Why This Is A Short Post, In About 550 Words
Hello! This is part eight of my uncharacteristically chatty quarantine series, The View from Atherton Court. And today’s post is going to be comparatively short, for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I generally talk about movies I’ve seen over the past week, and we’ve been breaking our movie-a-day habit lately. We go through the day believing that we will be seeing a movie after dinner, and we solemnly select a movie to watch, but by the time we get settled on the couch it turns out that it is late and we’re tired and we don’t want to commit to something that will take a minimum of an hour and a half.
Last night, for example, we were totally going to watch Space Truckers. We really believed we would do this thing, right up until the moment we sat down. Then we realized that we hated this plan and that we weren’t going to do it. Instead, we watched a short clip of a baby elephant getting rescued from a pit by some people with earth-moving equipment, followed by a 10-minute cooking show, followed by the peaceful oblivion of sleep.
So anyway, one reason this will be a short post is that I don’t really have any movies I’m dying to talk about. We recently re-watched Suspiria (the original 1977 version, not the recent re-make), but all I have to say about it is: watch it. Also, we watched Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond (1981), but all I want to say about it is: don’t watch it. Unless you really, really like lingering shots of obviously fake faces being dissolved in acid. Then, I mean, this is the movie for you.
Also, though we’ve had a week that I consider fulfilling, most of the fun we’ve had this week is of the incommunicable sort, the sort that would probably sound really dull to people not in our heads. We spent time discussing the exact definition of “lout,” then looking up its etymology. We’ve had several very long speculative discussions about O’Neill cylinders and what they’d be like to live in. Quiet fun.
But! We have also done some very strenuous wading, which I will tell you about briefly. Last week, I mentioned that we’d started exploring a local stream in chest-waders. This is a fun thing to do, and it is also a good way to keep six feet away from other human beings. Anyway, this week we had two excellent wading adventures, and we’ve seen a lot of the stream that we hadn’t seen before. We found fascinating graffiti in unlikely places. We startled some beavers. Most remarkably of all, we discovered that someone’d moved a picnic table into the stream and covered it in brightly-colored paint. The paint was still wet. On the picnic table, weighed down with some stones, was a photograph of someone dressed as a smurf. This is all true and also not my fault.
Atherton Signs Off
Right. That’s about it, for this week! Have you had any really interesting in-depth discussions lately? Have you discovered things about your neighborhood that you didn’t know before? How are those household projects going?
Stay sane, stay healthy, and say hello in the comments section!