• Kyle Odefey

July 26th, 2019: The Scramble!

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

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I think it's safe to say that we all have weeks that surprise us. Sometimes we think we know exactly what's going to happen each week, only to have something chaotic occur and throw everything off balance. This week in particular was a crazy ride due to finishing up an online course, working on a variety of projects for my internship, and hanging out with friends to produce a new short film. Deadlines and commitments that somehow sneak up on you when you least expect it...kind of crazy how that works.

I find it pretty amusing that this week went the way it did. My time in Mankato has been anything but stressful and my workload of projects for both school and my internship have been manageable. The only real "challenge" that came before was making sure I met every bit of criteria that each project required, but even that wasn't that difficult to do. This week proved to be odd because the workload suddenly spiked up, with a variety of essays to write and a couple of new challenging videos to produce and create for the internship. Some evenings this week were spent out on video shoots around surrounding towns, interviewing locals about their small-town experiences. Some of my time required me to record sounds and monitor drones while flying around lakes, rivers, and fields. There were even a few nights where I couldn't fall asleep and needed to wake up at 6AM the next morning. Add that with the stress knowing most of my work was due yesterday evening, and you have a fast-paced, semi-exhausting week filled with long hours and sleepless nights.

Of course, the week I just described is nothing close to some of the weeks I've had up in Moorhead during the school year. There have been some incredibly pressing weeks where all I can do is pray that my work will be completed on time. Pray that I can actually manage to sacrifice my free time to get a new short film completed, or a presentation recorded, etc. etc. And balance that out with the fact I was mentoring incoming freshman last year. Goodness...

In conclusion, this week was definitely a scramble to get a variety of projects completed. But I want you to know that I made it out alive and felt a lot better when my work was finished. I now can take a breather and relax a little bit...until next Monday rolls around and I get assigned a ton of new work to do. But hey! Let's just hope for the best, shall we?

What's Jammin'?

Top Song of the Week: End of the Line by The Traveling Willburys (Released 1988)

Have you ever had a song on repeat that just lifts your spirit to it's maximum potential? Where you suddenly realize that everything going on can be manageable and achievable? End of the Line has been my anthem for this week. The lyrics, guitar riffs, and vocal power of George Harrison, Jeff Lyne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty is truly a soul-lifting chant. Seriously. If you are having a bad day, week, or month...listen to this song. It's got everything you need to hear to make your situation better - I promise.

No Top Album of the Week for today. I'm going to be saving the one I had in mind for another entry down the line...stay tuned...

...However, let me introduce you to...

At The Movies!

Image via Paramount Pictures

Top Film of the Week: Chinatown (Directed by Roman Polanski, Released 1974)

Chinatown was a film I had to watch for a course I'm taking online. Three years ago, I had found out about this film while at a summer camp in Chicago, where it was hailed as the "pinnacle of all screenwriting". There were inside jokes, references to the story in short films showcased...it was all pretty hard to understand if you hadn't seen the film. I was able to catch on to some of the references made back then, but I still had no idea why the film received so much praise.

It wasn't until this week when I finally sat down to watch the masterpiece that is Chinatown. Without giving too much away, the story follows a Private Investigator in the late 1930s as he tries to figure out where Los Angeles' water supply is going...and who's responsible for a murder of a famous higher up controlling all of it. The characters are riveting, the writing is sharp, and the ending is such a hard hitter that I almost ended up crying (this almost never happens to me while watching a movie, so I hope you understand that's a good thing). It's a truly astounding film that cultivates the Neo-Noir genre.

Just...don't look into Roman Polanski. Please. It's not worth it!!

Thanks for reading/listening. See you next Friday.

- K.O.

P.S. In case you were wondering, this entry has nothing to do with scrambled eggs. I just needed a cool photo to use, and if I'm being honest, scrambled eggs doesn't sound too bad right now...

...I might have to go out and make some.

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