October 19, 2013

  • Themes

    Not happy with the lack of progress in many areas here. There are very limited options to changing ones theme. I’ve been playing around with it this morning, and I’m just kind of bummed. Hurry up Xanga! It’s flippin’ October 19th. Get a move on!

September 30, 2013

  • A Mission to Civilize: The Newsroom


    I don’t get all the hate for the HBO series, The Newsroom. I’ve only recently become acquainted with the series, now two seasons old, after an uncle visiting from out of state cued up Will McAvoy’s (Jeff Daniels) monologue from the first show. He, being a Liberal just like me, thought I would appreciate the message. After watching that tidbit I knew I had to see the series from the start somehow, even though I am not an HBO subscriber. I worked out a way, and during the past week I viewed the entire two seasons as an intermittent marathon, between work, household chores and sleep. I even stayed up past my bedtime last night to watch the season 2 finale. I’m an early riser, and though I dragged myself through the day today, it was completely worth it!

    I Googled news and reviews for The Newsroom today, and was shocked that many critics wrote about their seething hatred of the show, and in particular the finale for this season. I was much relieved after reading the comments for these articles to find I was not alone in my love for the series, the well developed characters, the fine acting, and the genius of the writer, Aaron Sorkin. Peppered between the positive comments were the haters, some of them not comprehending the message, or believing many questions were left unanswered. One of the things that perplexed more than few was Maggie’s (Alison Pill) hair. They said the reason for her drastic cut and color was never revealed. They must not have been listening, or they are dumber than a box of rocks because, seriously? That was definitely addressed.

    I can only gather from some of the comments that many of the haters are Republicans of the newest, most rabid variety, so I expect no less than flames and critical appraisals of the show from them. Although, Will McAvoy is a Republican on the show, the writer Sorkin’s liberal roots show through in the dialogue of most of the characters.

    Some of the negative comments expressed disappointment that the female characters are represented as weak or lacking self esteem. While I can see how the initial impression of the female characters can be misconstrued as such, really what we are being shown is their growth emotionally throughout each episode. It is a human thing, people. Hopefully we all grow, mature, and become more self-confident with time and experience. Sorkin has even developed the main male characters in the same manner. And really, do you call this weak?

    Oh well, haters gonna hate. As for me? I am looking forward to the announcement from HBO that all things are a go for season three!

September 28, 2013

  • I Long For More Time

    I know there is hardly anybody here (except the ones who matter) anymore, and the weekends are even more dead than the weekdays, but I have no other time at the moment than weekends to post. By the time I get to posting I just think about how few will read it and I wonder WHY? Why should I even post? Then I remember I paid for this and want to keep Xanga alive. Hoping that they will soon be able to roll out some other, better features.

    Anyway, I’ve had family in from out of state all week, and they’ll be here through this weekend, so I’ve little time at the moment right now anyway. We did manage to have an outing last week to take some photos of a local sunflower field. I’m hoping to get out for a while today to snap some other photos, just for fun. No idea where or what yet, but that’s half the fun, discovering new things to capture in an image.  I’m very much into photography these days. It’s one of my few creative outlets left. Here are a few sunflowers from the past week:








September 17, 2013

  • Feels Like A Monday

    I’ve been sick the last few days. I had to take off work yesterday to go to the doctor and get some good drugs, so going back to work today I’m disoriented and feel like it was Monday. The weird part for me about short weeks of work is that they seem to drag out longer than regular 5 day work weeks. I’m not sure how that works, but it does.

    I’m feeling like doo-doo right now, but so much better than yesterday, so there’s hope! No hope for a real post from me right now, though. I just wanted to check in and say HI! And here, enjoy a photo taken by me:


    Taken this spring with my cell phone!