November 22nd, 2007

Turgidson (Dr. Strangelove)

"It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving." "Yeah!"


It's a great day to celebrate the arrival in on this land of obnoxious religious terrorists who, for one day, managed to put aside their usual murderous tendencies to work with the native peoples, whom they then infected with smallpox!

There are some who would say that my cynicism would disturb the enjoyment of the holiday, but I have found that acknowledging the truth about the Pilgrims (who weren't fleeing religious persecution so much as they were fleeing a couple of legitimate murder raps, as they did have an annoying tendency to kill those who didn't disagree with them) does not alter the flavor of the turkey, stuffing, meatballs, shrimp toast, baked brie, string bean casserole or any of the array of desserts in the slightest.

That said, there was some drama yesterday that I have to admit I was a very large part of. As I've mentioned before, relations between myself and my grandmother have been strained pretty much to the breaking point. Last year, she accompanied us to robodad64's family's Thanksgiving, and she is going to as well this year, but she said that she didn't want to come if I wasn't speaking to her during the journey.

This put me in a bind because on one hand, I know that if I allow this to get smoothed over or swept under the rug, we will end up in the same place we started at, but I also don't want to ruin everybody's holiday. I was perfectly content to co-existing with her without interaction... I've loaded up my iPod with new music in preparation for the trip and will not be starting anything. I offered to stay behind if it would make her feel better, but that solution was unacceptable to my mother (who agrees with my position, even if it does complicate things). She prevailed upon my grandmother to just accept it, and so we will be picking her up as planned, and she'll just have to grin and bear it. An important lesson, I think, one which perhaps should have been learned a long time ago.

After several weeks of dawdling on the topic, I have finally put together the first draft of Space Out, the final mix in the "Space Trilogy" that includes Space Opera and Space Invaders. It will most likely have a much shorter running time than either of those two discs; in its current form it is less than an hour long. I like what I have put together, but I want to listen to it a few times to see if there aren't any changes I want to make, or tracks I might want to add.