Despite air quality improving from "Hazardous" to "Very Unhealthy" to merely "Unhealthy" yesterday, I ended up being the sickest I've been yet. I left the office with a headache but was otherwise doing okay. By the time I got home ten minutes later I was in terrible shape. Blinding headache, so dizzy I could barely stand, and not able to keep anything down... including water.
Eventually I managed to eat some dry toast for dinner, which helped, but couldn't sleep even a little bit. Around 10:30 I finally gave up and took sleeping pills, curled up in a ball on my bed, then waited for the world to go away. Which it did. Until I woke up at 6:30am with a mouth full of fuzz because Jake was squished up against my face. Apparently while I was passed out he decided to use me as a cat bed.
I've had it worse.
On my way to Spokane a couple weeks ago I was seeing an awful lot of Amazon trucks on the road. Just as I was reaching the city I saw that their new Amazon Fulfillment Center was up-and-running. It's a massively huge warehouse filled with tons of stuff you can't live without. This morning I thought to look at my dashcam footage because I had snapped a photo of it. I thought it was pretty nifty how they tried to make it an interesting-looking building instead of just plopping down a boring grey cement structure...
I find it interesting that it was more cost-effective for Amazon to build a new center to service The Inland Empire instead of just fulfilling out of Bellevue or Kent on the West Coast. Even more interesting? Amazon has so much business that they are opening up yet another fulfillment center in Idaho! Can you imagine? So many packages are being sent out that Nampa, Idaho is getting a warehouse!
I guess Jeff Bezos is well on his way towards becoming a trillionaire then?
In other news... The Emmy's are on this Sunday! Rarely do the shows I want to win ever win (or even get nominated), but I always put my list of favorites out there anyway just because I'm a total whore for television...
I would have loved to have picked Killing Eve but it took a drastic step down in Season 2, then shit the bed in Season 3, so I'm going with The Mandalorian. Which is a long-shot given how enamored everybody is with Succession.
I would be happy with What We Do in the Shadows winning, as it's the funniest thing on television right now... but I won't be upset when Schitt's Creek wins for it's final season because I love that show.
OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
Impossible that any series except Watchmen could win this. The show was phenomenal from just about every conceivable angle.
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
When it comes to simple storytelling done really well, you can't do much better than Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. I don't think there was a single episode I didn't enjoy. The nominated episode, These Old Bones, was remarkable for getting Kathleen Turner to play the lead and that made the episode for me.
OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
I'll take either John Oliver for Last Week Tonight or Trevor Noah for The Daily Show. They both deserve it... though I think Noah has the edge given how he has to keep it fresh five days a week.
OUTSTANDING COMPETITION PROGRAM
RuPaul's Drag Race is the only one of these that I actually enjoy.
I thought McMillions was a stronger series than Tiger King, but there's no denying what the latter managed to accomplish in terms of sheer public consciousness.
OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION SPECIAL
I really, really enjoyed Beastie Boys Story, which was a love-letter to the band in general and Adam Yauch in particular.
The Vat of Acid Episode from Rick and Morty just continued to demonstrate how fantastic this series is.
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
I suppose that Jeremy Strong or Brian Cox will deserve their win for Succession, but I thought Steve Carell had the best performance from The Morning Show.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
If Killing Eve hadn't been so terrible, Sandra Oh would easily get my nod... but I'm going to go with Zendaya for Euphoria, which was a pretty amazing bit of work.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
While I enjoyed Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek, I don't know that his work eclipsed Ramy Youssef for Ramy or Ted Danson for The Good Place... but I absolutely won't be upset when he wins.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Catherine O’Hara for Schitt's Creek is the only acceptable answer.
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES
I sincerely doubt Jeremy Irons will win for Watchmen, but he darn well should.
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES
Regina King for Watchmen is the only acceptable answer.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
There are some good performances here... I particularly like Jeffrey Wright on Westworld... but Mark Duplass was exceptional on The Morning Show, so I'll go with that.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
I'm going to go with Fiona Shaw for Killing Eve even though I didn't like the third season at all.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
I do love all things Kenan Thompson, and he would be a great choice... but Daniel Levy WAS Schitt’s Creek, and totally deserves the win for playing David Rose.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
D’Arcy Carden never ceased to surprise me as Janet on The Good Place. Easily my favorite character on the show. On most shows.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES
Jim Parsons was a revelation on Hollywood, playing a complete monster in a role I never in a million years would have cast him for. But I'll take either Yahya Abdul-Mateen II or Louis Gossett Jr. for Watchmen (with a nod to Gossett Jr. for his long career of exceptional work).
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES
Toni Collette is a phenomenal actor, but Jean Smart was a big part of why Watchmen was as phenomenal as it was.
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Oh dang... Giancarlo Esposito is riveting in everything, but I really, really liked his turn in The Mandalorian.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
I guess I'll go with Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away with Murder, even though that show didn't really grab me this past season.
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Oh come on. We waited decades to get Eddie Murphy back on Saturday Night Live and he killed it.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
I detest The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but I'll tune into absolutely anything Wanda Sykes does... and will give her the nod for that alone.
VOICEOVER FOR ANIMATION
Eric Andre as Luci the Demon in Disenchantment was up for consideration but didn't make it to the ballot, which is a shame. He's easily my top choice. Of the remainder, I'll take Taika Waititi's carefully crafted voice work as IG-11 from The Mandalorian.
Wow. I guess I'll go with Ozark, even though I find the show to be a bit uneven? The episode Boss Fight is probably my favorite by John Shiban.
The finales for Schitt's Creek and The Good Place was amazing... but I will take any of the three episodes of What We Do In The Shadows to win. There is nothing funnier on TV right now.
WRITING, LIMITED SERIES
Watchmen gets this award and all the awards, in my humble opinion.
I'm not entirely sure where I land on this one. Probably for one of the Ozark episodes?
DIRECTOR, LIMITED SERIES
Any of the Watchmen episodes would be great... but especially the premiere episode which built a world for the entire series to inhabit, It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice.
That episode of Queer Eye called Disabled But Not Really was a good one. I don't remember any exceptional directing, but that's probably a good thing?
That episode of SNL where Eddie Murphy hosts was excellence all the way around, so let's go with Don Roy King.
I still don't know how they make The Daily Show so consistently funny episode after episode.
WRITING, VARIETY SPECIAL
Controversial though he may be, like him or don't like him, Dave Chappelle continues to crank out amazing material for his comedy specials, including Sticks & Stones, which was nominated this year.
CINEMATOGRAPHY, MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
I don't know that any of these series really grab me for directing, but Bob Hearts Abishola is pretty great in clearly presenting the stories they tell, so I'll give it to Patti Lee.
CINEMATOGRAPHY, SINGLE CAMERA SERIES HOUR
Tales from the Loop was a wacky and weird show, but I liked it. And the visual look of the series was a huge reason why, so Jeff Cronenweth would be a great choice.
CINEMATOGRAPHY, SINGLE CAMERA SERIES HALF-HOUR
The shots from The Mandalorian were always gorgeous, so Greg Fraser and Baz Idoine can take it.
CINEMATOGRAPHY, LIMITED SERIES
Either one of the Watchmen episodes is totally deserving.
Totally giving this one to the crew on Serengeti, which was remarkable in every way... Richard Jones, Michael W. Richards, Warren Samuels, and Matthew Goodman.
Yeah, that Jeep commercial with Bill Murray from Groundhog Day was pretty darn great.
Yeah, Watchmen had some amazing and seamless work, but The Mandalorian was leagues above the competition.
As if there's really any other choice for both these awards... AJ and the Queen was drag excellence (and a really great show).
I guess maybe Euphoria? Or possibly The Mandalorian.
MUSIC, LIMITED SERIES
For their take on Life on Mars alone in Watchmen, I'd give all the awards to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Watchmen had some amazing costuming work, but I'll give the nod to The Mandalorian.
MAIN TITLE DESIGN
I'm shocked beyond reason that Bob Hearts Abishola didn't get consideration for nomination here. In absence of that gem, I'll go with The Morning Show which had an interesting approach to communicating what the show was about before you even got to the show or possibly Watchmen which had the perfect approach to the material.
That's a long, long list... and I don't even think it covers all the awards given out! How can they afford all those trophies?