September 12th, 2018


Done, done-er, donest

We finally finished watching Luke Cage, S2, which wasn't quite as good as S1. Lots of filler, seemingly designed to stretch out the number of episodes (8 would probably have been enough, and there were 13!) Still, the acting... What a season for Alfre Woodard (whom I've loved for decades), and a lovely swan song for Reg E. Cathey (and his marvelous voice). Shades was captivating and charismatic all the way through, and Mike Coulter was as smooth and handsome as ever. And would make a far better Jack Reacher than Tom Cruise, just saying... Ahem.

We're still watching The Blacklist with The Boy, and have also started Jack Ryan on Amazon. Meanwhile, I'm about 4/5ths of the way through Call Me By Your Name (which I'm watching solo). Our daughter is visiting, and she wants to see it too, but is unwilling to watch it with me because of potential awkwardness. Fair enough. I love Armie Hammer, but I'm still uneasy about the movie because of the age difference. I know how I would have felt about it when I was closer to the younger character's age, but things change over time. Also—maybe it's just me?—I've hit a couple of places where I feel as if some scenes might have been cut but the director/editor knew the story so well he didn't realize the continuity was a little rough? I'm withholding judgment until I finish.

The kids will be going back to school in a week and a half, and then it's back to the empty nest. :( The Boy is off at Yosemite with his uncle, and we're feeling pretty bad for him right now. He spent the summer moving furniture (lots of hard work), and had planned all of these great hikes because he was in fantastic walking shape and incredibly strong! But his hiking shoes scraped the back of his heels raw on the first day, and he can't keep the pain or the bleeding at bay. :( :(

And yes, he remembers the summer that happened to me, when we were going to Lassen and I went on a hike with my office mates two days before and my cast-off tennis shoes destroyed my heels halfway through. So disappointing. :(

In my case it was bad luck, but in his... he's still at an age where he could be growing, so all those times this summer we asked if he'd gotten any taller ("Eh, maybe") and whether his shoes still fit, well, it looks as if that might have been worth more serious consideration on his part now, doesn't it?

And now, just for meaningless entertainment: All 50 States Summed Up In A Single Photograph! The one-slide-at-a-time (and follow-on caption) is kind of annoying, but there are some gems in there. Alaska! Kansas :O :O Ohio! Kentucky (WTF?) Rhode Island :D

Elsewhere on that same website... OMG, this might as well be me! Except that it's after I've put on the sunblock! Gah, stop mocking my life already. /o\