Thoughts on the Movie: “The Neon Demon”

Have you seen this movie?

I just finished watching it and I can’t say that I’m terribly impressed.

I’m sorry, Keanu. I know that you’re so awesome and you were in the movie for about 4.5 seconds, but I still am apologizing anyway.

But really, whoever wrote this story should apologize.

To all of us. Right now.

When I first saw the previews for this movie, I thought I wanted to see it because it looked visually stunning! I didn’t go see it in the theater, but even on the small screen, I can say that the visuals are gorgeous. The colors, the lighting, the moodiness…its all gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

I even think the acting was good and believable.

But the story…honestly, I think it’s a little half assed. Sorry not sorry…

One of the main characters is in some kind of cult (I guess?) and that’s never explained either explicitly or even with a few hints! And turns out, the behavior related to the cult is the most shocking and most interesting things to happen in the whole movie.

Hellllllo? More details please, writers!

Not to mention, the main character is woefully under explored. We don’t get to find out jack diddly from her other than she’s been told she’s pretty a lot and her parents are dead.

I am not one for Hemingway levels of back story and details, but damn, at least tell us enough to want to care about her when her eyeballs get eaten twice by two girls.

Oops, spoiler alert up above, ha ha!

Have you seen it? What did you think?

I’m about to Google it and read an article or review from a more savvy person who can interpret to me.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous looking movie with a confusing plot and little character development and less than 5 minutes of Keanu Reeves, then this movie is for you!

Until tomorrow my friends…

Binge Watching

Tonight I am binge watching some of the Marvel movies. I am doing this because a few days ago I saw the Black Panther movie and I just fell back in love with the entire set of movies.

As a kid, I did not watch many movies and I certainly did not read any comic books. So, I really only have the current movies to go by to understand what the upcoming movies will be about. So like a very good student, I am refreshing all of my knowledge before the upcoming movies this summer.

What are you doing tonight?

Happy Friday!

Until tomorrow my friends…

Voting Early

Today, I participated in early voting here in Harris County.

It was kind of an exciting experience.

I usually go to voting during off hours, very early in the morning. Today, like a dum dum, I went at lunch time.

When I exited the car, several people came up to me and told me who they were and asked for my support. It was kind of like being famous, people rushing up, trying to get my attention. No one asked for my autograph or asked me to sing, though.

Voting itself was uneventful, thankfully. The machines are not touch screen but they kind of look like they should be, so that was weird.

Afterwards, I asked for an I VOTED sticker. I put it on my forehead because I just like to advertise how much fun participating in your government is, especially since people who look like me have not had the right to vote for all that long. It’s been several decades, but for me, it’s still exciting!

Go out and vote y’all!

Until tomorrow my friends…

Sleepy

I don’t have a whole ass to devote to a post tonight. It’s been kind of a long day and I’m sleepy. So here’s my half assed post.

The one thing I will say is this: when you wake up tomorrow, promise yourself that you won’t let anyone or anything steal your joy.

Wake up with joy and commit to keeping it throughout the day. Pretend that it’s “your precious” like the gold ring in “Lord of the Rings ” and protect your joy, fiercely.

Love to you all.

Sleep for me now.

Until tomorrow my friends…

Mundane Adventures

Tonight, my tutoring session ended early, so I popped over to the grocery store.

I usually go to Whole Foods, not because I am a pretentious hippie, but because it is usually pretty quiet. The workers are super nice and friendly and know things about food, like what kind of cheese to buy for a picky eater.

But tonight, I happened upon the Central Market and decided to try it out. I’ll be going back! It’s like Whole Foods and a regular grocery store had a huge baby. A very huge, meandering baby.

Saki

I didn’t buy this saki, because it’s alcoholic (right?) and I consume very little alcohol. I had a martini last Friday and that will probably be the only alcohol I drink this month.

But isn’t this bottle super gorgeous?

Caviar

I also didn’t buy any caviar aka roe aka fish eggs, but I just had to photograph it because it is so beautiful. Look at all those tiny little would be fishes!

Bakery

I never go into a store without looking at the baked goods. I didn’t buy anything sweet; I just admired the artistry of the bakers and the gorgeous arrangements and displays.

Teas

I also didn’t buy any teas because I have SO MUCH TEA (see post from two days ago.) I almost wanted to donate some of my tea so I had a legit reason to buy more. Ah! I’m a tea hoarder!

I liked the names of these teas.

Curiosities

I have never seen a red pear or dragonfruit in real life. How delightful! And apparently you can buy a bundle of mushrooms. Fascinating!

What I Actually Bought

Sooo…I bought a random assortment of things.

I bought some of the most gorgeous scallops I’ve ever seen and will cook them tomorrow for lunch. I almost can’t wait. I also bought salmon and two peaches; the other things are shown clearly in the photos. I bought a bath bomb for $7. I can’t eat it, but it’ll be such a lovely thing to experience when I use it.

I hope your day was full of some kind of low key adventure.

If it was , leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

Until tomorrow my friends…

Getting Beat Up

Today I went to visit my elderly uncle. I’ve written about him before and today he imparted some more wisdom that I would like to share.

He’s 81 years old and is very gentle in nature. As long as I’ve known him or known of him, over 30 years, he’s always been the same. He’s not the guy who was a jerk before who became gentle. It’s just his nature.

Today, I talked to him about the challenges of entrepreneurship and having faith in myself.

He laughed very heartily, like I had told him a very funny joke.

“Do you know how many people have been beat up, so many times? And they just kept on trying. That’s what you will do.”

He said it with a level of confidence and surety that I honesty don’t always have about being an entrepreneur. Wait, I’m just kidding. That was an understatement. He seemed sure and I feel the exact opposite. But I’m still trying anyway.

I talked to him briefly about the often times crippling fear of uncertainty.

Again, he laughed, this time louder, and said: “You ever sit around and think about how every time you thought something was so messed up and some kind of way you figured it out?”

MIND. BLOWN.

No, my dear, ancient and wise uncle, I do not sit around and think about my successes. I have too many failures and near misses to think about!

That’s what I wanted to say, but I realized I was/am a silly worry wart and my uncle was right.

Trying is hard. Change is hard. Trying to do something new is hard. Failure is hard. But, for me, so is wishing for something different or settling for mediocrity.

Nowadays, I have no idea what’s going on in almost any aspect of my life. Everything from my health to my paychecks have big ass questions marks floating around them.

But, I’m doing it. I’m making it. I’m unsure, but I’m not dead yet. And if I wake up tomorrow again, not dead, then I have another opportunity to figure things out.

Take it from an 81 year old man: you can do it and it’ll be better than you thought, if you try.

Good luck…

Until tomorrow my friends…

I’m Tired Of This

Whose idea was it for me to write every day for a year?!

I haven’t made it through even 60 days of the challenge and I’m kind of sick of it!

Me and my bright ideas!

Maybe today I’m just feeling tired and a little burned out, but also, I know that almost no one is reading this,which is demotivating.

Is this important enough for me to keep writing just to keep the promise to myself?

Well, I suppose keeping a promise to yourself is the best kind of promise you can keep.

But today, tonight, honestly, I just want to throw the whole blog and promise in a big, shiny trash bin and light it all on fire.

Speaking of trash bins, I keep mine in the garage and I swept the garage early this morning. Have you ever swept a garage? After it was done and the floor was all clear, it was SO SATISFYING! My gawd! I actually stood there, still wearing my robe and bonnet, hands on my hip, and admired how nice it looked after I swept. It was amazing.

Maybe I should start writing about cleaning hacks? Just kidding, other than sweeping the garage once a year, I know almost nothing about being a super tidy person.

How was your day?

If you’re out there in Internet land, please like or comment on this post.

Let me know that you’re reading my weird blog and are enjoying it.

If you hate it, keep that to yourself. I have enough critical nature in my own mind and I don’t welcome it from outsiders.

Unless you mail me a snickers bar.

Until tomorrow, my friends…

Have a Little Patience

When I was a school teacher, I endured many observations.

The principal, the assistant principal, the specialists, parents, everybody and their momma came into my room at some point and observed me.

During one observation early in my career, an administrator told me that I did a good job by pointing out a mistake in something I had written.

Honestly, I thought she was just being nice and just trying to find something good to write on my report. I’m sure she probably wanted to comment on how I often forgot to call in attendance and how I was the biggest germaphobe on the campus. I found it very natural to tell my students that I had made a mistake. I didn’t understand back then that my behavior was kind of a big deal for a kid to see.

In the years since, I have learned that a lot of people (I’m looking at you, parents) are actually huge assholes towards children…their own and other people’s kids, too.

Don’t get me wrong; kids are pretty awful. They’re only awful because they’re small, untrained versions of adults, who are technically the most awful.

Here’s the kicker: there’s a good chance that the parent made them into a little fart face.

So, if you’re a parent or teacher or anyone else who is around kids regularly, here are two tips to help you be less of a jerk and raise a little person who is also less of a jerk.

Number 1: Admit Your Own Mistakes and Shortcomings

I think some folks think that having a kid means having someone to tie your shoelaces when you’re old and fat. Unfortunately, there’s much more to it than that, even though wouldn’t that be super awesome of that were the case?

Take a cue from me, from many years ago and today, and show your humanness in front of your kids.

That doesn’t mean show them your angry, irrational side. That means to let them know when you don’t know something. Tell them about times when you felt like a failure or really failed at something. If the kid sees you as a whole person, they can accept themselves as whole people, too. And whole people are more conscious of how they treat others.

Number 2: Chill the F☆☆☆ Out

Tonight, I tried to learn two card games from two pre-teen children. You’d think that when I got home, the first thing I did was reach into my fridge and grab a 40 oz and guzzle it.

I didn’t.

While the children fussed and taunted each other while playing the games, I sat there, patiently, being present with them. My attitude influenced how they behaved and calmed them down. I was beaten in both games and even now I have no idea how to play either game (because children are cheaters who make sh☆t up). It was fun. They enjoyed me playing the game with them and I was able to influence them without saying or doing much. It was very rewarding.

If you have a bunch of kids at home, I send you my love and energy and prayers that you never run out of wine.

But most importantly, I send you my wish that you never run out of patience with your little heathens. The world is depending on you to be caring and human.

Until tomorrow my friends…

Random Things I Have Thought

It’s another slow news day today. I am very content and growing in my mindfulness practice, but honestly, there wasn’t a lot of crazy, sexy, or cool things that happened to me today.

So, here’s a look into my mind instead. Some random things I have thought about in the past.

Do guys use that vertical slit in the front of their underwear to pee from? If not, what is that slit for?

Do some people really and truly prefer pie to cake? How do they live their lives being so odd?

Do other people feel intense joy when something really great happens for someone they know or even a stranger? Am I the only one who gets emotionally invested in positive things that have nothing to do with me? I actively avoid negative things that have nothing to do with me.

When someone TPs another person’s house, do they go buy cheap toilet tissue especially for the occasion? Surely they don’t use their personal stash of Charmin, right?

How is everyone else able to handle alcohol so much better than me? What’s the damn secret?

Does anyone really think that garlic presses are really that great? I admire Gordon Ramsay and he uses one, but I’ve always kind of thought they were horseshit

What kind of random things are you thinking about?

Cheat Day

A poem I wrote on December 31, 2017, while contemplating the end of the year and the eventual end of us all. All rights reserved.

Beautiful life,

Where has the time gone?

Although some days I feel that the lack of wrinkles on my face betray the plentiful weight of my soul,

I am at that age when the world feels fragile

Where does the time go?

Does it take the hands of the dead

And escort them to the next life

Always remembering to turn around

And come back

For more and more of us each day?