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Here and Now

philosopher’s blog, perspective date 131022:11

Yesterday I went to a thrift store, or as I call it the living museum of failed and broken consumer technologies. Levels below antique stores and convention booth hierarchies. I’ve had many visions awake and dreaming of using my next van to be one of those vendor circuit guys, looking for a cute to be my vendor booth babe.

The merch (and the dated store music) triggers all kinds of lost memories when you see something you haven’t seen since you were little. I’ve had to dig a lot of piles of mental dirt to look back on the jobs I’ve had, to analyze experience and also learn from when I’ve failed. I take the good and bad and use it in my notes to list my body of experience or to look for drama “write what you know,” as I try to figure out life’s experiences for my writing projects.

It’s strange that we’re closer to “retirement” age closer than our first jobs. There are people who don’t need to retire because they managed to make a living off their hobbies, what they love. With my life, I’m still looking at least 3 more businesses to join and leave or watch close. I’ve been told my birthsign is the detective and director, who not only has to figure out the main character, but all the other characters, places and objects on the board, where they came from and where they’re going.

Zen, everything branching from here, now, to the past and future. To worry over, or to be enjoyed and planned like a vacation.

2013/10/22 Posted by | Single malts | , | Leave a comment

What are some good scary DVD rents for October?

Gotta admit, I’m a huge fan of (ye olde mail in) netflix! I want to support the USPS from being shut down by a certain political party who only wants to raid their 70+ year pension fund requirement after it fails from such impossible business model.

I was raised during the era of comic book mail ins, I fell for and to this day still satisfied at all the little toys I got in the mail for under $5. Who doesn’t love getting something in the mail, even if- especially if it’s a card with actual hand written sentiments? Not talking about batch texted, “merry xmas day everyone!” (didn‘t get you anything).

So I mastered a 3 day plan, theoretically if I mail a movie back every day, I should always be receiving a movie 6/ 5 (on 3 day weekends like this) days each week.

I decided to have my 3rd Scary movie Rocktober. One year, I made the mistake of thinking it would be fun to rent documentaries and was actually horrified that rivaled my final cable binge the week after 9/11. Some of you know this, so bad I haven’t had cable since.

The second year, I decided to see movies I call “red corn syrup” films, hokey and knowingly fake so I could enjoy it. I had to avenge that horrible industry/ political docu year. It did make me more aware and a physically present activist, but whew. I focused on classical movie series like Chucky and got to appreciate not only Freddy, but the messages of those that fought the evil, good and bad. Even the bad movie had redeeming qualities, like inform other kids how to deal with, and organize with others to combat the fears (Jason) presented. More importantly, how to exploit the weaknesses of predators, even though you’re scared shitless at the time. Freddie, like Dr. Cox in Scrubs has a reputation of being an asshole, but they’re actually teaching a lot of resilience and facing different levels of cowardice and avoidance.

So this year, I have rented a bunch of movies/ shows that have been awesome so far. I know awesome gets overused, but it’s tough to find a new word/ phrase that society doesn’t whore out until it means nothing. “Feel good!” “amaze balls!” “A love letter to….!” “coming of age!”

With a choice of 2 odd families, I passed Munsters for The Addams Family. I loved the reboot movies, although the rap element was on the dark side of hokey, which is odd in a supposed twisted movie to that bent. Cant’ beat the original? Is it a victim of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SeinfeldIsUnfunny ? It had a case of “it’ll warp society!” And now, it’s completely tame and may even be relegated to quirky in today’s standards.

Creepshow series! I LOVE this, I’m on disk 2 right now. Everyone from the early 90’s is in this and also, how the hell did I not know anyone with HBO in the 90’s to be exposed to this?! And apparently on myspace, it was before the netflix binge watching era where everyone recommends a dozen different series “you should see.” Again, I’m hoping some pre 9/11 movies make a comeback before all this dark anti-here dad/ entitled socialite crap. The bad guys were as homicidal, but their trendy wardrobe at least makes them hilarious (blonde afro Mohawk!?)

Monster Squad! I loved this, another example of movie/ series released just in the last 5 years that I hope get popular, beating current popular trends.

New Scooby doo! First of all, best cartoon in the category of youngn’s exposing greedy old guys who control people with fear to profit from them. Wish they would go to congress, amirite people? Well this incarnation is aware of it’s own tropes, has more suspects and red herrings and is actually difficult for even us old folk to figure out. Although, I have seen a couple fo random elements you couldn’t even guess (I.e. pictures being developed and only revealed when the baddie is revealed). and apparently there’s a series arc that addresses actual problems with local economy?!  from all the people around town they exposed. Deep.

Walking dead & Grimm. I saw a whole season of each of these (random library season rental). With walking dead, I need to go back and see season 1, so it’s like a prequel to me. I got into both and decided to pick this month to get caught up. With walking dead, I think a nihilistic side of me likes the elimination round of characters that apparently can’t be brought back after they’re killed. New info flashbacks are okay, but certainly now meeting someone new that is a RINGER for them! That’s bullshit.

And there are others, I’ve already gone on. What good Halloween movie (series) and tv shows are good to see?

 

2013/10/12 Posted by | MOVIE SIGN! | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Airborne Turkey Day

Trainer’s blog, reserve date: 131011:16

I had a dream that I went to Bonnie springs and they needed help.

I actually wanted to apply there before and went as far as to talk to employees there and the woman at the hotel “in the real“. They do have arrangements. It was definitely a fantasy place, even when it gets frosty in the winter. I could imagine bringing pig cloth or hay out to help keep the animals keep warm over winter. I even worry about them not being there when I read reports online about winter in the Red Rock valley.

They hired me and apparently I had specialized in this at some point, working with animals before.

Cue the montage where I’m teaching turkeys how to fly. Last time I was there, they had 2 turkeys they were taking care of. They were somewhat domesticated and allowed me to approach, feed and pet them.

In my dream I was trying to get them to exercise their wingspan by acting out opening my wings: a cape. Kinda sit com-my, but it was serious in the dream. Then I brought all kinds of flying birds near them to demonstrate, like pigeons. I held them as they expanded their wings.

Cut to me trying to get a hawk to cooperate and it didn’t go so well. I think Hutton did a better job hosting falcons.

I wasn’t trying to teach them to fly right off, I was trying to get them to exercise their wingspan and flap their wings to build up muscle thru exercise. I couldn’t really chase them, but I did have to figure out how to get them running and flapping on their own volition. It did involve removing all their food containers and instead stringing a large plastic open container and dragging it filled with food for them to “pursue.”

I knew I was making progress when they were drinking more water. I joined them with my cup of water and I imagined we were sitting around like an office coffee break, looking around, breathing reflectively.

Should I say spoilers? It’s not that I got turkeys to fly, but they did get leaner, stronger and any time someone walked by with an ax, they were able to properly defend themselves.

And then Bonnie herself, in her walker, led me over to another area where they got some new residents from the recently closed Vegas Zoo: Ostriches. (I don’t know if the ostriches happened in real life, but the Zoo was closed.)

When I woke up, I thought this was a dream about thanksgiving coming up. Over the past few years I have decided that Columbus day would be indigenous Veterans day, or Native American reparations day, where I go some place to enjoy fry bread, and debate whether or not to include endangered buffalo meat dish. I’d probably sub plain ol’ popcorn.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_cuisine#Southeastern_Native_American_cuisine

As I typed this, I’m realizing what else it could mean. And that it came from my own mind is a definite kick in the pants that I have to use.

Every Thanksgiving, I want to not eat Turkey. But I have volunteered at kitchens and of course it’s the main attraction of the day, it seems like an insult to not eat the main course that mothers/ parents have waited in line to feed their kids. If I didn’t volunteer, I wouldn’t eat turkey. I even gave up my favorite turkey bacon when I limited meat on my diet. It was easier after reading about the usda articles.

 

 

2013/10/11 Posted by | Single malts | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment