Defeated

Yeah. Not having a good mental health month. The continued pandemic induced social isolation, increasing worries about the upcoming election, and the anniversary of my dad’s death have all been contributing factors. And as much as I don’t miss doing graphic design for the theater, I do miss being busy and having something constructive to focus on. I know … get a new hobby! That’s easy to say but even harder to do when you have no real motivation. That, friends, is me. Old. Fat. Totally Unmotivated. Depressed.

On Wednesday, I got my flu shot and a prescription refilled and I felt like I had really accomplished something for the week. How sad is that?

Hopefully, October (my favorite month of the year) will be much better!

Defeated

Things ‘n Stuff

The arrival of The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K Blu-ray has been the best thing that has happened in the past few weeks. Seriously. Psycho and Vertigo look insanely beautiful in 4K (Rear Window and The Birds aren’t too bad either).
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K Blu-ray

And to balance out all that cinematic awesomeness, I grabbed a copy of the Rob Zombie Trilogy. Trash-tastic! (Plus, you can’t beat three movies for $13.)
Rob Zombie Trilogy

One of the other things I have done recently has been to separate my regular Twitter from my porn Twitter. Now my regular followers won’t see when I like or comment on some really hot porn tweet. Ha, ha.

Meanwhile, I am obsessing over remixes of Madonna’s Erotica.

Things ‘n Stuff

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Ugh. I have lots of ennui. 2020 just keeps up its endless grind. I feel VERY unmotivated. Hence the lack of updates here.

Some non-exciting things that have happened:
– Went on a short hike.
– Bought even more movies.
– Bought a book. (I might know the author.)
– Been obsessing over Madonna’s Erotica album.

Against my better judgement, I took on a freelance job as a favor to a friend. Now I wish I hadn’t because clients suck and don’t appreciate your nearly 30 years of experience. I think I need to learn a new skill set and get out of graphic design all together.

Cookie Monster pretty much sums up the way I feel right now …
F is For

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Eye & Ear Candy [Dark Edition]

Finally finishing up Dark on Netflix and I gotta give a shout out to the main title designers (ARRI Media VFX and Lutz Lemke). I am a sucker for a great title sequence and I gotta say that Dark has one of my favorites. And, yes. I quietly judge people who skip title sequences.

Ben Frost has composed some wonderfully ominous music for the show … which you can sample below and purchase here.

Dark also has an insanely great music supervisor (Lynn Fainchtein). I know I am not alone in wanting an official of a complete series soundtrack of songs used in the show.

Here’s the full version of Apparat‘s “Goodbye” which is used for the main titles.

Eye & Ear Candy [Dark Edition]

Associations

Every time I go to the Biltmore Estate I absolutely have to listen to Cocteau Twins when driving onto the estate. I think it’s because I was listening to them when I first visited the place back in 1989. Something about the Cocteau Twins’ sound just seems to fit the place … especially their albums Treasure and Victorialand.

This past Sunday, I visited and just walked around the grounds and gardens as all the time slots for admittance into the house were full. It was a lovely day but the reminders of COVID-19 were everywhere with socially distanced lines, mandatory mask usage, and reduced capacity. That was a bit of a bummer since it’s one of my favorite places to go to try and relax and reset my brain.

Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate Gardens

Associations

Adventure Time [Caldwell Fork Edition]

So, yeah! A few weekends ago (July 11-12 to be exact), JR and I took off and hiked into the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On the first day, we hiked up the road to Purchase Knob and then took the Cataloochee Divide Trail past The Swag to Double Gap. From there we went down the Hemphill Bald Trail to Caldwell Fork and Campsite 41. The next day we hiked down the Caldwell Fork Trail and back to JR’s truck. I am estimating that we did about 7 miles the first day and about 5 miles the second day.

This was a really awesome trip! We had perfect weather/temps and Campsite 41 was amazing. I really want to go camp there again. I have apparently become quite the master as getting damp wood to make a cheery campfire. Go figure. The only downside was the numerous water crossings on Caldwell Fork the second day. Thankfully, only one was challenging as there was a bit of guesswork to figure out where the trail was on the other side. All the others were pretty calm as far as rushing water and slick rocks are concerned … though I don’t think I would do this section of trail after a lot of rain since most of the crossing were already at least knee deep (and that was in good weather conditions). We didn’t see any wildlife in person but saw a lot of tracks in the trail. Oh well.

Here’s random assortment of pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

And now … the obligatory collection of trail signs. Double enjoy!

 

Adventure Time [Caldwell Fork Edition]

Other Randomness

Yeah. Still alive. Plugging through life a day at a time. Blah, blah, blah

I bought four of those cool Bacardi red skull glasses we drank out of in Charleston last year. Alas, the eBay seller didn’t pack them the greatest. Bah! At least two of them survived the trip. Half busted seems to be a theme for life right now.
Bad Shipping

But, I did manage to find a copy of the way out of print Deluxe Expanded Edition (3 CD/1 DVD) of Prince’s Purple Rain. Yeah. I have been a bit Prince obsessed as of late.
Prince Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) [3CD/1 DVD]

I do still need to post about that hiking trip … but I might be lazy.
A Big Poplar

Other Randomness

Updates and Old Fartery

Pandemic life continues. Daily I wonder when the national nightmare will be over. Ugh. David and I are somewhat seriously discussing moving to Canada if Trump is re-elected. I like to think that people will be smart this November. Then I remember that dumassery won the day on November 2016.

One of the most exciting things that has happened recently was the purchase of a vintage Federal Housewares Food Chopper thanks to eBay. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this thing. Seriously! They really designed things better back in the day. It chops like a beast and reminds me of my childhood at the same time.
Federal Housewares Food Chopper

I had bought a chopper at Walmart a couple of years ago but it’s made totally of plastic and is lame as fuck. The blades don’t move for even chopping and the cap comes off easily allowing the stuff you are chopping to spill all over the place. Ugh. Now I can kick this hunk of junk to the curb. Yay!
Lame Plastic Food Chopper
Lame Plastic Food Chopper

I guess you have become an old fart when you wax poetic about a vintage food chopper.

Meanwhile, I am trying to become super beardy because what else is there to do? Ha ha.
Beardy

JR and I went on another camping trip this past weekend to the Caldwell Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a SUPER awesome trip. You’ll see those pictures soon. Yeah … that was a post tease.

 

Updates and Old Fartery