“Moving around from town to town is what makes me so free”
Posted on June 27th, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

Last week, I escorted my father to Pennsylvania.  His back was hurting and I didn’t want him to go all that way alone.  It took use 2 days to get to  his destination.  Halfway on the first day, the air conditioner in his truck died out.  We spent the rest of the trip with the windows open.  His cat, Harri, was miserable.

I flew home for the return trip.  I flew out of Pittsburgh and caught a connection in Atlanta to Jacksonville.  It was $250.00 cheaper to fly to Jacksonville as opposed to Savannah.  The plane I rode to Atlanta, I believe, was going to Savannah for its next flight.  I saved $250.00 stepping off that plane and getting onto another one. My sisters picked me up in Jacksonville and drove me back to Savannah.

As part of the trip, I got to see parts of the country I hadn’t seen before.  We traveled on I-77 north of Charlotte, I-81 in most of Virginia, West Virgina’s eastern panhandle, and western Pennsylvania. For the first night, we stayed at the cool KOA in Fancy Gap, VA.  The second night was at the campground my father is currently at.  When he travels, he take a trailer.

He’s had a trailer for a while.  His job required long stays.  The trailer is cheaper than a hotel room. And it’s his home. He can do anything he wants. He’s been doing this for 15 years now.

Some of my memories are related to his owning a trailer.  When I had issues upon graduating high school, my mother took me to Virginia to his trailer. When I was out of work, we went to the trailer.  When I was on vacation from college, we went to the trailer.  It wasn’t just his home, it was our home. And if I didn’t go with my mother, my brother would go with her.  Once, even my brother went with my dad to the trailer for a week, without the rest of us.

The sad thing about the trailer is my mother died before she could join my father on the road.  Once my youngest sister was out of high school, my mother planned on joining him for several months. At least she did spend time with him in the trailer, even if it was only for 1 to 3 weeks at a time, when none of us were in school.

It felt good to take that trip. I spent time with my father that I haven’t had the chance to do in a while.  The last time I traveled with my father with his trailer on a multi-day trip was after my mother died. My brother & I flew with my father to New York to get the trailer he left when he flew home for her death.

So, after making that trip last weekend, I decided to update the maps of states I’ve been to and states I’ve slept in.

States I’ve been in:

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States I’ve slept in:

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I wonder where I’ll visit next.

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“Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.”
Posted on June 16th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

The title is a quote from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  It’s a very fitting quote to help describe Man of Steel, which I saw last night.

Elements of that novel were clearly seen in the Kryptonian world. In a way, Kal-El is a John the Savage. Except Kal-El doesn’t kill himself.

This movie took elements of the first 2 Christopher Reeve Superman films and reinvented some of the elements. The diner scene was such an element.  Recognized it in a moment. Using Zod was the bad guy was also one element.  From the first film, we have the origin story.  The origin and growing up scenes I liked much better in this film.  We didn’t see Clark grow up in a linear fashion.  We saw him grow up in flashbacks, but the flashbacks tied into the issue he was facing at the moment. I was interesting seeing a young Clark learning how to adapt to his powers and how he couldn’t help but use them to do the human things he grew up wanting to do.

Henry Cavill was a great Superman.  Not that Brandon Routh wasn’t a bad one, but I think Bryan Singer was so fixated on the first two Reeve films, that we was too busy trying to make everyone replicate what the original actors did.  And that’s the difference in Man of Steel and Superman Returns.  Routh was trying to be Reeve.  Bosworth was trying to be Kidder. The only ones that didn’t have to be someone else were the kid, James Marsden, and Kevin Spacey.  The kid and Marsden were original characters.  And Spacey’s acting level is on par with Hackman.  They both have that crazy man down. To me, that was the fault of Singer.

But Cavill’s Superman came across as a product of the 80s and 90s.  Based on his stated age in the film, he’s a peer of mine.  And Clark’s attitude was clear of being a product of this time.  What should he do? Why do he feel alone?  What’s wrong with him?  All those questions I have asked myself.

And I liked Amy Adams’ Lois.  She was not afraid to seek the truth, even if she was stupid to follow Clark in the Artic.  And she sought him out and found him.  And once she got to know Clark as the decent guy that wants to help but no bring attention to himself, she respected that part of him and was willing to drop her story. And once the word got out she knew who he was, she still didn’t betray him.  She did everything she could to help him and the world.

That’s the major difference in Adams and Kidder’s Lois.  Kidder’s Lois never really cared for Clark more than a buddy.  I don’t think she ever gave much more thought to Clark until he disappeared when Superman appeared. Lois was clearly head over heels for Superman.

And finally in my analysis of this film, I liked the little odes to Star Trek.  Did anyone catch them? And I’m not happy with what happened to Christopher Meloni’s character.

So did the reinvent the legend in this movie?  Haven’t pretty much all super hero movies reinvented the legends and comic books?

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I Can’t Help But Sing This One.
Posted on June 12th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

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