2017/05/16

Deathiversary Week 2017: Day 7

Dear Deathiversary Diary,

    Miss Kira made me sleep in the cage tonight, which was really fun but also a little cramped. We got the biggest one and it's pretty much perfect, not too small but just enough so you can be reasonably comfy and still feel trapped. Cost us 200 buxos, the poor lady at the checkout was so confused, it was wonderful. So after waking up to that we slept in later than usual and so by the time we finished the alien movie it was time for Kira to go to work. From there I tried to catch up on all my monster movie writing projects, finishing and posting the one for yesterday (two days ago now, again my usual schedule for posts is to get them up the day after the day they were written/viewed, checked 2014 and 2015 and you'll see the same thing), plus writing, recording, and editing as much of the backlogged alien stuff as I could get to. It was especially easy since, not ever having a reason to watch my digital version before now, I didn't realize my copies of GXM and GXMG weren't subtitled and GMK and GMMG had that fucking awful international dub. I don't know what the hell happened after Destroyah, although to be fair I've never seen the international version of G2k, but if you're like me and watched the Japanese versions Sony's DVD's first and exclusively ever after, you have no idea how bad it got. I mean in the 90's it wasn't great but it was at least passable, but there were times where actors would be barking orders and the looper would just sound mildly annoyed. Point is, they were easy to not pay much attention to.
    At any rate, things where going along fine until I hit a snag... pickle cravings. Obviously I can't get pregnant, so don't even start with the jokes, but I do get very real and very intense pickle cravings, it's almost like an addiction thing. I've since figured, since they first started that is, that they are the result of a lack of potassium, which results in awful leg cramps even when I'm not tied up. Problem: they don't have del dixi up here, and I'm NOT going to eat any of that fucking Vlassic BULLSHIT. I simply will not put up with it. It wouldn't fix it anwyas. Solution? Go to Sam's and grab three huge multi-gallon... well, barrels, practically, of del dixi, the best pickles on Earth, and shipped them with all of my stuff so I could last about a year before needing to resupply, So I'll just go and unpack my pickles and OH WAIT MY SHIT STILL ISN'T HERE IS IT?! At the time, the cravings were so intense that I had to do something to alleviate the pickle situation, and without the car my options were limited. However, there is a corner store I can walk to without much problem, and pick up a jar of just something there, and Kira could bring home something else on the way home. When I got there a new problem arose: no pickles available. Solution: they have a condiment bar. I don't really know how it's supposed to work, but what I did was grab one of their in-house burgs that was sitting in that shitty heat lamp thing since 10 am. Dry and hard as a rock. Not important, I grabbed it and stuffed as many pickles as I could possibly fit in the bag and then tried to act cool at the checkout. It worked. For all the non-pickle connoisseurs out there, "fixin's bar pickles" are about as close as you can come to del dixi, and for me at the time they were a marvelous substitute.
    That little adventure came in the middle of GMK, and when I got home I watched some more awful dubbing while eating some yummy pickles, finished yesterday's post, finished writing the vid for alien days 3 & 4, and when Kira came home she brought 10 McDonner's burgs, which I've often relied on when no pickles were available because their pickles are pretty great, with double xtra pickles (we split the burgs and she game me all her picks), while watching the fifth alien movie. It was after midnight so it was technically tomorrow, and we had to make some room. See.. tomorrow I'm going to revisit gino 2 for the first time in 3 years, and I have no intention of doing it alone. To do that I have to get through Final Wars, which is over 2 hours long, and AvP, which is over 100 minutes, and of course gino 2 itself is also two hours long. This leaves a very cramped schedule and if we were going to be getting up later then we ought to not rush things. So, we did alien 5 while enjoying double xtra pickleburgs and the next day, well... you have to wait for that post.

93/93

Malyssa, May 15th 2017





     

2017/05/15

Deathiversary Week 2017: Day 6

Dear Deathiversary Diary,

    After day 3's hiccup, I feel more "normal" now. I feel kinda bad because the amount of time it takes to put a video together, even with my rushed style, has meant even though I have the first three 8LIEN videos written and the first two recorded, I haven't edited and published a single one yet, and it's day 4 of that week. Being the weekend, Kira was home the whole time, and it was nice to be totally surrounded by all of that stuff again. When she's gone, all I do is putter around the house and have fits and take too many pills. She can't stay home forever, either, sooner or later she'll leave me to my own devices, and so long as the moving company keeps fucking me over I won't be okay. It won't be until I get all my stuff, get unpacked, and get everything in order so we can have a nice little home that I'll really start to feel safe. I sometimes get to start worrying about money, but that's actually doing really well, which is such a relief. No bad people around, either. No pointless button pressing. No shitty moms.
    Speaking of moms, it was mothers day, huh? In the morning, Kira woke up and went to see her mom for brunch. Kira's mom is nice. She's almost literally just an older Kira, it's pretty incredible how similar their demeanor is, and because of it spending time with her is almost just as peaceful and nice of a time. Her dad, though, her dad isn't a bigot per se, but he's waaaaay to similar to mine to feel comfortable at all around him. He's an asshole. He thinks everything ought to be "just so" to fit his style. Anything, every little minor detail, he picks at, and it's never anything good. It's always "well that's a dumb way" or "why don't you do it right" or "why aren't you living up to my expectations?" Worst of all, he's a drag on the whole family. Kira can't speak for herself, she's spineless, a little soft and squishy wimp who lets people push her around. Those personalities don't mix well. It's caused her to shrivel up a bit and I hate it. More to the point, her dad has said stuff to and about me personally that's just straight up fucking insulting. Like, that's the thing you do to people you want to avoid you at all costs? So I do. Since he was there, I didn't go. And I'll never go so long as he's around.
    I watched Mechagodzilla II while she was away, well... sort of. Mostly I was keeping caught up on my writing, which is actually what I'm doing most of the time these days. After she got home, we watched Space Godzilla, Destroyah, and G2k together, and ordered some fun sushi. There's a place nearby that delivers, it's our favorite sushi place up here, and they have a roll called the "Godzilla roll." Naturally, I couldn't go through Deathiversary without my Godzilla roll. After G2k was over, we played some quake (3 and that champions beta... why don't they all it Quake V again? Because they're dumb?) and afterlife.
    It was a fun, lazy sunday. Godzilla movies, writing about Godzilla movies, Alien movies... writing about alien movies... sushi, video games, and two weird dorky lez transgirls goofing around. It was a nice time. I'm here with her because I want every day to be like this. I don't want to go back to the way things were. I'm trying to change things for the better. Frankly, I know that I won't pursue a lawsuit with the movers because I know that will just be more stress and anger and money... I just want it to be over. I just want my stuff back, please. Maybe then I'll feel safe, but for now, Kira's doing her best to help, but it's still a struggle every single day. After what happened with the pills, I still don't fully trust her, but she's all I've got right now. Well, her and Godzilla.

93/93

Malyssa, May 14th 2017

2017/05/14

Deathiversary Week 2017: Day 5

Dear Deathiversary Diary,

    In 2014 Godzilla vs. Biollante, in truth the real reason I even did Deathiversary in the first place, and easily the most important day of the whole week, fell on day 5, May 13th, but not because of any special planning, in fact I barely planned that year at all. When it happened to fall on the same day in 2015, I figured I should keep May 13th as the traditional Biollante day for every year I managed to lazily cling to life thereafter. And so I followed suit in 2016, both with Deaithversary and with keeping Biollante on day 5 of "Rebirthiversary," and I made sure Biollante fell on the same date once again this year, even though the resulting day 4 was meager... but, then again, I was barely "there" on day 4.
    It's also part of the tradition that I eat lasagna on day 5. It's a little embarrassing, but I learned about lasagna from reading Garfield comics handed down from my big sister as a kid. I just thought Garfield was cool at the time (I was a dumb kid, w/e) so I was just like "lasagna's my favorite!," but, it ended up being actually the case. Italian is objectively the best "genre" of food anwyas, lasagna is basically pasta in cake form, and... idunno, maybe it's just a psychosomatic thing but lasagna just tastes better to me than any other pasta. So on day 5 I usually put a lasagna in the oven while watching Return of Godzilla if I haven't got to it already while enjoying some spiked Mss. Dr. Pepper, and then it's ready by the time Biollante starts. Combining three of my biggest sense memories, the littlest things that make me the happiest for various reasons, has a really... hmm... calming? effect on me. It's probably not in the books but for me at least it's pretty effective therapy. It used to be all I had, too. Not like there were any people around who gave a shit.
    Now, I've also got this alien thing going in the background. It's going slowly, I've decided I want to try doing videos but it's day three now and even though I've scripted out both days 1 & 2 so far, I've only recorded 1 and haven't edited it yet. But I bring that up because the "baking" video we watched wasn't Return of Godzilla or any Godzilla movie, but that shitty James Cameron movie ALIENS. Normally that piece of crap is at least good for a laugh and the power loader fight, but this time around it was Kira's first time, and, well, ALIENS is a children's movie for little boys, and Kira has a pretty juvenile demeanor, but it's strictly that of a little girl, and she had little patience for it. It wouldn't have been so bad if they showed the monster more... they show it more than ALIEN but good fucking night why don't they ever show the god damned ALIEN in this fucking ALIEN movie? That would be like calling a movie "Godzilla" and then having "Godzilla only appear for 8 minutes in a two hour movie and even then have him completely obscured in every shot. Oh wait... so, I lost my patience for it. I was just not in the mood for one of the worst alien films that day, I was trying to show Kira that alien movies are cool, and I've actually gone backwards in that process by showing her that awful, awful movie. It was not funny bad, we just... we were just annoyed.
    Now imagine coming off of seeing a James Cameron movie while you are in no mood for any of James Cameron's bullshit... and into the sensory overload of watching mankind's greatest work while eating mankind's greatest food. It's quite a shock. You know we started late because we had some shopping we needed to get done, so this is all coming at dinner time too, after a long day of running around... er, well I was being pulled around on a leash most of the day, actually, but you get it. The net effect here is that I've essentially been brought back to "normal," or at least close to it. I don't feel so angry or stressed out today, erm... yesterday, I'm writing this the next morning since there just wasn't time last night, and although it's still the same situation - I don't really trust Kira, not really - I at least managed to get my mind off of it for a while. Only time will tell if I can manage to keep this attitude throughout day 6... but, of course, today is also day 3 of my alien thing, which means not only are we getting into the GOOD alien movies finally, but we're starting it off with the best one of all, ALIEN 3.
    Other than Biollante, most of the day was a wash. Kira fell asleep in the middle of King Ghidorah, and I wasn't really paying attention because I had too much writing to do. I don't think today will be too different... erm, "tomorrow," I'm going to try and push through to GxM, but I want Kira to see both the theatrical and assembly cuts of ALIEN 3, because the story is different in each and neither is really telling the whole story, and you miss out on some of the monsters if you only see one version. So we'll see how that goes. I'm less excited than I was for 8LIEN after reading some of the spoilers and seeing how the reviews are shaping up, and so I've kinda got two initial reactions: 1.) the consensus seems to be that it has all the same problems the first movie does, that it's a shitty horror movie that looks really pretty and has aliens in it, and 2.) that allowing someone who knows absolutely nothing about any alien anything he didn't personally make to take a stab at the "origin" of the xenomorph was a pretty big mistake. If the alien wiki is to be believed, the "protomorphs" are a simply black goo mutation, this time applying the black goo to a kind of wasp native to Paradise, but the problem with that is I can't find any corroborating sources, and what most people are saying is simply "David did it by fucking around and they don't really explain the process." The life-cycle is such an important part of why people love alien movies that you really really can't do something that important "off-screen" as it were. I get that you could get in there with future scientists and just move some genes around and you'd never have to mess with any black goo or huggers or bursters of any kind, but this is a movie and that's exactly the kind of stuff the audience is expecting. Making the protomorphs black goo-d wasps is actually a pretty good idea since parasitic wasps are what inspired O'Bannon's story in the first place, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they at least explain how David made those things. Other than that? I can handle a bad alien movie. I've seen AvPR all the way through more than once, hell, I even actually used to like ALIENS. Half-assed script used as a lame excuse to get people killed by aliens? Love it. LOVE IT. I'm not going to see these shit-fests for the acting, obviously, I go to see monster movies for the fucking monsters and it would not be the first time I'm weathered a storm just to see Godzilla... or hell, listen to the King Kong videos from March, practically all I do is make excuses for the 5 not that great entries.
    Then again, Skull Island was fucking fantastic, Underworld 5 was a little flat but still really fun, the new Mummy is the first time I've ever actually wanted to see a mummy movie, Power Rangers was surprisingly well handled for something so dumb and we got our first gay ranger - who just so happened to be yellow, don't forget - and of course Godzilla's 30th is shaping up to be really awesome. So, if Covenant falls flat it'll be the only major monster movie that does so this year. I shouldn't be worried... it's just that AvPR was just like... very very bad? And PROMETHEUS was even fucking worse. It's hard to cling on to hope for me, but it's usually easier when it's applied to monster movies.

93/93

Malyssa, May 13th 2017