Monday, April 20, 2009

Movie Mondays - Clerks Edition

What "Clerks" Has Meant to My Life

"I'm 37?" The quote is simple. The meaning is quite extensive.

I first saw "Clerks" on a senior skip day in 1997. My buddy Doug was like "There's this black and white comedy with lots of swearing in it. You need to watch it." The number 37 has been a part of my life ever since. My XBOX Live handle is Lunchbox37. If I create a player in a sports game, I give him jersey #37. My friends and I joke to this day about being number 37. If we hear someone say "37," we try to be the first to yell "I'm 37!" I can't wait until it's our 37th birthdays.

"Clerks" introduced more to my life than the number 37. Since watching that black and white masterpiece 12 years ago, I've seen every movie Kevin Smith was associated with including "Vulgar," "A Better Place," and "Big Helium Dog," to just name a few. Hell, I saw "Jersey Girl" 5 times in the theater. I've visited my Graceland - Redbank , NJ . I sat in the swings Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams sat in during "Chasing Amy." I bought porn at the Quikstop. I rifled through the same CDs that Hooper X stood by while talking about how the white man keeps the black man down in "Chasing Amy." I stood in front of Posten's Funeral Home. I went to Vulgarthon and met all my heroes. Heck, on our way out of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, my friend and I ran into Brian O'Halloran, better known as Dante. (Scored an autograph, of course.) I've seen Kevin Smith do his Q&A's live in Illinois , Indiana , Ohio and Jersey . I can almost recite every joke from the "Evening With Kevin Smith" DVDs. I purchased Kevin's Green Arrow, Spiderman, and Daredevil comics. I even bought a bootleg "Superman Lives" script off eBay to read Kevin's take on the Superman story.

My life would be extremely different without Kevin Smith and his $27,000 masterpiece "Clerks." Thank you, sir!

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