2. I cleaned out my hall closet and took out my tiny Christmas tree. Of course, the moment I put it out for display, my cat started gnawing on the branches. He's going to knock it over eventually, even though I tried to move it out of reach. And once again, I am feeling a lack of holiday spirit, which I really want to get back. Any suggestions for how to do that? :)
3. One brief rant: I really, really hate the term "Cyber Monday". Hell, I just hate the word "cyber", along with "surfing". They sound so darn cheesy.
4. Yeah, broken record, but I have to geek out about the Atlanta stuff in last night's episode of The Walking Dead.
They finally made it to the "CDC"! It is, of course, on the other side of town from the real CDC. In fact, as I've crowed several times, the exteriors of that weird soft-serve cone building were filmed at Cobb Energy Center, which is a stone's throw from where I live. Whee! It's a performance hall where I saw Eddie Izzard and Jon Stewart doing standup last year. (Right now, Cirque -- but apparently not Cirque du Soleil -- is doing some big holiday extravaganza in a tent on that parking lot where the zombie carcasses were strewn in the episode.) I also got a kick out of their supposed voyage from the campsite at the Bellwood Quarry up to the "CDC", because I've driven the same route hundreds of times. Of course, the roads look nothing like that woodsy rural lane onscreen, but I guess the director thought it was a bad idea to show the Winnebago on either I-75 or the heavily residential Northside Drive. ;) Yeah, I know I'm way too obsessed with all the local color on TWD, but it makes me happy!
(And I still want to know how the hell I wasn't aware of the filming. Although they don't show much of the full exterior, it must've taken a week just to do the setup. On the other side of the trees is a big-box retail area that I probably went to -- Chick Fil-A! -- while they were shooting this, especially since it was during the summer when I was out of work. I could've found a way to drive by and gawk. Alas. I'm totally going to have to stalk the locations when they film S2 next year.)
Overall, I'm still really enjoying the show itself, though not quite as much as I'd hoped. The problem is that I haven't gotten emotionally invested in any of the characters or relationships, which are an important factor in my previous fandoms -- they're what hook me into a show. That said, it's an improvement on that aspect of the comics, since I find myself liking Andrea much more now. Rick and Lori are also more interesting here, or at least have more depth than on the page. And the CDC plotline is a huge departure from the comics, in a good way since it opens up some arenas that could take interesting turns. As several bloggers have said, the scenes with the scientist are a bit too much like Lost, but I'm okay with that because it could answer some questions and give the story a greater scope. Pity that we only have one more episode, but I'm really looking forward to where the series might go!
ETA: I just read AMC's interview with Laurie Holden (ah, Marita Covarrubias!), and this is pretty darn cool:
Q: In what ways are you and your character alike?
A: Prior to the apocalypse, Andrea was a human rights lawyer and right now I'm pursuing my masters in human rights at Columbia University. The very fact that what she's passionate about is exactly what I'm passionate about is quite special. Also [in the comic book]..., Andrea ends up being quite the sharpshooter, and it's a skill set that I have.