Did Some Shit Yesterday

Woke up at 5am out of a nightmare. This was actually a good one… kind of a Resident Evil zombie themed adventure. πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ πŸ§Ÿβ€β™‚οΈ I guess one good thing that came out of it was revisiting a dream location from years ago. It’s a strange combination of Hills, Ames, Lancaster Sales, and Hecks. But it’s the same one I’ve visited in my dreams several times in the past. 😌 So yeah, it started out there as me and a friend were not only gathering supplies to live on during the zombie rampage, but I was also trying on new jeans. πŸ‘– πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜

The rest was as you’d expect, zombies getting into the store, chasing us out the back, out into the woods, etc… but yeah, I woke up at five friggin AM. πŸ˜’ Had some serious panic attack symptoms going on so I tried to distract myself by going outside and spraying a bunch of weeds before the sun came up up, since it’s been so friggin’ hot during the days lately. Also broke some dead branches off the two big flower bushes out back, which should make them a little less annoying for the mowers as well.

That didn’t help my anxiety, so I took a shower and went back to sleep until noon. My second attempt at waking up went better, and I actually felt good enough to make a run to Dollar General to get some friggin’ cat litter. I swear, these cats poop so much. πŸ˜ΈπŸˆβ€β¬› I took my tripod with me, because I thought I might stop at Lake Logan to do the time-lapse tests I’ve been pondering, but even in the late afternoon it was still too friggin’ hot to get out, set up the tripod, and sit there sweating balls for 15 minutes per test. πŸ₯΅

Instead, I came home and started laundry, got the living room cleaned and vacuumed… I dunno… just did some random crap around the house that counted as progress for the day. Oh, and Steve came and got the drift car so I’ve got my garage back. 🏎️ So now I don’t have to worry about cracking my windows when I wake up, so that my dashcam doesn’t melt and unstick itself from the inside of my windshield.

I think yesterday was possible because I slept so damn much. Actually, the past few days I’ve been sleeping more than usual… but I’ve also mentally thrown up my hands like “So what?” 😴 If I sleep 10 or 12 hours, but then wake up feeling good enough to get some shit done, then who’s to say I shouldn’t be sleeping that much? πŸ˜•πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ It beats all the nights not that awfully long ago when I’d be lucky to get four straight hours, eh? Meh…

Exhausting Dream

Figured I’d make the title clear, for those who wanna skip this entry…

Had another one of those ultra-realistic dreams this morning, and it just went on and on and on… woke up from it feeling exhausted. It wasn’t anything bad, just full weird tension. I’m not going to do a complete play-by-play, so just know that all the granular details that you’d expect in a story like this were there.

There was a grand opening of a new burger joint in the neighborhood, so me and my girlfriend went to be among the first in line. The scene was chaotic, with way too many people in the lobby, orders getting confused, cashiers getting flustered, and the manager being up front with the cashiers in order to help them out. As I grabbed our food and turned to walk to a table, I noticed that the manager looked a lot like Bruce McCulloch from The Kids in The Hall.

We sat down at our table near the front window and noticed an old, open cockpit hot rod with huge tail pipes backing into a spot, nearly hitting other vehicles as it accidentally backed up over the curb and sidewalk. The people inside were already twitchy from the chaos, and it didn’t help that there was a loud, reckless driver out front. Then we noticed it was actually one of my cousins that was driving, and I was already thinking of how I could avoid being seen when he walked in.

So we ducked through a door that went to some rooms in the back of the restaurant, which seemed to be storage for items from various haunted house or “magic” amusement park attractions. So as we tried to find a rear exit, around each corner there would be this or that jumping out at us, making noise, and generally freaking us out – not just because of what it all was, but because it was so out of place. There was even an actual person dressed up in the “Scream” outfit and mask, and when I pushed them back, their costume changed into the Chicken Lady… again, from The Kids in The Hall. Weird…

At this point my cousin came back into that same area with another employee, because he had been out in the lobby trying to talk to everyone about QAnon theories and he had refused to leave when the manager told him to. He was continuing that debate with the employee, who obviously wasn’t interested in hearing about it either, and somehow I was able to sneak from behind the door and leave that back area without either of them seeing me.

But when I got outside, I was in the back of the property and saw that there were different areas set up for people to be getting their makeup and costumes done, apparently for some sort of tv or film production. It was then that I spotted a few more of the KiTH, this time wearing striped barbershop quartet costumes. I went up and greeted them, saying “I KNEW it was you guys when I saw Bruce inside working!” and we all shared a chuckle.

I noticed at this point that there was a crowd growing around the front parking area. Not only were they all watching the filming of some sort of hidden camera show, but my cousin had made his way out front and was selling people’s cars without their knowledge or permission. So some people were mad at him for doing that, and some people were mad that they weren’t being allowed to remove their newly purchased cars. The police told me that there was nothing they could do, and that if I wanted my own car back, I’d have to take him to civil court.

Heh… there was so much other little stuff before, during, and after all of that… stuff that just filled it all out into this long, detailed, stressful, exhausting experience. Crowds of people, people being chaotic, orders getting screwed up, surprise relatives showing up causing problems, creepy weird shit preventing us from leaving, people stealing my stuff, cops not doing anything about it… heh… it was just friggin’ bizarre.

Biannual Hang Out

I write that title jokingly, since the older we get, the less we hang out… and I suppose it doesn’t help that he lives all the way up in Marion now… but yeah, I met up with Jim and Brad this afternoon for early dinner at the Texas Roadhouse on the edge of town.

His birthday is actually coming up next month, so I told him if he felt like coming back down here we could go try the mexican place by the mall, just to have some variety in our grub… and besides, with Jim picking up the tab the time before this, and Brad picking it up today, it’s my turn to get the check the next time we all meet up. We used to do concerts every summer for his birthday… heh… but, right now at least, I’m happy with the more subdued celebration.

Since I got the steak that last time, I knew going in that I wanted to try something different. I almost pulled the trigger on the chicken fingers, but then I decided to be brave (or possibly dumb) and selected the fried catfish dinner. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I did have to sort of look away from it as I ate, though… heh… due to the very dark color that the breading was attempting to conceal… but the meat itself was all white with no weird colors or veins or anything like that. (Yes, I’m still basically a child when it comes to eating “different” foods… heh)

I didn’t quite finish everything, so I figured I’d be the hero of the day by bringing a piece of catfish home to the girls. But nope… neither one of them cared. Maggie sniffed at her piece a bit before getting distracted by a bird at the feeder, and Maggie actually got up and moved away from her piece, as it was bothering her while she was trying to sleep. Not sure what kind of defective cats I ended up with here, but yeah…

I fell asleep shortly after getting home. Full belly plus lack of sleep the night before, which is my typical MO whenever I have an appointment or meeting or whatever the next day, good or bad. But after waking up from my nap, I have to admit that I’m not feeling particularly excellent at the moment. I’m not gonna blame the fish… but I’m blaming the fish. Heh… not that it was bad, but more that it was just something “new” to my tummy, and then I dumped a bunch of rolls and potatoes on top of it. I’m hoping it’s just because I overdid it, and hopefully my nap doesn’t have me awake too awfully late tonight.

Pardon the lack of emojis. Just wanted to get this done and close my eyes.

Decent One

Ended up with a pretty nice time-lapse video yesterday, with the frames having been captured over a total of eight hours. This phone is what, a couple of years old now… yet it still hung in that long, sitting out there and clicking away every 1.5 seconds. There was just a small gap of about 15 minutes when I brought the phone inside since it was raining so hard. I don’t mind risking it with some sprinkles, but this was different.

I think I like this one more than a lot of the others due to the way it starts out with slowly blowing clouds of various shapes / colors, and ends up with the video showing them almost staying in one place, churning around as they come and go. Might have to go up to Buckeye Lake some afternoon once it cools down some, to try different options to see what kind of results I could get if I decided to camp there for a day.

The Rest of The Story

I ran out of energy and motivation last night before I could add the second part of the blog entry I was working on. It’s nothing terribly exciting anyway, I was just going to mention that I’ve got new neighbors. John, the fella that has lived next door since I was a baby, finally passed away some time last year and his house was put up for sale shortly after that. But I’m not sure if the people living there are the ones who bought it or if perhaps someone bought it to immediately put it up for rent. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I actually can’t even tell you anything about them. 😏 Well, almost nothing. I mean, I’ve seen a couple of younger looking guys next door with some various “vroom vroom” cars, but I don’t know if they’re the ones that live there or what. I suppose I should have paid better attention before starting this blog, eh?

But what I can tell you is that at least one person over there is an aspiring drummer. 😎πŸ₯ Because the other night, from shortly after midnight until about 3am, they were practicing on their drum kit. Now, I’m not complaining… it wasn’t really loud enough for me to get bent out of shape. Just loud enough for me to hear, but not loud enough to be a pain in the ass. I’m not sure that the neighbors on the other side of their house from me would agree, though. Because it sounded like they may have been practicing out in their detached garage, and that’s a lot closer to that neighbor’s house than it is mine, and it’s a fella that I believe is even a little older than me.

I’ll have to see if I can figure out a little more. Shit, if they’re like me… I barely leave the house… so if they barely leave the house too, that’ll make it a bit of a challenge. And it’s more that I’ve just not seen anyone outside working like I used to see with John, always working on his yard or flowers or tractors… they’re probably just coming and going like normal humans, and avoiding yard work the same way that I do. 😁

It’s weird… and I guess it’s just that I’ve been fortunate to not have worry about “new neighbors” for so long now… so now that I’ve got some I guess I’m curious. But not curious enough to pay a whole lot of attention or bother to go over and introduce myself or anything crazy like that. πŸ˜…

Unseen

Just did this one tonight. Haven’t watched it yet. It might suck. 😏

EDIT: Yeah, kinda sucks. Good sunset, ran a bit too long w/shutter too fast.

Hot Potato

Had kind of a blah weekend and I’m not even really sure why. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ I mean, it wasn’t bad… it was just hot out, I didn’t have any pressing things to do inside the house, so on both Saturday and Sunday I really did a whole lot of nothing. Spent more time in bed than not, which did result in me getting a good chunk of catch-up sleep… so that was nice… but yeah, in other ways it definitely felt like a couple of wasted days. πŸ˜’

During the time that I sat in bed, binge watching Knight Rider and Star Trek: TNG, I was also working on my old GPD XD android gaming device that’s been in my sock drawer for a couple years now… 😏 and I got RetroArch and a ton of ROMs successfully installed and configured on it. My mind had already been in emulation mode since I had recent finished setting it up on my Raspberry Pi and desktop, so I figured I may as well put the handheld device to good use again since I spent good money on it years ago. πŸ€“

I figure it’s as “done” and configured as I’m gonna be able to get it, and it can play 2600, 7800, Colecovision, Intellivision, Watara Supervision, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Game Gear, Sega Master System, NES, SNES, Genesis, and Vectrex titles flawlessly. 😎 It can even play some N64, Playstation, Playstation Portable, and Gameboy Advance games. I’ve not bothered trying to install and configure any arcade emulators, because let’s be honest… I’m gonna be hard pressed to even use it to play everything that’s already on there now. But I’m happy with another nerd project well done, and I’ve been playing the crap out of GB Donkey Kong ever since.

All of my various aches and pains and bumps and scratches… I’m still recovering from all that pretty well. πŸ€•πŸ™‚ I know, it’s been a long damn time since the lower back stuff first started, so I should be better by now – but I’m continuing to use the yoga ball and take it easy on myself each day, and I’d say I’m probably at around 90% at the moment. πŸ₯΄ I’ll take it. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Shoulder and neck have been giving me a break for some reason, but I’m not complaining. I know they’ll come back and join me soon enough…

I’m trying to think if there’s anything else worth reporting on. Already covered the doctor appointment the other day I think, and I haven’t gotten any news back about the tests, so that’s still whatever… and since I’ve been feeling a lot better, I’ve slacked off and neglected to keep calling the “back doctor’s” office until I get someone to answer and schedule me an appointment for that… πŸ€” meh… I know I should still do it, so this paragraph will serve as sort of a mental note to myself to not forget to do that. 🀞🏻😏

Oh… oh… I did just think of something else I could cover from recently, but this entry is long enough as it is now. So just consider this entry number one for the day, and check back later for a possible second entry…