Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So Mad I Could Scream

I've been working on re-painting a couple of gnomes now, off and on, for the better part of two months. The metallic silver Testor's paint I bought isn't fucking drying/curing on the gnomes. I don't know why. The gnomes were clean (one is vinyl, the other is resin), I primed them first...but the silver isn't curing. I've even run an embossing gun over them to speed dry. The silver remains tacky.

So I went online and tried to figure out what's going on. "When paint is not drying on the surface, the most common cause is that the wrong paint was applied. When painting flexible vinyl or rubber, our solvent based enamel will not dry. A water based acrylic paint should be used. Dry time on acrylics is about 15 minutes minutes and enamels are dry to the touch between 30 minutes to 1 hour." I don't know that I believe this. If this were happening ONLY to the vinyl gnome, then yeah, this is true. But it's also happening to the resin gnome. And my vinyl gnome isn't flexible.

It's God damned model car paint. How can paint not dry when it's being painted on over PRIMER??! I've been wasting all this time for nothing. I've just now gone back, painted on a coat of some cheap craft paint in the same color over it and run the embossing gun over it again. It's still tacky.

I'm so pissed. I've been washing silver model car paint off my hands for weeks. I'm taking a shower and going to bed early tonight.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Saw "Guardians of the Galaxy"

We got the chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy this afternoon. Because it's late for me now and I've got to work in the morning, I just wanted to make a couple of notes here about it, but it's okay to read this even if you haven't seen it yet...there are no spoilers.

  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer pretty much steals the movie, at least for me. There's a scene towards the end where Drax sits down next to Rocket and pets him on the head. It's ridiculously sweet and you just don't know how Rocket will react to it.
  • Rocket looks incredibly real in this movie. CGI has come so freaking far in the last dozen or so years. He's voiced by Bradley Cooper, and he may very well have more life to him than any other character in the movie. That's no slam on any of the actors, but his back story was fleshed out well enough. He's an angry, foul mouthed little shit, and you like him for it. And when he's hurt, you feel for him.
  • The very first scene actually hurt me a little bit. It's between Peter Quill as a kid (8-10 years old) and his mother on her deathbed. She's got cancer. She's thin, pale, wan, bald, and dying. The things she says to Peter just about brought me to full on tears. Without going into detail, the things she says to him were so close to what my own mom said to me before she passed. Her words, and Peter's reaction, are TRUE and they are CORRECT. It was beautiful and haunting and so sad, all at the same time. I couldn't really watch it, so I concentrated on my popcorn and just listened instead. I didn't want to turn into a sobbing mess there in the theater.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Finally Got My Hearing Back

We went to go see Alice Cooper and Motley Crue last night, and I finally have my hearing back as of this morning.

My husband decided, bout a week ago, that he needed to give me  crash course in Alice Cooper. I think he wanted to make sure I didn't go all, "WTF???" when we got to see him. But like with Motley Crue, whatever I'd heard on the radio of their music, I liked, I just didn't know much about him/them.

I got tickets to this show mostly for my husband. He's a Crue fan and had seen them twice already, about 25 years ago (shit, that makes us sound old!). But he'd never had the chance to see Alice, so when I told him about this concert, he actually got a little excited.

Can I just say...this You Tube uploader, Dennis Justus, uploaded all of Alice's show from last night. He probably should have actually watched it and really enjoyed it.

I have to admit, as someone whose never seen Alice Cooper, this was a really good show! I'd probably go see him again. His set list can be found here.

Alice opened up for Motley Crue, and that was pretty good too. About halfway through their set, Tommy Lee did a long drum solo, set to a hip hop-type background, where he was harnessed into his set set and platform, and he went airborne, drumming while he was upside and spinning as he went up, up, up. I had already known he did things like that in the past, but didn't know he was still doing it. I was pretty impressed, because the rotations didn't seem to phase him any. He drummed away, beating the shit out of his instruments like it was nothing. He may have been having more fun than the other guys he was up there with.

Both parts of the night had a good amount of pyro, and Motley Crue ended their show with confetti (which I snagged some), and an encore on a smaller stage out in the seats. Their set list can be found here.

We knew when they were coming back out. We were seated in the last row of section 103. While we waited for that encore, we realized security had the section behind us closed off, and even the walkway behind us was closed off. There was security all over the place. And all of a sudden, in the dark, coming up to that smaller stage, was more security, leading the guys out there. Unfortunately, we realized later on that my husband's phone decided to delete the pictures and videos he'd taken that night, so we didn't get to keep the video of this. But there they were, and as they came past us (Tommy Lee first, then Vince Neil, Mick Mars and then Nikki Sixx), I stood up (I was already turned around anyway), and started yelling to Tommy as he came by first. He highfived me and my husband each, and the security guard actually looked surprised. I don't know why, because everyone else in our row did the same thing, and Tommy highfived us all. None of the other guys even looked at any of the audience. They just walked on.

So, they go to that smaller stage, sing "Home Sweet Home," the show ends, and they leave the same way they came out. And it was the same deal again...I stood up (I was already turned around anyway), and started yelling to Tommy as he came by first. He highfived me again, and just about everyone else in our row again. My husband didn't try it that time, as he was trying to get Mick to highfive him, but none of the other guys even looked at any of the audience. They just walked on.Tommy looked like he was having a good time and seemed like the friendliest one of the bunch. I had yelled to Vince, but he didn't look around as he walked past.

Yeah, at the end of the night, the last concert they'll ever perform in Virginia Beach, during their "All Bad Things Must End" tour, since they've been performing since 1981...I think I became a Tommy Lee fan.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Got My Cujo Statue Done

Grrrrrr, Blogger is being a pain in the ass tonight for some reason!

The pictures came out a little goofy looking for some reason...the muzzle on this ornament is not really this long.

Anyhoo, here is my finished Cujo statue. It's appropriate that he's wearing a Christmas scarf, because Cujo was actually a Christmas gift to me, from my husband. His name actually used to be Santa, because when he was born, he had a little white goatee and mustache and the breeder said it reminded him of Santa.

I had a harder time painting this one and getting the coat right, because Cujo's colors are very subtle. They don't just change like Dixie's did, or Orion's do, with solid color changes. Cujo also doesn't have the more common GSD "saddle." Instead, he's got a nice, long black "cape."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Got To See KISS Again

Whhhooooo! It was another great KISS concert that we saw tonight, almost one year after we saw them in Portsmouth! (BTW, these videos aren't mine. I found them on You Tube.) Def Leppard opened for KISS and they were really good too!

And once again, when the confetti blasted out of various air cannons for their last song, "Rock and Roll All Night," I was grabbing it to frame with our tickets and a selfie that my husband took of us during the show.

I tell you, say what you will about driving all the way to Virginia Beach to see a concert...but that screen on the stage there is just gorgeous! I've never seen a stage screen look that clear!

Felt Like Making A Weird List

I like to lurk on IMDB whenever I see a new (or old) movie. I think their trivia, goofs and discussion boards are very interesting. And I see a lot of people have lists of different types of movies. For some reason, I decided I needed a movie list of my own.

Call me crazy but I decided to make a list of all the movies I can remember seeing over the last 40 years. I don't know why I did this, and they are in no particular order, but I think I got pretty damn close to all of them.

The ones I've crossed through are time wasters. The ones I've made bold are ones I recommend.

30 Days of Night
The Avengers
Bambi (animated)
Batman: The Movie
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (animated)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (animated)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (animated)
Justice League: The New Frontier (animated)
The Blues Brothers
Captain America: The First Avenger

The Coneheads
Drop Dead Fred
The Eraser
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th: Part 2
Friday the 13th: Part III
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th” The New Blood
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th: Part VI
Ghostbusters 2
Green Lantern
The Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Planet Hulk (animated)
Iron Giant (animated)
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws 4

The Little Mermaid (animated)
My Stepmother’s an Alien
A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy’s Dead; The Final Nightmare
Pete’s Dragon
Predator 2
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Saving Mr. Banks
Sin City
Superman II
Superman II: The Richard Donner CutSuperman III
Superman IV: Quest For Peace
Superman Returns
Robocop (original)
Robocop (2014)
Robocop II
Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek: The Final Frontier
Star Trek: GenerationsStar Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars Ep I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Ep II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Ep III: The Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Ep IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Ep V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Ep VI: Return of the Jedi
Top Gun
The SaintReal Genius
The Ghost and the Darkness
The Island of Dr. Moreau
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)

King Kong vs. Godzilla
King Kong Lives
Kate & Leopold
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Grudge Match

Independence Day
Jurassic Park
Midnight Run
Godzilla (1998)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Dracula (original)
Dracula (remake)
Ice Spiders
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
2 Headed Shark Attack
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Waxwork (1988)
Halloween (2007)
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (2009)
Halloween: Resurrection
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers
Halloween 5
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Friday After Next
Next Friday
The Terminator
Terminator II: Judgment Day
Terminator III: Rise of the Machines
Terminator Salvation
Universal Solider

X-Men II
X-Men III: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine

What About Bob?
Groundhog Day
Blazing Saddles

Wayne’s World
Wayne’s World 2
The Outsiders
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Lincoln vs. Zombies

The World is Not Enough
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
From Russia With Love
Dr. No
License to Kill
The Living Daylights
A View to a Kill
Die Another Day
The Man With the Golden Gun
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
Joe Versus the Volcano
The Money Pit
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When Harry Met Sally
Broken Arrow
The Green Mile
Evan Almighty
Bruce Almighty
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Good Morning, Vietnam
Catch Me If You Can
Apollo 13
Forrest GumpA League of Their Own
City Slickers
Turner & HoochThe Burbs
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Teen Wolf
Stuart Little
Milo & OtisHomeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Father of the Bride (1991)
Father of the Bride 2
All of Me
Planes, Trains and AutomobilesRoxanne
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Red Dawn (1984)
The Breakfast Club
Pretty In Pink
The Pick Up ArtistSherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of ShadowsThe Soloist
Tropic Thunder
The Fugitive

U.S. Marshals
Natural Born Killers
Chances Are
Johnny Be Good
Weird Science
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Singing In The Rain
Gone With the Wind
Driving Miss Daisy
Due Date
Dead Snow
The A-Team

For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
The Spy Who Loved Me
Diamonds Are Forever
Tomorrow Never Dies
War of the Worlds
Minority Report
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Interview With the Vampire
Far and Away
Days of Thunder
Rain Man

Hairspray (2007)
Wild Hogs
Ladder 49
Stand By Me

The Punisher (2004)
The Punisher (1989)
Ghost Rider
The Crow
Get Shorty
Pulp Fiction
Look Who’s Talking
Look Who’s Talking Too
G.I. Joe
The Expendables
16 Blocks
Tears of the Sun
The Village
The Story of Us
The Sixth Sense

The Fifth Element
The Jackal
Twelve Monkeys

Die Hard
Loaded Weapon 1
Death Becomes Her
The Last Boy Scout
The Lone Ranger
Dark Shadows

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesPublic Enemies
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Corpse Bride (animated)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Astronaut’s WifeFear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Benny & Joon
Edward Scissorhands
Real Steel
The Prestige
Van Helsing
Street Smart
Noises Off

In The Gloaming
Pretty Woman
Sleeping With the Enemy

Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderThe Watchmen
White Noise
Penthouse North

Jack Frost
Desperate Measures
Jackie Brown
The Paper
Much Ado About Nothing
Pacific Heights

The Dream Team
Gung Ho
Johnny Dangerously
Mr. Mom
Who Framed Roger RabbitHook
Dick Tracey
The Addams Family
Road Trip
Addams Family Values
Up A Creek
Men in Black
Men In Black 2
I Am Legend
I, Robot
Wild Wild West
Enemy of the State
Independence Day
Six Degrees of Separation
The Devil’s Advocate
Carlito’s Way

The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
Analyze This
Cop Land

Frankenstein (original)
Frankenstein (remake)
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Untouchables

The Devil’s Rejects
House of 1000 Corpses
The Hangover
Cowboys and Aliens
Shaun of the Dead
Chasing Amy
Mall Rats
The Naked Gun
The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Dracula: Dead and Loving It!
Hot Shots
Hot Shots Part Duex
Superhero Movie
Scary Movie
Scary Movie 4
The Santa Clause
Wrongfully Accused
The Aviator
The Perfect Storm
Delores Claiborne
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyAir Force One
Mars Attacks!
The Wolfman (remake)
Indian Summer
Big Top Pee Wee
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Blades of Glory
Napoleon Dynamite
Old School

Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me
Shrek (animated)
Shrek 2 (animated)
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
Animal House
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullRegarding Henry
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Working Girl
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Fantastic Four
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Not Another Teen Movie
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Blind Dating
The Book of Eli
American Gangster
Man on Fire
Training Day
Heart Condition
The Hunt for Red October
Malcolm X
Rocky Balboa
A Bug’s Life (animated)
Antz (animated)
Judge Dredd
Demolition Man
Rocky V
Rambo III
Rocky IV
Rambo: First Blood Part II
First Blood
Rocky III
Rocky II
The Dictator
The Professional
Time Cop
Masters of the Universe
I Am Sam
Dangerous Minds
Married to the Mob
The Nightmare Before Christmas (animated)
The Bucket List
The Shining
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Pet Sematary
Maximum Overdrive
Young Guns
Shawshank Redemption
The Stand (miniseries)
Creepshow 2

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Renaissance Man
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Frankenweenie (2012) (animated)Cabin Boy
Hotel Transylvania (animated)You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Deuce Bigalow
50 First Dates
Encino Man
White Chicks
The Waterboy
The Hot Chick
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Goonies
The Golden Compass
The Invasion
Moulin Rouge!
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music

Needful Things
LA Stories
The Jerk
Mrs. Doubtfire
The Toy
Brewster’s Millions
Vegas Vacation
Christmas Vacation
Funny Farm
Three Amigos
Spies Like Us
European Vacation
National Lampoon’s Vacation
Modern Problems
Little Miss Sunshine
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Monsters Inc. (animated)
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
King Ralph
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Get Smart
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Dirty Dancing
Cool Runnings
Home Alone
Uncle Buck
The Great Outdoors
My Girl
Armed & Dangerous
American Pie
Best in Show
Dumb & Dumber
Kick Ass
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action)
Liar Liar
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Venture: When Nature Calls
Once Bitten
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Dead Pool
Fatal Instinct
8 MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
Raising Arizona
Romeo & Juliet (1968)
Jeremiah Johnson
The Karate Kid (original)
Fright Night (2011)
Fright Night (1985)
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Monkey Shines
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Lawnmower Man
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
Epic Movie
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Super Troopers
Balls of Fury
Joe Dirt
Tommy Boy
Black Sheep
The Adventures of Tintin (animated)
Kindergarten Cop
Total Recall
Red Heat
World War Z
Burn After Reading
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMeet Joe Black
Lord of the Rings
Hell Boy
Law Abiding Citizen
Meet the Spartans
Mad Max
House on Haunted Hill

Kill Bill, Vol 1 and 2
Reservoir Dogs
What's Love Got to Do With It?
From Dusk Till Dawn
The Wedding Singer
Steel Magnolias
Vampire in Brooklyn
Dr. Dolittle (2001)
The Nutty Professor (2000)
Mulan (animated)
Beverly Hills Cop
Coming to America
Pink Floyd The Wall
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (2002)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Monty Python's The Life of Brian
History of the World: Part 1
Show Girls
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Young Frankenstein
The Patriot
Lethal Weapon
Conspiracy Theory
Mary Reilly
The Pelican Brief
Miss Congeniality
28 Days Later
Red Eye
The Pirate Movie
Juwanna Man
What A Girl Wants
Walk The Line
Some Like It Hot
SaltBeowulf (animated)A Mighty Heart
Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowGirl, Interrupted
Great Balls of Fire
There's Something About Mary
The Mask
The Heartbreak Kid
The Day After Tomorrow
Enemy Mine
Bubble Boy
Bad Santa
My Blue Heaven
Down PeriscopeTwilight Zone: The Movie
As Good As It GetsSling Blade
Mr. Woodcock
Time Bandits
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
Point Break
Road House

Ice Age: The Meltdown
Blade II
Silver Bullet
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Animatrix
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
The Prince of Pennsylvania
Gran Torino
Dirty Harry
J. EdgarHollow Man
Untamed Heart
Swamp Thing
The Dark Crystal
The Wizard Of Oz
Return to Oz
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman
A Walk to Remember
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Jungle Book (animated)
Up In Smoke
The Doors
Cheech & Chongs The Corsican Brothers
Cannonball Run
Smokey and the Bandit

The Avengers (1998)
Big Fish
The Silence of the Lambs
Sin City
Underworld (2003)
The People Under The Stairs
The Ring (US version)
Bebe's Kids (animated)
King Pin
Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
16 Candles
A Christmas Story
An American Werewolf in London
Evil Dead
Army of Darkness
Can’t Buy Me Love
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Don’t Tell Her It’s MeFlash Gordon
Flight of the Navigator
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Flowers in the Attic (2013)
The Fly (1986)
Short Circuit
Throw Momma From The Train
Top Secret!
Troop Beverly Hills
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Wiz
Dances With Wolves
Fried Green Tomatoes

Single White Female
Office Space
The Birdcage
The Flintsones
Biloxi Blues
The Kennedys (mini series)
Killing Kennedy
Killing Lincoln
Of Mice and Men (1992)
The Sandlot
Hot Fuzz
Captain America (1979)
Captain America: Death Too Soon
The Death of the Incredible Hulk
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Me, Myself & Irene
Shallow Hal
Why Me?

I figure that's about 775 movies, give or take, which means I've seen about 20 movies a year. I should be seeing Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow, and will probably watch Sharkhado 2: The Second One tonight.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Update on the Titans Blanket

It's getting there, slowly but surely.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Doing Some Cat Statue Painting

Several years ago, I went to the Christmas Mouse in Williamsburg, VA and bought a plain white cat tree ornament. I repainted it to look like Dixie.

This was actually primed first and was a complete repaint. I think I did a good job on this, although the grey is a little darker than the grey she had. But it was custom mixed to get it as close as it is. I even made sure to get the inside corners of the statues eyes colored correctly. The inside corners of Dixie's eyes were two different colors. Her left eye corner color was a little more brown/rust colored, and her right eye corner was more pink/beige.

I decided the time had come to paint one of Orion. This time, the statue came from the Christmas Mouse in Virginia Beach. I started with a black cat.
I added in her white tuxedo markings on her neck, chest, toes and tummy. I also made sure to take time to get both sides of her little mustache done correctly, and even added in some white and grey into her ears.

I am still working on a Cujo statue as well, from the stash of German Shepherd Christmas ornaments that I already had upstairs in the attic. His is harder to get right because his color patterns aren't as distinct as Dixie or Orion's.

I'm starting to get a little worried about my boy's back legs. At 12 years old, they aren't as strong as they used to be and he's starting to trip more than he ever did before. I'm fairly certain that his legs will give out on him before anything else does, and he'll have to be put to sleep.