Small luxuries add up


I’m sitting here thinking about all the quiet I have been able to soak up this week, and am grateful for that luxury. It’s so wonderful to not have the tv running, and to be able to watch any movie I want when I do watch it without someone complaining that there aren’t enough explosions, or that there is too much kissing (because kissing gives you cooties, apparently. Thank the gods for small favors!).

This morning, I took another bath. This must be the third one this week. Three baths in one week and, since the kids are at school all day, there’s nobody around to holler through the door and ask me for something.

And I left the door open, because there was nobody there to see. Well, that is except for Harley, and what does he care?  He only likes me for my arms.  Besides, who’s he gonna tell?

Not only did I leave the door open, but I streaked across the hallway after I dried off.  It’s nice not having to care about stupid things like that, if only momentarily.

I’m having lunch with my dear friend and sister, Brea, today. Not only do I get to have lunch with her, but I get to not have to worry about when I arrive and leave. Since I have the day off, there’s no worry about an hour’s worth of lunch. And then I’m going shopping afterward, just me, myself and I.

Truth be told, I’m feeling naughty and spoiled today. Small luxuries sure do add up to a nice big whole!

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It’s the mystery that’s the interesting part…enjoy the journey.


I love to watch movies in the theater. There’s something about being totally immersed in a story played on the big screen that is like

nothing else.  I generally don’t waste my money on movies that are just as good on the small screen, but I really love the ones with lots of effects, stunts and explosions.  I love a really good escapism…anything that will let me forget about everyday stuff for a couple of hours.

I especially like to watch sci-fi movies in the theater, which is why I was so intrigued by a trailer I found on-line for a movie being released in November, called Skyline. The first trailer sets the stage for what looks like an alien invasion of some kind. It looks ominous, and interesting. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to see it. It was mysterious because there had been very little information published about it, and there was only the one trailer available on the web with only two months before the movie was to be released.

What the heck? Usually when block-busting alien movies are getting ready to open at the box office, there’s no getting away from the advertising. Very unusual. Hmm…

So, why was I so put out when a 2nd trailer finally showed up? I was initially kind of excited…here’s more info about this cool movie that I know that I want to see! I went right out to watch it, and was instantly disappointed.  I’ll post the two trailers below:

This is the first:

Here is the 2nd:

Looks like a big budget alien thriller, but in actuality it’s a low-budget film that is mostly all CGI. Pretty clever stuff, really, and I am still going to go watch the movie. I think that the reason I was so disappointed with the 2nd trailer is for two reasons:

1. This is starting to look like just another big monster movie. It’s not a bad thing, but I am really hoping it turns out to be something more original. And,

2. The mystery of the whole thing  just evaporated.

Live in the moment...don't worry about what's at the end of the trail

It’s true what they say…it’s the getting, not the having. Once you get to the point of having something or some knowledge that you have been looking for, the mystery is gone and then it’s not so interesting anymore. Yeah, I know we’re just talking movies here, but the same applies to everything else in life. It’s a good reminder to me to enjoy the journey and not just focus on what’s at the end of it.

 

I’ve lost my geekiness


I was listening to last week’s edition of Lost in the Static in the archives at Jackalope FM 105, and came to the stark realization that I’ve lost some of my geekiness. It’s something I never believed I would miss.

I looked up geek in the dictionary, and this is what I found this:

  1. n. a disgusting and repellent person; a creep. (Rude and derogatory.) : The convention was a seething morass of pushy sales geeks and glad-handers.
  2. n. an earnest student; a hardworking student. (Usually objectionable.) : It looks like the geeks are taking over this campus. How gross!
  3. n. a person, soldier, or civilian of an East Asian country, especially in wartime. (Rude and derogatory.) : Willy is tired of geeks and the way they talk.

Let me preface the rest of this post by saying only one of these definitions fits within the realm of my understanding of the word geek, and even that is way more negative than is necessary.  Or, perhaps I don’t see the word as being negative as I’ve just always kind of associated myself with the geeky people. They always seemed to be way more funny, smart and interesting. I’m guessing this particular dictionary was written by jocks. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But, I digress…

Way back in the day, I was one of the more nerdy kids in my age group. Had I studied, I probably would have pulled off straight A’s. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have to study too hard to get decent grades, and that left me a lot of time to do other stuff. We had a Commodore 64, and then upgraded to a 128, and I learned a little bit about code and how some of the stuff worked with computers. I never went whole hog with it, and now I wish that I had. Back then, I had so many different interests that I never just stayed with one thing…I learned a little about a lot of different stuff. To this day, I still can’t focus on one subject long enough to learn it completely. For some reason I want to learn it all about everything. I have such varied interests that I don’t ever get one thing down pat, but I can fake it pretty well in a lot of cases.

Let’s take Excel for example…I love working with spreadsheets. I live for trending, charting and reporting at work, and I’ve gotten a bit of a good reputation for it.   However, I have hit a wall with my knowledge and am stuck a with this new report I’m building. There’s a guy at work who can help kick-start me to the next level of understanding, and I won’t hesitate to call him for help. However, some part of me is not pleased that I won’t make time to learn this stuff on my own at home, that I won’t delve into it body, mind and soul until I’ve conquered that mountain. The truth is, there’s just not enough of me to go around to spend the time on it out of work.

I love movies, and all forms of entertainment, and I can speak with someone intelligently about most entertainment subjects, with the exception of gaming,  I’ve never been a big gamer. I love the internet, and podcast shows. I’ve become very familiar with that form of entertainment/information retrieval, but I couldn’t put one together to save my life. I’m kind of an armchair participant in that arena. But that’s ok…I can still hold my own in conversation. However, I will say that my kids have surpassed me in my knowledge of all things Star Wars. I used to be a complete Star Wars geek. All of a sudden, it’s like I know nothing about it at all. They know way more than I ever did, but perhaps it’s because George Lucas has perpetuated the stories into modern times, and I just haven’t kept up. Guaranteed, it makes me feel a little old and out of touch.

Just once, I’d like to know a LOT about one thing, and not a little about everything. When I started this blog post, I was feeling as though I’d been a geek at one time and lost my geekiness, but now I wonder if I was ever a geek at all? Perhaps, perhaps not…but somehow, I feel like I’ve lost something just spending so much time keeping up with every day life. There’s not a lot of time for exploration and chasing interesting things all the way to the end…or at least to catch up so I can stay current. I keep saying to myself that someday…someday…I will have time to pursue everything I’m interested in and come to thoroughly understand it all. At this point, I’m more of a geek wannabee…but I guess that will have to be good enough for now.

Some day…

Lost in the Static: Media and Geek Culture


I was going through my email address one day to see if there were any that needed deleting, and I found one that I hadn’t used in a while. Instead of deleting it, I chose to send a note to see if there was still anyone on the other end and, wouldn’t you know it…I got an answer! Scotty ran a podcast (Satyrcast…look it up on podcast alley) I used to listen to, and participate in via phone, some years ago. It was a fun show put on by good people but, as life goes, all good things must come to an end. When the show closed down I was a little sad, and always wondered what happened to the Satyrcast crew, so I was thrilled to hear that Scotty is doing well and has another brand new internet show up and running.

The new show is called Lost in the Static, and the first episode deals with critiques of directors and movies, good and bad,  movie remakes, and movies that are just plain rip offs. I just got done listening to the first episode, and I loved it. Yeah, I’m a little biased for being a fan of Scotty’s previous work (you should hear his music mash-ups…they’re brilliant), but I have to say that this new show has a lot of potential. What I liked best is that Scotty and his co-host Josh don’t agree on many points. In fact, they will give you their email and a call in number so you can let them know your opinion too. I have to say that, between the two of them there is a lot of movie knowledge, and they talked about movies I’d never heard of that I’m now going to have to go out and find. The knowledge doesn’t stop at movies, either. After listening to Scotty for a few years, I can tell you he has a lot of interesting knowledge, and I’ll be very interested to see where these guys take us as listeners.

Not only are these guys smart, but they’re fun…give them a listen. This isn’t a traditional podcast as you might find on Itunes or podcast alley (yet?), but this an internet radio show. It airs on Jackalope 105 at 7pm Central on Saturdays. Be aware this is an adult show, so probably not something you want to play out loud for the little ones. If you miss the live show, never fear… The shows are archived, and the first episode is up and ready to listen to.  You can find it if you click on the link I provided above and scroll all the way down.

I hope you enjoy the show… I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops over time. So, here’s a big shout out to Scotty and Josh…Good luck with your new venture!

Zombies and boys


The boys have been wanting to rent a zombie movie, and so we ordered pizza and we’re watching Zombie Land.

Perhaps it’s just because I’m a girl, but I don’t quite get the appeal of zombies. Granted this movie is definitely more entertaining than the Three Stooges, who’s comedic importance completely escapes me, but zombies aren’t generally my cup of tea. This zombie flick is probably better than most because it’s purposefully funny.  There is actually a plot, with decent comedic acting, and that makes a difference. The last zombie movie I watched contained nothing more than blood and gore. There was one other zombie movie that was good… that was I Am Legend, and that was because there was an actually story line, but I won’t watch it again because it was just so sad.

These days, I don’t want to see anything that is too dramatic. Give me a good shoot ’em up, action packed, sci-fi/fantasy, comedy… but no chick flicks please! Cheesy or stupid humor movies are even acceptable, just forget the sappy, Pollyanna, romantic crapola. I don’t really care for horror movies at all either. There’s enough things in life to be horrified about without having to watch someone else’s nightmares on the big screen.

So, here we sit, watching Zombie Land  and it’s not too bad.