A Trip To The Tower. A Brief Break From Travel

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It’s right there in the title.  If you only stop by here to talk travel, this post probably isn’t for you.

When I first started this blog back in 2008 (wow, one month short of 9 years!) I wrote about whatever I wanted to.  That very first post was about sports and kind of about travel.  I wrote about sports, travel, politics.  Like I said, whatever I wanted to.

My friend and fellow blogger Gary Leff gave me a good piece of advice back then.  I don’t recall exactly when we had that conversation but the message still sits with me.  Focus on one thing.  That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 6 years or so.  But, every once in a while I go off the reservation.

At a young age I grew to really enjoy the writing of Stephen King.  I can remember being at the local bookstore (Lighthouse Books in Rye, NY) the day any of his new releases came out.  The Dark Tower is a series of 7 books that King wrote over the span of more than 20 years.  I was surprised to see that the first one was published in 1982.  I don’t recall picking it up then, I would have been too young. But, I’m almost certain I read it before part 2 came out in 1987.

I remember a time when King wrote that he thought he might never finish the Dark Tower series.  Given that it took him over 2 decades, it’s not such a far-fetched notion.

While I loved a new Stephen King book, I lived for an announcement of a new Dark Tower book.  Heck of a thing when the gap between books was sometimes 5 or 6 years.  That’s why I was really looking forward to the Dark Tower movie released last week.

Dark Tower

That Trip To The Tower Didn’t Work Out Quite The Way I Wanted

The movie is supposed to be a sequel of sorts, a continuation of the books.  There’s a gunslinger, a boy and a man in black.  Oh, and a tower.  A black one, just like in the books.  That’s about where the resemblance ends.

As a guy who spent 20 years enjoying the Dark Tower series (and re-reading the books) I wanted to like this last chapter.  At best, I’ll hope to forget it.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled discussion on travel.

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  1. What next – Rachel Dolezal cast as Detta if there is a sequel? Then maybe Roland will travel to Maine to look for Stephen King who has transgendered into Carole King? Of course my favorite character change would be to give the taheen sharkheads – and spin this version of The Dark Tower off into Sharknado 6.

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