I’ve had a bad back. As I do all my laptop work with it on my lap (natch), this pulls on my back a bit so I’ve not used it much over the last week or so. The laptop that is…..actually my back too.
Not wanting or being able to go out much, I’ve done a lot of tv watching and reading during this time. I know, nothing new there.
I’ve just started a book called The Leisure Seeker because I saw a trailer for the movie based on it. And I liked it.
I checked out some reviews of the movie and many spoke of the book being much better so….for once I thought I’d try the book first. The plot/story concerns an old married couple with (many) less years ahead of them than behind who decide to put all their medical issues to one side and go on a road trip in their similarly aged RV called…..The Leisure Seeker.
In the movie, the pair are played by Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland so what’s not to like. Throw in a road trip in an RV and this was made for me !
There is one teeny tiny difference between the book and the movie. In the book, they decide to leave their home in Detroit and take Route 66 from its start in Chicago to its end in LA and in the movie the trip is between Boston and Key West. Ok it’s a BIG difference but I can see why it was taken.
Having travelled both routes, I can say that Boston to Key West would be my pick any day. For a start, most of Route 66 doesn’t exist anymore so you travel on dull interstates and to be honest (and personal), it passes through some of the least interesting states in the Union.
On the other hand, and coast, Boston to Key West is a route full of everything you’d ever want to experience plus….it ends in the Florida Keys. Win, win.
Anyway, back the book and as the back cover explains…….
John and Ella Robina have shared a wonderful life for more than fifty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and has chosen to stop treatment. John has Alzheimer’s. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed “down-on-their-luck geezers” kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives to steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery.
With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their ’78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they’re having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, a person can go back for seconds, sneak a little extra time, grab a small portion more even when everyone says you can’t.
Darkly observant, told with humor, affection, and a touch of irony, The Leisure Seeker is an odyssey through the ghost towns, deserted trailer parks, forgotten tourist attractions, giant roadside icons, and crumbling back roads of America. Ultimately it is the story of Ella and John: the people they encounter, the problems they overcome, the experiences they have lived, the love they share, and their courage to take back the end of their own lives.
It’s a hard read for me at times as dementia is a constant worry of mine but Ella tells the story with enough wit and so much love that I was hooked from the start.
Give it a read and/or see the movie.
Moving right along……..
I’m getting a new phone tomorrow. Ok I know that won’t make News at Ten or even Six to Nine but I’ve only ever had 3 smartphones (2 x HTC and 1 x Samsung) so getting a new one is a big deal for lil ‘ol me.
I’m going to go mad and upgrade from a Samsung S7 to an S8. Oh such a rebel.
I remember getting the S7 2 years ago or 23 months ago to be exact. I actually pre ordered it which meant I also got a free VR goggles thingy. I tried it once and it’s been in its box ever since. Not designed for glasses wearers or at least varifocal glasses wearers.
I should really have given it/them away but…well I didn’t. The box has sat on top of my left surround sound speaker for 23 months, laughing at me.
Anyway, as things rarely go 100% for me when switching everything from one phone to another, I may be out of touch for a while from tomorrow.
I’m not sure I’ll survive.
As I speak, or type, the latest SpaceX rocket is about to take off from the KSC in Florida and this one is a doozy. The new launch time will be 3:45 EST but it’s changed a bit over the last few hours so even that time may not be right anymore.
This will be the test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful in the world and when it does launch, it will be a spectacular sight even if it fails.
Why ? Well this beast has 27 engines and if it should explode on or just above the launch pad, it will be with the force of a 1.8 kiloton nuclear bomb.
Nice. I’d not want to be the one lighting the touch paper !
Run, Forrest, run.
Even Elon Musk has said he’ll regard it as a success if it clears the tower.
Clears the tower ? If it blows up, it’ll obliterate the tower.
IF it all goes well, the 3 main booster rockets will return and land back gently to pads on earth – well two on earth and one on a pad at sea but let’s not get picky. Given the number of video cameras Musk puts on these things, the footage should be stunning as it has been in the past when just one booster landed back.
Being a test launch, it’s too risky to have a kosher expensive payload and too boring to use concrete blocks or something so Musk is using his original Tesla Roadster sports car as the payload.
Keep an eye out for it if the whole thing goes kaboom. The sight of a red sports car flying through the air should be enough to entertain the many hundreds of thousands who have turned up to watch.
Right, I’m off to warm up my leftover spagbol and get a front row seat via my laptop.
I hope my back can take the strain.
Well the launch went perfectly and what views from all the cameras. Seeing the car with a dummy “driver” (the spaceman) heading towards Mars was something special. And the perfect touchdowns of 2 of the 3 booster rockets was like something out of Thunderbirds.
Well done Elon and your team.