Man, been a busy couple of weeks. See, my wife's truck was acting up...she's had windows that won't go up anymore, and you can't even push them up. At one time we had been able to push them up and--I shit you shot--tape them up with packing tape so they stayed up and rain wouldn't come in.
Now there's a garbage bag taped over the one. Super ghetto.
Then I think I mentioned how the electrical system is all fucked. I had to disconnect her battery after midnight at one point because the alarm would just randomly go on and off. Now as she's driving it's like a poltergeist--locks clicking on and off, the lights flashing.
She started looking for a new truck, and since my piece of shit is ready to die, so did I. See, November's supposedly the best month to get a new car.
I'll skip the long boring parts of the story about doing research on what cars I looked at and liked, what's in my price range, etc.
My wife bought a newer model of her same truck. It's nice. She paid quite a bit for it though. Her car payments are UGLY.
I went to a place and looked at a Dodge Avenger, but was suspicious of a few things on it.
Went to another place with the intention to look at a Sonata(since when did Hyundai start making okay cars?), but saw a Chevy Malibu I liked. I drove it, and was like--screw the Sonata. I told the salesman there if he could knock off $400 from their price, I'd buy it on the spot.
(you may think that's just bad bargaining, but the price they had the car at was already under NADA price)
And here's the weird part...the manager said he'd only knock off $87. That basically made is an even $100 increment.
I told them I'd walk if they couldn't do better. They said sorry. So I started walking out, expecting them to stop me.
I went to a couple of other places and looked at other cars, but didn't like any of them as much as the Malibu. All the other Malibu's that I looked at were almost $2000 more for the same car. This was the day before Thanksgiving.
Took a day for Thanksgiving. Smallest one ever. My brother's family didn't come to my parents's house because they're still hurting over my nephew's death, and they felt like they would have a hard time doing the traditional thing without him.
It was literally my parents, me and my brother Mike. It was super quiet.
Then went to my in-laws, and they only have like 8 people there. A lot of them have died off, or are very sick in their old age, so it's nowhere near as big as it used to be.
Bonus picture for long post!
Anyway, came home early and went back to the online research. Can't find another Malibu for anywhere near what this one was, so I'm beginning to think I should have bought it. I call my dad and tell him--let's go see if they still have it tomorrow(Black Friday), and if they do I'll get it.
He's like, well, if we're gonna do it, let's get there when they open. No sense taking the chance that they'll sell it before we get there.
That's what we do. We're there when they open. Car's still there. I buy it.
So now after 15 years, I have a new car. (well, it's 2014, but it's new to me)
Same day I bought it, the check engine light comes on. I'm like...seriously? (keep in mind, one of the reasons I like this car is because it's got SUPER high reliability ratings)
On Saturday morning I take it back, but nobody is there who can service it--the sales guy, who's very nice by the way, tells me to bring it back Monday morning first thing. I do. Long story short(too late), they clean a sensor and it's back to normal, but they say that if the code comes back I may have to take it to the actual Chevy dealer in Dundalk. (it's all covered under warranty though)
But now I got a car payment again, which I certainly haven't missed having.
Hey, did I mention that I got the Ttory 2 poster back from the guy? Man, it's freaking sweet. I may tweak it a bit, and when I'm ready to reveal it to the world I'll post the different versions and see if I can get some of you lurkers to vote on which one you think is best.
On the movie front, I went in and did all the subtle blurring in that one scene. It was a LOT of work. Frame by frame tracking of three different people in the frame(the camera was hand-held, and there were foreground objects the whole time, so no way was AE's tracker gonna do it). Then one I had a tracker, I had to frame by frame mask the faces(the foreground objects moved, so the masks have to change,)
It definitely looks better now, but I may further try some effects. The good news is that now that I have the tracker and the masks, the hard part is done. I can simply mess around with different things to see what works or what doesn't.
On the fucked up front, did you know I've put two of the Making Of's from my films up on A-zon with new footage? I put up the first FOC Making of as a test case, and literally have not gotten ONE minute logged.
I'm thinking...that can't be right. I know SOMEONE has looked at it. I then ASKED someone to watch a couple of minutes to see if it got logged.
It did not.
I contact A-zon and tell them that there's something wrong with their system. After 3 days they get back to me and tell me that they now know this is an issue and are working on it.
So I'm left to wonder...how are they going to figure out how many minutes were watched? Will it be accurate? Are ANY of my movies accurate? Maybe October WASN'T the worst month ever, maybe they just aren't recording the numbers right.
How does one audit them?
It's insane. But either way, I put the Making of GOH up there with a super exploitative poster I threw together in like a half hour. See, look:
I put all the Making Of supplements from the Blu Ray together, and started with the strip club scene. I figure that might get some people to watch it, right? Boobies!
On the book front, it appears that once you start selling books, you start selling more books. I've sold 27 books this month. 27 Halloween books in the month of November. How weird.
But I'm not complaining. Passive money, ya know? I've done the work already.
Anyway, December's about to be here so I'm gonna get slammed with actual paying work. The auction video, the banquet video, then prepping to leave the first week of January to Los Angeles for the big auction.
All that means a big check in January, though, so that's cool. I'm gonna have my first car payment that month...