Finally had a halfway decent weekend for a change. You could not ask for better weather either. Mother Nature was picture perfect up here in Lower Michigan. Not too cold or too hot, loads of sunshine (which is the real reason for sunscreen by the way for those who think temperature actually has something to do with it, yes somebody told me I didn’t need sunscreen because it was only going to be 67 degrees causing me to nearly die of laughter), gentle breeze, and great for getting out and about with loads of walking exercise to be had.
Saturday, I went to the annual Old Car Festival in Dearborn’s Greenfield Village. A nice outing despite seeing the same cars from the same people there that are there every year. Did not bother shooting car pictures this time around since they are always the same. Check out my archives from September and October 2014, 2015, and 2016 and you’ll have seen what was there this year. I find myself needing a new setting. And of course food and drinks are way overpriced so did not get to eat a real full on meal until afterwards. Events like these love to jack up their prices because they know they have you trapped.
Sunday was a trek out to Holly for the Renaissance Festival. It’s been years since I’ve been there. I even decided to sort of dress up by throwing on my flower crown and a black cloak since when and where would I ever be able to wear such items and they just sit in my closet for years. Saw a few acts I have not seen before. Unfortunately I was unable to afford to support any of the local artists and vendors selling some really nice stuff, but I am still poor after all. This weekend’s theme happened to be Wonders of the World and had dances and acts from many cultures and also featured steam punk and Doctor Who costume contests which were quite interesting. By the end of the day I was beat. Got home and cleaned up a bit, then sat down at my computer and totally zonked out.
I recently heard on the radio and saw some news articles online about scientists looking into prolonging life long past currently held records. Having people live to 150 or perhaps longer will no longer be stuff of science fiction. I find this troubling. Not to sound cruel, and I know nobody ever wants to see a loved one die even of natural old age, but I believe death to be nature’s way of controlling the population of a species. Unless they find a way to stop skin, organ, and bone decay, the human body could not really last beyond 110 and even that age is extremely rare right now. Human skin starts to show a bit of wear by your 30s, which is why there are so many skincare products on the market. Bones start to get a bit more brittle once you’re in your 50s or 60s. If they overcome those hurdles, you still have to worry about people needing to stay in the workforce longer in order to survive in today’s money driven society which means the younger generations will have that much more difficulty in finding jobs. Our society is also quite ageist. You think it is hard to get a job at 35, try getting one at 65. This leads into the problem of population and resources. We have not reached (and probably never will) the technological knowhow to colonize other worlds. We only have one planet that we are already bleeding dry and polluting to the point of no return. Longer lives will only mean more people and not enough places for them to live comfortably and resources will be bare minimum. Think the movie Soylent Green, or the Star Trek episode The Mark of Gideon, or a host of other science fiction stories about dystopian futures. Do we really want to go down that road? I would be happy with 100 as long as I was healthy and active and not a burden on society. I think we need to cure society of its dependency on wealth and profit first. Humans would be happier if they just lived instead of worrying about how they are going to live. Maybe I’m wrong in my thinking, maybe I’m right, who knows.
Hi guys! August, just like pretty much the whole summer, has been way too slow to really post more than once a week if that. Hate doing that to you but sometimes nothing noteworthy goes on and sit in a 90 degree house barely able to do anything as you’re so drained from the heat. Another reason I want to leave this boring place, way too hot and humid with no climate control on top of the drab trappings and the sheer minute size of it. I hate being too hot and drained to do anything, not a good feeling.
Anyways, not much went on this month. Had to go see my doctor for my 3 month checkup just to get more refills on my prescriptions. I remember when it was only every 6 months but now I have to go and see her every 3 for some reason. Probably just to get more money out of me and more body shaming. I’m only 20 pounds overweight and have been consistently this weight for some time. I have been battling the same 20 pounds for the last 25 years. Whenever I make headway it comes back even though I have drastically changed my diet over the years and have been trying to exercise more especially since my job forces me to sit a bit more which I hate with a passion. It used to be quite mobile but as the company keeps changing its focus from having our department be all about making tv shows to just making money for them by catering to corporate suits, it’s not as action packed as it used to be. Would love to get out of it but not many people hiring in my field in my area. But anyways, yeah the job doesn’t allow for much weight loss. I think I’m doing pretty good though considering the meds I take. I think my doctor though wants me to develop an eating disorder because she tells me to eat less even though I’m barely eating as it is. And she thinks I have scoliosis without even examining my back when I told her about the back pain that started back in June. I don’t have scoliosis you dumb bitch, if I did I wouldn’t be able to put the backs of my knees to my ears when I’m doing my stretches. Maybe she should look into that eh? She loves blanket answers instead of listening to what the patient is saying and try to help from there. The only reason why I ever started seeing her in the first place was that she took over for the person that took over the practice from my original doctor who I had since birth and I was also moving around so much in the 90s and early 2000s that it didn’t make sense to keep changing docs, especially when I did not know where I would be next, and truth be told I thought I would be far, far away from where I am now by this time. When you have to put everything on hold, everything goes on hold. I swear though I often wonder where exactly my doctor got her degree from, a cereal box perhaps?
The much hyped eclipse happened on the 21st. Only had an 80% eclipse here in the Detroit area so we didn’t get the totally awesome night time in the middle of day effect that those in the path of totality got. Saw that on tv and it was pretty cool. I really can’t believe that there are people who travel from hundreds of miles away just to see a thing that is over with in a matter of minutes but some do. I guess the population of Wyoming about tripled that day. I did go outside with a coworker during the partial eclipse to check it out with some eclipse glasses we shared that another coworker had given us as we stood outside chatting. Was odd she had invited me out with her but the other coworkers were all gone so I guess I was the only option. Even though it was only a partial eclipse, it was still pretty cool to see through the special glasses and the clouds made the effect even cooler.
And of course our country is being ripped apart as the whole world watches. And while we kill each other, our president continues his penis measuring contest with North Korea and Russia and pissing off the leaders of the world. Interesting times we live in that’s for sure. And I am still poor and unable to achieve anything in life so nothing new there either.
Today at work, had one of those odd and interesting coincidences. Kind of freaky actually. While at the office, I was watching the show “Ghost Adventures”, where a group of paranormal investigators check out supposedly haunted locales and document the unexplained. At the same time I am watching these guys on tv investigate some ghostly activity, a coworker was preparing to leave for the day. Every single time she made a noise, the program I was watching just happened to cut to someone’s reaction shot to whatever was going on in the show but the timing of it all was so perfect that it made it appear as if the people were reacting to noises my coworker was making. It was pretty amusing and even made the coworker laugh when I told her.
I’ve noticed a horrible trend lately. Ever since Trump became president, hate groups have been crawling out of the woodwork in droves. Yes, they have always existed but they are a lot more vocal now. Not liking where this is going.
Finally got around to seeing “War for the Planet of the Apes”. While not as good as the first two installments of the current rebooting, it is still an enjoyable adventure. Caesar and his group of apes just want to be left alone in the woods to live in peace, but of course many humans fearing extinction want to wipe them out. Try as the apes might to avoid confrontation, humans attack and set off a chain reaction that finally gets us to the climax of the story. Patience is needed though as some parts do get a bit slow, they could have actually gotten away with keeping it to two hours. You really do need to see the first two movies to understand this one though, which is as it should be in a series of movies.
The action sequences are well done, most of the cgi is unnoticeable, a few nods to the original Planet of the Apes series of movies, and Andy Serkis does a great job in bringing out Caesar’s internal conflicts with very little words. The main bad guy though comes across as more of a jerk than a military leader. A lot of character study going on in this film on both sides. Not an Oscar winning masterpiece but enjoyable nonetheless. I give 7.5 out of 10. If you’re a fan of the franchise, definitely give it a watch.
While at work tonight I was flipping through the tv guide menu and I found something mildly amusing. In a normal guide description of a movie or tv show, you would see the names of one or two of the lead actors before seeing the brief synopses of the show. Anyways, one channel was playing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead of displaying the names of the main actors (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver), they list Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Harrison Ford was in a decent portion of the film, but he was not the lead character. As for Mark Hamill, the man was only in the film for literally 10 seconds at the end! Really tv guide people?