It is that time of year when we are suppose to be thankful for all the things that are good in our world -the things we never really appreciate as much as we should.
*Vics vapo-rub for those dry winter days indoors
*a cat to act as both translator and companion
*deli meats and sprouts for sandwiches
*'The Walking Dead' is a fantastic adaptation of a brilliant comic book series and just got a 13 episode pick up after the initial six. God bless you AMC
*discovering a new movie or TV series I was previously unaware of and can now easily download at my convenience
*my 'Cave of Cool' blog and the purpose it gives my life
*'Stargate Universe' - the best written and acted show on TV right now. Robert Carlyle is a revelation - 'Fringe' is a close second
*the people who follow my blog and often comment (though never enough) - I have met some really interesting fellow travellers who I would gladly fight and die with if and when the zombie/octopus apocalypse comes (and come it will)
*the way these same people validate me and make me a better man and a better communicator
*'Community' and '30 Rock' are still wacky and insane half hours as are 'Modern Family', 'Chelsea Lately' and 'The Middle'
*cooking shows that use octopus as the main ingredient - preferably ones made in Japan
*that maybe the drag that Gorden Ramsey has become on my life will mean he will go away for a few years. I am about full up with his antics.
*my books, my music (which should be encased in a huge Gothic organ/jukebox just for the effect)
*my mother and the TV shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race' that we share together
*the revelations that salsa with sour cream and tostito chips is a great snack and it took my mother 70 years to realize that - she acts like she discovered the combination on her own
*cheeseburgers and onion rings from a no-name old time diner
*my collection of tumblr images that inspire me everyday in my storytelling
*croutons and cottage cheese for my salad
*the train wreck that is Charlie Sheen. You know one day he will fuck up so big that nothing can fix it - think how fantastically satisfying that will be. Same for Lindsey Lohan but just replace his name with hers and the word 'ditch'.
*my toy/action figure collection
*my failures and regrets that make me realize what paths or decisions I don't want to go down or make again
*my memories of those who are no longer in my life but who I hope think of me ever once in awhile
*Maury Povich and his 'baby daddy shows'
*MTV shows about pregnant teens that teach these stupid selfish girls NOTHING. You can lead a hoe to water....but you can't make her think anything other than that her baby daddy will be around a month after the baby is born - look around yourself and get a grip.
*real housewives that are certifiably crazy and not just made up crazy.
*Prison shows like 'Lock-up'
*the brilliant captioning I do to pictures of cats I find. It's an old and honored tradition since the start of the Internets - I feel like I am giving something back to those who started it all by keeping the tradition alive. It was that or make porn and, well, I chose the cats
*the concept of Schadenfreude - god bless you stupid videos
*the mind puzzle that is Schrödinger's cat (Is he alive or dead? Is he even in the box at all? What is a cat? What is a box?)
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.