Saturday, December 31, 2005


The only kind of axe this wyrm wants to see
Should auld aquaintance be forgot...Boy, I wish I could forget some of the stuff that happened in 2005. From Schiavo to Sheehan, it's been rough.

And that, kiddies, is about as political as I am going to get. :D

Okay, while Howlin' Smaug serenades us with a smokin' rendition of Clifton Chenier's I'm A Hog For You Baby let's look back: another year in the same house and we actually are trying to keep it in good repair. We still have April and my grandson Gage with us, which I consider a blessing. Becky and I hit the big five year mark with our marriage which I consider an achievement (for me at least). We both toured northern New Mexico which I enjoyed but it was a mixed blessing for Becky (still don't know why).

My DVD collection also has swollen: 2005 saw me acquiring (deep breath) Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1&2, The Bela Lugosi Collection, The Best of Bud Abbot and Costello Volumes 1-4, Beyond The Sea, Bob Clampett's Beany and Cecil, Brain Donors, The Castle of Cagliostro, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, two versions of A Christmas Carol, A Face in The Crowd, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion) (again), Fractured Flickers: The Complete Collection, Freaks, The Front Page, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Incredibles, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 3, The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection, My Darling Clemintine, Napoleon Dynamite, National Treasure, The Producers, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Season 3, Slacker (Criterion), The Sting, The Tales of Hoffman (Criterion), Top Secret!, The Truman Show, The Val Lewton Horror Collection, Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald Volume 2, Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities, Wizards and a whole buttload of Fox Film Noirs.

Oh yeah, 2005 will be remembered as The Year Smokestack Got Off His Duff And Wrote A Novel. As part of November's National Novel Writing Month, I came out of it with a nice, fun fantasy tale. Now to rewrite...

Still with me? Good. Now Smokestack's bad stuff of 2005:

The main pain was my older stepson going ballistic, attempting to beat me up and taking off to Dallas. The guy just didn't get the fact that staying out drinking, doing drugs and philandering while his girl and son were staying at home with us was not the way to run your life. The best thing coming out of this is he's been prospering in Dallas and is ready to come back. From what I've seen he's improved enough where I can give him the benefit of the doubt, but I'm going to make it quite clear to him that after this I'm out of cheeks to turn. We shall see...

As I've said before, Becky's Ru-N-Y has been quite traumatic for her. She's gradually getting better and I'm hoping she gets where she wants to be weight and health-wise. At least that's what I pray for.

And then there's my teeth. Or I should say my former teeth. I'm finally in a position where the dentures are comfortable. Now it's a matter of being able to eat withouthaving my uppers and lowers flopping around in my mouth. Someone pass the Poly-Grip...

DVD Bummers: I won Kinsey from DVD Verdict. Not a bad film, just not all that great. Guess I'll be trading that soon.
The last pain of 2005: someone ripped me off, taking my copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Criterion). Only the second time it happened for that title. I guess the lesson learned is: don't buy that title.

Okay, let's cool down a bit. I'm looking forward to 2006, but I'll discuss that next time. In the meantime I hope everyone has a Happy new Year and I'll see you on the other side.

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