Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Movie: The Quiet Earth (1985)




I saw this movie in the theatre when it was originally released.
It was satisfying to see it on DVD all these years later and find it doesn't seem like an old out of date film at all.

Lots to think about while watching it and after.

It's a film I would like to spend time talking about with someone but there's no longer anyone in my life who has any interest in this type of film.  (One way I suppose that we senior citizens become isolated from the world.)

There was commentary on the disc which included Neil Degrasse Tyson which was good but more limited that I had hoped.






Monday, August 14, 2017

Movie: Genius (2016)



A really good movie - not a great movie but a good movie and I enjoyed it very much.

A movie for grown-ups.

About art, love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, loss,  survival...

The cast were all in good form.

The script was excellent.

The credits are backed by a beautiful arrangement of 'Flow Gently Sweet Afton".
(Such a treat to finish a film without pop music.)



Saturday, August 12, 2017




Something that my extrovert friends don't understand is that when I know I'm going to have an evening, or a day, or a weekend on my own that scheduled alone time is just as important to me as any social event that I have committed to.  


It is difficult when someone wants me to do something and they just don't understand that just because I have nothing social planned for that time that that means that I am available.  I'm not.  I'm hugely disappointed if I have to miss expected alone time.



Sunday, August 6, 2017




It just seems to me so much nicer if you are serving yourself cheese that if you need to hold the cheese in order to cut it that you put your finger on the portion you are going to take and not on the portion you are going to leave.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lessons on Getting Old




I haven't been wearing shorts much this summer because I'm conscious of signs of aging on my legs.  Veins, bald patches, sagging flesh around the knees.  Normal aging.  So I've been hesitant to show them.  (Also, I try to avoid the sun for health reasons.)  But it means I'm often warmer than I need to be.


But I've been noticing other old people and they're going ahead and wearing shorts and t-shirts that show the sagging flesh underneath and I've come to to realize that it doesn't matter.   That's what aging involves.  That's how it looks, and why shouldn't we old people wear what feels comfortable.


I've been a young person and know how critical the young can be of the old.  And I understand it might be uncomfortable for them to look upon old bodies because some part of them knows that that's where they are headed no matter how much they avoid facing it.  


It happens to us all if we're lucky enough to live into old age.






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lessons on Getting Old




It's really important to keep the daily shower thing going.


Many days it would be easy to say that I had a shower yesterday and I haven't done anything to make me sweaty so I can leave it until tomorrow.


But the danger there is that leaving it until tomorrow can lead to leaving it until another tomorrow.


And that's how old men end up smelling.



Monday, July 24, 2017

New Clothes




I've made an effort this spring and summer to buy a few new items of clothing.

But I'm finding that, even though I spend time in the store trying things on and thinking about when I can wear an item and what it will match etc. etc.,  I'm not wearing them.  I don't seem to like them.

Perhaps I just need to make more of an effort to wear them until I get used to them.

One big problem is that I don't really like fashions now.  I've never liked tight form-fitting clothing and of course that is what's being marketed for men now.  Narrow pants, low-rise (which I hate to wear or to look at on others), tight shirts with very short tight sleeves, soft fabrics which show every imperfection in your body.

If I like an item of clothing I tend to wear it until it literally falls apart.  I wear faded and frayed things regularly.

There seems to be so much choice when you look around in a store, but really most of it is just variations on whatever narrow choice of styles some "fashion expert" has decided is "in" this year, and no doubt what will cause many people to buy whole new wardrobes just in order to be in style.