Mood

I would love to give a serious punch in the face to whoever came up with the phrase “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” What a bunch of bulshit it is.

Mood

Even Keel-ish

Dad has rallied and was released from the hospital last Friday. He’s now in at a local nursing facility getting physical therapy. Once he is strong enough, he’ll be released to go home. We met with the oncologist yesterday and it looks like immunotherapy will begin next week. So, we are on this road for a little bit longer it seems.

If you had told me last Thursday that he was going to leave the hospital alive, I would have told you that you were crazy. And, It’s been interesting dealing with dad in the nursing home. It turns out that all those stereotypes about nursing facilities are true … like REALLY true. I am hoping he kicks that therapy in the ass and is out early next week. Plus, I am self-centered and am ready to get off this exhausting “work / visit the home / work / visit the home / work” schedule I have been on all week.

So, yeah. There is crazy/bad shit going on with the family, but I am going to try and get back to some sort of regular posting schedule. I know everyone is missing posts about my rampant consumerism, trips to Gatlinburg, and esoteric (and pretentious) taste in movies.

 

Even Keel-ish

What’s Been Going On

So, my dad got taken to the hospital last Tuesday with what we thought were issues with his atrial fibrillation and COPD (and possible issues with anxiety/depression). What we weren’t expecting was a cancer diagnosis. We found out officially yesterday that it’s Stage 4 Lung Cancer that has metastasized to his bones (with lesions in his spine, shoulder blades, pelvis, and skull). The treatment options are very narrow (if he rallies enough to even be able to take the treatment) and it looks like it will only delay the inevitable. Needless to say, it’s been a hellish week and thoughts about what the coming days and weeks hold for the family make me want to throw up. This is going to be hard.

Posts maybe be sporadic for the immediate future.

What’s Been Going On

Other Things

It’s been a bit of a busy (and crap) week here. But some fun things did happen last week!

New Glasses!
I got my new glasses. Fancy and Parisian (and Expensive)!

One of my Favorite Humans
I got to see Michelle again before she went back to China. I love this human! We ate too much food (green bean fries!) and drank too much beer at our favorite watering hole.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Orange Peel 8/9/19
I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Orange Peel, The opening band really sucked but GY!BE was AMAZING.

Meanwhile …

Good Morning!
The sunrise was pretty nice this morning.

And, all that is left to say is … “C’MON, WEEKEND!!!”

Other Things

Take My Money!

40 Live: Curaetion-25 + Anniversary
THE CURE 40 LIVE – CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY is out on 18th October and available to pre-order now by clicking HERE.  40 LIVE is released in a Limited-Edition Deluxe Boxset (2Blu-ray/2DVD + 4CD’s) and Hardbook (2Blu-ray/2DVD) and on Digital.

40 LIVE is a double concert film set that captures the two historic shows performed by The Cure in 2018 in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

The first film CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There – was captured on the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival (curated by lead singer Robert Smith) at London’s Royal Festival Hall in June 2018. The band performed a song from each of their 13 studio albums with new, unreleased songs at the core of the set, offering a glimpse into the bands’ future.

Released in theatres globally on 11th July, the second film – ANNIVERSARY: 1978-2018 Live In Hyde Park London features the band’s acclaimed 29-song, 135-minute anniversary concert. Filmed in one of London’s Royal Parks to a crowd of 65,000 fans, The Cure presented a four-decade deep set on July 7, 2018, including “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong,” “High,” and “The End Of The World.”

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of the band,” Smith exclaimed. “It was a fabulous day none of us will ever forget!”

The Cure, Curaetion-25, Robert Smith’s Meltdown, London, 6/24/18

SET 1
1. “Three Imaginary Boys”
2. “At Night”
3. “Other Voices”
4. “A Strange Day”
5. “Bananafishbones”
6. “A Night Like This”
7. “Like Cockatoos”
8. “Pictures of You”
9. “High”
10. “Jupiter Crash”
11. “39”
12. “Us or Them”
13. “It’s Over”
14. “It Can Never Be the Same”

SET 2
15. “Step Into the Light”
16. “The Hungry Ghost”
17. “alt.end”
18. “Last Day of Summer”
19. “Want”
20. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
21. “Disintegration”
22. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
23. “Sinking”
24. “Shake Dog Shake”
25. “One Hundred Years”
26. “Primary”
27. “A Forest”
28. “Boys Don’t Cry”

The Cure, British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, England, 7/7/18
1. “Plainsong”
2. “Pictures of You”
3. “High”
4. “A Night Like This”
5. “The Walk”
6. “End of the World”
7. “Lovesong”
8. “Push”
9. “In Between Days”
10. “Just Like Heaven”
11. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
12. “Play For Today”
13. “A Forest”
14. “Shake Dog Shake”
15. “Burn”
16. “Fascination Street”
17. “Never Enough”
18. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
19. “Disintegration”
20. “Lullaby”
21. “The Caterpillar”
22. “Friday I’m in Love”
23. “Close to Me”
24. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
25. “Boys Don’t Cry”
26. “Jumping Someone Else’s Train
27. “Grinding Halt”
28. “10:15 Saturday Night”
29. “Killing An Arab”

Take My Money!

Trippin’

Hey yeah … I am alive. Just been super busy with work and two trips that I had to work extra to make happen.

JR and I went backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the last weekend of July.  We started out at Clingman’s Done and hiked to the end of the Road to Nowhere outside of Bryson City via Forney Creek on the following trails: Forney Ridge Trail, Forney Creek Trail, Whiteoak Branch Trail, and the Lakeshore Trail. We hiked three days and camped two nights (at #68B and #71). It’s been a while since I have been backpacking and I had to buy a bunch of new gear (backpack, tent, etc.). I also had forgotten how tiring it is evening though I day hike as much as I can. It can be a challenge carrying 30+ lbs. on your back. Day two of the trip we especially challenging at points because we did six non-bridged crossings of Forney Creek. We emerged on Sunday tired but happy for the experience.

Clingman's Dome
The starting point at Clingman’s Dome.

Forney Creek Trail Sign
The trailhead for the Forney Creek Trail is 1.1 miles from Clingman’s Dome. From here we hiked another 2.4 miles of rough, steep, rocky, wet, poison ivy covered trail to Campsite 68B.

Campsite 68B
Relaxing at Campsite 68B.

Sleeping Quarters
Our tent set-up for the first night. We kept the tents close together in case bears attacked in the middle of the night.

Into the Woods
Hiking down the trail on day two …

Forney Creek Water Crossing
This is one of the six Forney Creek crossings. They ranged from ankle deep to crotch deep. Ice cold water is always refreshing when it hits your balls.

Happy Hikers
All smiles despite the heavy packs and tough terrain.

Setup for Night Two at Campsite 71
Our setup for night two at Campsite 71.

Campsite Snake
We had some company in the campsite …. but thankfully it was not the venomous kind of company.

Campfire!
Here’s JR starting up the camp fire.

Light at the End of the Tunnel
Almost done! The trail ends on the other side of the tunnel at the end of the Road to Nowhere.

And, this past weekend, David and I went down to Florida to visit Dr. Phibes and Co. The dive down and back were not too much fun, but it’s always great to see such good friends. We walked on the beach at sunrise, went bowling, kicked around Centre Street, drank too much and (definitely) ate way too much. The Pimento Cheese at Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen is fucking amazing. Yum. One thing I realized after we got back is that I took practically no photos of the trip. Oh well …

Fernandina Beach
Sunrise-ish on Fernandina Beach …

Bowling!
And BOWLING SHOES … because bowling shoes are awesome.

Now, it’s back to a busy work week (blech!) as well as several social commitments and Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Orange Peel on Friday night (yay!). Plus, my new glasses should arrive either today or tomorrow. I am looking forward to being able to see clearly again.

 

Trippin’

I Just Died [Criterion Edition]

This is quite possibly the greatest news ever!!!

Criterion Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975
Criterion Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975In 1954, an enormous beast clawed its way out of the sea, destroying everything in its path—and changing movies forever. The arresting original Godzilla soon gave rise to an entire monster-movie genre (kaiju eiga), but the King of the Monsters continued to reign supreme: in fourteen fiercely entertaining sequels over the next two decades, Godzilla defended its throne against a host of other formidable creatures, transforming from a terrifying symbol of nuclear annihilation into a benevolent (if still belligerent) Earth protector. Collected here for the first time are all fifteen Godzilla films of Japan’s Showa era, in a landmark set showcasing the technical wizardry, fantastical storytelling, and indomitable international appeal that established the most iconic giant monster the cinema has ever seen.

This October, we’re celebrating the arrival of spine number 1000, and it’s a collector’s set fit for the granddaddy of all movie monsters! Our landmark edition gathers for the first time all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era:

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

I Just Died [Criterion Edition]

Weekly Update

Shew. July has just been too crazy. Too much work and not nearly enough fun!

Crawl 2019
But … there was some fun this past weekend! We got to go see Crawl and it was pretty much EVERYTHING I wanted in a killer alligator fright-fest.

Saturday, we went to …. Gatlinburg! Shocker. Needless to say, all four distilleries were visited. Where else can you have this much fun for $20 each?

Annie = Suglands Best!
We happened to get Annie again as our tasting host at Sugarlands. She is super fun.

Mysterious Mansion!
So, yeah. We did the usual rounds culminating in a super awesome trip through the Mysterious Mansion. By far the scariest walk-through we have done there. Kudos to the staff for that one!

And now the work week is underway … and what better way is there to start it than by breaking your glasses? Yay!
Busted!

Weekly Update

Makin’ It …

Shew. I kinda hate summer because it’s just been too busy (mowing, freelance work, social obligations). I guess I shouldn’t complain too much as I could just be sitting around doing nothing. But the older I get, the better sitting around and doing nothing sounds.

Midsommar
The biggest excitement over the weekend (besides eating pizza) was getting to see Ari Aster’s Midsommar. I really, really dug this movie … so much so that I would love to go back and see it again on the big screen. It’s hallucinatory, strange, darkly funny, quite disturbing in spots, and impeccably designed, filmed and acted. Seriously. Florence Pugh is amazing in this movie! After getting home, I watched (probably) too many YouTube videos of people reviewing and discussing the movie. I was bit annoyed that a lot of folks kept trying to make direct comparisons between Midsommar and Hereditary (Aster’s first major film). They both tackle somewhat similar subjects matters (grief being the main one of them), but they are totally different tonally and stylistically. So I am not sure why people have the desire to try and tie them to each other. Anyhoo. If you get a chance to see this Midsommar at the movies, I say … “Go!”

Makin’ It …