Posts From Old Website – September 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

WHY FIGHT NATURE?

09/24/2015

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I was in a meeting today and we were talking about a vendor reorganizing their product, which means more money because it never, ever costs less.  Nothing in life is ever less. We don’t get younger. Our salary doesn’t decrease (or at least we hope it doesn’t). Our insurance costs never, ever go down. The price of food, gas, entertainment, etc. always goes up. Our work load doesn’t decrease. So why am I trying to make my body mass go down?  It would appear that going down breaks the laws of nature. A lion’s appetite doesn’t decrease as it ages. Gazelles don’t get slower as they grow up. The only time things in nature decrease (appetite, speed, quantity) is when a creature or species is on its way out of this world.  So, by this logic it is only natural and good that my weight goes up.  Right?  Nope.  This must be the exception that breaks the rule.  Damnit!
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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: EPISODE 3

09/16/2015

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SHUT THE DOOR!I’m sure that if you’ve seen the episode, then you know exactly what I mean (quite possibly, you were screaming those exact words at the TV).  Having Nick leave the door open is one of the tactics employed by many horror movies.  I’m okay with it in cheesy-horror flicks, which I love, but I expect more from the Walking Dead series (I’m not sure why since they so often fall into what I call lazy writing and/or directing).  Let me explain why it bothered me so much when Nick left the door open.  First, they live in LA.  They have to have air conditioning.  If you have air conditioning, you automatically shut the doors, even if you are a druggie (Nick was definitely functional).  Second, Nick knows that these people are dead.  He has an understanding of how dangerous this new world is.  He would not have left the door open.Now, let me vent about the dog.  Let’s be honest, the only reason the dog was in the show was so that Travis would see the dead-guy, Peter, eating something and not know if it was Maddie or one of the kids.  That’s it.  There was no other point for the dog even being there. We never saw the dog before it showed up, clawing to get inside (if we did see it earlier, then I apologize because I missed it).  They let it in and then immediately leave the house, leaving the door open.  This to me is lazy.  They could have shown us the dog earlier, just to set the stage.  It could have belonged to Susan and her husband, Patrick.  Then, when the dog arrived, Maddie could have been concerned and they could have gone to Susan’s house.  Once there, Nick could have said something about finding the gun that he’d tried to steal before. Maybe, they’d tried to get the dog to come with them, or better yet, it could have followed them back to its house and then refused to go inside.  That would have been a little foreshadowing that something was very wrong at Susan’s house.   I could continue with plotting this out, but I think you understand where I am going.  If you are going to introduce a character, let him do more than die.  Let there be a real, plausible reason for that character’s existence.I also had a problem with Susan suddenly showing up dead when Alicia was there alone.  When Maddie, Nick and Alicia were in the house, they were not being quiet.  Why didn’t Susan come out then?  We can only assume that she was dead but not reanimated.  Still, wouldn’t Maddie have looked for her neighbor, especially since they were such good friends?  I know that if I were to break into a friend’s house, I’d check to see if said friend was home.  Maddie could have found Susan dead from the flu or a heart-attack.  At that point, with the cops busy and society collasping, there would be nothing that Maddie could do.  This would have added to the tension when Alicia went back for the bullets.  We would have known that there was a dead person just waiting to come back to life.  Again, in my mind, a simple fix.Since I am a dog lover, let me also say that having a dog around is a good thing in a situation like this.  They can hear and smell waaaay better than we can.  I can understand why a TV show doesn’t want to deal with dogs (it isn’t always easy to get them to act on command).  However, the shows always seem to underestimate dogs.  Most are smart.  They would learn quickly that the dead are dangerous and the dogs would know to be quiet.  I’m okay with this one barking because it is a very protective type, but why didn’t it flee through the open door?  It had already run once.  It would run again.Since, I didn’t hate the show, I’ll point out the parts that I did appreciate.There were some good lines or turns of phrases such as when Nick called his drugs…my medicine.  That seems appropriate for a junky – manipulative.  I also like that Maddie is more willing than Travis to accept the fact that the people are dead and not sick. Maddie had already accepted that Nick was going to die from drugs.  She is a realist, had to be in order to survive after her husband either died or left.  I know he died, but it sounded like he wasn’t a good husband/father by the comments when Maddie and her kids were playing Monopoly.I liked the fact that Travis took the trash down to the curb (one of my friends hated it).  Travis still believes that everything is going to go back to normal.  This brings me to the next point.  Travis should have refused to move the body, let alone bury it.  If he believes that everything will be okay, he would have left the body where it was.  The police don’t like it when you move or bury someone who you killed.  They call that tampering with evidence or something like that.I like the tension between Daniel and Travis.  Not sure why it is there (who started it between the two characters).  And, my favorite line was when Daniel said, “Good people are the first ones to die.”  With his background, he’d know.All-in-all it wasn’t a bad episode, just disappointing.  This show could be so much better.
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10/10/2015 1:54pm

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WRITING LIFE BLUES

09/10/2015

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Sometimes, life is hard.  I’m not talking about the tragedies that happen to people, but the little things that wear you down–the monotony of your daily routine (same chores, same food, same TV shows, etc), the negative people you deal with every day and the goals that remain out of reach.  I don’t know if it’s my age (I’m approaching fifty) or if it’s the fact that no matter how hard I work, my life is the same.  Let me be clear, my life is comfortable and I really shouldn’t complain, but sometimes the daily struggle wears on me like the wind erodes the rock.  Gone is the person who thought she’d make a difference.  Annihilated by disappointment is the girl who wanted to change the world.  I’m not sure that there is enough of her strength and ambition left inside of me to pull myself up and continue my journey.  The alternative I am considering is NOT suicide, but instead slipping quietly into accepting that this is the life that I will always have.  The only me that I will ever be.Once, I had dreams of love and money and success.  They wore down until only a fragment of the grand desire remains in my soul, a dusky shadow of itself.  Now, I dream that my stories will sell enough that I can quit my job and live comfortably on my writing.  This dream too is fading.  The books aren’t flying off the electronic shelves.  I’m not sure that they ever will.  It is this degrading of hope that eats away at me the most, digging into my soul and allowing little pieces of me to escape through the holes. I’m not sure how much of “me” is even left, but I am going to take a deep breath and stand up, at least one more time, and forge onward.  This weariness of life is happening more frequently and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have enough hope left to help me to stand.  It is only a whisper now, where it once was a roar.

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EPISODE 2 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

09/01/2015

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Again, I was not disappointed by Fear the Walking Dead.  It’s not great, but it isn’t bad either.  If you have not seen the episode, then stop reading because spoilers are on the way. First, let me detail what I appreciated about this episode, the “good” so to speak. I like that this series is showing a little about the “extended” families of our times, although, they are keeping it limited.  For example, Travis goes to find his ex-wife and his son (extended family from his and Maddie’s life) but what about Maddie or Travis’ parents, siblings, etc.  I suppose they both could be orphans, only children or the rest of their family could live in other states, but this is something that zombie shows tend to ignore.  So, although they only brush over it with one small branch of the extended family that most of us enjoy/tolerate (your choice), I do appreciate the effort. I also give them credit for finding a plausible reason for the separation of the main group (Maddie, Travis, Nick and Alicia).  By making Nick a drug addict who is sobering up, it gives us a real reason why Maddie and her two kids don’t just ride along with Travis when he goes to find his son and ex-wife.  It isn’t easy to create plausible reasons for groups to separate.  They even get bonus points for Maddie leaving her kids to get the drugs for Nick.  These are both very realistic and believable reasons to separate.  Kudos to the writers.  Maybe, they can give some believability tips to the writers of The Walking Dead. I also like the fact that the zombies/walkers are harder to kill.  Maddie has to hit the principal in the head over and over to kill him.  This makes perfect sense.  His skull would still be very hard since he is recently dead.  I just hope that they stick with this level of difficulty.  In The Walking Dead sometimes it takes a lot of effort to smash in a walker’s head and other times they hit the zombie in the head with something as soft as a marshmellow and the skull explodes.  Just to be clear, this is not the case of a recently dead walker and a mushy one.  It is just poor writing, planning or sticking to their rules (maybe a combination of all three).  So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this series will stay true to the rules that they setup. Now, let’s discuss the issues I had with this episode.  Fortunately, these are all minor.    1.        Who cleans up vomit—scrubbing the floor on hands and knees mind you–without tying their long, pretty hair back?  Alicia would have at least put it up in a quick bun.  She would not have wanted her hair slipping into the yuck on the floor. (not a big deal here, but it did pull me out of the story a bit). 2.       When Nick was trying to keep Alicia from leaving, his accent slipped.  He sounded very British.  Lazy editing.  They should have made him do that scene again. 3.       Why didn’t Tobias take the food?  They killed the walker.  The food was right there.  I can write this one off as these are not experienced survivalist, like in The Walking Dead, but still….he came back to the school for his knife and food.  Why leave the food?  Plus, unless we go back to the food later, what was the point.  They could have bumped into the principal on their way out without going for the food. 4.       Why didn’t Tobias leave with Maddie?  In episode one he states that they are safer in groups.  Even if his mom was home, he should have asked her to go with them to Maddie’s house.  There is safety in numbers and Tobias is aware of that.  For me, this is the biggest “plot” hole.  It is almost like they forgot what Tobias said in episode one.  Even if his dialogue was really just for us, there was no reason that he couldn’t have went with Maddie.  If nothing else, it is one more person we can feel something for who will eventually die. Okay, that’s all I have except I’m going to make a prediction that Maddie doesn’t live through this season.  I could be wrong.  I usually am, at least when I’m guessing on what’s going to happen in The Game of Thrones.  The only reason that I am predicting this is that I think the actor who plays Maddie has good zombie features.  Did anyone else notice that the guy who played the principal looked a bit like a zombie before he died?  In this series they are not relying on a lot of make-up for the walkers, but instead are using facial structure.  Hence my prediction.  Let’s see if I’m right.

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      My email is lsodea7@gmail.com

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