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Surviving a Road Trip (by yourself!)

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Recently, I went on a cross country road trip by myself. The first time I went, I nearly went insane! The second time, however, I did some research and asking around on ways to make it better. Sure, road trips with friends are amazing I’m not going to deny that at all. But, something can be said about hitting the open road by yourself to. A chance to clear your head, live by your own time-clock, and have a good ole adventure! Although, if you go about it the wrong way, you will go insane. Well, I’m here to help.

1. Make a few playlists before you go. Put some rock, rap, Arabian folk music,  or whatever weird stuff you’re in to! Its your trip, and no one is there to judge you on your messed up listening habits.

2. Mix it up a bit! A person will go crazy listening to that much music and nothing but music. Try some stand up comedy and get a good laugh. Find a book you have been wanting to read and throw that in your tape deck (or on your phone if you are under 70). Podcast’s work too, they are a great way to fill time, and if you find the right ones, a lot of fun! My personal favorites are Ear Biscuits, Dear Hank and John, and The Cracked Podcast’s.

3. Don’t look at it as a whole. Break your trip up into chunks! Find a spot on the map, maybe a few hours out, and look forward to that. If you are counting down twenty hours, it seems like FOREVER. If you count down four hours until you get to sit down for a meal and stretch your legs it won’t seem so bad.

4. Pack snacks! Pack whatever your heart desires. Beef jerky, gummy bears, bagel bites, or even anchovies. It’s your trip!

5. Even though you have snacks, stop for food or coffee whenever you want. A twenty-two hour trip isn’t much different than a twenty hour trip. Plus, having a break from the freeway is always nice!

6. Talk to people. Get a blu-tooth of course, but make sure to talk to people. Call your mom, your best friend, or that collection agency that you have been dodging for months. It’s nice to have some time to yourself, but talking to people really makes the time go by quicker.

7. Talk to yourself! You are going to go crazy either way, Embrace it! Sing at the top of your lungs. It’s a long, long drive, and you are going to have to get comfortable with yourself.

 

 

 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road movie review

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It is mid May and I firmly believe we already have the best summer action movie. Mad Max: Fury Road follows Max and Furiosa in a 2 hour long car chase from hell (but in an awesome way). Mad Max is all in the emotions and all in the action, I could probably count the words spoken in this movie. But, you know what? That’s not a  bad thing! This is about the action! This is about the massively over the top car chases! Beautifully done car chases with lots of practical special effects I may add. But there comes a point in this movie where it becomes more, where you feel for the characters. Nicholas Hoult, who played the weird, insane, screwed up character of Nux was my personal favorite. The only other thing I know this guy from is Warm Bodies, and I have to say, I had no idea he had these acting chops! He has a level of insanity I’ve rarely seen before, done so perfectly, yet you still relate to him. Charlize Theron played Furiosa, the bad ass girl in this movie that could kick any of our asses six ways to Sunday even without her sweet robot arm. Lastly, Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy has always been a good actor, lately I’ve been realizing that he is a great actor. He starts out the movie by saying “I’m not sure who is crazier, me or them.” THAT is a perfect statement. Tom Hardy talks less than anyone in this movie, yet acts at the same level or even above. The non vocal acting and the way he emotes with his eyes are on another level. He has asked to be the punisher in the new movie, frankly I’d give him a role as a flamboyant gay man if he wanted it. I couldn’t see this movie being anywhere near as entertaining on your TV at home. But as far as a summer action flick, it’s one of the best.