Always have a back up plan (a second getaway driver doesn’t hurt either): that’s something disability and illness has taught me. I tried to go see Sherlock Holmes Monday but slept the day in order to compensate for loss of sleep due to pain. The kind of boring tedium which makes days disappear faster than you can say “opiate constipation!” haha.
I was to go to the Film today at 6:00 but getting ready took a wee bit longer than planned. But it worked out for the best, as I went in the evening, missing the earlier packed house, to an empty cinema. Linda and I laughed at Stephen Fry stealing every scene he was in, the new ‘urban disguise’ which I can only hope will catch on with children and survivalists alike and the homoerotic banter between Holmes and Watson. It is a good time, and getting out the house was fun, even if it was raining.
New Year’s Day Linda, Cheryl and I tried an Artifact Puzzle. Artifact Puzzle are a Seattle small business by two professors who make jigsaw puzzles out of a quarter inch of hard wood, cut with a laser. They aquire the rights to some facinating puzzles, including this bunny blossoms, which I long for, but as it costs $75, I will simply add it to my wish list. We started with 129 pieces, and after an hour of the three of us working hard, we finished The Garden of Death. Hey, I’m goth and macabre, envy it or get used to it! Workers like my stuff, or to be more accurate, they think their daughters would love my stuff (like when sorting clothes or the skull handkerchiefs my ice packs get wrapped in). It was fun but the unusual cutting of wood shapes along with thicker wood means that a few of the corners are not corners, and some of the puzzles are cut so there are no edge pieces at all (extra challenge score!). While now, the company specializes in designing ‘theme’ pieces, as the Bunny Blossoms has lots of different bunny pieces, while Stalking the Unicorn has myth and magic figures cut out (pictured). The tight fit of the wood in the puzzle means that sometimes trying a piece a few times to get the wood to shift in order to fit in. But once done, as you can see with Garden of Death above, the coated picture has a very high grade finish, good colour, and can be framed or broken up for another rainy day.
I finished the day starting to read Echo: The Complete Edition. It is by Terry Moore and the work he finished this year after Strangers in Paradise. This 600 page book has his black and white 3-D style as well as compelling and smart characters and plot. The planned and completed story arc avoids the repetition in SIP and other work of his and is a bargain at $25 with free shipping. There are very few graphic novels where I HAD to stay up in order to know how things ended, but this was one of them, along with ‘What is in the box?’ (a question you will have once you read Echo). The book has bisexual and lesbian themes, and includes colour covers and other bonuses. Sadly Terry Moore joins the growing group of North American artists who can’t draw a wheelchair to save his life, alas (or a wonderbra).
There is a sense of strange innocence in the book for those who are lesbian or bisexual, which is mildly amusing. I have noticed it in other graphic novels by guys, the few which aren’t all letchery, this alluding without ‘getting’ the whole attraction and how being horny or sexually attracted works between girls. But let’s face it, when most of the ‘western world’ and places like South Africa have legalized same sex marriage, along with two of the largest states in the USA, having girls kissing isn’t the ‘oh so debauched’ fantasy seen from the Matrix to Underworld. It is just….two people who are female expressing how they feel about each other in a public place, much like other married or non married couples.
As for the ‘New Year’, I am sure I will have resolutions, though right now I am working on a Top 10 list first. When surrounded by the ‘health professionals’ who seem to be chanting ‘Die, Die, Die!’ like I am the villaness in a ‘pro-wrestling’ under-card match who has just hit our heroine with a chair while she is dazed on the floor, the whole nature of reality seems skewed. Or that might be the pain. Or both. Simply by writing about the things I see and the conversations I have with VIHA, I have, according to Linda, become a ‘whistle-blower’; with all the fun that entails. Right now, I’d like to go outside when it is sunny, and watch some decent TV during the bad pain times. I had some bad pain times last week and they are not fun. You know, the ones where you slowly curl up, until your forehead touches the desk and people tell you that you are moaning. I had to ask people a couple times to pull me back and then prop the wheelchair so that I was sort of sitting upright or at least had my head up.
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