Autistic, non-binary, queer horror nerd with a lot to say.
Is Disneyland losing its magic?
When I was a kid, going to Disneyland was a truly special experience. Of course, in the early 90s the average adult ticket for the day was 35 dollars. It was also only one park then but compared to today’s 194 on peak days. Of course, the peak season keeps gradually increasing meaning more days for nearly 200$. The value days price at around 104 which still is three times the price for a single park trip thirty years ago. Now I know about inflation, you don’t have to remind me. However Disney is a multibillion dollar company that charges this much money yet still can’t properly pay their employees to live in a high cost area like Southern California. Disney charges an arm and a leg for admission because they know someone will pay it, pricing out many lower income and even middle class families today.
We need to talk about Taylor Swift
It is becoming downright exhausting to not be a Taylor Swift fan today. Generally, when you don’t like some thing or is not in your interest you just avoid it. It’s incredibly hard to avoid Taylor Swift and her obsessive fan base. Turn on the TV and you will be met with television commercials, even Saturday Night Live can’t go an episode without mentioning her. Who she dates becomes headline news, even though there are wars going on. No, I’m not saying you can only care about one thing, but why do we have a have to make someone’s love life national news? America especially is obsessed with celebrity culture but I don’t think in my entire life I’ve seen this level of celebrity obsession. The only other person I can think of that remotely touches the fixations is the late Princess Diana, and those two are on completely levels of humanity.
The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe has captivated audiences for centuries, his words and imagery still making souls clutch at their collarbones to this day. Bringing an artists work from the the 1800s to life in a modern time isn’t easy, but Mike Flanagan takes the tales of Poe and twists and intertwines them for a whole new generation of horror fans. It’s something deeper, something darker, like an expansion of Poe’s mind bred with modern muses. Though the title suggests the series is only based on one story (famously adapted by Vincent Price as a horror film) it’s actually an algamation of several of Poe’s story, told as previously stated, from a more modern perspective. Each episodes aligns with Poe’s works, and the deaths in the show are all based on actual deaths from Poe’s works.
I watched my Pops milk his whiskey and wondered where his thoughts were. His rough fingertips gripping the bulbous glass were a sign he was still woodworking, he had to keep his hands busy or his mind would get to him. That’s what he told me anyway. I stared at the tulip shaped glass that held that he’d swig that pungent woodsy sting like a forbidden caramel. Those same old tulip glasses he’d let me drink milk out of on special nights or even just an evening movie at home when we felt fancy. He’d had one of those heavy wood box tv’s for most of my life and if there was a movie theater in my mind, that’s what every film played on.
The Debilitating Truth about Autistic Burnout
Burnout is defined as exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration. Burnout is part of the average human experience but is fairly common in neurodivergent people. However, for autistic people, it can be extreme, intense and even dangerous.