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May 19, 2003

Irrational fear

Six months ago I went to go see "The Ring" with my friend. I didn't like it at all, and just remember grimacing and wishing I could leave for the most part. During the on-screen showing of the Creepy Death Video, I dutifully closed my eyes. I am well aware of what kind of things scare me late at night when I am alone, and that was one of them. Eyes: closed. No problem. No demon child would be crawling out of the tv in a week to toture and kill me. I didn't watch the video.

So a week ago, Kristina finally convinced me that we should watch "Ringu" - the original Japanese movie on which the American one was based. I figured oh well, I got through it the first time, no big deal. Maybe this version would be better.

It was, I felt. I thought that that fact that it was slightly more subtle made it more suspensful and scary. Plus, the plot was a little different. I was *really* scared once or twice during the viewing, and had to grab onto Cody and squeak in fear, but I was doing great. I was even feeling confident enough to watch the Japanese Death Video without closing my eyes. Well, clearly there was my mistake. I watched the video. And now my week is up. Oh yes, that's right, because at 10pm or so tonight I might just ... die.

Now, I have oft reminded myself this week that such things do not really happen. It's only a movie and, after all, none of my friends have suffered any ill effects, namely death, after watching. No matter. Even with all the rationalization I can throw at ... myself, my heart beats a little more wildly when I think of it - as I get ready for bed, or as lift my face from the sink and jump to see the dark figure of my robe behind me in the bathroom mirror. Eeep.

Ok, so maybe I'll die when the Japanese demon comes after me tonight (the rational side of my irrational fear reasons that it would have to be "Ringu's" demon - Sadako - and not the knock-off American demon. I mean, after all it was the Japanese Death Video that I watched). I hope that the death itself doesn't involve a lot of screaming, I am a little tired today. But I am secure in the knowledge the if I die tonight, I'll be taking Kristina and Cody down with me.

Well I guess I'm ready. Come and get me Sadako. Please go easy on the screaming. I only regret that I didn't play baseball in the park yesterday on account of studying for finals. But what with being doomed and all, I doubt it matters how I do on the finals. Oh well, I'll live. Oh ... no. I guess I won't.

Posted by kati at May 19, 2003 05:26 PM


If you really want a laugh, look up what the later Ringu movies "discover" Sadako is. It pretty much of takes the scaryness away.

Posted by: Jacob at May 19, 2003 06:33 PM

I'm glad I got to talk to you one last time before you die such a horrible death.

Posted by: gene at May 20, 2003 12:00 AM

We made it! At 11:00pm last night both you and Cody were still alive, and although I haven't contacted either of you since then, I assume from my "alive" status that you are both alive as well. However, all your talk last night of Sadako coming to get us, made me really afraid to go to bed last night. Even though Aaron was in the next room, every time I closed my eyes to try to get to sleep I'd feel the cold stare of Sadako coming from the foot of my bed and I'd jump up in bed and turn on the light to make sure she really wasn't there. Man, I just got over the Boogie Man just 2 years ago and now I'm all scared of the dark again! Anyway, I decided to sleep with the bedroom door open so the light from the living room would keep me safe and I got a beautiful night's sleep. See, I told you, it's not real, it's not real, it's not real....

Posted by: Kristina at May 20, 2003 10:06 AM

Ha ha! I have conquered the Japanese demon! Superhuman powers are now mine!

I actually talked to Gene @ around 11:30 when I got home, and half of me wanted to gleefully announce that I was talking to him when I should really be ... dead. But in the end, I said nothing for fear of mockery, and was just gleeful on the inside.

Posted by: kati at May 20, 2003 10:24 AM