April 1, 2021

Date: April 1, 2021

Music Video of the Day:

I heard this was a FAVORITE song of a dear friend of mine 😛

Happy April everyone!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA the last few weeks.

After my awful reaction to the Covid vaccine, life happened and I’ve been completely swamped at work. My brain has been a giant pile of mush and I just haven’t had the energy to write.

I’m hoping things will slow down in the next few days and I can finally get around to finishing Voyager.

Since I was unable to finish the rest of Women’s History Month in music, here are some female led bands and artists you should give a listen to on top of the ones I already mentioned:

  • No Doubt
  • Paramore
  • Hole
  • Garbage
  • Adele
  • Alicia Keys
  • Shakira
  • Lizzo
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Demi Lovato
  • The Bangles

Wishing everyone a great Spring so far and Let’s Go Yankees!

Boondock Saints Double Feature Picture Show

Date: March 20, 2021

Music Video of the Day: Happy 20th Day of Women’s History Month !

So. Much. 80’s. Hair.
From THE BOONDOCK SAINTS "Where you goin? Nowhere".
oh, my dear green beans.

Interstellar News: Still feeling foggy today, so we finished up our annual viewing of Boondock Saints and Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. I haven’t had the head for Trek lately, so you’re all in for a double review. Spoilers ahead.

Boondock Saints original movie
The original.

“Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.” I can remember the first time I watched Boondock Saints. It was 2004 and I was a first year student in college. I was hanging out with a bunch of my friends and my soon-to-be roommate and instantly fell in love with the movie. “Fuck” has always been my favorite curse word, and this movie is chalk full of its use. I always joke that “F” has been my favorite letter because there’s a picture of my from kindergarten wearing a big letter F at some presentation our class did on the alphabet. I can quote this movie anytime and I do, often. There’s even a Star Trek reference in the first part of the movie when there’s a Russian enforcer named Chekov and I never even caught it until last year’s viewing after starting my journey. I love every character in the original, I love how things just keep happening, and I love how it all comes together. It’s got some racy moments and some language I wish was different, but it’s perfect for an irreverent movie. I mean, this is the only movie where an animal gets hurt and I don’t actually get upset because it’s so absolutely absurd. I cannot hype this movie up enough, it’s just so wonderful and you should watch it when you’re in the mood for something completely insane and awesome, with LOTS AND LOTS of gratuitous violence.

Boondock Saints II: All saints Day
The sequel.

“Who ordered the whup ass fajitas?” 20 years later in the real world and 8 years later in the movie’s world, All Saints Day is dropped on the world and continues to be part of our St. Patrick’s Day festivities. There are some noticeable absences, but not, and it’s nicely done. Rocco may be dead but he shows up a few times to provide the boys with some inspiration, just like in the first film. Smecker died off camera but then we find out that’s a lie, and it’s so good to see him back and sassier than ever. Romeo joins the team, we see what’s become of the Yakavetta crew, and we find out what the brothers have been doing. There are a lot of new players, and some of the old mixed in, and it’s a very fun follow up to the original. Greenly and Noah die at the end, both very sad but noble deaths, and it’s unclear how Romeo fares since he’s still unconscious. The thing that never sat well with me here is how Smecker talks about busting them out of jail and “going bigger”, but the boys did nothing for EIGHT YEARS after Boston. It’s not like they went to other cities or countries and killed more bad guys, they just laid low. I think Smecker is talking about using them kind of like a Suicide Squad, especially if justice does not prevail through the courts, but it’s just not clear what’s been happening in the intervening 8 years. The dialogue is still awesome, though risque, and the rant Rocco goes on about men being men is absolutely misogynistic… but it fits. It doesn’t overshadow the original but is a worthy follow up and I enjoy watching it every year.

Sláinte, TA Out!

I’m Alive!

Date: March 19, 2021

Music Video of the Day: Happy 19th Day of Women’s History Month !

Appropriately in theme all around.

Interstellar News: My week from hell.

Monday – I spent all day super anxious because I am phobic of needles. It’s called Trypanophobia and it’s panic response to needles and injections. I have it so bad that I can pass out or literally be scared to death, so giving blood has never been a thing I can do. I was not going to get vaccinated and just stay away from folks as long as it took for herd immunity to kick in, but then Johnson and Johnson came out with their vaccine and I was eligible and got an appointment. My emotional support husband and the astral form of a dear and beloved friend were there to help me through it, and a super understanding and patient doctor who stabbed me, and I survived the Ides of March by getting stabbed once. I spent the rest of the evening coming down from my anxiety and having arm pain.

As Mr. Malhame would say in high school history class… “Hail Ceasar!”

Tuesday – I had two meetings in the morning and was doing okay until lunch, aside from the arm pain, and then all of the side effects started to come on. Some mixture of body aches, headaches, nausea, fever, and just being overall really fucking tired. I did not sleep well, though it was not for lack of cat and dog nurses trying their best.

Wednesday – I woke up with a 100 degree fever, took some Motrin, and skipped my morning meeting for some more sleep. I taught class as best I could, thank the universe for me scheduling a panel and having an awesome co-instructor, and then went back to bed until the afternoon. Then I slept some more. I may have had water and chicken broth, but there was absolutely a lot of sleeping.

sweet dreams, good night puppy.
Sweet dreams indeed.

Thursday – I thought I was getting back to normal, but I was still incredibly nauseous and still very tired. There was a bit more work done but also a lot more sleeping. I also helped do an outreach event but it was great to have some student ambassadors to help out too.

Friday (today) – My appetite finally came back, I got some work done, and I got to watch Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope with our friends via a watch party. Did I mention I ATE ALL THE THINGS?

I am so thankful that there’s a one shot vaccine, that I was eligible and able to get an appointment, and I have a wonderful team at work that was able to hold down the fort while I was feeling awful. I’m finally starting to come out of this thing and I was not expecting to get knocked on my ass so much. If you get the two shot, one shot, can’t get vaccinated, or whatever… continue to stay safe, stay masked, wash your hands, and be kind.

TA Out!

Happy Pi(e) Day 2021

Date: March 14, 2021

Music Videos of the Day: Happy 14th Day of Women’s History Month and Pi(e) Day!

I don’t really like Madonna, but she’s a hell of a performer and this is the best song for today’s holiday/

Interstellar News: This weekend did not go at all as planned. Saturday errands suddenly happened and took longer than expected, plus an unplanned lunch date. Sunday (today) was spent at a 1st birthday party (socially distanced and outside in the wonderful weather) and then helping a friend move and get groceries for the week. We had planned to celebrate Pi(e) day making semi-homemade pizza, but instead we’re celebrating my late mother’s birthday a day early and pushing pizza back until tomorrow. We ate Popeye’s in her memory and cupcakes from River’s birthday for dessert (River’s middle name is the same as my mom’s first).

Popeye's chicken sandwich
Louisiana Fast…

Tomorrow I will celebrate the Ides of March (and my mom’s actual birthday) by getting stabbed thanks to Team Johnson and Johnson. As always wash your hands, wear your mask, sign up to get vaccinated if/when you can, tell those you love how you feel, be excellent to each other, live long and prosper, party on dudes, and may the Force be with us all.

TA Out!

Sports Night: “What Kind of Day Has It Been?”

Date: March 13, 2021

Season 1, Episode 23

Music Video of the Day: Happy 13th Day of Women’s History Month!

I saw her in concert in 2018 or 2019 and she was still amazing.

Interstellar News: I had a wonderful lunch date with the husband person (hamburgers in the car) and then we got a bunch of free or nearly free stuff from the grocery store and then I watched the first half of a Deep Space Nine documentary.

Favorite Quote:

Casey: So what’s the problem?

Dana: Well, Casey, it’s pretty complicated. This is a sophisticated instrument.

Casey: Uh huh.

Dana: It’s not any one thing, and it would be difficult to explain to anyone who didn’t have at least an intermediate background in photography, but, by and large, it’s that I put the film in backwards. (Casey chuckles) What?

Casey: Nothing, I just think you’re funny.

This is directly after she tells Gordon ” I was a lot funnier than you ever gave me credit for being.”.
the group posing for a picture
“Get in your places. Here we go!”

Season 1 ends with this absolutely beautiful episode. There are two moments that always make me cry and two bits that always stick with me.

In your lifetime, you’ll never embarrass me.”: Moment one that makes me cry is when Charlie and Casey have their talk and Casey “dads up” big time. It’s such a wonderful parent and child moment and I love it so much. It’s the first time we see Charlie in person, though he’s mentioned often. Dan also does a great job in calling Charlie out on his fib, but also trying to figure out why it happened.

Charlie McCall
“But I can’t play. And I lied ’cause I didn’t want to embarrass you. I’m sorry.”

“Are you thinking of getting my show on the air any time soon?” Moment two that makes me cry is when Isaac makes his triumphant return to the office just as Dana is losing it over absolutely nothing going right that day. He says the right thing at the right time in only the way he can, and he does the same with Dan and Casey as they politely rib him a bit. It’s an absolutely beautifully done scene and tugs the heartstrings every damn time.

Isaac Jaffey talking to Dan and Casey
“Out six weeks on the DL with a stroke? I’ve seen gored matadors get up off the floor faster than you.”

“Your haberdashery parable cleared it all up for me.” The other two moments that stick with me are Natalie and Jeremy and Gordon and Dana. Jeremy is stuck on the “ninth inning rally” and he’s going on and on about it and Natalie just smiles and nods. She’s finally realized it’s better to just let him roll with it and it’s wonderful to see where they are in their relationship. It’s been a hell of a ride since the pilot until now for both of them. Gordon and Dana’s bit sticks out because Dana knows what’s coming but she doesn’t and then they have to walk allllllll the way through the newsroom, all the while Dana is fielding questions, only to finally wind up in Isaac’s office so they can break up. Dana hides it well until the camera doesn’t work for the second time that day because it’s much easier to lose it over something inconsequential than it is to give in at the moment it happens. These two bits help round out the episode, but the above feel-good moments are what makes it one of my favorite episodes of Sports Night.

TA Out!