20 Seconds of Insane Courage

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we-bought-a-zoo-Scarlett-JohanssonFor the school social I gargled Listerine. The pain felt reassuring. I sprayed my hair with Mum’s hairspray, “Taft”.
In the school hall, we shuffled to Toto’s “Africa”. Girls on the other side, giggled about stuff we’ll never be privy to. They did, however, have pert adolescent tits. We puffed out our chests, bobbing over exaggeratedly to the beat.
The girl of my dreams, South African-born Cheryl V hardly notices me as I do everything in my power just to meet her eyes. The next day she went steady with an acquaintance of mine.
He later told me, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”
I replied, ‘Did you just buy a fucking zoo’?

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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19 comments on “20 Seconds of Insane Courage
  1. badfinger20 says:

    To show you how much I’ve been hit over the head with super hero movies previews…I was wondering why Black Widow was with a little girl…that is sad.

    • It took me a while to realise who you were referring too. Haha Are you a bit of a marvel comics fan bad?

      • badfinger20 says:

        Not really but I do like watching Scarlett Johansson fight bad guys, take out the trash, smile or do just about anything lol.
        No I have watched the movies…I will admit I did like Ironman and a few of them. I watched the Incredible Hulk when I was a kid. Mindless entertainment…

      • I’m in the ‘not really’ category as well. I too like watching Scarlett do anything. Yeh, I liked the Incredible Hulk when I was a kid. I liked the original Superman movies too.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Bill Bixby was really good in the Incredible Hulk.
        I like Robert Downey Jr as an actor. He was great in Chaplin.

      • I watched the one with Lou Ferrigno. Look, I’m not a big fan of Downey but I haven’t seen Chaplin. I liked him in ‘The Wonder Boys’.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yes that is the same one…Bill Bixby turned into Lou.
        He IS Chaplin in that movie. He did a great job.

      • Oh I see. Yeh, I enjoyed that show. I’ll check out Chaplin one day. Thanks Bad.

      • I just watched the trailer and read it on IMDB. It has got great reviews and cast. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it. I’m going to watch it over the weekend. Thanks for the heads-up about it Bad.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I think you will like it. He even learned how to play tennis left handed like Chaplin…he was devoted to it.

      • That’s interesting trivia Bad. I adore Richard Attenborough films as well, so I’d be surprised if I didn’t like this one.

      • badfinger20 says:

        The thing about this film is…the year before it came out I just started to read about Chaplin…I couldn’t believe a movie was coming out about him. I saw it on opening night…I never do that.

      • I can imagine your excitement about seeing it. I almost never do it as well. Perhaps the last movie I saw on Opening night was La la Land (which I adored and saw 3 more times in the cine).

      • badfinger20 says:

        I’ve never seen that one but I have been told by my son to see it.

      • La la Land is in my top 10 all time list. I am not a musical fan per se, but this one floored me. I have probably seen it 10 times. It’s better seen on the big screen because of the music and cinematography. I don’t think I have seen more romantic chemistry between two characters than in La la land, but of course that is highly subjective.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Thanks man. Yea that is what kept me from seeing it because of it being a musical.
        But I’ll have to try it…

      • The first time I saw it, I let it wash over me. The story niggled at me and I felt compelled to go back to see it. Then the music grew on me after multiple viewings so much so I bought the soundtrack and I hardly ever do that. What I think you would get a real kick out of – are the classic old movie references. I think one thing I can surely attribute to ‘La la’ is they don’t make movies like this anymore. The young director Damien Chazelle went out on a limb with this and hit the ball well out of the park.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I will try it now that my time is becoming more of my own. I love lining up films to watch. With Woody’s films we had them lined up and watched a good many of them.
        Thanks for the recommendation.

      • You’re welcome Bad. I like doing the same. I already have Chaplin ready, so I’ll see that soon. As usual Bad I look forward to reading your opinion on La la.

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