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Last Friday we went to a ZZ Top concert, and while the music was good, I really wanted to hurt some of the older concert-goers there. The younger people were easy to be around – even when they were dancing they were cognizant of the people around them and polite when they bumped into someone on accident.

We weren’t even at the front of the crowd, but rather in the middle (standing room only – a street concert/festival), and half-way through the set, a crowd of older (probably in their 50’s) people pushed their way up and through and not only blocked the view (stopped right in front of me instead of pushing forward even more), but took up all available space, leaving zero room between me and anyone else. Understand that I *need* at least a couple inches of personal space. At all times. I’ve been to a lot of concerts (less so with standing room only like this one, but still, quite a few, and never had a problem before. I don’t mind the occasional brush-by or whatever, but being in a constant crush of people is not something I can really mentally handle.

It’s odd to me that these people would have been so incredibly rude at that age. People far younger are far more polite at concerts – even drunk young’uns. It really kind of ruined the experience for me, which sucks since it’s the one older band I’ve seen lately who still sounded just as good as they always have (most have been very disappointing, unfortunately).

I was also disappointed they weren’t selling swag. Because I’ve always wanted one of those keychains, and it just isn’t the same just buying one off the rack, so to speak. *sigh*

We’re going to a Godsmack/Shinedown concert in October, and I am so glad that our seats for that are in the lower arena, but the very top row, so no one can be behind us, and we’re not in standing room only. Whew!

Saturday night we watched a movie called Gamer (free with Amazon Prime, if you have it). Totally intense, and had a pretty freaky premise, really. It’s hard to even imagine doing some of the things those people did, and even harder imagining agreeing to what they did (intentionally vague to avoid spoilers). It’s a very thought-provoking (and bloody, fair warning) movie, and a potential warning, really. Because as far-fetched as it may seem, the technology isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility (though admittedly, probably not as it appears in the film). Definitely an interesting watch, if you’ve got a couple hours.

I watched another movie this weekend called Color Me You (also free with Prime), which was slow in spots, and some of the acting was decidedly mediocre (some was just plain bad, I’m afraid), but it was one of those “young artist at a crossroads deciding to follow her dream or a parent’s dream” type coming-of-age flicks. With romance, of course, because life is relationships (or lack thereof).

And I found myself wondering yet again what it would have been like to eschew my parent’s advice to pursue something other than writing as a profession. Honestly, if I’d studied writing (English) in college, my life could still have turned out exactly the same (not like I’m using my history degree for anything, and haven’t, ever). Or maybe I’d have learned the craft more quickly and taken a completely different path with writing at a more central place. I did take some English classes and worked toward a minor (later changed to philosophy), but I never really took it seriously, mostly because my parents insisted there was no money in writing, and I believed them (still do, honestly, but I wish I didn’t, and I do know professional writers, just not many).

Which probably would have meant a completely different life, and completely different people in it. A difficult thing to really conceptualize fully, honestly.

I caught up with one of my favorite TV shows – The 100 on Saturday as well, and man…the character development this season is just outstanding. I’ll be discussing that more on the writing blog later this week.

Since we’re talking entertainment today, I’m just about done reading Douglas Preston’s The Lost City of the Monkey God, and I can say with complete honesty that I don’t really ever want to actually visit the rainforest. National Geographic videos will be fine, thanks. It is quite fascinating, but I’ll take our rattlesnakes over a fer-de-lance any day, and no thank you to all the sand flies, rain and sleeping in the mud, too. *shudder*

And lastly, I’m starting to get caught up with my comic book “to be read” list by reading an issue every morning right when I get up (as opposed to scrolling FB/checking email, which is hard on the eyes and kind of ridiculous when I can’t even think yet). This week, it’s I Hate Fairyland, which is perfect, because it so matches my mood in the mornings…and murderous little Gertrude makes me smile. It’s good to start the morning with a smile (even if it’s a bloody, somewhat toothless one), right?

So…what all have you been watching/hearing/reading lately? Anything thought-provoking or shudder-worthy?

Resolution Check-In
Sleep 6 hrs: Missed it a couple days, but did okay the rest of the week. Progress!
1 push-up per day: Didn’t keep good enough track, but missed a few days. Really need to keep a daily tally.
Goals check-up: Completed Sunday night, adjusted for the week with a specific focus on financial and hobby-related goals.

Writer’s notes for this week


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On TV, Billiards & Bedtime Fails…

Last week was the start of the fall TV season, and premieres for prime time TV have been trickling out ever since. I’m not as bad as a lot of people I know – I don’t like the TV on all the time (if no one’s watching, I don’t want it on just for noise), but when it comes to prime time in the evenings, and crime dramas especially, I’m all “shh!” and “don’t call me, I’ll call you when it’s over”. There’s often so much good stuff on in the fall that we’re recording one show while we watch another, which fills up our weekend evenings too (conveniently enough).

Not that we’re fiction junkies, or anything…(we totally are).

So what are we watching this season? Glad you asked. I’d link, but it’s late and I’m lazy. Google is your friend.

New shows for this year marked (N):

Once Upon a Time
Madam Secretary  (N)
The Big Bang Theory
Scorpion  (N)
Sleepy Hollow
Castle
NCIS: LA
The Blacklist
NCIS
Person of Interest
Forever  (N)
Criminal Minds

Stalker  (N)Not back yet, but coming eventually:

Elementary
Grimm
Arrow
The Flash  (N)
The 100

Selfie (saw the pilot & thought it looked interesting – modern day My Fair Lady).  (N)

Hubby doesn’t watch those last four with me – I catch up with those on Saturday nights while doing my nails.

So far, my favorite new show is Scorpion. The pilot wasn’t entirely plausible, but I really liked the cast, the interplay between characters, and the way the interpreter is set up. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves over the next season.

As far as returning shows go, Sleepy Hollow gets best first show of the season so far from me.  And not just because I had to move mountains just to see it (no FOX signal in good weather and an 8 day wait to watch online that had to be circumvented). It was intense and chaotic and clarifying and completely freaky all at once, and I can’t wait to see the next one.

It is sort of interesting that my favorite new show and favorite premiere were on at the same time, same day just different channels. But so far, I haven’t been disappointed by any returning shows, and we’ve scratched a few off the list as well. Over all though, it looks like it’ll be a very good season. After the long summer dry spell, it’s nice to have some good fiction to watch after work again.

Wednesday nights we record of course, because hubby’s pool league plays October through March at local bars. This week is the first week of the season for that as well, so Weds night, we’ll be at Hooligans to start the pool year off. I used to go every Weds without fail to watch and cheer the guys on – I started going along to be the designated driver, and now no one drinks enough to need one (usually), but up until we adopted Mica a few years ago, I went along anyways just to watch and hang out.

Mica had issues with being left alone all day while we were at work, and then again in the evening. If we did that, we’d come home to a dog with way too much energy who refused to let us sleep until he was ready to, making for some awfully late nights. So to solve that problem, I’d drop Brent off at pool, go home to spend time with the dogs, and then go back to watch the last few games and bring Brent home again.

Over the last couple of years Mica has mellowed though, and now we can leave him occasionally when we need to go out on a work night without too much of a problem. So this year, I’ll be headed to watch the guys play pool for the whole evening again, and we’ll see how that goes. It’s fun to watch them play, and good to get out once a week…not to mention that the bar is a prime spot to watch people and be inspired. Many of my books started as overheard conversations or interesting characters spotted in a bar…

And now I’m officially past my “last good” bedtime yet again. I’d planned to get this post done early, and then…well, things happened, as they so often do. I plan my bedtimes around the 90 minute sleep cycle (because that works best for me – outside those cycles, I tend to feel groggy all day the next day), and since I have to be up by 6am on the weekdays, that means I need to be in bed either at midnight or 1:30am for the best possible rest.

I never make midnight, and while I’m better at hitting 1:30am, it’s usually close. Right now, it’s 1:45am, and I still have to schedule this.

Next weekend, I *will* be in bed by 1:30am Sunday.

I will! Stop laughing…


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