Hurricane Harvey Reactions

The reactions to Hurricane Harvey on Twitter really struck me.  We cannot let something happen and then simply react to that event.  Instead, we belabor the incident with tons of self-created tangential side arguments.

(one can imagine at the backlash Walsh's post received)
And the dogs--let's turn the hurricane into an opportunity to preach about the importance of animal rights.

idk.  It's really fatiguing.  The daily blood-sport that is the state of discourse in the United States.  About as bad as a gaggle of bitchy sisters PMSing at the same time.  


Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh tries so hard to tug at the heartstrings of America with his new movie Logan Lucky.  Set in West Virginia to the tune of John Denver's Country Road and CCR's Fortunate Son, amidst NASCAR races, American Flags, characters who've lost arms in the Iraq War and Dolly Parton-esque women who're dressing up their eight-year-olds likewise, you won't exactly be scratching your head at the end of this movie and saying "now where exactly did it take place?"  (Certainly it's no accident, either, that he's cast Elvis Presley's granddaughter, Riley Keough, to play a central role.)

Yet, as much as he tries to wrap us all in a big American bear hug, I still felt like I was on the outside looking in.

Isn't John Denver a little, well, erm, overplayed to the point that it's putrefying?  And Fortunate Son,   although perhaps thematically relevant in the scene where it's played, is so closely associated with the Vietnam War that it just sounds out of place in a movie set in 2017.  That's just it--the songs that he chose are too fucking old!


Friday the 13th

Just finished watching this movie, yes, for the FIRST time, here in 2017.  Only, oh, 37 years after it came out.


It was good, fun, scary, and pretty cool to see a young Kevin Bacon on the screen!

What REALLY struck me, however, about this movie that came out back in the dark ages, aka 1980, when women were stuck in secretarial jobs and referred to as "honey" and "sweetie", is that the final fight scenes took place between TWO WOMEN!

This movie passes the Bechtol test with flying colors, and in fact the director and writers somehow were convinced that watching two WOMEN going at it with hatchets and pitchforks was enought to win an audience.

And it was.

Idk.  As much as we'd like to say that we've "progressed" in the last 35 years, we perhaps weren't in such a terrible place to begin with.


The NYT Spin

An excerpt from today's "The Daily", the podcast from the New York Times (circa minute 16):

NYT Journalist Matt Rosenberg: "Trump made it very clear that he's got no interest in human rights."

Next, this Trump quote: "Ultimately it is up to the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, to govern their society and to achieve an everlasting peace."

Um, in what way does Trump's quote affirm Rosenberg's claim?  He sounds like someone wishing autonomy onto a sovereign country.  Goddamnit, a spin like this really makes you want to write off the NYT altogether as an entity that's uninterested in dispassionately consuming information and has implicitly decided Trump is some sort of neo-Hitler.   


Bannon's Departure

Somehow this departure has an "Et tu Brute", or maybe the more accurate expression is "straw that broke the camel's back", feeling about it.

What I mean to say is that it's really made me lose faith in this Trump Presidency, in what I thought might be some sort of genuine movement.

I recall on election night Roseanne Barr tweeting something like "The little guy has finally trumped the MSM"

But dude, how can the person who's most responsible for bringing about Trump's victory have been thrown under the bus?


Camino Primitivo, Reflections on

I've just finished hiking the Camino Primitivo in Spain and found it well worth my while.  Exceeded my expectations, in fact.  My deep desire to walk this Camino is somewhat inexplicable, but arose after watching the documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.  

The Camino Primitivo is one of the ancient pilgrimage paths to the Apostle St. James' remains in Santiago de Compastela.  Since the 80s/90s, this pilgrimage (which has several different paths) has becoming very popular* for people from all over the world, and around 200K will walk it every year.

This rather extensive and perhaps rambling blog post--written in first person as it reflects my own experience and impressions--is something I've banged out in an attempt to shed some light on this pilgimage for people who are interested in walking it, and for whom it's still an unknown.  Emphasis on the "my impressions/experience" as this obviously will vary from other people's.  *Also emphasis on "very popular"--bear in mind the date of this post, recognizing that as the Camino Primitivo becomes more trodden, the conditions (e.g. # of albergues and availability) will have changed.