Chick-fil-A & Green Zone

Today was the first real day of my spring break. I woke up at – wait for it – 11 am. The latest I’ve woken up in a long time. A full nine hours of sleep. And you know what? I felt…more tired.

My high school buddy Xavier picked me up from the hotel, and we met up with Chris, Edward, and Justin at Chick-fil-A. It was hard to control my excitement as the building and red Chick-fil-A logo loomed into view.

I ordered my usual: a #1 deluxe meal with lemonade, with three packets of barbecue sauce and one packet of Polynesian sauce. I happily enjoyed the perfectly cooked chicken sandwich and chomped on some waffle fries. Life was good.

Chick-fil-A is definitely one of my favorite fast food restaurants. The food is always fresh, the management and workers are always friendly, and I always go in feeling hungry and come out full. Not to mention all the Chick-fil-A runs back in high school. Good times.

After lunch, we visited our high school, South Hills High. Nothing much had changed. I talked to my AP Lang/journalism teacher, Mr. Ryan, and was glad to hear that everything was running smoothly. We talked to some seniors and I even ran into my little brother. Well, I sort of told him I was at campus…

Soon, we were chilling at my house, playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and just catching up with each other. By 4 pm, we headed to the movie theater to catch the new Matt Damon Iraq war thriller, Green Zone.

Quick synopsis: Green Zone stars Matt Damon as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, who commands a squad looking for weapons of mass destruction in the opening months of the Iraq war. After turning up empty handed following several warehouse raids, Miller begins to question his intel, and finds himself wrapped up in a huge government conspiracy.

The movie itself is a Bourne Ultimatum meets Iraq, with dizzying running camera shots and explosions galore. The story is loosely based on actual events of the war, and makes good use of detail.

Verdict? An enjoyable action film with a storyline that underscores the deception of our government at the start of the war, complete with guns, explosions, and fights.

Although there were definitely some cliches in script and characters, as well as a sensational conspiracy, the little details here and there of the war and its effect on ordinary Iraqi citizens made me appreciate the movie a lot more.

That was day one of spring break. I can’t wait for tomorrow. Now time to do some homework.

Encourage Glen not to do all his homework/studying/papers on the last day at

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