Looking Forward (October 2018 Update): The Secret to Happiness


Stolen wisdom is better than no wisdom: “Happiness is Looking Forward to Something.”

Entertainment in all of its forms is my chief hobby.  Since I began planning my entertainment options a couple of years ago, I feel like I’ve begun to maximize my happiness.  It’s the primary source of the articles I write as well.

The list of television programs I was looking forward to watching back in June has been completed, except for Daredevil, Season 3, which I’m in the process of watching now on Netflix. A lot of my fall television programs have already started. Of the CW superhero shows, I’m still watching The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning. I’ve placed a moratorium on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. I may watch them at a later date, but I’m in no hurry. I’m looking forward to the second seasons of The Orville, which kicks off in late December, and Star Trek: Discovery, premiering in January 2019. Everything else I’m looking forward to, television-wise, may be more than four months out.

I’m also looking forward to finishing the third season of The Expanse, with a fourth season on Amazon sometime in 2019, I think.

Shows that I want to watch, if I can fit them into my schedule, include Titans, Castle Rock, and Runaways. I’ll get around to them eventually. I also plan to get caught up on Riverdale, because my granddaughter told me I should and because a couple of my favorite customers at the post office have an actor son who appears in the second and third seasons.

I’m also looking forward to finishing the seventh seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. That won’t finish my Boldly Going project, but it will leave only Seasons 2 & 3 of Star Trek: The Original Series and the two seasons of the animated series. This has been a huge project that I have enjoyed immensely. But, there’s always a sense of relief when you complete any big task. Just like there’s always that anticipatory thrill when you begin one. The entire project should be finished within another six months.

In a similar vein, I am about to wrap of my 15-Minute Force project. For now. I will have dissected every existing Star Wars movie, fifteen minutes at a time, except for Solo. I intend to finish them all up, but may wait until after the third installment of the sequel trilogy is released on DVD. I don’t want to do a Solo flashback in the middle of the sequels. Up until this point, I’ve followed a strict chronological order on this, and I’ve decided to stick to it. This pushes the completion date of the project back to 2020, at best.

That’s okay, because I’m looking forward to kicking off a new “15-Minute” brand project. This one will be called 15-Minute Federation. It just so happens that I own all of the Star Trek movies made, up to this point, on Blu-Ray discs. I’ve been chomping at the bit to watch them all again, and this leisurely style of deconstruction lends itself to the job. I may kick off this project in just a few weeks, and I plan to begin with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, even though I watched it again last year. I considered skipping the first movie, but—what can I say?—I’m a completist. Fifteen minutes at a time may be the best way to watch ST:TMP anyway.

Since the entire Star Trek oeuvre, including the J.J. Abrams reboot, adds up to more than 1500 minutes of viewing time, we’re looking at about a two-year project. The question is whether or not I’ll interrupt this project to continue the 15-Minute Force. As of today, I’m leaning towards a “no.” That could change, however.

My current reading material includes: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett; The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin; and, Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler. I’m looking forward to beginning Caliban’s War, by James S.A. Corey, the second entry in the Expanse series of novels, once I finish one of these.

I haven’t watched any new-release movies lately, and there are several that I still plan to watch. I just haven’t placed any priority on them. I’m several movies behind in the MCU and DCEU now, and I’m okay with that. I’ll watch them. Eventually.

I’ve just begun playing Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, and it is a blast. I’ll still be playing it the next time I write a “Looking Forward” update. I’m also still playing Assassin’s Creed: Origins, but I’m beginning to look forward to finishing it, because I really want to play the new AC installment, Odyssey. Other games I was anticipating last time that I’m still looking forward to playing: God of War, Far Cry 4, and Anthem. Just Cause 4 is also releasing in December. So many games to play.

Sharon and I never did get around to joining a gym. We are homebodies and know that getting to the gym would be as tall a task as actually working out there. Instead, we purchased a NordicTrack recumbent bike and have started working out on it. Both of us. I’m looking forward to building up some stamina again and getting my legs in shape. As you can tell, my hobbies are very sedentary. Every little bit helps.

Long-term, our eldest granddaughter, who lives in Wisconsin, may be getting married in May. Actually, on Star Wars Day (May 4th), which makes this Papa proud. If this happens, we’ll be making the trip in May, of course. Other than that, we really haven’t planned another vacation yet.

Work-wise, I don’t intend to change jobs anytime soon. Current plans are to just get through Christmas season (a piece of cake compared to retail), and reach my 4-year anniversary in April.

That sums up what I’m currently looking forward to. Life is good. And happiness is attainable.

Forget “Eat, Pray, Love.” The Firewater Site guide to Happiness is always this:

Read, Play, Watch. 

You can go ahead and add “write” to that, too, if you want.

One thought on “Looking Forward (October 2018 Update): The Secret to Happiness

  1. *a self-edit here: I forgot to mention Red Dead Redemption 2 as one of the video games I’m looking forward to playing. My sister-in-law has begun playing it and I’m jealous. Alas, I will wait until the price drops.


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