This is the third time I’ve attempted to sit down and write something for today’s blog post. Between the aches, the chills, and the other symptoms of illness that I’m experiencing, I’m fortunate that I’m even remotely coherent at this point. Still, I’ve got to write something down. This is going to be a little different from my normal fare. I’m just going to share some of the random thoughts rattling around in my brain.

Holidays and Traditions

This is a time of year full of holidays, families getting together, and all of that fun stuff. It’s a time of traditions and merriment. Every year, my family and I would pile into the car to make the five-ish hour drive up to Kirkwood, NY to spend time with my relatives up there. With the passing of my grandmother earlier this year, my parents and I are just sticking around the house this year. It’s an odd transitional period. We don’t have any decorations up and our only plans thusfar include seeing Into the Woods on Christmas Even and having dinner on Christmas Day with my brother’s in-laws.

We’re not big on traditions in my family inasmuch as we’re creatures of habit. For example, we go to the same Chinese restaurant every weekend and order the same food. I think the universe would feel out of whack if we didn’t. Maybe next year we’ll do something different to celebrate the season. Much as we’re going to miss spending time with our other family members, we’ll always have the memories of Christmases past to cherish.

Of Goblins and Wizards

My brother and sister-in-law gave me a Blu-ray copy of Labyrinth yesterday. As I sat back and watched it for the umpteenth time, I was struck by its similarities to The Wizard of Oz and its differences. Both are stories about a girl going on a journey and learning some things about herself along the way. Both girls end up with three companions and a dog on their quest. Even the companions have some similarities, like the bluster of Sir Didymus and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr).

Dorothy’s (Judy Garland) journey ultimately seems to boil down to finding comfort and satisfaction in her life as it is. That’s probably just my more modern interpretation, but it’s just sort of bizarre that she goes from having a healthy curiosity about the outside world to deciding that if she was ever going to go looking for her heart’s desire, she wouldn’t look further than her own backyard. Or whatever the exact line is. Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) journey is a coming of age story about a girl who still clings to her childhood. Her journey through the labyrinth puts things in perspective in that, yes, it’s time for her to put away her childish things, but not so far away as to lose her sense of wonder.

Of course, there’s also the interpretation dealing with Sarah’s sexual awakening and dealings with the Goblin King (David Bowie). In many respects, Labyrinth is a far more grown-up film than The Wizard of Oz.  I have some more thoughts on the subject that I may bring up at a later date when I’m healthier.

Dragon Age: Inquisition (An Update)

So, I finally finished Dragon Age: Inquisition a little while back. I’d been procrastinating because I didn’t want the story to end. Eventually, though, I decided that it was all right for me to finish the game because I was just going to start it all over again. That’s exactly what I did. In any event, I figured I’d give you guys an updated review based on the fact that I finished the game.

It was awesome. The story’s conclusion was satisfying and I had such a fantastic time playing it. I’m currently about halfway through my second playthrough (as an elven mage, by the way). I love how the Inquisitor’s experience really does change based on the background the player chooses. I’m looking forward to subsequent playthroughs. I keep joking with people that I’m doing a romantic Pokemon thing with the game. I’ve got to romance all of the options. I like being thorough like that.

The Last Word

This entry has been rather rambling and all over the place. So, to make it up to you all, I’m going to be publishing an additional review this week on top of the already scheduled one. I should be a little healthier by then. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to ogling Jareth some more.