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Misunderstood

Misunderstood

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Published by: Richard Alan Krieger on Jun 16, 2011
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Misunderstood
(some dialog included from the movie "Freedom Rules!")It was 1993, and Chuck Sands was throwing his traditional "4th of July" party at hishouse in San Pedro, California. His house was a 1940's two story bungalow on 40th St.at the end of the block on the cliff overlooking Cabrillo Beach.Crane’s local rock band Tragicomedy in which he sang and played bass for got theparty going in the afternoon with a couple of sets.Soon it became dark and the crowd gathered in anticipation for the big firework showthat the city was going to give in the harbor down below.As everyone awaited for the official firework display, the partygoers started doing awarm up act of their own. For every house on the block had people setting off all kindsof fireworks. This even though fireworks were officially outlawed in the city. There waseven some dude on a rooftop who after running out of fireworks had resorted to lightingpaper bags on fire and dropping them over the ledge.Even though the city finally started their show, the partygoers continued to create a fieryatmosphere of their own with every kind of firework known to mankind.Up to this point it had all been fun and games, but now there was a foreboding sense ofdanger in the air.Suddenly a motorcycle cop rode up and screeched his bike to a stop in the middle ofthe cul-de-sac. You could see his jaw drop in utter bewilderment at the spectacle of astreet on fire with illegal fireworks going off in every direction.Right at that very moment, he came face to face with one of those fireworks as ascreaming ball of fire descended in his direction. As the skyrocket approached theofficer, he froze in fear and awaited his fate. The rocket then exploded a few inchesbehind his helmet. His reaction was immediate as he took off like a bat out of hell.After that violent act of provoking authority, I knew that it was now only a matter of timebefore we would see the return of the motorcycle cop accompanied by many of hisbuddies who would no doubt suggest that our party come to an end.I then went to the end of the street to look out over the ocean to get some fresh air,relax and enjoy the view away from the frenzy of the mayhem of fire. There I found afew other people doing the same. I then noticed a stoned male teen staggering towardthe cliff.........
 
Stoned Male Teen - So, you want to see some kaleidoscopic colors? Ha! Ha!Check this out!(He then lights a pinwheel and throws it out over the cliff toward the oceanas it spins sparks out and lands in the bushes below catching them on fire.It's very windy so the fire rapidly climbs up the cliff toward the party.)Party-Goer 1 - I'm out of here! (He and some other people run down thestreet.)Party-Goer 2 - I'm calling the Fire Department! (He runs into the partyhouse.)Crane - Oh no.... (Crane then jumps off the cliff landing about 20 feet belowonto the slope and runs through the firewall. Crane is now dancing within thelarge towering fireball circle fanatically kicking dirt onto the fire. It takesawhile, but somehow Crane is able to stop the fire and puts it out. Exhaustedhe looks up to the top of the cliff and sees a police helicopter circling with it’sspotlight shinning on the party with the police on a loudspeaker saying, "Theparty's over, go home!" He then climbs to the top of the cliff. As he pulls hishead up to the street level he notices Chuck talking to the firemen about thephone call made about a fire that now no longer exists. He also sees a line of police in full riot gear march by. People are running scared in every directionas sirens and screams are heard. He begins to look for another way to get tothe party house as he slowly crawls along the edge of the cliff into aneighbor’s backyard. As he stands up he now finds himself staring into thebarrel of the shotgun of Earl the neighbor.)Earl - Don’t move!Crane - Wait! Don’t shoot!Earl - If you don't move, I won't shoot!Crane - I got it!Earl - You think an old man like me is an easy target don't ya?!Crane - What?! I just finished putting out this.…Earl - Quiet! You damn kids think the world owes you something don’t ya?Crane - But I just….Earl - You be coming over here all high on drugs from the party thinkingmaybe there’s something I can steal for my addiction.
 
Crane - What are you talking about? I don’t even do drugs.Earl - That’s because they’re doing you!Crane - But you don’t understand!Earl - Now move over there toward the door! (They both slowly walk to thebackdoor where Earl grabs the phone and calls the police.) Yes, I’ve got alive burglar here for ya….uh huh…and hurry up! (he hangs up)Crane - I’m not a burglar! You've got it wrong man! Now if you’d just let meexplain….Earl - Oh, so now you’re the victim here?Crane - I give up. This is so ridiculous. (Crane starts to walk over to the cliff’sedge.)Earl - Hey! What do you think you’re doing?Crane - It’s time for me to go now. Bye.Earl - Hey kid, get back over here or….Crane - Or else you’ll shoot me with your gun? Or should I wait for the policeto come and put me in jail for no reason?Earl - You’re talking all crazy.Crane - I'm not going to put up with this nonsense anymore. I'm leaving!Earl - Where do you think you're going?Crane - You saw the movie Peter Pan didn’t you?Earl - Well sure.Guy - And you remember the scene where Tinker Bell shares some of hermagic fairy dust with the kids which then let's them all fly don’t you?Earl - Oh yeah.Crane - Well, I saw Tinker Bell dancing on a sunflower at the party and shesprinkled some magic fairy dust on my head. And she said I can just fly awaywhenever I want to. Pretty cool huh? (Crane starts flapping his arms and

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