I fixed dinner, hit the hotel gym and took a dip in the pool, and now I'm settled down to watch the insanely great zombie film Dead Alive, by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. Here are reviews at Badmovies.org and Cold Fusion Video Reviews.
It was a rainy day today, but I still kicked around beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs. I took in the sights and shops, had a bit of lunch and swung by Spa City Comics. I was peased and astonished to discover in their five-for-a-dollar bin a whole batch of Rumiko Takahashi comic-book-format manga from the mid-'90s. I picked up five issues of Ranma 1/2, five of Urusei Yatsura and several others, including a Venger Robo by Go Nagai and the first issue of Neil Gaiman's Blach Orchid (w00t!).
I also picked up, for five bucks each, DVDs of Excel Saga and Dirty Pair.
Last night I went out to buy a pair of swimming trunks, which I'd neglected to bring with me (after all, who would have thought they'd be needed in upstate New york in fall, but it turns out the hotel has an indoor pool and hot tup -- w00t!), and the store also had a copy of the sixth and last Cowboy Bebop DVD for less than nine bucks. Of course I grabbed it, and so the series' concluding episodes -- which I'd never seen -- were today's Saturday morning cartoons.
I never got into the whole Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game thing, but lately I've been spending a lot of time in the evenings playing one that's perfect for me: Urban Dead, by the creator of that nifty zombie infection simulator, in which players take the role of a survivor in a zombie-besieged city -- or one of the ravenous undead. c00L!
I'm in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs, New York, where I'll be for the month of October, working on a temporary assignment. It'll be rough on my family and I to be apart for the month -- except for one weekend -- but I know we'll get by.
It's been a long day, with the flight and all. I've enjoyed the hotel's happy hour (free b33r! w00t!) and an opportunity to peruse the local paper. The hotel is quite comfortable and the fall foliage in upstate New York pleasant indeed. The main commercial district in Saratoga Springs is charming, and best of all, I dropped by the local comic book store, and it proved to have a wide selection of anime and manga as well. w00t!
I brought a DVD player, and plan to spend a lot of time after work watching horror movies, but I also hope to get some more writing done for Yellow Menace, and also maintain posting here. I also hope to begin posting Halloween-related links shortly, so stay tuned.