Help, my Twitter account has fallen and it can’t get up

I often talk about how I’m not as technologically savvy as most people are. This, of course, extends to social media. For the longest time, I only had a FaceBook account that I used mostly for games. Now, it just collects dust as if it’s George Bush autobiography.

A year ago, around the same time I started Nostalgicism, I decided it was finally time to make a Twitter account. Personally, I have no need for Twitter. I do feel I need to socialize and network more than I am and, let’s be honest, I’m not doing all that much in terms of socializing and networking, heh.

Using Twitter may seem simple to most but for me, it’s completely overwhelming. The problem isn’t only figuring out what to say. It’s also finding people to follow and trying to get people to follow you while at the same time avoiding telling them outright to actually follow you. It’s tricky business, and why I ended up abandoning my account for several months.

Recently, I’ve started using Twitter again, and unsurprisingly immediately started to get overwhelmed. A series of frivolous questions came flowing into my mind. How do I get more followers? How do I find more people to follow? How do I decide who to follow? What do I want to achieve on Twitter? And most importantly, how do I force myself to use Twitter on a regular basis and not want to both cry and die at the same time?

The answers to these questions are unknown at the moment. The plan right now is to take things slowly and at least spend a little bit of time on Twitter on a regular basis. Sigh. I wish I were living in 2004 right now.

If a man cries in front of their Netflix account, does anyone hear it?

It’s nearly the end of the year, and I haven’t finished a single book. It’s safe to say that I’m not going to complete the “a href=”http://nostalgicism.com/index.php/2016/06/30/oh-look-im-sitting-on-a-tower-of-unfinished-books-and-crying-again/”target=”new”>2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. The yearly previously, I had read roughly 25 books. Although I did not complete the challenge, it was still an accomplishment because, well, before that point, I didn’t even read 25 books total outside of an environment of mandatory reading. Yeah… and I call myself a writer and book lover. Lately, I’ve just been sitting on a tall tower of books and crying. It’s a familiar image to all of you, I know.

On top of the tall leaning tower of unread books, I also have an ever-growing queue of TV shows that I’ve been wanting to watch for years. Yes, I said it. years. You may think to yourself, “But, Kenny, all you have to do is sit on your butt and watch them.” I am, unfortunately, not someone who can just sit on a chair for an hour watching a TV show without distraction or interruption.

Not having a TV makes TV watching difficult because I am not able to watch new TV episodes as they come out. That’s OK though because I have like 500 TV shows I want to watch, and I can’t figure out how it’s possible for me to watch everything before I die.

I have decided to go through Netflix and Amazon Prime and make a list of all of the TV Shows that I either want to start, finish or watch again. Grab yourself a tub of popcorn and be prepared to shake your head at me in disappointment.

Shows I need to finish

Mr. Robot
Revenge
Breaking Bad
Person of Interest
Parks and Recreation
True Blood
izombie
The Arrow
The Flash
Dicte

Shows I want to Start

Halt and Catch Fire
The Vampire Diaries
The Originals
The Wire
Awkward
The Newsroom

Shows I want to re-watch

Burn Notice
Dexter
Veronica Mars
Suits
Gilmore Girls

If anyone has any insights as to what they would or would not recommend, let me know. If I can narrow down the list, maybe I can stop crying over the amount of TV shows I want to watch.

Looking at this, I actually expected worse. The problem is with a lot of the shows I’ve started, I don’t know where I left of. This is especially a problem with Revenge. You do not want to know how many times I’ve started from the beginning. Oh well. I’ll figure it out. At least Emily VanCamp is cute.

Listening to Dolly Parton While Avoiding Watching The Wonder Years

If you browse the archives of my blog, you can see that I don’t talk about anything before the 1990s. Well, this is a blog about nostalgia, and I was born in the mid 80s, so I apologize if I don’t show a deep, burning love for Elvis Costello or I Love Lucy.

I have tried to explore other decades when it comes to pop culture, and I’ve had mixed results. With TV shows, it’s difficult for me to engage in a TV show that I feel I can’t relate to and, for some reason, that tends to be more with older shows. With movies, it’s easier but I still have a limited interest in watching older movies. I always go back to my comfort zone that is the mid 90s and beyond. I guess that makes me a contemporary person. Or possibly retro now that we’re dangerously approaching 30 years since the 90s. You decide.

With music, however, it’s more timeless. It doesn’t matter how old the song is, It can be listened to repeatedly, and one can be immediately transported in time. For me, it’s easier with audio than it is with visual media.

I gathered various songs from different artists and genres from various decades. They range from the 50s to the 2000s. Surprisingly, I did not choose Michelle Branch. I did, however, choose someone remarkably similar to her. Eh. Sue me.

I have $20 in my hand, and I refuse to buy shampoo, dish soap and toothpaste

When it comes to national big box discount stores, I strongly prefer Target over Wal-Mart for its better ethical practices and bigger selection. Wal-Mart, however, is down the road from me. Target is twenty minutes away. Yeah, it goes without saying that I shop at Wal-Mart more.

On a whim, I thought, “Huh, I wonder what $20 would buy me at Wal-Mart?” Ten minutes later, I found myself at Wal-Mart frantically going through the aisles trying to decide what to buy. I had decided to this without having a plan, to make it more difficult and interesting. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was I wanted to avoid being practical. I did buy a few practical items, but not really anything I needed. I wanted to avoid buying food, household supplies and other items I use on a daily basis. I did not want to buy vegetables, shampoo, laundry detergent and dish soap and call it a day. I wanted to have fun.

This is what I came up with for a little over $20. Yes, I went a touch over. Sue me.

Halloween Skull (With Movable Jaw) I knew I wanted to pick up something that’s Halloween related. There were three aisles full dedicated to Halloween, and I had my pick among cheaply made costumes, bad replicas of weapons and questionable makeup and face paint. I looked at the skull, and I was like, “Hmm, this seems like the safest choice;” plus, I’ve always wanted a skull. The movable jaw is pretty much useless for my needs but, hey, it’s a nice added feature.

Glade Room Freshener in Blue Odyssey At only $1, this was ridiculously cheap. I’m questioning the quality and how it was made but eh, it does its job.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups It was a splurge but, eh, I wanted chocolate.

Pack of 24 Plastic Forks in Teal Although it might seem to be a waste, I like having a small supply of disposable utensils and plates for both emergency situations and when I feel lazy to do the dishes.

Santa Ornament I was expecting Wal-Mart to have a Christmas section. I didn’t expect it to be so large with several aisles. As I went through the ornament aisle, I was torn between this and a moose. Ultimately, I decided the moose was just not Christmas-y enough for me.

Coffee Nut M&Ms This was what sent me over $20. I was at the checkout line, I saw these and I had to have them because I am a sucker for new flavors of candy. Again, like with the Reese’s, it was a splurge but it was worth it for me to give it a try.

Pack of 10 Children’s Stencils I picked these up thinking I could used them for my mixed media projects. It probably won’t work out but, hey, they were only a dollar, and they’re fun and whimsical.

Green Decorative Gems They’re just something nice to display in a glass bowl.

Pack of 10 XL Fabric Bandages A nice addition for my makeshift first aid kit.

A Large Plastic Spork Um… I have no idea why I bought this. It was 50 cents, and I though, “Hmmm. This is cheap and fun. Sold.”

Clip-On Faux Blue Leaves This was another item I picked up in the ornament aisle. I just thought it was something fun but still Christmas-y.

Pack of Six 9×12 Kraft Envelopes Although practical, I have no idea what to do with these. I just figured I might need them at some point. I know. I know. The makings of a hoarder. Oh, wait…

Two Folders, One in Teal, One in Blue They’re just things to put various papers in. I’m boring, I know.

Overall, I like my purchases, and I’m pleased I bought a variety of items that are both fun and practical. No shampoo for me. Thank you.

Timeless Thoughts – Michelle Branch will sing my theme song, and she will enjoy it.

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

Most people ignore the opening credits of TV shows. I love them. I am especially fond of those that consists of various scenes from the show and a memorable theme song. Over the years, though, TV shows are doing away with opening credits and are just flashing the title of the show for five seconds. Yeah, sure. That will satisfy the viewers and make us continue to watch the show.

You might wonder, “What the heck are you talking about, and why does it matter so much to you?”

I like using visuals just as much as I like to use words Since it would be odd and inappropriate to use a giant inflatable banana in this instance, here are a few examples of opening credits with character/scene montages.

It might seem so small and trivial, but it’s the heart and soul of a show. Longer opening credits establishes the overall feeling and tone of the show and gives viewers both something new and old to remember the show by. For shows lasting several years, we get to see the changing cast and different scenes throughout the seasons. Let’s face it. What are we going to remember more?

This?

Or This?

I’m a simple man, but white text on a back background with eerie suspenseful music isn’t all that nostalgic to me. It’s just sad.

Sitting around a fireplace with your friends…listening to podcasts and eating salad

I’ve never considered listening to the radio as nostalgic. It’s really the equivalent to watching TV. When you want something specific, you’re enjoying something that you like. When you don’t have anything in mind, you just keep searching until you find something that seems interesting to you. Even if it just ends up being background noise, it’s better than being surrounded in cold, dead silence. I already know I’m going to be dying. I don’t need a constant reminder of my impending death.

Like with everything, technology has taken over the radio and nearly everyone is relying on streaming for their audio needs. Granted, it’s not a huge lose when it comes to the radio because, honestly, people only listen to the radio in the car. They don’t hover around a clock radio they bought in 2002, nor do they sit in their car in their driveway rocking to Coldplay.

Most of you might be surprised that I discovered podcasts in 2008. Yes, 2008. I know. I know. It’s quite early compared to what you would think. The first podcast I listened to was Will Write for Wine. It centers around two authors who talk about, you guessed it, writing and wine. Mainly focusing on helping writers improve their craft, it is filled with humorous moments and giant water slides. Yeah… giant water slides. The weekly podcast officially ended in 2009, with a small handful of podcasts released shortly after. After a six-year hiatus, yes, six years, they recently uploaded an episode. And, surprise, giant waterslides came up again. I know. I have an interesting taste in podcasts.

I haven’t listened to as many podcasts as I would want, but there are a few that I’ve enjoyed for years. Yes. Call me a creature of habit. Just don’t call me David Hasselhoff.

Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend

Alison Rosen, former co-host of the Adam Carolla Show, gives us an intimate spotlight on both her life and others in two versions: a one-on-one interview and talking with her husband and group of close friends.

Link to Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend

Other People on the Show: Daniel Quantz (Alison’s Husband), Jenna Kim Jones (Comedian), Allan Moss (Jenna’s Husband), Greg Heller (TV Producer), and Jeff Fox (Podcast Producer)

Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Alison’s infertility issues and upcoming pregnancy, Jenna and Al’s daughter Sam and parenthood in general, Stranger Things, Food and snacks of all kinds, Mormonism

I am not a big fan of one-on-one interviews, so I’m going to focus on the version of the show that I often listen to, which is Alison gathering her husband and close friends around her dining room table to talk about seemingly random topics. With so many people, it seems as if you’re interrupting a private conversation among a group of friends. In each episode, there are a variety of emotions and tones. You’ll get tears. You’ll get laughs. You’ll get silent and not-so-silent judgment. Most importantly, you’ll get subtle sarcasm. How fitting for me.

Spilled Milk

Food writers Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton talk about a different food topic each week while going on comedic tangents.

Link to Spoiled Milk

Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Molly’s fondness for France, Matthew’s fondness for Japan, Matthew’s mother, Various random people from Molly’s past and present

While it’s a food and cooking podcast, let’s be honest. It’s a comedy podcast first, and a food/cooking podcast second. Filled with ridiculously humorous and candid moments, Molly and Matthew talk about anything and everything while staying on topic. Honestly, if you want to know about France, Japan or Oklahoma, this is the podcast for you.

Hello Internet

Educational YouTubers Brady Haran and CGP Grey talk about various topics through two vastly different viewpoints

Link to Hello Internet

Topics Often Talked About (as of September 2016): Flags, Plane Crashes, Mountains, Movies, Brady’s tendency to collecting everything, Grey’s tendency to collecting nothing

What do you get when you put an extroverted, slightly unorganized collector of everything with an extremely introverted, robotic-like, minimalist in the same room? The world is afraid to know. Thankfully, in most of the episodes Brady and Grey do the podcast in separate cities. With a focus on technology and other educational topics, the two opposites share their thoughts and often engage in friendly banter. Essentially, this is what you get from a podcast done by an old married couple. That’s not a bad thing though.

Timeless Thoughts: No one is selling flavored water, so I am stomping on lemons with my feet

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

I live in Florida. I can’t go without a day of someone reminding me to drink plenty of fluids, so I don’t pass out and possibly die from the heat. Of course, they do this while I’m drinking a bottle of Diet Coke. I get it. Water is the best option, but let me drink my Diet Coke in peace. Or at least have the courtesy of silently judging me.

I do drink a lot of water, but I also like a little variety. I like flavor. I like carbonation. I like choices. Water all day, every day isn’t the type of lifestyle I want. I’m a human being. I have taste buds. And they want variety.

Soda is my beverage of choice, but again, I do like to have choices. I like sparkling water. I sometimes drink tea. I am also a fan of flavored water. It’s a shame that, for whatever reason, they’re rare to find these days. Who would think flavored water would be a fad? It’s the 2010s version of Tamagotchi, apparently.

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Water is water. It’s healthy for you, but it’s not really something you enjoy. You drink it because you have to. Flavored water is essentially still water. It still has no calories. It still had no sugar. It will still keep you hydrated. The only difference, really, is you can actually enjoy it rather than feel as if you’re obligated to drink water. What’s next? Feeling obligated to take showers? Oh, wait…

It’s a shame flavored water is not as available as it used to be. No, squeezing lemons into a glass of water is not the same thing. I want it in a bottle, damn it.

There’s a sea of goats and no one is staring at them

Normally, when it comes to movies, I like light-hearted realistic comedy-dramas. I pretty much watch all genres except for horror. I’m sorry, but if I’m watching a movie, I want to enjoy myself. Watching a group of terrified people being killed one by one isn’t enjoyable for me.

Comedies are a hit or miss for me. They’re usually too ridiculous and unrealistic for me to enjoy. There are, however, a handful of comedies that, although ridiculous and over the top for my tastes, I’ve enjoyed. Below are a few of my favorites.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

A down-on-his-luck journalist stumbles across a man who claims he was trained in the army as a psychic soldier and has been recently activated for a secret mission.

Since I come from a journalism background, I am pleasantly surprised whenever I come across a TV show or movie about journalism or a journalist. While this particular movie has a ridiculous storyline that can be sometimes hard to follow, it is light-hearted and different. I can go without Ewan McGregor’s horrible attempt at an American accent though.

Paul

Two British men visiting America for a comic book convention help an alien who is on the run from being captured.

Full of profanity and sexual innuendo, paul is definitely not for you if you shake your head in disgust whenever a couple is holding their hands in public. I consider myself modest but I quite enjoyed this movie. It’s funny, heart-warming and will make you nauseous at times. What more can you ask for?

The To Do List

An over-achiever high school graduate makes a list of sexual acts she wants to experience before she goes to college.

When I originally saw this trailer, I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to like it. IT seemed like the epitome of a teen comedy that would just make me groan in disapproval. Surprisingly, I liked it. Obviously, it’s a bit raunchy and at times, in poor taste, but hey it’s a teen movie about an awkward teen who is on a sex quest. You get what you get.

Yay. It will only take me 215 years to decide which watch I want to buy.

With my bio as a constant reminder, I am a collector of everything. When it comes to electronics, though, I am the equivalent to an 83-year-old Lithuanian woman. One with mobility issues and a polka dotted scarf wrapped around her head.

All I have is a laptop, a digital camera and a pay-as-you-go phone. I am comfortable with having a pay-as-you-go cell phone because I hardly use it anyway. I don’t need a Smart Phone, and it does make me special that I’m one of the few people who aren’t glued to their phone. Yes, I’m a special kind of special: a relatively young person who’s living as if it’s the early 2000s. Well, at least it’s fitting for my blog.

There are certain purchases that I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time now, but it’s difficult for me to take the plunge. I’ve been browsing here and there, but even making a $20 purchase makes me nervous. I don’t know what’s worse: buying something and hating it or not buying something and regretting it. Ugh. I am the epitome of first world problems apparently.

Here are some of the things I’ve been wanting to purchase. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know before my head explodes with indecision.

A watch

Like many others, I rely on my cell phone to know what the time is. It’s a hassle to pull something in and out of my pocket. I just want to look at my left wrist and be done with it. This is a relatively small and inexpensive purchase, but it still terrifies me. I am worried that I’m going to somehow break the watch the moment I get it.

On a related note, I discussed this with a friend of mine, and he’s trying to convince me to buy a pocket watch. Yeah, first, we’re not in the 1800s. Second, I don’t want to end up being like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. I’m not that special.

A DSLR Camera

It’s to no one’s surprise that my current camera setup is quite sad with all of the low quality obviously heavily edited photos I post. Right now, I have a point-and-shoot digital camera and a questionable tripod. I know I need to upgrade because I do have an interest in photography and want to take photos that, you know, I don’t look at and think, “Ugh. People will think I’m an elderly woman slowly losing her eyesight.” Well, I guess it at least helps to improve the “elderly woman” image I’m trying to project.

Photoshop/Final Cut Pro

I have to admit, I don’t really make videos. I would like to make it easier for me though. All I have right now is a cheap program from Corel that is barely functional for me. I just can’t commit to Final Cut Pro though, even though I know it’s the best option for editing videos. After a lengthy search, I couldn’t really find an alternative that I was comfortable with in terms of features and price.

For editing photos and the like, I’ve been using Paint Shop Pro 7. Yes, 7. I’m that ancient. I’ve been thinking about getting Photo Shop, but again, is it really worth it? I’ve been fine with my dinosaur software program though. If only I can find the equivalent in a watch.

Timeless Thoughts: Excuse me while I pine for every single thing I miss in New York and will never have in Florida

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

The problem with moving from New York City to, well, anywhere else is you will always be nostalgic of New York and will try to feel the same way about whereever you’re living now. It’s just not going to happen. It’s like trying to squeeze Michelle Branch out of Justin Bieber.

There are many obvious things I’ve missed about New York. The architecture. Walkability. Good public transportation. Parks. Chinatown. Mispronouncing my r’s without being judged. It’s the little things you miss, you know?

Then there are things that I miss that I don’t think about that much. Food carts is one of these things.

In New York City, food carts are everywhere. They’re at every corner. They’re in front of courthouses. They’re there when you least expect them. The vendors know you’re hungry, and they’re ready to shove food in your throats.

The closest thing to a food cart we have here in Orlando is a food truck parked to the side of a Home Depot. The sad thing is that I’m not even joking.

Eating from a food cart may seem like an insignificant thing, but I’ve had fond childhood memories of eating hot dogs and honey roasted peanuts from random food carts at random places. You’re just not going to get the same feeling from eating a Big Mac from McDonalds.

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There are even food carts in Chinatown. I spent every weekend as a child with my family in Chinatown. From time to time, I would get what’s called mini cakes, which are small circle shaped pancake-like things. Yes, one can easily make them at home. The same thing with hot dogs. And, sure, honey roasted peanuts can easily be bought at any store. I am not reminded of my childhood when buying a container of peanuts from Target though.

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Food carts are local and owned by individuals. Targets are not. I’d rather support a local business. Also, I’d be at home. Part of the appeal of food carts is that they’re on the street, and you can just grab something to eat when you’re out and about. Cooking at home is the opposite of what I want. I want my hot dog on my way to the grocery store. I want to pay three bucks for it. And I want a big hairy man named Mike to hand it to me. Steve would also be acceptable.