And now for a return to the real world… I haven’t worked since Monday night, and it’s been pretty great. I got a lot accomplished with the book, watched a few movies, and spent actual time with the family. It was nice, and I’m not beating myself up because of all the time I wasted, for a change. Good stuff.
But I’m going back to work today, and will be working a ton of hours for the next few weeks. So, it’s back to Shit City. Within 24 hours my soul, which is in decent shape at the moment, will be shredded and battered again.
It’s the circle of life. And as my spiritual adviser, Paul Westerberg, might put it, I’m unsatisfied. Yeah, but it’s up to me to change it, so enough of the whining. Sweet Jesus.
As mentioned, we went to see ‘This Is 40’ on Christmas day, and enjoyed it a great deal. Very funny… and relatable. And we saw ‘The Campaign’ the same night, which was cartoonishly funny. Plenty of laughs, which is always a good thing.
And on Netflix I watched ‘Sleepwalk with Me,’ which I thought was good. A little low-key, but entertaining. I’ve heard Mike Birbiglia, the writer, director, and star, on several podcasts promoting the film. So, I knew it was based on his real life experiences, and crazy-ass sleep disorder. The book is supposed to be hilarious, but I haven’t read it yet. I wouldn’t say the movie is “hilarious,” but I did enjoy it.
I also watched the Replacements documentary, ‘Color Me Obsessed.’ And I don’t know… Because I’m a huge fan, it held my interest. But I have a feeling that a casual fan, or someone who doesn’t know anything about them at all, would be bored shitless. There’s no music, no footage of them performing, or interviews with band members.
I understand it’s a movie about the extraordinary connection fans have with the band, but I wanted it to be a biography, as well. So, I suppose it’s my problem, not the filmmakers’. They were very clear about their intentions, and I still hoped for something else.
The whole movie is people sitting in rooms and talking about the band. It’s a combination of everyday fans, music writers, musicians, and celebrities like Tom Arnold (WTF??). Many of the stories were good, especially the ones told by some dude who grew up on a farm, and said his entire teenage years were lived inside a fantasy world in which the Replacements were his friends. He said he had long conversations with Tommy Stinson, and ran important life decisions past him, etc.
So, I liked it, but suspect only hardcore Replacements fans will relate. If I asked my kids to watch it, for instance, they’d be glazed over, with drool dripping out of the corner of their mouths within ten minutes. I’d love to have a more conventional film about the band to show them — something like ‘We Jam Econo‘ — but this ain’t it. Oh well.
I don’t usually update on Sundays, but was feeling the urge. I know this one isn’t hilarious, but I’m getting back into the swing of things… Please bear with me.
I’ll leave you now with a Question I asked on Twitter a few days ago. Someone gave me a $25 gift card for a convenience store, as a Christmas gift. I appreciate the gesture, I really do, but don’t know how to proceed.
Convenience stores don’t sell beer in Pennsylvania, so that obvious option is off the table. How would you suggest I spend my $25? I’m thinking Twizzlers, but haven’t decided for sure. Help me out, won’t you? I need some creative input. Please use the comments link below.
And if you watched anything interesting over the holiday break, we’d like to hear about that, as well.
Finally, I want to thank icecycle66 and Becca for their guest posts, while I was off writing about my old paper route and running my hands through my hair. I thought both were excellent, and appreciate their efforts.
I’ll see you guys again on Monday or Tuesday. I haven’t decided yet.
Have a great day, my friends!