even Mormon.

    It’s truly a small world when you’re LDS. I’m pretty sure Steve is a guy my cousin used to date.

  3. Thank you, Melissa for neatly sweeping my checkered past under the rug where it belongs. I’m sitting here breathing a sigh of relief.

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