Last week, we asked you to share your experiences with running away. Wow, some of you really provided your families (and us) with some laughs as kids and teens, but the winner of “The Runaways” and Make Up For Ever prize pack is Scrabble for this story that involved strangers, the police, and a car chase:
“When I was about 6, I decided to run away by getting on a different school bus at the end of the day and going to my friend’s house. She lived on an unpaved road, though, and a thunderstorm had washed it out so the road was closed. When the bus stopped at the end of the road, everyone’s parents were there waiting to pick them up; a few parents offered me a ride home but I refused. No way was I going back to… whatever it was that I was mad about.
About half a mile down the road I got tired and sat down on the grass embankment to eat my crackers. It started raining again and I didn’t have a raincoat. A man jogged by and stopped to ask me what I was doing, but I refused to talk to him: I was very into the “don’t talk to strangers” rule. So… he called the police.
About 15 minutes later there were two cop cars pulling up to me. I panicked and started to run. Then “chased” me down (going about 4mph) and asked me if they could call my parents. So they did, and they offered to give me a ride home. But I said no because I wasn’t allowed to take rides from strangers. They laughed their asses off, put my mom on the phone to tell me it was okay to get in the car, and when I got home everyone was joking about my big car chase.”
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Wouldn’t it be nice if right after you were born, someone handed you a how-to manual telling you everything you’d need to know to get through life? That way you’d understand, from the beginning, that there are many different types of love, failure’s OK, and certain kinds of men should be avoided at all costs. Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine’s Backwards in High Heels: The Impossible Art of Being Female, a hardback with beautiful doodle-like illustrations, isn’t a self-help book, but it will get you thinking about love, careers, money, sex, and more, and the authors hand down pearls of wisdom for everything from doing your taxes without crying to avoiding late-night chocolate binges like helpful friends. [$15.61, Amazon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a copy of Backwards in High Heels, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us a a piece of wisdom that you learned for yourself by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, April 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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I don’t care what plans you had this weekend, you’ve got to cancel them because the movies are calling. They’re saying things like, “Sure movies are expensive but they’re a helluva lot cheaper than the equivalent amount of alcohol it would take to create the same level of distraction from your life.” Movies are smart like that. All I know is that after I finally file my taxes, I’m going to be eating a lot of ramen for a while and it’s much harder to spend money when you’re stuck in the dark for two hours. This weekend, we’ve got kids who become superheroes with “Kick-Ass,” a funeral turned funny with “Death at a Funeral,” a fan who becomes the subject with “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” consumerism at its scariest with “The Joneses,” and two foreign language films guaranteed to be good, “The Secret in Their Eyes” and “No One Knows About Persian Cats.” Keep reading »
“Beverly Hills 90210″
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A is for Anarchy
there’s really no rules,
If you’re a punk rocker
you think this is cool
This is the first page of Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet, by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola — it’s an alphabet book where each letter teaches kids about punk rock-ery, like Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols and mohawks. Hey, I’m totally behind any book that encourages children to think outside the box and cultivate originality! But methinks this “children’s book” will mostly be popular with the very, very large children who buy their reading material at Urban Outfitters. [Soundscreen Design] Keep reading »
Instant Messenger, 11:11 a.m., Frisky offices:
Jessica: You’re not going to let me post Hanson’s new video, are you? They’re dancing in the street! Like, old time-y bebop dancing.
Amelia: if you must. i need the posts today. because i am hungover.
Bwahahahahahaha. [MySpace.com/HansonMusic] Keep reading »
For the last few weeks, I had been hearing from friends that the show “Parenthood” was reaaaallllly good. Only, no one explained why. But that was enough for me. So this past weekend I had a date with Hulu and now I am officially obsessed with the entire Braverman family. And you should be too! To say the least, “Parenthood” is the perfect show for women and, unlike my friends, I can actually give you 10 reasons why. Keep reading »
The latest “True Blood” teaser poster foreshadows the next shape Sam Merlotte will assume. We saw the dog in season one, the fly in season two, so we’re guessing he’ll appear as a bull in season three. Keep reading »