Double Feature

Let me tell you a story.  A story of stories and how they make me feel, because that is what stories are meant to do.

They are meant to hammer at you until your cold, jaded, forgotten heart lurches in your chest. Until the pit of your stomach falls away like the temple floor beneath Indy’s feet. Until you feel drained of pent up emotion – angst, anguish, laughter, joy, fear, dread, doubt, wonder, thrill, anger, rage – we’re not allowed by society and cultural norms to express. Until we are cleansed of these things in the sacred cathartic act of empathy.

One day back in the fall, I went to the movies. I hadn’t seen anything in a while, and there were several seemingly good options out there, so I decided to make it an entire evening – taking advantage of $2 popcorn Tuesday at Regal – at the theater and ended up watching Gone Girl and John Wick back to back.

This was an excellent decision. Here’s why.

Gone Girl is fraught with tension and suspense.  I truly believe it to be an admirable successor to Hitchcock and would call it a modern Psycho. Yes, I think that highly of it.

I’ve quipped many times that Gone Girl is a film that justifies my decision to NEVER EVER GET MARRIED.

The film does an excellent job of storytelling. It is gripping and draws the viewer in. Even when you know what happens, you’re fully convinced Nick is a wife-killing d-bag. Then it smacks you half way through with what’s really going on in a “That Bitch” moment. And it really never lets you go…leading you around by the nose.GoneGirl

It jangles the nerves and gets the viewer all worked up until the very last frame and doesn’t let them go even as the credits roll.

Never.

Trapped, like Nick.

Well. Gone Girl did it’s job. I felt something. Boy did I feel something.

I left the theater twitching mentally, completely creeped out, and walking a knife edge between tension and being drained.

Another popcorn. Refill the drink. Bring on John Wick.

I’m just going to go ahead and get this out of the way and say John Wick has become probably my favorite Keanu Reeves flick.

It’s a guilty pleasure action flick that has a beautifully symmetrical, surprisingly meaningful story to hang the violent body count on.

It begins with a dark and gritty hook. Well considered and laid out. Rather calm and deliberate. Cut to black and alarm clock announces the day of his wife’s funeral. Cut back to the illness and the joys found and lost. Progress forward again to the aftermath of her death, leaving John one last gift. A dog to love, to love him, and to give him purpose so he can begin healing.JohnWick_Daisy

Enter Scum-Bag Russian Mobster Theon Greyjoy. We already know it’s not going to end well for him. It never ends well for Theon.

He steals John Wick’s car. Kills John Wick’s dog.

There are two hard and fast rules of life one should not ignore if one values their life.

You don’t mess with a man’s car, and you certainly do not kill a man’s dog.

And John Wick is not just any man.

John Wick is the Boogeyman, rather, he’s the bastard you send to Kill the Boogeyman. The mere mention of his name turns bowels watery.

Anyone think he’s just going to let this go?

Didn’t think so.

Yes, it becomes a gleeful revenge tale told in a rather classy, gentlemanly manner. The film elegantly creates this cultured underworld that operates by its own rules and codes of conduct. Of hitmen – and women – and hotels and clubs and operators and organizations that work to maintain a certain balance and decorum amongst the seedy underbelly of the city.

A civilized world in which the name John Wick carries utmost respect. Damn uncultured kids not showing proper respect. Had Theon just acted with this same code of civility instead of the pompous arrogance common among  entitled brats…but I digress.

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Mandatory fight in the rain. Because men don’t cry.

The film establishes “the way it is, and must be” and follows it step by step until the inevitable conclusion of this gentlemanly shoot ‘em up, culminating in the classic show down in the rain.

It follows the rules and gives the audience the catharsis it desires. It relies upon understood touchstones of storytelling and uses them to great effect. I mean, if you can’t have Nazis as your villain, Russian Mobsters is a close second in my book.

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That Guy!

Plus you’ve got this guy’s mustache again. You may recognize him from The Equalizer. His name is Tait Fletcher, and he’s my new favorite “that guy!”

It’s gloriously overblown and larger than life, and that’s what makes it the perfect chaser for Gone Girl.

 

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Where Gone Girl is subtle and stealthily knits your nerves in a net drawn close around your heart, John Wick takes a sledgehammer to the emotional blocks, breaking desires wide open, fulfilling the wishes in the darkest corners, and washes them all away in the rain.

JohnWick_EndDogAnd with puppy kisses.

For a violent revenge flick, John Wick extols the virtues of love more than anything else. Love is what raises us up, makes us better, heals us, and bereft of it, plunges our hearts into the darkest recesses of existence.

That is what good storytelling does for you. It works you up, draws you out, and winds you down.  This combo did that for me. An excellent choice, to do this double feature at the theater.

That was then, this is now. I just finished Gone Girl and John Wick for a second time, and my feelings on the subject remain unchanged.

Time For A Little Magic

Magic: the Gathering, that is.

Yes, I play. I’m not a long time player, nor am I any longer a serious competitor in the game, but I still enjoy it.

I first started playing back in 2012 when I picked up the habit at Max’s old comic shop. It gave me something to do that was fun and social and not related in any way, shape, or form to anything I’d done before. And it was pretty fun.

That’s what games are supposed to be… fun.

Now, there’s also a dark side to Magic. A bloodthirsty competitive side. That’s not so fun. People can take it way too seriously, and that’s what drove me away from the game.

Here’s where I had a lot of fun though – building decks. I always built my own decks, my own way, ignoring for the most part all the deck lists coming from the pro tours and IQs and other tournaments.  The one trick pony decks designed to instantly kill you opponent. Granted, I did build a few decks designed to put opponents down hard and brutally, but I always put my own spin on it.

WARNING: I’m about to go into some deck theory examples that few people will be interested in… please do skip to the FINAL THOUGHTS ON GAMING section at the end if you don’t really play MtG.

Fun Decks I’ve Built… Reckoner

Continuing the thought above.  For example, I built a Naya Reckoner deck around Boros Reckoner, Frontline Medic, and Legion Loyalist, with Blasphemous Act for the kill. Harsh, brutal, all my creatures live but you have naught before you but a field of ashes and all your life burned away. But because I wanted to, I put a few Sleepy Dragons in the deck to combo with Increasing Savagery. I just really like that combo because it throws people for a loop and off their game plan. A theme prevalent in my most favorite decks. They don’t know how to react to it. Some are smart enough to kill it straight off.  Others just stall their attacks and wait for their win con to work out. Then a dragon eats their face. Or they have enough creatures stalled on the field I can Blasphemous act for 1 red mana. Or a lot of other things could happen. It’s the meanest deck I’ve built as far as speed and competitiveness go, but it’s still fun for me.

That’s how I build though. I build decks that I can play any number of ways. I build decks I can play seriously or sillily, depending on my mood. I build flexibly so that I can still win even if I don’t get a combo off, or so that I can’t be shut down by one countered move. A lot of decks are too rigid, in my opinion, focused on that one perfect moment where you’ve got everything in place, and blow their load.

That’s no fun to me, I enjoy actually playing the game. Not pulling the same trick over and over and over and over and over until I can do it in my sleep. Boring.

I also enjoy the mental challenge of deck building.  I love making Pauper decks. Especially Pauper Burn.

Pauper Burn

A Pauper deck, as the name would indicate, is made up of cheap cards. Magic can be pricey with popular winning cards going for $30-100+ in Standard format, and in the thousands for rarer cards for Legacy. I like taking a $5 deck and instilling a little hubris in the occasional braggart who thinks they’re the deuce because their deck is expensive. I also like just building a $5 deck for the challenge to see if I CAN beat those other decks with it.

You can build one easily enough using cards ranked as Common or Uncommon…sometimes throwing in a Junk Rare if it’s cheap enough (though strictly speaking Pauper decks can only consist of Commons and Uncommons…the lowest ranked cards).

Again, it comes down to fun. You can invest lots of money in it, or a little, as long as you decide to have fun with it, that’s what matters. Challenge yourself as much as you challenge others.

Then there are decks I build just because they are patently absurd. I have a penchant for taking cards viewed as useless, the quirky cards, the ones from the Isle of Misfit Toys, and making them shine.

Slumbering Dragon

The Sleepy Dragon combo I mentioned above is one such instance. The card is a 1 drop dragon that just sits there. It’s a 3/3 flier, but can’t attack or block until certain conditions are met.  Those conditions are that it has to have 5 +1/+1 counters on it, with a condition that says I can put one such counter on the dragon for each creature that attacks me. Normally it just sits there. No one’s going to attack and let me pump it up…the dragon becomes an 8/8 beast of a creature when awake, and grows stronger with every attack launched against me.  Quite vicious. I put it out turn one and stare people down with it. Most players don’t make serious overtures at winning until about turn 4 or 5 anyway, so logically, the card is kinda useless because other players will have built their win condition up while my dragon just sits there, right?  Wrong.  Turn 4 Increasing Savagery puts the necessary 5 counters on it and by this point I’ve pulled a few other shenanigans so you’re taking upwards of 16 in the face from flying double strike added to the little bit I’ve whittled you down early on. Boom. Win. Didn’t see it coming.  (for those unaware who are still reading at this point… you only get 20 life points in Magic…this dragon can eat most of them in one gulp when played correctly)

The card is valued at around 50 cents-$1 I believe…at least it was when I played more.

Goblin Burn

There’s another deck I’ve built around a terrible card called Burn at the Stake…takes 5 mana to play, plus you have to tap creatures to inflict the damage – three times the number of tapped creatures, to be precise. That’s a pretty hefty cost considering most players only have 3-4 creatures on the field to tap at one time, and they’re usually needed for defense.  But, I do things differently. I put it in a fun little goblin deck that multiplies goblin tokens faster than Tribbles, thanks to another overlooked card, Krenko, Mob Boss. Most people only see it as useful for over-running your opponent with little goblins, and play accordingly, somehow preventing them from attacking, etc.  They never see the Burn at the Stake coming.

Lost in the Woods

Likewise, I enjoy making people become Lost in the Woods. Another clunky mechanic most people wouldn’t ever prepare for because to make it work, your deck has to be almost entirely made up of land. A typical MtG deck consists of 60 cards divided into 20 land (mana base) and 40 spell (does stuff) cards, or some ratio close to that. Lost in the Woods, if I recall correctly, has 36 Forests (land) and 24 spells. Four copies of Lost in the Woods, and 20 for support and win cons.

The way this works, Lost in the Woods is an enchantment that affects the field of play that states whenever an opponent’s creature attacks me, I may reveal the top card from my deck, and if that card is a Forest, the creature becomes Lost in the Woods and does no damage to me, then I put the revealed card on the bottom of my deck. That’s why there are so many land cards in the deck, to increase the odds of becoming Lost. With 2 or 3 copies in play, it’s almost impossible for any attacking creature to do damage to me.

I throw out Garruk to generate blockers and absorb any other damage, and some other support and life gain and I’m pretty invincible.  And it frustrates the heck out of most opponents.  Plus I always throw in a few surprises for them to encounter while they’re Lost in the Woods. You never know what you’ll stumble on.

Goats

Probably my silliest deck, Goats doesn’t conform to many standard conventions. It follows the rules, there are only 4 copies of each card, but it’s not a 60 card deck – it fluctuates between 68 and 74 depending – and it’s not sleeved. It’s entirely for casual play and is handily beaten 7 out of 10 times.

But those other 3 times have lead to some epic matches. The core of the deck is Trading Post, a 4 drop junk artifact card that lets you do four things:

1, Tap, Discard a card: You gain 4 life.
1, Tap, Pay 1 life: Put a 0/1 white Goat creature token onto the battlefield.
1, Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
1, Tap, Sacrifice an artifact: Draw a card.

Pair that with some heavy life gain, token multiplication, stat boosting, and a monument that makes those goats 6/7 flying, first strike, protected and all sorts of other nonsense…plus some other artifacts that let me recycle my deck…

I had a guy playing a Counter/Burn deck mill me out 3 times, hit me with every burn spell he had, and I still won with a 67/67 Serra Avatar…because every time he drew me out, I fished the artifact I needed out of the graveyard with the 3rd ability, sacing a multiplied goat from the 2nd ability, recycled the deck, etc, etc, etc.

The match lasted well over an hour and it’s still one of my favorite memories playing.  Ridiculous, but fun.

Legacy Goblins

I think this is my favorite deck. It’s actually a competitive deck in the Legacy format, though it’s not structured like any other I know of.

Legacy is famous for the super expensive cards considered too powerful for regular game play and for decklists that are designed to do one thing supremely well… Turn 1 or Turn 2 win.

I don’t play that way. I’ve only ever played this deck once competitively and when I did it confused the hell out of people. So much so, they walked away with a >~<; look on their faces. People just could not figure out what I was playing because I drew upon 4 different Red Deck Wins strategies to build my Goblins.

One game I won with Goblin Charbelcher, so my opponent sideboarded (adjusted) cards in his deck to counter it. The next, I burned him to death with Storm, which he had no counter for because he adjusted his deck to play Charbelcher.  Third game (for fun) I just kept hitting him with Goblins, because he wasn’t prepared for significant defense and I drew a lot of Goblins.

Yeah, he was entirely furious because I didn’t play traditionally constructed strategies.

But. That’s how I play.

Final Thoughts on Gaming

Typically straight up Burn…I hate Control style play.  I play the cards in front of me and don’t worry too heavily what my opponent may be doing.  I hate memorizing what EVERY card played does, though I pick up enough as I play to sometimes pick apart the threads of their strategy, but I don’t really worry about it. I never play well when I’m worried about countering moves all the time.

I don’t play Magic very much anymore. Usually I’ll play with Max.  Or with my friend Matt on dinner break at work. He’s an old school player, most of his stuff is illegal in competitive play now, but we play for fun. I don’t have a Standard deck anymore either, so it works out.

I hadn’t played in almost a year until recently when I picked it up again. I like playing it. Just got burned out on it.

That’s the thing about gaming…you can take it too far…take it too seriously…and lose sight of the fun.

I’m a competitive person, but I’ve learned winning is fun, but not everything.  It’s also fun to do silly things just to have done them. Like with my Goats. Ridiculousness.

I like it when a game can let you play with serious, focused intent. Allows the glory in your victory as you crush all your foes with wit and power. That’s fun. And then lets you hardly even pay attention to what you’re doing, chat, do cool things, make interesting plays, do the unexpected. That’s fun too.

You’ve reached a happy medium when you can play a game as seriously or as sillily as you like and feel equally as good about winning as not winning. When you can find like minded players to do this with.

I want to play more. Anyone up for a friendly game?

The Roundabout – Vol2 – Jan 2015

Greetings and/or salutations, whichever you prefer, but don’t be greedy.

How’s everyone? Have you been well? I hope so.

The new year is off to an interesting start…mostly thanks to you guys. The response to the first volume of this newsletter was amazing to me. Thank you.

Story time!

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I’ve found a new show to love. Backstrom.

Stars Rainn Wilson and Dennis Haysbert. It’s new and unusual, based of a book series I now intend to track down, and just plain good. I say it’s new, but it’s really not. It’s a classic story, oddball detective who is smarter than everyone else, massive jerk. Done in a coarse, unapologetic way that’s different from what’s being offered up now. I like it. Check it out. It will probably die soon because it’s on Fox and on Thursday nights against some stiff competition.

Gotham, Arrow, and the Flash came back with a vengeance this January, picking up right where they left off for winter break. Each has a different flavor of the comic book story, and each is pleasant.

Flash had the most perfect comic book style super hero fight in Revenge of the Rogues, while Arrow delivers chills and suspense as Starling City falls apart in the turmoil of Oliver’s absence.

Gotham continues to do two things perfectly – establish Jim Gordon as the hot scalpel working to cut corruption from the city and show the wounds of Gotham as they fester into the city that creates the Batman.

Premiering in January, we also finally got to see Agent Carter, which just received the high blessing of the Stan Lee cameo in this week’s episode. I want to like the show…I really, really do, but they’ve got to give me something to work with here. I loved the Marvel one-shot Agent Carter, the 12 minutes of sheer gumption and badassery that set Carter up to be the premier field agent and founder of SHIELD. However, the series seems to have undone all the strides made in those 12 minutes and taken a step back, which I’m not happy about. It feels like the show is about to work its way back up to the point we reached in the one-shot, so I’m hopeful moving forward. I’d probably like it more if I hadn’t seen the one-shot. I’m probably too biased and expect too much from it.

More episodes from these series: Constantine, Galavant, FaceOff on SyFy, Prince of Tennis, Date A Live, Black Lagoon, Captain Earth, The Assets, Leverage, True Detective, Luther, Log Horizon, Durarara!! x2, Aldenoah.Zero2, & Cross Ange.

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January has mostly been filled with television and anime (more on that in a moment) but I have been able to watch a few films.

I got a freebie from Redbox and used it to rent The Maze Runner. Overall, I did like it and think the story is great – will also be tracking down these books – but I was mostly disappointed in that I felt it didn’t live up to its potential. It was good, but I believe it could have been so much better.

Mostly though, I was distracted by the comparisons and connections I kept making to dungeons in Legend of Zelda. To me, that’s a definite sign it could have done a stronger job keeping me engaged.

Another good find at the box, Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. Nicely done film that got little in the way of attention. Don’t let the presence of Adam Levine and Ceelo dissuade you from checking it out. Very musical in nature and an interesting concept for a story. Great acting and characters.

Don’t bother with A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Also watched: Automata & Chinatown

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Five Ghosts. Picked up this graphic novel and was highly satisfied. Good story, fast paced, doesn’t waste time, and builds intrigue quickly. Loved the art. Reminds me of Indiana Jones.

Finished up all the available Alex Verus novels by Benedict Jacka. Remarkably good. I want more. Give me more. Now please.

Looking to start The Arrivals by Melissa Marr next. Update: So far, first chapter, I’m hooked. Very nice. I like books that begin with page 1.

Don’t really feel like literary analysis at this point though, so moving on.

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I’ve been entirely fascinated by Man at Arms the last few days and have watched almost all the videos on their channel.

It’s really simple. Skilled blacksmiths create real versions of movie, TV, and anime weapons. My favorites so far are the scissor blade from Kill La Kill made from real scissors and Elucidator from Sword Art Online. Gorgeous weapons. I like sharp things.

That’s pretty much everything I’ve stuffed in my eye-holes the last month

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Speaking of making things. I’ve taken all that visual story-stuffage and churned part of it into something that I call The Good, the Bad, and the Screwy.

First to be unveiled of my many forthcoming video projects, GBS focuses on anime. My friend Max and I watch series both great and terrible as we explore this unusual genre. Pardon the awkward host, I’m certainly not a natural on camera, but that’s why I do it…to overcome my fears and be able to express myself better in person. It’s painful, but I’m making progress. The unfortunate side effect of me being in front of the camera means I’m not behind the cameras…so the show’s just going to be your standard three cameras on sticks. Not very visually interesting…but I can’t do everything. It’ll get better when I’m in my studio and can focus more on content rather than just making it work.

Also, principle photography began Wednesday for the documentary I’m DP-ing for my friend Sean. I’m staying entirely behind the cameras for this one, so it’ll look beautiful. A Ninja on a chicken foot is a beautiful thing.

We’re taking a look at the Vape boom…how it’s risen in popularity so quickly over the last few years, the controversy surrounding it – both legal and health related – and the sub culture that’s sprung up around it. Did you know that they actually hold competitions to see who can create the largest vape clouds? They’re called Cloud Chasers.

We need some help though, to make this documentary a reality. Do you have a strong opinion for or against vaping and would you be willing to share it on camera? Do you know anyone who does? Do you know anyone in a position of knowledge or authority who would be willing to be interviewed for this? Doctors, lawyers, civic leaders, business owners? Do you know anyone who has used it to quit smoking? Do you know of anyone who never smoked before who picked up vaping?

We’re trying to finish shooting this before the first of March for submission into a film festival.

Aside from those two projects, I have a few more things in development…just waiting

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Still waiting.

Months tick by and we’re still waiting.

Great progress has been made…but…

Still.

Waiting….

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Quick update. 5 are in the wild, 1 awaiting delivery, 1 waiting for me to pick it up and mail it off.

I’ve been informed that one has already found its way to a new home…so it’s working…at least sort of. The new people still need to check it in. But it’s working. People are getting the idea and getting on board with it.

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It would seem I set off a small firestorm with my post about “the Skeptic” (as Tim likes to refer to this individual) earlier this month.

It really wasn’t my intent to throw them under the bus, but I do thank you all for honking…your support means the world to me. As does the fact that you value my skill.

All this fuss and fallout from a joke about a selfie stick.

This individual did speak in ignorance in an off handed remark that really didn’t mean much, except it just irked me. As I believe every other creative was irked. Anyone in a non-traditional field knows this story.

The most important thing I want to come from the situation is to understand that anyone in a creative pursuit has a time ratio of anywhere from 3:1 to 5:1 or more. Three+ hours of behind the scenes work for any one hour with the client. The client is only present for the one hour and believes that’s what they’re being charged for, but that’s not the case. There’s travel, editing, presentation, office work, writing newsletters, and many other things that go into making a creative presence felt, into telling the story.

It’s a hard thing to put in terms people outside these fields will understand, and that’s what I originally wanted the post to do. Educate people.

The Skeptic knows I do good work, like all of you know as well, they just were misinformed of how the world works. Now they know…
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I’ve only taken one photo this month, and it was a selfie. What do you think?

Selfie.

Selfie.

Yes. I finally broke down and made a self portrait. I also decided I like the color better since it’s warmer and more lively, despite the purple catch lights in my eyes. I know the popular choice was the B&W, and I was leaning that way, but I’m going with my gut.

I had less than 20 exposures left on the card when I made this. I used all of them, though I used the third from final shot…which I actually didn’t like originally. Take a good look, it’ll be another decade before I do it again most likely. By then those grey streaks will probably be much more prominent.

It’ll do though. I needed something professional looking to convey myself as a professional in my profiles. When you’re asking for help, for connections, and for project funds, supporters want to see a face, not a hat.

 

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The Hat.

It’s my logo, it’s my mark, it’s the thing that has made people remember me.

Everyone recognizes the Hat. Wherever I go, people comment on it, compliment it, and tell me I look like ____________ (fill in the blank with anyone from Indiana Jones to the Undertaker). Even now, five years later, the first remark most go for is “I like your hat.”

The Hat is magical. I take it off, and vanish. I wear it, people smile.

I’ve always wanted a nice Hat. My grandfather wore them with style, and so of course I wanted one of my own. But it had to be right. I’m very particular when it comes to some things. Hats just weren’t in style as they used to be, drastically limiting the selection, and the ones that were made me want to vomit. They were just plain ugly. I needed to find something classic, with a proper brim, that wasn’t a cowboy hat, or something that looked like a goose’s beak.

I looked for quite a while. The fact that I have a large melon didn’t aid my quest, but one day I just got lucky.

Rather anti-climactic, but I found it at the mall in Dillard’s department store. A humble, unassuming black wool fedora, size 2x, on sale $51. It fit. It looked good. And it was practical.

It rained that day. Poured like the Dickens. I put my Hat on and walked out of the mall and haven’t looked back.

I’ve worn it almost every day since. It flew with me to Australia soon after I found it, and I wore it everywhere. It’s been to the UK where it met its nemesis…the bloody Scottish wind. I stepped off the train in Edinburgh and nearly immediately the wind grabbed my Hat lustily and ripped it off my head. I learned then why Deerstalkers were invented and used despite the silliness of their look. The wind in Scotland means business. It’s going to rip away any hat not tied to your head. Yes, I do have a Deerstalker from Tweed. It and my Hat are friends. I also have cashmere wool gloves from my time in the Hebrides. They are the gloves I wear when I need to shoot outside in winter. There’s even a hole in the right index finger for shooting. Warmest, softest, fuzziest, nicest gloves I’ve ever had. Worth every pence of the 15 pounds I spent on them.

The only other place my Hat was not worn, but rather safely tucked away in my vest, was during my trek into the fog of the Golden Gate Bridge to capture Vanish. A wicked wind it was to rival even that of the Scottish Banshee…and a damn forlorn place that bridge is. On a bright clear day, I’m sure it’s a lovely trip, but when the bridge is hidden in gloom, with the wind trying to rip your soul away over the un-fenced edge of the bridge…it is oppressive to say the least, eerily inviting for the wayward…and I did not want it to claim my Hat.

I do own another Hat. Acquired from the North Beach (original) location of Goorin Bros. in San Francisco, this is my Fancy Hat. I’ve only worn it on a few special occasions, and it is not so well traveled. I just can’t seem to wear a hat other than my Hat.

I do highly recommend Goorin Bros. if you are in need of a Hat though, they make damn fine Hats.

I have my Hat. Found it about a year after I got my first camera. Things were coming together. It’s protected me everywhere I’ve gone.

The rest is just another story to tell.

Here on the Roundabout.

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