This may be kind of a yawner to some of you folks out there, as I've been pretty conservative when it comes to body modifications. But this last week I had to make a very difficult personal choice, and it's one that is affecting my whole life. Nothing will be the same as it was.
I consider it to be a momentous decision. And as a kind of marker for that, I got a piercing.
I almost got a tattoo. Still might actually, but the piercing also has the bonus of being something that will freak out the folks at work. Seeing as how their dress code doesn't mention it, I figure they just haven't had to deal with it yet.
It's not exactly earth-shattering. It's an 18-ga stainless steel ring with a small ball. Maybe 3/8" in diameter, and it's pretty subtle. I like it.
The tattoo I'm considering will probably involve the walking dead, and I'm gonna see if I can talk cajones into doing me some custom art.
In other news, I got my first paycheck from this job today. Sudden realization of exactly why I took it in the first place. I still have to pay all the estimated taxes and stuff, but even after all that, it's half again what I made at my previous job.
Is it worth it? I don't know. In four weeks, I've been ready to walk out twice, and one of those times I was actually in the parking lot. Still sticking it out.
Went and saw "The Passion of the Christ" at Block E this afternoon.
Impression: it's not really a good movie. It's extremely melodramatic, occasionally cheesy (I actually laughed out loud twice), extremely violent, and the makeup is a weird cross between really good and really bad. The editing is messy.
The story is really close to Catholic dogma, although it does have a few hints from some of the broader gnostic texts (such as the existence of Thomas as a brother rather than just a disciple), but the main thrust is very Catholic flavored. And yes that makes a lot of sense as Mel is a devout Catholic.
Honestly, I could care less about the so-called historical accuracy debate. It's a freaking movie. Some stuff is not going to make the translation into a hollywood production. I'm okay with the latin-instead-of-greek Romans, and I really rather enjoyed the Pontius Pilate character fretting over the political ramifications of killing the possible messiah.
But you know, the almost hollywood-perfect setup for the sequel "Jesus II: the Reckoning" kind of made me ill.
Also bought some new Hellboy compilations, and another excursion into Alan Moore territory which I'll talk about later.
For now there is soup, and then bed.
windelina, I need to talk to you privately. I'll be in iowa, so it'll have to be by e-mail.