Lunch, Brides, Art And Guilds
I worked on the current art piece a bit more, then eventually stepped out to run a couple errands before meeting the fellas for some lunch at 1:00. I hit a used bookstore in search of what I'm still thinking should be easy to find books written by Donald Westlake under the Richard Stark pseudonym, and was disappointed yet again as they only had one random book rather than the first novel in the series. I guess I'm operating on the weird principle that these books are ancient and should therefore be laying around in plentiful amounts waiting to be discovered, whereas the reality appears to be that everyone burned their copies when they lost interest in them in the mid-'80s or something.
The decline of Blockbuster Video continues nationwide, and since I had heard of this magnificent sale going on in other people's areas I decided to hit the two here in town, both of which had that same abysmal selections that I kind of expected, so I came up empty-handed on that endeavor. I popped into the jeweler's to get the wife's rings cleaned, as they've been irritating her finger lately and I figured since she wasn't wearing them I might as well get them shined up.
A quick visit to Big Lots afterward scored me a few items on the cheap, as I guess their inventory had finally had some decent turnover, then I met the guys for some Thai food at a place across town to make things easier on EL due to the area he was working in today. We caught up about the past week, including the crazy wildfires that had forced EL's mother to briefly evacuate her home; thankfully everyone was okay when it was all said and done.
I headed home after lunch and finished up the art piece (you can click on it to see a larger version, should you so desire), which I have now dubbed Cross-Hatch, then left it to dry as the wife headed out to attend an acquaintance's parent's funeral. I retired to the den and re-watched a film that I hadn't seen in several years, as the sequel had turned up in the mail from Netfux and I figured I should have a refresher before watching it.
The Bride with White Hair is a really fun film from Ronny Yu, featuring an almost neon color palatte and some great wire-fu, and a stylized love story featuring Brigitte Lin as the titular bride.
As good as this movie was, that's just as half-assed as the sequel (The Bride With White Hair 2) turned out to be. It's like they just did not give a fuck about what had come before and moved things 10 years past the end of the original film and simplified everything down to women are being subjugated by men, let's see if we can have all these bitter women collected by the Bride kill as many men as possible, as she wants to wipe out the entire bloodlines of blah blah blah. Sigh. It was an absolute slog to sit through, and I honestly had to wonder aloud several times if I would've judged this film less harshly had I not just watched the highly superior original only a few hours earlier.
The wife and I had some leftovers for our dinner during the film, then stepped out for a bit of dessert from the ice cream parlor.
The hour was growing late, so we wrapped our evening with something short, the 4th season of The Guild, a show I'm rather surprised to enjoy as much as I do, as it's mainly concerned with online gaming like World Of Warcraft style stuff, which I've never been involved in at all. Thankfully my connections to the nerd world are sufficient to have a basic understanding of most of the humor involved, though they do lose me here or there with certain references.
We called it a night shortly afterward and I got started on this and my usual evening routine of jackassery.
Be seeing you.
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