Homer's Travels: The Avatar Vs. The Blues ... Music That Is

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Avatar Vs. The Blues ... Music That Is

I originally had plans to go to the Lewis & Clark Landing, a park area along the Missouri River where Lewis & Clark landed in 1804, to attend a free concert tonight.  The concert, the first of a series of three call Playing With Fire, showcased Blues and Blues Rock artists.  I am not very familiar with the Blues genre and I thought this would be a good way to get my toes wet.  Then I looked at my new weather station.

This afternoon it began forecasting rain.  Now, the loal weather wonks said that the rain would stay to the north and east of us so I doubted that the event would be rained out.  A little rain would never kill me either. Even so, I now had doubts about the concert.

Then I turned on the TV and realized that there was an Avatar: The Last Airbender marathon that included many episodes that I'd never seen before including the never before aired grand finale.  So I sat there debating myself.  Avatar.  Free concert.  Cartoons.  Blues.  I was torn in so many ways.  I could always record Avatar.  But I didn't recognize any of the acts.  The house was comfortable.  Outside would be uncomfortable.  The concerts were a new experience.  There were two other Blues concerts that I could go to in August and September.

I got up off the couch and went into the Kitchen for a snack and checked the weather station again.  It still said rain was on it's way but that's not what caught my attention.  The Heat Index was approaching 100°F.  Heat.  Humidity.  Mugginess.  Bugs.  The cartoons were looking more and more attractive.  I made the decision there and then that I wasn't leaving the house.

About half way through the five and a half hours of the adventures of Aang, the last airbender, I checked the heat index again.  104°F.  I thought I made the right decision.

So that's how I spent my day, watching Aang defeat his own inner doubts and fulfilling his destiny of defeating the Fire Lord and bringing the world back into balance, ending the 100 year war, and bringing peace to all.

As I write this I wonder if I really did make the right decision.  I always complain about missing opportunities and the concert was an opportunity to experience something new.  Instead I found an excuse for not doing it.  I always have these doubts when I plant my a$$ on the couch instead of going out.  And I always wonder if watching cartoons is appropriate for someone turning 45.

I think it's time for me to sit down and make a plan ... and stick to it.


  1. Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Homer-Dog, Happy birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The wife has left the building (9:15).

  2. Watching cartoons just means you are in touch with your inner child and not an old fuddy duddy. This is always a good thing.
    As you said there are other free concerts coming up so you just have to catch one of those to feel better about the balance in your life.

    And yes, Happy Birthday!

  3. MoH: Ah Shucks! Thanks! The Wife arrived (~3:15)

    JaG: I keep telling myself that while I'm watching cartoons but it still feels weird for some reason. I just have to learn to accept it and stop fishing for affirmation.

  4. I don't see any problem with watching the cartoons, but given the heat and humidity, I am starting to question your sanity in leaving Ventura... :D

  5. GH: My problem is I keep running from air condition house to air conditioned car to air condition stores and back again. I'm bot giving my body a chance to get used to the new climate.