One-Sentence Journal, Weeks Sixty-One and Sixty-Two

For the record, in reading back over these, I only had to change “2015” to “2016” on about half of them.

  1. 01/03/2016:  American Falcon rehearsals continue with more consistency than ever before, and I’m excited about some of the things we are hoping to accomplish this year, not least of which is the release (finally) of our second batch of songs here in the next few weeks.
  2. 01/04/2016:  First real “working day” as a professional freelancer and I spent it primarily running errands and used, maybe, 0.05% of my daily allotment of creative energy.
  3. 01/05/2016:  River channel iced over tells an exciting story via the crisscrossing tracks of little critters passing across, while two herons on the bank opposite, several hundred yards apart from each other, continue to stare into the gurgling water, standing frozen.
  4. 01/06/2016:  I had no idea how cathartic it would be to gather up all my testing documents and project notes from the past few years of my old job and stuff them into the flames of the wood stove at my mom’s house, even if in the back of my mind I could hear my old man clucking with disapproval.
  5. 01/07/2016:  Tonight I was fortunate to spend the evening drinking whiskey and toasting unemployment with a rowdy pack of fellow writers and ne’er do wells, all of whom have become quite dear to me.
  6. 01/08/2016:  After months of anticipation I finally found myself in a seat in a theater watching The Revenant, and I was not disappointed.
  7. 01/09/2016:  After three days straight of feeling like the current day was Saturday, I finally woke on Saturday and I thought it was Sunday.
  8. 01/10/2016:  It was a startling moment this morning when I stepped out into the cold of the front porch and a male pheasant erupted from below in an explosion of madly flapping wings and squawks of panic, an outburst that could have led to a change of pants if it had occurred out in the woods unexpectedly.
  9. 01/11/2016:  Last week felt like a vacation, yet this morning, and all day really, I felt distracted to do tasks I no longer need to bother with, since I no longer have that job.
  10. 01/12/2016:  I cashed in a gift certificate today and acquired a forearm tattoo of the apocryphal Ernest Shackleton “newspaper ad” calling for men for a dangerous adventure, which I have taken on as a metaphor for the rest of my life.
  11. 01/13/2016:  Yesterday I wrote about my own lack of connection to David Bowie in the wake of his recent passing and the subsequent tide of commentary about it, and, adding to my amazement, it has become the fourth most popular single day post in the history of my website.
  12. 01/14/2016:  My review of Jim Harrison’s latest book of poetry went live via the Missoula Independent today, and it’s one that I’m happy to say I feel I managed to do a pretty good job of capturing how I feel about the work in question.
  13. 01/15/2016:  On the way to see The Big Short, Julia quipped, “You’re really going to be mad and hating the world after this movie…. ” and man, was she ever right.
  14. 01/16/2016:  In a rare weekend of back-to-back trips to the movies, I must report that The Revenant for the second time was even better.

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Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

18 thoughts on “One-Sentence Journal, Weeks Sixty-One and Sixty-Two”

  1. Loving the new tattoo and its meaning for this new phase of your life. These sound like some fun days, and I actually did “lol” at #11. I am anxious to see The Revenant but have the book on the shelf and would like to get to that first. Did you read it?

    1. The book and movie are completely different. A couple subplots, probably totally unnecessary, are added to the film. And the end is completely different. So no, you needn’t read the book first.

      1. Interesting, though unsurprising, I suppose. I’m guessing you liked the book? I will never get to the theater in time, so it will be a toss-up which gets done first, book or movie.

            1. I have. I think about the only undisputed truth with the story is that Glass was attacked by the grizzly, left for dead, and that he crawled back to a fort to heal and then pursue revenge.

            2. Lord love a duck, this is what fibro fog and no sleep does to a woman who used to have a working brain. Saw it as soon as I opened the email that I had a reply message. I was concentrating so hard on rabbit hole. I am giving up. I may never type another sentence. It’s been fun. Remember me kindly.

      1. Ha! The best kind of friend. That’s ok, I can live with the fact that I mistyped (I’ve typed bananaise too many times today – long story – and the “a” key feels like home). Thank you for the correction, I feel much better.

  2. Oh man getting tattoos to mark a new life stage is so fun. Love the one you picked! Just finished The Revenant this weekend – good book, looking forward to the movie for the cinematography (heard so-so reviews on plot).

    1. I think if you liked the book you’ll like the movie, April, though there are some big variations. In fact they are totally different. But yeah, the cinematography is magnificent, and I love the music as well.

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