9.29.2008

Monster Month 2008

Hard to believe its (nearly) October again, already.....my favorite month, the weather, the holiday, and best of all, Monster Month!! Starting on Wednesday, Oct 1, I'll be revisiting the Monster Month blog and continuing the tale of Lurline Legrasse. There will be regular posts about her hunt for the beast that murdered her husband, and also a few video clips as she takes out some of the other....flora...in the bayou, including the killer Pumpkin Patch.
Over the weekend I started working on my punkin pups....

9.24.2008

New Painting - Lafayette Cemetery Ghoul


Got the bug and started on a new painting yesterday, the next in my "magical realism" series (see "City Park Bridge Troll")....thissuns big, 30" x 48".....the ghoul'll be munchin on a semi fresh corpse that he's pulling through the bars there, yum! :P I'm going to try to give him an Arabian look without getting too "Nightcrawler"ey....
Re: Unearthed, I'll be filming the cemetery gate sequence sometime in the coming week, so that I can strike the set and get ready for a special Monster Month short featuring the return of the Tree Beast....


9.19.2008

British Invasion - More Telly....

Ive mentioned that the Lady and I are all about Dr. Who, but last week made another UK telly discovery....We've been fans of Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright for years now, since seeing "Shaun of the Dead" when it was released....."Hot Fuzz", another of our favorites ("If we dont come down hard on these clowns, we're going to be up to our balls in jugglers!" - one of the best lines of 2007)....for all these long years I've been hearing about a show called "Spaced", which featured the trio's debut together (as far as I know)...the series, spanning only 14, 1/2 hour episodes, was released here in July, and I immediately put it at the top of my Netfliz queue, where it sat with a "very long wait" until last week....and wow, was it ever worth the wait....perfectly pop cultural, especially for a child of the eighties like myself, it combines quirky characters with oft-times surreal situations, excellent acting & writing, as expected from the group....throw in wonderful actress Jessica Stevenson (aka Jessica Hynes), who gets top billing with Pegg as writer, and you've got yourself a must-own set.....Go check it out....

9.17.2008

Unearthed - Herbies Broken Arm

Well, it was inevitable, sooner or later it had to happen....the other day, while handling Herbie, I noticed his right arm was loose. A peek inside revealed a broken wire. He's got two wires twisted in there, and only one is snapped at the elbow, so I think I can get away with the cemetery shots with a slightly limp arm, but sooner or later he'll have to be re-armatured, possibly even recast (I'm not sure how difficult it will be to slip the old Herbie-skin onto a new armature, I imagine he may end up unusually lumpy in places he wasn't before, we'll see)......


9.07.2008

My Gustav Experience

*Phew* :)

We are finally home, with power and water. The city appears to have dodged the bullet with this one. All-in-all, hands down, the best evacuation vacation either me or the Lady has ever had...


Since you and I last spoke....After posting that I was signing off, I packed up the 'puter....we were up late that night trying to remember everything we needed to bring, trying to strategically stack everything in the truck to fit, while still leaving enough space for the 3 beasts (Biggie, Bunny, and Salvie, our cats)...we decided to leave in the morning, after very little sleep...the Lady's mother was coming with us so we headed over to her house, unpacked everything, repacked it all back into her Honda CRV (more space, yay!), and headed off...the initial plan was to go about 40 miles away, north to my sisters house "across the lake"....by then we were hearing horror stories about Contra-Flow, a plan used by the state to turn all interstate highways away from the city, even the incoming ones.....it can be VERY confusing, you are diverted to different highways, you have to know exactly where you need to go, because once you're on, there are very few chances to get off or turn around....we only needed to take the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain to get out, so we didnt have to deal with the interstates or the mess of Contra Flow, but people spent ungodly amount of hours stranded in non-moving traffic trying to evacuate (18 hours from here to Alabama!!)....


We arrive at my sisters and discover they have become anxious and booked 3 hotel rooms, one for their family, one for us, and one for my grandparents. Turns out, something we hadnt considered, because the storm was headed just west of us, it was expected to force storm surge into the lake, flooding areas north of the lake, where we were going to be....Katrina headed east of us, which forced the surge south, flooding the southshore of the lake....so we no longer felt safe where we were, packed up the cars, and headed for Panama City FL, the closest hotel rooms we could find on short notice, and also a city to the east that would allow us to avoid Contra Flow (I'm not interested in having to keep a piss bottle in my car....plus, the thought of a million people suffering road rage on a non moving highway, and the fear of being stuck on the road when the storm hit, no thanks....) We managed to get there in 8 hours (wouldve been 6 except for the two hours in stopped traffic outside Pascagoula MS waiting for a trailer that had flipped to be removed from the highway)...


Our hotel was not the nicest of places, but we had cable and were less than a mile from the beach...I should mention that the Lady and I havent had a vacation since our honeymoon in '02, so we decided to make the most of it, and we absolutely did....we watched very little of the storm coverage, the media was mostly pissing me off, all hoping for something horrible to happen and seemingly disappointed when it looked like the levees were holding and everything would be (relatively) fine...the storm hit as a category 2, moderately weak, so I'm not completely convinced that the Army Corps of Engineers knows what they are doing with the levees, but I'm a little more at ease...


When we got home, we had no power or water, but also no trees in our roof or through our windows, so we were lucky...we had to endure the disgusting task of cleaning out our fridge again, and yesterday I braved the local walmart to try to restock some of the essentials, bread, milk, cheese....bad idea....its amazing how many people can fit in a super wal-mart....population of China, come on in!....Got me thinking, how is it fair for these stores to make such a profit at times like this? Shouldnt there be some sort of government issued food stamp to allow us to restock our supplies? Reimbursement for hotel maybe? There were for Katrina but those were extreme circumstances....As it stands, we had to use our rent money to cover expenses and now we are behind on bills....there should be a trade-off system, for every bag of rotten groceries you bring us, we'll give you a bag of fresh foods....


Anyways....I'm glad to be home in one piece....and I am definitely NOT going to mention Hurricane Ike right now.....talkatcha soon....