December 26th, 2014
|12:56 am - Holiday Visit + Excellent Presents, a Fairly Bad Musical, and a good film|
teaotter & I are visiting my parents, who for most of their lives were fairly noxious people, but are now elderly and pathetic. They have literally no friends in the entire DC area, my dad has memory problems and severe depression, and my mom has always been depressed and is I think someone as social as I am, who spent much of her life having far too little social contact and now has even less. As I have said many times before, they remind me of the sort of ill-tempered & aggressive cat that most people avoid, but who becomes sufficiently pathetic in its old age to provoke sympathy and compassion. So, no fights or other problems, but there's an overwhelming sadness here that it difficult, added to the fact that I loathe the DC area and long to get back to the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Also, I miss my other partner, amberite, who is visiting their family in the Bay Area - one of the disadvantages of not being out about being poly with my parents, but I can't imagine coming out would go remotely well.
One bright spot was having rialian visiting. It was odd, because he came over and visited with us here, which meant socializing with my parents and wearing uncomfortable masks, but he manages to play mainstream remarkably well for an otherkin elf who lives out in the wilds of West Virginia on his organic sustainable farm.
Presents were nice, I had two big ones - the Nivida Shield Tablet, which is marketed for gaming, but which I wanted because it's a fast 8 inch tablet with all the features I wanted (excellent high res display, micro-sd slot, and mini-hdmi port). Also, Android Lollipop looks nice, if not particularly different from Jellybean. I also got a pair of black Primal 2 shoes from Lems shoes. teaotter got a pair six months ago and loved them and I put them on today and find them to be by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.
The only other even of note was seeing a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Kennedy Center. I mostly enjoy Andrew Lloyd Weber's work, and while the acting and staging were quite good, the work itself (which I had never seen before and knew of only vaguely) was dreadful – now that the sort of adding modern touches to stories set in other times is exceedingly common, there really weren't any other features of interest, as well as no women, and to a large extent, no characters at all, as well as a dearth of catchy music. Also, we watched The Hundred Foot Journey, which was quite a good film, with the typically excellent Helen Mirren being excellent.
Current Mood: tired
|Date:||December 26th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Watching parents age leads to strange reckonings.
|Date:||December 27th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)|| |
but he manages to play mainstream remarkably well for an otherkin elf who lives out in the wilds of West Virginia on his organic sustainable farm.
Reading this made me happy about the diversity of the extended circle of acquaintances that I've managed to cultivate.
Great article. I recently watched the One Hundred Foot Journey. They say every journey begins with a step, then several more - just be wary on this one, as there are no obvious detours in place en route to the conclusion.