The Ironic COVID Vex

I finally got COVID during this OmicronScreen Shot 2022-01-13 at 8.46.58 PM surge. It’s much like a cold with a strange sore throat and now a little chest pain, not too bad so far which might be expected as I’m vaccinated. The irony here is that I know someone who had a close contact on Christmas Day. They weren’t wearing a mask and weren’t vaccinated, but they apparently never got sick. Continue reading

2021 Passed

2021 passed. In a lot of ways this year was so much harder than the behemoth that was 2020. I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that this pandemic will take me, not by illness, but by shooting or some other stress-related condition, cancer or anemia or life blood illness or some such shit. Continue reading

The InBetween Summer

Autumn has arrived in Arizona. I didn’t write a blog post the whole summer. I had a few abandoned ideas, but nothing came to fruition. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have much of a working life due to the pandemic. I was living off Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and the staffing agencies that usually give me contract or temp work were amazingly quiet. Now PUA has ended, and I’m still looking for work. The staffing agencies are still quiet, and there are few other prospects, so it’s looking more and more like I’ll need a seasonal job of some kind for the holidays. Continue reading

The New Subaru Feeling

The feelings that come with a post-modern automobile. I got to experience that for a day with a loaner car from Tucson Subaru while my 2014 XV Crosstrek was getting therapy for a plague of dashboard lights. The CVT had unraveled, held me for ransom even though the car was running fine, and for my troubles I got the latest new-fangled 2021 Outback for a day. A car that can’t be owned because it owns you. Continue reading

Star Trek Discovery Finds the Future

This is a review of Season 3 of Star Trek Discovery (DSC), and believe it or not it’s mostly positive. I guess I like this show because I’ve kept following it since the beginning, albeit complaining that it could be better. If you want to take a journey back into my writing about Discovery in this blog follow this Star Trek tag. The posts that have “Discovery” in the title contain my thoughts going back to Season 1. Continue reading

Cuties, An Honest Look

The advertising campaign for ‘Cuties’ in America appears to be working. I doubt I would have watched it if not for the calls to boycott by right-wing extremists. It’s been in both the top 10 of most watched movies and overall titles on Netflix in the USA. I felt I should watch it to see what the fuss is about because I have a film degree and could offer some objectivity. SPOILERS Ahead. Continue reading

Revisiting Star Trek Picard

Remember the hype? There was such anticipation and buildup for Star Trek Picard last year; it was touted as both a groundbreaking ten episodes of new television and a continuation of an old character. It seems so long ago because it first dropped around the time the Covid-19 pandemic hit America. I had high hopes for Picard myself, and I planned to review it but never got around to it. Maybe that alone speaks volumes, but the show is still on my mind along with many ideas about where Star Trek has gone these days, so I thought I’d finally make good on my promise to write a review here.  Continue reading