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Somewhere In Time: At Mackinaw, And…Um…Other Places (Part 2)

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It’s okay to feel safe since there won’t be a Part 3. I can only stretch these things out so long, otherwise it becomes a franchise. Do I really want to be responsible for creating another Friday the 13th or National Lampoon’s Vacation series? No. Er…maybe. I like the horror genre. So, Little Brother and I stayed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island in a room so pink that it looked like Linda Blair’s character in The Exorcist had thrown Pepto-Bismol up all over it instead of pea soup.

Somewhere In Time: At Mackinaw, And…Um…Other Places (Part 1)

Monday, July 25th, 2016

As we last left our heroes, they were complaining about how horrible the Masonic Temple was after seeing legendary film director John Carpenter perform there. Incidentally, I was contacted by the Masonic Temple via Twitter and the GM there would like to speak to me about the experience. We’ll see how that goes or if it even happens. I give them credit for reaching out, though. Now, beyond that, Little Brother Eddie and I took off for Mackinaw City a week ago yesterday. It was the start of our bi-yearly (as in every two years, not two trips a year) summer trip!

Blood, Sweat, and Tears…Mostly Sweat…An Evening With John Carpenter

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

My husband HATES going to concerts. Hates em’. He has a wonderful time during the show, but before one? Forget it. It would be more comfortable having one’s testicles pounded flat with a wooden mallet than to get him to go to a concert in a good mood. So, my birthday gift this year was a ticket to see legendary director John Carpenter perform a concert in downtown Detroit. My husband would not have to accompany me. Nope. That honor was left to Little Brother.

William Shatner and I Want the Same Thing

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

I finished reading a book two days ago, Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man, by William Shatner. It felt a little rushed and in need of another edit (stories were repeated, the timeline was all over the place at moments, and for being about Leonard Nimoy, there was a great deal about Bill Shatner), but despite whatever I perceived as flaws, I was deeply moved. I was also equally deeply bothered. Why? Because despite a friendship that honestly defined the word, Leonard stopped talking to Bill nearly five years before he (Leonard) passed away. This got me thinking about friendships and closure in general.

I Fear

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Have I ever been nervous walking down the street and being approached by or walking next to someone black? Yes. Have I ever been nervous walking down the street and being approached by or walking next to someone white? Yes. Asian? Yes. Indian? Yes. Male? Yes. Female? Yes. Gay? Yes. Straight? Yes. A police officer? No.

Searching For A Little Depth In The World…Our Way

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Imagine, if you will, a conversation that goes something like this. My husband calls me several months ago and has this to say: “K, we have two free hotel stays we need to book by this weekend, otherwise we’ll lose them. I’m torn about where to go. We’ve been many places, seen a great many things, and maybe we should go somewhere and do a little soul searching. Let’s see a part of the world we’ve never seen. Let’s reach deep inside ourselves and find new meaning in life. Let’s be better people.”