Up until several years ago, the most melancholy time of year for me was New Years. Not because of the prospect of the new year itself, but because it marked the end of Christmas. Yes, I love me some Christmastime, and having to put all of its holiday cheer into storage once made me profoundly sad.
Now, I would count Labor Day weekend as the most sobering time of year. Recently, the unofficial end of summer has taken on new meaning and presents newer burdens that I hadn’t carried before. There’s tons to do in order to get the house ready for winter nesting. However, I can’t say that the downside of summer’s end is really a “downside.” After all, there’s nothing better than an autumn’s evening breeze and the beauty of fall colors in nature. Summer’s hectic pace of vacationing here and going there calms somewhat, and free time once again becomes a little more attainable. There’s a new crop of TV shows to check out (and probably end up hating, or really liking before they get canceled after one season), and dinners become cozy and comforting again.
Episode 146: Such Buzzer. Much Beater. Wow. — The gang shrinks to half its size for a bizarre episode, and decides to pull back the current on some current and future news involving the show, the site and more. Also, Chris takes issue with people taking issue with charity initiatives, and Shaun details his experience with American Horror Story.
“Main Theme (Rhythm Thief)” by Tomoya Ohtani
“Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
“With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
“Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
“Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks
Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer
I’m a huge romantic. I enjoy reading or watching good love stories, especially the feel good kind. The late ’80s and ’90s saw an explosion of the feel good love stories that we often categorize as romantic comedies. By now, there’s nothing particularly new about this genre of film. It follows the usual formula everyone will recognize––boy meets girl, boy and girl are so obviously right for each other but one or both don’t realize it yet, boy and girl are put in a situation where there’s a delay in the two getting together but the attraction to each other is undeniable, a revelation happens, cue sweeping romantic gesture and confession, and finally the couple get together and live happily ever after. There’s a variation to the formula, but the end result is still the same and it’s for your favorite couple to end up blissfully together.
Fashion is a finicky business…for the wearers. You may think you’re harboring the latest trends in your short trousers and funky oxfords, but what’s “in” and “out” can change in the blink of an eye. Certainly there are timeless looks that will never go out of style, but there’s nothing wrong with buying a little into the latest fad. And as we’ve recently seen, a number of trends from the past, such as the whole “skinny” look that’s quite popular for both men and women, seem to be here to stay for good. Other past fads have also been popping up here and there — fads that were once quite the thing but have since fallen out of favor with the general public. It was said that the return of leggings in the 21st century might have started with Lindsey Lohan. In the case of some of these minor attempts at reviving fashion fads, it would probably take a whole army of Lohans (scary!) to re-gift them to the masses. Some smaller trends have never really disappeared, but rather have hung around the fringes of wardrobes and department stores just waiting for another brief moment in the sun. Here are a few I’ve noticed on the streets of my city.
Episode 145: Quick Grub — The gang examines some strange choices in the fast food arena, like the cancellation of healthier choices or the introduction of delivery service. Also, Chris questions fate, Dave takes on the ice bucket challenge, Michelle discloses her love of petty revenge, and Shaun talks about onion rings that tasted like urine.
We all grow up at some point. It’s an inevitable part of life. We inherit new responsibilities and we have to bravely navigate life’s ups, downs, and the everything in between. We typically don’t get any warning about what life has in store for us, but we make the best out of every situation we get dealt with.
Life as an adult doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always about our problems and responsibilities. I feel it’s important to take a break once in a while from that. It’s incredibly freeing to bask in the joys of the simple things in life such as taking a walk, enjoying a cup of coffee at a cafe, or having a long conversation with a friend. Sometimes, we just want to recapture the feeling of what it’s like to be a kid again.
And then I remembered how I felt after watching the first episode of his new (now cancelled) show, The Crazy Ones – disappointed. Though there was still life in his star, it was an improper stage for his talents. He was much more well suited in larger-than-life roles.