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Broadening Horizons

One of the things I’ve discovered since becoming part of a loving-committed relationship, is that you get to share each other’s likes and dislikes.  Okay, that’s pretty obvious but the point I’m trying to make here is, by sharing that you can also broaden your horizons.  I’ve discovered the world of computer games, if only by proxy. I like watching some of them being played, but not so keen on playing them myself, except Guitar Hero.  I’d never read a Graphic Novel before (not through any grand snobby notion about ‘great literature’, just didn’t occur to me to look at them).  We had comics as kids  (My uncle had given us a big box of them, my favourites were Archie & Veronica, Peanuts, Garfield & Casper.)  but have not read any since I was able to read ‘chapter books’.  I am now half way through V for Vendetta, which I’ve been dipping into between books.

I’ve watched many movies that I otherwise would not have chosen to watch.  Some of which I have surprisingly enjoyed.  Watchmen– (careful not to type ‘The Watchmen‘ so as not to attract any wrath),  being a notable example.  Okay, not too far outside of my box, but not something I would’ve chosen for myself.  As far as superheros go, I’ve really only been a fan of Superman.  Even then, only the Christopher Reeves movies (1 & 2).  Watchmen has clear, well defined characters (with histories) and an interesting story.  It’s not just a showcase for super hero stunts & special effects.

Last night we went to see Kick Ass. My boyfriend won free tickets to an advanced screening.  While he loved it (“Awesome”, was a word he used), I wasn’t so keen.  The initiating idea was new (at least to me) but it was a teenage boy fantasy come true.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but given that I’m not a teenage boy (and never was) I guess it wasn’t really going to appeal to me.  Although, I did see quite a few females in the audience enjoying themselves.  I’m not a fan of gratuitous violence, and long actions scenes.  I’m not offended by it, it just doesn’t appeal.  (In the same way that I’m not offended by Highschool the Musical but it just doesn’t appeal).  If you’ve read the comic and enjoyed it, go see it.

And that’s the end of this post.  I know it doesn’t read like it’s the end but, as you know, the beauty of blogging on the internet is that we can follow our own rules.

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A new skill

Encouraged by my Personal Trainer, who says we should learn a new skill every year, I have decided to learn a new skill.  Most probably not what she had in mind, but I decided to learn how to play Guitar Hero.  It’s fun, it promotes concentration and hand-eye coordination.  Best of all my teacher is VWB [1], and we get to share some fun time together.  (I know, Awwww)

So far I’m still on the Easy level, and playing Bass. I think my percentage is averaging in the late 80s early 90s, so not doing too badly so far. I find it easiest when I can play by ear, but that seems to be a bad thing to do because sometimes I can’t always hear the notes that I’m supposed to strum. Best to play by eye, but sometimes I can’t always see very well either. I think that’s a combination of me needing new contact lenses and because I concentrate so hard I don’t blink much and my eyes dry out!

Still, it’s a lot of fun. As someone who is not that much into computer games, I find it relaxing and rewarding. It’s great to get encouragement from VWB and lovely spending the time with him.

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1.Very Wonderful Boyfriend