October 22nd, 2005


Oh, this is just disturbing.

I've slept on it and it's still disturbing.

As many, if not all, of you know, I have an 8 year old son. This means the TV tends to be on with kid shows playing. Right now he's on a Toon Disney kick, which means I get to be exposed to all sorts of 30 minute ads for toys. But right now the shedule has Power Rangers on right in the middle of his veiwing time. It's always dumb, so I rarely pay attention. Last night's episode was a version called SPD and the commander is this dog-headed individual. That's disturbing enough, but he's got a voice that makes me go kind of gooey. That's even more disturbing. But they managed to disturb me further.

Last night's episode had the commander out fighting in costume. How he's supposed to get that dog snout into a human shaped mask, I have no idea, but that's what they did. The constrast between the commander and the rest of the Power Rangers made me notice a few things.

1) the normal power rangers are short
2) the normal power rangers, in their skin tight suits, make me go 'eh'. I think they just look too much like kids.
3) I really can go all 'guh ha ha" over a faceless, characterless man-shape. and THAT is very, very disturbing.

I now find myself wishing the commander fought more, because I really want to watch that man move.. no, I really just want to watch that man.

This is so disturbing.
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Thank you, nkcmike and aminita! It was very good to have a horse under me again. It was cold, windy and rainy, but that didn't stop me (shortened the ride outside, though). I was surprised I remembered as much as I did. They had me ride for a while in the barn (it woudl have been the arena, had it not been raining) to see if I knew what I was doing, for which I am grateful, because then I learned I knew what I was doing. :)

I learned some other things today, too. I learned that I use my legs more than I thought I did. True (the horse I was riding) doesn't usually respond to leg cues but he started getting fractious (never had a horse kick under me before...) and J. suggested I stop using my legs so much. *blink, blink* I was using my legs? *thinks* So I was! When I made a conscious effort to keep my legs still, True calmed right down. Of course, it could have been the riding crop I acquired about the same time, but I really think it was the fact that I quit bumping his sides so much.

I also learned that I just EXPECT to fall off, or completely lose my balance if I lose my seat or a firm grip on the stirrups, not because it's natural to do so, but because I learned to ride a horse that took advantage of such things. Today, I would realize I had lost my seat, or the stirrups and was allowed to just get them back - I didn't have to fight for them. Man, that was sweet!

Here's to hoping for nice weather next time I have a Saturday or Sunday free!
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