Black Lives Matter

In which RVA stays silent…

Its been really hard to engage in social media interactions, to produce or promote works of art, in the current climate.  When civilization as we know it is on the precipice of a reckoning long overdue, it seems a tad tactless to say ‘hey, who wants to read about some robots?’.

I get why some people have continued to promote and share their art during this time, and I don’t begrudge them that one bit.  Compassion fatigue is real, and you have to consider your emotional reserves.  Entertainment and distraction are often overlooked and neglected aspects of survival, both long-term and immediate.

But I don’t feel right doing it.

The radio silence will end and I will resume chattering about books and stories and fiction and all that.  But for now, I’m choosing to remain silent and listen.

Minnesota Riots

In which RVA reminds you to remember your training…

The disconnect between what people enjoy and what they want always surprises me.  And frankly, troubles me.

Right now, as I write this, Minneapolis Minnesota is the cite of riots connected to the shooting of George Floyd.  The municipal and state police have been mobilized, as have the national guard.  Politicians and social activists are chiming in.  Marching.  Chanting.  Looting.  Rioting.  Arrests.  You know the deal.  You’ve seen this movie before. Continue reading “Minnesota Riots”

Who is Harris Teeter, anyway?

In which RVA gripes about grocery shopping…

I hate grocery stores.

I like food (who doesn’t?!) and I like cooking, but I hate grocery stores.  I don’t mind the idea of a store where you go to get food.  It’s grocery stores specifically as they exist in most American cities that I can’t stand.

Why?  Well, I’m glad you asked that, hypothetical person. Continue reading “Who is Harris Teeter, anyway?”

Flight of Dragons 2: Electric Boogaloo

In which RVA pitches a reboot

I think Hollywood should remake Flight of Dragons.

Bear with me here.  I know the film industry is not currently hurting for remakes.  Just about every film that comes out these days seems to be an adaptation of this, a remake of that or – worst of all – a reimagining or a reboot of an existing franchise.

Whether or not that’s a good thing, I’ll leave for a discussion for another time.  Likewise will I leave for discussion whether or not that’s a new thing.  I’ll just state that movies that are cornerstones of modern cinema – Ben-Hurr and Scarface – are both remakes.  So let’s at the very least not pretend this a new or cataclysmic phenomena. Continue reading “Flight of Dragons 2: Electric Boogaloo”

Laundry Troubles

In which RVA talks about folding clothes…

Why are some tasks easy and others hard?
Why is one task easier for one person than another?
I don’t mean something physical, like why is a hundred pounds heavy for this person and light for that person? I mean routine activities. Brushing teeth. Folding clothes. Cleaning. Lawn care. Why are these tasks so draining? Why are they draining for this person and not that person? Why are they draining today, but not tomorrow? Continue reading “Laundry Troubles”