Hello and welcome to another edition of “No, I Haven’t Abandoned My Blog!” Today, we talk about stuff and things and junk and crap.
It has been almost two months since I last returned a Netflix movie. I’ve been holding the current one, Bound, hostage for absolutely no reason. Haven’t even watched it. Finally going to return it tomorrow (still unwatched) because I realize watching (usually) shitty movies is the stuff of great (above average) blog posts. I should probably get back into my Netflix account and see what I’ve got coming.
There was actually stuff to write about this weekend. Saw Wreck-It Ralph, which was a very good Disney picture with a lot of heart. I didn’t really go into it with my “Blogging Mind” on, however, so the lion’s share of my impressions are lost to the sands of time. Possibly for the best! But I do recommend it.
Of course, being from Kansas City, the overwhelming story this weekend was the murder-suicide committed by a Chiefs player, the suicide part of that taking place in front of his coaches and general manager. It is an intensely disturbing story that doesn’t make a great deal of sense, no matter how one looks at it. Especially considering the Chiefs suited up and played a game the very next day. I had some pretty strong feelings on that. Well, I still do. But I guess the players made the call to go ahead with the game, and I can’t work up the outrage knowing that his own teammates chose to take the field. Even so, I feel it was a mistake, and a missed opportunity to prove that there are far far more important things than football to concern ourselves with. It feels even stranger considering the Chiefs won that game, only their second victory of the whole season, and their first win at home since last year. I guess the message is nothing boosts performance like unspeakable tragedy?
The other side of that coin is that Rhoades to Madness doesn’t tend to concern itself with the seriousness of the world. I’m not sure how I could realistically follow blasting the Chiefs for a seeming lack of respect with a post about robotic squirrel ushers without seeming like a massive hypocrite.
Been re-watching Mad Men the last couple of weeks. I’ve watched the first three seasons probably five times through now, and I am continually amazed at how I’m still finding little details in episodes that I didn’t notice before. Jimmy Barrett reluctantly but wisely avoiding one last fat joke, or continued references to Betty being good at cards. Things like that. They aren’t mind-blowing things, no, but it’s these little details that help make the show so incredibly good both first-run and after multiple watch-throughs. I’m looking forward to seeing Season 5 again. It definitely was not the strongest of years for the show, but I’m interested to see what I missed the first time through. And, of course, Season 6 is still an unbearably long time off, but with Christmas bearing down on us, March isn’t as far away as I might think.
Speaking of the holidays, they are no doubt going to play hell with my schedule. Not that there are a great many of you clicking “refresh” over and over in terrible anticipation of my next post, but I figured I’d put that out there.
Changed the logo of the blog. Wasn’t happy with it. Changed it again. Still not thrilled, really. Another revision may come later in the week, or I may just let it ride until I really get inspired.
And one more bit of blog business: WordPress’s new media upload/management system sucks. Discovering that as I try to do simple things like put pictures where I actually want them. I hope the kinks get worked out of this soon, because taking the “easy” out of blog posting pretty much defeats the whole purpose.