Remember This 80’s Cop Show?

Before I knew that I was gonna have a rough time sleeping last night, I was clicking off a few early morning hours by watching the 80’s TV show “Hunter” on Amazon Prime Video. ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you watched it way back when, I feel like you’d still like it today… especially the way that “retro” shows feel like more of an escape.

Starting with ep 01, the pilot, (which you can watch below) it’s ironic how the topic of that episode goes hand in hand with discussions being had around policing in the country today. ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜ With a new, jerk-off type chief taking over the department, announcing all these policy changes… but of course our tough-guy cop, Sgt Rick Hunter, isn’t havin’ any of it. ๐Ÿ˜… The way that “TV cops” acted back then… definitely a product of its time. Hell, certain people, even today, would be mad that anyone would admit they still like this show. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

But the guy that plays Hunter has gotta be the good-lookin’est ugly dude I’ve even seen as a series leading man. (With a front-head that would make even a Batina jealous. ๐Ÿ˜„) I think I remember Dad mentioning back then that he was actually an ex-football player, so that kinda makes sense. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฅด And then the woman that plays his soon-to-be partner, Dee Dee McCall, is still smokin’ hot in this show… even by today’s standards. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿคค

They’ve got great chemistry, and both of them pull off their roles well… especially if he wasn’t even originally an actor. It would be easy for them to have gone too cheezy with it, but they figured out just the right way to play it. He’s rough, funny, blunt, charming, etc – and she’s a tough chick, but not too tough, kinda likes that Hunter isn’t immediately slobbering all over her… ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I dunno, they just get on like you’d imagine a couple of experienced cops like them would get on together.

After the double-length pilot, the regular episodes do have that late-80’s “cop show” formula that you’d recognize in Knight Rider, The Fall Guy, Hart to Hart, CHiPs, The Equalizer, etc. But if you were a fan of any of those shows, you should take to this one straight away. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I had forgotten until last night that he had an “awesome” catch phrase… “Works for me!” ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜† It looks silly when it’s just typed out, but yeah, I remember more than a few friends (and, particularly, my cousin Jim) repeating that line all the time back in the day. ๐Ÿ˜

Looks like FilmRise even has the whole series up on YouTube, if you’re interested in the distraction. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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EDIT: My phone was busy for about eight hours yesterday, between processing the 25 minutes worth of UHD, 360 degree video and then uploading it to YouTube, but I still haven’t gotten the kinks ironed out yet. Turns out that not one of the three videos would display as intended once they were on the site. Of course I’ll keep at it until I figure it out, once I’ve saved up some energy that is. Time for an attempt at a nap now though.

After Much Thought / Research

Before I get on to today’s topic, figured I’d follow up the last post with another dream that I had last night. Not gonna bore you with the entire contents, but the method of near-death last night was bubble gum. ๐Ÿคจ Not sure why I was chewing gum in the first place, but I had put too many pieces in my mouth when I began to chew… and then on top of that, it began expanding in my mouth and down into my throat like spray-foam insulation. ๐Ÿ˜ณ The kind that comes out of the can as a gooey spray but expands and hardens into a solid mass. I was barely able to dig it out of my mouth with my index finger, allowing myself to get a breath again.

But over the holiday weekend I was browsing the area gun shops online, and I found one place in Newark that said they had a carbon / black SCCY CPX-2 in stock, in store – so I crossed my fingers, placed the order, and waited for the call to let me know I could pick it up. Now, with affordable / popular caliber guns and ammo being sold out almost everywhere right now, I wasn’t gonna hold my breath that the sale would go through until I had it in my hands – but they called Tuesday afternoon to let me know I could grab it whenever. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And yeah, I do already have a .380 acp with one box of ammo, but not only is that caliber even harder to find right now, but it’s always been more expensive. So when I came across a deal on 9mm rounds, I went ahead and grabbed them with the intention of getting rid of the 380 and buying a new 9mm… whether in pistol form or the interesting Hi-Point TS995 carbine. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ It just so happened the handgun was the first to become available in the area, and the d00d at the shop even said it was the only one they had gotten in that particular shipment. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Guess I checked at just the right time.

Folks are saying that gun owners should have multiples, in varying calibers, so you have a better chance of finding at least some rounds that will fit one of your guns… but for my purposes, as long as I have enough to get in some decent practice with this new one, and then enough left over to where it feels like it’s “enough” for any bad news that might show up at my house, that’s good enough for me. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ And since the CPX-2 is compact, double action only, internal hammer, with a long, heavy trigger pull – should I ever decide to get my concealed permit, this one is much more suited for it than the other one I’ve got.

I wasn’t even sure I was gonna do anything when I woke up yesterday, but then I decided that I had enough energy to go visit some friends in Columbus. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป But after a short time there I got the call, leading to me driving back home, then up to Newark to grab the gun and some extras, followed by taking “the scenic route” back home. I figured I may as well check out the familiar sights (from back when we lived in that area) since I had to be out anyway. I’m not gonna get into my twitchiness again right now, but for me… going from “home alone” day after day, to dealing with traffic, humans, extra aches and pains from all the driving and moving around – I was pretty whupped by time I got home and settled in. ๐Ÿ˜ My brain was still happy and kinda wired though (from the events of the day) which contributed to my 4a sack-out time. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ž

Another of my friends stopped by in the early evening, having some time to kill before she had to pick up her kid from band practice, so I met her in the driveway to chit chat and show her my new goodies. ๐Ÿ˜ Her hubby has a couple of long guns, but they are both interested in getting a pistol… so in the same day that I got my new one, I also got a solid backup as to where my old one might be going soon. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I know that guns can tend to make some people nervous, but obviously none of us are looking for trouble just because we own them. (Although we certainly want to be prepared if trouble comes looking for us.) And with my left shoulder being screwy due to my injury / surgery from years ago, it’s not even like target shooting would be fun. If anything, having a physical handicap is even more reason that a person might want to have a gun as extra protection. ๐Ÿ˜ณ But I need to put in some practice time and make sure I’m confident with how everything will go, not only with the gun – but with the way my shoulder will react to firing it. But with it being pretty much even money once I get rid of my old one, I’m happy with how things went yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Day After

“What are you thankful for?” Well, at this moment, I’m thankful that I had absolutely zero desire to go out and do any shopping with the Black Friday crowd – and that I can sit at home and regenerate from the past several days of stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nothing bad has been going on really, I’ve just used up all of my social juju over the past few days – so the long weekend will be even more appreciated.

I know that I’m always invited to the family gatherings, which is technically just Aunt Sharon’s clan usually, but there’s still a bunch of people if everyone shows up. And everyone showed up yesterday… including me, since Toni invited me again a couple days earlier. It had just been so long since I’ve been to even a cookout, so even though I knew I was low on energy I still wanted to go and at least pop in and say hi to everyone at once.

Dad knew ahead of time that it would likely zap my energy if I stopped by at the dinner, so he didn’t mind that I wasn’t able to make it over there yesterday, since I’ll be able to sometime else here soon when I’ll be far less twitchy. But I’m glad that I went… it was nice… but I got home around 4:30p and was sound asleep about an hour later. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ Woke up after midnight, decided to eat the leftovers that Genesee had dropped off for me, and fell back to sleep around 4am. Slept in until about 11am, so sleep-wise I’m actually doing okay I think.

But yeah, there used to be a time where I’d at least be considering going out and doing some shopping… but I’m recovering too nicely today by just sitting on my ass and watching random stuff on YouTube. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hell, next year could be different and I might be right back out there with the crazy shoppers… ‘cuz sometimes it’s just fun to watch people scramble for what they want… but today, this is right where I need to be.

Mutate The Hobby

I was talking with one of my friends the other day and mentioned how I’ve pretty much lost interest in photography at the moment, as well as many of my other hobbies as well. He said that after his own battles with depression, that he had to eventually just find a way to “take his fun back” from it… and I like the phrase that he used. Mutate the hobby. ๐Ÿค” Meaning that even if you can’t find the fun in what you used to do, you could try to make some previously-unconsidered changes in the way you approach a hobby to see if it’ll light the fires again. Telling someone to “mutate the hobby” just sounds better than suggesting that they simply try something slightly different.

So when it comes to my photography, I’m gonna try to steer away from the humans for a while… at least when it comes to my primary subject. I’m not sure yet what I’ll replace them with, but I’m just burned out on trying to come up with something fresh with people pics. I suppose I could even try shooting some video with the dSLR, which has its own distinct look compared to phone or even camcorder video.

And then of course I still have the 3D and 360-degree cameras, although both of them are somewhat lacking in quality when it comes to the resulting images and video… but despite having those cameras for quite a while now, I’ve still never really explored their potential any further than basically just testing them out. ๐Ÿค“ The waterproof action cam that I took to Lake Hope was a nice change, and with a few weeks of summer left I suppose I could still try to make use of it in water that is actually clear… meh… but yeah, at least there’s plenty of options when it comes to mutation should I ever feel close to motivated.