I've been pretty good since last Friday.
Man, July 17, 2015 was a good day.
My Dad and I were a little late to seeing Jurassic World, but we intended to see the 3D version on that Friday since it would apparently be the last 3D showing of Jurassic World in our area.
Unfortunately, Ant-Man was released on July 17, so our local theater's scheduled lineup was changed at the last minute.
The last 3D showing, for Jurassic World, was replaced by a multitude of 3D showings for Ant-Man.
I was disappointed, of course, but I still wanted to see Jurassic World, so I settled for a 2D showing instead.
The 3D showing of Jurassic World was scheduled to begin at 1:05 PM, while the 2D showing was going to start at 1:35 PM, so my Dad and I made plans to leave a little later.
We left the house at around 12:55 PM, so we would have plenty of time to get situated before the movie began; when we arrived at the theater, got out of our truck, and started to go inside, my Dad and I ran into a woman who recognized us (but we didn't recognize her at first).
We later came to the conclusion that she was one of the receptionists that worked at our dentist's office.
She greeted Dad and made small talk with him for a while, then we followed her into the theater.
She wasn't going to stay long; she was doing work, to make a few extra dollars on the side, for some company that sent independent contractors to movie theaters for various purposes.
The receptionist completed her business and left; as Dad and I were buying our tickets, popcorn, and drinks, one of the theater attendants informed us that the receptionist had bought our tickets for us, saving us the $8.50 required for admission.
(Dad later realized that she had graciously extended some of her benefits, acquired from working for some screening company, to us; the ticket stub stated that the tickets were $0.00, proving this idea.)
Man, that was great.
Ironically, if the theater had not changed its schedule at the last moment, Dad and I likely would have missed the receptionist, as we would have arrived at the theater about 20 minutes earlier.
Being unable to see Jurassic World 3D had actually been a blessing in disguise.
So, later, Dad and I are watching the movie when a character says a particular number; that number leads to a series of events and realizations that finally allows me to create a definitive version of a character that I had been working on since June 02, 2015.
July 17, 2015 was starting to look really good.
Anyway, we finished seeing Jurassic World (which was surprisingly good), and went on home.
I had rented and watched It Follows from On Demand the prior day, and I had planned to watch it again before its rental timer expired; unfortunately, I took a nap and didn't wake back up until about 8:15 PM that night.
I had rented It Follows at about 8:30 PM the prior day; I only had about 15 minutes to watch a 2 hour movie, which was obviously an impossible act.
Worse, if the rental timer expired while I was watching the movie again, I'd be charged a 2nd time to re-rent the movie.
So, I'm freaking out; I ran to my living room and looked up the rental info when I became shocked to see that I still had 23 hours remaining on the rental clock.
I knew I didn't re-rent the movie, and I knew no one else could have done so either; the movie was locked with a 4-Digit PIN to prevent my siblings from watching it, and my parents had no interest in horror movies anyway.
As it turned out, It Follows was available as a 2-Day rental, something that I had not realized when I rented the movie.
Damn, July 17 was a good day.
So, I snatch up some popcorn and watch the movie again (this time with subtitles to catch anything that I might have missed, as I do with all movies that I watch a 2nd time); I get a few ideas, from the movie's whole "following" thing, to write about.
I have all the lights turned out and am deeply concentrating on the TV screen when a rather large spider scuttles out from under our sofa.
Naturally, I scream at the top of my lungs and dive for my shoe.
I was so frightened of that big thing that I couldn't strike it head-on; I had to circle around its backside to flank and smash it.
(Fortunately, that had actually been a much smaller spider than some of the bigger spiders seen around my house.)
I had been studying the Jorōgumo for a while, due to my intense fascination with spiders, but I had slowly lost the spark of inspiration to work with these characters; the appearance of that large spider further increased that fascination.
I studied the big spider for a while before burying it; during this time, ideas came to me and I found motivation to resume the development of Jorōgumo characters.
After watching the movie, I went to bed and had a kick-ass lucid dream (that I can barely remember, unfortunately. ).
July 17, 2015 was the best day I've had all year.
That was like my lucky day or something.
I've been at the peak of happiness since then.
I'm still glowing with merriment, still glowing with merriment, baby.