The Blood Elevator: Its Meaning & Symbolism

The blood elevator scene, sometimes called the ‘river of blood," from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is a horrifying and disturbing image in a film full of horrifying and disturbing images.  Upon watching it the scene produces in many - myself included - a feeling of dread; an uneasiness that is hard to explain. I’ve often

Opening Day

The smell of cut grass and hot dogs and mustard. The sound of leather on polished wood. The taste of cheap beer drunk from plastic cups. Bunting hung from the eaves and a marching band and jets flying in formation. The sound of laughter and conversation and cheers. The anticipation of summer and the possibility

By |2022-04-07T11:02:05-06:00April 7th, 2022|Ideas & Excuses, Summertime|0 Comments

The Superfruit: In Praise of the Avocado

Recent studies have shown that avocados are ridiculously healthy for you and have health benefits that are, to put it mildly, amazing. This is fantastic news. I love avocados. I was 18 when I had my first avocado. Oh, sure I had a "guacamole salad" of the Taco Bell variety before that but honestly I'm

By |2022-02-28T09:15:42-07:00February 28th, 2022|Being Green, Ideas & Excuses|0 Comments

Happy Life Day: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Author's note: This was written nearly seven years ago and I must admit my opinion of the Star Wars Holiday Special has softened a bit. Oh, I still think it's awful don't get me wrong, but it has for me fallen into the "so bad it's good" category. Well, sort of. You see while

By |2021-11-29T10:50:14-07:00December 8th, 2021|Features, Ideas & Excuses, Thoughts & Notions, Xmas|Comments Off on Happy Life Day: The Star Wars Holiday Special

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping: Krampus the Anti-Claus

We are all familiar with the benevolent nighttime intruder who once a year indulges in mass breaking and entering to deposit gifts under indoor foliage. You know, the omnipotent fat man dressed in red who observes your every waking and sleeping moment to determine if you are “bad” or “good” based on a criteria only

By |2020-10-20T12:30:50-06:00December 1st, 2019|Ideas & Excuses, Thoughts & Notions, Xmas|0 Comments

Creature Double Feature: My Saturday Monster Time

Growing up my Saturday afternoons would be spent with creatures, monsters, ghosts, ghouls, murderers, and mad scientists. Beginning around one o'clock I would settle down in front of our 17" Sony Trinitron (complete with simulated wood grain plastic sides) with a soda (typically Frank's grape or ginger ale) and a bowl of buttered macaroni noodles

Swim Until You Cant See Land (Saying Goodbye to Scott Hutchison)

It was late December 2007 and I was driving home from work listening to the radio. There is an indie station that plays Christmas music by alternative bands with alternative takes on the holiday and that is the only type of Christmas music I listen to because yeah, I’m that guy. And then a

By |2020-10-20T12:30:36-06:00May 12th, 2018|Ideas & Excuses, Ideas & Opinions|0 Comments
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