Looking Forward (June 2021 Update): How I Spent My Pandemic Vacation

This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2021. For three of the four months, my wife and I were still quarantined, but I returned to work the first Monday in May.

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

Read”

Since the February update, the following books were completed:

  • The Last Good Measure, by Jeff Shaara (historical novel)
  • Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless #6), by Dean R. Koontz (digital sci-fi/ thriller novella)
  • Wolf in Shadow, by David Gemmell (heroic fantasy novel)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Body of Evidence, by Max Allan Collins (mystery/media tie-in)
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium 4 (Image), by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino & Cliff Rathburn (comic)
  • The Astonishing X-Men (Marvel), by Joss Whedon (comic)
  • X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 (Marvel), by Chris Claremont, et al. (comic)
  • Firefly, Vol. 1: The Unification War (BOOM Comics), by Greg Pak, Dan McDaid & Marcelo Costa (comic book)
  • Firefly, Vol. 2: The Unification War (BOOM Comics), by Greg Pak, Dan McDaid & Marcelo Costa (comic book)
  • Avengers: Disassembled (Marvel), by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch (comic book)
  • Superman: Vol. 1: Son of Superman (DC), by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke & Jorge Jimenez (comic book)

Currently Reading:

  • Fear Itself, by James Swallow (a Star Trek: Discovery novel – science fiction)
  • Black Evening, by David Morrell (short fiction collection)
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down, by Colin Woodard (nonfiction/history)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene (nonfiction/physics)
  • Screenwriting for Dummies, by Laura Schellhardt (nonfiction/writing)
  • V for Vendetta: the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (comic book).
  • Invincible: Volume One: Family Matters, by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker (Image) (comic book)

Looking Forward to Reading:

  • Nemesis Games (The Expanse Book #5), by James S.A. Corey (novel)
  • Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in)
  • Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove (science-fiction/media tie-in)

Play”

Since February, the following video games were completed:

  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Remastered (replay)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered (replay)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (replay)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Far Cry: New Dawn
  • Injustice 2
  • Airport Simulator
  • TTR: World Tour
  • NBA 2K17

Currently Playing:

  • NBA 2K20
  • NHL 18
  • FIFA 19
  • Madden 21
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (replay)
  • Days Gone
  • Mass Effect 2 (replay – PS3 Insanity run) …slowly, but surely

Looking Forward to Playing:

  • Arkham Knight (replay)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (replay)
  • Bioshock 2 (replay)
  • Destiny 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Remastered (replay)
  • Far Cry 6 (I mean, Giancarlo Esposito. How could I not?)
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Watch”

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

Since February, the following television series were completed:

  • The Expanse: Season 5 (Amazon)
  • Sex Education: Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix)
  • Shameless: Season 10
  • Disenchantment: Seasons 1 thru 3 (Netflix)
  • The Stand (limited series) (Paramount +)
  • The Blacklist: Season 6
  • Stargate SG-1: Seasons 1 & 2
  • Vikings: Season 6 (final)
  • In the Dark: Seasons 1 & 2
  • WandaVision: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Weeds: Seasons 7 & 8
  • American Gods: Season 3 (Starz)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1 (rewatch)
  • The Blacklist: Season 7
  • Pennyworth: Season 2 (Epix)
  • Workin’ Moms: Seasons 1 & 2
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Invincible: Season 1 (Amazon Prime)
  • F is for Family: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy: Season 1 (Netflix)
  • Kim’s Convenience: Season 1
  • Bosch: Season 1 (Amazon Prime)
  • Outlander: Season 3
  • The Magicians: Season 1

Currently Watching (TV Series):

  • Stargate SG-1: Season 3
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 2 (rewatch)
  • Outlander: Season 4
  • The Flash: Season 7
  • Workin’ Moms: Season 3
  • Supergirl: Season 6 (final)
  • Lucifer: Season 5 (Netflix)
  • Bosch: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
  • F is for Family: Season 2 (Netflix)
  • Kim’s Convenience: Season 2
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Season 1 (Disney +)

Looking Forward to Watching (TV Series):

  • Shameless: Season 11
  • The Orville: Season 3
  • Stargate SG-1: Seasons 4 thru 10
  • The Blacklist: Season 8
  • Sex Education: Season 3 (Netflix)
  • In the Dark: Season 3
  • Loki: Season 1 (Disney +)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 3 thru 7 (rewatch)
  • Foundation: Season 1 (Apple +)
  • Workin’ Moms: Season 4
  • Bosch: Seasons 3 thru 6
  • F is for Family: Seasons 3 & 4
  • Kim’s Convenience: Season 3 thru 5

Since the last update, the following movies were completed. For clarity’s sake, I’m breaking these down into subheadings.

Features:

  • Flash Gordon in Rocket Ship (1936)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • The Thing from Another World (1951)
  • Rebel without a Cause (1955)
  • Enter the Dragon (1973)
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  • Forbidden World (1982)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • Evolution (2001)
  • Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007)
  • Salt (2010)
  • Due Date (2010)
  • The A-Team (2010)
  • The Expendables (2010)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Seven Psychopaths (2012)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
  • Safe (2012)
  • The Expendables 3 (2014)
  • New Comic Day (2016)
  • The Irishman (2019) (Netflix)
  • Guns Akimbo (2019)
  • Knives Out (2019)
  • El Camino: a Breaking Bad movie (2019) (Netflix)
  • Madness in the Method (2019)
  • The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
  • Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2021) (Amazon Prime)

More than half of these movies were released in this century. Just wanted to point that out.

Documentaries:

  • Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously (documentary)
  • Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future (documentary)
  • Banksy and the Rise of Outlaw Art (documentary)
  • Vintage Tomorrows (documentary)
  • Kirby at War (documentary)
  • Comic Book Confidential (20th Anniversary Edition) (documentary)
  • Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons (documentary)
  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball (documentary)
  • Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian (documentary)
  • Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (documentary)
  • Never Surrender: a Galaxy Quest documentary (documentary)
  • The Sci-Fi Boys (documentary)
  • Metallica: Kill ‘Em All to St. Anger (documentary)
  • The Last Blockbuster (documentary)
  • The Voynich Code: The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript (documentary)
  • Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (documentary)
  • Shadow Government (conspiracy nut documentary)

Stand-Up Comedy Specials:

  • Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (comedy special)
  • John Mulaney: New in Town (comedy special)
  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (comedy special)
  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (comedy special)
  • Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time) (comedy special)
  • Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (comedy special)
  • Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (comedy special)
  • Mike Birbiglia: What I Should Have Said Was Nothing (comedy special)
  • Mike Birbiglia: The New One (comedy special)
  • Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (comedy special)
  • Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (comedy special)
  • Bill Burr: You People Are All The Same (comedy special)
  • Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out (comedy special)
  • Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tour (comedy special)
  • Todd Barry: Spicy Honey (comedy special)
  • Tom Papa: Human Mule (comedy special)
  • Tom Papa: Live in New York City (comedy special)
  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (comedy special)
  • Tig Notaro: Happy to be Here (comedy special)
  • Norm MacDonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery (comedy special)
  • Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (comedy special)
  • Brian Regan: On the Rocks (comedy special)
  • Colin Quinn: The New York Story (comedy special)
  • Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid (comedy special)
  • Hal Sparks: Charmageddon (comedy special)
  • Janeane Garofalo: If I May (comedy special)
  • Nicole Blaine: Life’s a Bit (comedy special)
  • Michael Loftus: You’ve Changed (comedy special)
  • Christopher Titus: Amerigeddon (comedy special)
  • Garfunkel & Oates: Trying to be Special (comedy special)
  • Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Atell (comedy special)
  • Anthony Jeselnick: Fire in the Maternity Ward (comedy special)
  • Hannibal Burress: Comedy Camisado (comedy special)
  • Michael Che Matters (comedy special)

Yes, lately I’ve been watching a lot of standup comedy. I needed a laugh.

Currently Watching (Movies):

  • How it Ends (2018) (Netflix)
  • Army of the Dead (2021) (Netflix)
  • In Search of Beethoven (documentary)
  • Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones (documentary)
  • Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (comedy special)
  • James Acaster: Repertoire (comedy special)

Looking Forward to Watching (Movies):

  • Tombstone (1993) (rewatch)
  • Wonder Woman: 1984 (2020)
  • The World’s End (2013)

The next quadmonthly report will be filed in October 2021.

Until then . . . (with apologies to Jeff Probst) Grab your torches and head back to camp. Goodnight.

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