Springy Sprung

Yeah. So the 20th year of my blog is going swimmingly. Ha, ha.

The short version of what’s been happening is that the winter sucked. Like sucked hard. Like nearly made me totally insane sucked. If there wasn’t crap going on with me, then it was going on with David.

Spring has rolled around and things seem to be going better for both of us, but now we have a friend that is making things a bit miserable because he is going through a breakup and is lashing out at all his friends. Fun.


I couldn’t resist buying this shirt … because it’s true. Ha, ha.
Nice Dick Too

Springy Sprung

Getting Back

Yeah. I am working on getting back to posting here. Life has seriously been a struggle lately … since the end of October really. Things have finally felt like they have been getting back to some sort of normalcy over the last few weeks. Maybe one day I’ll type all the craziness and mental anguish here. Beginnings. Endings. Nakedness. All sorts of shit.

Meanwhile, Criterion is bringing it in May with a 4K release of Thelma & Louise and a Blu-ray of Peter Bogdanovich’s underrated first feature film, Targets. Color me stupidly excited!

Getting Back

Tooth or Dare!

So, my time at The Magnetic Theatre and their 3rd Annual One Act Play Festival ended on November 13th. Tooth or Dare (about a couple’s run-in with a pissed-off Tooth Fairy) was a lot of fun to do. The audiences seems to really like it and we got voted to be in the Best of the Fest! performance on the final Sunday. Out of the 20 short plays that were presented, only six were voted in to do the final performance. Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Tooth or Dare!

20 Damn Years

And here we are. 20 years later.

November 21, 2002 was when it all started.

When I acquired my first web address and started blogging, I never thought that I would keep at it this long. It seemed like a laugh at the time. But, slowly, people started reading my rambling about movies and theater and hikes and such. They stayed through several name changes in the early days, several domain name changes (cgm13.com to cgm13.net to theboywonder.net), and my migration from Blogger to WordPress. They even stayed through my (first) depression, my anxiety-laden years, and obsessive porn posts (with lots of hot naked men doing hot naked things with big, throbbing cocks). I met some really cool people via this blog. Some still speak to me and some don’t (which still kinda hurts). There have been some dry spells when I felt like I didn’t have anything going on that was exciting enough to post about. Those seem to happen more and more these days. Keeping an online blog seems quite old-fashioned in this age of Facebook/Insta/Twitter/TikTok. Honestly, there have been times that I have thought about bagging this site altogether. But, for some reason, I just can’t let it go. This blog is like an old friend. Some days I find myself reading back through the archives and remembering the good (and bad) times. I do kick myself now for some of the vague postings I did “back in the day” because I am older and can’t remember what a lot of the vaguery is about. I know readership isn’t what it used to be back in this blog’s heyday. I don’t care. This is really more for me than anyone else. But, if you are still around and checking in on me, it’s really appreciated. Let’s see if this thing lasts another 20 years.

Happy Birthday, oh blog of mine!

20 Damn Years

A Return

In the last few weeks, I have made a return (somewhat) to doing theater-y kinds of things after not having been onstage in well over three years.

After 30-plus years at the helm, the Executive Director of the local theater is retiring. A couple of weekends ago, there was an event at the theater to celebrate his time there. Part of the event was a retrospective of his time in charge and I was asked to sing a duet from one of his favorite shows he directed (I was in the original production). I must say that it did feel really weird to sing that song while holding a microphone. I’m only used that on karaoke night in the local bar. Ha, ha.

Retirement Performance Performers
Here’s the group of fine folks that spoke and performed that evening.

And, I am currently in rehearsal for the short play Tooth or Dare that’s part of The Magnetic Theatre‘s 3rd Annual One Act Play Festival.  It’s been fun to rehearse so far and I had forgotten how awesome the discovery process is during rehearsals. Plus, it’s been pretty light duty (as far as a time commitment) since our piece runs about ten minutes. Only three more rehearsals over the next two weeks and we are up and running. Tooth or Dare is part of the Schedule B performances if you are in the area and are inclined to come support live theater.

The Magnetic's 3rd Annual One Act Play Festival

A Return

Dreams Do Come True

I can’t tell you how long I have been waiting for a box set of the Ju-on films. Well, that box set has now been officially announced and it’s stacked. Squee!

Ju-on: The Grudge Collection (Limited Edition) drops in the UK (and for us multi-region player owners) on December 19th from Arrow Video.

Ju-on: The Grudge Collection - Limited Edition

  • Brand new 4K restoration of Ju-On: The Grudge from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Ju-On: The Grudge in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all films
  • Home video premiere outside Japan of Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (except The Curse and The Curse 2) and 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Exclusive 60-page collector’s booklet featuring writing by Grady Hendrix, James Marsh, Tom Mes, William Carroll and Lindsay Nelson [Limited Edition Exclusive]
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative
  • Twenty-four double-sided, postcard-sized artcards [Limited Edition Exclusive]
  • Reversible poster with new and original artwork [Limited Edition Exclusive]


  • Introduction to both films by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • Introduction to Ju-On: The Curse by actor Takako Fuji


  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • New audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • Audio commentary by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel
  • Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
  • Haunting in Monochrome, a new interview with Takashi Shimizu on the Ju-On films
  • Being Kayako, a new interview with Takako Fuji on her role as Kayako
  • The Evolution of Ju-On, a brand new featurette with authors and Japan specialists Tom Mes and Zack Davisson discussing the cultural forces that shaped the series
  • Through a Glass Darkly, an archive interview with Takashi Shimizu
  • Whispers in the Dark, an archive interview with actor Megumi Okina on her role as Rika
  • Fade to Black, an archive interview with actress Kayoko Shibata, who plays Mariko
  • On-set interviews with Takashi Shimizu, Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara and Yui Ichikawa
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Takashi Shimizu
  • Almost an hour of behind-the-scenes footage
  • Ju-On True Stories, two ghostly true-life tales that inspired the films, narrated by Hiroyoshi Kihara
  • Original trailers
  • Image gallery


  • Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • New audio commentary with scholar Raechel Dumas and critic Jasper Sharp
  • Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
  • Interview with Takashi Shimizu from the time of making Ju-On: The Grudge 2
  • On-set interviews with Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Emi Yamamoto and Shingo Katsurayama
  • Deleted scenes
  • 55 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage
  • On-set reports by cast members Noriko Sakai, Yui Ichikawa and Erika Kuroishi
  • Premieres and stage greetings footage from Japan, Taiwan and Korea
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery


  • Introduction to Ju-On: Black Ghost by writer-director Mari Asato
  • New interview with Mari Asato
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
Dreams Do Come True

Things and Stuff

Life is still chugging along in its crazy, maddening, and somewhat weird way. Labor day has now come and gone and there’s definitely a hint of fall in the air. Love it!

Speaking of Labor Day …

We kicked off the holiday weekend by meeting up with the local gay group at one of our local breweries. This is a pretty new group and it’s been fun to get to know some gay men (and women!) that actually live in Waynesville.

That Saturday, we attended the last of the summer “gays only” pool parties that we have been getting invited to over in Asheville. The weather was supposed to be dodgy, but it ended up being a super nice day.

The pool before being tainted by all the homos …
Pool Party!

We went to a “guys only” cookout the next day and that was pretty nice as well … even though we got stuck inside the whole time because the weather did end up being super dodgy that day.

So, all in all, it was a pretty gay Labor Day weekend!

In non-gay news …

I have finally started going through records that I have been given over the past several years and have been trying to salvage the ones that are not too beat up. Since I don’t have a fancy (or non-fancy) record cleaner, I will wash mine in the sink with a little soap and water. That can sometimes help tremendously if all you are dealing with is fingerprints or mold (or both) on the vinyl. And it’s always amusing the see them drying in the dish drainer.
Savin' Records

And finally … here is Chip being cute as fuck.

Things and Stuff


So, the other day a post popped up in my Facebook feed touting a design contest for Buncombe County (the next county over) and their “I Voted” stickers for the upcoming election in November.

“Must say ‘I voted.’ … the rest is up to you … deadline September 2 … designs voted on September 7-22 …  winner announced September 22.”

Excellent! So, I got to work and banged out a design that I was pretty happy with, only to REALLY read the instructions after the fact.

“WHO: Any young person, ages 13-18 that is a resident of Buncombe County is eligible to participate.”

Dammit. I am neither ages 13-18 nor a resident of Buncombe County.

[Insert facepalm emoji here.]

Reading. It’s fundamental.

Wasted Energy