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November 30, 2008

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A productive Saturday

November 29, 2008

Today actually proved to be fairly productive.  I went to the library to pick up all 3 High School Musical soundtracks. Mailed a package to Rome. Saw High School Musical 3. Did dishes, took out the trash.

Maybe not the MOST PRODUCTIVE day.  But compared to my Thursday and Friday…


Black Friday: a day like any other

November 28, 2008

This year–in part due to simple lack of finances–I “skipped” “Black Friday.”  No sales. No special purchases.

I went to Blockbuster and RENTED “High School Musical 2” and “Starship Troopers 3” (using a gift card from my dad), and I hit the Drive-Thru at McDonald’s.

While writing out several cards I hope to mail tomorrow, and writing 7 comic reviews (6 in a single marathon writing session), I’ve had Christmas music playing from one of those CD/Music-only channels that come with digi-cable.  A few old favorites; I’m reminded of a night last year spent at an apartment belonging to several friends…an evening worthy of the list I posted yesterday of thankful memories.

But I really do think that the POINT of Christmas is missed by far too many people.  I can “get” the business side of things–businesses need a profit, to stay in business, and all that; and you will NEVER find me specifically/personally wishing individuals out of a job and such.  But there is such an atmosphere of excess in our culture today.

And especially this time of year…when people are afraid to say the word “Christmas” for fear of bothering a segment of society, which marginalizes ANOTHER segment of society.

I’ll be thankful simply to spend time with my family for Christmas and hopefully attend a church service and hear a solid sermon–there’s no need for “presents” or such.

I’m totally disgusted–to the point of changing the channel or turning the tv off entirely–by all the jewelry commercials that basically SCREAM the idea that someone’s “love” is tied to the price of a ring or necklace or earrings. “Say you REALLY love her with a ring from ______!”  Uh…she’s probably very shallow if it takes (expensive?) jewelry/”stuff” for her to realize/feel loved by a guy (NOT to knock the “love language” of “giving”).

I’m sure I’ll have plenty more on the subject in the weeks to come.


Booking Through Thursday: Thankfulness?

November 27, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S.

Now, you may have noticed that the global economy isn’t exactly doing well. There’s war. Starvation. All sorts of bad, scary things going on.

So–just for today–how about sharing 7 things that you’re thankful for?

This can be about books, sure–authors you appreciate, books you love, an ode to your public library–but also, how about other things, too? Because in times like these, with bills piling up and disaster seemingly lurking around every corner, it’s more important than ever to stop and take stock of the things we’re grateful for. Family. Friends. Good health (I hope). Coffee and tea. Turkey. Sunshine. Wagging tails. Curling up with a good book.

So, how about it? Spread a little positive thinking and tell the world what there is to be thankful for.

  1. I live in a country where I am free to practice/express my faith without fear of fatal repercussions.
  2. My parents are safely in NY with my sister with no road troubles or other incidents.
  3. I don’t have to work tomorrow
  4. I got one more Thanksgiving with Kayla (my cat)
  5. I am employed.
  6. I have lots of good memories with lots of great people (see my blog post earlier today)
  7. DC’s (Waid/Ross) Kingdom Come: excellent story, still holds up in TPB format all these years later

This has been my first-ever solo (except for the cat) Thanksgiving.  Very low-key, and other than consciously knowing it is–and these blog posts–hasn’t felt like it. Been consciously trying to keep my mind occupied/distracted…today is eight weeks now since losing Christy. I am thankful for the 13-some years we had her…but I still miss her so. Kayla reminded me of her tonight: pawing at the floor as she drank, just the way Christy used to.


Thankfulness

November 27, 2008

…in no particular order:

  • the cat yowling that–in response to the yowling–you hold (despite her squirming) while you settle in on a couch to watch a movie–and then she just flops down on your lap, purring, and goes to sleep.
  • all the memories I have of Christy and her various kitty-quirks
  • that picnic with Katie one Saturday afternoon in BGSU.
  • that random dinner at the ‘Dial with Alana one evening.
  • planning/meeting Sara for dinner at Panera and winding up going to some chick-flick (which spurs a couple years of shared movie-going hangouts and such)
  • that walk in the freshly-fallen snow with Alli
  • the evening chilling with Drew, drinking shots of chocolate milk–no alcohol, just plain chocolate milk–in the faculty lounge of Chapman.
  • the late nights gaming and watching DBZ and chatting comics with Mike
  • the evening spent chilling at the desk with Mandi and ordering Jimmy John’s when I find out she missed dinner, and the look of surprise on her face
  • the hour-long conversation in the Eastway lounge with Jenny before LIFEgroup nearly four years ago
  • the smile and quiet recognition in her greeting when I first “meet” Sarah
  • walking around the senior center after accidentally walking Lizz out the wrong door to her car
  • wandering a comic store, sharing thoughts on comics, and digging through bargain bins with Earl
  • chatting zombies and comparing notes with Alex
  • a shared interest in/acts of photography and such with Josh
  • spending hours after church talking with a friend
  • the development of the relationship with someone who is both mentor and friend, the serious conversations, the joking, and the emails with Mike
  • seeing a great movie with Kathy on my birthday last year…the only ‘special thing’ I DID for my birthday.
  • shared interests/moviegoing experiences with Christy and Anna and others
  • the random messages from Julie, totally outta the blue, checkin’ up on me
  • the conversations about comics or movies or just life in general, the random late-night IMs/chats with Hillary
  • those rare moments with Eric, the real connection as roommates and friends in the same space
  • the long conversations with Steve, and the shared jokes and understandings of Star Trek and other tv shows and experiences
  • …and so many others.

brain-farts, “systems,” and dreams

November 24, 2008
  • Tried to clock out at lunch…and had one of the worst brain-farts I’ve ever had at work.  The number that I use to clock in/out in the mornings, evenings, and in/out of lunch for the last fourteen months every day totally slipped my mind–took me four tries and asking a co-worker before I jogged my memory and had the right number.
  • Meanwhile, managed to get a good system going for some reports at work; not sure how I’m doing as far as the speed “they” EXPECT me to operate at.  But me knowing me and being new, *I* think I did rather well today.
  • The other night I had at least the fourth instance of a recurring dream: I’m in a school building (a cross between my junior high and high school 2nd floors), and I’m late for a class I forgot I was even registered for…and the mad scramble that entails.  I suspect that the anxiety there speaks quite a bit to my life right now….not knowing where I’m headed, feeling like I’m screwing more stuff up than not, and just feeling overwhelmed…I’m struggling just to “keep up,” I’m “surviving” or “hanging in.”  But not thriving, not coming out on top.
  • Tonight, I’ve started re-watching “Firefly.”  I aim to get through the series AND the movie (Serenity) by end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

The way it SHOULD be done

November 23, 2008

Sometimes it can be quite cool to have a comic’s cover-image be much larger/wider/whatever than the standard front-of-the-comic cover.  In this case, Alex Ross had a 3-paneled image of Superman, Supergirl, and a number of other Kryptonians for use with the “New Krypton” story.  It is shown below as it was published: one panel per cover for three consecutive issues/chapters of the story.  When you put the three covers–one cover, one single copy of each book, three different books–one has a very cool larger-than-normal image.

Unlike, say, the double-panel image used with Justice League of America #1, in which they didn’t even bother to do a wrap-around cover-image, but made each panel a different edition of the SAME book.  (Shoot, have 1/2 as issue #1, and the other 1/2 as the cover for issue #2!)

For that matter, this New Krypton image easily could have been a 3-cover variants series for any one of the issues, or used with the New Krypton Special.  As it is, each of these issues has had a variant cover anyway (I opted to get the ‘standard’ editions, knowing I’d get this triptych out of it, and I enjoy the sense of continuity alluded to by the covers).

Superman #681 / Action Comics #871 / Supergirl #35

Superman #681 / Action Comics #871 / Supergirl #35