Saturday, May 25, 2019

May 25

I really cannot express how frustrated I got this morning when my *new car* with less than 900 miles on it, flashed the dreaded low tire pressure signal. I went into a full-throated rage monster mode, like how the fuck could this happen when I just bought this car a month ago ... it is a holiday weekend ... why does this bullshit keep happening to me ...  blah blah blah blah blah. 

Even after putting air in the tires, the light stayed on. When I got home and googled how to handle the light on a Subaru, I found out basically you just drive it around (which I had done). So, I took it to the local tire shop (who had helped with my Jetta back in February) and they checked it out. They reinflated all the tires to the manufacturer specs and the light went out. On the bright side, they did not charge me and I ran into a co-worker who I had a nice chat with and calmed me down. Ultimately, much ado about nothing, but in the moment, I was furious. 

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Friday, May 24, 2019

May 24

My vacation week is drawing to a close. I had big plans for it but ended up watching TV and going to the gym. It feels like a waste. The weather has been good, I like being outside when it is warm, but yet, I spend hour after hour mindlessly surfing the couch (and cable). Oh well.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May 22

I was going to do a bunch of day trips this week and take nature photos, but instead, I have spent most of it napping and watching The Office re-runs. Win?

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 21

Having read ALL THE TAKES on the series finale of Game of Thrones I have just a few thoughts. First and foremost is the question of whether the broad strokes comport with Martin's final vision for his own work. If they do, then what people are complaining about is a failure of TV to capture the fine details. 

Of course, *had* Martin finished his series we would know the answer, but to some degree, that he has not may end up ginning up more interest in his final two books. Readers (and some show viewers who became readers after the show started) are now even more incentivized to buy those books so all the unanswered questions (and those specific, point of view details) can be filled in. 

My second thought is that a show that came into the home stretch teasing us that its main character would break the wheel ended up being ground down by it. In an alternate universe, if the show ended with the season six finale The Winds of Winter (for all the criticism of seasons 7 and 8, this episode also exists after the end of Martin's book runway, so give Benioff and Weiss some credit) leaving to viewers (and Martin) the opportunity to wrap up the story some time in the future. I would have been fine with that ambiguity. 

Instead, the wheel breaker adopted the tactics of the wheel spinners and ended up being snuffed out because of it. Dany ended up ignoring the advice of some ("be a dragon" said Lady Oleanna) and continually stepped on the rakes laid out by others (most notably, her closest advisor Tyrion). When she rebelled against all of it because two of her dragons and two of her closest friends both died, and nuked the world she wished to inherit, she gets a blade in the chest for it. Ultimately, the wheel simply continues to spin, with some old people and some new people filling the seats deciding how to build sewers, replenish fleets, and all the rest. 

Finally, it is important to remember that this is all fleeting. Even writing less than 48 hours after the series finale feels dated. By next week, it will be forgotten. For as intense as all of the publicity seems in the moment, its half-life is vanishingly short once the story ends.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

May 20

Today is the kind of day I envision my retirement being. Getting up. Taking care of the cats. Eating breakfast. Going to the gym. Coming home. Showering. Eating lunch. Taking a nap. Lather, rinse, repeat, until I die. I really do just want a simple life without any responsibility, I just hope I live long enough to have one.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19

In a lengthy (and largely unrelated) post, the writer Drew Magary said the following: 

I am a 42-year-old father of three. My entire goal in life is to be left the fuck alone.
I don't wanna do anything. I don't wanna go anywhere. And I sure as shit do not
wanna talk to anyone. All I wanna do is sit in my chair. 

Fam, that is me, for real (without the kids). I am at the point where I have restricted the time I spend away from my home to the bare minimum. Work. The gym. Errands. The energy it takes nowadays just to do those things is substantial, forget doing anything above and beyond that. 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

May 17

I am off for the next eleven days and it is glorious. Not because I will go on some fancy trip, but simply because I will not have to go to work. That I will be able to run dumb errands I never seem to get around to and nap, and hang with my cats, and just relax. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 16

The Wedding Singer was on TV this weekend. Aside from the spot on 80s homage and Jon Lovitz's absolutely classic scene-stealing version of Ladies Night, there was a scene toward the end hit a wee bit too close to home. Robbie (Adam Sandler) is at the bar drowning his sorrow at losing Julia (Drew Barrymore) and has the following conversation with his friend Sammy (Allen Covert):

  • Robbie That's it, man, starting right now, me and you are going to be free and happy the rest of our lives! 
    Sammy I'm not happy. I'm miserable. 
    Robbie Wha - what? 
    Sammy See... I grew up idolizing guys like Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino because they got a lot of chicks. You know what happened to Fonzie and Vinnie Barbarino? 
    Robbie Yeah, I read that Fonzie wants to be a director and Barbarino, I think... the mechanical bull movie? I didn't see it yet. 
    Sammy Their shows got canceled. Because no one wants to see a fifty-year-old guy hitting on chicks. 
    Robbie So what are you saying? 
    Sammy What I'm saying is all I really want is someone to hold me and tell me that everything is going to be all right. 
    Old man in bar [Comes up behind him and hugs him]  Everything is going to be all right.

I will be 50 next year and I really do just want someone to hold me and tell me it will be ok. Dating is exhausting. Trying to find someone feels like a quest that will never end (much less in success). It is pathetic and lame, but when it is laid out in such basic terms, it feels like a slap in the face and a cold reality. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May 14

I watched the Veep series finale last night. It was fine, a little surprising that Selina threw Gary under the bus in service of being elected, but it was fine. The show was fine. In truth, it was at its most interesting about 4 seasons ago, and became a dueling-banjo insult show that lost any sense of internal consistency a few seasons back, but it was funny anyway.

Regardless, the thing about series finales is how most are anti-climactic. I have watched shows obsessively only to basically forget about them 48 hours after they stop airing. TV show universes expand early and then start contracting as they near the end. It is why fans end up getting frustrated. They want characters to have arcs that differ from those they see on the screen or they start picking on how they arrive at their climactic finish. Relationships rarely end well and because a series finale puts a period on the story being told and there is no way to reach closure other than what you see, you are left to ponder what was done right and what was done wrong, or, you just forget about things and move on with your life.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13

Whew. Four days until vacation. Just going to keep my head down, get through my days, and then walk out the door for 11 days.

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