Looking Forward (October 2020 Update): The Pursuit of Happiness During the Great Pandemic

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2020.

As always, we believe that happiness is looking forward to something. That “something” at FirewaterCorp typically implies forms of entertainment, the things we do to keep from getting bored. This has been of increasing importance for the past six months.

Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.”

Read”

Since the June update, the following books were completed:

  • A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet Book 1), by Daniel Abraham (novel)
  • To Fear the Light, by Ben Bova and A.J. Austin (novel)
  • Touch, by Elmore Leonard (novel)
  • The Moving Target, by Ross Macdonald (novel)
  • Hoodwink, by Bill Pronzini (novel)
  • King Con, by Stephen J. Cannell (novel)
  • Nameless: Photographing the Dead, by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • Y: The Last Man: Book Four, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan Jr., and Goran Sudzuka (comic)
  • Y: The Last Man: Book Five, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan Jr., and Goran Sudzuka (comic)
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium 3, by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard (comic)
  • Batman: Volume 6: Graveyard Shift (New 52!), by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo (comic)
  • The Immortal Hulk: Book One, by Al Ewing & Joe Bennett (comic)
  • Spider-Man: Blue, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (comic)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D., by Steranko (comic)

Currently Reading:

  • The Last Good Measure, by Jeff Shaara (historical novel)
  • Cibola Burn (The Expanse Book 4), by James S.A. Corey (novel)
  • The Stake, by Richard Laymon (novel)
  • Nameless: The Praying Mantis Bride, by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene (nonfiction/physics)
  • Up in the Old Hotel, by Joseph Mitchell (nonfiction/fiction collection)
  • The Boys: Volume One: The Name of the Game, by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson (comic)

Looking Forward to Reading:

  • Wolf in Shadow, by David Gemmell (novel)
  • Nameless: Red Rain, by Dean R. Koontz (digital novella)

Play”

Since June, the following video games were completed:

  • BioShock (replay)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Minecraft (taking a break)
  • Mafia III

Currently Playing:

  • NBA 2K17
  • NHL 18
  • FIFA 19
  • The Show 19
  • The Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (replay)
  • Mass Effect 2 (replay – PS3 Insanity run)
  • Grand Slam 2 (PS3)

Looking Forward to Playing:

  • Arkham Knight (replay)
  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (replay)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (replay)
  • Destiny 2
  • NBA 2K20
  • Far Cry: New Dawn
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch”

This category gets subdivided into “Television” and “Movies.” I’m not certain that the quarantine has actually affected the number of television shows I’ve watched during the quadmonth, since I averaged around three episodes per day even before all of this. It has, however, significantly increased the number of movies (especially documentaries) that I’ve watched over previous periods.

Since June, the following television series were completed:

  • Peaky Blinders: Seasons 4 & 5
  • GLOW: Seasons 1 thru 3
  • Community: Seasons 2 thru 6
  • Twin Peaks: Season 1
  • Shameless: Seasons 4 thru 6
  • Harley Quinn: Season 2
  • The West Wing: Seasons 4 & 5
  • Documentary Now!: Seasons 1 thru 3
  • Agents of SHIELD: Season 7 (final)
  • Short Treks: Season 2
  • Doom Patrol: Season 2
  • Firefly: Season Only (rewatch)
  • NOS4A2: Season 2
  • High Score (limited docu-series)
  • Night Flight: Season 1
  • Hell on Wheels: Season 1
  • The Boys: Season 1

Currently Watching (TV Series):

  • Supernatural: Season 15 (final)
  • The West Wing: Season 6
  • Twin Peaks: Season 2
  • Shameless: Season 7
  • Vikings: Season 6 (final)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 1
  • Lucifer: Season 5
  • Hell on Wheels: Season 2
  • The Boys: Season 2
  • The Flash: Season 6
  • Supergirl: Season 5

Looking Forward to Watching (TV Series):

  • Shameless: Seasons 8 thru 11
  • The West Wing: Season 7
  • Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3
  • The Orville: Season 3
  • Outlander: Season 3
  • Hell on Wheels: Seasons 3 thru 5

Since the last update, the following movies were completed:

  • The Game Changers (documentary)
  • Echo in the Canyon (documentary)
  • ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas (documentary)
  • David Foster: Off the Record (documentary)
  • Quincy (documentary)
  • Fleetwood Mac — Rumours (Classic Albums) (documentary)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (Classic Albums) (documentary)
  • Pink Floyd: The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon (Classic Albums) (documentary)
  • Motorhead: Ace of Spades (Classic Albums) (documentary)
  • Sound City (documentary)
  • Composing the Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney: 1957 – 1965 (documentary)
  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (documentary)
  • The Rainbow (documentary)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Fifty by Four (documentary)
  • The Kids Are Alright (documentary)
  • Ticket to Write: the golden age of rock journalism (documentary)
  • Jack White: Kneeling at the Anthem D.C. (documentary)
  • Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (documentary)
  • Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (documentary)
  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (documentary)
  • The Pixar Story (documentary)
  • Special When Lit (documentary)
  • Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary)
  • American Murder:The Family Next Door (true crime documentary)
  • Kevin Smith: Silent, But Deadly (standup/documentary)
  • Topper Returns (1941)
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • Troop Zero (Amazon)
  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie (Netflix)
  • Pulp Fiction (rewatch)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (XII) (rewatch)
  • Star Trek Beyond (XIII) (rewatch)
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (rewatch)

Currently Watching (Movies):

  • Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (documentary)

Looking Forward to Watching (Movies):

  • El Camino
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Tombstone (rewatch)

Sharon and I have been in isolation for over six months now. COVID-19 seems to be ramping up in our part of the country, still. This has been a trying time. Fortunately, we haven’t hurt for entertainment.

The next quadmonthly report will be filed in February 2021. Hopefully, things will be looking better by then.

Until then . . . (with apologies to the late Bob Ross) From all of us here, I want to wish you happy painting and God bless, my friends.

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