After a full month of daily blog posts for the entire month of August I almost took a day off today. I was really going to do it. But then a very good friend, who is sort of a new friend even though I’ve known her for about 20 years already came to the rescue and convinced me to keep going, so I’m going to try like hell to get something written that I actually feel is worthy of being posted in the next 32 minutes. (So the thing is I would actually have an additional 4 hours to do this if my WordPress was set to the correct timezone, but at the moment I can’t figure out how to fix it, so I’ve decided to just carry on with a sort of stream of consciousness rant for a little while, and in that way I will be able to continue this daily blog posting one more day.)
To be honest I’m really having a hard time writing anything right now. It’s HOT. Sticky. This sort of weather drains me of my energy, my ambition, and my inspiration and all I really want to do is lay down and go to sleep, but the problem with that is I can’t sleep when it’s like this. It’s hard for me to come up with ideas. It’s hard for me to be funny, or even to find amusement in much of anything. I get depressed. Irritable. Morose. It’s hard for me to think. September has arrived at long last, which means there is some hope for the near future, but it still seems like a distant promise, somewhere lingering over the horizon like a shimmering mirage, that continually fades away as you approach it.
I’m not a huge fan of winter either, but I can adjust to it much better. Another layer of clothes, some boots and a scarf. Problem solved. Big deal. And the best part about winter is I never have any problem getting enough sleep.
October is by far my favorite month, and it’s only a little over 4 weeks away. I live for those glorious 31 days and I wish I could live in a place where it was October all the time. (Admittedly, in my neck of the woods, even much of that month is a little warmer than I would like, but at least it is usually interspersed with a couple of cool spells here and there.) There are other things about October that I like in addition to the slightly cooler temperatures. I love the fall colors. I love the crisp cool air and the smell of burning leaves, and of course, the thing I look forward to most, the one and only holiday I actually celebrate. The day I look forward to all year long. Halloween! It has always been my favorite. You can keep your Christmas presents and your Thanksgiving turkeys and your Fourth of July fireworks as I have very little use for any of that foolishness. My whole year revolves around October 31st. For real.
This may have something to do with my love for horror movies. For as long as I can remember I have loved scary movies. The interesting thing about that is I never really found them scary. I just enjoyed them. I was literally obsessed with the idea that there was this dark supernatural hidden world lurking somewhere behind the boring hum drum perceived world that we live our day to day lives in. The world I longed for was filled with monsters, ghouls, and nightmarish landscapes. It was a world like the one created by Wes Craven.
As usual I was messing around on the internet before work yesterday which was when I learned of his recent death. People will always remember him mostly as the guy who gave us Freddy Krueger. I loved the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, (which were great in their own right) but my own particular favorite of his came a little earlier than that, in 1977.
In it a vacationing family of wide eyed simpletons get lost in the desert, and are stalked and killed off, one by one by an isolated family of cannibalistic mutants. It’s great fun for the whole family and contains one of the most hilarious scenes in all of cinematic history, which involves an angry patriarch, a road map, and a rabbit on the road. (It takes place about fifteen minutes into the film, and had me laughing so hard the first time I saw it I almost fell off the couch.)
If you want a good scare. (And a good laugh) Check it out sometime. That’s all I got tonight.