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294/365 – Nothing to Look Forward To
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294/365 – Nothing to Look Forward To

When your birthday is a month away, there’s a mounting anticipation.  An excitement . . . weeks of excitement that builds.  What gifts will I get?  Who will I be with?  Will my co-workers celebrate with me?  Will I get trashed?  Will the occupy movement ruin my birthday?  How much do I owe in taxes?  Cheese?

Even the cat’s getting in on the excitement!

The common thread here is that all the possibilities are great.  No one goes into their birthday thinking, “Oh, here we go.  Let the shit storm of depression and disappointment begin.”  If you are that person, then I say I’m so sorry for you Eeyor.  God damn donkey.  Poo Bear went through all the trouble to get you a pot of honey and all you do is complain . . . granted, he ate it all . . . BUT IT’S THE THOUGHT, JACK ASS.

Dear god, Eeyor, is burning yourself at the stake worth an empty pot of honey?

Hell, any holiday is the same as the anticipatory build up to a birthday.  Christmas, The Fourth of July, Grandparents Day, the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania . . . But when it’s done, when you have blown out the candles, lit all the firecrackers, blown up your Lusitania model boat, you feel a little empty . . . however, there’s always another Holiday right around the corner, so you start building the anticipation again.  That’s the great thing about the modern calendar — it’s chalk full of holidays and celebrations, so you never have a dull month.

Oh, Calendar man, you have so many murders — HOLIDAYS! Holidays to look forward to.

Well, after the summer of 2012 — what I call Film Nerdgasim 2012 — I’ve got nothing.   The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises and now . . . what, Total Recall.  NO thanks.  I’ll take an unintelligible Austrian over some Irish hunk anyway.

There’s nothing on the Horizon for me to get pumped up about.  Sure, Thor 2, The Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, The Hobbit and Ant Man are in production . . . but, come on.  These films feel so far off that I’m left with a lingering doubt that my film future has any life line at all.  I sound like some newbie AA member, “BUT, I’m not addicted.  I just NEED beer.”

If I just keep drinking, I’ll become Tony Stark.

Still, after TDKR (The Dark Knight Rises for you normal kids), I can’t stop thinking about . . . well, TDKR (The Dark Knight Rises!  Come on, readers.  Keep up.)  This film, while pretty good and yet not great, has lingered in my head for days.  It’s like a mental block on any thought for the future.

Damn you Chris Nolan . . . every time a Batman movie comes out, I just can’t stop thinking about it.  The level of intense allegory and thematic layering makes it impossible to not linger.  With that constant waxing philosophic over the caped crusader, the thought of this being the last mind bender in the Nolan trilogy really leaves a fan feeling empty.  It’s like turning 21.  That’s the last REAL milestone birthday.  Sure., sure — at 25 you can rent a car, but really . . . after 21, your birthdays melt together.  It’s all downhill from there.

If I just keep drinking, it’ll always be my 21st birthday.

So, now that the greatest summer movies are done with . . . what the hell am I supposed to do with my life.  Exercise?  Get a job?  Pay attention to my wife?  Go outside?  Make friends?  BOOOOOORING.

Seriously.  B-O-R-I-N-G.

It’s like withdrawal.  My body just amps itself up for a film, going thorough all the possible plot scenarios, the various twists and turns that I hope will happen  — it’s a circus of possibilities  — and then the title credits roll.   Thanks Mr. Summer.  Thanks a lot.

You might as well have broken my back, Bane.

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