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08 September 2013 @ 11:09 pm
Still hoping to encourage some of you to join therealljidol, so you can vote for my and other stories this round (and try out the comm and see what it's like). My story is really lagging in the votes, and we're losing the bottom 2 of 8 people this round, so every vote counts.

Biking today: I run into a variety of smells on the bike path. Some are bad (outhouses, lingering after-effects of fire, and let's not even discuss the later part of the salmon season). Some are good, and usually familiar by now: eucalyptus (rare), fresh laundry (some spring-blooming bud), sweet pepperiness (which comes from barely sprouted baby grapes—truly), charbroiled steak, blackberries, and licorice. Today I hit a new aroma: pumpkin bread! No idea how or where that came from, but on the return trip I smelled it in the same spot. Now I want pumpkin muffins..

We watched ParaNorman last night, which was fun and offbeat. You have to love the irony of animated characters watching a horror movie on TV that is done in claymation for the contrast. The PG rating needs a caveat, in that there is a lot of zombie stuff and younger kids will find that too scary. Still, there was a nice, soulful message at the end.

I worked on the LEGOs some more. There's nothing like tearing up all of the various repositories (which are even sorted!) for some obscure piece, and not being able to find any of the four of them... only to have your child tell you the next day, "Oh, yeah. I never had those pieces." I rebuilt an entire X-Wing fighter, to make sure the right pieces were used. That thing was obnoxiously fragile, so it more fell apart to where I had to start from scratch, than me deciding on that approach up front. It's done, I now know exactly what's missing (those four, identical, stupid-ass pieces, for one thing), and I won't get to disassemble it and pack it away until next weekend. Slow progress, but at least there is some.

Tomrrow? Back to the work grind again...

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Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on September 9th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
Voted! Good luck.

I have Paranorman on my list of movies to watch, but had sort of forgotten about it. Now I am interested in seeing it again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Paranorman had slipped down my list too, but then I saw a blurb on it at some media source and I moved it up.

I'm usually way more about the story than the animation in a movie like that, but some of the animation caught my eye for how it supported the story. Norman's mother has kind of a lumpy, chinless face with bags under her eyes, and there's an abstract, gone-to-seed realism about her appearance that you practically never see. We also laughed out loud at things like the depiction of the teenage "Yeah, right" lip curl, and a bashful zombie. You don't expect either of those, but they were conveyed unmistakably.

It's not movie gold, but it's definitely worth seeing. I wish I'd seen it sooner, but Frankenweenie got more hype and the other just fell right out of my memory space. :)
Desireex_disturbed_x on September 9th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
I loved Paranorman. My wife was nagging me to see it and I thought I'd hate it but it ended up being pretty cool. :P I did love the message in the movie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
It must just not be "hyped" well enough by the publicity folks, because I think almost every who has seen it thought it was better than expected!
Peter: Chainringpeterb on September 9th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how the lj idol thing works. Pointers for a noob?

In re the smells, that is one of the things I enjoy the most about being on a bike - the total immersion in what is happening at the time and place - the smells, the sounds, the feeling. No other mode of transport does the same for me.

There's something special about rolling / pootling / hurtling along, listening to the tyres singing, the wildlife doing its thing, the colours of the flora and fauna, the colour of the light, and the olfactory aspect adding a another complete dimension of richness to the sensation, and knowing that what you experience at that given moment is unique in all of time and creation.

One of the rare things that makes me glad to be alive.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
You join therealljidol comm from its profile page, and then all the stories are linked off of the poll, which is here. Please let me know if that isn't detailed enough!

The Green Room postings and discussion tend to be entertaining, too, plus many great stories each week. You could be writing stories about cycling or obnoxious customers in Season 9!

the total immersion in what is happening at the time and place - the smells, the sounds, the feeling. No other mode of transport does the same for me.
Oh, I agree. You can't get the same feeling in a car or bus, and can't cover as much ground by walking! I'm never even tempted to listen to music while biking (which doesn't seem very safe anyway). There's so much going on, even if it's just ground squirrels shrieking out territorial declarations every 15 seconds as you go past.

You must bike more on country roads than I do, and the country where you are is beautiful! When I ride near the office (along streets and semi-rural streets), the good smells are mostly limited to sun-baked strawberries and surprise eucalyptus. The open fields are usually too dry for aroma. One intersection on the way back to the office smells like melting tire rubber. The worst (apart from skunks and roadkill) is getting caught behind a garbage truck OR a sawdust truck (which smells much the same). :O