As people cooler than me sometimes say (pushing up my glasses), this is my jam.
I know wintertime hibernation is settling into my bones when I find myself hovering above a mug of tea, savoring the scalding sting of aromatic steam, while listening to the baritone voice of frontman Matt Berninger from The National. The National is my official wintertime band. I love these guys, but you just can't swing them during summer, because there is something undeniably grey-skies-scandinavian about their somber songs. BUT STOP BUT tonight my intention is to focus on another team of creative white men: Matt, Casey (or "The Better Affleck" as I call him in my head), and Gus.
|This is how Gerry opens, and for the rest of this movie|
the desert landscape remains one of the primary characters.
I got myself a holiday gift: the indie drama Gerry - by Gus Van Sant starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. I first watched Gerry ten years ago, and I saw it only once in its entirety. I never forgot this film, and I'd often watch its opening on YouTube. So many reasons I appreciate it: I'm a sucker for films about friends traveling together, and these friends travel through breathtaking landscapes. Also - I enjoy suspense as a genre, and there are ultra tense moments in this movie. I don't have the word water tattooed to my wrist for no reason! I'm aware of my reliance on drinkable water to stay alive so, when the boys in this film barely survive in the hot desert without any H2O, it's harrowing to watch. ... Anyway, here's a summary of my Christmas wknd: Returning to Gerry one decade later felt like reuniting with a friend. In the past twenty-four hours, I've watched this movie three times. It's so fucking hilarious and simultaneously heartrending. A mesmerizing and meditative movie, I know why I've never forgotten Gerry. I had a good Christmas wknd, and I hope you did too. (wink)
"And Sajak was like ... 'NOOOOOO.'" That line gets me; so funny!
OK - money. Some expenses loom large from now through the month of January. With $37 total in my bank accounts, I'm not sure I'll be able to pay off this score over the next five wks. But the transparency of this blog forced me to be accountable before - maybe it can fiscally inspirit me again:
RENT - This week I owe my landlord $348 for Jan rent. The direct deposit I get on Wednesday will be much less than $348 - because I work an hourly rate, and I was out sick last week. I'm gonna give my landlord a check and ask that he wait to deposit it until the first week of January. This might set me back the whole month, and I gotta mentally prep for that, but tomorrow I'll ask if I can work remotely to make up the time I was sick.
EGGS - While my housemate was away this wknd, I fried her last three eggs because I haven't been very good about food shopping... This should cost me about $5.
ILLUSTRATOR - This score I feel guiltiest about. Regular readers may've intuited from the chest-beating and heartfelt apologies to my talented illustrator, my favoritest english muffin, that I still owe her for the Depressed Dentist image, and I've sworn to send her payment by the end of January. Next month I will be sending a few hundred pounds across the pond to the British Isles.
In total, this score adds up to an average $750. If I make these expenses my top priority, not spending on anything else except for food and beverages, then I should be able to pay these dues.