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[January, 1990] Loose Cannons


Dear Journal,

About a week ago we had a notetaking class and Mitchell sat behind me and kept fluffing and sort of tugging lightly on my hair.

At the end of class I turned around and say “What? Why were you pulling my hair and he answers “I don’t know it just felt good.” I was floating on air!

Then just friday we were in line to go to science class and I feel someone fluff my hair. I turn around and guess who I see? Yup! Mitchell! He waves and I smile back.* I hope that he will ask me out tomorrow.

If you like bad movies, this one’s for you.

The good news is, Mitchell did ask me out, though oddly there was no diary entry summing up the second date. We went to the movies again, though this time we had the good sense to keep it a secret from our classmates.

The bad news is, the movie we chose was terrible: Loose Cannons. Remember that cinematic offering starring Gene Hackman as a weary cop, Dan Aykroyd as his unconventional partner who has a split personality disorder, and Dom DeLuis as some portly dude thrown in for extra so-called comic relief? No? Well consider yourself very very lucky. I considered it the worst movies I ever saw until the day I saw Johnny Mnemonic.

Mitchell and I pretended we liked the movie, and our strained conversation afterwards had us scraping for good things to say about it, like praising Aykroyd’s “zany” multiple personality-filled acting.

Mitch walked me home just like last time and the other bad news is he did not kiss me (just like last time). No hair fluffing, nothing. Maybe the horrendous movie killed the mood?

I was not floating on air after this date.

[*The other good news is that I got better about not mixing up my tenses.]
  1. Liz
    January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I’d have thought a bad movie could be GOOD for a date!
    1) gives you both something to make fun of later (though I guess you weren’t feeling confident enough)
    2) who cares about what’s going on in the plot, you can freely ignore it and make out (though I guess, same problem with the confidence)
    Oh well… 😦

    • damiella
      January 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm


      I think a bad movie could work if it’s so boring you spend much of it smooching. Sadly, this was not that kind of movie. Or maybe Mitch was too shy to make a move. Who knows?

  2. January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    My worst date movie? A Clockwork Orange. My boyfriend in high school brought it over, like, the second week we were hanging out. Because what’s more romantic than watching a bunch of ultra-violent psychopaths rape a woman? Oh, that’s right, ALMOST EVERYTHING.

    • damiella
      January 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm


      That is just hilarious. Reminds me of the time I rented Reservoir Dogs after failing my driving test, expecting it to be a feel-good comedy. It did not make me laugh or feel good.

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