Not as good as I remember it

Is there something from your past that doesn’t live up to it’s memory? For me, it’s typically music or movies. Pretty much any 90s song is now labeled as a “90s song” because it has a certain sound to it, right? But back then you’d think music couldn’t get any better. Let’s face it, a lot of songs from the 90s (and the 80s, if we’re being honest) are pretty cheesy. But we like them because they remind us of where we were when he heard them, or they just bring back good memories for us.

Over the Christmas holiday a few weeks ago I was awarded with choosing a movie to watch on the night we celebrated my birthday. I chose a movie I hadn’t seen in years but remembered loving it. The film stars an actor who was relatively new to Hollywood in the early 2000s, Owen Wilson. He plays Navy navigator Chris Burnett in Behind Enemy Lines.

It’s a great movie, especially if you enjoy war movies that involve a good guy and a bad guy, an underdog and a bully, an intense cat and mouse chase, and spoiler alert: it has a predictable ending. But watching it that night wasn’t as glorious as I remember when I first watched it. Now, part of that is because I rarely watch movies twice. Something about knowing what’s going to happen drains any desire I have to watch a movie more than once. There are exceptions, of course. In fact, I just watched Wonder Woman for the second time and was still entranced and captivated by the story, the editing, the slow motion effects they used, and the special effects. I also watched Enchanted twice over the holidays. It’s so good!

I guess there’s a level of predictability that I rather do without. So prequels? Nope. Hallmark movies? Nope. TV shows from the 90s? Boy Meets World, otherwise nope.

So anyway, back to Behind Enemy Lines. It’s a really good movie, it is. What stuck out the most in this holiday viewing, though, was the soundtrack. I don’t remember it having the characteristics of a 90s war/action movie but it does. Even some of the filming looked vintage late-90s.

All that to say, I wonder if my memory is similar to how Baz Luhrmann describes offering advice in the song “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen),” it’s a way of…

…fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

I romanticize something in my past, and when I revisit it, it’s not quite as amazing as I remember. Hmm sounds like my dating life! And by that, I mean how every girl I’ve ever dated thinks of me!

Girl: I think I remember him being pretty great.

*Girl reconnects with Ben*

Girl: nope, still a dork.

Well, she’s not wrong. I’m pretty dorky but I like it that way. This is not turning into a dating blog, I forbid it! So it ends here. What things in your past do you have on a pedestal? Is there an experience you have where something you loved isn’t as great as you remembered? One thing is for sure no matter what, Baz is right… wear sunscreen!

-Out of the Wilderness

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A real shocker

It’s electric, boogy woogy woogy
Every winter there’s something I dread more than the icy cold temperatures, the sun setting at noon, and football seasons ending. Have you ever gone to shake someone’s hand, or open your car door, and zap! you receive an electric shock that startles the bejeebies out of you?

It happens to me a lot every winter so when this time of year rolls around, one of my top goals is to find out when it’s more likely to happen, and to avoid it avidly.

Queen of the Amazons
Last year I scoured Amazon and was happy to discover there are key chains out there for the sole purpose of eliminating static electricity. Click here to take a look at those (and please note, I’m an Amazon Associate so I receive a portion of any transaction made through this link). And yes, I just watched Wonder Woman last night, who said something like “Queen of the Amazons” more than once. Great movie, by the way!

I also came across a YouTube video that gives step by step instructions on how to manufacture an “anti static electricity stick”…

I went the DIY route, making my device pretty much exactly like the guy recommends in the video. Here’s my static eliminator stick.

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Walking in high cotton
I’ve also tried to be more aware of what I’m wearing. Polyester is bad for static. So I try to wear more cotton. When I’m exiting my car, I try to get out without sliding across the fabric seat, and I’ll also grab the metal door frame as I’m exiting. Even inside my home I’ll get shocked as I go to pet my dogs. The air in my house is really dry because of the heater being on, and I use a space heater as well. One possible task for the future may be to get some sort of humidifier. Anyway, all of these methods seem to be helping.

So if you’re constantly getting zapped, try some of these ideas and hopefully, like me, your winter will be a lot less shocking.

-Out of the Wilderness