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Monday Musings on a Hot October

A miscellaneous look at the things that I’m thinking about:

This video is everything to me today.  The latest Entertainment Weekly had a reunion issue with the cast of Felicity, Misery, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and lastly, Muriel’s Wedding.  It’s hard to believe this movie is 21 years old.  Anyway, this scene in the movie is the exact moment when I unabashedly started my love affair with ABBA.  The moment when they hit the chorus for the second time?  BLISS.  I’m honestly thinking Larry & I could reenact this dance at our wedding.

Wedding Talk!  Ha, well, the events of last month definitely knocked planning for the wedding out of the priority queue.  But we’re finally getting in gear again and hoping that maybe a date and/or location will be decided soon.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Or we’ll just go to Vegas and call it a day.  Who knows?

And then this videogame, Transformers Devastation, shows up and gets decent reviews and I’m suddenly transported back to watching the Transformers as a child of the 80’s and I’m thinking, “I MUST have this videogame – it’s literally the style of the cartoon but you’re playing a game.”  Why don’t I have this yet???  Old-school Megatron and Starscream?  Shockwave?  Devastator???  Bumblebee and Optimus Prime??? I’m dying.  Dying!

Larry Update:  I won’t go into toooo many details here since if Larry wanted to publicize shit, he’d publicize it.  But basically, the amount of recovery he’s done since getting pancreatitis back in mid-September is amazing.  He’s on a no-drinking program right now and for the next few months (hopefully that will be lightened up at that point); I’m basically following his lead on that too, as I’d rather not drink if it’s by myself, both not to make him feel bad as well as it’s no fun drinking alone.  But I’m not 100% on that, but I have been able to make a bottle of wine last nearly a week by just drinking one glass at dinner.  Impressive, eh?  I figure with this mindset, I’ll probably lose weight.   Go figure.

Exercise:  I went running for the first time in a while.  Plus, it was this morning before work.  With the way work looks to be going for me, longer days are likely and motivation to work afterwards will be NIL.  I’m glad to get back on the treadmill but it was exhausting.  But here I am sorta self-satisfied at being done for the day!  Here comes my beachbody!  😉

Pillows:  I had a ROUGH night of sleeping one night last week.  I think I was feeling meh anyway, but I think that I ended up getting both of the crappy pillows after the housekeeper had remade the bed.  I slept for shit and knew that the crappy pillows were a heavy factor in that.  Off I went to Macy’s and they were having a sale on getting the 2nd pillow for $1.  I got some fantastic Serta pillows and man, my sleeping has been fantastic. Fantastic!  I forgot how important it is to have a good pillow.

prisonarchitectI had bought Prison Architect off Steam when it was still Early Access as it had an interesting premise and was like a Tycoon game for Prison.  Fun!  But after playing the one “tutorial” level and then just handed off to the Sandbox mode, I was lost.  It was compelling to play, but I constantly just kept getting it wrong.  So I went off to play some Assassin’s Creed or something.  But the “final” version of the game was released last week and it included a new Campaign mode.  This is the mode I was looking for.  You’re given guidance as to what all the features do and put in situations that actually test you to use them.  Now I’m hooked.  It’s so compelling, although like the review above mentions, you kind of lose track of the fact that your little beings here are representing incarcerated prisoners.  You just want to win!! Win win win!

Larry and I went back to the TCL Chinese Theater this past weekend to catch The Walk while it was still in IMAX 3D. What an experience.  If you don’t watch the video above or haven’t heard of what it’s about, it tells the fucking insane true story of a French high wire artist who managed to pull off the feat of stringing a wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk back and forth across it.  It involved quite a bit of determination and guile and the first 2/3ds of the film are about the work getting to that point. If you’ve seen Man on Wire, the actual documentary of the event, this is kind of familiar territory.  Man, even that documentary was thrilling, honestly.  But the real draw of The Walk is all about being up top of the Towers.  I am no fan of heights – especially when still connected to the ground and the thought of falling from that height is present – and even though my mind knew this was a movie, the way that the director, Robert Zemeckis, constructed the shots of being up on top of the Twin Towers was both exhilarating and nauseating.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as Phillipe, and the special effects are absolutely spectacular.  The ending of the movie is very moving too, as it just silently looks at the wonder of the Twin Towers from the Statue of Liberty, then fades to black.  I highly recommend it – what a great season for movies this is turning out to be so far!?  First The Martian and now The Walk!

Work?  Work is good.  I’m having to do a bit of hustle to make sure I keep up.   I’m not entirely sure I have an accurate assessment of how I feel about work at this point, but I am not willing to say one way or the other just yet until at least a year has passed. Then maybe we’ll talk.

I’m kind of interested in the Chevy Volt.  I know, I know, I just got my damn beautiful red Mazda 3….but still.  Probably just need to let that go for a little.  No need to change at this point.

Oh yeah, I got the new Rock Band 4 – still just as fun as it was when it was Rock Band 3.  But now I can play it on the PS4.  I guess it helps I really just like these games!

Down 10

A benefit of having a fairly decent gym within the complex here at home is that there’s very little excuse to get in both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.  I know many look down on treadmills as a valid form of running, but for me, it is kind of exactly what I need.  It keeps you going at a regular and challenging pace and varied incline, while also being a bit gentler on the joints.  I’ve found that when I’m running out in the world, I probably end up going much slower than when I run on a treadmill.  All this is a long way of saying that I’ve managed to lose 10 pounds in the time we’ve moved here, and that’s awesome.  I’m hopeful for that to continue…

Finally Pull Ups

I haven’t had the opportunity to do true pull-ups in quite a long while.  Before this recent move, I’d had the home gym setup that I really loved, but the one thing I lacked there was a pull-up bar.  You can always install your own bar if you want, but another strange circumstance followed me over the last 3 places we lived – I did not have a normal fucking doorway in any of them.  In the NYC studio, the only doorways I had were pre-war building style and they were metal. I had one of those Iron Gym pull-up bars that could latch onto a doorframe but when your doorframe is 12″ thick (no lie), it won’t work.  Then we went to Santa Monica and the apartment there had something like inverted doorframes – all the doorframes were set IN from the wall.  So no hooking there.  And finally, in Franklin Hills, the doors there were set into the wall as well without a typical doorframe, so again, no love for hanging the pull-up bar.  Sure, maybe I could have drilled and installed a permanent bar, but then you can’t close the damn door.  So yeah, no pull up bar for me.

In the workouts that I have been using, there are sets for pull-ups and chin-ups, but it also gives you alternates if you can’t do them.  So I did the alternates.  But today, now that we live in a complex with a 2-story gym facility that also includes a pull-up bar, I did pull-ups instead.  Oh GEEZUS.  I could only do 3 during a set, and I think I did a grand total of about 11 all said and done, but I know I am going to be in fucking agony in a day or two when those muscles that had been dormant wake up and yell at me.  I am not looking forward to my arms being immobile.  But I know that doing actual pullups are quite amazing for your body.  So bring on the tanktops…..in a few months or years.

Larry’s Current Favorite Commercial

It’s a FedEx spot and the way that the wife spits out “we don’t HAVE a reception entrance” at the end is absolutely hilarious.

Other random news:

  • I signed up for the gym at work, mainly so I can force myself to get time in on the treadmills or elliptical machines.  I’ve found I have absolutely no motivation to go running on a weekday after work.  I’m actually pretty diligent about using my home workout equipment for strength training, which is great, but I definitely have to add in an aerobic component to my life as my weight isn’t anywhere near where I’d like it to be.  Here’s some pics of my workout room at home, and I love that I have it:
29-Sep-2014 17:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
29-Sep-2014 17:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
  • This Ebola nonsense is very nerve-wracking but of course it is overblown and all the news outlets are going to fucking love hyping this event.  “If it bleeds, it leads!”

Alright, I guess that’s what I’ve got for now.  I will be aiming to get some Amazing Race Bonus Clips recaps up soon, but in the meantime, you can explore my current Big Brother and Amazing Race archives if you like!  I’ve made it so convenient to navigate!

What You Might Call Fat (MM)

Gotta say, exercise hasn’t been my primary directive lately.  And I am now at a state that I’d call not in shape.  So I’m getting my act together.  If you’ve heard of P90X, that’s what I’ve decided to do.  Best thing is that you can do a lot of it at home.  Anyway, wish me luck.

I attended a GE session in which they told us about the things that we would and wouldn’t be getting after the “transition” from being a GE company to being a “Joint Venture” between Comcast and NBC Universal.  I can’t wait to be done with GE, primarily because of this year’s medical plan.  Anything…anything, will be better than what we have now.  I also hope that since we’ll be under a media company that they’ll insist we have beer carts on Fridays, jeans to work every day, and Segways to get around the floor.  🙂   A boy can dream.

Day 01 | Your favorite song
Day 02 | Your favorite movie
Day 03 | Your favorite television program
Day 04 | Your favorite book
Day 05 | Your favorite quote
Day 06 | Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 | A photo that makes you happy

This photo cracks me the hell up every time I see it.  It was taken when Jason, Wendy and I went on a nearly three-week train trip all around Western Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy) in Spring 2002 (Oh MY GOD – how is that trip over 8 years ago?????).  While in Paris, for some reason I was directing Jason to be all sad and to drag his finger down his cheek as if he was crying while we were at Napoleon’s Tomb.  He kept refusing to do it and I kept insisting.  Little did I realize that the whole place is a church filled with Jesus stuff so it really looked like I was being an atheist prick and mocking all the Christ dying on the cross stuff.  Oops.  He had a good laugh at my expense on that one.  So after Napoleon’s tomb, relatively nearby is the Rodin Museum, where you can of course see the Thinker.  Jason was still giving me shit about the earlier photo encounter, and this is the photo that resulted.  Classic.