Funny how the longer one goes without updating one's journal, the more intimidating that blank "update" page becomes when you do pull it up. I think this is about the fifth time I've started an update in the past couple weeks. The last few have ended up unsaved for various reasons - too trivial-sounding, not interesting enough, or (and probably most truthfully) too personal and/or difficult to put down. But I'm determined to get something down now, trivial or personal or no.
To start, however, is something I promised everyone a while back (even though I doubt most of the folks who read this will actually care one way or the other, not having seen the movie in question) - my Final Theory (TM) on David Lynch's Mulholland Drive
. It's probably not going to be as thorough as I'd hoped, but I'm going to put down the basics. I might get into it in more depth in a year or so, when I get the urge to watch the film again.
For those who haven't seen the film, I'm going to put a cut here because what follows is both extremely spoilerific and would likely be extremely boring/confusing (which isn't to say that the film itself isn't extremely confusing, but you get my point). However, if you like movies that really make you think, and that inspire discussion and dissection later, I highly recommend this film.( Handeth me the razor, for lo, I hath promised my readers a cut. )
Hm. That went a heckuva lot longer and more in-depth than I figured, so it's probably a good thing that I added the cut. However, I may well post on it again in the future - that's kind of what happens with movies that require a ruminiant's digestive system to, y'know, digest.
Here in Juneau, we got our first snow this morning. It was pretty wussy - I'm pretty sure that by now it's almost all gone - but it did make everything very pretty this morning. And I'm finding that it's much easier to enjoy the snow when you've got a vehicle with state-of-the-art traction control and therefore aren't worried about plowing into a berm on the way home...
In other news, Brian and I have been having a bit of a problem with fruit flies. I'm not sure how they got in - apparently contaminated foods and ill-fitting/ripped window screens are prime candidates, and this is the time of year when they're most prevalent. While pesky, their presence has inspired some good changes on our part - cleaning the kitchen every night rather than twice a week, for instance, and wiping down the counters with bleach-water every night. We couldn't figure out for a while where they were coming from, but eventually I discovered a rotting potato crawling with the little buggers underneath a shelf - that
was a fun mess to clean up, let me tell you. (Brian was conveniently in Sitka at the time.) Having removed all food sources and put up a couple of different traps, we've put a pretty significant dent in their numbers in the kitchen. Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to have moved into the bathroom. I really don't know what they could be eating in there, but if their numbers don't drop significantly in the next couple of days I'll have to clean out under the sink in there and see if there's anything organic that we've missed. Ah, well.
As for the more personal business...I'm trying to get going with my music again. Part of the problem is lack of direction; I wasn't really very interested in Tommy
, which is the musical Perseverance is putting together this year, and it's not like there are a surfeit of bands looking for singers here in Juneau. However, I'm going to be investing in a decent microphone with the eventual goal of having a couple of songs recorded by the end of the month. Fortunately I have a friend who's willing to do some accompaniment, and Brian has a copy of Garage Band on his Mac, which is supposed to be a very easy program for recording and mixing tracks. So we'll see what comes of it all. I have an idea about what I want to do with the songs once they're recorded, but it's kind of a one-in-a-million lottery-esque thing, and what's important at this point is, I think, just getting something in a tangible format. It'll be a step in the right direction, anyway.
And that's really all the news from the last couple of weeks...