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So yesterday we had a great day, up early and out to hike at Dreamy Draw (a natural pocket of desert in the center of town, tucked behind Squaw Piestewa Peak. Despite the lack of rain this year, everything is in bloom, including the gorgeous ironwood tree, which neither of us recognized and I had to look up. This is rare, since Barb usually knows every plant that grows in the Sonoran Desert.

Then lounged all evening out at the Tiki Bar with a lot of food and margaritas, chatter and Super Moon.

But on the whole, I have been very tired this weekend. I woke up yesterday with not just a STIFF neck, but with what felt like a solid band of knotted muscle running from shoulder to shoulder that took several doses of Tylenol and a day of movement and stretching to ease out completely. (And then a lot of margaritas.) Today I'm little more than a lazy lump sitting here eating chips & dip and ice cream and watching old episodes of Torchwood.

Torchwood would have been a great, great show if it had lived up to that promise of "the 21st Century is when it all changes, and we have to be ready," instead of just being about five dysfunctional people slouching their way through messy, soapy lives. I would have minded the dysfunction or the soap if the stories hadn't been forced into a back seat for it. RTD's penchant for over-the-top melodrama turned dashing Captain Jack into a mopey whiner (although in the episodes I saw there were flashes of who he was, now and then). I think that's the main reason I want to see Jack come back for the Doctor Who 50th. Steven Moffat created Captain Jack; he might be able to bring him back (although after all that Jack's been through, that might be asking a lot--to be fair, I haven't seen Miracle Day yet, so the last time I saw Jack, he was getting over the death of Ianto and his own grandson by flirting with Alonzo...). Torchwood did always have some great, snappy dialogue.


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May. 7th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
that is a gorgeous plant and the Tiki bar sounds like fun, almost worth the stiff neck.
May. 7th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Once we're just sitting out there by the fire pit with the s'mores and the drinks, it rocks.
May. 7th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
that sounds yummy. now I want a s'more
May. 7th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Of course, I was stupid and burned my lip on a skewer trying to scrape off hot marshmallow... :P
May. 7th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
I agree Torchwood is a GREAT concept. And I love the characters. And I miss the episodal love of the firs season.
Miracle Day was ...Meh. It had a few moments that made me say "I love Torchwood!" But it was just the memories talkin'. And Gwen was very well written. But other than that...Meh.
May. 7th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll watch it when BBCA rebroadcasts it (which is why I put it on my season pass list), but I'm not expecting much. I've heard too much "meh" about it.

But when it was good, it was very, very good...

May. 7th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
I know what you mean on Jack coming back. I can't wait for him to meet River and to find out the Doctor is know married. I wonder if that threesome he talked about second doctor who episode he was in was them ?
May. 9th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
While I can see RIVER going for that, the Doctor seems very like a "pan to the fireplace" sort of fellow... :D

May. 9th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
But is this Jack and if anyone in the unviverse could talk the Doctor into a threesome it would be Jack.
May. 9th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Depends on the Doctor, I suppose. Eleven, Two, Six -- probably not; I don't see Three going for it, either. Four, maybe, but he would keep up a rousing commentary, and Three is far too dignified. Ten or Nine, definitely.

I wish River had gotten to meet Nine. Ten was just too afraid of her, and that really killed their relationship for me. It wasn't until I saw her with Eleven that she really clicked.
May. 9th, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Ugh...six. No, no no not Six never six. I would do a threesome with One, Two and Three over Six. Hmm. I would say drunk Two and Three would do. Espically if River and Two got in a dicussion of recorders and the uses they would do. Five and Four most definitely. Seven would do it just for the future info, he was a cunning little guy. Eight because he is just too pretty. Nine and River would rock. And she definitely would want to see a young Rose in that situation, because I think without her the Doctor would have never matured and healed enough to even think about marriage.
May. 9th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm rather fond of Six. My first Doctor, don'tchaknow. Not his fault he got saddled with some of the worst storylines imaginable, the worst companion in the history of the show (twice!), and a staggeringly stupid outfit. He COULD have been a great Doctor, if he'd been given even the slightest chance.

Five, Five, how could I forget Five? Yes, I could see it - if only as an experiment. And perhaps Two and Three together -- they were an old married couple whenever they bumped heads. One, when he was younger, most definitely -- he was a randy old fellow, was he!
May. 9th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Takes my hat off and offers a deep apology. I am sorry for my rude comments on Six. Colin Baker is an awesome actor and the nicest to interact with when it comes to the older Doctor's. I have heard on his BBC radio adventures he comes off as the Doctor he really wanted to betray.
May. 7th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
Oh, the hike and hanging out sound awesome. Feel better soon, though! [hugs]
May. 9th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! {Hugs back!}
May. 7th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
So yesterday we had a great day, up early and out to hike at Dreamy Draw (a natural pocket of desert in the center of town, tucked behind Squaw Piestewa Peak.

Wha??? When did they get all politcally correct on the Squaw Park Peakway????? (my Dad always said that - and it will forever be so for me).

Burned tongue aside, Tiki bar fun ftw!!

Edited at 2012-05-07 02:40 pm (UTC)
May. 9th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
The Peak and most of the associated names were changed years ago, when Janet Napolitano was Gov.; she caved to the far left who were whining about how "offensive" the term was to Native Americans (forgetting entirely it was a perfectly reasonable ALGONQUIN word for "wife" and focusing only on it having been used by Europeans in a derogatory fashion), so they skipped the five-year waiting period for renaming monuments and named it after Lori Piestewa, a Hopi soldier who died (in an accident) in Iraq. The Parkway is likewise Piestewa Peak Parkway, but we still live by Squaw Peak Lanes (the bowling alley).

While I can understand Hopi and Navajo being annoyed at it being an Algonquin term, I think there are hundreds of heroic Arizona natives who could have gotten this kind of honor, not the least of whom was Isaac Hayes, rather than a woman who was driving a truck in the wrong place and just happened to be the first Native American Woman to die in a combat situation.

Pardon my ranty pants. :)
May. 7th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Miracle Day is SO WORTH IT. To me, Jack, after Rose screwed him up forever by making him immortal, deserved to be angsty. He was marooned back in time and had to watch loved one after loved one die. A little long-harbored hatred goes a long way to make someone whiny. However, there's a good bit of Jack being the kick-ass funny guy he was pre-Rose in Miracle Day. And the character played by Bill Pullman is SO CREEPY OMG. Now if only I could figure out if they'll do a season 2....
May. 9th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
I know Barrowman wants to keep doing it, but he also wants to be involved in the Doctor Who 50th. (I'm irate at him for saying that Ten is "Jack's Doctor," considering it was NINE he traveled with...)

ANYWAYS... I always wished I had a better knack with making fan vids, because I want to cobble up some old episodes of Two and Three with Jack hanging around in the background (maybe serving with UNIT) waiting for "his" Doctor to show up... :)

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