Friday, August 22nd, 2014
10:04 pm - Howdy, Y'all! Long Time no Post!  
So... Last time I posted was back in April. The lack of posting hasn't been because I've been especially busy, or had nothing to talk about, but rather a matter of procrastination. <Shrug>

A couple of days ago I got back from a short camping trip to Watkins Glen, NY, with a small subset of my usual camping group. Fun trip for the most part. Did a couple of good hikes to see gorges and waterfalls, including the spectacular Taughannock Falls, along with a nice bike ride on the Catherine Valley Trail.The only negatives were the heavy rain the first night, and the fact that my air mattress developed a leak that got progressively worse each night, culminating in waking up at 2:30 Tuesday morning with my heavy upper body flat on the ground, my less heavy lower body boosted high in the air by the remaining inflation, and the largish meal I'd had at the BBQ joint in town trying to work its way back out through my esophagus. Yeesh!

I rearranged things to a more comfortable position and was able to get back to sleep until dawn. First thing I did was drive into town to Walmart to price a new mattress. Then I went to Dunkies for breakfast and wifi to check the forecast. They were predicting thundershowers the next day, so instead of getting a new mattress, I decided to cut my trip short by a couple of days, broke camp, and headed home. It turned out to be a good decision. I kept checking the weather radar the next day, and there were some intense cells over Watkins Glen. Now I just need to find and patch the leak. And maybe have a chat with baby!sis because her kids were the last to use the mattress.

While in Watkins Glen, we went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy at the local theater for cheap*. It was great fun, but no one but me wanted to stay to watch all of the end credits, so I missed the big reveal. Not to worry, I already had heard about who it was. When I got back home I started looking up the comic book version of the team, and I'm pretty sure I must have bought some of the original series. I was a huge fan of Adam Warlock, and he was in it. Actually, knowing that now makes me disappointed that he didn't make it into the movie (although some have speculated the he, too, is part of the Collection). The only character I actually remembered was Drax, from his time with Warlock. And, of course, Thanos and Ronan. I did once buy the first issue of Nova, so I also recognized the Nova Corps, but I never was a fan.

* I should note that it had been almost nine years since the last time I was inside a movie theater. It may have been cheap by today's standards, but I don't think I paid that much in the first run theaters back in the day. One of the many reasons I haven't been in so many years.

Anyway, I have lots more to post about, but for now... baby steps.
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arlissarliss on August 23rd, 2014 - 04:13 pm
Hi there! Good to see your font.

Sounds like a nice trip, except for the middle of the night deflation, and a good decision cutting it short for rain. We're still waiting to see GotG--I've had a nasty cold and we didn't want to be lynched for me hacking all the way through the dialog.

It's really nice to hear from you. Keep that up, okay?
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DXMachina: Writing 02dxmachina on August 24th, 2014 - 12:22 am
I'm gonna give it a try. I need to write more.
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mearamearagrrl on August 23rd, 2014 - 08:53 pm
Yeah, I feel like movies are crazy expensive these days. Plus fewer of them are "matinee" prices, even though those are pricey too.
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 24th, 2014 - 12:26 am
Now that you mention it, the matinee in Watkins Glen was even cheaper, ut we'd have had to skip a hike.

Yeah, DVD rentals or purchases have become a much better value, and the concession stand at home is WAY cheaper.
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