Monday, September 30, 2013

Morse, Lewis and Endeavour

I have always been a huge fan of British mysteries, ever since I was very young.  It was something we watched every Saturday on PBS - and it's funny, we still do. :)

One of my favorites has always been Inspector Morse.  There was something about the mystery of him, the way he solved a mystery, the way he put his heart on his sleeve and his love of classical music that always made me want to know more.  His series ended with Morse and Lewis (his partner) having a beer at a table outside of a pub, overlooking some water.

A few years later, Lewis had his own show - and his partner was a man named Hathaway, who had once been studying religion and in the seminary.  Again, there was the mystery - this time the mystery of Hathaway.  Lewis was a much loved character in our household and watching him, in the end, finally get the girl (the girl he very obviously loved after his wife died somewhere between the end of Inspector Morse and the beginning of Lewis).  And his series ended just as Morse's did - in the same location, this time with Lewis and Hathaway enjoying the same loving moment that Morse and Lewis had shared so long before.

And now, we have Endeavour, the story of Morse before he became the Morse we knew and loved.  I didn't watch it when it first came out.  I was worried to have it ruined for me.  We ended up watching it on Amazon (the first season) and loved it.  It was wonderful the way that they answered all of those questions that we were always wondering - and left some still open (hopefully to be answered in the upcoming seasons).  The guy that plays him did an amazing job.  The characters that continued through into the Inspector Morse series - it was great seeing the beginning of their relationships when they were young, especially the guy who works in the morgue (always one of my favorites, especially the way that he spoke to and handled Morse).  Afterwards, we went back and watched the movie (which actually occurred before the series started - they got such an out-crying of love from the public that they decided to continue on) and it was very good.  My favorite part - at the end, when he looks in the rearview mirror, and sees his face, the face he had during the Inspector Morse series.  It brought tears to my eyes.  I can't wait until Season 2.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The beginning :)

For awhile now I have wanted to start a blog, a place to release all those things running through my mind at a mile a minute.
            I go into my blogger app and spend tons of time making it look just perfect, really putting a lot of thought into what I want to call it and write my first blog.
            I re-read it and really like it.  I come back a few more times and write equally good blogs.
            Then, for some reason, a month or two goes by and when I come back, I erase everything, vowing to start over and this time get it right.
            Sometimes I think it's because I think I've gone off on too many topics (when I look at other blogs, they are usually about one or two things).  Sometimes I decide that what I've written is too controversial, that people will come upon it and be so offended that they'll never come back again.  Mostly I'm just not happy with how it began.
            Just starting off is like running up to someone you don't know and filling them in on your darkest secrets.  No one does that.  It's uncomfortable for both parties and just doesn't feel ... right.
            I decided to research a bunch of blogs, see how they started theirs.  To be honest, so many of them made me feel like I was watching a foreign flick without the subtitles, beginning a movie I know nothing about 30 minutes into it.  I realized that was what my problem was - I wasn't starting at the beginning.
            So ... here is my beginning ...

Hello.  C'mon in.  Welcome to the inside of my brain ... be careful, it's sticky.  Feel free to look around.
            This is a collection of my obsessions, passions, extreme nerdiness and pipe bombs; a chronicle of the things I love and the things that send me off on a soap box rant.
            I'm sure I'll mostly be talking to myself, but feel free to join in the conversation at any time. :)  I always love to hear people's opinions, especially if they are not the same as mine.

"Don't chase people; be you, do your own thing and work hard.  The right people who belong in your life will come to you and stay." ~KushandWizdom