Saturday, August 27, 2016
For that reason foremost, I want things around me that remind me of him, to keep him close to me when I am not able to be at the hospital.
Funny thing- Tango knows hospital. I told him we were going to the hospital, and his expression got really dark. "you are going to be going for days again" kind of dark, so I hastened to reassure him.
My dad is 90(or will be in a month) and diabetic, has had and gone into remission from lung cancer. But I only remember him sick twice. My High school graduation(he had a bleeding ulcer that had to be operated on) and now. Don't get me wrong- he is not unbreakable- just strong and tough. Steady. Took care of his family- Still does.
I went over to the parents house on Sunday, and knew something was awry- the car was covered, meaning no church for them, and lights were on that aren't usually left on. no one knew anything until my mom called me in the afternoon.
It shakes you, to have a pillar knocked over, and see this strong man in a hospital bed.
So I have Hailstorm, that he picked out for me for Christmas a few years back. The year he wanted all of his boys to have toys to play with.
I have Hubcap, that I bought him his own of.
And I am reading my favorite book of the ones he loaned me, that I later bought my own copy of.
And I am doing my job, and taking care of my family, like he taught. My fathers 90th birthday is next month- there is said to be barbecue and cake in the offing. More on that next month.
Update- I started this on Tuesday, and since then my father was moved from ICU to a regular room, and then to a rehab center for physical therapy and evaluation. He tends to heal pretty fast. Now he is mostly bored and disgusted at having to call the nurses when he wants to get up. Also, apparently telling his Nurse that you think a "Floor patient" is what happens when a patient falls out of bed is grounds for being told I tell "Dad jokes"
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
If _____ was an Olympic sport, I’d have a gold medal around my neck.
- Flawed Gem Polishing
- Verbal trailering
- Media finding
- Rebel With Causes and Toy Break got gold and silver for the 100 meter procrastination. they will get around to picking up their medals eventually
- Diary of a Dorkette got all 10s for her humming of video game tunes, and gave me an ear-worm
- Green Plastic Squirt Gun has an event from the dust and to the dust it shall return in time...
- Jathniel is strong in the ways of the trivial force
- 20 years before 2000 is taking gold in 50 meter freestyle parenting
- the Harvey Mercheum is worrying his way to the podium
- Travelling Pics is taking her show on the road for the win! Toy travelling marathon!
- Rediscover the 80's is playing competitive Contra
- Calvins Canadian Cave of Cool is doing the self-blogging triathalon
- The Toy Box is working the toy cataloguing relay
- The Nerd Nook has a truly gold-worthy junk drawer- chances are the medal will wind up there too
Sunday, August 21, 2016
I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable, hitting all the right feels, and all the right funnies. the message is as poignant as the message of the original book, although I think very few today would doubt the value of trees. in 1972 when the original book was published we were far less aware of our impact on the environment, and we thought that the Earth would just keep taking care of us forever. We know a little different now.
The movie expands the books story, giving depth and flesh to it's somewhat one-dimensional characters. The voice casting is ecellent, and it is well acted, well animated. the forest creatures sounded like and behaved somewhat like "minions", and it was by intention, but that was a little jarring.
The ride of the protagonist, Ted, through the wasted landscape to meet the Once-ler for the first time is spooky and disturbing. I had Sid sitting with me, and he got really worried watching it, calling for Mom. His journey actually echoes the Hero's journey, and in the end he is transformed from a boy trying to impress a girl to a man who willingly faces down the forces that control his city for his own beliefs.
The books somewhat ambiguous ending becomes a a tale of redemption and forgiveness. with the Once-ler breaking his isolation, walking in the sun and caring for young trees. In the end, he and the Lorax are reconciled, and the animals return.
The ending reminds me somewhat of Wall-E, and they share many a common theme.
My rating, I would say see this one. I picked it up for $5 in the Wal-mart cheap DVD bin, and I would say it was an excellent purchase.
And if you don't understand the title of this post... Go see it, or read the book.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
This started off to be a musing about some music, ended up being some thoughts about how we wind up carrying pieces of other people with us for life.
We collide against other people, like cars in traffic, and leave tastes and behaviors like traded paint. My first serious girlfriend, who became my first wife left me with a love of Rush, a daughter, and some reinforced and fortified insecurities. Sam imbued upon me the love of birds, odd videos, and a better understanding of myself, good, bad and ugly.
What brought this up was that I found myself listening to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Tarkus, followed by Triumvirat, Spartacus. The same person (who I decline to identify here) introduced me to both of those, and in fact guided me to the Who, comic books, and a lot of my other lifelong loves.
I'm not really close with that person any more, we are both self absorbed in incompatible ways, but the pieces he left behind on me, like a paintscrape on my soul, I wouldn't trade for all the buffing Maaco could do. For the pieces left behind, thanks.
Thanks for every little collision, fellow travelers, every one of you. Good dents and bad, you helped to form my character.