If a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its ass a-hoppin’ – Nathan Arizona
Ok. I have been super lame about updates and for that, I apologize. I have been working a ton, skiing a bit, getting some runs in here and there. Generally doing well. I’ll try to catch you up…
So there are quite a few reasons why I am not the world’s biggest fan of this time of year. Two items jump immediately to mind and, coincidentally, they both involve recently deceased creatures being tied to the roof of some jackass’ car.
Hunting season is the worst. I had the misfortune of driving over to Gunnison during the heart of the season and it seemed like every redneck in the tri-state area was out slaying Bambi. I saw trucks literally filled with freshly slaughtered deer, elk and ATV’s, the redneck triple trifecta. It makes me a little ill.
Quick on the heels of our annual shoot-em-up comes my second least favorite reason to get out the bailing twine and head to the hills – the yearly tree-gathering that prompts idiot city-dwellers to dust off their trusty chainsaws and head to my neck of the woods to chop down the cutest tree they can find, strap it to the roof of their Porche Cayenne and head home to set the damned thing back up again in their living room only to toss it out with several gigantic trashbags full of wrapping paper a mere six weeks later. Wait one year, repeat. Let’s all rush out and kill some trees for Jesus. Hallelujah! Don’t even get me started on the turkeys.
On the lighter side of my brain, I have now logged a half dozen ski days with my latest hop/skip/jump to the newly opened Eldora Mountain Resort. Only one real run open but it was fun to be able to be out the door and skiing within 20 minutes. I am planning to make regular visits to our local area and am hoping the new snow we have received over the past couple of days continues.
I have also been running a bit and am feeling pretty spry, which is nice. I have a loop I do on a fairly regular basis that is probably about 7 miles (not sure). I managed to crank it out in an hour six the other day, which was pretty cool. That pretty much matches my record for the loop. It was fun to just go out, get in a rhythm and be able to keep it up for an hour plus.
We also are set to launch another site within the next couple of days. As soon as it is live, I’ll post the link for you.
I have been watching and listening to a ton of movies of late and have started going back through our collection and playing them in the background while I work. We also went to see two fantastic films in the theater: The Darjeeling Limited and No Country for Old Men. I highly recommend both but would caution that Country is not for the squeamish.
Darjeeling is Wes Anderson’s latest effort and was just splendid. I am sure that the average movie-goer wouldn’t like it as Anderson is never afraid to leave storylines unresolved or to leave much of the backstory to be supplied by the viewer’s own imagination but I find this refreshing in the era of film spelling everything out. Darjeeling is a visual masterpiece and features apt work from all three principals: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and co-writer, Jason Schwartzman. This is a must-see in my book.
Country is the long awaited return of the Coen Brothers being the Coen Brothers. Their last two efforts (Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers) were both extremely sub-standard fare from the duo who brought Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and other classics to the screen. Country is a return to their heyday with amazing dialog; slow, brooding pacing; and quirky characters. Javier Bardem is outstanding and Josh Brolin turns out a solid performance as well in this highly violent film set in rural Texas. Really one of the best films I have seen in some time.
Here is a brief run-down of other flicks that have been in circulation these past weeks:
- What ever happened to Baby Jane? – Selected to see just how bad it really was. Bad. Really bad. This thing won awards.
- Boogie Nights
- Miller’s Crossing
- The Big Lebowski
- Raising Arizona
- Blood Simple
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- The Man Who Wasn’t There (we went on a Coen Brothers bender after seeing Country)
- Bullet in a Bible
- Westway to the World
- The Essential Clash
- Being There
- American Beauty
- Best in Show
- Stop Making Sense
- etc. etc. etc.
Aaaaaaand today marks our first (of probably many) vicinity guest forays into the creek. Seems that several times every year some dipshit decides it would be a good idea to test the depth of the creek that runs past our house. Usually this involves hooking a left when a right is recommended, or, as tonight’s hero demonstrated, simply continuing straight. For the past hour and a half our driveway has been occupied by any number of emergency vehicles, gapers etc. and we have endured a steady pulse of red/blue, red/blue, red/blue. Hopefully no one was injured but damn, people…. if you are unfamiliar with a road and/or it is covered with a solid layer of snow and ice, how about trying to keep it at or below the speed limit, okay? Just another helpful reminder from your friendly neighborhood…