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07 June 2015 @ 11:51 pm
Hoo, boy...  
Hot, hot weekend. Yesterday was in the low 90s (I ended the morning's 5-mile run right at 3.9 miles, because it was suddenly clear I was done). Today was 96o, and felt hotter because it was a little muggy. My bike ride went from aiming for about 24 miles to maybe 22 miles and then, "Nope—I have to quit right now, 1/3 mile before even the shortest distance." Ugh. Both days, it took me about an hour to recuperate from overheating, and by then it was 1:30-2pm.

In addition to the heat, today's ride featured a great blue heron, and a guy drafting off of me for over 6 miles without even asking (typical). Last weekend, I picked up a hitchiker along the parkway, but it wasn't the usual cute ladybug or even a beetle. Instead, I looked down and saw yellow and black antenna and part of a body underneath my cyclometer, next to the 'Pause' button. This happened near my turnaround point, so I kept checking on the bug's location and thinking, "Don't press the pause button. Don't press the pause button" just so I wouldn't forget and get stung. The creature—a wasp—crawled on top of the cyclometer, got blown off onto the center bar and then closer to me. It was near my legs by then, and I've been stung there before, so I pulled over to let it escape. Whew!

Speaking of "Whew," I finally finished The Shining. It... did not thrill me. The foreshadowing seemed really heavy-handed, I hated how the female character was written, the five-year-old-boy often seemed more like 9 or 10, and there are times King really seems wedded to the Magical Negro stereotype (though that was my favorite character). I much preferred the sequel, Doctor Sleep, which had an unsettling spookiness about it that is more typical of King's son's writing.

With that out of the way, I started Egg and Spoon. This book has the feeling of several overlapping wisps of Russian folk tales, with wry interjections by the narrator. The style reminds me a bit of reckless_blues, and the rendering of Baba Yaga here is everything you could hope for and more. I'm almost halfway through already.

Movie-wise, we watched Three Days To Kill last weekend (more of a comedy than a thriller, and we loved the comedy parts), and we're now watching Paul. I was sure this last movie was PG-13, because it feels like that should be the audience. But no, it's rated R, thanks to a ton of misplaced cuss words—because heaven forbid a movie should get a PG-13 rating! Clearly, that would mean it was no good! Argh.

Now, courtesy of our son, have some links to a bizarrely funny set of toilet paper commercials: Sir Froggy, Daddy Gator, Birds, Conductor Randy, Great Grandpa Thaddeus, and Little Miss Puffytail. Good times. :)

 
 
 
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 19th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Three novels with that trope, though... Isn't that his primary use of people-of-color as major characters? I hope that's changed by now.
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on June 19th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Well, there was Detta/Odetta/Susannah in the Dark Tower series. I don't think she was a Magical Negro, but she had DID/multiple personalities which in my opinion was not well-executed and which he called "schizophrenia" even though he wrote the damn books in the 90s and should have known better.

Wait, why do I love Stephen King again? o_O
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on June 19th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
To be fair, it's probably pretty hard to accurately portray a character with DID.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 19th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Even psychiatrists used to think that DID was associated with schizophrenia, at one time.

Now they've been separated out, which is good. There are plenty of people who have DID who are not remotely schizophrenic. In fact, a lot of time they fully process the rest of reality completely, apart from their alters not realizing that they are not the "real" identity of the person himself/herself.

So, I'd definitely give him a pass on that score. :D
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on June 19th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
I know they did. But that time was not in the 90's when he introduced this character.

And you're right... DID is not a psychotic disorder. Some people with DID are even co-conscious, which means some or all of the alters are aware of each other and aware they are not the original personality.

Edited at 2015-06-19 05:27 pm (UTC)