January 14th, 2018 by Proprietor
I did a post a long time ago about how a love for something might end up turning into a mental disorder, and how a collection can become a hoard at some point. I was reminded of this recently as I watched reruns of American Pickers on Hulu.
Many people on the show have gone beyond just having a collection of something and into full blown hoarding. The reasonings are varied, but it comes down to some form of mania. The people begin with a few things, then keep adding, eventually expanding to a point where every area of their houses or businesses are crammed with objects. Some people begin renting space to store the accumulation. When those people forget they have something, yet keep adding to the accumulation, those people are hoarding.
It is interesting to watch Mike and Frank dig through the stuff, find something of some value, that valuable item the person forgot they had, and yet when offered good money, the person argues or does not want to let the item go. I admit a little sympathy for the person.
There are items that I have found I had transported along through life and through various moves that I had forgotten I had. As a collector whom has begun downsizing drastically, and getting out of certain collecting areas, it does not surprise me when I open a box, and realize I had forgotten I had something. The discovered object was stored with the intent that it would eventually be displayed, once I had the room to display the item. Up until a few years ago, I had lived in apartments of various sizes. Now that I have a home, and I am downsizing my collections or accumulations, I do have more space to display, except, I do not want clutter.
Some of the found objects are neat. I know why I had purchased them. They were neat, and would look good if properly displayed. Except, then I have to dust them or clean them. That is a major draw back to collecting certain things. If they are displayed, they gather dust, and begin to look drab unless you clean them. I have enough things to clean, furniture, counters, shelves, and then things I have displayed on shelves. Adding to the chore of cleaning is not something I desire at this point.
One of the decluttering sites I have read states that the best way to find out if you need something is to put it in a box, label the box with date, then put the box in the closet. In six months if you pull the box out, and forgotten you own that item, you do not need it. It is time to sell the item or donate the item. This is how I feel with many found items. I did not realize I had it, so I do not need it. The only problem is the joy of rediscovery. Hey, the item was neat when I bought it, it is still neat when I found it.
Many people have some form of collection, whether it is books, records, cards, toys, anything you purchase for a purpose other than utilitarian makes you collector. Even utilitarian items like tools can be a collection. Except it with tools it is better to have something you do not need, rather than need something you do not have. That leads to spending more money, you might not have.
The mentality of a collector is one of constant desire, the joy of looking, then finding. The real heartbreak comes when you have a list of something you have been seeking, and you cross the last item off the list. Now what? Gotta find something else to collect.
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Six Children One Bathroom
January 10th, 2018 by Proprietor
Mentioned in the previous post that a blog about the Brady Bunch only having one bathroom for six children might be an interesting post. So, here it is.
The house used as the Brady House was a beautiful house in Los Angeles, California. The real house is good sized house with five beds and three baths. Which leads many people to puzzle as to why Mike would build a house with only one bathroom shared by six children. Without a toilet.
Immediately the bathroom is a point of contention, later the attic would be fought over, amongst the children. The boys complain about how the girls are taking over the whole space, and the girls claim the boys are being unsympathetic to a woman’s needs. They need a toilet. There were times when the children want to be alone, mainly Jan when she has a neurotic episode, and lock themselves into the bathroom. The other children would bang on the door wanting to use the bathroom, why, no toilet, what is the urgency? Mike & Carol, as well as Alice, have a bathroom in there rooms. Were the children so brainwashed or terrified of the adults that they cannot use the other bathrooms?
There are episodes where the bathtub is shown in use. One is Bobby taking a bath, and Carol tells him that dinner or something is soon so he needs to finish up. Another is when Tiger causes Jan to have allergic reactions, and is in danger of being sent to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Better than the mythical farm all dogs go to, though Tiger at first was physically not present, then only his house remained as a reminder. So Cindy and Marcia try and wash the dog. There are also episodes where people are seen exiting the bathroom after taking a shower or washing their hair. In the last episode, when Greg bought hair tonic from Bobby and Cousin Oliver, he tried to wash it out after it turned his hair orange.
The bathroom is between the two children’s rooms, and thus tends to be a focal point for various stories. Cindy borrows her mother’s earrings, then hides them under a towel. This becomes a big story as Mike and Carol are going to a costume ball. Cindy hopes to find the missing earrings before the event, and enlist Peter, who takes apart the plumbing. After searching, Cindy confesses. Everyone retraces their steps in various flashbacks. Alice says she went into the bathroom, picked up the towel, but put it back, because Mrs. Brady had told her the children need to put laundry in the hamper. The earrings were not Safe in the laundry, and ended up being destroyed. At least Bobby didn’t do the laundry, he had a tendency to use too much soap.
During the Brady sequels, the bathroom was seen in passing, still without a toilet. In the movies, the bathroom was used in several gags. Like many of the rooms in the Brady House, the bathroom would become something of a joke.
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January 7th, 2018 by Proprietor
Speed Bump was introduced in the Gorilla Fish: Bumps story arc. He was a character I intended to retcon into the BagBoy Universe. The heroes fought a pitched battle against the walking nuclear reactor called Destructo, who was going critical. In order to save Big City, Speed Bump used his energy redirecting powers to prevent Destructo from destroying the city. At that point, a massive temporal wave created by an accidental dimensional jump from a millennia ago caused Speed Bump and Destructo to be removed from the BagBoy Universe entirely. Somehow both beings ceased to exist in the collective memory of everyone in the universe. Except there was a residual. Sidebar: The dimensional jump caused a massive time/space energy wave to reflect off Doctor Fantastic’s pocket universe and destroy Point Man’s Universe, as portrayed in the Gorilla Fish: Point-Tastic story arc.
Since I had returned Speed Bump into the BagBoy Universe, I decided to start with the return of Speed Bump in Kid Spider as a way to elaborate a little more, and bring Kid Spider in line with Gorilla Fish without even bringing Gorilla Fish into the equation.
I had written several other story arcs, but I decided to remove those, and do things in a more efficient manner. As I begin to align the Kid Spider stories with what was revealed in Gorilla Fish, I can be a little more creative in some areas.
The Speed Bump story is brief, only a few strips long, and I will move into another element introduced into the whole mix in the next story arc after. Since I only publish once a week, the process can be a bit tedious to read. This is why I advise reading past stories.
This also coincides with a revamping of the look of the website. I had wanted to redo the Kid Spider theme, and had gone through a lot of design concepts. I wanted to compress the header, remove the whole background image, though I might find something I want to do later. I felt the whole website needed a revamp, and some cleaning up. I will continue publishing my sort of pop culture related blogs twice a week. I am working on some Brady themed blogs as well, since I had heavily introduced the blogs last year.
Hope you enjoy the new look.
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January 3rd, 2018 by Proprietor
Re-watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because I am thinking about going and watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After viewing, I realized that there is key information as to why the second movie is called “The Last Jedi”.
Supreme Commander Snoke, while talking to Kylo Ren, mentions that finding Luke Skywalker is important, because he is the Last Jedi. If the Resistance finds Luke, it could be a problem. The problem being, Luke can give rise to a new order of Jedi. People seem to think that Luke has to train this new order. Nope. Luke just has to find someone strong enough in the force to bring the balance necessary. Rey is that person. Kylo is only a part of the evolution of the new order of Jedi.
Rey is more than likely Luke’s daughter. Luke will not admit it, but Kylo, Han and Leia understand this. Rey possess not only Luke’s abilities, but Luke more than likely had begot her with another powerful force user. In the supposed none cannon Star Wars, Luke falls in love with Mara Jade, marries her, and have a child. That child is Rey. If you watch the scene where Rey has flashbacks after touching Luke’s lightsaber, the Millennium Falcon is flying off while a young Rey is crying to get her family back. Luke has chosen to leave Rey on Jakku, because it is a remote world, maybe she can grow up, and not be corrupted by the force.
From what I have read about The Last Jedi, Luke dies by fighting Kylo Ren via a force projection battle. Then Kylo kills Supreme Commander Snoke with the help of Rey. Luke is the Last Jedi, his dying, and becoming part of the force is his way of creating a new order of Jedi. Kylo redeeming himself or having questions about the Dark Side are Luke’s way of making right the wrongs Luke committed in the past.
The new Jedi order will arise and bring balance to the force as predicted by various events in Star Wars.
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Another Ten Movies You Should Consider
December 31st, 2017 by Proprietor
As was with the previous two posts (Post 1, Post 2), many of these movies are good movies in my opinion and worth a viewing. Most are probably available for streaming on various services. Number does not indicate anything.
1. Back to School: Rodney Dangerfield plays a self made multi-millionaire businessman, Thornton Mellon, who’s son is thinking of dropping out of college. He goes to visit his son, and finds out his son lied to him about being on the swim team, and is thinking of dropping out. So, Thornton decides to go to college with his son, and soon realizes how much he missed.
2. Blazing Saddles: This is one of the most politically incorrect movies, and everyone my age or older who has seen it bemoans the fact that this type of movie will never be made again. It is an incredible movie, and a great comedy. Mel Brooks was in his prime, and a comedic genius. The movie stars Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, both worked incredibly well together, and you see the genius of Gene Wilder when it comes to comedic acting.
3. Heathers: A grim and dark comedy staring Winona Ryder who is a teenager who is part of the most popular click in school, the Heathers. Only, she really hates her friends, and becomes enchanted with a mysterious new student, played by Christian Slater. It is a commentary on teen angst, and the clickishness of high school.
4. Hooper: An aging stuntman played by Burt Reynolds, wants to do one last stunt. A new breed of stuntmen represented by Jan-Michael Vincent is taking over the industry. The beautiful Sally Field plays Hoopers love interest. It is an often overlooked, and one of the better Burt Reynolds movies. Ain’t nothing like the life of a stuntman.
5. Lost Boys: The vampire movie with the Corey’s, Corey Haim plays Sam and his older brother, Michael is played by Jason Patric. Their mother has moved in with their grandfather into a fictitious city on the California coast for a better life. The city itself is known as the murder capital of the world, and there are dozens of missing children or people. That is because a vampire nest has moved into town. Kiefer Sutherland plays the group leader, David, who lures, Michael into the group, turning him into a vampire. Cory Feldman plays Edgar Frog, who’s parents run a comic book store. The Corey’s team up to defeat the vampires and save Michael.
6. Minority Report: A decent Tom Cruise movie, and science fiction movie. The premise is the government uses psychics who predict a crime is going to happen, the police arrest the person before the crime happens. Thus crime is ended. Except, there are times when the psychics are not in synch and one has a different vision than the others. This is a minority report, and could prove someone innocent. Tom Cruise plays the main character who is falsely framed for a crime and is a fugitive who must prove his innocents.
7. Streets of Fire: A basic rock and roll fable. It is not bad over all, and has a very retro feel. The music of the movie is very good. Diane Lane plays the pivotal role in the movie. Ellen Aim, Diane’s character, is kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. Her ex-boyfriend, Tom Cody, played by Michael Pare, is hired to rescue her. The ending is actually very cool, and it involves a battle with sledgehammers.
8. Troy: Brad Pitt plays the main character, Achilles, in the movie. It revolves around the story of Helen of Troy, and the epic retelling of the Iliad and the Odyssey. It was panned as being bad, but it is worth watching for the epic battle scenes.
9. Victory: A fictionalized World War II movie, starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pele. A group of POWs form a soccer league, and it becomes a publicity stunt for the Nazis. The Nazis stack the deck against the team, and will play in Paris. Contacting the French resistance, the POWs arrange a mass escape. Except, they decide to finish the game. It is a very thrilling movie to watch.
10. Zoolander: Ben Stiller plays the part to comedic perfection. A model who is so into himself, he does not realize how fake he really is. The funniest part is the pose off with Owen Wilson who plays his rival. I first saw the movie at a party, and the sound was turned off, it was very funny due to the physical humor. Add in some of the brilliant banter and it is hilarious.
That is another ten movies you should consider.
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