Seth spent a day at Ballarat's Winterfest as a volunteer for the Winteractive Arcade at The Mining Exchange where he worked the interactive tattoo booth and taught newbs how to use virtual reality, which he loved doing. So the winter break has really kicked off well for us, and the next few days will be for catching up on some rest, spending some time with my parents and getting together with a few friends.
As much I would love for this entire break to be all couch bashing and movie binging, unfortunately it just can't be because I really do need to get some jobs done around here, especially in the garden which is starting to look like the set of The Jungle Book. And this is the biggest dilemma that I face every holiday period, finding that perfect balance between self time, job time and time that I give to others.
In the past I would've had my entire two week hiatus booked out well in advance, but I try not to torture myself like that anymore. Then I went through a faze where I would just hide from everyone and not even return text messages so that I could slip unencumbered onto the couch everyday to binge watch entire seasons of TV, but I just ended up feeling like a big lazy lump at the end of the two weeks because I hadn't got anything important done.
These days I like to find a healthy and also not completely unproductive medium where I catch up with people that I want to see (not people that I feel obligated to see), get a few things ticked off the household 'to do' list and also settle back onto the couch to binge watch TV and movies for a couple of uninterrupted hours a day.
There is absolutely nothing selfish about making sure that you actually get some needed rest during your holidays, and sometimes that means that you have to politely say no to requests or put a 'to do' list job on the 'do later' list.
Besides I can admit that I practically limped over the finish line last week. I was exhausted, tired and still not 100% well after the dreaded lurgy smashed me apart two weeks ago. Choosing to take some time to completely repair seems like a necessity to me at this point and I really don't think that I have the energy to soldier on much more anyway if I am really being honest. The time to go outlaw and reclaim some self time has truly arrived, and I am claiming my self time for myself...y'all hear me? I am claiming it! So step back and give me some room to reclaim my me time! Phewww... really got lost in the moment and went all Outlaw Josey Wales for a minute there didn't I? And that's how I know for sure that I need to claim back some me time and get some rest, I am literally going crazy!
Release Date: 1976
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 135 mins
This movie always makes me think of my father, whom I watched this film with on many occasions as a teenager. After a recent re-watch, my memories of The Outlaw Josey Wales being a brilliant western were truly galvanized because it still delivers completely.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role of Josey Wales, the film is an adaption of the novel The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales by Forrest Carter and in 1996 it was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant."
Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer, has his family brutally murdered by Union militants during the civil war. Driven to revenge, Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla band and fights in the civil war. After the war ends, all of the fighters except Wales surrender to Union officers and are massacred. Wales becomes an outlaw and is pursued by bounty hunters and the same Union soldiers that murdered his family.
The cast here is strong, with particularly noteworthy performance from Chief Dan George, Geraldine Keams and Will Sampson as the stoic chief Ten Bears, but this is Eastwood's movie all the way and he is astonishingly engaging as Wales.
As far as westerns go, The Outlaw Josey Wales is a hard one to top and it will always be one of my personal favourites.
FINAL SAY: Dyin' ain't much of a living boy.
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