Hubby wants a GPS. No, I have NO IDEA why, but when he gets an "I want a new toy" obsession, it's very hard to fight, as the proliferation of the instruments in the apartment will attest to. He actually bought the Venture Etrex HC, but ended up returning it because he thought it wouldn't download maps, although now it turns out that it would have. He's currently on-line and on the phone trying to track down another one. I'm quite clueless about this whole thing, so any suggestions are welcome. Apparently it needs a long battery life because he will not be using it in a motor vehicle, until such time as he actually learns to drive a car.
UPDATE-He is on his way now to purchase a Garmin Oregon 550-T.
I've had my Super Beta outfit on again, and I've run into a bit of self-doubt on the UK/US issue. If I'm betaing for Watchmen, specifically the movie version, I'm operating on the assumption that spelling and vernacular should reflect US English, since the characters are (mostly) Americans residing in the United States. BUT---does the original creator being British give any leeway that British English, both spelling and vernacular might be acceptable?
No dead dolphins this week. Just Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, talking about music and guitars and where they came from, and eventually sitting down and jamming together. And yes, before anybody asks, yeah, at this point I ship them all together, but I'm totally in love with Jimmy Page. I went through my Zeppelin phase around 1982, a little late, because of the summer that the Highway Theater showed weekend mightnight rock movies all summer and I saw The Song Remains The Same for the first time. It's just so nice that Jimmy has survived and aged into this apparently sweet elder statesman, that he still has longish hair, which is now pure white, and that he sometimes has to put on glasses to see things on his record collection. He still does that thing with his lips when he plays guitar.
There's one moment when he plays the opening of Whole Lotta Love and Jack White and the Edge just stare at him in something like adoration. I also loved a bit where the three of them play the opening riff of "I Will Follow." Jimmy Page playing U2!
He talked about the double-necked guitar and they showed him playing Stairway to Heaven and it was really nice to be reminded that after all the bad karaoke of that song I've heard and how over played it is in general, it's STILL an amazing piece of music and the guitar solo is brilliant.
I'm happy to know that the Edge seems to have quite a sense of humor about himself and the band,
which is something I'm 100% sure Bono does. There was some hysterical early footage of the band include Bono looking utterly ridiculous jumping around and trying to be all Glammy. Ouch. On the other hand, there was also a very moving passage about the events leading up to the writing of Sunday, Bloody Sunday, and some performance footage of the Edge actually singing that was gorgeous.
I didn't know much about Jack White prior to this movie, but now I'm definitely interested in seeking out more of his music. He's shown with a boy dressed in the same outfit as him. I'm not sure if it's supposed to represent his younger self or is his actual son.
The movie ends with the three of them singing The Weight, intercut with other bits from the interviews and at one point the Edge admits he's been playing the wrong chord. It's so cute.
Honestly, if you love any of these performers, or guitars or music in general, I would so highly recommend this movie. And let me remind you: NO DEAD DOLPHINS!
Added bonus-at least for hubby-Jimmy Page playing mandolin.
Hubby came home and turned on his amp and played his electric mandolin for a while.
OK, Glaswegians, it looks like we'll be doing some time there as well.
Sleeper Train From London to Glasgow.
I'm still saying this is all theoretical based on hubby really putting in rehab time so he can do the walking the trip would entail, but he's certainly talking like it's gonna happen.
1. Halloween-this is still sort of a hush-hush thing, but I will tell you that there are three different parts to the costume and it spans more than one fandom. I have MOST of the first part written, although I've mentally changed a crucial component to it. I'm planning on taking the laptop to the Mint and working on it there. If I can get it out to beta before I go back to work on Monday, I'll be all smiles.
2. B-Day fic. I've cut down tremendously on those, including the possibility that I won't be presenting one on my own birthday, which is a bummer. But there is a (ahem) quickie in the works.
3. NOVEL. I've pushed through a bit on chapter 7 and want to try and get it posted to the Novel Filter by the 15th. Thanks to the imput from michelleann68, I'm considering a prologue chapter, which might help bring the reader more quickly into the world of the novel without having to wait for the idiot lecture to find out exactly what's going on. I'm not sure if I'm going to wait to write that until after I finish the body of the novel or do it as soon as I finish chapter 7.
4. YULETIDE-Yes, I'm going to do it again. Yes, I'm going to encourage everybody else to do so, in spite of the heartaches we go through in the aftermath. I know it's a bit early, but I assume the nomination process for fandoms will be starting up soon, so it's time to think about fandoms to nominate. I want to make sure that State of Play gets in again.
ETA-5-I want to finish up a project that michelleann68 and I have had in the works for awhile...preferably before the House Season Premiere.
ETA-6-I still owe teamharkness a fic for hand-holding me through CoE and reassuring me that it would be ok, which by my standards, it was.
Update-He's home with the GPS. I'm running out for bagels. Believe it or not, I'm actually hungry again.