In the past, I’ve written here about wanting to try new things as I learn about them. One of the things I’ve wanted to try is a full-on western.
Last night, my beloved and I sat through High Plains Drifter. All the talk about Unforgiven and the quirky, fun characters made me yearn for a good western, and I couldn’t find The Good, The Bad and The Ugly anywhere in my cable system, so I settled for what I remember being a good movie.
It was. It didn’t have the same humor and good characterization as Unforgiven, but that’s why the latter is one of the best westerns ever made … maybe THE best western ever made. (But I have a few recommendations now to check out before I can say that emphatically … thanks, Delaney and WIGSF.) It even had a supernatural, paranormal type element to it.
Interestingly, it didn’t contain that element in the original script. Clint Eastwood decided to inject it. I think it was a good choice, but he could’ve made the reference just a hair more clear, especially at the end. And, while it’s a character-driven movie, it is such in a much different way than Unforgiven. The story is equal to the characters in import here, and it moves along very well. I was impressed more this time than the last time I saw it.
Still, a fun movie. And it made me want to try some untried things.
For one, I’m still hankerin’ to do that western fiction piece. I know, I know … I did the one I linked to, but that’s just a short story. I want to try one full-on someday. And I think I might like to have a little horror element in it. I think horror in the Old West would be horrible indeed, and without our technology to help us or save us, it’d be even better. So there’s that to try.
I want to try a real, all-out redneck horror piece, too. Haven’t tried that yet, but have flirted with it. One day I’ll lower my head and get going.
And I’d like to give my hand a try at gunsmithing. All those guns, all those bullets flying (ever notice how in so many movies and TV shows the shooters never had to reload?), must have set my mind drifting. I probably need to get out of this industry I’m trapped in. I need to do something different, and I think working with my hands would be excellent and fun. All that metal and oil and wood. Ooh, yeah.
Once, I had delusions of success in the cabinetry industry. I was awakened rudely and quickly. I’m sure something similar will happen in the firearms industry should I ever venture that way, but it’s something I’d love to learn and try.
What about you? What sorts of things would you like to take a stab at (and no, your annoying in-laws don’t count)? What sorts of things would you put your hand to if you could? What do you have planned to try that you just haven’t gotten to yet?
Sound off, everyone, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember our service men and women as you do.
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