A Good Day

Thursday was a rare, good day. Took in two opening days in one. In the morning a friend and I went to Downtown Detroit to catch the Detroit Tigers home opener at Comerica Park with a few of his relatives. While true I’m not the biggest of baseball fans, I still enjoy going to a game every now and then. Just wish the weather had been a bit warmer but that’s Michigan for you. The Tigers actually won, a good start to their season. It was a nice day out, don’t get too many of those these days especially since I’m still on the job search. Jobs in my field are not easy to find in this state unfortunately.

After the game, we all had dinner and then went on our separate ways. My friend and I decided it was still too early for the fun day to end so we mulled over various things we could do on the cheap. One of us thought of catching a movie, but which one? We zipped on home to check what movies were playing and noticed two movies that didn’t officially open until tomorrow were playing. “Pet Sematary” and “Shazam!” both looked interesting so after the ole “eenie meenie miney moe” we decided on “Shazam!”

“Shazam!” was quite entertaining. I think DC is learning a thing or two from Marvel with their films. “Shazam!” is the story of a young teenager who has gone through more than a few foster homes. During his stay with his latest foster family, he gets recruited by a wizard to become a hero and now turns into an adult superhero when he speaks the magic word. Everything seems to be all fun and games of course until the bad guy shows up with an attitude and some pretty scary minions at his command. To me the feel of this movie is a bit “Spider-Man: Homecoming” right on down to the end credits music (Ramones used in both but different songs of course) but that doesn’t lessen the enjoyability factor. As with any origin story, the set up takes a bit before getting to the whole superhero part, but there are some great visuals, good comedy, and the stereotypical comic book bad guy. Another fun superhero movie. I give this a 7.5 out of 10

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Here are a few of the figures I found in one of the bigger tubs today. I have two more boxes of figures and displays but Not messing with those right now. Only messed with these as they were in a tub with comics. What treasures one finds in a box that hasn’t been open for over 15 years.

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Finally Getting To It

Well, started mucking about in the room of “life on hold”. Imagine big plastic tubs and cardboard boxes stacked about shoulder high and pretty much taking up the entire floor save for a strip of walkway. For years I have been wanting to sort and catalog my comic books but of course life always has a way of getting in the way be it work or another move (between 1996 and 2006 I was moving every 3 years or so) or sometimes where I was at just had no space, so today I started rummaging. Of course I had to move some boxes to get to those boxes. So now the fun begins. This is something I’ve been meaning to do and it’s best to do it before the humid season starts as there is no air conditioning in the house and Michigan gets humid in late spring and all through summer and humidity and collectibles do not mix.

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A Life Without Dreams is No Life

How is it possible for someone to have no dreams? I find the idea hard to fathom though it explains a lot in my life. My family and all those around me have always tried steering me away from my dreams, always belittling them, trying to put me on paths that were not right for me. Basically I should be like them, just slaving away to make money just so that you could pay bills, eat, and support children if any are had and that is it all the while pretending to be happy with your lot in life. I’ve always wanted more, and nobody understands or gives a flying fuck. It’s pretty evident that none of them have ever had dreams or wanted to pursue them, feeling dreams were silly and unnecessary.

I had a chat with my mum the other day, and she pretty much confirmed it. I had asked her if she had ever had any goals in life and she told me no, she really didn’t. Explains a lot. She felt obligated to be at her parent’s beck and call 24/7 (didn’t help that we lived right across the street from her parents), she quit working once she had children and never went back to work after my sister and I were old enough to stay home alone for a few hours, and was depressed a lot. Whenever I told my mum I wanted to try this or that, the answer was always no. To be fair a lot of stuff required money and transportation, neither of which we had in abundance. And we couldn’t spend too much time away just in case the grandparents, who never learned to drive, needed to be carted around somewhere. I wanted to go to college and my mother would argue with me, trying to convince me not to because lack of money as well as the fact she felt I didn’t need it. I did still try when I graduated but I was unable to get any sort of financial aid unless I went full time and I was already working two jobs so full time was not possible. She of course denies the fact she ever discouraged me but she did, my memory is apparently better than hers or she just has selective memory. But hearing that she never had any life goals or dreams, even if she didn’t achieve them, saddened me. My sister never had dreams either, nor my grandparents, the majority of my family in fact. Explains why they all weighed me down keeping me from flying. People without dreams tend to hold the dreamers back. I only know of one family member that did have a dream and was actually living it up until a recent injury put him out of commission.

Slaving away just to pay bills, line the pockets of the powers that be, squirt out babies, and barely survive without any enjoyment is no way to live. It is not life. It is depressing. Some people say they are happy with that, but that is just a load of crap. We all need something to strive for in life or else what is the point? A life without dreams, a life without goals, is no life at all.

“Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
– Langston Hughes

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Captain Marvel

Yes, I went and saw yet another superhero movie. I can’t help it, I have always loved a good superhero flick ever since I was a kid. “Captain Marvel” is a good superhero flick. While not a “knock your socks off awesome” entry, It’s a thoroughly fun watch from beginning to end. Set in the 1990s, before the events in “The Avengers”, the film introduces Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Danvers, played by Brie Larson, had been taken in and trained by the Kree in the Starforce Military after being involved in an accident that wiped her memory. She ends up crashing to Earth during a battle with the Skrulls and begins to discover that she is not who she believes she is. With help from S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, Danvers begins to unravel the truth about her past as well as uncovering an even bigger secret.

The story and action sequences are on par with most other MCU hero origin stories. A good amount of humor to balance out the serious tones. Great visual effects. A good lead in to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame and  very fun to watch. I score it at 7.5 out of 10.

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Did you ever have a dream? Did you ever have a goal in life?

Well, have you?

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Do What’s Natural

Why do people who choose to follow alternative diets have to try and push their views onto others? Vegans can be the most annoying, but then there are the vegetarians, the strict carnivores, and then the gluten free even though you don’t have celiac people and so on. People get so holier than thou and believe everyone should do as they do to make this planet a better place. Many make a point to constantly announce it to the world. News flash guys, the only thing you’re doing for the planet is annoying everyone else. Humans, like many other animals, are naturally omnivores and have been since we crawled out of the primordial soup. Our bodies for the most part were designed to take in nutrients from both animals and vegetation within reasonable balance.

Going vegetarian or vegan is not going to do the planet any less damage than we are already doing with pollution and consuming more natural resources than the earth can replenish in a short amount of time. Industrialization is killing the world, not hamburgers. If you wish to be a strict herbivore then more power to you, I may even join you for a nice vegan/vegetarian meal (as long is there is absolutely no soy involved) from time to time because that’s just what an omnivore would be willing to do for their friends but don’t expect me to convert. I do agree that we should stop force feeding animals or pumping them with drugs to artificially enhance their size or procreation rate, and that they should be kept in better conditions but not eating animal products is not going to get that particular message across. If we could go back to a time of hunters and gatherers and nothing is so overly processed it would be great, but that will never happen. Eat what you feel is natural for you and quit preaching.

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