Monday, September 24, 2007


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As predicted, the Fall nip in the air is gone for the nonce. It was back to 90 yesterday. It was the 51st 90-or-above day we've had this year -- definitely hotter than normal. It will be cold soon enough. I can wait.

Sometimes when you're clicking through the channels, you'll come across something that catches your attention, often an old movie, and you feel compelled to stop and watch it. I did that yesterday. I was lying on the couch in the late afternoon, thinking about either taking a nap or finding something on TV to watch. When I got to the SciFi channel, I found Stephen King's "The Stand" playing. That's one of those "can't look away" things -- and I ended up watching the first six hours. "The Stand" (the book more so than the movie) and Robert McCammon's "Swan Song" are my two all-time favorite "Apocalypse" novels. I did read Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and enjoyed it, but it doesn't approach the scope and breadth of the other two I mentioned. It's a personal preference, I know. Do you have an all-time favorite in that genre?

People are funny, you know what I mean? And I'm not talking funny ha-ha (except when it is). I've seen the damndest things on a couple of boards the past couple of days -- flaming, whining, puffing up and flinging barbs and accusations and outright lies. It never fails to flabbergast me how some purported adults can revert to the silliest juvenile tactics at the drop of a hat. It's amusing to observe for a while ... but then you feel like you need a bath. It makes a terrible impression on folks and leaves a bad taste in the mouth. But ... comme ci comme ça, I suppose.

How about a few Words Gone Wild culled from the herd by TWISTED LINGUISTICS?

cantelope - A couple unable to run off and get married.

nohing - One who was born with no hinges.

viccisitudes - Sissy members of a defunct French government.

notriety - Do not try that!

creative writting - Trumped-up charges.

gilted tongue - Some kind of marital aid, I'm guessing.

thank God to Publish America for publihing the greatest book ever written and for giving me the chanc I deserve to be a publish author -- Requires no definition. I'm just saying.

wounderful - A happy laceration.

condem - Defective prophylactic.

Thnaky you - Yes. Very much, indeed. LOL.

You Passed Your Driver's Test

Congratulations, you got 7/10 correct.
You're a good driver - at least, when you want to be.


Kanrei said...

Must be a day that ends in "Y" because SJ hates her weather =P. I was glued to the "Stand" all day yesterday as well. It happened to me again too- I watched the whole thing only to yell at King "your endings suck!"

I am a Floridian through and through it seems from the driving test.

You Failed Your Driver's Test

You only got 5/10 correct.
If you have a driver's license, it needs to be revoked!

My fellow Floridiots are very proud of me.

Roxan said...

I didn't watch The Stand. Seen it before and just wasn't in the mood. I found the book to be much better and I remember not being able to put the it down.
I also failed my driver's test, but in defense I have to say I have never failed a written drivers test and I never look at the drivers manual. Most I've ever missed was one. There was something evil about this test. LOL

Serena Joy said...

Must be a day that ends in "Y" because SJ hates her weather =P.

Oh, we are witty today, Kan.:-) But not to worry, I'm not selling you. This time. I am going to make you study the Florida driver's manual, though. LOL!:)

The book is WAY better, Roxan. For sure. It's been 10-15 years since I read it, so I'm kind of in the mood to give it a reread now.

ALL these tests are evil.:-)

Anonymous said...

I've neither seen nor read The Stand, but I did read a book by Stephen King and Peter Straub called Swan Song, I think...very interesting post apocalyptic story from a bunch of different POVs including a dog who was once called Big Steve.

Trée said...

The heat has returned here too. Showed up unannounced and unwelcomed yesterday, and as much as I have tried to hint, it is still hanging around today.

As for blogging behavior, yes, I too am amazed, not for the good, from time to time. I blog for fun. Period. Some people just don't get that. What can you do but shake your head and walk away.

Thank you for the kindest comments of late. I do take them to heart. :-)

Serena Joy said...

Seeley, I wonder if you're thinking of Straub's and King's "The Talisman?" Although that wasn't Apocalyptic, as I recall. If they also wrote one called "Swan Song," that's one I haven't read. McCammon's "Swan Song" is about, among many, many other things, a young woman named Swan suffering from a kind of radiation sickness and involves the requisite quest. I absolutely loved it. I don't even know how many times I've read it. I'm now searching my memory banks trying to place that dog called Big Steve.:)

I think we Southerners may be doomed to sweat to death, Trée.:) You know, I see that kind of behavior very rarely in the blogosphere. It seems to be message boards where it runs rampant. I have to admit there's been controversy and bad blood on mine from time to time, but it runs its course and is soon enough forgotten. This stuff that takes on a life of its own and continues ad infinitum is beyond me. Weirdos, if you ask me.:-)

You're quite welcome for the comments. You earned 'em.

December/Stacia said...

Still cold here. And I love The Stand, book and movie. I love it so much I love the "uncut" edition even more.

Serena Joy said...

Hey, December, I totally agree. I'm not sure if my copy (one of the original hardcovers) is the uncut edition or not.:)

anyjazz said...

Funny stuff!

Serena Joy said...

Thank you, sir!:)

Little Lamb said...

I enjoyed reading and rereading Stephen King's "The Stand."

Anonymous said...

It's fun sometimes to come across those marathons, usually they're shows I either missed or passed on.
I wind up getting hooked on them. One Saturday we watched the Sopranos marathon on A&E for 9

Anonymous said...

i don't know
the stand or the other
story you mentioned, serena,
but a memorable apocalypse movie
for me is 'on the beach', about a post-nuclear war world that is dying of radiation poisoning

it's an older movie, probably pretty lame and tame by today's standard, but i remember it for some reason -- i'd watch it again if it was playing


Serena Joy said...

Lamby, that's one of those books that I enjoy rereading as much as I enjoyed it the first time.:)

Weekend marathons are great fun, TC. I didn't catch the Sopranos one, but I would have if I'd known it was on.:)

I've seen "On the Beach," /t. Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner -- classic! Wasn't that remade for TV not too long ago? I think I remember hearing that, but I don't think I saw it.:)

puerileuwaite said...

My favorite Apocalyptic novel was an update of "Fail Safe" (the 60's movie classic starring Henry Fonda).

In this updated account (just like in the movie), the President can't prevent a Soviet city from accidently being destroyed by an American nuke, so he has New York City bombed to "make it even".

But here's where it gets interesting.

A nuclear sub Commander from NYC is infuriated, so he launches ANOTHER nuke at Russia.

On yet another U.S. sub, an American Commander born of Russian parents is outraged by the first sub's rogue launch, so HE launches a warhead at ANOTHER U.S. city.

And from there, it just escalates until apes take over.

On another note, I need to look into other "Book of the Month" clubs, I suppose.

Charles said...

My favorite post apocalyptic movie wasn't a movie, but Resident Evil is up there though.

What's the right away? Now? I always thought it was the right of way. Those "test" must be written by 13 year olds.

Serena Joy said...

Yup, Puggy, I'd say the new "Fail Safe" is destined to become a classic.:-)

I know, Charles. Most of the tests look like they were written by either kids or -- Words Gone Wild escapees.:)

Camille Alexa said...

It never fails to flabbergast me how some purported adults can revert to the silliest juvenile tactics at the drop of a hat.

I know, I know. So weird, and a little alarming.

Camille Alexa said...

Oh, and sorry, but I couldn't bring myself to complete a test about driving which called a 'right of way' a 'right away.'


Serena Joy said...

These are weird days, Camille. Hey, I don't blame you for not taking the "driver's test.":)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad other people can remember what books I've read! Seriously, mind like a sieve. You are totally right on the Talisman, and I think we read the same Swan Song book. The radiation sickness and the quest sound right. Odd that I don't remember that, but I remember Big Steve. The weird shit that gets stuck in my brain....

Serena Joy said...

I'm still trying to recall Big Steve. You'd think I'd remember that.:)