I Should Not Be Reviewing Movies The Things I Won't Do For Love Ali Ashbaker

This week, I watched the movie Like Crazy courtesy of my local Redbox. And by courtesy I mean since when did the price go up to $1.20 a night. And Redbox,  don’t you know that I’m actually going to end up paying you less because at $1 a night, I will straight up leave the DVD in my purse for a week and not care at all? “Eh, it’s only $1 and my couch is too comfortable right now. I’ll return it tomorrow,” I said to myself thousands of times. But now that it’s up to $1.20, you better believe I’m taking that sucker back on time. 20 cents is a big deal to me because of a little gem in my life called ‘coin laundry‘.

Anyway, the movie is about two young thangs who fall in love, only to find out that they can’t be together because of a Visa – the immigration thing, not the credit card, you crazy capitalists. You see, Ana is from England and the boy is American. Ana overstays her student Visa and when she tries to come to America for a visit, she is sent packing. Then, obviously, they get married for a green card. Except, they really love each other.

This reminded me of my real-life friend who has a long-distance boyfriend. He lives in some fancy-pants European country, which only matters because they have to do hours of math to talk on the phone. That girl is always counting on her fingers. Whilst at dinner once, she showed me this new app they have that allows them to track one another’s moves all day long through GPS.

And right then and there, I was struck with a breakthrough reality for myself: no one will ever love me enough to track my minute-by-minute coordinates on their iPhone.

Simultaneously, I was struck with another reality: I will never love anyone enough to consensually stalk them on my iPhone.

Which leads me to my question of the week. What won’t you do for love? And might I recommend some tunes to serenade you while you mull the previous questions around in your brain-space. There is a little ditty by a man/bear name Meatloaf that fits the bill nicely.

People do some really crazy things for love, you guys. What about moving to another state? I have several friends that have just up-and-moved for their significant other. One even moved twice in less than a year. And I have another friend that is forced to watch Doomsday Preppers every week and prepare for a zombie apocalypse. I’m actaully kinda down with that one, though. Because there is nothing I hate more than someone saying ‘I toldya so’ and I can just imagine the zombies showing up and my boyfriend (imaginary) turning to me and saying, “If we would have watched Doomsday Preppers, we would know what to do right now.” I can’t handle the guilt and regret that hypothetical situation stirs in my stomach.

With all of this on my mind, I decided to take today and make a list of things that I just can’t give up. Not even for love. This way my boyfriend (imaginary) knows what he’s in for. Please note: this list can’t be considered all-inclusive, rather, it should illustrate that this is the tip of the iceberg. (R.I.P. Titanic) Behold a list of things that are more important to me than my boyfriend (imaginary).

  • Socks with slip-resistant bottoms.
  • Drinking/eating everything out of the carton.
  • My dog
  • Mexican Food
  • Television
  • My goals/dream/career/friends and all that sappy stuff.
  • Cheese
Also, should I die anytime soon, that list doubles as my obituary.

I wanna know: What won’t you give up for love? What crazy things have you done for love? What did you think of Like Crazy?

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  1. Hmmm that’s a toughy!
    *Definitely my dogs – no way would I give them up
    *Or my family for that matter (love how they come second to the pups =P)
    *I wouldn’t change my personality for them – unless it was for the better (as in my better)
    *I guess I would be willing to SLIGHTLY change my appearance – on advice only though not cause he made me…ie, maybe lighten or darken my hair…but I will NEVER NEVER NEVER get rid of my long hair if he asked! No sir’ree bob!
    *Music, books and soppy movies
    *My opinions

  2. Hmm. . good question. I guess I kind of feel like if you have to give something about that deals with your personal likes or personality, then it’s not “true” love. At this point in my life- I don’t think I would give up my “growing” career or my dog for that matter too. What else. . . I won’t give up doing whatever I want to my hair, friends, family. . yeah. . .

  3. I’m kind of…umm…stalking author Augusten Burroughs, and I’m not willing to stop for anyone! I will always obsess over Augusten, cry when I watch his interviews and re-read his memoirs, and obsess over him daily. Sorry future boyfriend, but you’ll never be as awesome as Augusten!

  4. Oh yes, I always eat from carton, my ex and I would do that as well, I’ve had considerable experience with slip resistant, but prefer the think fluffy ones to slide on hardwood floor, I also enjoy cheese and see no reason to refuse it for a lady.

  5. I won’t give up anything for love! That may sound selfish..and maybe that’s why I’m
    single haha..but I am who I am and I don’t intend to change or give up anything..including
    my tv schedule (Greys Anatomy Thursday nights..New Girl Sunday nights :) )..or my love for vegemite and chips sandwich…and you’ll hopefully understand my selfishness very soon.
    I almost gave up my dreams, carrer, and my family for a man. we had been on and off for the last 3 years..in a long distance relationship (don’t go there!!!)…and also in highschool. I actually recently found a diary entry from when I was 14 expressing my “love” for him. I had uni here..and he had a great job..but he also didn’t like it here. I truely believed he was “the one”.He wanted me to move and live with him..that meant giving up my dreams and leaving my family..he also wanted me to defer my studies. We had also been talking about starting a family and marriage. I finally decided that I would have to move and put my
    carrer at a hault. We were getting ready to organise everything when all of sudden I didn’t hear from him for about 2 weeks..I finally reached him through text and after texting back and forth for at least 20 mins..he decides to tell me he is engaged (with a :) at the end of the text ) and has been seeing this woman for a while. I was in utter shock and at first I thought it was a joke. When I questioned him all he had to say was “I never promised you anything”.
    I haven’t heard from him since, and I intend to sell the things he gave me on ebay :)
    So do you understand my selfishness…
    (I’m on my phone..its 3am..so ignore the autocorrect mistakes)

  6. OMG!! I love “Like Crazy” Anton Yelchin is H-O-T <3 and Jennifer Lawrence is awesome too :)

  7. I felt the same way as all of you. I met my dream man and we got married. Three kids later I have experienced a new love (that for my children) that has proven there is nothing I WOULDN’T do for love. A mother will do anything for her children… even give up cheese (which would be very VERY hard for me were the need to arise).

  8. repainting my nails at least 2x a week
    my love for cheesy romantic comedies…she’s the man, kate and leopold, just like heaven, you get the picture
    dancing around the apartment/sliding across the wooden floor in my socks…it’s just too fun
    spur of the moment trips to nowhere in particular
    getting lost in a book for days, no distractions, just me and the story

    if any one ever asked me to give any of these I’d be gone in a heartbeat.

  9. *my native language
    *being vegetarian
    *books
    *family
    * tv shows
    * my personal opinion
    * friends
    * religion, no sir not that, I’m young but I’m strong on it
    * singing out loud while dancing crazy around the house
    * music
    * style.

  10. I would never follow a boy somewhere just because it’s where he wants to go. My first high school boyfriend was determined that we would go to college together, but I was totally disinterested in where he wanted to go, but he didn’t really care. Also I would never spend all of my money on some boy if there was no possibility of receiving a return. I know that sounds superficial but basically I wouldn’t do anything that didn’t equate to an equal exchange.

  11. I won’t give up loving cats, Twitter (lots of guys hate Twitter), the music I listen to, my weird TV shows and movies, and the beach. I cannot live landlocked anymore, it drives my beach-loving brain crazy.

  12. Wow, the list of what I wouldn’t give up or do is ridiculously long, but here are a some:
    - My cat
    - Television (I don’t have a boyfriend because he wouldn’t fit into my busy TV watching schedule)
    - The usual dreams/friends/family/etc.
    - Going to San Diego Comic Con
    - Spending money on video games
    - Only shaving my legs and armpits (and pruning the rest)
    - fangirling
    - Twitter
    - My (male) best friend
    - and most importantly, not having children. No man in the world will convince me to have kids, and if he doesn’t like it, he can leave :P

    • LOL. I am so with you on the TV schedule. I may or may not have a color-coded excel sheet with my shows- organized by Tivo priority.

      Ali Ashbaker | 4/20/2012 03:04 pm
  13. I will not give up for love:
    -My dogs
    -Music
    -My ridiculously dorky sense of humor
    -Lipgloss…I have about 20 different lipglosses currently in my purse and probably 20 more at home.
    -Coffee…yeah, i’m one of those people
    -My friends and family…duh

  14. I considered moving across the country for a guy. Then I realized he was a selfish asshole.

    Anonymous | 4/19/2012 09:04 am
  15. -My 2 cats. It’s just not happening
    -I as well am notorious for eating/drinking out of the carton and love it.
    -My Yankees Blanket
    -My once a month new diet plans. I must mix things up.
    -Having lazy days…or whole weekends. I need my rest, and love it. I guess I would give that up for children, but certainly not for a man.
    -Travel. I could slow down some, but to stay in one area for a whole year, forget it.
    -Socks. I love socks. One could say I’m addicted. Cute, comfy, and my feet are always cold without them.
    -The obvious, friends, family, self….

    I am one of those odd ones that loves moving,and am always looking for an excuse to. If I met a great guy, I’d for sure move to him. Lets dont mistake that with “for him”. It would mostly be for me :)

  16. Myself. After years of slowly pruning my personality to fit a guy, I moved away for a summer and remembered who I was. It happened so slowly, I didn’t even realize it! I broke up with him immediately, and focused on presenting myself honestly- quirks, faults, and all. Life is so much better when the people you love know, accept, and respect you. I feel more free now than I ever have (even though I’m married, he is in the Navy, and we are having a baby).

  17. Things I won’t give up for love: My obsession with lipstick, coloring my hair an obscene shade of red, extremely bad foods, bacon, cheese, black clothing, my family, & most importantly I won’t give up who I am.

    The craziest thing I’ve ever done for love: I met my current boyfriend through a mutual hobby online. I subsequently moved from my home town (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) to my boyfriends home town (Dallas, Texas) after months of online interactions but only a week of formally meeting each. My mother was apprehensive of losing her favorite daughter (Shh… don’t tell my sisters) to this amazing man but as it turns out sometimes it seems that she might love him more than me. :)

  18. For love… I wouldn’t ever give up the same stuff you said, changing ‘dog’ for ‘cat’ and adding being a fangirl (including watching LOTS of tv shows, reading LOTS of books, writing fanfics, and manga/anime). I was in a 3 years relationship in which I couldn’t be a fangirl because the guy would look at me as if I was crazy… I got over it and forgot the fangirling but after the break up ñlast year I’ve discovered that I’m more myself with theses things in my life, if you know what I mean.
    Oh by the way, I live in a fancy-pants European contry so you can stalk me on your iPhone if you want to LOL.

    • I get fangirl-ly too. Me and Pottermore need to take a break so I can like, do laundry and wash myself.

      Ali Ashbaker | 4/20/2012 02:04 pm
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