Georgia Guidestones

2020, 2018, 2016

A striking granite monument on a lonely hill in Elberton. I like to think of the Guidestones as my state’s own Doomsday Stonehenge, and it felt like a fine time to revisit them. I drove out into a clear, black-skied pre-dawn to catch the sunrise. As the light started to creep in, there were miles of starling murmations overhead. The swarms started to leave just as the sun finished rising- an eerie and magical morning.

This was my third time visiting the Guidestones, I didn’t plan it but I guess I go every two years. Today was my first time going alone without Erin. Here we are in 2018 and 2016 (plus Dean!):

The stones went up in 1980, they remain enigmatic in origin and meaning. The guidelines are written in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). They advise:
• Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
• Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
• Unite humanity with a living new language.
• Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
• Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
• Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
• Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
• Balance personal rights with social duties.
• Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
• Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

Every day at noon, the sun shines thru a hole in the granite and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving.

Paper Girls

November 2017

Was cleaning off my phone and there are so many fun memories with Erin before she moved to Prague. Here we are in newspaper dresses for Flagpole Magazine’s 30th Birthday Variety Show. I think our styles sum us up well. Erin is carefree and confident; she always finishes what she starts. I get caught up in details and spend too long on one thing; I ran out of time to craft a top! I did make all the hats tho, at least four- I wish I had photos of the other ones!

Shaking Rock Park

September 2020

This 27-ton boulder was once able to move if someone pressed it, but it no longer shakes. There’s a trail through the park and what appears to be an active bouldering group, but I think you mostly go to see these granite outcroppings.

Japanese Maple Colorfest

Gibbs Garden is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Jessica and I first visited back in February to see millions of daffodils glowing in the sun. We revisited this past Saturday to see thousands of Japanese Maple trees, hundreds of varieties, at peak fall color change. It was a magical sight to see. I took too many phone photos as usual, but each leaf was so special! This was my happiest day in a long time.

5 Star Films Watched in 2020, Part 3

Possessor (2020): Totally worth a trip to the Starlight Drive-In (my first new movie in 7 months!). A slow, psychedelic body swap movie, punctuated with bursts of violence. There are some grisly and nightmarish scenes- I gasped out loud twice! It’s impossible to watch Possessor without picking out Brandon Cronenberg’s influences (his dad among them) but there’s nothing wrong with that- dude has excellent taste.

First Cow (2019) I did not think I would get teary-eyed watching a cow get milked, but I totally did. This film creates a really soft mood with unrushed pacing and lush wilderness set in the 1820s PNW. The friendship between the two main characters is so gentle and selfless. And, of course, the cow is a lovely star. I definitely recommend having some delicious biscuits to eat while watching.

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977): My first Agnès Varda film! I’m very picky about musicals but this one is a winner. Sweet, sincere and visually wonderful. The story follows two friends through the years of the Women’s Movement in 1970s France. My heart is always happy to see close friends, access to abortion, feminism, and 70s styling. Maybe I do like street theater, I dunno!

Son of the White Mare (1981): Three superhuman brothers enter the underworld to rescue three princesses from three dragons… and things keep happening in threes. I am not familiar with the poem/Hungarian folklore that inspired this, but it is the most beautiful animated movie I have ever seen. The vivid psychedelic colors and symmetries made my eyeballs light up- especially in those insane battle sequences! I was disappointed by the weak women characters but I guess that’s to be expected in 1980s fantasy.

We Summon the Darkness (2019): I went in knowing nothing, underestimated it, and was totally sucked in! Is it a classic? Maybe not, but I really enjoyed watching. I hope more horror movies come out with women characters like this. Squad goals! (Just kidding!)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020): I actually hated this movie for being long, pretentious, and hopeless; but it is very good. The vulnerability of thoughts/illness/age/time are presented in a surreal stream-of-conscious Kaufman way that effectively upset me. He really makes voice-over work too which I think is rare. The cast is perfect, especially Toni Collette who deserves an Oscar by now. Any dinner scene she’s at is immediately elevated!

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994): At this point Paul Kersey is a seasoned vigilante and he’s having a blast killing people and delivering one-liners. I watched that Freddy the Flake soccer ball scene a dozen times! I can’t believe Bronson was 70 when he starred in this. I wish he coulda made five more Death Wishes.

10 to Midnight (1983): Like the Death Wish movies, this has a brand of above-the-law, Dirty Harry machoism I usually find repulsive, but EAT IT UP when it’s coming from Charles Bronson. This movie is sleazy and un-PC. The killer is butt naked and loosely based on Richard Speck. Bronson shames the killer for having a sex toy and is too manly to eat quiche!

The Mechanic (1972): Woah! I was shocked to see Bronson playing a killer-for-hire instead of an antihero. He plans his next hit in a swank pad while drinking fine wine, listening to classical music, and staring at an original Bosch painting. His kills are elaborate- he’d rather plant an exploding book than shoot someone directly. It broke my heart to see Bronson playing such a lonely character- this guy pays for a prostitute to act like a clingy girlfriend and takes OBVIOUSLY UNTRUSTWORTHY Jan-Michael Vincent as his partner.

Friday the 13th

I finally drove out to Hard Labor Creek State Park to see one of the filming locations in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives! OMG, it was awesome!!! Jason Lives is one of my favorites in the franchise, starts off like a classic monster movie, has lots of goofy kills, and the showdown on the lake is epic! I drove around for a bit before asking park staff if they could point me in the right direction and I’m glad I asked because they pointed me to Camp Daniel Morgan and gave me access to look around. It was so cool to check out the cabins and dock by myself. Also, it’s a very beautiful park besides. I definitely want to go back before December, but if not, maybe I can rent a cabin in the summer- when the next Friday the 13th is in August! Perfect for swimming in Crystal Lake.

I didn’t have time to stop in Madison at the cemetery where Jason is resurrected (next time!) but I did kinda laugh when I saw this one on the way

Aaand ending the night in the best way: jammies, takeout, tiny beers, and Jason X (the nitrogen face smash is the best kill imo)

Yonah Mountain

I have always wanted to climb Yonah, but after Blood Mountain, I was like, ‘Woof. Maybe I’m not ready for challenging hikes.’ Then election day came and Jen and I decided to drive up there. I would NOT have enjoyed taking this shit on solo! It is a very steep, boulder-filled forest trail, lots of great views on the way but lots of sharp dropoffs as you get closer to the top. When we finally reached the summit, I immediately sat down, let out a sigh of relief and snacked hard while looking out at some awesome panoramas. Phone photos cannot do this justice- the rocks are huge and the views are incredible.