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December 8, 2011

Quotes From My Favorite Books to Read on a Rainy Day in Gettysburg!

1. Water for Elephants

“Although there are times I’d give anything to have her back, I’m glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn’t have wanted her to go through that. Being the survivor stinks.”

2. The Last Song

“They promised patience when it was easy to be impatient, candor when it was easier to lie, and in their own ways, each recognized tha fact that real commitment could be proven only through the passage of time.”

3. True Believer

“Women want the fairy tale. Not all women, of course, but most women grow up dreaming about the kind of man who would risk everything for them, even knowing they might get hurt.”

4. The Notebook

“I am nothing special of this I am sure. I am just a common man with common thoughts. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, that has always been enough.”

5. A Walk to Remember

“Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.”

6. Twilight

“About three things I was absolutely positive.  First, Edward was a vampire.  Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be–that thirsted for my blood.  And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him”

7. New Moon

“I knew we were both  in mortal danger.  Still, in that instant, I felt well.  Whole.  I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again.  My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin.  It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect-not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.”

8. Eclipse

“In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition. Something Edward didn’t want me to know. Something that Jacob wouldn’t have kept from me. Something that had the Cullens and the wolves both in the woods, moving in hazardous proximity to each other….Something I’d been waiting for anyway.  Something I knew would happen again, as much as I might with it never would.   It was never going to end, was it?” 

9. Breaking Dawn

“Don’t be afraid,” I murmured.  We belong together.  I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words.  This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it.  His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him…It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.  Forever, he agreed.”

10. The Lucky One

“She was struck by the simple truth that sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people…” 

December 8, 2011

How To Spot a Ghost in Gettysburg!

Solomon's Bridge located on Solomon Rd. right off of Taneytown Rd./Rt. 15.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, everybody likes to be scared.  Most people around Gettysburg have heard of Solomon’s Bridge.  More of a local legend than a widely known haunting, Solomon’s Bridge holds years of myth and wonder for ghost chasers.

On dark late nights, my friends and I would take a drive up to Solomon Rd. in Gettysburg.  Legend has it, if you park your car directly over the crack in the center of the bridge, turn off your car, put the windows up, close the vents, lock the doors, and put you car in neutral, something will happen.

A ghostly apparition of a woman will float over your car and your car won’t be able to start.  All of a sudden, you will feel your car rock back and forth as if somebody’s moving it.

My friends and I mustered up the courage to try it a few times. And it was a few times that my car wouldn’t start, and we felt the car move as if someone were pushing it.

One time in particular, my friend Brittany and I drove up to Gettysburg in her green Ford Probe on a chilly night.  We decided to check-out Solomon’s Bridge, just the two of us. So we did what we usually did, parked the car in the center of the bridge, shut everything off, just  like usual.

Well, we sat there for a few minutes and after nothing seemed to be happening, we were about to leave when all of a sudden we heard a knocking coming from the inside of the dashboard.

Brittany went to start her car up and turned the heat on when a beetle shot out of the passenger side vent and hit the window. We both screamed as Brittany hit the gas pedal, scurrying down the road in panic. All of a sudden, a huge beam of light came gleaming out of the woods and penetrated right through the window.

Swerving off the road, Brittany hit a bat, which left some excremate on the windshield by the way, and flew off into the night. One of the most scariest nights we have ever experienced at Solomon’s Bridge. I don’t believe we’ve been back there much since,.

December 8, 2011

My Top Ten War Movie Picks!

1. Cold Mountain

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

2. Full Metal Jacket

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.

3. Gettysburg

In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

4. God’s and Generals

Gods and Generals follows the rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic “Gettysburg”.

5. Gone With the Wind

American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

6. Inglorious Bastards

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.

7. The Patriot

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

8. Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

9. Saving Private Ryan

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

10. Schindler’s List

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

(All movie descriptions are provided by IMBD’s webpage.)