I apologize if what follows sounds like a steaming hot take. That’s not my intention. This is a legitimate thought I had last night, right before going to bed. I was reading a book, as I normally do. It was a thriller, something I don’t normally do. Thrillers and mysteries are fun, certainly, but they aren’t my default reading genre. This particular one, though, was quite good.
It wasn’t literature-level, but it was definitely entertaining.
For the third straight night I read past midnight, which is a mixed blessing. I’m almost done, only one night to go, and all the events are racing to their final conclusion. How will it all unfold? Which of the main characters will survive? Is there another twist waiting in the final few chapters? What will happen next? Let me tell you, it took extreme strength of will to put the book down last night instead of spending another 30min or so finishing it.
And it was then, as I turned off the light and crawled firmly under my sheets, that I wondered if reading like this was better than watching television. And I honestly didn’t know the answer to that. Continue reading →
I don’t celebrate March Break, or Spring Break or whatever it’s called nowadays. No, for me, it’s more the March Work-More. I’m a martial arts instructor, and my dojo holds karate-themed camps the entire week. These run from 8:30am until 4:30pm. We still, of course, have our regular classes in the afternoon, so a day can easily span 12 hours.
In general, something amusing happens during every camp. Last time, for example, I had to pretend to read Mandarin. Why? I had no choice, honestly. It was the logic of camp. You don’t fight it, you accept it. Now, you might be wondering, what does any of this have to do with The Lion King? Believe it or not, everything. It’s all connected, like the Circle of Life.
My favourite opening scene of all time, bar none, easily.
I wrote yesterday about the many benefits martial arts has given me. I readily admit that martial arts has improved my life in virtually every way, but there is also a dark side. The martial arts contain a drop of venom, and once you consume it certain aspects of your life are forever altered. If you start a martial arts journey then beware, for the following may affect you as well. Continue reading →
As I hinted in an image caption of a post last week, I did a Lord of the Rings marathon this weekend. I had nothing else to do, so I watched all three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. I haven’t done this in ages, and I highly enjoyed being a vegetable for an entire day. Here are some thoughts and highlights about the experience.
Also, if you somehow haven’t seen the movies yet, potential spoilers ahead. Continue reading →