Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tune In To Monsuno!

A while back I wrote about a new show coming to NickToons, called Monsuno you can read about that here. I've been asked to write another review and seeing as how my kids love the show I jumped at the chance.

Its the classic good vs evil combined with digital monsters! Suitable for both younger viewers like my boys and the older tween set! I've watched a lot of episodes with my kids but its something I know I can put on for them and not have to explain or "explain away" what is going on with the show. With so many "kid" directed shows this is one every mom can be happy with.

If you don't have cable you can catch them online! The NickToons site has lots of the episodes on there!

About “MonsunoMillions of years ago, “Monsuno,” a living DNA, hitched a ride to Earth in a concentrated asteroid pocket. When it landed on Earth, the impact drove the dinosaurs into extinction. The “Monsuno” DNA lay dormant until a scientist named Jeredy Suno activated it, sending a rippling wave of movement back into action. By doing so, Jeredy may have reignited the end of the world but he also created its salvation, the “Monsuno” monsters. Now, it’s up to his son Chase to learn the secrets of “Monsuno” and help save the world from impending destruction.

Taken from NickToons site

Yesterday, tonight and tomorrow are all new episodes! Make sure you check them out on NickToons 8:30 ET! You can also check out the Facebook page for updates, pictures and toys!

If you've tuned in or have been watching, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Godzilla...Crapzilla? Or I'm Over Thinking Things

Last night I happen to catch the 1998 version of Godzilla on cable,  Racer was awake with me so we both watched it. As I’m watching this movie I remember working on this movie back in the day. Now many people don't realize that this movie was filmed majority in LA and not in New York where the movie is based off.

I remember the many nights watching sets and mini Dinos which were Godzilla's offspring in the movie. The many scary places in LA we worked just so they can get away with it looking like New York. I remember security guards getting sick from buying food from people who lived in the raunchy hotels in LA. I even remember working on the Taco Bell commercial they had for this movie. You know back in the day when food franchises backed Big Budget movies. This taco Bell commercial I didn't have the job babysitting the 2 Taco Bell dogs as I did in my (Life After Wrap) book. I remember people laughing at the fact that the Taco Bell dog was doing a commercial with Godzilla when they would ask what commercial we were shooting.

 I remember doing work on the P Diddy music video for Godzilla. Huge monster movie, huge Food franchise giving tons of promotions and even a huge music artist doing a music video for the film. 

So then I ask myself many times, why did this film flop? Yet 10 years later the movie "Cloverfield" didn't? Both movies are based in New York; both movies had Monsters destroying a bridge and a large Army attack scene. Godzilla had baby raptor looking Dino's attacking at Madison Square garden which was filmed in the sub station over in LA's Persian square. In Cloverfield the creature had little bug like creatures they came off it's body. Cloverfield had JJ Abrams backing the movie while Godzilla had the Boys Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich who brought us Independence Day. Both movies had trailer that hid both their Monsters from the public eye and not show their entirely til the middle of each movie. Godzilla had named Actors while Cloverfield had unknowns in their movie. Was it the Taco Bell Curse that gave Godzilla such a bad rap that it didn't make any money. If you don't remember Godzilla wasn't the first movie Taco Bell pushed in their promotions, they also had that big promoted push for films like Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES,  and even the long awaited Gorilla  movie CONGO, and DEMOLITION MAN all movies that flopped at the Box office. (Even tho Planet of the Apes came out in 2001 it still suffered the Taco Bell curse)

One thing that Cloverfield didn't have that Godzilla did was a Brand. Godzilla has been around for years and many generations have grown up liking the fire breathing creature. Do you think if they kept Godzilla's original look the movie would of been much more successful? Or did the studio ruined Godzilla while JJ Abrams had more say in his making in Cloverfield? 

Both movies I enjoyed watching just Godzilla for me I have a little more attachment working the streets of LA in places you wish never existed. I remember my father (Senior) giving me a piece of the Madison Square Garden that was blown up in the movie, or the little Taco Bell dog from the commercial they gave away after filming which I still have both today. Little Hollywood Treasures like that makes the movie watching experience much more enjoyable knowing I was there when they made this movie come to life.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Mothers Frustration ~Dear Vice Principal

Dear Vice Principal,

There are a few things I  need you to know. While my son may seem like a behavior problem and that I'm wishful thinking that he has some sort of special need that would explain away his problems. There is an entire back story you don't know about.

While you've only had these problems with him for the last 4 months, we've been dealing with this for the last 3 years. It started in first grade, when he had a teacher who wasn't so firm or strict I'd call her wishy washy. The problems started then and I voiced my opinions when it started getting out of control. We were referred to SST, then we were lied to about missing paperwork, and paperwork that was never filed and then it was well we filed the wrong paperwork because there is new paperwork. Cut to this teacher retiring and now we'll never know the truth.

Second grade, this is the horror story that I wish never was. This is the year the problems got worse, when he was leaving the classroom and running around campus. This is the year his teacher demeaned him in front of his classmates. This is the year that his teacher ripped his Easter Basket and Bunny in front of him and told him he couldn't go to the Easter party. This is also the year that the school finally decided to test the end of the school year mind you. So that the testing would take longer, so that it wouldn't be complete because his new third grade teacher wouldn't know enough about him to fill out her questionnaire about him.  I cried watching a video of the destruction he caused when his paper was ripped up, at the end of that video my son was sitting hiding under a table.

Third grade....this was the year I was hoping for. Finally we'd get Wolverine some help, this was going to be the year EVERYTHING changed. The year started off slowly, he was doing ok in his class then like all previous years it took a steep dive into the previous behaviors. He was sent home 3 days out of the 5 most weeks. There were days he'd never make it to class because he would hide and then walk around campus. Who was watching my son? Who was making sure he was safe in the one place he was supposed to be protected the most in?

The IEP day  came, I wasn't nervous one bit because with all the problems Wolverine was having who would deny him services? I was seriously wrong, I sat in that meeting gap jawed and in shock. Here sat a group of professionals telling me that all of Wolverines problems weren't anything more than a lack of parenting skills. He excelled at 1:1 testing. He's a bright kid they said, you just need to enforce more that he goes to school and to each class. (because you know, we weren't showing him how important it was already)

It didn't matter that his teacher noticed a entirely different change in him when it was time for a change in classrooms. It didn't matter that he was leaving class and running around. It didn't matter even more that he was at or near borderline for DEPRESSION, HYPERACTIVITY, AGGRESSION, ATYPICALITY, WITHDRAWAL AND ATTENTION PROBLEMS.

None of that mattered because he wasn't learning it had to be the parents right? It didn't matter that both I and his previous teacher noted the same scores and that Wolverine himself had the same scores as both I and his teacher.

I refused to sign this IEP, I knew they would have to take it back to the district, I knew that I could also ask for outside testing to be done at the cost of the school.

But at home trouble was brewing that most people didn't know about. We were about to be homeless, that 30 day timelime I kept in the back of my head was soon forgotten because we lost our house, we lost our dogs and barely able to move in enough time to have a roof over our heads.

Which brings us to current. Lets see what we already know.

1. We know that further testing was requested by the SpEd district.

2. We know that it was never done, that I was never contacted to have that testing started or done.

3. We moved into your school in Jan, plenty of time for that testing to have been finished. For them to realize
    there was more to Wolverines problems then previously stated.

4. Wolverine in the 5 months he has been at your school he has been suspended 3 times. With this last time coming to a head because you decided to put yourself between Wolverine and the wall. That you have threaten to call the police if that happened again.

But let me tell you what I know, what I know to be true for a parent who already has one child with special needs. Who makes it her life's work to help others, to inform herself of laws and regulations and behavior plans and the ins and outs of an IEP.

1. If Wolverine had been tested earlier for an emotional disability, it would have been found that he has one.

2. Because of that he would have a behavior plan. A plan in place to prevent the issues we are having.

3 He'd have a para, because he is a runner. He will ditch when it gets to much for him. A para would know how to handle this kind of situation. YOU never would have been called in to forcibly remove my son from a classroom.

But here is what I really know, YOU have no idea how to handle a child with a possible special need. YOU have no idea what is and what isn't with a special needs child. The perfect example of this is when you told me "well shouldn't Racer be fine now because we punished his bully?" If you knew ANYTHING about him or Autism you'd know we were dealing with a lot more then just a bully but a frame of mind. But my biggest issue with the fact that YOU made the decision to put yourself between Wolverine and the wall. YOU put yourself in harms way. YOU have no idea what is going on in his head and YOU have no idea how to handle the situation.

But I promise you that once Wolverine gets his IEP once he's protected and plans are in place to prevent him from getting suspended again and again. That YOU will never have to handle him again.

Frustrated Mother

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lets Help Harrison! Guest Post By Natalie D.

I have had the honor or meeting some really strong and awesome moms recently! One of them happens to be Natalie D! Here is her story and lets help Harrison!!!

My son Harrison is 5 years old. He has a global developemnet disorder including speech of a 3 year old. After his sisters birth I suffered from blood clots from a c-section i had with my daughter and 4 strokes 3 being TIA's and one big one i can not go back to work . My husbands job just got days cut , so now we are looking at less money for our family .

He needs to see a pediatric specialist for a more formal diagnoses so we can access services which we are currently not eligible for. He also obviously because of his speech delay needs to see a speech therepist. We have used up the speech therepist services the government does provide but he needs more. He is on the waiting list for early intervention and we have been told he will not be getting services until feb 2013. Harrison needs help now. Please help us see Dr Jarman and provide a few sessions with a wonderful speechie we have found for him until Dr Jarmans appointment.

UPDATE! : Harrison has an Appointment made with Dr Jarman on August 9th , The cost of the inital first consult is 350.00 

we would personally like to thank everyone who has helped our son so far , we are very humbled by your support.

If you can donate please follow this link....  Help Harrison

Friday, May 18, 2012

Looking For An Artist By The YuckMouth Daddy

Walking to school one morning my son Racer asks me when was there going to be another Adventure of One Sock book. I looked down at him and told him soon. It's not like I haven't been trying, the story for the next few books are in place but just the whole funding of the book. I tried Kickstarter not once but twice and both didn't work out as I thought it would of. The artist of the last book, told me she doesn't promote books only draws them. She also told me that since I was doing a kickstarter project for the "One Sock" series that she would also charge $110 per pic. I'm thinking to myself, "Whoa, wait a minute", this is a lot of money. Because it's a Kickstarter project the price goes up? The book would be even more money than what I asked for on Kickstarter.

The last Adventures of One Sock, did okay but only okay. It made my money back but nothing much more other than entertaining many kids from all over the world. I understand that artists have their prices and they should get paid for what their talents are. But we live in place where the economy isn't as great as people think it is. For me as an artist, I would work with one's budget if I was ever asked to do a writing gig for them. But that's me and I'm a team player, I enjoy creating and making things come to life on paper.

I remember looking for a artist to draw my children's book and so many wanted lots and lots of money. I wonder if people lose their way and forget why they do what they do. Is it for passion or is it for money? I understand people should get paid for their talents but when one is starting off, we should all work together and collaborate and help one another to that higher place. I'm a true believer in helping those who help me with my career. I met quite a few people who get something and once they advanced upwards forget about the people who helped them get there. I'm not like that; I like to brainstorm and network and help with others on their goals in life. It's a shame to see how others don't think the same way. I really liked the artist who drew the last "One Sock" book, and as did Racer. Since it was his life story on paper it was only fair to show him the many different styles of drawings before picking the one we finally chose. 

After this book came out I put out my security book "Life After Wrap", I thought about putting out another "One Sock" book, but wasn't too sure since it didn't get the same reaction as my security book did. Even though the book is about my son's life with Autism, I was told that my book wasn't Autism enough. Go Figure. Maybe the timing wasn't right, were in a process of finding a new place to live and settling in the new place that we did end up finding. Time on the internet was limited to me so networking with others was sort of hard for me, also the interaction with the Artist just wasn't there. Once she finished with the drawings that was it. It was more of a biz deal rather than a collaboration deal. Never heard from her about how's the book going or I really liked your book or anything.

On my 41st Birthday recently the YuckMouth Mommy told me I had to get another book out for Racer's birthday which is in August and do whatever I need to do to make it happen. The last "One Sock" book came out last year on Racer's birthday so having another book out this year would make my son very happy on his birthday. So lately I been playing around the iPad and figured out how to make movie trailers which I did my first for security book that I posted on Youtube.

This time around I'm going to do my Kickstarter correctly and hope that I do find the right people to help make this dream of not only mine but my son's come true. The new artist I hope to find should be very ambitious and creative someone who is willing to collaborate with the project and not afraid to spread the word with their contacts. I will be knocking on every door to get this book made. I learned a lot from the last children's book which was my first time writing. I'm more used to writing action, horror and violence. I learned to make sure the editor is going to check the errors correctly and make sure my book is not only good for me but that it will once again entertain the many kids it did the first time around. If you would like to be a part of this project feel free to hit me up or if you know anyone who does don't hesitate in leaving a message. I think Networking with others can bring many possibilities into a great project. Stay inspired everyone!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bullies By The YuckMouth Daddy

As some of you know, recently our family has been the target of two bullies, this is the story as it happened written by the YuckMouth Daddy.

Everyday I pick up my kids, it's not much but for not having a job it gives me the exercise and the time that I need to clear my head. I get closer to the school and I see Racer run into the street chasing his back pack. He picks up his bag and I see this little black kid kick my son's back pack back into the street. My son who thinks nothing of it chases for the bag into the street. I get closer and tell the little boy who kicked my son's back pack into the street not to be doing this to my son. "Don't be a bully" I said to him. The little kid who's a 3rd grader looks up to me.

BOY: Fuck you Bitch!

ME: What?

BOY: I said fuck you Bitch!

Without thinking, I respond back.

ME; Fuck You!

I walk my son back to the front of the school looking for my other son. I tell my son Racer never to play with that boy again, and stay in front of the school as he waits for me to pick him up. I talk to both my son's as we wait for my daughter to get out. She gets out much later since she's in a higher grade. I can hear the little boy behind us calling us many names and sticking his middle finger at my sons. I tell both my sons to ignore the boy. When my daughter finally arrives we are about to leave when the little boy's brother and sister walk up to us.

OLDER BOY: Hey mister, did you tell my brother something.

ME: Yes I did, your brother was kicking my son's backpack into the street.

The little girl joins in the conversation.

GIRL: Why you gotta be like that?

ME: I told him not to be a bully.

OLDER BOY: Next time this happens you should tell one of the teachers on the premises, that way my brother can get into trouble.

ME: You’re right, I should of did that....

Before I could say sorry the little girl interrupts.

GIRL: You know what man, suck your daddy's dick! 

ME: what!

GIRL: You heard me, suck your daddy’s dick you fucking asshole! You pedophile bitch! Mother fucker!

My kids are in shock, they don't say anything. I tell my kids to start walking and ignore these kids. We walk away. The little girl gets a little too close to my daughter.

GIRL: You wanna see a bully mother fucker. How about I kick your daughter?

The girl tries to kick my daughter but I pull my daughter to the side before it can happen.

GIRL: Bitch! Motherfucker! You’re not going to be around to protect them when they come back to school tomorrow. I'm going to knife your fucking daughter at school tomorrow mother fucker!

The little 3rd grader boy gets involved in the conversation.

BOY: Yeah you mexican wetback asshole! Tomorrow i'm going to stick your sons head in the toilet til he can't breathe anymore.

Now my son, whose special needs doesn't really understand what he meant by that. So his response was.

RACER: Oh cool, I can be like Nemo and swim.

That scared me right there. Knowing that my son doesn't comprehend that his life is being threaten by this boy and might take up the offer to be like Nemo. I had to explain to him, that it wasn't exactly what the boy meant. But how do you explain this to someone who has Autism?

We kept walking home, as I'm trying to keep my kids away from these kids, the older chubby boy was holding back his sister who kept trying to rush my daughter and punch or kick her.  The girl and little boy started throwing rocks at my kids, hitting my daughter in the process. I had to turn around many times and this time I was verbal. Now if your going to threaten my kids life, then I'm going to be very verbal. I told the kids to Fuck off and back off already. The little girl kept screaming:

GIRL: Call the pho pho (police) mother fucker wetback! I'm not scared.

BOY: My uncle's going to shoot your fucking ass you asshole! Motherfucker!

We walk down the street and these kids are still following us. The little boy is running at us with a shopping cart. He lets go, but I stop the cart from hitting my kids. The lady who's yard where the cart stopped started to shout at the 3 kids harassing us to stop their antics and get this shopping cart away from her house. I guess these kids live near cause the little boy started to run to his house calling for his grandma to come outside and beat me up. 

As soon as I get home, I call the school and let them know what was happening after school. The first reaction from the assist Principal was "I think I know who you’re talking about". I didn't even have to mention any names other than one of their teacher’s name. This only told me that these kids must have other issues with others.

The next morning, we walk to school. I had a little harder time getting the kids to go because of what happened, but I assured them everything would be okay and that the Assist. Principal would make sure that everything is okay. As we get closer to the school my kids stop walking. I as them what's wrong. They point to the little Boy and Girl from yesterday. They came up to us screaming and shouting once again. This time the little boy runs to his house calling for his grandma and uncles. I tell my kids to walk a little faster to school. When we finally arrive in front of the school, this car drives up to us. Black guy sitting in the drivers seat shouts at us.

MAN: Hey! You the mother fucker who grabbed my nephew?

ME: Sorry I never touched anyone.

Which I didn't, but apparently the little boy told his family this morning that I grabbed his shirt and shook him around.

MAN: My nephew pointed you out! IF I find out you touch my boy sexually I'm going to fuck your and your kids up! 

This really scared my kids. Me, I'm used to threats from my security job in Hollywood. I was just hoping this guy wouldn't be pulling out a gun Boys in the Hood style.

I walk my kids into the office and ask for the Assist. Principal and let them know the situation. They tell me to fill out this report about the incident. I was also told not advised but mentioned that I should follow up with a Police report. I did just that. No way is this going to get better and if this kid is telling his family that I grabbed him and shook him around. I can only imagine what dram this would bring after school. Just last week I seen his mother or grandmother chase a 4th grader around because he called her a fat ass. There's less than 30 days of school left, don't need this kind of drama!

I get a call from the Assist. Principal and she tells me that she talked to the kids who were harassing my self and my kids. She continues with that the little boy admitted to what they did, and claimed that I grabbed him by the shirt and shook him. I told her that she could talk to my kids and ask them if there was any truth to the little boy's story. Once again they mentioned about the police since their Uncle did threaten me and the kids. I call the police they tell me that their school police are busy till after 12pm cause their in a special meeting. When the officer finally shows up I tell him the whole story.

OFFICER: Did you grab the boy by his shirt?

ME: OF course I didn't. After school there are over 200 hundred people, kids and parents. Don't you think if I did what the boy says I did, someone would of said something or reported it to the school officials. I would be banned from the school. 

I did tell the officer that I was very verbal after my kids life was threaten and when they were getting hit by rocks and almost a shopping cart. The Officer takes my report and tells me he will be there after school and will be talking with the Assist Principal and the student’s parents. I pick up my kids and talk with the Principal and told that this will not be tolerated and will also be taken cared of. I let them know that it was only 2 of the 3 kids that was starting trouble. 

The school police come around later that day and tell me he talked with the parents of the kids. He also told me I should not be so verbal with little kids. I let him know if someone threatens my kids life, then shits going to get real. 

OFFICER: Do you have a phone?

ME: Yes.

OFFICER: Do you have a camera on your phone?

ME: Yes.

OFFICER: Next time video tape what happened. Youtube is a very powerful weapon.

He was so right. I haven't had my phone on for like 4 months and when I finally do have my phone on I didn't put it for good use. I didn't even think about video taping this whole situation. I'm going to have to make sure I make use of my video camera pn my phone next time around.

I find out the little boy has in school suspension and the little girl got suspended for a day or two. Not sure if I agree with the in school suspension, with less than 30 days of school left, I'm still very nervous for my kids. I know my two older kids can defend themselves. But as for my younger son (racer) who's in the 1st grade and thinking chasing after his back pack in the street was a game makes me very nervous for future bullies.