Ok, first post in WordPress. It’s going to be a stunner (not so much). Really scintillating (nope, not a bit). You’re never going to want to leave (you’re going to go back to Facebook to see a pic of your friend’s awesome dinner).
First up: Caught The Conjuring today. Actually had enough scares to keep me interested, which is difficult for me as I’m a jaded hag when it comes to horror. It was well cast . Patrick Wilson never disappoints, and neither do Lily Taylor, Ron Livingston or Vera Farmiga. The supporting cast was good as well. Some of the scares were cheap thrills, which I’ve come to expect in most horror with a supernatural lean, but there were a couple that I felt were fresher. I’m familiar with the Warrens as well (thanks Mysteries at the Museum), which gave me some common ground to work with.
Crabby Patties: I’m only recently retired and am still adjusting. I’m young to be collecting a pension, and that’s a tad worrisome on certain days. This, combined with a touch of boredom, makes for days in which I’m a bit less patient than normal. Hence, I’ve taken to calling myself Crabby Patties when I feel this way. My father assures me it’s a passing thing. I have attempted dosing myself with caffeine and chocolate, which works, but the seedy underbelly of chocolate dealing in my town makes me feel dirty (I’m talking to you mini-mart near my house that carries far too many tasty options).
Never too early: Halloween is hands-down my favorite holiday. I love Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, but I feel like Christmas is a tad overwhelming for me and my family. Halloween is on a different level. I can let out my inner zombie, get to pass out chocolate to others (thus spreading my bad habits), get to visit a lot of cool haunts in which teenagers attempt to scare me (‘attempt’ being the key word there), and get to watch a lot of great horror during the whole month (thanks cable tv). So, given these facts, I have started crafting new props for my house. Pinterest (which is kind of the devil) is loaded with Halloween ideas, many of which are really effective and cheap. One I used to great effect last year was a simple gag using some cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels. I cut evil eye holes out of them, painted the outside green and the inside black. I then put a glow stick inside and stuck them in the bushes in front of my home. It made it look like my bushes were about to eat the neighborhood kids. Heh heh heh… Now that I’m retired, I can really do it up right. I think I’ll turn the front yard into a cemetery.
SDCC blues: Ok, I missed San Diego ComicCon this year, and that sucks. I was able to keep up with some of it via YouTube and relied on some friends to keep me updated, however this pales in comparison with actual attendance. The problem is that the chance of getting into any panels that I would actually want to attend are slim to none. I think it’s time to find a convention that’s smaller but still includes a lot of the same content. I think Emerald City is about to be on my agenda. Or I could just hold my own con at my house. I would screen movies (that I already owned on DVD), have guests (probably just some friends who are nerds), have a sales floor (although I wouldn’t actually part with my nerd gear), and offer outrageously expensive snacks and sodas (I would totally do this part up right). I would also offer my guest room at three times the normal rate I charge. It would feel very much like SDCC where the food and accommodations are concerned.
Godzilla: I am very excited about the new Godzilla film scheduled for next year. All reports I’ve read say this Godzilla’s look will be much more in line with the original Toho version. This is good news because the American version with Matthew Broderick stunk worse than a dead fish left in a hot car. Legendary Studios apparently had a very cool thing at SDCC this year. They took over an abandoned business in the Gaslamp area and made a whole Godzilla experience. I’m green with envy. GREEN! GEEK SMASH!
Baby crazy: All I keep seeing on the news is that the royal baby has been born. I was over it before she was pregnant. Sorry royal baby watchers.
Now that you’ve been thoroughly entertained (by your belly button lint), please feel free to roam about the internet.