1943: Burgess explains how an English pub differs from American saloons. This educational documentary (which was narrated, written, and co-directed by Burgess) was made to introduce American soldiers to Britain during World War II.
The only fan page solely dedicated to Burgess Meredith // Lovingly ran by his grandniece in attempt to keep his legacy alive.
So I told you the Patreon was off for March (and
it is. It’s automatically set to go on hiatus, and Patreon assures me you will
not be charged, and, if it is, I will call and have it all refunded.) This is
because, in this year of me and Jill preparing to settle down and have a baby,
I am going to Europe. I’ll be gone between March 6th and March 31st.
Doc, that sounds like the worst possible way of
settling down. Let me explain. No, there is too much, let me sum up.
When I was a girl, going to Europe was my dream,
and it was a dream that was like going to the moon–I come from a relatively
poor background on both sides, particularly when I was young. No one in my
family had been to the east fucking coast when I was a girl, I saw the ocean
for the first time when I was 18 and only because I made it happen. But Europe,
you see, was never going to happen, no matter how many avenues I tried, I was
still a girl from the middle of nowhere who, regrettably had never been born
I was talking to my boss about how it was
something I’d always wanted to do before I had a baby, and I was sad that it
was pretty clear that wasn’t going to work out. Jill had wanted to send me, but
we just couldn’t make it work. It was a thing she really longed to do for me
before we had a baby, but the truck broke, and we need a new water heater–the
banal things of life. It was disappointing, but it was a dream I was going to
My boss is a complex man, a rich white dude who
nonetheless has a sense of compassion and generosity that occasionally strikes
like lightning. So he gave me the money for plane tickets, train tickets, and a
month off (unpaid). If you’re going to go once in your life, he said, try to
make it count. SO I AM. I was originally going to go by myself, as I don’t have
much trouble doing that, and actually enjoy a certain amount of solitude. I
live in my head a lot. But ever since my Mom divorced my Dad she’s had a pile
of money and weeks of vacation sitting there doing nothing, so I invited her to
come along, and I thought she was going to cry with excitement.
The Patreon has been an amazing help, and is
going to cover my bills while I’m gone. But since it’ll be off that month, and
for some of you who have always wanted to toss a couple bucks my way, but don’t
want the month to month thing, I decided to set something up specifically for
this trip. I want to add that I don’t expect anything–y’all have done enough
for me, frankly. And I’ll still be able to borrow money from Mom to make it
work, so you’re not ruining my life. Basically, I’m just asking you to help me
out with a lifelong dream I’m getting out of the way.
But there’s rewards! SHINY, FANTASTIC REWARDS.
I’m not just asking for money, I want to do stuff for it. And when I say any
character, I mean it. (Though, if I’m totally unfamiliar with even the
property, you’re taking your life into your own hands) Want a postcard from
Bill Cipher? PRETTY SURE I COULD KILL IT, ACTUALLY. A letter from Bastion? The
most soulful beep and boops you’ll ever read. Usagi goes to the Paris
Catacombs? DONE, WITH LOVE AND TENDERNESS.
So here’s the breakdown:
Any level: a
photo post thanking you personally with a picture of me doing the thing!
Tier One: a
postcard of the country, from either me or your favorite character! Mailed from
Tier Two: a
two page ficlet of your fav character experiencing whatever you got me, or a
two page letter from me about it. Mailed from Europe. Example of how I write
about food here.
Tier Three: I
buy you a small souvenir from said locale, and wrap it up with a letter from
your favorite character or me. Mailed upon my return, I can’t figure out the
post offices THAT well.
don’t do this, but if you want to, convo me first and we’ll work something out.
How to do this, if you want to:
Message me with what you want to sponsor and your email address. I’ll send you a request via paypal! And let me know which character(s) you’d like your letter/postcard from!
Again, I have no expectation of anyone doing
this, so no worries. I thank you anyhow! You’re all amazing. This is a dream I
never thought I would fulfill, and all of you have had no small part in making
it a reality. I wish I could tell you how much it means to me, and I look forward
to all the new shades of adventure we’ll have together.
I want to talk about your 20′s. Your 20′s are a vital part of who you are. They are there for you to make mistakes, be stupid, meet new people, kiss strangers, travel and explore. They are a time for you to figure out what it is you want in life. They are a time of discovery and a time of experimentation. I have friends who are my age (22) and they have a degree, they have a long term relationship, they have 9-5pm jobs from Monday to friday. And sure that’s fantastic and I’m happy for them. But if I have to be honest with you guys, I feel slightly upset for those guys, I feel bad because you have your whole life to do that… you have from your 30′s onwards to go to work everyday and to have a strong relationship. But your 20′s… They’re a once in a lifetime opportunity to create memories that you will look back on when you’re older. So that you can sit back with a few friends one night drinking beer at 40 and say “Hey remember when we climbed that mountain for sunrise” or “Remember that time we got lost on a road trip and we couldn’t stop laughing” or “Remember that time we danced on tables in Greece after too much wine” Those are the kinds of things you want to remember… Instead of I had a steady job and a long term boyfriend at the time, I worked 9-5 and yeah it was alright.
I understand that everyone is different and to some, that kind of life is something that makes them happy. But I guess what I’m trying to say is
Don’t worry about having everything figured out by the time you reach 20. Don’t worry about not having a boyfriend/girlfriend. Don’t worry about the pressures imposed on you by your parents or your peers. Take your time, do what makes you happy and surround yourself with people who will impact your life positively and go out and enjoy your 20′s… Life will soon find a path for you and you’ll soon know what it is you want.
I know that that’s what I’m doing… And I must say I am the happiest I’ve been in a long time.
Rando: Oh I’d love to be an artist. It would be great to just do art all day.
Me: *has lost money on a show while sitting outside for three 12+ hour days in the sun and storms, had to use portapotties people pissed all over, tired from the manual labor of setting up and dreading tearing down at midnight and having to cart 700lbs of stuff back to my van* SAME, tbh
Rando: I know I just spent $40 on beer but now I’m gonna haggle you over a $20 print, lol. My friend does art just like this, you should try to sell this to vape shops they have a ton of money. *touches everything with sticky beer hands*
So, this is my first time participating in the Gajevy week and I’m super excited about it. I would love to get some feedback on my writting. The inspiration for this story came from my best friend who went through something similar to what Levy will go through in this story.
Hope you like it!
Summary: Modern-AU Levy flies to Cancun, wishing to relax and have fun there. Faith gets her meeting Cana which introduces her to her crazy friends, one of which captures Levy’s heart instantly. The night has many surprises for the blunette and for her new person of interest. Drinks, dances and a bonfire at the beach is the perfect set for love to bloom. Especially when Gajeel teaches Levy how to dance bachata and sparks fly all around them.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Fairy Tail characters or the song “Propuesta indecente” by Romeo Santos (put that on youtube when Gajeel starts to sing [because obviously I needed to put Gajeel singing sexy spanish lyrics])
“Urgh! I can’t believe them!” a furious Levy exclaimed while closing her hotel room’s door quite roughly. Said room was being shared with 3 of her closest friends from the university’s book club.
The four girls had agreed to go in a vacation after the semester ended and bought their tickets to go to Cancun, one of the most popular beaches in Mexico. The original plan was to have fun and get a little crazy after the stress of the exams. Well, that’s what Levy thought was the original plan.
Once they got into the airplane to go from Austin to Cancun, Trish, Sasha and Clem rounded up on Levy and told her they were going to play nice and not go out to nightclubs or bars. Levy’s jaw hung down a little bit in disbelief. All she had been looking for in this trip was to have fun and have couple of drinks and maybe meet new people, but her friends had a completely different idea about what a vacation in Cancun meant.
She had hoped that maybe once arriving to the hotel and seeing the beautiful beach that was just around the corner of their hotel, her friends would change their minds. She had been so wrong…
After having lunch at the hotel’s all-you-can-eat buffet, her three friends decided to go and take a nap. Levy suggested going to the beach and relaxing under the sun, but they just refused saying that they didn’t wanted to get sunburn. Really?! You fly all the way to Cancun and you don’t want to get sunburn! Levy almost yelled at them but decided to let it slide. Maybe after sleeping a little bit, they would be in a better mood to go out and explore the city. Wrong again.
After the 2 hour nap, Clem turned on the TV to find that there was a Harry Potter marathon, to which Sasha and Trish got super excited and settled down on their beds to watch the TV. Levy ignored them and decided to go for a walk at the beach all by herself. Maybe they’ll get bored and we’ll go out to a bar later tonight she thought. Wrong!
When she came back to the hotel room, it was past 8 pm and the sun had long hid behind the horizon. Levy steeled herself to try to convince her friends to go for, at least, one drink at the hotel’s bar. They obviously refused, saying that they were too tired and that there was still two more films before the marathon ended.
That’s when Levy snapped. She locked herself in the bathroom and took a quick shower. She then put on her night black dress and arranged her blue curls in a messy high ponytail with a thin black headband holding up the loose strands that tried to cover her face. She applied a little bit of makeup on her face and sprayed her neck with her favorite perfume. She gave herself a quick look in the mirror and decided she was ready to go.
When she got out of the bathroom, her friends stared at her in confusion on why she had prettied up for. “Well, even if you don’t want to go out, I do! So I’m heading to the hotel’s bar. Don’t wait up on me” Levy stated with a posture that emanated confidence. She grabbed her black 5-inch heels along with her purse and walked out the door. Her friends called after her, telling her it was dangerous to go out alone and that she shouldn’t go, but Levy was beyond the point of listening them.
Which takes us to where this story began.
“Urgh! I can’t believe them!” Levy put on her heels and hastily walked up to the elevator that would take her to the first floor. She was beyond furious! All she wanted to do was to let loose a little bit, but her friends were just too tied up!
Even when Levy wasn’t a frequent drinker, she felt the urge to drown her frustration in alcohol.
Once she got to the first floor of the building, she made a beeline to the bar’s counter and sat down on one of the empty stools. She propped her elbows on the bar and covered her face with her hands, groaning in frustration. She didn’t noticed the strange look the brunette sitting to the right was giving her.
“Tough night, eh?” she said while sipping beer from her mug.
“You have no idea” Levy snorted and looked up to her side to acknowledge the woman. She saw a tall slender woman with brown hair, wearing a red bikini top and tight black jeans. Levy suddenly felt a little self-conscious when she noticed the huge breasts of the brunette and she made an effort not to cover her small chest with her hands.
The woman smiled down to her and extended her hand, which Levy took in hers. “Cana Alberona”
“Levy McGarden” she replied. Then, Cana pulled Levy’s hand forward, reached down and kissed Levy’s right cheek. Levy pulled back blushing intensely at the gesture. She was just trying to be friendly but maybe this girl was looking for something else that Levy couldn’t give her.
Cana cackled loudly. “Yer not from around, right?” Levy shook her head from side to side saying ‘no’ which earned her another loud laugh from the brunette “That’s how we say 'hi’ here in Mexico. Don’t freak out about it”
Levy smiled at her explanation and laughed nervously “Sorry. Yeah, I just got here today”
“Well, let’s give you a proper welcome” Cana exclaimed before downing her beer in one swift motion. Then, she jumped to the other side of the counter and ducked behind it. She grabbed two shot glasses and a tequila bottle from under the bar, she prepared two lime slices with salt, one for Levy and the other one for herself, and finally placed everything on top of the counter.
“So, we are going to play a little game now” Cana said while pouring tequila on the glasses. “Basically, it goes like this. Ya tell a story about anything that happened ta ya and I’ll try to guess if it’s true or false. If I’m right, ya drink, if not, I drink. Then, I’ll tell a story and you try to guess and so on until someone calls it quits. What da ya say?”