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Much of my life over the past ten years has been spent in transition, and since I always try and learn something from my experiences, I've become quite the expert in moving. I know which boxes are strongest for my dishes, which tape tears easiest (without having to use my teeth) and how many books I can safely pack into one box without permanently injuring a grown man.  

My nomadic lifestyle (although present in fits and spurts prior to the last ten years) seems to have really begun when I moved to Galveston Island, Texas to shack up with my then-boyfriend and now-husband. Together, shortly thereafter, we moved to the Virgin Islands, where we spent eighteen months, and then back to the Houston area in 2004. Since then we have made several moves in and around the Houston area until arriving in the location we are now. In fact, as we approach the date of our one-year anniversary with our present employer, we are faced with the fact that very soon we will be moving again. As it is, in the past year we have moved three times and only gone a total of fifty-one miles from where we started.

I guess I can pretty honestly say that I don't mind change, and I don't necessarily view upheaval as a bad thing. I enjoy the adventure of the new homes and new cities. I find pleasure in going through all of my possessions (on a pretty regular basis) and wheedling down what is no longer necessary or in style or even functional anymore. I tend to donate a lot of items through my local freecycle networks and craigslist, and here lately I have found myself motivated to do my part for the environment by repurposing a lot of things I would have previously just thrown away.

Some people handle moves well while others fight it every step of the way—and you’ll find a fair share of both amongst the main characters in this week's Friday five.  

Whether they have willingly engaged their inner-nomad or are thrust headfirst into a situation to which they must accept and adapt, each of these folks have a lot to learn about making the most of their situations.

Grandma's Boy : When Alex discovers that his roommate has blown the rent money on Filipino hookers, he has no choice but to move in with his sweet grandma and her two roommates. He predicts his future to be full of pampering and home-cooked meals, but life with these ladies isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when all of the chores they need done around the house interferes with Alex's job as a video game tester. But with the help of Antiques Roadshow and a special blend of herbal tea, Alex just might salvage his professional and personal lives. Rated R

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone : Harry Potter is orphaned and unloved, spending his days and nights in servitude to an aunt and uncle who are convinced he will never amount to anything. Harry himself is convinced of this too and has resigned himself to his fate as slave to his family. That is, until a giant of a man shows up on Harry's eleventh birthday with a great secret and promise of a grand adventure. Before he can even absorb the news presented to him, Harry finds himself moving away from the only life he has ever known into a life full of magic and mystery. Along the way he learns of his infamous history, and struggles to overcome the dark predictions of his future. Rated PG

How The West Was Won : In the 1830's, the Prescott family finds themselves caught up in the expansion to the Wild West. Through the Civil War, the gold rush and the settling of the plains, the Prescotts rise, and sometimes fall, to the occasion. Spanning fifty years, this film follows the family as they move from their home in the Erie Canal, through the Ohio Valley and into the unclaimed promise of a golden California dream. Not Rated

The Woodsman : After serving twelve years in prison, a pedophile named Walter moves into a dreary apartment across the street from an elementary school and attempts to lead a "normal" life. Shunned by his family and stalked by a zealous detective, Walter struggles with the justified aspersions cast in his direction, even from the hardened woman who promises not to judge him. Although he can accept the fact that no one believes in his rehabilitation, Walter must come to terms in what he believes about himself. Rated R

Napoleon Dynamite : Every day is the worst day in Napoleon Dynamite's life. He's not a member of any cool clubs, doesn't have any good skills and is put-upon by an older brother who spends all of his time chatting online and eating all the chips. And as if that wasn't unbearable enough, his grandmother has been hospitalized and his self-absorbed uncle Rico has moved in. Now he's got to find a job, score a date for the school dance and help his new friend Pedro achieve the unlikely position of class president. In a moment of desperation Napoleon busts a move and forever changes his future. Even more surprisingly, and with the gift of a delicious bass, he might even find the girl of his tether-ball dreams. Rated PG



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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Ok so maybe with my unexpected move coming up I need to watch at least 1 of these movies. I can honestly say that I haven’t seen any of them since they are not really the genre I would watch.

      maybe they will help.....



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      Mztracy wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Grandma’s Boy: omg my hubz and i love this movie. we are a bit nutty!! lol

      Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: this one, so far is still my fav of them all.

      The Woodsman: disturbing at times, but kevin bacon is wonderful as always.

      napolean dynamite: well, this is a cult classic of the funny kind. You really have to like ‘stupid’ humor. lol The dance at the end still makes pee my pants!!! lmao Sadly, he reminds me of my dear son!!! lol



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Vikki, I don’t know how much you’ll learn from these movies, but they‘re sure to at least distract you from your current worries!

      Tracy, the first Harry Potter movie is also my favorite, although #4 is a close second. And I watch Napoleon Dynamite on average of once every six weeks or so. I think the role was probably the beginning and the end of John Heder’s career, but I can’t imagine anyone pulling it off as well as he did.

      ND is definitely an either love it or hate it kind of movie. Around here, we *love it*.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Grandma’s BoyestaticestaticestaticestaticestaticestaticestaticestaticLove it!!

      Napoleon Dynamite, I am actually one of the few in the middle-don’t love it, don’t hate it.

      Have not seen the other 3.



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Lu, I knew we had Grandma’s Boy in common, but I was convinced you hated Napoleon D. I’m relieved to hear you are simply indifferent to it, lol.

      Annie, I’m really surprised you haven’t seen any of these. Are your kids into Harry Potter? I get tickled when I watch the first movie now because the actors were so little.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Feather I’ve only seen ND...quirky funny!  I just got finished watching Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly...too funny if you just need to laugh mindlessly, and I needed to.



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • LOVE Stepbrothers, Carol. I'm a pretty big fan of both Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Together they are dangerous!

      I love that I’m not alone in my fondness for ND. I loved him from the previews (with his dancing) and we bought the DVD before ever seeing the movie. Sometimes you just know, lol.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • If you need more mindless entertainment rent Blades of Glory with Will Ferrel and the guy from ND, or anything with Ben Stiller, you can’t help but laugh!  They are insane!



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      Mztracy wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • omg step brothers is so freakin’ funny.

       i love ben stiller and adam sandler moveis as well.
      we have that wierd funny sense of humor here!! lol

      but grandma’s boy...omg...i die everytime!! lmao



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      Almostfive0 wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • I know, they are insane! I’ll have to check out Grandma Boy, I haven’t even heard of that one.



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • The only Ben Stiller movie I never got into was Zoolander. Otherwise, our movie rack is full of Stiller and Ferrell.  

      And we have Blades of Glory, too. estatic



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      Almostfive0 wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Feather my son Brandon has the Zoolander look down pat..lol!



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      Mztracy wrote Mar 22, 2009
    • Blades of Glory... when he slides on the ice on his tummy...rofl



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      Angelcart wrote Apr 9, 2009
    • For me every time I channel surf and see “Harold and Kumar” on Comedy Central......there go’s my time!  Kumar kills me.  Also, more mindless hilarious is “Super Troopers“.  My son has that and it’s so stupid you can’t help but crack up.



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