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I found out the hard way that I am allergic to certain lip balms. Or, at the very least, certain ingredients in lip balms. Seriously. I had just started on a tube of Blistex–it was raspberry lemonade flavored–and the skin around my lips began to itch. Then, it started to burn. Then, I wound up with a pair of blisters, one on my upper and the second on my lower lip. On top of that, my lips felt like sandpaper and were bleeding. So I looked like Bozo the Clown after going a round or two in the ring with Muhammad Ali.
Not fun. Not fun at all.
However, I have found the cure for my condition: Vasoline Lip Therapy. Basically, it’s just petroleum jelly in a small tube. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the one thing that has stopped my lips from cracking and bleeding and finally numbed the pain. So it looks like this is going to be my go-to lip balm from now until forever. Apparently, there aren’t any problems with petroleum jelly; it’s not as problematic as most of the “natural” products out there. This also is fairly common; Evolution Of Smooth is being sued for this exact reason. Someone had a severe allergic reaction to their Summer Fruit flavored balm which required medical attention of some stripe. It’s also fairly well-known with Burt’s Bees, too.
No, I’m not going to sue anyone over this. Shit happens. But now I know what to do when it does, so there’s that, at least.
It seems that Bumblebee will be getting a digital release on March 9th and a home media release on April 2nd. I want both. I need a physical copy or three of the movie because that’s always been my thing, but I want the digital, too. So I can carry Bumblebee in my pocket wherever I go. For reasons. Namely, I’ll never be bored at work again. Think I can convince Prime?
Prime saw Alita: Battle Angel on Sunday. He said it was better than the Transformer films, including Bumblebee. Me, I’m skittish about seeing it; it seems that the filmmakers stuck pretty close to the source material and I know the source of the blood on Alita’s face. It was the reason I “noped” out of the anime back in the 1990s. So I’m on the fence when it comes to that one, sad to say.