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There Are Worse Things I Could Do

In the car today, I introduced my children to some of my fave Broadway songs – which included a handful from both Grease and Grease 2.

I told my 5 year old son that Grease Lightning is about a car, which peaked his interest naturally… and when they sang “The chicks’ll cream for Grease Lightning,” he piped up excitedlyΒ  that they were singing about Lightning McQueen!

…”They sure are son!”


Anyway, I started to get nostalgic over these movies. I used to watch them all the time with my good friend Courtney when I was 14/15 – in fact we watched them the very night that we took these photos (previously noted I wouldn’t show all these – but hey, what the heck…) :


I don’t believe I’ve written about this night on the blog before… Though I have in other more extensive writings about Wyatt – these pictures were taken for him. We were at the hotel I was staying at with my mum and littlest sister just prior to moving to Ethiopia. I got my own room and got to have Courtney come stay for an extended sleepover. We took some similar pictures of her too, just because we thought it was fun… I did find one surviving one of her in the stack of pictures – but naturally I will not show such here as it really is none of my business to share that kind of photo of someone. Regardless of if it was taken with my camera at the time…

Anyway, I got nostalgic and started watching Grease this evening, then discovered Grease Live on Netflix so I watched that too (and am currently watching Grease 2 as I write this lol)

I’d like to note that Vanessa Hudgens played Rizzo in Grease Live last year – Wow. When I realised she was Rizzo it took me aback just because last I really paid attention to her was when she was a goodie two-shoes type clean cut character in Disney’s High School Musical.

She certainly has grown up… and while I would not have initially expected her to be a Rizzo type; she blew it out of the park. I was amazed at her talent portraying such a character… not that I ever thought she was particularly untalented or anything… but… still.

Let me just illustrate here for those of you that haven’t seen it for yourselves – this is Vanessa Hudgens singing my fave Grease song, my fave Rizzo scene as it is:


I’ve talked before about Rizzo being my dream role and that I relate to the character, based a lot off of this particular song… I won’t discuss it much further here – you can click on those links if you are interested in what I had to say about that.

I’ve started to think; however, now that I am rewatching these movies for the umpteenth time if there were somewhat subtle influences for me overall – I’ve mentioned this topic in general regarding other movies influencing me on other ideas before – I’m wondering if maybe my penchant for the “bad boy” might have originated here. Though, let’s face it many many of us tend to fall for those types because they give us a sense of excitement – am I wrong, ladies? πŸ˜‰ Sometimes we may also think we can change them or that they are softies underneath their hard exteriors – like Danny putting on a show in front of his friends in spite of himself. To be fair, I was already dating a bad boy at the time Courtney and I were obsessing over the movies – though I had seen it on stage for the first time a good year before I met him.

I just realised too that Grease 2 has Sharon often handling a cigarette holder:

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That played into my psyche, perhaps… Perhaps I am reading too much into that… but this along with Bullets Over Broadway is the likely reason I decided I myself would start using them in high school. Now I have three. I don’t smoke nearly as often anymore… just socially and usually with a drink in my other hand…


In High School I had the same as the plain black one – but that eventually broke, so this is a replacement of the exact same kind. These both have crystal filters which somehow ease my mind that my smoking isn’t AS bad if I’m using them LOL (Don’t smoke regardless, kids… )

I also have a rosewood one that I rarely use simply because i am always fucking losing it! It’s misplaced again… smh… so I’ll have to use a picture from Amazon. It’s hand carved, mine looks most like the darker wood one. I actually love it – even though it is carved and unable to hold filters, it makes the smoke flow really smoothly. I’m gonna have to order extra of them, gosh…


I also just realised that in one scene at least, Sharon is using one that has a gold top like my other filter one… except… it’s PINK. OMG. I need that in my life… LOL

Anyway, this post went off in a direction I didn’t intend… so I’ll bring it back around to wrap it up, haha. Basically – I suppose I should say at this juncture: Yes, I have vices. Yes, I can be a sarcastic bitch on occasion. Yes, I prefer the bad boys – I have a gut reaction to lust after them – even though I know they likely won’t ever truly change… and I may have had a pregnancy scare as a teen. I may have contracted an STD in my past… I may have gone with “a boy or two” …But, you know, there are worse things I could do.

20 thoughts on “There Are Worse Things I Could Do”

  1. Lol. Nice wrap up at the end! And I “may” also have done quite a few of those things too!!!! I will never know how I smoked a pack a day for some many years. Geez.

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      1. Can’t find a decent pink one… but there is a Red on that would match with my other brand that the other two are (hence filters will fit πŸ™‚ ) aaannnddd…. discovered that they have disposable ones in that brand that are good for 10-15 uses each with the filter integrated and come in packs of 6 different colors… OOooo FUN! haha


      2. Isn’t it funny how it’s the little things that make your fuckin’ day?!?! I just went on a book buying binge on Amazon…so I have no room to talk. This is also why I stay away from the Lush Stores…because I walk out with bags smelling like heaven.

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      3. I hear you! I did just click the order confirmation for an order of those colored disposable tips, a red one that looks like my black and gold one, and another carved wood one – different design than the one I’ve misplaced at least in case I find it again LOL – but same company πŸ™‚


      4. True! I did find pink ones on Amazon, they were just of poor quality. I am also quite attached to my brand as far as the filtered ones go… soooo I should probably stop here… though to be fair those two non disposable ones – one come with an additional 10 filters and the disposable ones come in a pack of 18… only cost me a total of $39. That’s not half bad…

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  2. I so enjoyed your post. The grease movies are played often in my house as my husband loves them. My favorite movie in my teens was Earth Girls are Easy, it’s pretty great and I developed a hearty crush on Jeff Goldblume from it. Lol
    I’ve never tried the cigarette holders, I thought they were just used for esthetic reasons. I didn’t realize they actually filtered, haha. I may pick one up the next time I’m in a tobacco shop. I am also a social smoker. I’m not very social so it doesn’t happen often, but if I’m drinking I really want one. I’ll die from the crap I eat before I ever croak from cigs.

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    1. Omg I haven’t even THOUGHT about Earth Girls are Easy in AGES!!! I used to like that movie a lot as a kid… kind of wondering what I’d think now if I were to watch it… wonder how easy it would be to track down… yup, the neat thing about the crystal filters is they are reusable for 10-15 cigarettes and you can see them steadily get darker brown if you care to look, so definitely catch more than the regular filters attached to the cigarettes. I imagine they were originally used because cigarettes used to never have filters for a good long time… plus ever smoked an unfiltered cigarette anyway? Tobacco bits get in your mouth and bleh… regardless of filters they would have served a good purpose back in the day 🀣 but even the holders that don’t filter still serve an experience purpose even with filtered cigarettes, like with my wooden one the smoke flows smoothly but you also get more smoke in a breath and all of that – it just feels different than sucking it directly out of the cigarette πŸ™‚ I’ve not tried the extra long ones like the flappers used, but I imagine it does similar things to change the experience of the smoke. Definitely worth the try! I use Denicotea brand for my filtered ones. Side note: my friend in high school used to smoke a brand called prince which was a strong abrasive cigarette and she borrowed my holder once – the filter when she was done was really dark brown and it had been a new filter 😳 it looked like it did after 10 of my normal camels!!!

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      1. Oh eek! That’s scary to think of what it’s done to her lungs.
        You should definitely watch it again, its silly in the first place so its pretty same watching it now. Then there was Dirty Dancing and Weird Science, both awesome at the time.

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      2. I’m wondering if my kids would like it… also Little Monsters! Though I think my kids might not yet be able to handle that one lol… exactly! I vowed never to bum another Prince cigarette if I didn’t have to – or at least make sure I had my additional filter if I was desperate! Lol oh also forgot to add last comment – glad you enjoyed this post! 😊

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      3. I think little mosters looks fakey enough that it shouldn’t be scary. But I do have the problem of showing movies to my kids and I never realized how sexual or mature the content was. Lol I’ve. Like with Ghostbusters. It got a little awkward. My daughter caught on to what was going on but my son just liked the ghosts. Haha
        And your welcome!

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      4. I just remember my sister freaking out over Little Monsters… and with my kids it’s weird because they can handle vampires and ghost and whatnot, but random things I wouldn’t expect will freak them out so I’m just not sure! And very true, 80s movies are very sexualised and/or gave a lot worse language in places it wouldn’t be acceptable today… but hey we survived, right?? πŸ˜‚

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