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My Favorite Things in 2016!

2016. The Year of the Reaper.

What a wild ride. We lost our heroes, we lost our favorite bars. Goodbye Eagle. Goodbye Black Crown. Some parts of the world were turned inside out and upside down, while other parts put an egomaniac in the highest office of power. Oh? And Pebble? The greatest smart watch there ever was? Gone.


Despite 2016 going down in the books as a Very Terrible Year, it’s actually been a pretty great one for me. Which is wild – I’ve been dreading this year my whole life. The year I turn 30.

But I made it a year of transition, and managed to shift my life in a different direction for this next chapter. I left my stifling, corporate dominated job of 11 years and started new. A new job, in a new home, as I gradually inch closer and closer to city life. I fell in crazy, stupid, mushy love, and was lucky enough to travel. International, for the first time. Iceland, Australia – you were wonderful. But I still like Seattle the best.

It’s been a pretty great year for nerds too. Especially gamers! I’m dizzy from the amount of great games that came out in the last three months alone. Some of these I’ve been looking forward to… since… well, the last time I did one of these posts.

I didn’t get to see, read, or play everything. But here are some of my favorite things I did have time for this year.


She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra

Carrie Fisher was long done with Star Wars when I came into this world. When I was born, she’d already established Princess Leia as an icon. Still fresh enough to be relevant, but solidified as an untouchable American monolith. Princess Leia was simply a thing that had always been there.

Return of the Jedi was my first “adult” movie to memory. I had no idea what was going on, but I was in love with the spectacle and magic of it. The Ewoks were everything. I lived for the Ewoks, and I wanted nothing more than to be with Leia as they ushered her away to their tree village.

We couldn’t afford to buy movies at the time, so my parents would buy blank VHS tapes and catch movies as they aired on cable for recording. Jedi was the only Star Wars film we had for a long time, but it was my favorite thing to watch and I wore that tape out.

I worked my way backward through the trilogy. The Empire Strikes Back aired, and we recorded that. This film endeared me completely to Leia. Her frustration and short temper had me in stitches. I would rewind the tape, cackling on the floor as I watched her yell at Han over and over. I had to have more!


Review: Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt


Imagine moving to a new house in a new town. As per our desire to use any excuse to get drunk and have sex tradition, you and your lover christen the house on your first night of residency. In the throes of love, you notice someone standing at the foot of your bed.

Unbelievably still, the witch towers over your naked bodies. Her skin decayed, body draped in chains, her lips and eyes sewn shut. Despite this, you can feel her gaze. She’s watching your every move. If you stand really close, you just may hear the words she’s uttering behind the stitches.


Review: The Fireman, by Joe Hill

The Fireman, by Joe Hill


A plague is sweeping humanity, and the world is ending. People are waking to find “Dragonscale” scribed in odd designs on their skin. A few weeks later, they burst into flames. It’s happening in hospitals. One person ignites, and a chain reaction ensues. Dozens of infected burst into flames all at once, and the hospital is history. Cities burn. Forests are laid to waste.

Harper is a nurse, who fancies herself a modern day Mary Poppins. She cheers the infected with quips about spoonfuls of sugar and chimney songs. Until her hospital goes up in flames.


Cyber Squatting is Lame

So, here’s the thing: about a year ago, I got this Really Cool Job.

Really Cool Job allowed me to travel for months at a time, and I got to do things I didn’t think I would ever get to do.

But, Really Cool Job led to a promotion into Less Cool Job, which involved working insane hours and none of these cool traveling things I was doing before. While working Less Cool Job, I kind of forgot about my neat little blog. And may have, perhaps, forgotten to renew my domain name.

Which was swiftly snatched up by some mouth breathing cyber squatter, who was so kind as to offer it back at the generous sum of $500.

I'll bet Trump is a cyber squatter.

Lesson learned: do not allow your domains to expire.

Luckily, the original domain I wanted was available, so here we are! Erase This is gone, and NathanTrader.com it shall be!

Now that Less Cool Job is out of the picture, I’m looking forward to resume pitching my thoughts into the void.