Seen “A Hard Day’s Night” (366/366)

366HDNTop“Reporter: Has success changed your life?
George: Yes.”
~ A Hard Day’s Night

It’s been a long, full year.  There have been many ups and downs, challenges, stresses, excitement, lessons, and this has definitely been a time of new experiences.  Tonight, on the last day of the year 2012, I decided to relax a bit, pop a bottle of bubbly, and enjoy a Beatles classic that I had never seen before.  We watched “‘A Hard Day’s Night‘, a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the BeatlesJohn LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania.” *thanks, Wikipedia!*

The movie is about the band traveling to a concert they’re about to perform, and basically is an exposition of the crazy and hilarious antics of the Beatles, who were insanely famous, but still “just kids” in their early twenties, and therefore of course got bored at times, even (or perhaps especially) when they were on the job.

Another excerpt from the Wikipedia page:
“The film was a financial and critical success. Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films. British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a “comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book” and awarded it a full four stars. The film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films, inspiring numerous spy filmsthe Monkees‘ television show and pop music videos. The British Film Institute ranked it the 88th greatest British film of the 20th century.

As stated earlier, the Beatles are hilarious in this movie, with their signature irreverence alongside the boyish innocence and charm that made the world fall in love with them.  That paired with the awesome soundtrack, of course, make this a super fun watch.  You really should check it out if you haven’t yet.  But even though I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, the other reasoning behind this being my last INDT task can probably best be summed up with the story of how the title for this fantastic film came into being:
“The movie’s strange title originated from something said by Ringo Starr, who described it this way in an interview with disc jockey Dave Hull in 1964: ‘We went to do a job, and we’d worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, ‘It’s been a hard day …’ and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, ‘… night!’ So we came to A Hard Day’s Night.’

It’s been an incredibly special, totally exhausting year.  Here are some fun highlights of things I’d *previously* never done:

Gone Ice Skating at the Embarcadero (5/366)
Opened Chinese New Year in Chinatown (23/366)
Driven the Crooked Part of Lombard Street (28/366)
Eaten at San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib (29/366)
Done a Handstand Pushup (33/366)
Screened a Whitney Houston Movie Marathon (42/366)
Gotten Licensed to Help Lovebirds Take the Leap (60/366)
Completed a 100-Day Pushup Challenge (69/366)
Gone “Eyebombing” (70/366)
Been to Mexico (87/366)
Eaten at All of Thomas Keller’s Yountville Restaurants (99/366)
Dyed My Hair a Crazy Color (104/366)
Eaten at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Grotto (140/366)
Completed the 115-Day Royal Burpee Challenge (156/366)
Had “Foie Five Ways” (184/366)
Eaten a Grasshopper (203/366)
Visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (254/366)
Watched the Space Shuttle Endeavour Fly Over San Francisco (265/366)
Watched the First Team in NLDS History Sweep 3 on the Road to Advance (285/366)
Watched the San Francisco Giants Sweep the World Series (302/366)
Celebrated Halloween in Lahaina (305/366)
Toured Maui Brewing Co. (308/366)
Completed “The World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzle” (313/366)

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it, that you maybe saw something cool or different, and that something possibly even got you interested in an activity or experience you’d never done/had before.  While this year has certainly been filled with new adventures, the entire project, and the practice of pushing yourself and keeping a specific and challenging routine for a far-off purpose can really be a life-changing endeavor.  I’ve used this quote before, but it’s a good one; as Nick said at the end of his 100-Day Burpee Challenge back in 2011, “who knows what you could be capable of 100 days from now?”

What about 200?  Or even 365?

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