Maps…

This random thought lacks any sort of wit/humor/whathaveyou. (I guess I assume that I am witty at times). Anyway…. wait! That was wit. Let’s get on with it. Maps. I love to use maps. A very non-man thing to admit, but I love to know what I am seeing before I see it. I use the DeLorme maps when I venture to the south parts of Missouri. These DeLorme maps will have every back road imaginable. They’re Great! They are not expensive and you can order them online. Go to my fishing weather page and click on the map link. http://www.craighope.com/fishingweather.html

Buffy… (attempt at review)

I have historically made mocking remarks with regard to the show “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” to friend and family of its viewers. After being verbally slaughtered by my sister-in-law (well deserved), I decided to make the effort and watch an episode of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and see what the hub-bub is all about. I promised to view the show objectively. I did just that. My review of Buffy, I feel, is premature. I should watch more episodes to have a better touch for the format. With that said, here goes…

How do I start? Hmm… Let’s say this… Buffy (the show) makes an interesting use of metaphor. The witch/demon/vampire/etc characters are used to mirror the reality of day to day life (as best I could tell from 1 episode). I will admit “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” holds a critics interest. However, I do see through this hormonal version of “Star Trek: The Next Gen”. Both shows entertain, but Buffy will appeal to the teens and gen-x’ers. Sex always sells. Buffy (the show) uses cleavage, cute faces, cuddly voices, and Laura Croft-like fight scenes to keep an audience through segments of advertising targeted at acne, tampons, and soda. I honestly see the acclaim. I haven’t become a fan, but that doesn’t mean too much. I prefer comedy. I will have to watch more episodes to grasp the characters and get a sense of their purpose.

The episode I saw was about a young “demon” (aka Lesbian) struggling with her bigot father. Oh yeah… there was much gratuitous kicking and punching from a tight shirted Sarah Michelle Gellar. My initial reaction to the Buffy character was that she represents the sexy powerful 90’s woman, but I am not so sure yet. All of the witchcraft symbolizes a woman mysterious power over men. Maybe I am simplifying.

Stay tuned for more on this topic…