Before I turned on the light, I couldn’t tell the depth or width of the room, minus a few hints from previous conversations. How does one prepare for this type of thing? It goes beyond stepping on the metal strip that covers the ugly transition between carpet and linoleum. My eyes adjusted and my suspicions were correct. The room was deep and wide. It was gigantic. If compared to a dinosaur, it would’ve had a long tail to support its massive body. The areas where the light didn’t reach screamed at me to stay away, but this was a journey one shouldn’t shy away.
I was barely into the room when I heard a noise. I wasn’t sure from which direction it came. It was soft enough, but loud enough to know it wasn’t part of my imagination. Lately, it had seized control of my brain, hijacked it if you will, and nothing seemed to make it go away. It wasn’t that I disliked having an imagination, but my current circumstances permitted me to shut it out of my life for the rest of the year. Yet, the more I took action to ignore it, the more my imagination played tricks on me. I felt like a deck of cards being shuffled unnecessarily.
When I located the general direction of the noise, it stopped short of me choosing the picnic basket or copper tub with a blanket half draped over it. If I went to one but the other had whatever was hiding in it, then I would lose the chance to capture this nuisance. Standing still in the hopes it would make that gurgling sound, it remained quiet. It must’ve known I was close. I envisioned it peering through the tiny holes of the basket. I thought what was the better place to hide. Both provided cover and while you could make a quicker getaway in the tub, there was a greater sense of false safety in the basket. I kneeled down, holding my breath and slowly tugged on the blanket while watching for any motion from the basket. Friend or foe, I was going to find out.
Quote from Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Executive Producers: Peter W. Kunhardt, Henry Louis Gates, Dyllan McGee, Dalton Delan, Stephen Segaller, Anna Harrington, Anne Harrington, Julie Anderson,
Directors: Hazel Gurland, Jesse Sweet, Sabin Streeter, Josh Gleason, Muriel Soenens, Jamila Wignot, Phil Bertelsen, Hannah Olson, Krista Whetstone, and Lindsey Megrue
Writer: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Number of Seasons so far: Currently in the 6th
Episodes in each Season: Ten
TV Rating: TV-PG
Running Time of Each Episode: 51-53 minutes
Quote from Nightingale by Lieutenant Hawkins
“That’s just the way isn’t it? You don’t want trouble but sometimes trouble wants you.”
Executive Producers: Ben Browning, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Brenda Gilbert, and Andrew Pollack
I rate Nightingale PERFECT with FOUR FINGERS AND ONE THUMB at 100%.
Quote from Spectral by Dr. Mark Clyne
“My business requires us to prove them. Your technician’s job is to find glitches, so, he sees glitches. Your job is to find the enemy, so, you see the enemy. Locals believe in spirits, so they see spirits. Everyone is biased in one way or another. So, my answer to you right now is that we lack data to support any theory.”
I rate Spectral GREAT with FOUR FINGERS at 85%.
Creators: Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark
Executive Producers: Michael Lopez, Adam Bold, Andy Breckman, Daniel Calin, Howard Klein, Jason Mauro, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark
Director: Ryan Polito
Writers: Scotty Landes, Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark, and Mason Steinberg
Cast: Jameela Jamil, Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano
Episodes: 5 so far
Running Time of Each Episode: 21 minutes
I talk a lot about Los Angeles and missing California, but it’s because I do miss it in some respects. It’s a great place to live for the weather minus the fires (those also set intentionally by arsonists). The weather is nice because who doesn’t like the sun and despite “the valley” getting hotter, it’s still tolerable. I can say that now even more since I moved to an even hotter place. You’re not too far away from the ocean either. I guess having the option to visit the ocean when it’s an hour or two away, depending on which beach you want to see is what I miss the most. My next step in life involved moving and moving I did. I’ve made tentative plans to go back to LA for a few days in 2020, call it mini vacation if you will, and visit some of the areas I’ve missed. I also would like to visit some destinations I never did when I lived there. I suppose it will make it all the sweeter in 2020. The other reason of posting this is to comment that more people moved out of California in 2018 than moved into the state according to the U.S. Census Bureau data. People don’t seem to be persuaded to stay in a state where many cities have a high cost of living. Yet, there are others who want the California lifestyle and can afford it. Approximately 691,000 people moved out of CA and 501,000 people moved into CA in 2018. Where did the people who moved out of CA relocate to? Look below and I promise this is the last blog about CA and LA this year. I also included the top 10 most expensive U.S. cities to live in from Kiplinger in 2019. Los Angeles was ranked 12th, behind Orange County at 11th and above San Diego at 13th. If you want to see all the Kiplinger statistics, click on the the words MORE STATS below.
Quote by John Grisham
“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.”
Creaking Before the Chomping
We grow old and time stops for no one.
It has floated away.
Quote about Dancing with the Stars by Al Pacino:
Executive Producers: Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade, Andrew Llinares, and David Ruskey
Directors: Alex Rudzinski, Deepak Gattani, Phil Heyes, and Brett Register
Writers: Dave Boone, Gina Casazza, Christine Castanon, Brandon Clayton, Amy Colman, Ed Driscoll, Rebecca Hoobler, Rj Hurley, Ben Kenniston, Kelly Jean Kurowski, Carl Leaf, Heather Mnross, Jack Montague, Steve Nahaj, Ryan O’Dowd, Dianne Perotta, Lauren K. Sokolov, Matthew Traylor, and James Woods
Hosts: Tom Bergeron, Lisa Canning, Samantha Harris, Brooke Burke, and Erin Andrews
Judges: Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli
Professional Dancers: Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson Herjavec, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Julianne Hough, Louis van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya, Peta Murgatroyd, Chelsie Hightower, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Lacey Schwimmer, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Dimitry Chaplin, Keo Motsepe, Allison Holker, Tristan MacManus, Alan Bernstein, Jenna Johnson, Anna Demidova, Henry Byalikov, and Damian Whitewood
Number of Seasons so far: 28
Episodes in each Season: Varies
Running Time of Each Episode: 40-86 minutes