Why, you ask? Because I haven't been jumping up and down like a crazy person at every update concerning The Hobbit movies. I've been more nonchalant about it. Maybe that's a good thing.
In any case, today, our first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins was released by Entertainment.com today, as linked to above. And it is awesome! Hence why I'm using my Korra icon aka my default awesomeness icon.
Seriously, I have never been this excited for these movies!
This is just one of several stories about people rebuilding in the tsunami affected areas. I was especially touched by the fact that the wife wanted to rebuild because she wanted to remember her brother, who had built the house.
Other stories of the aftermath include a father and son rebuilding the repair business they had lost, a fisherman contemplating a daunting future, a teenage girl orphaned by the disaster saying to feel sorry not for her, but for little kids who lost their parents, and an increase in weddings after the disaster by those who had previously put it off.
These are probably just a few of the stories of the affected people rebuilding their lives. Many more will probably never be told, but are no less inspiring.
This is not a phenomenon restricted to Japan. People everywhere pick themselves up after a natural disaster and do their best to keep going. That's how humanity does things.
So why do I consider this epic win? Because anyone picking themselves up after great hardship is made of epic win in my book!
lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Weatherstock Remember when I said that you could play music in LOTRO? In groups as well as solo? I have? Good. Have I told you about my kinship, The Lonely Mountain Band, and how every Monday we hold a little event called Ales and Tales where we play songs, tell tales, drink ale(yes, you can craft booze in game. Pipe-weed too) and generally have a fun time? I have? Good.
Now let me tell you about an annual event The Lonely Mountain Band has held every summer since 2009. Think of it as a big Middle-Earth Battle of the Bands meets Woodstock kind of shindig held on Weathertop. What's it called? Weatherstock!
Seeing as I only joined the LMB shortly after LOTRO's F2P launch, this will be my first Weatherstock. And I am so excited for it. I heard from our kinship leader herself that over 200 folks were in attendance last year. LOTRO podcasts will be commenting on it. Two of the bands who signed up are from an EU server(which, until June 1st this year, are run by a different company). Saying that this is kind of a big deal is a huge understatement!
For more information, see the link at the beginning of the post. I doubt many on the flist will be interested, but if I can spread the word, well, I'll be content.
And now I must figure out what organizing team I should be on.