When I was a kid, the summers were a time to visit the family farm that was half way in between the two smallest towns in the world - Sundown and Vita, Manitoba.
At least once a day we would drive to the small stores in one or the other town and I would stock up on bubble gum cards. It didn't matter which type - sports, movies, monsters, TV shows - I loved the pictures on the cards and of course that awesome stale gum.
There was just something about carrying around a stack of them around with me. I kept mine in an old purple CROWN ROYAL bag. I would love taking them out of the bag and removing the elastic around them just so I could look at the pictures. I also loved how they were all the same size and thus looked good all stacked up. I liked them all mixed up so it was a surprise each time I took one off the top of the stack.
On day I bought a package of DARK SHADOWS cards from the TV soap opera of the same name. However this pack only had two cards in it. To replace the other cards they had added a poster that when unfolded was 8x10 inches in size and depicted BARNABAS COLLINS, the lead vampire character on the show.
When I went home I taped this poster to my bedroom wall. It was only after turning out my bedroom light at bedtime did I realize that the poster could be seen in the dark and was talking to me in a low muffled tone.
I was terrified.
For about a week I dreaded going into my room and insisted in sleeping with my light on. But even with that, the voices persisted. Eventually the lack of sleep and debilitating fear made me tear the poster off the wall and rip it into a hundred pieces.
But still there were the voices.
It was only after telling my Dad about my fears did he explain to me that I had hung the poster over the room vent and when the basement light was on it projected a ray upon the poster making it appear to glow. The voices had come from the TV and my parents talking in the living room and was audible when the vent was open.
I didn't believe him until he closed the vent and the voices and light went away. It was at that point that I believed that my Father could fix any problem and I slept soundly after that.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.