I have recently been thinking about the trajectory of my life and how it has changed since meeting my wife. To reflect on the many ways would lead to a very scattered and broad post, so I am going to focus on just one. Fostering.
I have not blogged in a long time. This is my return. It does not mean that I will be more prolific. This is just one post.
I have been a homeowner for a couple of months now, and so far, I cannot complain. My wife and I both comment that it is a little surreal at times but ultimately, it brings us peace. Our little one has a lot more room in which to play, and we can take pride in the work that we (and our generous family and friends) have already put into this house.
I thought I would use this post to share two projects of which I am particularly proud. And no, this is not a DIY blog, so there will not be any step by steps. Just a lot of pictures. It is my first post in awhile, so I am making it easy. Continue reading
For those of you (maybe two people?) worried I had quit blogging, that is not the case. I have been pretty busy, since school has started back up, among other things. There are a few ideas floating around in my head that I want to get written some time soon. It will not be today though. Today, I bring the laziest of blog posts.
Today I bring you….
I remember where I was when I saw Batman Begins. I was studying philosophy at Villanova University. At the time, all my living expenses were provided, and I had a small personal stipend. One day, I used that stipend to purchase a ticket to “the new Batman movie,” and thus began my modern fascination with The World’s Greatest Detective.
Batman and Robin is a mess. It is joyless, unnecessary, and stupid. I saw this in the theater when it came out, and that might be the last time I saw it, until now. It would be easy to sit here and type about everything that is wrong with this movie, though it would make for a long post, so I decided to do something different. I went into it with the intent of finding five good things about this movie. I knew it would be difficult, but I figured I could do it. I sorely underestimated Joel Schumacher.
Batman Forever was the top grossing movie in 1995. I read that on Netflix’s description, so I believe it to be true. Unfortunately for Joel Shumacher, that is not its legacy. Its legacy is a song. It is a song that will get stuck in your head, burrow down deep, and not go away for days. Continue reading
Batman Returns does not elicit the same sense of nostalgia for me that Batman does, so it should be easier to remain objective. This one is again directed by Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton (Jack Frost, Herbie: Fully Loaded). One clear memory I have from 1992, regarding the movie, is one of my dad’s friends complaining about the movie’s content. I think he wrote a letter to someone (I have no idea to whom). Despite the controversy that mostly went over my head, I saw the movie.
I have always appreciated a nice lawn and been impressed by friends who grow their own produce. During my single days, neither of these two activities were high on my priority list, but there is something about being a married man that compels me to go beyond the minimal requirements of outdoor maintenance.
My current lawn is not nice, nor will it ever be. This is for two reasons. First, I am a renter. Second, the lawn (along with 90% of the lawns in the neighborhood) are pretty crummy to begin. I have tried (mostly) to make sure that my yard is mowed to a reasonable length, but I have had a couple clunkers for lawn mowers. My last one got the job done, but it sounded so sad as it went. The other mowers in the neighborhood probably laughed at it. I know I did.
I am a Batman fan. For most of you reading this, that is not a revelation. I am excited for The Dark Knight Rises next month, and so I have convinced my wife to watch all of the previous Batman movies with me, starting with Tim Burton’s Batman. I thought it would be fun to write about the experience and to share along the way what it is about the Caped Crusader that so draws me to him.
Beware, it is about to get very nerdy.