mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I was editing another entry and I realized I missed a day on this. I don't know if anybody but me will notice, but I'm posting it anyway.

This is Cry Cry Cry (which is apparently a folk "supergroup" consisting of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) covering R.E.M.'s "Fall On Me":

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
As I said, I'm behind on Music Advent posts - I don't have to catch up, but that's my intent, anyway - and I found another song that Sara Bareilles covered that I liked, so I posted that before I went to bed this morning.

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 I'm behind on music advent, I'm behind on Holidailies too. Ah well. I'll work on that over my long weekend.

Here we have Sara Bareilles doing Sia's "Chandelier" (a very fucking difficult song, but she manages it pretty well):




#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
This is a Karla Bonoff song, and really I love her version more than Linda's, but then it wouldn't be a cover, would it? 

If you like piano solos (I do) there's a very nice one at the beginning of this, but I set this where it will (hopefully) actually start where the song starts.


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Since this is two versions of the same song, I'm going to see if I can get them into the same post.

First, David Byrne:


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - :https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
We actually went to the mall tonight. Rob was off and I needed to return something to Sephora (or pack it up to return by mail, which would have been even worse), so we went. I figure if you're going to go to a shopping mall in December, Monday is usually your best bet. And it wasn't bad. The mall near us is usually pretty crowded, but we found a parking place right near the front of Dillard's, and then walked down to Sephora. Sephora wasn't mobbed either. It took a while for me and the clerk to get the return figured out, but we got that done eventually, and then we walked around the mall in a big loop, the way we used to do years ago. Rob saw something shiny in the window of Hot Topic that pulled him in - honestly I don't think I'd ever been inside the physical store, although I did buy a limited edition Funko from them online a few years ago. Rob didn't end up buying anything, but I decided to buy some nail polish since I always liked those skull bottles they have - they were buy one get one free so I got two. I'll swatch them and I might even wear them at some point but really I just bought them to sit around on the top of my little acrylic cabinet and look cool. Both of them together only cost about half of what one of the NailsInc polishes I had just returned did.

So we farted around the mall for a while longer - we went in Paper Source, we looked at the stuff in the window of the Lego store, as one does - and then we went across the freeway to Fuddruckers and had hamburgers for dinner. You can't even really say that we were holiday shopping because we didn't buy any gifts. We've bought what we euphemistically refer to as "our presents to each other"** already, and we're having an atypical Christmas this year - I'll get around to talking about that later, I'm sure - and I'm not really sure I actually need to buy anybody anything at all. (I have my usual assortment of leftovers from mystery boxes and stuff that I will give to somebody - that will probably get divided between several people as usual. But I don't really have to worry about some of the other stuff I usually do, this time.)

**Regarding the above-mentioned presents to each other that we actually buy ourselves:
His - a new leather jacket. He picks these out, always because he's very picky about them (although after all these years I probably could make a pretty good guess at it). He buys about one a decade - or actually not even that often, because he's only starting on his third one and we've been married for thirty years. I think we'd been married a couple of years before he got the first one, but we discussed this and neither one of us really remembers clearly where we got the first one, much less when, exactly - although we decided eventually that it must have come from JCPenney. (And actually he sold that first one for almost as much as he paid for it, that was maybe in the early 00s. It had cat scritches on it but the person who bought it wanted it anyway.) The second one came from Target of all places, and it certainly isn't in any shape to sell 15 years or so in - the lining is all torn out, etc. I told Rob to put it in the hall closet for emergency back-up. Anyway, he how has a third one which he is very happy with and is already wearing so there's certainly no use in pretending to unwrap it on the 25th.
Mine - nail polish, of course. All that stuff I've been going on about on the nail blog lately? That's my present. (I haven't even posted swatches for it all yet, much less worn it. I really need to slow my nail-polish purchases down so I can at least wear most of it before I buy more!)

(If you've noticed what I titled this - I thought "holiday horrors" sounded funny but nothing here is really horrible except maybe the amount that I spent on nail polish - which I haven't added up because I don't actually want to know the answer. But I'm leaving the title anyway because it amuses me.)
mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
This is part 3 of a series - here is part 1 and part 2.

I've seen three movies since the first of November:

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - man, I don't know what to say about this movie. I didn't totally hate it. It's not great but it was interesting, you know? I think a lot of the problem is that they tried to pack way too much plot into one movie. It was really hard to follow. I got a lot of it but some of it I had to just kind of let wash over me - some of that was things that just flat didn't make sense, or that I didn't have enough information to follow - probably some of each. I have to say I would rather somebody else was playing Grindelwald - it's distracting, to me. I would like somebody who I can forget for a minute at a time who the actor is.  - Anyway, I liked the first movie SO much more, so that sucks. I'm not a good enough script doctor to diagnose exactly what went wrong here, but I do think it's possible they could still get the train back on track with this. And anyway, it didn't make that much money in the US but it was doing well overseas, so I don't think they're going to stop now.

Widows - Great cast, really good movie, but a little on the depressing side! I knew that going in, though. What I've been saying about it is, don't go into it expecting a feel-good heist movie like Ocean's 8. They are both female-led heist movies, yes, and I liked both of them, but they have a very VERY different vibe.

Ralph Breaks The Internet - here we're back to my usual "I liked this a lot" kind of review. A week out, I had to stop and think what the plot was, because I'd already forgotten. (Gal Gadot, that's what made me remember.) It's very cute, if not quite as good as the first one. (I was interested to see that Pamela Ribon co-wrote. Apparently she was the one who came up with the Disney Princess idea.)

We didn't have anything we especially wanted to see this weekend - I couldn't talk Rob into The Favorite, and honestly I didn't try super-hard, I wasn't really in the mood. I'm sure we'll see it eventually. Rob went to see a horror movie (The Possession of... somebody) - he said it wasn't completely terrible. Next week I'm sure we'll see the Spiderverse thing. I'm not a huge Spiderman fan but I gather this is a different kind of Spiderman movie than the other fifteen versions that have come out in recent years. And we already have plans to go see Aquaman right before Christmas with my sister and B-I-L.
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I tried to remember how I found this song and I have no idea. Man, I was out of it. (Sleep-deprivation: not really good for your mental health.) But apparently I recognize a good song even while I'm out-of-it.








#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
mellicious: Yoda: "Post every day you will" (yoda)
 I was mentioning that I'm having trouble juggling everything this month - part of that was sleep deprivation, so I'm not making any hasty decisions - but I'm thinking at the moment that it may be Holidailies that are going to go. Or at least, worrying about regular posting there is going to go. We'll see.

(One of these days I'm going to lose momentum on the nail blog and never post to it again, based on past history. But I've been posting practically every day for a couple of years now, so we'll see about that, too. Right now I'm still enjoying it.)
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
I was half-asleep last night when I put this on Music Advent but I think it's a good choice, still:




Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Sinéad/Prince - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk

mellicious: "I think the subtext here is rapidly becoming text." (Buffy quote - subtext)
 I'm having trouble juggling the posts here and the nail blog and Music Advent. I'll try to get a little more organized over the weekend.

Anyway, here is a really cool cover by a really great singer.


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
Another version of "Dancing in the Dark" - this time from Mary-Chapin Carpenter:



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary-Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk 
mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
When did BlackKKlansman come out, late summer? I think this is everything I saw in sort of late August to October. BlackKKlansman was really excellent. It's an amazing story, and apparently hews fairly close to what actually happened. Here's the book it was based on. Short version: back in the 70s, a black policeman in Colorado infiltrated the local Klan. He started out talking to people on the phone, and then when it came to actually meeting them in person, a white cop went in his place. The black cop is played by Denzel Washington's son (I didn't even know Denzel had a son who was an actor, but he was really good), and the white cop is played by Adam Driver. Topher Grace, bizarrely, plays David Duke. It's directed by Spike Lee and Jordan Peele was a producer, no less. I don't think a lot of people saw this in theaters, but it's totally worth tracking down.

I had seen it once before - ages ago - but Princess Mononoke made the rounds on the Ghiblifest circuit that they do every year, and we went to that. It's not my favorite Miyazaki movie but it's entertaining, and the artwork is really beautiful, as in all his movies.

Crazy Rich Asians wouldn't have been a movie Rob went to see on his own, of course, but he seemed to enjoy it pretty well, and so did I. I hadn't read the book - I knew it existed but it's really kind of an offputting title, you know? But everybody seemed to like the movie and so we went, after it had already been out for a couple of weeks, and it was good. I kind of think there's something wrong with the concept of marrying somebody who you don't know well enough to know if they're insanely rich, but once you get past that part, it really works. I liked it enough that I'll probably read the book when I get around to it.

And then another one we didn't go see until it had been around a while was Venom. I knew who Venom was from playing Marvel Heroes - otherwise we probably wouldn't have gone at all. The reviews were kind of so-so, I think, but it kept making money and making money and so I figured it can't be that bad or people wouldn't still be going to see it, right? And we both liked it. It's not exactly a piece of art and it's awfully testosterone laced, but it was entertaining.

And then we went to see The House With A Clock In Its Walls. It's a kids' movie, but the trailer looked good, and really it was pretty cute. (And I'll watch pretty much anything with Cate Blanchett in it.) It's set in the 50s and it's about a kid who goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a magician - a real magician. (How much you want to bet that somebody somewhere pitched it as the next Harry Potter?) It's based on a whole series of books that I'd never heard of that were written starting in the 70s, I think.

And then we're coming up on the things that have come out more recently, so I think I'll save that for a part 3 on another day.


mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 I was poking around looking for interesting covers and I found this - I guess this is a British band, Hot Chip? I never heard of them that I recall, but I like this.

The only version of this I knew was the Springsteen one - I wasn't even sure it was his song originally, but Springsteen wrote it, I looked it up. (Although honestly, if you look at the lyrics, it's totally got that sad-working-man vibe that sounds like classic Springsteen. I'm not sure why I ever thought otherwise.)

(You might end up hearing this song again tomorrow, done by another artist. I found another cover of it that I really like, and it's totally different. There's not a rule that says you have to do a different song every day, right?)

#musicadvent 2018
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen 

(Since I used this for my Holidailies entry for today, I will point out that you can also watch the rest of these videos without having to jump over to YouTube, if you prefer, by just going to my recent entries and scrolling down!)

 



If you want a preview of tomorrow, here's the spoiler:
https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
Well, the last time I talked about movies here was apparently in May. (Did we go see Infinity War three weeks in a row? Good lord.) I've been keeping a list that I think is more or less complete. So here's a sentence or two about everything we've been to see since that. I feel like I haven't been going to that many movies but this is actually a surprisingly long list, so if I get sleepy before I get through this, it may end up having two parts.

(Also take it as read that Rob is going to almost all the horror movies, meanwhile. I always think I should keep track of that, too, but then I forget.)

Solo - huh, actually, I have written down "Solo x2" so I guess that means we saw it twice. I'd completely forgotten that. We didn't hate it, obviously. I didn't totally love it but I did really like parts of it. I certainly didn't think it was as awful as everybody was making it out to be. (Favorite part: Phoebe Waller-Bridge's robot)

Ocean's 8 - liked it a lot, I'm totally ready to see it again. I wasn't sure ahead of time how much I would like it but I really did. For one thing, I'm a total Met Gala junkie so I loved that part. I loved that Cate and Sandra were quietly a couple. I liked Awkwafina, I liked Rihanna, I liked all of it, really.

Incredibles 2 - really liked this, too, but honestly I don't totally remember it too well, months later. Obviously it's time to see this one again, too.

Ant-Man & the Wasp - I liked this, too. It wasn't as good as the first one but it was pretty good. (I did have a definite gripe with the Infinity-War twist in the credits, but it does make sense. It's just depressing.) I liked the woman who played Ghost, whose name I keep forgetting - and I've already looked it up more than once so I'm not going to go look it up again. (It was Hannah! and something with a hyphen! John-Kamen, something like that, I refuse to go look, seriously. I do know that she was also in Ready Player One.)

(Side note: if you're put off by me repeatedly saying, "I liked this... and I liked this too," then you're probably just never going to like what I have to say. Basically, I only go see movies these days if I'm convinced I'm going to like them decently well. If not, I just don't bother.)

Mission Impossible Fallout - we always go see these movies - at least in recent years - and I always enjoy them and then later I can't remember them at all. I don't particularly like Tom Cruise, and when they started making the MI movies with him (years ago now, I guess!) I was profoundly uninterested, and early on we didn't go see them. But somewhere along the line the reviews started getting better - I think it may have been along about #4, but it's hard to be sure since, as I said, the plots are all pretty interchangeable, and I can't tell them apart except as "the one where they're rappelling up & down the building" and things like that.

OK, I'll pick up with BlackKKlansman (I don't know if I've got the capitalization quite right on that) tomorrow.

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
It occurred to me that American Idol was a well of good covers (as are those other singing-competition shows, presumably), so I went looking for examples. This wasn't the one I started out looking for, actually, but I remembered that I liked this one, so here's Haley Reinhart doing Lady Gaga's "You & I":


I've got this (hopefully) set up to start when the song starts. Because this is Idol footage, there's a bunch of stuff at the beginning and then the judges at the end. I didn't even hang in there to listen to the judges here, but the part at the beginning is actually kind of interesting because this was an unrecorded song at the time - Gaga had been doing it at concerts but it hadn't been released on an album.
 


#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
 Here's your Pearl Jam (covering Tom Petty, another favorite of mine). If you have any problems playing this, click over to YouTube and it should play fine. On Twitter it wouldn't work for me. (Note: it seems to be fine here, far as I can tell!)

#musicadvent

Day 1: Prince Does Creep
Day 2: Pearl Jam Does Petty

 
mellicious: (Wonder Woman)
 I always do Music Advent (which happens primarily on Twitter) - I don't know how long that's been going on in December, maybe 5 years? I think other people frankly put a lot more thought into it than I do, but still, I manage. Sometimes I get a few days ahead, but doing a whole playlist in advance? Probably never gonna happen, with me. Anyway, this year the theme is covers. So far I've only come up with famous artists playing other famous artists - hopefully I'll manage to get in some less-famous ones as well. The way I've been coming at this is to look for artists I like, or songs I particularly like. I was actually looking for somebody else covering Pearl Jam, but so far that's mostly led me to Pearl Jam doing covers of other artists, which is also cool (and Pearl Jam does that a lot) but I don't want to just post 25 days of Pearl Jam singing covers, either. (I do have a Spotify playlist with some covers on it so I'll probably go browse around in that eventually and see what's in there. And I'll probably do some Christmas songs later on, because I do have a lingering fondness for Christmas songs still.) 

The first day didn't end up being Pearl-Jam-related at all, it was Prince doing "Creep" at Coachella, ten years ago. I love this song and I'd never heard this cover.

(Note: I've had some trouble with the embeds in past years and I think I'm going to just post them here daily rather than try to do several days at a time like I've done in the past. That seems easier.)

#musicadvent

 
mellicious: "I think the subtext here is rapidly becoming text." (Buffy quote - subtext)
There was an article once, about a political campaign event. This was in 1984. I think the article was in The Austin Chronicle, but I'm not sure about that, it was too long ago. (I might even have a copy of it somewhere, but I haven't looked for it.) The tone of the article was slightly mocking. It wasn't a very exciting event, that's for sure. Among other things it says that there was music. "Five people dance, " it said. You may have guessed by now that I was there. I was one of the five people who danced. I remember reading the article and saying, "Look, y'all, that's us!" and everybody else looked and laughed and agreed that, yeah, it definitely was. We were the only ones who danced.

In 1984 I was out of school and working at the libraries at UT. I would have been 23-going-on-24. Most of my friends were a little younger than me, some in grad school and some undergrads who were just dawdling - it wasn't at all uncommon to take 5 or even 6 years to finish your undergrad degree, if you had parents who would cooperate with that. If you've been reading here in past Decembers, you've seen me talk about going to concerts a lot - this was the period of my life when that most of that happened. I had a little group of friends I hung around with and we did a lot of going to concerts and going to clubs and eating out, the usual stuff for single people in their twenties. (And, if you're wondering about the five people dancing thing, we tended to dance as a group. We were mixed sexes and nobody was a couple. There wasn't always five of us, but when we went where there was dancing, we just all got up and danced without worrying about pairing off.) (I don't think that's unusual nowadays but thirty-odd years ago it still was.)

And we worked on Gary Hart's campaign in 1984. We didn't work on it very hard, mind you - we had jobs and school and all that. We weren't real campaign workers who were there all the time. Some of my friends may have been more involved, but I only remember doing two things - one of which was going to this event, which was at one of the big hotels down on Riverside Drive, and was on a weekend (at least I think it was a weekend) when Gary Hart was actually in Austin. He didn't come to the reception that I talked about above. I don't think we saw him talk or anything, either, because I think I would remember that, if it happened. But we did see him - we were on one walkway in the hotel and he was down below us. We waved and he waved back. That was it.

The other thing was that we gave out flyers or something on the day of the primary. I didn't enjoy that - I'm not good at talking to strangers, generally, much less accosting them with political stuff. Between that, and the way that Hart imploded later on (that happened in 1988, but I had to look it up because I had forgotten), I've never worked on a campaign again. I'm kind of a political junkie - I follow politics closely, and I donate money to various campaigns, but I've never quite been able to bring myself to volunteer again. These days I'm embarrassed to admit that, but it's true. Part of it is a deep-seated conviction that you can't trust individual politicians that came largely from having hitched my wagon to the Gary Hart train long ago.

(I don't know if I'll go see The Front Runner, the movie about Gary Hart. The reviews aren't that great, and I doubt that Rob would be thrilled to go. But it was because of the existence of the movie that it occurred to me to talk about this.)

Nail Junkie

Dec. 1st, 2018 01:11 am
mellicious: pink manicure (nails)
Hi, I'm Mel and I'm a nail junkie.
 
Wanna know what I have on my nails right now? It has many layers - base coat, a couple of layers of KL Polish Cozy In There? and then top-coat - that's the first stage. I wore that for a couple of days and it was chipping so I patched up the chips a bit and then I added a new polish: KL Polish Pisces. Cozy In There (yes, it's a Walking Dead reference) is a blue-gray creme; Pisces is a blue-green shimmer (water-colors, see) so they played very nicely with each other. And I had another new polish I wanted to play with, so one thumbnail also has a coat of a top-coat called Rustling Leaves. It's coppery-looking flakes, and it's very pretty. I'm currently contemplating whether to start over or to just slap Rustling Leaves on top of it all for the weekend.
 
(I own a polish called Nail Junkie. It's a Sinful Colors polish, which means you used to could buy it at Walgreen's etc. for $1.99, but they don't make it any more so now you can't.)
 
Anyway, this isn't actually what I was intending to talk about. I was thinking about it on the way home from work and I was thinking about, among other things, the reason I buy polishes instead of getting manicures. (A guy at work asked me once - in the hearing of his girlfriend, presumably because he expected a different answer - if I saved a lot of money doing my own nails, and I said, "Not the way I do it." That's because I own many, many bottles of nail polish, and while I'm partial to buying stuff on sale, I'm pretty sure the average price is considerably above $1.99.)

You could say I have issues with what I let people do to my body. Nails, hair, massages, all of that kind of thing - it's not actually that I'm averse to being touched, so much as that I'm, well, a little bit of a control freak, I guess? I want to control the way I'm touched and whether you buff my nails and what you do to my hair and my eyebrows (do you know how badly some people have wanted to play with my eyebrows? and they didn't seem to realize that that was at all strange). Yeah, I guess it comes down to control, now that I think about it. I'm sure we could tie that back to my childhood and blah blah blah but let's not go there.
 
Hmm, okay, that's not quite where I meant this to go either. But most of the people that are reading this are probably the same people that have been doing (or just reading) Holidailies for years and it's probably not news to most of you that I'm a little wacky. I was tempted to backspace over part of the parargraph above but I think I'll let it sit.
 
So hi, I'm Mel. Don't try to buff my nails.


 (Some links: KL Polish, Rustling Leaves, somebody else's pictures of Nail Junkie, my own nail blog)

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