My Futures So Bright, I Gotta Rip My Eyeballs Out Of My Skull

In this episode I talk about the future and my series of unfortunate forking events.

This is episode s11e01(409) for Monday, January 15, 2018 and clocked in at 27 minutes, 25 seconds

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Forgive me father for I have sinned. It’s been 6 weeks since my last confession … I mean podcast. That’s right, I’m back from my 6 week hiatus of fun and trauma — which I will talk about in just a bit.

While many shows like to do an end of year “best of show” (which I have done before), I thought that instead I’d do a start of the year preview show!

During my time off I had some (not a lot) of time to think about the future of this podcast and in some part the future of me. Should I continue to podcast? Should I continue to exist? Should I take a shower once a month whether I need to or not? I believe that 2017, which brought me into my 10th year of podcasting, really helped me refine what it is I’m trying to do. What am I doing? I’m being me. I’m expressing myself — but I’m not whining or complaining about presidents or religions or anything. That’s what everyone else is doing. I’m tired of all the complaining and insulting I see and read about today. Last year brought me to the realization that I want to have open discussion — with myself — and experience and question existence, philosophy, humanity, technology, media, shoes, vaginas, god, time, penises, consent, guns, government, bewbs, about good places, bad places, and medium places, about things that upset upset people, about things that offend people, and I will relook at things I talked about in the past and try to look at them again from my current lens of reality. Also I’ll explain my phrase, “and sometimes Y,” just in case you hadn’t figured it out yet.

Don’t worry, I’ll still have the distractions. I’ll always need to talk about what has captured my attention each week.

This year I want to do something special. I want to do several episodes on Star Wars and the deeper meaning and philosophy I see within. I’ve already done this previously with the grand wisdom of Yoda and it worked quite well. 

I’m gonna tell you why the Kylo / Rey storyline is better than what was in Rogue One (even though Rogue One had much better cinematography). I cover what it mean to be Jedi or Sith. But what will make me different from many of the others out there is that my Star Wars knowledge come 98% from the movies and TV series. The rest is the few Star Wars books I’ve read and the stories my son explains to me (he reads a lot of Star Wars). I’ve been a huge fan since 1977 and I’ve been a 501st Stormtrooper for the past 10 years, but I’m no expert and suck at Star Wars trivia. Also my memory is not that good, so I’ll have to watch everything again, that will take some time.

Oh, I also plan on doing video. Maybe. Possibly. f you don’t know me, my goal is to spend as least amount of money as possible and create a high quality podcast, so no fancy equipment. I’m just gonna use my iPhone and iPad to record a video that will be reasonably edited and I’ll post these on youtube. I’m not sure if I have the time for this, but I’m going to see what I can do. I think video may help me get more of an audience.

If you don’t know, my main topic is almost always posted on my blog at disphor dot com. If you want to read it instead of listen to it you can!

If you haven’t been following my twitter feed or facebook feed over my time away — you are missing out.  I’m @regisjack on twitter,  I’m @regisjack on instagram, I’m @theregisjack on snap (because I messed up regisjack), and blah blah blah. If it’s Regis Jack, there is a good chance it’s me.

And now the past 6 weeks of my life. Well, not everything, but a few highlight so you know who it was I was doing while not recording.

I went to a Reverend Horton Heat concert! He had 3 opening bands.: The Belmont Playboys, The Blasters, Junior Brown, and then it was The Reverend Horton Heat (with Big Sandy) -- many hours of music (over 6.5 hours) -- absolute fabulous! It was Rock, Honkey Tonk, and Rockabilly! 

I also was lucky enough to see Puddles Pity Party live — fucking amazing!!! He is so much more than just his awesome singing voice.

I had such a horrible time one week I thought I was going to do a podcast entitled, “A Series of Unfortunate Fucking Events.” But then I’m like, I don’t want to dwell on that too much. But in short, here is my week from hell:

We travelled to Springfield, Il by plane to move my wife’s sister back to NC (via moving truck).

Planes. Ice. 6.5 hours sitting in a small plane going no where. 17 departure time changes. 5 gate changes. 1 de-boarding and boarding of another plane (because after sitting 5 hours doing nothing they forgot to do maintenance), car broke down, trying to get a car hauler, getting a way too big 26 foot truck because even though we reserved a smaller truck they didn’t have it, being lied to be U-Haul (and they didn’t give a shit and were very rude to us in person), being lied to by Penske (they cared enough to contact me), being lied to be American Airlines (they didn’t care, but did respond to me), leaving way to late in the day (and several days late) for a 16 hour drive in the moving truck, hotel stays because Penske and U-Haul lied to us, key restaurants closed during our week stay (these were places we were soooooo looking forward to), negative temperatures with horrible wind chill, mild food poisoning (leading to lots of detailed discussion of diarrhea), my sister in law took a nose dive while carrying a box of glass items (she saved the items, but not herself), and my wife got stuck in an elevator between floors for an hour. I’m sure there was more, but suffice it to say we have really bad travel juju.

There was some good in the trip. Eating GREAT food at Texas Roadhouse (thanks to them for being consistently good no matter where they are located), staying across the street from the state capital building (it’s beautiful at night and during the day), touring the capital building, a friend of my wife’s drove three hours to hang out with us all week and drive us around and help move, and … um … I think that’s it.

But after sleeping several days and eating right again, things took a turn for the better. 

Today, for instance, my wife, her sister, and 7 of our friends went to an escape room to celebrate my wife’s birthday. And let me tell you, I was unsure about it, but it turned out to be AWESOME! It was a three room scenario called Patient Zero. It was tons of fun, especially with 9 of us running around looking for clues, yelling from room to room, and saying things like, “We found that out 10 minutes ago!” Having mostly master degrees (and some PhD’s) did not help one little bit.

Although this particular scenario looked a little bit like a Saw movie which made me think about what it would be like to wake up in a place like this — scary. We did solve it but it took us almost the full hour. Great fun. I highly recommend it to anyone.

There are literally thousands of #starwars stories - just because the ones you loved weren’t made into a movie doesn’t mean the new movies are bad.
— The Distracted Philosopher

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