Or, perhaps, another random collection of posts.
Friday night: went to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Skip if you're dying to see it and don't want to know what other people thought beforehand. I was seriously displeased with the way that Black Widow was portrayed and honestly thought the whole romance subplot was poorly setup and written. I mean, why? Where was this in the other movies? Also, really not keen on equating childless women with monsters. I tried to read this as all about the assassin thing, but in the context of the rest of the scene, it doesn't work. Womenfolk, childless by choice, menopausal, can't have kids for whatever reason? Monstrous. Right. To have this impression followed up by sexist comments on the part of Renner and Evans and Marvel's own CEO just confirms my suspicions that this was deliberate. I can't say Scarlet Witch did much for me as a character either. Apart from that, too much CGI to be carried by the occasional quip and feeble attempts at character development. Verdict: saw the other movies more than once, but won't be seeing this one again. Disappointing.
Saturday was packing up Mom's stuff and a visit to her, followed by going to Welcome to Night Vale at the Pantages Theater. This was pleasantly surreal, with some fine musical accompaniment and a jolly time was had by all. I'm not that familiar with the podcast so I can't speak to how it compares, but other audience members, including the Goth teens sitting next to us who informed us that they were hardcore fans, seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.
Sunday was Heart of the Beast's May Day Parade, the most awesome event heralding Spring in these here parts. It was fun and warm and I was on day 2 of a migraine so I got pretty woozy and didn't plan well. the event itself was lovely and I did a little better after drinking an iced tea under a shady tree while watching the sun get paddled over to the Tree of Life. I also thought the parade tribute to Black Lives Matter was terrific and much needed. Plus, got to see a friend I don't see anywhere near often enough.
Then it was back home to watch Page 8, part one of a British spy trilogy about MI5 agents, CIA torture camps and accounting. I've seen Parts 2 and 3, Turks and Caicos and Salting the Battlefield more than once - love the writing and the terrific performances by Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighe, Judy Davis and the rest of the cast. Seeing the first one is a completest thing since the same storyline and protagonist drive all three, but the sequels are highly recommended. After that, it was Wolf Hall on PBS.
So far this week, it's been erotic cyberpunk novel edits and article work and, the big part, meeting with a prospective business lawyer. This went well, so now it's all about paperwork and payment and me getting a detailed business plan in place. Send energetic thoughts!