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43

Blade Runner

A few days ago I turned 43 years old; these are my thoughts on that.

(The image above is from the opening of Blade Runner, I just think it looks cool.)

Being 43 isn't really any different from being 42, save for the fact that for whatever reason, 43 feels better. Why? I'm not really sure. It just does.

I think the best way to describe what 43 feels like is by talking about my changing tastes as I age, so let's go with that.

Movies

I canceled my Netflix account, and one of the reasons for that is because of all the pushing of the new original shows there that I simply don't care about.

As for new regular movies, there's really nothing I care about there either. The last new movie I saw was Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015, and I've not seen any new flicks since.

I'm drawn towards older movies these days, even for those made before my time. THX 1138 is a recent example of that. Another one made well before my time is North by Northwest which was made back in 1959 (and is supposedly the film that inspired the first James Bond movie Dr. No later on in 1962.)

Cars

It took me 25-ish years to figure out that my preferred car is the 5-door compact hatchback, which is what I drive now. Small, easy to drive, hardtop (no sunroof,) automatic, comfy seats, big windows, roomy. It's a decent little runabout.

My car is used and old by today's standards, but it is what I wanted. I'm fully aware that nobody wants 5-door compacts right now, and that served to my advantage as the purchase price for my car was real cheap. 43-year-old me really, really likes the 5-door compact.

Even if I weren't dirt poor, I'd still drive 5-door compacts anyway because they make so much sense.

The funny thing is that the car configuration I like best is still cheap compared to other car types even at top trim level offerings. On a quick search, the three most expensive new 5-door hatches sold right now are the 2018 Ford Focus RS, 2018 Chevrolet Bolt and 2018 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn. What's the top price for these upper-tier hatches? About $42K. And bear in mind these are cars loaded with everything you can possibly think of.

Video games

I'm not into video games anymore and haven't been for a while. Doesn't matter if the game is new or old. I just find the act of playing video games to be a chore now instead of being fun.

What happened here? Simply put, I grew out of it...

...but I've not ruled out the possibility of maybe live-streaming some gameplay on YouTube in the future. I do have the ability to stream live on YouTube, and the reason I've not done it is because I'd actually want something to do while streaming other than just talking. The easiest thing would be to play a game. But it would have to be a game that's turn-based, easy, totally non-stressful and allow me to stop every so often to talk to the people in chat.

If I find a game that fits and I actually like it, maybe I'll do some live-streaming in the future. Maybe. Don't hold your breath there. 🙂

Guitars and music

I've been ridiculously lazy with new music for 2018 because there isn't any, and that needs to be attended to. And it will be.

Where guitars are concerned, I'm happy to say that after I bought my Squier Vintage Modified '72 Telecaster Thinline, that's when I said to myself, "Yep, I'm good." I don't need any more guitars. What I have suits just fine.

If you've been following my site and YouTube and so on, you know I've been through a bunch of guitars over the years. And wow, did I get sick of buying guitars. It just gets annoying after a while. At some point you just want something that works instead of going to the guitar store month after month. I got real tired of buying, selling and trading guitars. I have a pair of working Telecasters, a pair of working Jazzmasters, and I'm totally fine with what I have.

Am I absolutely done buying? No, because guitars wear out. However, I think I might switch gears from buying guitars to buying parts instead. For example, my '93 Fender USA Strat has a busted neck and messed up electronics. I can easily buy a Fender neck. And Strat electronics are cheap. So I may get a Stratocaster up and running, but it won't be new. It'll just be one I already have with new stuff installed on it.

I also have a pair of Jazzmaster pickups from a Fender Japan JM66 model and all the tools needed to swap them into one of my Squier Jazzmasters. Been meaning to do that for a while but got a big case of the lazies. It happens. If I ever get around to doing up either the Strat or the Jazzmaster mods or both, I'll be sure to post videos and photos of each.

For now, music is the main thing. I need to get some new songs out for 2018, and will.

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