kybearfuzz: (Workout)
Yesterday, I went to the gym for the first time in a couple of months. I work out regularly, but I often do cardio by running outside or lift free weights at home. I joined Planet Fitness back in January because I needed to change things up and a place to get my cardio in when the weather was nasty. For the first six weeks, I was in a great routine. However, with Mom's stroke and broken hip, the aftermath of her hospital stay, the flooding at my house, the washing machine, and other bits of family-related drama, the gym visits fell to the wayside. It was just easier to work out at home and then deal with the other things.

Yeaterday's visit was perfect really. In my absence, the New Years resolution folks have bailed and the gym is a more manageable environment. I grabbed a bench in the free-weight area to get some chest presses in next to a very brawny daddy bear, then hit some of the chest and back machines. I finished out with some cardio and an episode of "Bob's Burgers."

When I got home, I mowed the yard in anticipation of rain. I got my shower and hunkered down for some coloring of comic pages, while watching both "Friday the 13th" and "Friday the 13th Part 2."

I feel pretty good today. Seriously, why should that surprise me so much?
kybearfuzz: (Comic Book Bears)
After work on Friday, I hurried to the nearest movie theater to catch a 3D matinee of "Wonder Woman". The character was one of the few highlights of "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," so I was eagerly looking forward to seeing her solo movie.

I was surprised that the theater was so sparsely attended, even for a matinee, as it was just me and two other folks. I have to remember that I get off work earlier than most.

The movie was FANTASTIC! Any concerns I had about Gal Gadot getting the role of Diana were quickly dismissed. The story was great, the characters were entertaining, the setting was amazing, etc. The setting of the movie is WWI (hardly a spoiler), which is a bit outside of canon as Wonder Woman started in WWII, but it's forgivable. I loved the action. When Diana whips out her glowing lasso and it flies around the screen, I was almost giddy as it brings a character I adore to life for me.

I will watch it again in the theater, very soon, I think.

Saturday was a relatively dull day. The appliance repairman was supposed to show up early Saturday afternoon, only to show up at 6 PM that night. It does irritate me that I was left to linger about the house waiting for this guy to show, but the time wasn't wasted. I inked a lot of comic book pages that day. And the washer is fixed and fully operational again.

Now it's Sunday night and work will come early again tomorrow. Ugh.
kybearfuzz: (Bill the Cat)
The Cincinnati MovieBears went for Saturday matinee of "Alien: Covenant." Well, it was me and one other guy. The holiday likely kept most away, but there were a lot of "maybe" attendees, so I was surprised that the attendance was THAT low.

Anyway, the movie takes place about a decade after "Prometheus," when a colony ship heading out colonize a new world responds to a signal coming from a previously-unknown and more approximate Earth-like world for colonization. Once they arrive, a landing party goes to check it out, a couple of crew folks get infected, monsters are born, and all hell breaks loose. The formula isn't bad, but it's not the first time we've seen this. There is a returning character in Michael Fassbender, who I admit I find strangely attractive.

The movie has a 71% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of this writing) and I agree that the movie is fairly good, but I can't say I enjoyed it that much. I think my personal expectations were not met, but I can't articulate exactly what I felt was missing. I just thought that bits of it were not well-written. The landing party for example just seems to wander about on this planet without any checking of biological hazards. No quarantine, no protective suits, etc. They just exit the vehicle in their ship uniforms and start investigating. And this seems to be where the problems start.

Maybe I'm overthinking it.

Anyway, I doubt I'd watch it again. And it's not something I'd plan to buy.
kybearfuzz: (Default)
I meant to post this earlier this week when I heard of the news, but things got away from me. I read online that Canadian ginger daddy-bear actor Chris Wiggins had passed away at age 87.

F-13 Chris Wiggins
John D. LeMay, Chris Wiggins, and Robey
from "Friday the 13th: The Series"


He's probably best known by most of us as Jack Marshak, the occult expert on "Friday the 13th: The Series" that aired back in the late 1980's. There was one episode where Wiggins was shirtless and the fur was plentiful. He was in his late-50's at the time, but still in great bearish shape.

I also saw him in the 1969 "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar", which won him the Best Actor Canadian Film Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Oscar, now called a Genie award). The movie is pretty good, and also stars a young Margot Kidder in her first feature role. You can watch the full movie online on YouTube and on the National Film Board of Canada website:

http://www.nfb.ca/film/best_damn_fiddler_from_calabogie_to_kaladar/

I'd recently bought a book about Friday the 13th: The Series, which included behind-the-scenes commentary from the actors, but noticed that Wiggins was not included in the interviews. I guessed that his advanced age might have been the reason and I was right. Wiggins passed away on February 19, 2017, from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
kybearfuzz: (Default)
First, big thanks to all the birthday wishes! I really appreciate them! :)

I spent a large chuck of the last couple of days being somewhat lazy, napping and the like. The temps have fallen into the single digits and it's not much fun going outside. However, a few things did get me out of the house.

  • Friday afternoon, I went out to see a matinee of "Passengers", the sci-fi thriller about two people who wake up on a long-distance startship to colonize a new world. They wake up about 90 years early, while everyone else is still in hibernation, with no way to undo it. While the movie has a fairly low rating on Rotten Tomatoes (around 31% as of this post), I actually enjoyed it. There were some seriously big plot holes, the sight of Chris Pratt's backside was worthwhile.


  • I got home from the movies to find that my garage door wouldn't open. This happens quite a bit when it gets really cold. The metal contracts and provides some resistance that makes the door halt. This was different. So, I went inside through the front door and into the garage to find the track had come loose from the wall and blocked the door from rising. It was too late to go to Home Depot, so the Bearmobile had to sit outside in the freezing cold for the night.


  • Last night, I hunkered down and watched the Blu-Ray of "The House That Screamed", a 1969 Spanish horror movie staring German actress Lilli Palmer. The movie was in English and definitely had that late 60's Hammer-esque feel to it. It's set at a girls boarding school around 1900, where the headmistress runs a strict place, flogging girls when they are overly defiant. The headmistress has a gestapo-like "head girl" platoon who also do some questionable activities, with a distinct Lesbian vibe. Amidst all of this, girls who try to run away from the school are killed by an unknown assailant. Certainly, an odd movie of sorts.


  • This morning I got up early, without showering, to head over to Home Depot. I bought the necessary screws and support joints, checked out some very handsome bearded fellers roaming the aisles, and left to grab lunch. After I got home, I had the garage door fixed in about 30 minutes, which felt pretty good. A lot of it is common sense really, when it comes to fixing things, but I won't deny that it makes me nervous for some reason.


  • I was tempted to hit another movie, but decided to just grab a nap instead. It's cold outside.
kybearfuzz: (Mark at 43)
I was pretty happy to have the weekend start. Knowing I have several days off certainly did help. It's been a good weekend so far.

  • Friday was a Christmas party at a friend's house. I had a great time. I met several new folks and I wish I had gotten last names so I could connect with them again, but I'm sure I'll see them around.


  • Saturday was unseasonably warm. I got a break between rain bursts to get a late morning run in. I managed to do a full 3.4 miles, which felt really good. Once it gets really cold, I lose my enthusiasm to go out, but I force myself to do it.


  • Saturday afternoon, I went with friends to see "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at a swank new movie house called Cine-Bistro, where they serve dinner along with the movie. The movie was AMAZING! I'm not giving anything away, but, in my opinion, it is exactly what Episode Three should have been.


  • I was invited to another Christmas party after the movie, but the rain was torrential and I just wanted to get home. It was so heavy that it almost doubled my drive home.


  • Today, I went out to grab lunch and get the last of my Christmas shopping done. It was just a trip to Bath and Body Works to get some lotion that my mom likes, but it was a zoo. I was the only guy in there and the lines were long. I grabbed three of the lotions and a bath soap from the men's section for me, only to have the cashier tell me that I could get two more for free. After standing in line that long, I didn't want to get out of line to grab them, so I just told her that I didn't need them. She told me it would be cheaper and I still begged off, saying it was worth the money not to have to stand in the line longer. She nicely said that if I told her which ones, she would grab them while I paid for the goods with my credit card. So I got three of my bath soaps too.

    But still, this is how I feel about standing in lines during the Christmas season, I'm willing to forgo free stuff to get out. Luckily, I am now DONE!


I hope everyone had a good weekend!
kybearfuzz: (Screaming Bride)
Back in 1999, a co-worker and I were out of town at a training class and decided to catch a showing of "The Blair Witch Project". The shaky, found-footage movie was new and exciting, and left me feeling a tad queasy.

Normally, I don't do spoilers, but since the original film is from 1999, people have had a chance to see it. Briefly, three amateur film makers (Mike, Josh, and Heather) go into the Burkittsville, MD woods to look into the legend of the Blair Witch. In the course of things, Mike gets mad at Heather and kicks the map into the creek, they get lost, Mike goes missing and is never found, Josh and Heather find an old house, Josh is found standing in a corner (as is part of the legend), and Heather is attacked and apparently killed. The footage of the film makers is later found and made into the movie.

While it certainly looks like the Blair Witch got them, my mind put the pieces together a different way. I always believed that Mike and Josh took Heather into the woods and killed her, using the Blair Witch as a cover. Mike is largely responsible for getting them lost by intentionally losing the map for a stupid reason. Heather is the only one on camera that is attacked. I believe that Josh is responsible for leading Heather to the house and Mike is the one who attacks her from behind. Anyway, that's how I rationalized the movie.

Tonight, I saw "Blair Witch", the sequel to the original. In this movie, Heather's brother is enticed to go into the woods after a video possibly showing Heather is found. He takes his friends along with LOTS of video equipment, including a video drone, and bad things begin to happen.

It definitely has more of a supernatural vibe verses what I felt from the first one, and completely wrecks my theory regarding the original three characters. It was a decent flick with some good scares. No extra scenes at the end, but I didn't expect them.

Now I'm home and tired. Thank heavens the weekend is here.
kybearfuzz: (Party)
Chris Messina - DevilWhile I was getting the latest issue of my comic book done, I spent a lot of time watching horror movies and true crime shows. To be fair, I do that often anyway, but I'm always looking for new shows/movies to watch. During the coloring of pages, I watched a couple of things that had some significantly handsome fellers in them.

The first was the movie "Devil". I avoided this movie when it was in theaters as I'd gotten burned so much by anything M. Night Shyamalan directs. I figured it was crap and dodged it. However, several friends had said it was good, so I watched it on Netflix. A movie about five strangers trapped in an elevator only to find one of them is probably the devil, and I found it was actually pretty good. The guy that caught my attention was Chris Messina (<---), who plays the police detective who shows up to solve a suicide/murder in the building.

While he's a bit on the skinny side, there is something very attractive about him. From what I've seen of him online, he seems to be pretty furry. What caught my attention was his lips. Seriously, his lips are full and made me want to kiss him!

Derek Russo This past weekend I watching the true crime show "Killer Couples." This show generally does re-enactments using actors that are far more attractive than the actual people involved in the crime. In this particular episode, a muscled fitness guy who shares a house with a single woman is murdered by her and her new fiance so he'll get out of the house.

The murder victim in this episode was played by actor/stuntman Derek Russo (-->). He's big into science fiction and horror. Muscled, bearded, and furry, he also seems to have a great sense of humor. While he's not a big name yet, he definitely caught my attention.

Granted I'd have watched these things if such handsome guys were not in them, so it's just icing on a particular cake for me.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
I've posted before about how my home movie collection is full of horror movies from various decades. My favorites seem to spring from the 1970's. I ordered "Countess Dracula" from Amazon and it showed up in time for me to watch it while doing some work on my comic book last night.

After the death of her husband, aged Countess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt) rules her lands with the help of Captain Dobi (Nigel Green). When she accidentally learns that virgin blood renews her youth and beauty, she enlists Captain Dobi to help her find suitable girls to slaughter to maintain her new appearance, while wooing a young Lieutenant who is unaware of her true nature.

This Hammer film is loosely based on the true story of Countess Elisabeth Bathory. The movie has a PG rating, but is full of female nudity strangely. Such is the world of the early 1970s. The acting is actually pretty good and the story is entertaining, if nothing else.

It was Captain Dobi who caught my eye. Tall and bearded, he was played by British actor Nigel Green. He looked familiar and I realized that he played (an older) Hercules in "Jason and The Argonauts". While he wasn't a body builder, he was tall, broad-shouldered, and very furry and definitely pulled off the role... and burned himself into my memory. GRRRRR!

Nigel Green as Hercules
Nigel Green as Hercules in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963)
kybearfuzz: (Mark at 43)
Last night, softball was canceled because of rain. I was actually relieved for reasons I've posted before. Instead of sweating it out on the field, I worked out, inked a couple of comic book pages, and went out for a discounted 3D showing of "Ghostbusters".

When bookish physics professor Erin (Kristen Wiig) is up for tenure at a prestigious NY university, her hopes get derailed when a paranormal book she co-wrote in the past gets published by her former friend Abby (Melissa McCarthy). After confronting Abby, she joins with her and tech wizard Holtzmann (SNL's wickedly funny Kate McKinnon) to investigate a increasingly-threatening series of ghost sightings, adding street-savvy Patty (Leslie Jones) to the group along the way. The group gets joined by handsome, goofy, somewhat stupid Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) as the Ghostbusters' receptionist, who is a big source of comic relief.

The movie is not necessarily a remake. It doesn't run the same plot, just the same stereotypical characters as the original. The movie includes cameos from many of the original movie's stars. It stands pretty well on its own.

There are several extra scenes at the end, so wait out the credits if you see it.

I got home at nearly midnight, which made for a rough morning for yours truly. Thank heavens for caffeine.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
Over the weekend, I did squeeze in a couple of flicks.

A buddy and I went to see "The Purge: Election Year" on Friday night. In a world where the USA allows for one 12-hour period every year where all crime, including murder, is made legal, the poor are generally targeted for attack. An up and coming independent Presidential candidate, whose family was killed during the Purge years before, has made a platform of promising to end the Purge and protect the poor citizens who are pursued and killed. When her competition targets her for murder during Purge night, her security chief has to keep her alive.

It's definitely the best of the Purge series, as it has a real plot, is full of action and drama, and in the current political spectrum, it hits home on some serious points.

On Saturday, I went to see "The Shallows." A young woman goes to a secret beach with a special family significance in Mexico to contemplate her future. She meets a couple of local guys, takes photos, and surfs the waves. When she goes out for one more wave solo, she gets attacked by a rogue shark and stranded on a small outcrop of rocks. The movie deals with her struggle to get back to shore safely without being eaten by the shark who looms close in the secluded area.

The plot is a bit simple, but Blake Lively did a good job keeping the movie going and I thought the story was entertaining, even when the ending "jumped the shark" a bit.

Looking forward to some upcoming flicks in the coming weekends. Summertime is always good movie-wise.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
After a long day of work, errands, and getting a tire fixed, I met my buddy Rob for dinner and a movie. We went to go see "The Conjuring 2".

This sequel tells another supernatural investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren, this time they travel to London, England to help a family terrorized by the ghost of a elderly man. Weary of the stresses this is having on them, the Warrens reluctantly agree to go to monitor the situation, but become very engrossed in the supernatural goings-on in the home.

The first Conjuring movie gave way too much away in the previews. The sequel learned their lesson and loaded this movie with startling jumps and scares galore. The demon in the film takes on the form of a terrifying nun, guaranteed to spook anyone, especially anyone with a Catholic background. The theater was packed and the young lady sitting next to me was stereotypically jumping and screaming at every hair-raising moment.

With the scares and the wonderful 1977 setting, including the teenage girl room full of posters of Starsky & Hutch, The New Avengers (with Joanna Lumley), and pop stars of the era, I loved it.

Patrick Wilson, who plays Ed Warren, has some nice pecs under that shirt of his, though no bare chest scenes (darn it). My buddy Rob proclaimed this as the best horror flick I ever dragged him to. It's got a 70-something % rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is high for a horror flick.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
My best friend Brian is in Dayton, Ohio this week for a radio convention. He comes annual to help a buddy of his set up their booth, buy stuff, and hang out with like-minded ham radio folks. The convention doesn't start up until tomorrow and Brian got there on Tuesday evening, so I skipped softball and drove up after work yesterday to have dinner with him.

We finished up an early dinner and debated about what to do the rest of the day. We decided to hit "Captain America: Civil War." I'd seen it, but Brian had not. The theater had those big, comfy reclining seats, which was GREAT! The movie moves so quickly that the 2.5 hour flick flies by without noticing. After the movie, I drove back to Cincinnati.

I took today off to drive up to have lunch with Brian again. We hit some neat comic book/gaming stores followed by the movie "Zootopia". The movie is about a female bunny who joins the police force in an animal world. Animals are either former predators (lions, tigers, bears -- oh my) or former prey (bunnies, sheep, shrews). Police officers are generally the predator types, so when the bunny joins the force, she's the first bunny officer ever. It's an incredibly good movie, with some good messages, and exciting moments. I forgot it was even a Disney flick to be honest.

It's been a good couple of days, and my new car is a lot of fun on the road, but I'm dreading work tomorrow though. Luckily the weekend is looming.
kybearfuzz: (Mark at 43)
Since I've not had much of a chance to update of late, here are some odds and ends:

  • Milo the Cat (TM) is doing well. His butt fur still hasn't grown in yet. It is coming in, but it's taking its time. He's not hiding any more for the part. He's learned he hates the vacuum cleaner. He spent his first weekend solo as I had gone to my hometown for the first time since I adopted him. He seems okay, no cat barf, no pooping issues, etc. He seems to have settled in well.


  • My sister and her family like my car. I put a bear flag plate on the front of it, which has led to one of my coworkers to refer to it as "The Bearmobile." I thought my car was unique at my office, and it was for two weeks, but lo-and-behold another Kia Soul in "latte brown" showed up last week, virtually identical to mine. I've not quite figured out who it belongs to, but I'll ask him or her where they got it. I suspect that they could have bought it from the Kia dealer where I test drove an identical car before I bought mine. That bear flag plate is going to come in handy in making sure I get into the right car.


  • I spent a good chunk of yesterday and today in my hometown. I saw family and celebrated Mother's Day with our mom as much as she wanted. I tried to take her out to dinner, but she wouldn't go. My sister and I bought Mom a new phone, as the caller ID on her old one was hard for her to read. The new one has big, bright screens, and announces the ID of the caller out loud. To be mean, my sister and I programmed the phone to announce our brother Joe as "Joe the Golden" when he calls. Mom has a bit of a blind eye to my twin's rudeness and forgives him anything, so we (jokingly) refer to him as "The Golden Child."


  • I pre-ordered "Deadpool" on Blu-Ray and it should show up on Tuesday. Since I'm expecting a rainout for softball this week, I'll be diving into that. I can't wait.


  • Things I need to do this week:
    1. Send off my passport renewal.
    2. Get the new car registered.
    3. Work.
    4. Workout.
    5. Nap.


Have a good week everyone!
kybearfuzz: (Say Wha?)
This week has been tiring and busy, so I haven't been in much of a posting mood. Not that I've been in a bad mood, but I'm fairly wiped out at the end of the day.

  • Milo the Cat continues his self-imposed, storage-space hiatus. He's almost like a sad kid who didn't want to go to his grandparents' home for the summer. When I am asleep, he does get out. When I'm at home, he stays in the storage space. When I check on him, he just stares at me, keeping his distance. I am getting some faint glimmers of hope. He meowed at me today when I looked in on him an hour ago. Baby steps, I guess.


  • I did catch up on my DVR. I've been really enjoying this season of "RuPaul's Drag Race." I thought the Snatch Game episode was a bit of a bore, but the queens are a varied bunch this season. So far, my favorite two are Bob the Drag Queen and Thorgy Thor, both of whom are doing well in the competition. I strongly suspect Bob the Drag Queen will win it.


  • The local softball season was supposed to start with a scrimmage this past Tuesday, but the fields were too wet from a couple of rainy days. I was both disappointed and relieved, as work has me so tired I wasn't sure what my game was going to be like.


  • On the car front, I found a brown Kia Soul that I really, REALLY like. I test drove a 2014 last weekend, but there is one at Carmax that's a 2015 with fewer miles and less cost, so I'm having it shipped down to Cincinnati from Illinois. I'll give it another test ride when it shows up, but I think I'm wanting it.


  • I'm in a bit of a creative slump. I've started writing Issue #20 of my comic, but it's slow going. I guess I'm just not in the mood.


  • I am getting the itch to do some hard-core Spring Cleaning, including some purging of the comic books. I tried this once with little success, but I'm starting to buy into the idea of uncluttering those that I really haven't read or wanted to read for some time.


  • I burned through some of my earned credit card points this week. I decided to get into my "wish list" and get some DVDs. One that just came available this week is 7500, which I wrote about a while back. It never got a wide-release in the US, which is surprising as it's better than some of the other crap that has been put into theaters of late. I'm watching it as type this up. I have seen the movie as someone posted a subtitled version on YouTube.

Luckily, the weekend is looming and I'm grateful. I'm looking forward to sleeping in and enjoying the warm, sunny weather we're supposed to have.
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
In Lexington, KY, about 80 miles south of Cincinnati, there was superhero-themed bear run. You would think that I would have flocked to something like this, but I just am never comfortable enough to go. I'm not sure why, I should brave it, but I let it go.

It being the 3rd Saturday of the month, I scheduled a Cincinnati MovieBears outing. The Cincinnati MovieBears is a social group in the Cincinnati area where a group of bears go to a movie, followed by dinner, in the area. I've been the coordinator of the group now for several years. I pick the theater time, the theater, organize the restaurant for dinner, etc.

With near 70 degree temps and sunny weather, it was a perfect night to try a newer theater. We all went to see "Deadpool," which a lot of us had already seen, but wanted to see again. There is so much going on in the movie, so many new and dated pop culture references, both visually and in dialogue, that there is always something new.

At the 4 PM showing, the theater wasn't packed, but I think people wondered when an entire row of the theater was almost all taken up by a group of bearded men. Thirteen bears showed up for the movie, about twice the normal group attendance. The eye candy outside the group was good too, every girl seemed to come in with a bearded cubby, a bear, or a daddy bear. We had three new people come last night, one of them was a local daddy bear and his out-of-town partner Kelly, who was a stunningly beautiful bearded muscle bear. And he was so sweet too, which magnified his attractiveness. One of the other guys made a comment when he walked past, "Wow, I wish he was with us," I responded, "Oh, he is!"

The group loved the flick. We walked to the nearby restaurant who had a table ready for us (even though they don't take "same day" reservations). We were an easy group to handle, I think. One of the new guys bought my dinner for coordinating the outing, which was nice. Everyone had a good time, I think.

Our outings end usually around 9 PM, as it allows for guys to head to the bars if they want. I usually go to a coffee shop with some to hang out. Last night, I didn't do either. Organizing these events, especially getting restaurant reservations, sometimes puts a bit of stress on me, so I'm relieved when everything works out but I'm also a bit tired when it's done. I slept well last night.
kybearfuzz: (Bitter Bitchie)
This is certainly a slow time of year for me. It's post-holidays, trying to get back on the routines and such. Here are a few odds and ends of the last few days.

  • I slept a lot this weekend. I'm not sure what was up. Just felt the urge to sleep in, to nap, etc. I often blame the changes in the weather, which seems to be swinging back and forth between mild and freezing.


  • On Saturday, I did manage to squeeze in a matinee of "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies". Zombies are running rampant in 19th Century London and the ladies of high society are brought up training to be warriors as well as proper women. The previews in the States have made it more of a horror movie, but there is a fair amount of comedy. The action scenes are fun as well. The reviews have been mixed, but I enjoyed it.


  • I've been drawing Issue #19 of "Grizzly and The Bear Patrol." I'm over half-way through on the penciling work. Strangely, it's coming very easily for me.


  • Time is flying by and I nearly forgot to draw my annual anti-Valentine starring my Goth-spinster alter-ego Bitchie Ann McSourpuss. I got the idea for this one from an ad on TV. I do think that the fact Valentine's Day and "Spay and Neuter Month" coincide in February is wonderfully ironic.

    A Bitchie Valentine 2016
kybearfuzz: (Sick)
Ye gods, what a night...

Last night, a small group of us went out to the movies to see "The Boy". The theater was full of teenagers, but they were strangely well-behaved. Despite some decent acting and a cool setting, the movie was rather dull. The guys thought so too, as we tore it apart while having dinner.

On my way home from the outing, I stopped and bought some Nyquil as I coughed intermittently all evening. Before bed, I started coughing so hard that I threw up a couple of times. I blamed it mainly on eating too much for dinner and went to bed after things settled down.

Then the night went south fast.

I have had chills before but not like last night. From midnight to 3 AM, I shook so violently, I couldn't sleep. The whole bed was shaking like crazy. At some point, I had to get up to go to the bathroom, and the chills were so bad, I could barely walk to the bathroom and back. At 3 AM they finally stopped. It freaked me out so much, that I worried that I needed to go to the ER. Seriously, they were that bad. The last time I had a night even remotely close to this was an evening where food poisoning was involved, so I worried that had happened again.

It took an hour for me to build up the strength to get out of bed. I tried so desperately to get the chills to stop that my muscles were incredibly sore and I was exhausted. I finally got dressed and drove over the ER, which is only a couple of miles away from my house.

The ER was thankfully not busy. The intake clerk was an @$$hole. I told him that I thought I might have food poisoning. I told him it started with the sneezing and coughing and he cut me off with a tone of disbelief.

"That doesn't sound like food poisoning," he snarked, giving me a look like he didn't believe I was sick.

"Well, hang on a second, and I'll tell you WHY I'm worried it is," I retorted.

After he checked me in, a nurse took me back to a room where I was found to have a 103 degrees F fever (take THAT check-in clerk!) The doctor saw me and she wanted a chest x-ray to make sure I didn't have pneumonia. Luckily, my lungs are clear, so she concluded that I have a flu. She told me the usual -- rest, liquids, etc. She checked my temperature again, it had dropped down to 99 degrees F. They finally discharged me around 6 AM and I drove home.

I crashed for five more hours, this time sleeping better than before. I'm still coughing, but all the other symptoms seems to have passed.

I'm beat. :(
kybearfuzz: (Movie Buff)
I've been to the movies a couple of times this past couple of weeks and my feelings on them are a going a bit against the flow of most opinions.

  • Last weekend, I went with friends to see "The Revenant". The story of a trapper guide who survives multiple life-threatening situations to avenge the killer of his son. It's a long movie, nearly three hours. After the movie, my friends and I ripped it to shreds, agreeing that the flick was about a 1/2 hour too long and there were so many things going wrong for the main character that it was almost comical. Every time he seemed to catch a break, something bad happened. Angels from above could have come to rescue him and they would have been crushed by a falling meteorite before they could take him.

    The best thing I can say is that the scenery was beautiful. If anyone can't tell from the previews, this is pretty much Leonardo DiCaprio's latest Oscar grab. While he does give a great performance, there are moments you can almost see him pandering for heavy drama and attention, and it's hard not to see the character as Leonardo. The person who really deserves an Oscar is Tom Hardy, whose performance as the antagonistic villain from Texas was incredible. Seriously, you almost don't recognize him in this movie, he's that blended into the character.

    While I'm not in total agreement with Rotten Tomatoes, who has it "certified fresh," I'm not sad I went to see it, but it's unlikely I'll watch it again.


  • This past Saturday, the Cincinnati MovieBears went to see "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Bengahzi". When I scheduled the movie, I was worried that it would be politically heavy and would suck. However, there was some promise of muscled, bearded soldiers and explosions, so I figured there was an equal chance it wouldn't suck. Luckily, the latter happened and the political stuff was toned down significantly. The movie centers around a group of contracted ex-military security men who are the only line of defense when a secret CIA compound in Libya comes under attack by local militant factions. The six are bearded, burly, and sexy. There are a couple of shirtless scenes, including the newly muscle-bound John Krasinski (of "The Office").

    The movie is also 2.5 hours long, but it seems to fly by much quicker. The characters are likable and the tension is pretty high for the bulk of the movie. Rotten Tomatoes has it around 59%, just below the lowest 60% fresh rating, but I did enjoy this one. I'd watch it again.


  • I'm doing an impromptu Cincinnati MovieBears to see "The Boy" this coming weekend. Attendance for the MovieBears events when it comes to horror movies is generally low, but I thought I'd give it a chance. The previews look pretty creepy, so I'm hopefully it's good.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly Growl)
After a quick trip to the grocery store tonight, I decided to stay in and be lazy. Netflix provided some cheesy entertainment in the form of "Two Thousand Maniacs!", which was pretty gory for a 1964 movie. It's not the best written flick, but it provided a good backdrop to do some drawing.

Grizzly Unchained

The chain-breaking superhero pose isn't new, but I think this might be the first with a shirtless hero. Or at least I like to think so.

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