Looking Forward (February 2020 Update): Don’t Worry, Be . . .

Happy Taylor

Can you believe it’s that time again? This is FirewaterCorp‘s quadmonthly “Looking Forward” report for February 2020.

This report is based on the conceit, the stolen bit of wisdom, that happiness is derived from the satisfaction achieved through crossing items off of lists during the previous four months and multiplying this result by the sheer amount of entertainment planned for the next four months. The anticipation of future entertainment is more heavily weighted, of course, since happiness means looking forward to something.

Our mission statement is, as always, “Read. Play. Watch.” And then: “Write About It.” 

By the way, that happy dog in the picture above is the late, great Taylor Ann, during her first time seeing the ocean.  That was a good day.

 

READ”

Since the October update, the following books were completed:

  • Batman: No Man’s Land, by Greg Rucka (novel)

  • Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon, by Jeff Mariotte (novel)

  • Brimstone, by Robert B. Parker (novel)

  • Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse Book 3), by James S.A. Corey (novel)

  • Batman: Vol. 2: The City of Owls, by Scott Snyder & Creg Capullo (comic)

  • Justice League: Vol. 1: Origin, by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee & Scott Williams (comic)

  • Justice League: Vol. 2: The Villain’s Journey, by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee & Scott Williams (comic)

  • Superman: Volume 1 : What Price Tomorrow?, by George Perez, Jesus Merino & Nicola Scott (comic)

  • Y: The Last Man: Book Three, by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (comic)

Currently reading:

  • Horns, by Joe Hill (novel)

  • The Last Sword of Power, by David Gemmell (novel)

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle, by George V. Higgins (novel)

  • The Walking Dead: Compendium 2, by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn (comic)

Looking forward to reading:

  • The Shadowed Sun, by N.K. Jemisin (novel)

  • Supernatural: Bone Key, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (novel)

  • Cibola Burn (The Expanse Book 4), by James S.A. Corey (novel)

  • A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet Book 1), by Daniel Abraham (novel)

  • Wired for Story: the writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence, by Lisa Cron (non-fiction: writing)

  • Saga: Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (comic)

  • Batman: Vol. 3: Death of the Family, by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion (comic)

  • Y: The Last Man: Book Four, by Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (comic)

PLAY”

Since the October update, the following video games were completed (or abandoned):

  • The Witness

  • World Tennis

  • The Bridge

  • Return to Arkham: Arkham City (replay)

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey [earned platinum trophy – 7 months]

  • Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Anthem (don’t look for a review)

Currently playing:

  • NBA 2K17

  • NHL 18

  • Far Cry 5

  • Minecraft (building, always building)

  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 + Arcade Game Series

  • God of War

  • Monster Energy Supercross

  • Grand Theft Auto V (replay)

  • Sniper Elite 4

Looking forward to playing:

  • Arkham Knight (replay)

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (replay)

  • Marvel’s Avengers

WATCH”

This category gets subdivided into “TV” and “Movies.”

Since the October update, the following television series were completed:

  • Extras: Seasons 1 & 2, plus the Christmas Special

  • Outlander: Seasons 1 & 2

  • Supernatural: Seasons 11 thru 14

  • Mayans M.C.: Season 2

  • The West Wing: Seasons 1 & 2

  • Titans: Season 2

  • Castle Rock: Season 2

  • Watchmen: Season 1

  • The Crown: Season 3

  • The Expanse: Season 4

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3

  • The Mandalorian: Season 1

  • The Good Place: Season 4 (final)

Currently watching (TV series):

  • The West Wing: Season 3

  • Stumptown: Season 1

  • Harley Quinn: Season 1

  • Supernatural: Season 15 (final)

  • BoJack Horseman: Season 6 (final)

  • Agents of SHIELD: Season 6

  • Arrow: Season 7

  • Shameless: Season 1

  • Star Trek Picard: Season 1

  • Dracula: Season 1

Looking forward to watching (TV series):

  • Shameless: Season 2 (and onward)

  • The West Wing: Seasons 4 thru 7

  • Ozark: Season 3

  • Westworld: Season 3

  • Better Call Saul: Season 5 (Feb 23)

There are other television series that I’m looking forward to, although I can’t be sure they’ll premiere prior to the June 2020 update. These include the next seasons of Star Trek: Discovery and The Orville. The fifth and final season of Lucifer will also be airing this year with sixteen episodes. If it releases before June, I’ll work that into the schedule as well. I haven’t seen a release date yet.

There are other series that I plan to watch, but may not get around to before the next update. These are Vikings: Season 6 (final season), Outlander: Season 3, Supergirl: Season 5, Flash: Season 6, and Arrow: Season 8 (final season).

Marvel’s Runaways was on the looking-forward list a year ago as well. It will probably still get a shot, maybe not until after the final season, its third, has aired.

Since the October update, the following movies were completed:

  • The Decline of Western Civilization, Part II: The Metal Years (documentary)

  • Classic Albums: Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast (documentary)

  • Chris Claremont’s X-Men (documentary)

  • Devo: The Complete Truth about De-Evolution (documentary)

  • Geek, And You Shall Find (documentary)

  • Star Wars: Empire of Dreams (documentary)

  • David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust (2006) (documentary)

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

  • Captain Marvel

  • Creed II

  • Solo: A Star Wars story

  • Hot Rod (rewatch)

  • An American Werewolf in London (re-rewatch)

  • Star Trek: First Contact (VIII) (rewatch)

  • Star Trek: Insurrection (IX) (rewatch)

  • Star Trek: Nemesis (X) (rewatch)

Currently watching (movies):

  • Star Trek (2009) (XI) (rewatch)

Looking forward to watching (movies):

  • El Camino

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

  • Joker

We cancelled our Cancun trip during my birthday week because Sharon suffered a fall and broke rib #9 on her left side. She swore that she would never eat barbecued ribs ever again. She has since broken that promise as well, at least once that I know of. Her side is still tender nearly four months later, but she’s doing much better. Cancun is being back-burnered for now.

We’re going back to the western Caribbean during the last week in February. We’re sailing out of New Orleans, with Carnival again, but on a new ship. In fact, this was one of the ships that collided with another Carnival ship not too long ago. We’re living dangerously. We’re hitting Jamaica, the Caymans, and Cozumel again, with friends and friends-of-friends.

On April 20, 2020, I’ll be celebrating my fifth anniversary at the US Post Office. It’s hard to believe I’ve been away from retail management as long as I have. I still dream about it.

I’ll keep you updated with our next quadmonthly report in June.

Until then . . . (with apologies to the late Paul Harvey) And now you know the rest of the story.

smile

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