Free Write – Week 3 (Jan 15-Jan 21)

Deep down I hoped that my clean start for 2021 would bring instant peace and happiness to me. Of course, this was naïve. A clean start can give you a palette to build upon, but it doesn’t change the problems at the core.
I’m struggling with my anxiety again. It’s been years since I’ve dealt with this to the degree it’s bothering me now. It comes and goes in waves and I just can’t get a grip on it. I’m not giving up, but I gotta keep researching and applying different tactics in order to keep this at bay.

“There is hardly a trope I dislike more than “do the right thing and everything else will miraculously work itself out.” Life doesn’t work that way, and neither does Farscape. There are good days, and bad days. And tough choices. You can’t always win, you can’t always make everyone happy. Life will leave scars, you just have to learn to life with them.”

Saturday, the wife and I ran out to the mall to pick up a few things. It was one of those touristy malls that she had never been to before. We had a fun day eating lunch, browsing the stores, and buying some odds and ends. I got a Durham Bulls baseball cap I’ve been trying to find for a few months now. I haven’t been able to find the time to visit the gift shop at the ballpark, so it was nice to find one in Lids.

It was interesting visiting a busy mall in COVID times. Every store had a person by the door regulating how many people could enter. I’ve seen this tactic done at Target, Walmart, CostCo, etc. various times during the pandemic but never in such small stores. It was a little strange having to wait several minutes to enter a lot of the stores, but kudos to the staff and the mall for helping keep everyone socially distanced.

I’ve been on the hunt for a Google Keep alternative for quite some time. I’ve dabbled with a variety of apps and not one has really given me what I need mainly checkboxes. I stumbled upon the other day and it seems to be exactly what I want minus an Android apk. I’m not sure how long I’ll put up with the web app performance, but I think it’s worth giving a chance.

This is actually my second attempt at finding a way to manage my to-do/shopping lists. I attempted to carry a small notebook late last year/early this year and it just wasn’t working for me. It was too cumbersome.

Kevin James has a new NASCAR themed sitcom coming out called The Crew. It’s a Netflix sitcom and the first trailer doesn’t give me much hope that it’ll be worth watching. I am a fan of Kevin James and was once a huge NASCAR fan so I’m going to check it out whenever it releases despite my concerns.

Bloody Disgusting did a nice little write up on my favorite video game Alan Wake that’s worth checking out.

Why ‘Alan Wake’ is Still Worth Revisiting Over a Decade Later

There is an interesting websites called The Companion that launched recently. It is a subscription based science fiction blog that features some of the creators or Stargate SG-1.

One of those creators, Brad Wright recently penned a free article discussing rules in science fiction. I really enjoyed it and he brought up some great points.

Brad Wright: My Rules For Stargates, Star Wars and Superheroes

I finally found a bag of 3D Doritos at the grocery store. I remember the Ali Landry commercial well, but I never tried the Doritos when they were first released around the turn of the century. I must admit, they are not what I expected. They are more like a Bugle than a Dorito, which was disappointing. They aren’t bad, I just have certain expectations when I buy something with the word Dorito on the bag and this did not meet that expectation.

Last summer, I purchased a Nintendo Wii. I wanted a gaming system that made me get up and move a bit. Plus, I really wanted to go bowling and the bowling alleys were closed. Sadly, my purchase didn’t get quite as much play as I had hoped it would. I think this was partially because I didn’t buy enough games to really engage the wife and myself. I decided to rectify this by purchasing Wario Smooth Moves and Wheel of Fortune. Wheel of Fortune was delivered this week and Brandy destroyed me in our first play through. I gotta say, I love the little Miis of Vanna White and Pat Sajak and spinning the wheel with my Wiimote was actually fun. The game did destroy the fantasy I had in my head that I would go onto Wheel of Fortune and dominate though.

I think I’m going to slowly purchase several more of those cheesy game show Wii games. They are all under $20 and I have a feeling I’ll get my money’s worth out of them.

Walker premiered last night and it went about how I expected it to. Its a very generic cop procedural with a bit more focus on family. It had the expected CW melodrama which was okay, but the show itself was pretty meh. Outside of the name, the show has no resemblance to its namesake and no performances really stood out. It was light on action and lacked a hook to make me want to tune in again.

By the time it was over, I really wanted to watch Longmire, a great show about a man in a cowboy hat mourning the death of his wife.

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