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Ghostbusters!

When I first heard they would be rebooting Ghostbusters, I wasn't that interested. I figured it would either be another male bonding movie, or may be they'd have the token female ghostbuster. Overall, I'm tired of stories about men doing stuff and for the most part am only interested in female driven movies (and if you have a problem with it, I don't care to hear about it). So when I heard that they would be rebooting it with four female Ghostbusters, I was completely on board! And then, when I saw the stream of hatefilled misogyny and attempts by sexist assholes to smear the movie, I knew this was one movie I had a social obligation to see in the theaters. I was worried that it wouldn't be good or enjoyable and would flop, so I was keeping my expectations low.

And...I loved it! It was a fun ride! Even better, even though we caught an early afternoon showing, the theater was packed, and everyone else was also laughing and seemed to be getting into it. And as we were leaving, I heard plenty of people give it a positive buzz.

Non-spoilery stuff below!

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Gun Control Now

This evening I noticed a livestream that a friend had posted about a shooting in Dallas. I turned up the volume and heard the horrible sound of the gun shots being fired against the backdrop of places I knew and recognized and had walked down. This was a few blocks away from where A-Kon, the big anime convention in Dallas, used to be hosted. I used to work in a high rise a few blocks down from where the shooting happened and would take walks through the there on my lunch break. This was very personal.

Texans love their guns. This macho culture pervades that, if they are ever attacked, they'll just shoot to kill. Or if the government comes for their guns, they'll just shoot to kill (yes, Texans really believe someone is coming for their guns). Well, Philando Castile was legally carrying a firearm AND following directions when a police officer shot him to death, so it didn't do him a lot of good. And tonight in Dallas, 2 snipers took down 10-11 people, killing at least 3 police officers, in an area where there was already a trained police presence. So if this could be so deadly in an area already swarming with trained police officers, color me skeptical that a person who took a 1 hour handgun course who knows how long ago would be able to stop a shooter. I am sick and tired of this bull shit myth that has been debunked over and over again that having a gun will keep you safe. Studies have shown, repeatedly, that having a gun puts you at risk!

And yes, I have been in dangerous situations before. When I was 10 and again when I was 13 someone tried to abduct me while I was taking a walk. I got away because I ran and put as much distance from myself and the person who wanted to harm me as possible! This is actually what people who study these situations recommend, getting as far away from the person who wants to harm you as possible as quickly as possible. If I had pulled out a gun, perhaps I could have wounded/killed the attempted kidnapper, but I just as likely could have ended up harming myself or given the asshole more time to get me as I struggled to retrieve my gun (something that is hard to do in emergency situations).

In high school there was a shooting at my school. Two rival gangs had it out in the parking lot when people were coming into class. I walked to school and came in through a different entrance, and remember clearly when a girl walked in looking shocked saying she just saw someone get shot. The only person hit was the rival gang member and he recovered. My mom got a few grey hairs that day.

And in college while working as a cashier there was a shooting in the store on a day I was there. It was in a different part of the building and I hadn't even realized what was happening until it was over. One of the store managers was hit when he tackled the gun man with another manager, but he recovered. They were able to get the gun away from the shooter without any casualties. Even with this, I have never felt like I needed a gun to be safe in the grocery store. I am simply at a complete loss for how the so called good guy with a gun would have made a positive difference in any of these cases, if anything, I just see it as making things more confusing when you have two plain clothes people brandishing guns. Which one is the shooter, which one is trying to take down the shooter?

But I can think of how conducting background checks, making sure domestic violence offenders can't get guns, and banning assault rifles would make a difference in possibly preventing someone from having a gun when they shouldn't.

At anyrate, I'm running off adrenaline, don't know how I'm going to calm down enough to sleep tonight, and just basically am heartbroken and sick and tired of gun violence.

Review: The Witch

We got a free Vudu rental thing, so last night I finally watched "The Witch." Andy even watched it with me. It's one of those movies that makes you think, and where people can, and do, bring multiple interpretations. For his part, Andy didn't understand what happened and I had to explain it to him. Also, I was really glad we had the subtitles on for this and would recommend watching with subtitles on, especially if you have hearing comprehension problems. Anyway, spoilery stuff below.

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Back Home Again

We made it back to DFW late last night. Immediately our allergies started acting up again. I feel like I have a massive case of Day Lights Savings Time and for a while thought today was Sunday and not Saturday, so hopefully my time/day disorientation will soon abate. It was a lovely trip and I hate the fact that I couldn't go out and take a walk by the Pacific this morning.

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Blogging From San Diego

Saturday morning I saw a client, came home in time to say goodbye to my kids when my mom picked them up, and then spent an evening packing and relishing a quiet house. We'd boarded the dog, so it was just the cat. Poor Saya kept looking around the house devoid of kids and dog to harass her and seemed shell shocked.

Sunday we awoke at 5AM. We'd gotten perhaps 3 or 4 hours of sleep and I was hoping to catch a nap on the plane. We had the longest bag check in I have ever experienced in my life, but the TSA lines weren't bad, which was fortunate, because the bag check in was so long that even though we got at the airport 2 hours early we had only about thirty minutes to wait before boarding the plane.

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What I'm Looking Forward to in San Diego!

Next week, I will be in San Diego. It took awhile because it just seemed so far off, but I am in full excitement mode now and ready to go. Andy is going down for a work convention, and we're leaving the kids with my folks for a lot of reasons. Airfare is expensive, I don't want to do big vacations with them before they'll have memories of it, and with Andy being at a conference all day it would be a lot for me to entertain them on my own, etc. I'm looking forward to having a parenting break, though a bit nervous because I've never been away from them for a whole week before. So I'm feeling the tug between "Woohoo, week without the kids!" and massive, massive guilt. Though they both adore my parents and I'm sure they'll have a blast on the Gulf Coast (but with no alligators, alligators are making me panicky right now)!

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OITNB Season 4, Spoilers Edition

SPOILERY THOUGHTS BELOW! DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED SEASON FOUR!

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OITNB Season 4

I promised myself this year I wouldn't rush through it and finish it faster than everyone else I knew. And I failed. I finished it last night, and I was a mess of tears by the end of it. So now I've finished it, I'm waiting for my friends to catch up, choking on spoilers, and have one hell of a cliff hanger. Much as I love binge watching, the fact that it is a whole year before these cliff hangers gets resolved rather than months is hard.

A few non-spoilery thoughts below.

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OITNB

OK, I got through episode 7 last night, and I think Piper is now on my short list for most detested character ever. I'm generally am not a revenge person but I'm ready to see her reap what she's sown.

Other thoughts, a spinoff with the inmates adjusting to life after prison would be interesting. Especially Lorna . The clash of fantasy and reality with her and her husband would be hilarious.

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Homeschooling Update

I had a my monthly meeting with the director of B's therapy program today and discussed concerns about replicating things they are doing and him getting burned out on activities. She was very helpful, and said that next month his new case manager will be a former special ed kinder teacher who can help us figure out what we need to work on that won't be a double dose of what he is doing there. So for now I'm suspending the homeschooling until we get that figured out, likely something I should have done first. I used to do those activities with him and he used to enjoy it with me, but that was before he started therapy, and now he's doing it for 20 hours a week, I think it's just too much.

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