First things first: above is today’s advent picture: a semi-frozen lake in Schöneberg.
Frozen lakes are quite common in Berlin during the winter, which is nice for the kiddies, I guess. I’m so tempted to see what Billy would make of a frozen lake, but fear he’d end up breaking his leg or something daft like that.
Second things second: As the above picture hints at, I finally got around to making an FFF Does thing about my trip to Miami back in August.
Third things third: When I’m doing this blog thing, I write it onto (into?) a text document that lives on my desktop before putting it up here for you to see. I mainly do this just in case my browser flips out and quits taking my, cough, pearls of wisdom with it.
This text document, G-notes.txt, also serves as a dumping ground for any half-formed ideas for stuff to write about. I’ve come to realise, though, that most of those ideas stay half-formed, and I never bother to write about them. And now I have to scroll down about two screens-worth of document to find some empty space before I can begin writing that day’s entry.
As it’s coming up to the end of the year, I figure that I should leave all this stuff behind, but being a stickler for not letting anything just go, I’ve decided to do a short summary of the things that I might’ve written about over the past nine months. Think of it like a record company releasing a b-sides album when a band is taking too long to make a new album.
Topic 1. I’m happy to see Maradona looking healthy again. It was kinda sad seeing him all bloaty for the past few years, but seeing him nice and slender, smiling, whilst wearing an anti-Bush t-shirt: that’s great stuff.
Topic 2. When I’m working, I tend not to get up for breaks as often as I should. Having Billy around, though, means I do get up from my desk to take him out or play with him for a bit (that usually involves chucking a ball around the flat or teasing him with it until he wants to do some play fighting).
But my biggest form of relaxation is air-musicianing. I can just about air-musician to anything that iTunes throws at me, but these are my favourites: air-drumming to Down Down by Status Quo and the whole of Dark Side Of The Moon, air-guitaring to November Rain by Guns N Roses, air-pianoing to anything with a piano on it, and air-Wondering to Stevie Wonder songs. That last one just involves smiling, pretending to be blind, and doing that cool thing he does with his head.
Topic 3. After a migraine, ear pain, eye pain, whatever: it always feels so nice to be normal again. Feeling normal after feeling crappy feels amazing.
Topic 4. I’m happy that Daniel Craig is the new James Bond.
It means that for the third time in my life, the next Bond film will be one that I’ll go to the cinema to watch. Not that I don’t like Bond films: I do, very much. It’s just normally I don’t need to see them in the cinema; and for most of us Brits, James Bond films are a very telly thing. They are a part of Christmas. Presents under the tree; wanting to dash off to your bedroom to listen to that new LP your sister bought you with her “pocket money” (ie. not her pocket money at all, money that Mum gave her to buy her brother a present); wolfing down turkey; wishing that maybe, just maybe, those clouds might have snow in them; having to sit through the Queen’s speech; and then, hurrah!, a Bond film. Nothing was cooler as a teenager than watching a suave fella with a flash car, loads of gadgets, and that fleeting glimpse of the side of a voluptuous lady’s breast. That’s the life I will live, I’d think to myself as I trudged to the kitchen in my slippers to get a glass of milk and a bourbon biscuit during the break.
So, after For Your Eyes Only (seen with my family on holiday in north Devon), and A View To A Kill (on my own at Lincoln’s now-closed ABC), the next one will be one I shell out for at the kino.
(And if you like Daniel Craig too, and have never seen it, you should seek out a DVD of the BBC series, Our Friends In The North: it’s fantastic.)
Topic 5. Recently, I was exploring the horror genre of film. It was something that I’d not really bothered with before, but I ended up seeing films that mainly made me shrug. Maybe I just saw the wrong ones, but I didn’t find any of them particularly scary or horrific. Worst of all was the day when I swallowed hard, cracked my knuckles, and picked up A Nightmare On Elm Street.
And A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
And A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
And A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
It was part of a grand scheme to watch the whole series of eight films over one weekend. But I gave up after The Dream Master. I was bored. The first film was frustrating cos the one thing the girl kept telling her boyfriend (a very young-looking Johnny Depp) was not to fall asleep, which he duly did. Every. Single. Time.
It was hard to take the second one seriously when one of the big scary scenes was taking place in a bedroom with a Limahl poster on the wall. The third one was okay, but the fourth was a return to the crappy form of the first sequel.
Has anyone seen any of the others? Are they all rubbish?
Anyway, more of this random cleaning-up stuff tomorrow, I’d imagine.