When I lived in Europe as a kid they had this TV program on German television that was like 'America's Most Wanted'. It was called 'XY'. All the kids that went to my school watched it because they did these wicked re-enactments of crimes that didn't skimp on the violence or the blood. The 'man with the hook hands' was one such episode that sticks with me to this day.
The short film started with a prisoner being transported by train to what I assumed was the sight of his last crime, that site being the city of Lahr which we lived just outside of. Since he had been handcuffed in the front, he was able to subdue the cop escorting him. He made for the last car on the train hoping that he could jump off. The train slowed down on a bridge crossing and that was his perfect opportunity to escape.
However, things didn't go well for him and the handcuff chain got caught on a part of the railing and when he feel of the train he left both his hands behind.
The next thing they showed was him robbing a bank with some associated while wearing a wig. His two prosthetic hooks were clearly visible as he gave orders to his men. It was the scariest thing I had ever seen up to that point in my life (age 10).
Of course this was all we talked about at school for the next week. Those who didn't watch the show thought that this guy was a figment of our imaginations. They only believed us when one of my friends brought in an actual wanted poster that showed this guy face. His father was a military MP and came across that poster in his work.
Underneath his picture was a mannequin they had dressed up to show the cloths he was wearing at the time of the crime, the blond wig and the two hook hands. The mannequin had no face however and it's that vision of the faceless killer with hook hands that stayed with me all these years later.
I am sure that because the mini-movie was in German and the wanted poster was in German that it just fueled our imaginations to fill in the blanks for the parts of the story we didn't know. It made everything more scary and sinister.
For months I didn't ride my bike by myself or leave the apartment after dark.
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.