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Dump Run

We took those dead rosemary bushes to the dump and I decided to make a movie out of it. It’s called Dump Run, though I’m supposing I should have called it Landfill Run because it is, afterall, the “No. 1 Landfill in North America”.

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Tuesday Recap & A Film I Made

Buck, in the middle of a mountain of spent rosemary bushes.

 

After setting up my new blog to prevent the AWFULNESS of certain freelance writers from offending my precious, precious eyes, and then setting up some books and DVDs to review for work, and then poking my sister and choosing the “5 Best Albums of All Time” on fracking FaceBook, I will now attempt to decipher the directions for SydneyCam. I went out and got the batteries I need, so now it’s only a matter of time until my brain kicks in and these directions start to make sense to me.

Buck cleared out the spent rosemary bushes today to make room for the new growth. I wanted to burn it all and roast a chicken over it ala Martha Stewart, but he said, “Ugh, I’m not getting involved in all that bullshit…” So of to the dump it goes. But can’t you just imagine the wonderful odor this rosemary would have wafted through the neighborhood?

But I hate to disappoint, so while Buck was out front landscaping  I set fire to the rosemary Christmas tree. You may recall the tree when I bought it in December with such high hopes. It lived for about two weeks, and when it died a little piece of me died with it, the piece that’s connected to my wallet. It’s been sitting out back ever since. So I used it make an experimental film for you. It’s called Fire. Don’t feel sorry for Little Timmy at the end…he’s morbidly obese and this is the only exercise he’s had in a year.

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Tire Pressure: The Movie

If you’ve been following my exploits with a $30 video camera, you know it cost $30. But what you may not know is that I probably don’t deserve a more costly one, because I’m not mechanically inclined in any way, and I can’t even operate the tripod without breaking it.

Hey, does anyone know how to stop home videos from losing all quality after being uploaded online? They’re crystal clear on my computer, but once uploaded they become cloudy and fuzzy. I’ve tried saving them in different formats and the results are the same.

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Everyone’s probably seen this already, but it’s new to me and wow. I never realized how easily Isaac Hayes’ classic theme from Shaft lends itself to a stringed arrangement until I saw this video by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The singing isn’t bad either.

“What’s the most important thing about a coal mine apart from the coal?” It’s not what you think it is.

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We Went Out Today

We actually left the house today, a monumental event that I captured with my video camera. As usual Buck insisted we pass the house he wants us to buy and live in:

house for sale

Apparently we’re just not isolated enough in our current home. He wants to get to “High Ground,” whatever that means. Thank God this thing isn’t available to live in. Construction had to be stopped. Something about the fact when you step out the door you immediately fall down a fracking cliff…Can you picture moi living there, shooing the rattlesnakes out of the way so I could have a place to put my lawn chair? And what about my inflatable pool? A cactus would pop it!

But enough of Buck’s DREAM HOUSE. Here’s my video from today. Buck wanted me to be sure and mention that his appearance in this video was preceded by an optical exam at the doctor’s office in which 9,000 wires  were attached to his head with gel (yes, I took a photo of them when Buck wondered why I hadn’t done so already):

wires

But here’s my video, and Buck has optic gel in his hair. The “Barbara” in question is my best friend and Joan Harvest’s sister. Oh, and there’s a shot of an empty chair that I was unable to edit out no matter how many times I tried. Damn you Windows Movie Maker 2!

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Yesterday’s Flood

Reflection of a tree in a puddle on our patio.

We got hit with the tail end of Hurricane Dolly yesterday. According to the El Paso Times we received 3-inches of rain in a matter of minutes — and I can totally testify to that. That’s the way it goes here in El Paso…you’re dry as dust for weeks, then you’re suddenly underwater. The rain has nowhere to go, it just piles up and before you know it you’re feeling like a pioneer frantically trying to improvise some method for keeping the rising water out of your fracking house.

Reflection of the sky in a recycling bin filled with water.

I’m still playing around with my new video camera and the movie editing program  I’ve had for years but never used. I went outside and shot some video as soon as the rain stopped pounding us. Sorry about the abrupt ending but I hadn’t really planned on posting this, then I thought, oh what the hell…

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Video Test: Beatles Haircut

I bought a video camera today, an RCA Small Wonder on sale for $30 at K-Mart. I brought it home and immediately tried it out on Buck. I don’t really know how to work it yet but here’s my test video. (Sorry about the incessant bird chirping in the background, I didn’t hear it til I played it back.)

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