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01 July 2014 @ 11:17 am
It's to a castle I will take you...  
by which I mean, inform you that Crazy Castle Guy on I-80 near Sacramento is now building a vineyard on his property. I know this because

  • His castle is right next to the freeway,

  • It's completely visible (because while you might think someone living in that location would immediately put up a soundwall or at least some camouflaging vegetation, that would defeat the purpose of his castle being seen), and

  • The original plot of grapevines continues to expand rapidly. It's nearing a harvestable size.

  • None of this obscures the large boat, the RV, or the construction equipment on the freeway side of the castle, though. Classy!

    I'm thinking 'manic,' personally. About the whole damn thing.

    I finished American Gods, finally. That took forever, though it sped up near the end. That book is a grand, sprawling epic that while a more 'important' endeavor than The Anansi Boys was for me still a lot less fun and less captivating. I'm really glad I read the other first, because I would have been spoiled otherwise for who Fat Charlie Nancy was and exactly how and why his hapless life began to unravel. Next up: The Poet (another Michael Connolly) and perhaps Ancillary Justice (sci-fi), though the world-building in that second one is already annoying me in just the first chapter. Alien cultures? Yes! Weirdness for the sake of being weird? No!

    Apropos of nothing... I want to invent a word that is almost the inverse of Schadenfreude, perhaps something like Freudenschade. It isn't sorrow at others' joy, it's more when you are saddened by something that is happy news for someone else. Specifically, Stephen Colbert's upcoming departure from his show to replace David Letterman. LOTS of people can be talk-show hosts, but there is only one Stephen Colbert. :( And with each passing episode (marked with a countdown of how many are left, just to twist the knife), I regret more and more that The Colbert Report is ending. The celebrity interviews are my least favorite part of the show—I usually skip them! But the insane satire? I live for it. *weeps for the future*

    So, what are you regretting today?

    bleodswean: morpheus deathbleodswean on July 1st, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
    Regretting that I STILL have not put this &*^%$ newsletter to bed.

    I loved the IDEA of AG, but Gaiman simply isn't as good as I want him so badly to be. "Good Omens" though, as I said, is brill.

    I love your idea of Freudenshcade.

    When we were kids we were MESMERIZED by that castle. And this was in the 70's so *ahem*. Begged our pa to build one for us.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
    STILL working on that newsletter? Perhaps a goal for this year should be to foist it off on someone else. ;)

    I didn't even love the idea of AG (in fact, one of the reasons I liked Anansi Boys so much was because I started reading it without checking the summary first. The concept likely would have made me go, "Oh, HELL no!", but the execution and humor won me over). AG was just a slog, for me, and just too rambling in places. I grew to like shadow, but other than him I most liked the side-visit to the Johnny Apple and Whiskey Jack. And all the parts involving Lakeside, including the big reveal.

    Damn, that castle has been around that long? :O Though it was here when I moved to Sac in '87.

    I tell you, that builder must have a manic streak. I just can't see anyone building it, particularly in that location AND making sure it's always visible to everyone driving past. Nicely shaped, though. And what kid would NOT want to live in a castle? Better than a treehouse! \o/
    cindytsuki_no_bara on July 1st, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
    stephen colbert is leaving? aw, bummer. i admit i only ever watched the colbert report sporadically - it took me a while to get used to it being satire - but i enjoyed it when i did watch. i didn't mind the interviews, especially when the interviewee was clearly in on the joke and really enjoyed trading quips. and i really like him, as an entertainer and from the little i know about him as a person.

    i'm super curious about this castle now!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 1st, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
    I like Colbert very much as a person, and also his talent for using satire to skewer people with extreme versions of their own wrongness. That show is genius, to me! And there's nothing quite like it. The Daily Show is humor, but it's not such extreme satire.

    The castle is pretty well-known around Sacramento, because the existence of it (again, right next to the freeway!) is highly weird. But the addition of trashy-looking things like the boat/RV/backhoe/etc. completely detract from whatever the creator was going for.

    Hey, someone has an actual picture and blurb on the thing!
    Port: what? communitydesertport on July 2nd, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
    It's gonna be the end of a too-short era. :( Do you know what they're replacing the show with?
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 2nd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
    I haven't heard anything about it. Honestly, I'm still surprised that they let HBO offer John Oliver his own show, rather than doing it themselves! The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are really the only things I watch on the Comedy Channel, which is kind of ironic.

    Oh, Stephen. Too soon!
    Port: epic couchdesertport on July 2nd, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
    It would have been awesome to have John Oliver follow TDS! They're probably regretting letting him go. Tbh, everything else on Comedy Central looks really dude-bro-ish to me. I read somewhere that the ratio of female to male comics there is like 1:20, which says a lot about the demographic they're courting.
    uncawes on July 3rd, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
    I don't think I've ever seen the Colbert Report. Sometimes when I'm on night shift we will have Letterman on. Depends who his guests are - Letterman himself is way past jumping the shark. If he didn't have Paul Schaeffer backing him up he'd have been put out to pasture years ago.
    So, I look forward to a new host for the Late Show.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
    Letterman used to be fun, back in the 80s at least (it's been that long!)

    My favorite Late Night host has been Craig Ferguson for a long time, though he's clearly in a funk and is retiring this year.

    Colbert's show is brilliant satire, where he hosts the whole thing as a character who is so right-wing as to be a mockery of himself. The character is as much satire as the show is. :)
    n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on July 5th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
    He has a castle? O_o

    There are these people who live a few streets down whose entire yard is cluttered with... stuff. It's not garbage, necessarily. More like lawn decorations and kids' outside toys and other random weird shit, but packed together densely enough that it could be a flea market or something. I can never decide if they are hoarders or just have a really different sense of aesthetics.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 5th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
    Haha-- I love the idea that the randomness and messiness could be construed as a perpetual yard sale.

    There was a house in our neighborhood whose front yard I loved-- it was this little cottage garden, kind of overflowing. And then the one vase was joined by a gazing ball, a plaster rabbit, a couple of random chairs, more vases, more figurines, and now... it's just kitsch. :(
    n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on July 5th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
    Yup, that's basically what this yard looks like. I keep meaning to get a pic. Maybe I will finally get around to doing that and post it on the main journal. Although going outside in Georgia in the summer is yuck, so maybe in the fall. XD