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07/30/05 01:08 - 71ºF - ID#28860

Low Bandwidth is my Savior

Holy Heck! Can I tell you how much I love low bandwith mode? My computer at my parent's house is circa like 1995 and we have dial up internet so you can just imagine the connection speed we have. It is prolly like 10bites/minute. Seriously! Estrip, like most websites with anything in them usually would freeze the computer and shut it down. But now with low bandwith mode it totally works fine! It totally has got me back into reading everyoen's journal because it doesn't take 2 hours to load each one! I love it and it has made me fall back in love with (e:strip)!!! See y'all at the party tomorrow...
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07/29/05 12:24 - 73ºF - ID#28859

Out on the Town with Maureen

Last night me and (e:maureen) decided to hit up Chippewa. It was lots of fun and we were nervous about going out just the two of us but it was super fun!!! Maybe I'll write more detials later but right now I just want to tell about something I saw. We stopped by Marcella's for a little bit and they were like patting everyone down and using the metal detector wand. I have never seen that there before, is this common? Then after going in, someone mentioned it was Hip Hop NIght. So do they only use the metal detectors and pat downs on Hip Hop Night? That seems a little shady to me, do'nt you think?
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07/26/05 12:50 - 76ºF - ID#28858

My Jill and Beast

Lately, I've been thinking about (e:jill) and (e:beast) a lot. I miss them a lot!!! But not in the way I thought I would. Like I am surviving much better than I thought I would and if I just look at things like for what they are and not at them as how they could be if (e:jill) and (e:beast) were here then I think I would have a much better outlook. Like at work the other day Michele was like you seem to be having such a great summer or something like that. And I was like hmmm I guess i actually have had a really good summer pretty much. I've done a lot of fun things and hung out with lots of fun people. And instead of looking at it as all the times I couldn't hang out with jill and teres, if i just look at it for what it was it was actually super fun.

At the same time, now I am getting nervous about their return and how it will be. Maybe I am overreacting but I just fear how it will go. For some reason when (e:beast) returns in november I feel like we will fall right back into our old ways and everything will be fine and we will be the same friends we always have been but I feel like it will be different with (e:jill). I feel like so much of mine and (e:jill)'s friendship was that for the last four years we had had almost all the same experiences. We had been there for each other or together for everything. And now this summer we aren't like. And like I don't know if we will be able to get right back into our we do everything together and hang out together all the time moide. Will we fall right back into getting along so great and just meshing so well together? Or have we become different people that won't be able to just be like that ever again? Her and JIm will most likely be getting more serious or will be more serious and like I don't konw, I just am afraid that everythign will add up to us not being where we once were. Maybe that is ok, but I don't think so. I would like to think we will always be as good freinds as we were. What if I have changed too much or she has changed too much? What if we don't liek the same thigns anymore. LIke I still tell her everything through email or our sporadic phone calls but I don't know, I feel like this summer i am changign in a lot of ways and i hope we will still be what we have always been....I will be so sad to see it change...but maybe that is part of growing up...I'm not good at that....as (e:maureen) pointed out I failed adjusting to new situations on my kindergarden reprot card and have never really mastered it since...

I MISS YOU (e:JILL) and (e:BEAST) .... PPP 4EVER
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07/23/05 09:58 - 84ºF - ID#28857

Ooops, How'd I Break That?

So oops! Last night me and (e:MK) and (e:Amanda) were hanging out on Jesse/Heidi/Amanda's porch. Now mind you we had basically invited ourselves in a way, but anywho we are sitting on this chair swing that Jesse got that was at his grandparents house I believe he said and then after sitting on it liek for an hour all of a sudden we hear a loud "CRRRRRRRAAAAAACCKK". Yes, we broke the swing! I felt terrible. I had no idea we were so obese that we go around breaking swinging chairs by sitting on them. I felt so terrible. LIke at least if it is liek a good friend that breaks one of your things it is kinda ok but when it is basically a stranger, it is way worse! It was embarssing and terrible though they were nice about it. At one piont I also said outloud "I peed myself" when I meant I spilled on myself. Everytime I see these people, I swear I come across as the stupidest, annoyingest, least classy person possible. Its so not who I really am (or is it? and I just like to think its not?)! I feel like I always make a bad impression! When I was telling Maureen about it she reminded me about my kindergarden report card where I got like the highest in everything except one category and my teacher wrote that I am bad at "adapting to new situations!" . I guess some things never change!!!

Afterwards , me, (e:amanda), (e:mk) headed out to Liars and everyone there was kinda ugly but thinking they were really hot, it was entertaining. I think I am done wiht Chippewa for a while, well for a few days at least, it is not my favorite place but it can be fun, so who knows...we'll see...tonight I think something very chill and involving nothing breakable is in the works......
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07/22/05 08:23 - 79ºF - ID#28856

Fun De Dum Dum

Last night at McMonkeez with (e:amanda), (e:julie), (e:paul) and (e:terry) was pretty fun. It was also my frist time going to Skybar which was fun with the swings and all!!! I also saw Sara Van Note who I swear I see everytime i go out now. NOt that that's a bad thing, it salways fun but just random that I always! see her!And for all of you who are dyign to see what happens...here is episode 2 of behind closed doors!!

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
EPISODE 2

INT. FANTASTIC FLOWERS – DAY

BONNNIE is walking into JUNE’S flower shop, where JUNE is preparing a floral arrangement.

BONNIE
Hi June. I just got your message saying that you needed some help and I came right away. Where’s Josh, shouldn’t he be working today?

JUNE
Yeah he was supposed to but he called in sick. Some 24-hour stomach flu or something. I’ve been swamped all day. It seems like everyone and their mother needs flowers today. Would you mind staying to help me out today?

BONNIE
Sure, no problem. I don’t mind helping. That’s what best friends are for.

JUNE
Thanks I owe you one! Could you finish putting together that bouquet over there?

BONNIE
Sure

The phone RINGS and JUNE answers it.

JUNE
Yes, this is she. Well I don’t know how I can help you. Yes, Yes, ok I really have no idea but I’ll see what I can do. Yeah that would be fine. How about Classic Aroma? Ok see you then.

JUNE hangs up the phone.
                    JUNE (con’t.)
Well that was strange.

BONNIE
Who was it?

JUNE
Some girl saying that she is searching for her mom. Someone lead her to Kenmore and told her to contact me. I don’t know how I can help.

BONNIE
That is weird. Did she say why she called you in particular?

JUNE
No, she said the person who lead her to me wanted to remain anonymous.

BONNIE
You don’t think it could be you? Do you? From the time…

JUNE
No, no way! That baby died. It couldn’t be.

BONNIE
Ok, ok I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you. Then who do you think her mother can be?

JUNE
I have no idea. This town is full of shady pasts and missing memories. It could be anyone. Even you.

BONNIE
Me?

JUNE
Yeah, you can’t remember the first half of your life. Maybe this girl is your daughter.

BONNIE
I don’t think so. Besides who in Kenmore knows about my past? If anyone knew they would have told me by now I would hope.

JUNE
That’s true. I mean you’ve been searching for your past for so long and so publicly that if anyone here knew about it, I’m sure they would have told you.

BONNIE
So then who can her mother be?

JUNE
        I have no idea. I’ll see what her whole story is when I meet with her.

BONNIE
        Let me know what you find out.


EXT. PARK – DUSK

KATE, EDUARDO, SHANA and BRIAN are having a picnic.

BRIAN
Thank god summer is finally here. It is so nice to be able to sit here outside.

KATE
I know, I was so sick of the bundling up and needing to wear like ten layers.

SHANA
Hey I got an idea, why don’t we go over to the lake and take a walk.

EDUARDO
That sounds good to me. It’s so beautiful this time of year.

BRIAN
No, I don’t want to.

SHANA
Aww, come one why not?

BRIAN
I said I don’t want to!

SHANA
Come on it will be fun. We could all use the exercise.

KATE
Yeah, come on Brian, it will be refreshing.

SHANA
Don’t be such a party pooper.

BRIAN
Shut up! I said I don’t want to!

SHANA
Ok, you don’t have to get so mad.

BRIAN
Stop belittling how I feel. Do you wanna see mad?

BRIAN slaps SHANA

    EDUARDO
    Brian, what do you think you are doing?

    BRIAN
    I don’t know. Something just came over me. I swear I never hit her before.
                    EDUARDO
        I believe you man! You just need to calm down. What’s bothering you?
    
    BRIAN
        Nothing, I really don’t know what came over me.

    KATE
Maybe he’s had to much to drink. Maybe we should all go home. It’s getting late anyway. I can give you a ride home Shana.

    BRIAN
Don’t be silly, I can drive her home

    SHANA
Yeah Kate, I’ll go home with Brian. It’s no problem.

    KATE
Are you sure?

    SHANA
Yeah, I believe this was just a one-time thing. Brian’s been really stressed lately. He didn’t know what he was doing. Besides, it didn’t even hurt.

EXT. BETH’S HOUSE - NIGHT

SETH is at BETH’S door picking her up for their date tonight, BETH is just coming to the door.

    SETH
OK Beth, ready for your surprise?

    BETH
As ready as I’ll ever be.

    SETH
Ok, it’s waiting in the car

    BETH
Well let’s go

BETH and SETH walk to the car, and SETH begins to open the door.

    SETH
Ready…

    BETH
Ok, here goes nothing…

INT. BUSINESS ASSOCIATION MEETING ROOM – NIGHT

SILIVA is at the table in the front of the room about to start the meeting, as everyone else including LINDA, JOAN and MARIANA are in attendance.

    SILVIA
Ok everybody, I would like to begin the meeting now, so could everyone please be seated? (pause) Now to begin, does anyone have anything they want to discuss?

JOAN
I do!
SILVIA
Yes Joan, go ahead.

JOAN
I’m wondering if we have decided on a date for this year’s elections? And when do you have to announce your candidacy by?

SILIVA
The election will be exactly one month from today. Anyone interested in running for president should say so now.

JOAN
I want to run!

LINDA
Me too!

SILVIA
So the race will be just between Joan Brook and Linda Lawson?

MARIANA
But what about you sister? Won’t you be running this year? After all you have been president for 25 years.

SILIVA
I am choosing to retire this year. I decided it is time to pass the gavel on to someone new.

CROWD
        (surprised) Oooh ahh

MARIANA
Then I also want to run

SILVIA
Ok, you three will have one month to campaign before election day. Good luck.

LINDA (outloud to self)
        Oh no! I was sure I could beat Joan but what about Mariana?

JOAN (outloud to self)
Linda your days are numbered

INT. HOUR GLASS RESTAURANT – NIGHT

BETH, SETH, and LESLIE are sitting down to dinner at a fancy restaurant.

BETH
Les, I can’t believe you came up here to see me. But how do you know Seth?

LES
We are cousins. My mom and his dad are brother and sister.

BETH
Seriously? What are the chances of that? My boyfriend and old best friend being
cousins.

LES
I know, isn’t it like the craziest coincidence ever. He was talking about his girlfriend Beth Lawson the other day, and I was like no it can’t be. And then we realized we both knew you. It was crazy.

SETH
So Beth, Does this mean you like your surprise?

BETH
I love it; it’s so great to see Leslie again. I never expected her to be the surprise

WAITER enters and comes to the table.

                    WAITER    
Hi, my name is Diego and I will be your waiter tonight. Can I start you off with some drinks?

SETH
Coke

BETH
I’ll have a diet please.

LESLIE
Gin and tonic please.

WAITER
Can I see your ID?

LESLIE shows the waiter her ID and the WAITER leaves to go get the drinks.

BETH
Les do you have a fake id? You’re not 21.

LES
Of Course I do. Don’t act all high and mighty just because you are old enough now. You used to have one too.

SETH gives BETH an odd look of suspicion.

    BETH (VO)
Oh Les, please don’t drink too much and spill my secrets

INT. JOAN’S KITCHEN – NIGHT

JOAN is drinking a martini and RON and JOAN are sitting in their kitchen.

JOAN
Ron, what can I do to beat Linda in the election this year? Everyone will vote for her just because they feel sympathetic for that bitch.

RON
Maybe you can get some dirt on her?

JOAN
I doubt it. She is so perfect and so is her damn family. Well, except Joe of course.

RON
Why don’t you bring that up in your campaign?

JOAN
You idiot! I can’t bring up his affair because I am the one who slept with him. Sometimes I wonder if you have even half a brain.

RON
Oh yeah, that’s right. Maybe Beth has done something bad that no one knows about. Like maybe she used to be a prostitute or a murderer.


JOAN
I doubt it. She is a perfect angel as far as I know. I wish I could take that stupid halo of hers and wrap it around her scrawny little neck!

RON
Wait I got it! Maybe Rene knows something about Beth. Lets try to con her into telling us something.

JOAN
That’s so crazy, it just might work! For once in your life you might have come up with a good idea! As soon as Rene gets home I’ll try to get as much out of her as possible. From this point on, I am not letting anyone stand in my way of the presidency! I deserve that office and will stop at nothing to get it! NOTHING!

JOAN swigs her drink.

INT. LINDA’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

LINDA and PETER are cleaning the living room.

LINDA
Peter, I am so worried. I mean I know I can beat Joan in the election but I am not sure about Mariana. Mariana is just so nice that I don’t even want to find out anything bad about her. Not like I could find anything even if I looked.

                    PETER
Mom, I hope this doesn’t cause a problem between you and Mariana. You two are best friends and it would make it hard for me and Bianca if you two hated each other.

LINDA
I know but don’t worry. It shouldn’t affect our friendship. I just hope Joan doesn’t win. I am not sure that the affair will still get me enough sympathy to beat her. I mean it has been a few years and it is not as fresh in people’s minds anymore. God, I hate that woman!

            PETER
Mom, calm down

LINDA
NO! That whore stole my husband for a few nights of wild passion but I won’t let her ruin my chance of winning the election. If that mole wins I will move out of Kenmore but not before killing her!



PETER
Mom be quiet. You’re sounding crazy. If you want to beat Joan though maybe you can find some new dirt on her. Beth is pretty close to her daughter Rene. Maybe she knows something

LINDA
Maybe…… but let’s talk about something more uplifting. How are you and Bianca doing by the way?

PETER
Great, I mean we’ve had our fights like all couples but I think we are stronger than ever. And I think I might be ready to pop the big question!

LINDA
What? Marriage? My little boy getting married? I am so happy for you! When do you plan on asking her?

PETER
I’m not sure, but I started looking for rings and everything. But mom you have to keep this a secret because I haven’t told anyone yet. Not even any of my friends or dad or anyone.

LINDA
Don’t worry I’ll keep my mouth shut. I am just so happy for you! My first child planning on getting married! I can’t wait! I’ll be a grandmother in no time.

PETER
Whoa! Hold on! Don’t get ahead of yourself. She hasn’t even said yes yet.

LINDA
You know she will! You guys have been chasing after each other since you were little. It was just a matter of time before you got married and produced the next generation of Lawsons.

PETER
We’ll see mom, we’ll see.

LINDA
Well I know I can’t wait for the day!

INT. MARIANA’S OFFICE – NIGHT

MARIANA and BIANCA are sitting in her office.



BIANCA
So I cannot believe Aunt Silivia is retiring this year. She has been president for who knows how long.

MARIANA
I know, I think she is finally ready to take a break and rest. It is good for her. She’s been working so hard her whole life she deserves a break.

BIANCA
So I heard Linda and Joan are both running for President. That should be quite a race. At least I hope Linda wins.

MARIANA
What? You don’t want your own mother to win?

BIANCA
What do you mean? Are you running too?

MARIANA
Yeah, I figure since our family owns so much of this town, the Presidency of the Business Association should stay in the family.

BIANCA
Well of course I hope you win. I didn’t know you were running. Alex said just Joan and Linda were running.

MARIANA
That’s so like him. Always forgetting important details and telling just parts of stories.

BIANCA
Do you think the election will cause tension between you and Linda?

MARIANA
I doubt it, our friendship is pretty strong. As long as everyone keeps their campaigns clean. We don’t need any smear tactics. I’m sure if everyone just puts their ideas out there the best person will win. And that of course will be me.

BIANCA
You’re that sure that you can win?

MARIANA
If you wanna win you have to act like a winner.

BIANCA
Has Alex told you about Aunt Silvia’s retirement party?
MARIANA
No, I didn’t even know she was retiring until she announced it at the meeting. When is the party?

BIANCA
We are going to have it in a couple of weeks. I am helping him plan it. We want it to be the party of the season. Everyone is going to be there. She has helped so many people in her career that I’m sure everyone will want to wish her a happy retirement.

MARIANA
I’m sure. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like her.

BIANCA
I know. Alex and I were wondering if you would like to make a toast to her at the party. We figure noone knows her as well or is as close to her as you.

MARIANA
        I’d be honored to.

BIANCA
Great, I’ll get you more details on the party tomorrow but I gotta get going.


INT. HOUR GLASS RESTAURANT – NIGHT

LESLIE, BETH and SETH are at dinner, where LESLIE has obviously become drunk.

LESLIE
Excuse me waiter, WAITER, WAITER!!!!

BETH
Les be quiet, you are causing a scene

LESLIE
I just need to get some more wine and that damn waiter isn’t paying attention to me. Maybe if I take my shirt off he would give me some more attention!

BETH
Keep it on! Les, I think you have had enough to drink. You probably shouldn’t have anymore.

LESLIE
Like you should talk. You drink more than anyone I have ever met!


BETH (confused and angry)
        What? What are you talking about? You are acting crazy!

LESLIE
At least I still have all of my clothes on! You used to get so wild at those parties back in Florida.

BETH
What? I have no idea what you are talking about! I think we better take her home!

SETH
Beth, what is she talking about?

BETH
I have no idea, I swear I don’t know.

LESLIE
You know exactly what I mean. You were just as surprised as I was that you weren’t pregnant after that wild night with Roman and his brothers.

BETH
Who is Roman? What are you talking about? Please be quiet! You are making no sense!

SETH
Beth, I want an explanation! What is she talking about!

BETH
Who knows!? She is obviously drunk and just making things up.

LESLIE
I can explain it all


INT. BRIAN’S CAR – NIGHT

BRIAN and SHANA are driving home in the dark.

                    BRIAN
I’m sorry about hitting you but, you know, you were just getting sooo annoying

    SHANA
        Don’t even try to blame this on me

    BRIAN
Don’t tell me what to do!
SHANA
You need to learn to control your temper.

BRIAN
Why don’t you shut up!

    SHANA
Keep your eyes on the road.

BRIAN
I think I know how to drive, you bitch!

SHANA
Watch out for that truck!!

BRIAN AND SHANA
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Their CAR hits the TRUCK.

INT. JOAN’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

JOAN is watching the news when a NEWSCASTER with a special report about the accident breaks in to the broadcast.

                    NEWSCASTER
I’m here on the scene where just a little while ago a car driving on the southbound I90 crashed into a tractor trailer causing severe damage to the vehicle. Both passengers were admitted to Kenmore Mercy. Brian Brook, the driver has been released with only minor injuries but hospital officials say the passenger Shana Wendt is in critical condition. The doctors are doing everything they can to try and control the damage and save her. No word yet as to whose fault the accident was. Stay tuned to Channel 4 to find out more details as we get them.

            JOAN
That’s it! Now Brian will have to do everything I say, this little accident would play perfectly into my evidence of how he abuses Shana. It’s time to kick my anti-Linda campaing into high gear.

INT. HOUR GLASS RESTAURANT – NIGHT

BETH, SETH and LESLIE are still having dinner.

                    SETH
Beth, is this true? All these things she is saying about you getting drunk and sleeping with all those men? Is it true?
            BETH
No of course it isn’t. I’m offended that you would even think that.

                    LESLIE
        It is too true. Admit it. You were a slut like the rest of us.

SETH’S cell phone RINGS and he answers it.

                    SETH
        Hello? Yes this is he. OK, I’ll be right down.

                    BETH
        What is it?
    
                    SETH
That was Pam at the hospital. She said Shana’s been in a car accident and they can’t get ahold of her mom. I have to go down there right away. Can you guys catch a taxi and we’ll talk about everything later.

            BETH
Yeah, sure.

INT. BATHROOM – NIGHT

BONNIE is laying in the tub relaxing and listening to the radio.

                    BONNIE
What a long day. I haven’t worked that hard in so long. I’m glad I shut off the phone so I won’t be pesterd by those annoying telemarketers. It feels so good to just lie back and relax .
        
                    RADIO ANNOUNCER
We are breaking into your regular programming to alert you to a severe backup on the southbound I90 where a tractor trailer and a car collided spilling the contents of the truck all over the road. The passengers Shana Wendt and Brian Brook have been sent to the hospital where she is in critical condition…

            BONNIE
What…SHANA…in an accident. Oh my god, they’ve probably been trying to call me. I have to get down to the hospital right away.

INT. ALEX’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

Alex is laying in bed watching television.

                    
NEWSCASTER
Doctors will need to work through the night to keep her alive. So keep it tuned here to Channel 4 to find out the latest about this terrible accident.

ALEX
Nooooo!!!! SHE HAS TO BE OK! I CAN’T LOSE HER! I HAVE TO TELL HER HOW I FEEL! SHE CAN’T DIE! I NEED TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY AND HELP HER! THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING I CAN DO!

INT. SHANA’S HOSPITAL ROOM – NIGHT

SHANA is in her hospital bed with doctors around her and you see the heart monitor go steady.






            



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07/21/05 09:29 - 70ºF - ID#28855

Casting Call

A few years back I began to write a soap opera called Behind Closed Doors. I have mentioned it in my journal before I am sure and even had some episodes on estrip as a separate journal at one point. Anyway, I decided that I want to tape a few episodes this summer. Each episode is really quite short, probably like 10-15 minutes if that and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in being in it. There are many characters that are needed in a wide range of ages though the most characters are in their 20's. Its like almost a spoof on soap oeras but not, just like i don' tknow I will include episode 1 at the end of this . Its not very good, and I've changed it a millon times but I would really like to see some of it taped. It would be like a dream come true. If you would be interested in being in it, please let me know through a comment or an e-mail to WalBumbalo@aol.com . I will let you know a list of parts and see if you would be interested in any of them. PLEASE!! I may never end up taping it but i would really like to try. There are barely any lines and it wouldn't take a lot of time. OK thanks

                    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
                        EPISODE 1

Characters: MARIA, KAYLA, SHANA, BRIAN, JOAN, RENE, ALEX, CASHIER, BETH, SETH, BIANCA, JACOB, SHAWN, LINDA

EXT. DELAWARE/KENMORE CORNER – DAYTIME

MARIA is walking up to the Kenmore sign.

MARIA
I’ve finally found it. The place I’ve been searching for. The answers to all my questions must be here. Hopefully this is the place that will tell me who I am. This little town holds all the secrets to my past. Who knows? Maybe that’s my mom driving by , or over there, that could be my sister sitting down waiting for the bus, anything is possible. Finally, Finally I feel like I’ve found my home. I hope your ready for me Kenmore, because I’m here to stay.

KAYLA and SHANA are walking by in the opposite direction

MARIA
                Excuse me

KAYLA
Yes

MARIA
Hi, my name’s Maria, and I’m new to town. I was wondering if you could tell me where I could find a hotel, or someplace to stay for a while.

SHANA
Well, there’s a nice hotel, not too expensive, it’s called the Lennox. It’s on the corner of Victoria and Elmwood. Just go straight down this street all the way to the church, make a left, and follow it until you get to Elmwood. You can’t miss it but you might want to take a taxi. It is a little far to walk.

MARIA
Thanks, I’ll try it out. You don’t happen to have a pen I can borrow so I can write down the directions do you?

SHANA
        I must have one in here somewhere, let me see.

SHANA goes through her purse to find her phone book. A picture falls out of her purse but nobody notices.
                    SHANA
Here you go
MARIA
        Thanks so much for all your help.

KAYLA
No problem. Welcome to Kenmore. Here’s my number, my name’s Kayla, if you need anything else just give me a call.

MARIA
Wow thanks! Is everyone here is as nice as you guys?

SHANA
Well it’s a pretty small town. Pretty close knit. We all try to help each other out.

MARIA
        Well thanks again

KAYLA and SHANA walk away and MARIA notices the picture on the ground.

MARIA (cont’d)
Hmmm. What’s this? Hmmm…. Well I’ll find this hotel and get situated first, and then it’s time to find my family.

EXT. OUTSIDE BETH’S HOUSE – DAYTIME

SETH is dropping BETH off in front of her house and they are talking in the car.

BETH
        Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

SETH
        You’re welcome. So are we still on for our date tonight?

BETH
Of course we are. Why?

SETH
Well, let’s just say I have a little surprise for you tonight.

BETH
        A surprise? What is it?


SETH
I can’t tell you! Then it wouldn’t be a surprise. But I can tell you that there will be an extra guest at dinner tonight.
                    
BETH
But tonight was supposed to be just us. We haven’t been alone in over two weeks and I’ve been looking forward to it just being us.

SETH
I know but I think this surprise will be worth it. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

BETH
        I hope so!

SETH
        Trust me, you will. So I will pick you up at about eight?

BETH
Sounds great, see you at eight. VO: Who can it be?

INT. QUEEN OF DIAMONDS JEWELRY SHOP – INT

RENE is looking at rings at the jewelry counter

RENE
        Can I see that one please?

The CASHIER hands RENE a ring.

RENE
Ok, I think I’ll take that one.

CASHIER
        Would you like a box for that?

RENE
Yes, Please

As RENE is paying the CASHIER, ALEX walks up.

ALEX
                Hey Rene
RENE
        Hey Alex, what are you here buying jewelry for? Or should I say whom?

ALEX
Well since my mom is retiring as president of the Kenmore Business Association after 20 years I thought I would get her a new locket. She wears hers like 24 hours a day and it is starting to look old. Do you think she would like this one?

ALEX holds up a locket.


RENE
Yeah, that is really gorgeous. I’m sure she’ll love it. What pictures does she keep in her locket? Is it pictures of you and your sister?

ALEX
You know what? To tell you the truth I have no idea what pictures are in there. I guess she’s never shown me. So what are you shopping for?

RENE
        Oh I’m just getting something for a friend.

ALEX
Really? Who? There aren’t any birthdays coming up I have forgotten about are there?

RENE
No it’s someone you wouldn’t know. He doesn’t live around here.

ALEX
Oh how do you know him?

RENE
Um, he um he’s just an old friend of the family. Well I really better be going.

ALEX
Ok, I’ll see you around. Oh by the way. I’m throwing a retirement party for my mom sometime next month so get ready to party!! I’ll call you with more details after I meet with Bianca.

RENE
        Ok, talk to ya later.
RENE walks out of the store.
ALEX (Outloud to self)
Sure. First she is out with some mystery person almost every night and now she is buying jewelry for someone. She must be hiding something.

EXT. JEWELRY STORE – DAYTIME

RENE stops outside the jewelry store.

RENE (Outloud to self)
Good!!! I think that Alex believes I was just shopping for a friend. He doesn’t suspect a thing. Well at least I hope he doesn’t!!!

INT. JACOB’S BEDROOM – AFTERNOON

GIOVANA and JACOB are waking up in bed. She jumps out of bed and begins to get dressed.

GIOVANA
Oh No! What time is it? 12 o’clock. Damn! Now I’m going to be late. I thought you said you set the alarm.

JACOB
Gee! I thought I did. Sorry. Why are you in such a rush to get out of here anyway?

GIOVANA
I am supposed to meet Alex in like a half hour and I can’t be late. What am I going to say if he asks why I am late? That I was sleeping with you? I don’t think so.

JACOB
Why can’t you just lie and make something up?



GIOVANA
Alex and I are too close. He would see right through it. I feel bad enough that I haven’t told him about you but I know he would tell Peter and we both know that can’t happen. I’ve never kept a secret from Alex before and I am afraid he is going to find out at any minute and tell Peter. Maybe we shouldn’t do this anymore.

JACOB
Stop overreacting! Alex doesn’t know anything about us and either does Peter. Don’t worry, he’ll never find out. We are definitely careful enough.

GIOVANA
I hope so! Do you ever wonder if it’s not worth it. You do realize that if Peter ever found out, he would kill you. Like literally, he would shoot you or slash your throat. And if he didn’t, we both know my brother would. Is all this lying and deception worth the risk? Is it really worth risking your life for some passionate moments here and there?

JACOB
Definitely! Every minute of it! I can’t imagine my life without you, even if it is just a few stolen moments here and there.

GIOVANA
Well, you know we can never get any more serious than this. I am committed to Peter and I will marry him someday and then this will all have to end.

JACOB
Let’s not talk about that now. Let’s just enjoy what we have. We may not go out and people may not know about us but that’s what makes what we have special. So let’s not worry about it now.

GIOVANA
I suppose you’re right. But I do have to get going or I’ll be late for meeting Alex. I’ll call you later.

JACOB
I’ll be here waiting.

EXT. RENE’S PORCH – AFTERNOON

RENE is knocking on BETH’S door where LINDA answers.

LINDA
Hi Rene.

RENE
Hey Mrs. Lawson.

LINDA
        Oh my gosh, Did you see Days of our Lives today?

RENE
Yeah, it has just gotten so outrageous but I still love it.

LINDA
I know, they’re killing all my favorite characters. It almost makes me wish for the days of Hope being an imitation princess and the swamp girl.

RENE
Oh I know! Is Beth around?

LINDA
Yeah, just a second, I’ll get her. Chadios

LINDA walks into the house and BETH comes out onto the porch.

BETH
Hey Rene. What are you doing here? I can’t talk long because I have to get ready for my date with Seth tonight.

RENE
That’s ok. I just wanted to make sure you haven’t mentioned anything about Wayne to Alex.

BETH
No, I haven’t said anything. Why? Has he mentioned something?
It did seem like he was suspicious of something the other day.

RENE
Well he seemed like he was searching for information from me when I saw him in the jewelry store today.

BETH
Well you know I wouldn’t mention anything and I know you would do the same for me. Speaking of secrets, do you know what Seth’s surprise is for me tonight?

RENE
No, I haven’t talked to Seth all week. I’ve been so busy planning my one-year anniversary with Wayne. What kind of surprise do you suppose it is? A gift?
BETH
No, he said he has someone with him to surprise me, but I have no idea who it can be.

RENE
I don’t know. Maybe someone you guys used to know that moved away or something or a friend you had when you lived in Florida?

BETH
I have no idea how he would find them, but maybe?!?!

RENE
Well call me when you get home and tell me who it was.

BETH
I will, I have to go get ready though, so bye.

BETH (outloud to self)
Please say my surprise isn’t from Florida. I have finally escaped my past by moving to Kenmore. I don’t want to face it again.


EXT. COFEE SHOP – AFTERNOON

ALEX and BIANCA are sitting at Sweet Aroma having a coffee outside.

ALEX
Bianca, do you know if Rene is hiding something from me?

GIOVANA
No why?



ALEX
She has been acting strange lately. She keeps talking about this friend she has but she will never tell me his name.

GIOVANA
No I have no idea what she could be hiding. Maybe she has just been in a weird mood lately. Maybe there really isn’t a secret.

ALEX
Well if you find anything out you know where to reach me. But on a happier note, I am throwing a surprise party for my mom’s retirement and since you are her favorite niece I figured you’d want to help plan it.

GIOVANA
I’d love to. You know I am always ready for a party. When were you thinking of having it?

ALEX
After the next elections, which I believe are sometime next month.

GIOVANA
Well then we will have to start planning right away. We’ll need to find a caterer, and have invitations made, and I mean all the women will want time to be able to find dresses to wear. This is going to be a formal occasion right?

ALEX
Of course! I was thinking of just having it in the mansion though. Does that sound good to you?

GIOVANA
That sounds great! The ballroom is so beautiful! By the way do you know who is running for president now that your mom is finally retiring after 20 years?

ALEX
Well my mom hasn’t told anyone that she isn’t running yet. I have a feeling Joan Brook is going to run though and Linda Lawson. They never would have thought of challenging my mom but I have a feeling they will run now.

GIOVANA
        Yeah, I’m sure they will. Call me when you want to start making the plans.

ALEX
Ok, I will. We have to start planning soon!

                    GIOVANA
        Don’t worry, we will.

EXT. COFFEE SHOP – AFTERNOON

JOAN and BRIAN were sitting behind ALEX and BIANCA at Sweet Aroma and are sitting, talking about what they just overheard.

JOAN
Another great job Brian! You are such a great pawn in my games. I know I can always count on you for help since you are my godchild. Well actually it probably has a little less to do with God and a little more to do with the fact that I know you abuse Shana and I will show everyone the video I have if you don’t cooperate with everything I say.

BRIAN
I really do hate you Aunt Joan! While I don’t mind ruining the occasional life here and there, I don’t like being at your beck and call 24 hours a day. Don’t you think I have done more than enough of your work by now? Don’t you think it is time you hand over the tape?

JOAN
Never! I need you to accomplish so much more. Especially now that I just overheard Silvia is retiring as Business Association president. This is my chance to regain my respect in this community. We both know how much the affair I had with Joe ruined my standing in this community but becoming president could just be what I need to get it back.

BRIAN
Do you really think anyone will vote for you over the lady whose life you ruined? I mean everyone knows you are pure evil!

JOAN
First of all, not everyone thinks I am pure evil. Most people think I just made one innocent mistake. And second of all who are you to talk. You are the one carrying out most of my plans.

BRIAN
I’m just saying it will be a tough election for you to win.

JOAN
I know, but I think I know just what needs to be done, and of course I will need your help! crazy Joan hand movement look

INT. LIVING ROOM – AFTERNOON

KAYLA and SHAWN are sitting on the couch in his living room.

KAYLA
Shawn, I’m worried.

SHAWN
About what?

KAYLA
You know how I can get feelings, almost premonitions about people, like even strangers. I usually have pretty good judgment of people right?

SHAWN
Why, what is it this time?

KAYLA
Shana and I were out walking earlier and we met this girl. She seemed nice enough and all but I just, I don’t trust her for some reason. I think she is going to cause trouble here in Kenmore.

SHAWN
I hate to say it Kayla, but you know that your premonitions are usually not right, or at least not exactly right. I think you just have a vivid imagination.

KAYLA
No, I’m serious this time. I gave her my phone number and told her to call me if she needed anything. I figure this way I can keep an eye on her and try to figure out what she’s up to.

SHAWN
What can you do? Just let it go. I’m sure she’s a nice girl. Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to get yourself involved in everyone else’s business all the time you know.

KAYLA
I suppose you’re right. We’ll probably never even see her again. But I’m still going to keep my eye on her just in case.


EXT.BIANCA’S CAR – AFTERNOON

GIOVANA is getting into her car.

GIOVANA
Sorry Alex, but I can never tell you Rene’s secret. If she found out I told you, she would tell Peter I cheated on him and then my life would be over

EXT. COFEE SHOP – AFTERNOON

ALEX is still sitting at the table alone, looking over at BRIAN.

ALEX
Why is he so great? Why would she leave me for him? I thought everything was so great! But then it all crashed down and for what? For him? Joan’s evil pawn. Everyone knows he is involved in her schemes. What can Shana possibly see in him?

ALEX looks off into the distance and it blurs into a flashback.

INT. DANCE HALL – NIGHT

EVERYONE is dancing in a big dance hall as BETH is at the microphone about to announce prom king and queen opening the envelope.

BETH
And this year’s Prom King and Queen are Alex Evol and Shana Wendt

ALEX and SHANA get crowned and flowered and go to the center of the floor to dance.

ALEX
Could life be any better than this? Our two year anniversary on prom night and we’re voted king and queen and next year we’ll be going off to college together at Westland.



SHANA
I know, being here in your arms is so comforting,, I wish we could stay like this forever but Alex we need to talk.

ALEX
About what?

SHANA
        I don’t know how to say this.

ALEX
        What, what is it? What’s bothering you?

SHANA
I want you to know that I can’t imagine life without you but there, there are things out there, things beyond our control, things that can tear us apart.

ALEX
What do you mean? You just said you loved being here in my arms

SHANA
I do and that is why it is so hard, but if you knew what I’ve done you would understand. I’ve done something terrible, you’ll never be able to forgive me, you shouldn’t have to.

ALEX
What are you talking about? What have you done? If you are still talking about your one night stand with Brian, I understand, we were having a rough time. That was a year ago. I don’t hold it against you.

SHANA
That’s not what it is Alex. There’s something else. Something I can never share with anyone. If you knew you would hate me and I can’t live with you hating me. And I can’t stay with you knowing what I’ve done. It’s better for everyone if we just go our separate ways.

ALEX
No I won’t let you go Shana! We can work through anything! There’s nothing you could’ve done that I can’t forgive! You are my soul, my reason for living, we need to be together. You can never do anything to make me stop feeling that way. Never!

SHANA
            SHANA
Alex, please don’t make this any harder. I have been dreading this for so l    long and I couldn’t put it off any longer. I needed to make things right.

ALEX
Make things right? What? saying you need to leave me and not giving me an explanation is making things right? What is that making right? Tell me, please, how is this right?

SHANA
It just is! I know it doesn’t feel like it now, but in time you’ll understand. If you knew what I’ve done, you’d be thankful to get rid of me. I am a terrible person and I don’t deserve you.

ALEX
Shana, that is not true! Let me help you with whatever is wrong. Just tell me what is bothering you. We can work it out together.

SHANA
No! We can’t! I need to deal with this alone. It hurts too much.

ALEX
        Don’t push me away Shana! Let me help you! I love you!

SHANA
I’m sorry, I can’t let you. I want you to know that I love you and I will always love you but I can’t be with you. I just can’t! It’s too hard ! I don’t deserve you…

SHANA runs off as everyone looks on astonished and Alex falls to the ground crying and screaming after her

EXT. COFFEE SHOP – AFTERNOON
.
Alex sitting alone at the table coming out of his dream.

ALEX
What happened Shana? What did you think I couldn’t forgive? Why did you want to suffer alone? Why wouldn’t you let me help? Why?

INT. HOTEL ROOM - AFTERNOON



MARIA
Everyone here seems so nice. I’ll find my family in no time. I wish dad was still alive so he could be here with me.

MARIA holds up a picture of her dad and looks at it.

                    MARIA (cont’d)
I know he’d be glad that I’m searching for mom. I know that he truly believed she died but I just , I just can’t believe it. I mean no body was ever found. And just the whole circumstance seemed so suspicious. Hopefully my informant wasn’t lying just to get the reward money. Hopefully my mom is somewhere here in Kenmore. It will be so weird meeting her for the first time. I feel like I know her so well already from dad’s stories. I can’t wait! Tomorrow I’ll follow this first lead and call Fantastic Flowers and talk to someone named June. Hopefully she can help me. I should find my mom in no time.

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07/19/05 10:24 - 79ºF - ID#28854

Holy Crap Hangover

So Monday at work was ridiculous. I have no idea how it happened. I did not even drink that much Sunday night, and sure I only had like 3 or 4 hours of sleep but that is not all that unusual. Yet, Monday morning I felt the worst feelings I had ever felt. I went to work , just a little late, but was basically functionally useless, if I wasn't running to the bathroom about to try throwing up again, I was sitting down holding my head. Everyone was like "you have never looked this terrible" and they have seen me in some pretty terrible situations. I seriously don't understand how it happened. I almost never have any type of hangover whatsoever, and I have dranken like at least double or triple the amount I drank Sunday night. Maybe it was swithcing from drinking some beers with the (e:PMT) and then switching to mixed drinks. I did kinda already feel sick the night before while I was drinking. Maybe that made it worse! Something must have! All i know is I gave up drinking, well gave it up utnil the next time I go out drinking, which will prolly be soon, but hey I haven't had a drink in the last 48 hours!

Otherwise Sunday was fun, though I don't think I was very fun for the people I was with. They seem really fun though and I would like to go out with them again sometime! I did some stupid unlike me things while I was out, and I think it may have made me seem like a whorish jerk. I'm really not like that usually, I don't know what got into me. And i wasn't being a jerk, just honest, though that can really be the same thing sometimes I guess. I never go out with people I don't really know, and it was weird to go out Sunday without any of my friends to surround me and be my social blanket. But it turned out goodish, I think, maybe this is a new beginning of meeting new people and being more independent from my friends......
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07/15/05 10:53 - 78ºF - ID#28853

E:poetry

Now that i finally decided to look at the automoatic poetry generator on this site, I am truly amazed. I was always skeptical and never really cared about it but I finally decided and seruisly it is so fun!! And so interesting, and then you can see everyone's journal. Ok it seriously fun, well actually maybe it isn't fun to look at, maybe it is , I don't know , I had the poetry read to me, but that was very fun and interesting. Like it is such an encapsulation of eveyrthing going on in this site, in people's mninds, and all over Buffalo through one line thoughts. In case you don't know what it is , it like goes through all the jourannls and picks liek 10 lines randomly that start with soething in particluar like one is called like Why? and it hs like everything that starts with Becasue from random journals. It is so cool!1 To see it click on the (e:poetry) link in the pink bar on the top of the screen.!
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07/14/05 04:36 - 80ºF - ID#28852

Desk Shopping, Lunch and the Square

Me and (e:maureen) headed to Gabriel's Gate for lunch today. It was very tasty, I had a chicken casear salad. Afterwards Maureen decided she needed a desk for her new Harvard apt and so we went to Neo to look. FIrst we went to eminent design by mistake thinking it was Neo and they had some fun coasters but I ddn't get them because they were $25 and I don't need $25 coasters until I at least have an apartment!! We hit up Hyatt's on Main St. because we were right there and (e:Maureen) was looking for mosaic tiles for a wall she was making, while we didn't find those, we did find some things she was looking for, for a certain package she is making, so while there was some dissapoint (for more reasons than one, right (e:maureen)?), some good came of it. We then hit up Frizb's where i got the Kylie MIngoue cd. It is seruisly so exciting. I couldn't' htink of anything I wanted and then I thought of that and was so happy. It is the perfect dancy, happy music I am looking for for the summer! WE also hit up Calvin's Furniture and Adavantage Furniture on my corner, but no success in finding a desk. ANy suggestions anyone?

I think (e:amanda), me and maybe (e:mk) and others will be hitting up downtown after the square tonight. Unoless we go to the Italian Festival instead but I don't really want to go today, I rather go this weekend. Anyone else heading to the square or after parties? Chadi for now
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07/13/05 08:07 - 79ºF - ID#28851

OH Avril

In the most recent issue of Star magazine I got while grocery shopping wiht the PM portion of the PMT today, it takls about Avril Lavigne's engagement. It talks about how she was seen out at a club in LA freak dancing with her fiancee from SUm41 to the song "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani. I was never a big fan of Avril but I feel like her freak dancing to Hollaback Gril was something she would have been hugely opposed to a few years ago, before she was actually famous! Oh how much i wish i was famous.
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