Joyland

cover_smallI just finished reading Stephan King’s latest novel ‘Joyland’. Was it a masterpiece, you ask? Nah. Was it up there with ‘The Shining’ or ‘It’? Nah. But was it good, yup, damn good. When I finished it I put the book down and cried like a baby (well maybe not a baby, but I did spill a tear or two and have to blow my nose).

Now I know we don’t usually associate tear jerkers with Stephen King, more like “Holy shit, I am to scared to get up and go to the bathroom now, I am never gonna get to sleep”, but he has written two books for a small press company called Hardcase Crime. The first was called “The Colorado Kid” and “Joyland” is the second. Both good books but like I said, not your typical King books. Hardcase Crime is putting out these old fashion pulp fiction crime books, from reviews I have read they are doing a good job. It is worth checking out their site just to see the retro book covers, very well done.

Now I am not a book reviewer, I am sure Hardcase Crime does not need my endorsement, and really sure Stephan King could give a fat rats ass about what I think of his latest book. However, this is the last thing I am going to do before I get ready to go back to work after a two week vacation. To say I am bummed to go back to work is a huge understatement. Since I have begun working at the company I am presently at all those years ago, I have only taken 2 weeks in a row off one other time. This is because it is so damn hard to go back, like a mini depression!! But hell suck it up big boy, in a day or two I’ll be back into the swing of things and it will be like I was never on vacation. Your eye will be twitching and your shoulders will be constantly bunched up, everything back to normal. Do I have to go on here or are you catching what I am throwing out there. Oh well, that is life right? I bought Joyland in Whitby, Ontario while I was visiting my wife’s cousin (who made us feel welcome and like the two most important people in the world, thank you so much!) just my son and I. We had a three day road trip, it was awesome. My son will probably forget about it as soon as he goes back to school in September, that is ok, that is youth. But I won’t and to make sure I don’t I will keep Joyland around as a reminder, just in case. Sometimes life is rough like going back to work after 2 weeks of vacation, but sometimes life is grand, like cruising down the 401 with the windows open, radio on, and son in the back seat talking.

Gus

Everything Changes

One of the reasons I felt compelled to start a blog is because of change. There is so much that changes so fast, it’s mind blowing. People process so much info. so fast and we don’t even realize we’re doing it. But that’s another subject for another day.
I am going to be 46 this year, and by todays standards that is not that old, hell it is the new 36 (so I keep telling myself). But in those 45 yrs a hell of a lot has changed and I wanted to jog your memory with what has gone on in the last half century.
9 Prime Ministers (I know, who cares, except for Trudeau, and mark my words are going to see another Trudeau soon)- Apple and Windows – VCR’s to DVD’s to Blue Rays – Records to 8 tracks (who’s idea were those?) to cassettes to CD’s to downloads (I still buy CD’s, I like to have the box and cover and stuff, old fashion I know) – Video Games (remember pong!) – cell phones – walkmans worked, discmans didn’t – we tried to save the world with Live Aid (1985 just to make you feel old if you were one of the 1.5 billion that watched it) Bono is still there, move on Bono, move on – Prozac – Viagara – and the World Wide Web!!
There is so much that this could go on and on, I am sure we will come back to it at some point. But for today I will leave you with thoughts of what has changed in your life. Everything seems to change slowly but really they change fast, we just don’t notice it right away. Slow down a little bit. talk soon.

Gus