Yes, this is a bored and waiting Dr. “Hawkeye” Pierce wondering when his damn turn is coming up. I channeled him a little too early for a while, and as a result I began smelling each bite of my food. It was a bit disturbing.
Funny portion I found when I made a tired post on facebook, I was looking through what photo to use to show that and then I found this:
It cracked me and a few people up because I’d labeled it: “Dear Dad, Who the hell is Julia Hoffman?”
Man, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started all this via crappy equipment back in 2011. As for me it’s seems my whole life has been built to do all of this. I wanted a good education but mainly what I got was pop culture entertainment. Trying to get a good education resulted in learning how whacked-out humans can truly be. They say one thing and then go around doing the opposite. That’s why I like when someone puts up news of good deeds, even when it comes from non-human beings. Then all the comedy and humour I’ve imbibed, as well as the techniques for improving memory. Historical research from both curiousity and from trying to get my original material accurate. Money has always been a major problem, but when I got a little? I stopped buying cheap trinkets and got a ton of dictionaries, lexicons, thesaurus’, synonym/antonym books, and just studied on my own. Could barely afford college so I didn’t attend enough there.
Then someone suggested Vladimir Nabokov. Whoah! This man can WRITE! And English wasn’t his first language? Well this guy is speaking MY language! Wow! I was starting with Transparent Things, if memory serves, and he began a discourse on how when one focuses on a material object the history of that object links in. “Transparent things, through which the past shines!” Yes! Like James Burke’s series, “Connections”! Associative memory! Exactly.
And associative memory is how comedy works. How did Robin Williams accomplish such speed? One thing led to another, and then another and another. He kept going. And this is likely why improvisation was one of his favourite activities. The exploration of the human mind, where might this story go if I become a character or set of characters and let them take over? And as many of us know, it goes far!
Many a character had been taken into my psyche and in depth, as well as original characters I formulated, both to discover them and to discover my own identity. Then I come into Dark Shadows. Wow! These people gots problems! But why? What’s so bad about spooky? Oh! Okay, they aren’t getting the nice spooky. Hmm, what about all those other shows in the 1960s that did get the nice spooky?
Blending them together as accurately as possible? This is why The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows is so damn funny. Put all those fun spooks together with spooky people who are hurting? It’s HEALING TIME! Woo-woo! And then… are they meeting for the first time? No. Doing the research and I find, these people could essentially know each other already. Pasts are left open on many shows to allow that flexibility.
As in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
SPOCK: It’s true. I do not have a brother… I have a half-brother.
Sybok, Jedi Santa Claus of Vulcan
Come on, THAT must have made ya laugh!
Anyway, as we look over the wild list of characters in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, we find these characters being re-acquainted:
Wadsworth and Willie Loomis
Sophia Petrillo and Mrs. Johnson
Elizabeth Stoddard and Lily Munster
Dr. “Hawkeye” Pierce and Dr. Julia Hoffman
Sam Evans/Andre Dupres and Captain Daniel Gregg
As for Endora and Angelique? Of course they know each other!
Then the poor residents of Collinsport have been hooked into being stressed-out so long they’re almost addicted to it. These old acquaintances help them to remember things they’d forgotten, one of those things being how to laugh and enjoy life. (Sound like any DS fans out there?) And again, becoming a comedienne, as I was hoisted into the massive gaggle of Dark Shadows fans with something different and all the baggage so many have been carting around for so long, using humour is likely how one could get poor Barnabas and Josette to each other in the 1960s.
Tragedy never seemed to work.
So the list of things to be grateful for:
- An accidentally healed marriage! (HELL YEAH!)
- Some bare knowledge that people have been laughing their heads off at my audio work.
- A re-kindled love for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
- New material from Sir Simon Milligan & Manservant Hecubus. (They deserved a new job together. 🙂 )
- Finding people who love Thayer David.
- Seeing Sharon Lentz’s new kitten. (DAMN, that lil’ one is cute!)
- Finding people who actually love Barnabas Collins and see the depth of his character.
- Devoted people who don’t believe the hype.
- New friends who tell you their news and don’t just post memes.
- Reaching Dark Shadows fans who don’t touch DS fan pages because they know better.
- Bringing forth new creativity in those who have shown me kindness.
- Pen pals who still care after all of this time wanting other news. (They now understand there really is no other news.)
- Long talks on skype with new buddies who have the same passions.
- Winning “Dark Shadows Memories” from an Angelique/Barnabas fan who likes Monty Python and is awesome.
- Getting in touch with the Goth crowds again. Damn it, I’m HOME!
But the best thing of all? Many fans of Josette/Barnabas or Maggie/Barnabas, as well as those who puzzled out the reincarnation for so long. They all thought they were alone. Now? They’re meeting and sharing that love for them together. They love the marriage novel. They love seeing the two happy at last. They even love seeing the parallel between Barnabas/Josette & Gomez/Morticia. You know it’s there just from the reciprocation and how strong it is, as well as how spooky.
As well as other folks who said, “Well, yeah, Barnabas/Josette was a big duh to me, too.”
The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows reaches people who normally “avoid anything smelling even remotely like fan fiction”. It’s read to them, it mixes up the things they like, it gives them the characters in recognizable patterns as well as having them let their hair down. It incorporates other shows and movies they love. (Really, who didn’t want more Wadsworth?) It questions who we are which is a Western Civilization staple that has been extremely neglected for the last decade. And unlike certain other pairings preferences we show our virtue by saying to others, “Don’t like it? There’s plenty of what you want elsewhere. Go and have it.” But what do they do? They troll. They expound insecurities. They have fits. It almost gives one a warm glow.
I got my last troll review about a fortnight to a month ago. I threw back my head and laughed. It was honestly, truly hilarious.
So in all of these things, we have to thank someone for making the internet better, even when we’re ticked-off at malfunctions and mechanical flaws. Someone was trying to bring us all together. Now the problem is getting us to chat more about what we like, solving problems, and bringing some kind of halt to so much clutter. I’d be very grateful for that.