NOTE: This post was written almost a week ago and until now LJ has been unwilling (yes, I am suggesting that my blog site is actively and maliciously choosing to not do something) to post my whole post. So, I’ve waited, and continued to try and check, and finally, today, it works. More to update from this point on, but it’s really the principle involved in having this posted in its current form that has prevented me from scraping the whole damn thing and starting fresh. Enjoy!

Ok, so I haven’t updated in a while, meaning that it’s about time to share any exciting, good, or otherwise positive news regarding my life and the people in it.

That being said, I’ll back up to Memorial Day weekend.

I went to visit my parents for the weekend, which was good because I haven’t been there in a while. Friday night I actually spent up here in Orlando, seeing Pirates with my friend Kal before she drove up to Virginia for the summer to work at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival as a Stage Manager. She’s worked there before, knows her roommate and several people there, and basically intends to spend the summer working very hard during the day, drinking very hard well into the night, and repeating until she feels like she’s really part of show business.

For the record, I really enjoyed Pirates. I thought they did a good job wrapping up the series, I liked the character development and writing. I think that Disney might have told Gore Verbinski, “Listen, we’re going to make millions of dollars on this film even if we run Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack over three hours of solid blue and occasionally have Johnny Depp voice over the words, ‘Captain Jack Sparrow,’ so you might as well stretch your directing muscles and do whatever it is you guys do when you’re given the freedom to do whatever the hell you like.” Only, unlike the abomination that was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón, you’re on warning), this one was actually really well done.

Saturday afternoon we drove down south to the expectant jubilation from my happy parents who missed their only child. I was still a bit sick at that point, but it was good to be home. Most of the weekend was just relaxing. Got a chance to have a long conversation with my friend Scott, who has much wisdom. On Sunday our next door neighbors had a Memorial Day barbeque which was pretty rocking. Whenever everyone in the neighborhood gets together to party we always have a blast. At one point Kevin (one of the co-hosts) broke out his guitar and Roger from down the street brought over an electric drum kit and we all hung out singing. Lots of Jimmy Buffet, but we also did Steve Miller Band, Ted Nugent, and a few others. Hurt my throat like hell, but well worth it.

Monday was shopping day. You see, it turns out that my 38 waist pants were way too big on me. I mean, they were so big, I could have probably fit a reasonably slight person in there with me. So we went to the store get get some new shorts and other things. Guess what size waist they are? 36, you say? Well, you’d be wrong. 34! And it’s not a, “Well, I’m a 34 if I don’t breathe, eat, or try to sit down.” There’s actually some slack. For a guy who was pushing 40 not too long ago, this is very exciting. I was 32 after my freshman year of college, so that’s really my goal at the moment. Also walked away with some new DVDs and various other items of no particular note.

I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to recover and unpack from the trip. Been catching up on my television. Almost done with House season 3, just bought Supernatural season 1 on DVD because I love that show.

Oh, and I watched the first episode of Torchwood last night. All in all, I agree so far with the reviews from people I know that it’s a good show, but still trying to find its groove. I like the basic premise, I like Welsh accents, I like the acting and writing thus far. One of two things that give me pause at the moment, and I admit that it’s minor, is that there’s a “rift in time and space” running through Cardiff through which all manner of extra-terrestrial and other-dimensional beasties can escape into the normal world and cause untold havoc. It’s not that I mind this idea on principle, but basically what Russel T. Davies is telling me is that Cardiff has its own Hellmouth. I’d like to call it something else, but that’s what it is. A Hellmouth.

The other one is that they purposely withheld information from the viewer in the first episode for dramatic effect, and while that works for Doctor Who (how could they possibly compress centuries of learning into human comprehension for show purposes?), I find it doesn’t work as well here. I refer to the knife that Suzie was welding that became a major catalyst to our heroine remembering what happened. Yes, we see her welding, but are not privy to what it is she’s working on. Yet, somehow the character, through an enforced amnesia no less, recalls in close-up detail exactly what it was that she was working on. This could have been easily remedied by having Suzie hold the knife up for inspection, showing it while Cooper was passing and Suzie was welding it (the viewer would have been distracted by the action of welding and not really noticed it sitting right there, but it would have been visually available), or any number of other directorial tricks that would have given us, the viewers, the same information to work with as our protagonist.

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the show, but I feel that the above is a literary and directorial short-cut when a little extra effort could have made it that much better.

That aside, today has been good. I went and had an interview with the temp agency that was excellent. Basically, it’s going to be like subbing. If they have a short job (a day or a week), they’ll call and ask if I want it. In the meantime, Erin, the person I talked to who happened to have gone to my high school, is looking for something more long-term in my field. It’s not solid, but nothing is these days. In the meantime, it’s a chance for work that I’m going to take full advantage of.

Hope everyone is having an incredible day, and I’ll continue to update as things worthy of your consumption happen to me.

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