You’ve Been Playing A Video Game

You’ve been playing a video game and I’m sorry to learn it, but it beats not knowing. Everything coming clear means a great many embarrassments come into being. My worry now is watching tons of people playing pretend to manage with things they are ashamed to admit to doing, or having lost control of themselves and not being able to face it. They pretend. Pretend nothing changed, pretend everything is fine, pretend we are the people we have always been and no one and nothing influenced us to be anything worse.

 

Subscribers make sense to me. You get a sense of someone interested with a subscription. “Followers” sounds extremely shady to me, like a stalker; someone is following you around. Or having “followers” like a religious cult-leader. Yuck-O…

 

Friend can be a pivotal word. One needs to engage for a long time to earn that title and personal behaviour changes the out come as time moves along. Using a button which requests friendship is one of the sickest ventures I can recall ever going along with. This is a video game manoeuvrer. Just as a like-click is or some other method of relaying emotion or feelings with a button press. You’ve taken a video game controller to your loved ones and been amassing points from them and towards them with this method. This is why what is known as social media is so anti-social. Machine elements and scoring was given to you and some of you may have never even played a video game before or you had and decided you weren’t fond of them.

 

Humans generally require more complex attention and interaction. Narratives work for many of us as it shows behaviour that is somewhat natural minus certain outlandish parts that we understand are to make a story more interesting. This is why in most storytelling we have something called, “suspension of disbelief”. Another facet of enjoying fiction that I’m not too sure we’re being taught about these days.

 

Telephone calls work, even conversations by text that are fluid enough, letters work also when the structure is learned. Face to face socializing is the most direct method of communication. Without it we don’t learn very much. There is a saying, “Teaching by example isn’t the best way, it is the only way.”

 

Video games can be very fun and rewarding when what you are involved in is a complete fiction, just as board games can be. The reality is you are playing but the games themselves are a diversion from real life, something to enjoy and you sometimes have competition with fictional characters. Video games are safe when the world is fictional. Or perhaps it’s a flash-card game to improve one’s mathematics, language, or music reading skills. We have a lot of games in vision-therapy based on personal improvement alone.

 

What we have been experiencing with the rise of “social” networking is something that is extremely close to a video game. The tragedy is that it has involved real people with real lives. That’s why it is so unhealthy and had been destroying so many of our relationships. We knew something was “off” but it is addictive and occasionally useful so we keep using it. One thing that is natural about all of this is we humans often do things that are bad for us.

 

I’m grateful pinterest dispensed with their “like” button. I’m hoping other networks will follow that suit but I have my doubts. It is truly horrifying to see so many reasonable humans turn into image sharing robots in order to find out how many “likes” or points they will gain from it in a network group, but that is the big degradation to human personality that has taken place.

 


 

Now the question is: how do we find our way to a more healthy form of living again? Moreover, how do we deal with being taken advantage of and behaving badly? For myself, and other letter-writers, it’s so much easier than for others. I observe my own behaviour and try to apologize when necessary. I make efforts to find alternatives to stop my own madness. That’s why my embarrassment for using a social network after I log out goes down. I have come to realize that my more limited use is nothing near the continual excess of so very many more people than I can comprehend.

 

Actual video games, by computer or otherwise, not associated with any other person or connected to any network, has been a great form of “methadone” against desiring using “social” media. I’ve made that suggestion to pen friends, and even those I would never anticipate wanting to play them have admitted it’s a great idea. Even Klondike with a card deck on the screen. So that is a good first step.

 

Letter-writing for communication, even just by email, has also been helpful. If one has no pen pals, one can journal to themselves. Victoria Winters even wrote letters and mailed them to herself at the foundling home as a child. Talking on the telephone has also been a boon to me, especially the calls with better reception.

 


 

But as for the uncertainty? That might take something I can’t provide. Owning up to mistakes has been at a major low for some time now. Which brings more clarity for why Barnabas-haters became so prevalent. After his villainous tendencies wear off on Dark Shadows, he is often kicking himself for his wrongs and owning up to his mistakes where and when he can. In a world of encouraged narcissism this style of character, one that accounts for his errors, is not one that would be well-loved. I’d say there is no time like the present to start loving him and thinking of how he handles things to help you with owning-up.

 

So that’s one suggestion. There might be a therapy group near you to help “social” network users to go through the steps of recognizing what our mistakes have been. It’s often easier to take big steps if a group is involved, as humans do look for large groups to guide them, which is why a lot of this networking stuff grabbed us: so many others were doing it, and we were looking for our others.

 


 

What I see right now is that pretense, though. It’s a bit chilling but at least I know what it is and why it’s there. What one doesn’t understand is difficult to see, and very often we want a “simpler” explanation for it, so? We make one up! And if we find out we were wrong about it? We simplify that by pretending we never said it. Tough thing to do in this new world where almost everything is being recorded for documentation, isn’t it?

 

And this is likely why I terrify people; I understand this world because I intentionally lived in it with recordings and writing things down. I reflected on my words and the words of others since I was at least six years old. I also had people getting snooty about letters that I wrote when I was in my teens, none of which said anything horrible at all.

 

But that pretense, pretending nothing bad happened, is a rough path, my friends. It’s like trying to delete the obvious because it doesn’t suit your lifestyle. The more you try to do it, the more other things will arise that you have to pretend also don’t exist or didn’t happen. Similar with lying. One lie often leads to another until it’s a cascade and you get caught out.

 

This is why when I said “The Kinks” in my February 2018 Pit Update and discovered the band was really The Who, I went to two locations to put in a typed correction. (This web log and podomatic.) Did anyone catch that? I was quick about it! I suppose I could re-edit the track and release it without “The Kinks” but mistakes are a sad fact of life. And why bother editing more audio with an audience who barely listens or pretends not to be a listener? (Not all of you, of course, but a large number.) I made another mistake last June, I believe about The Addams Family and The Munsters airing dates. G’ah! But again, who really is paying any attention?

 

And yet, that’s how extreme the pretense has gotten. Coming to me to help with an error means you would have to (((gasp))) admit you are a listener of the show. That avoidance started so many years ago and you’re STILL trying to cover it up so… you can’t say anything.

 

You see? When you don’t own up the problem just gets bigger and bigger and bigger until you trap yourself. So all I can advise on that score is asking yourself, “What happened?” Try to remember how it started. Look for ways it might have made sense as to why you pretended something to begin with. Make observations.

 

I’m actually hoping that someone can own up because there are hundreds of others you just might relieve as it probably happened in the same way to them as well. Wouldn’t that be nice? Helping others to feel better? That’s one of the reasons accountability is such a wonderful thing. There was even a character made  out of it called Jiminy Cricket.

 


 

One scarier aspect of all of this is I didn’t realize, since I wasn’t on the “social” networks much, is we all were socializing with a video game system. I was engaged in a lot of activities, but one of the many things I was stuck to in 2013 was, in fact, a video game called Animal Crossing.

 

That particular game only has a monetary point system, really. You get fun stuff from that, but Animal Crossing has a knack for being a fictional world which navigates a great deal like real life. It’s enticing with cute animals for your neighbours who have recognizable patterns of behaviour that don’t repeat with others too often. Sending letters and receiving them with gifts can happen. There is a mailman, Pete, there is a mayor (who is usually asleep), a town hall, fishing, a museum, clothing store, a general store, cafe, bus to a city and back, and with internet access you can experience the Animal Crossing towns of others. I actually spoke with a microphone and speaker to many strangers who were quite nice and fascinating to talk to.

 

The structure of that video game was far more social than social networks have been for years. The passage of time plays an important role as well since there is gardening involved, day and night, seasons, holidays, special events, and extremely convincing conversation to where, although these are cartoon style animals, the chat feels as if one is in a real town with real individuals. Even if you wrote your neighbours an incomprehensible letter they would notice that it was incomprehensible. In comparison it feels far more like real life than social networks do, as if those networks are a less advanced and poorly engineered video game.

 

I was sated for comfort with Animal Crossing during a time so many others were being swayed into using a style of video game which encouraged less use of skills in the art of conversation than my cartoon birds, bears and cats were achieving in a fictional world that had been manufactured for Nintendo.

 

That’s what’s scary. I didn’t question a lack of comments for The Pit in most of 2013 because, not knowing about the traffic graph, I presumed no one had bothered with the textual version yet, or those who did decided it wasn’t their cup of tea. I had no idea people online were losing something that the “neighbours” in my Animal Crossing town had an automatic ability to do with programming which was that sophisticated. Video games were bringing forth fictional characters that could be more human than humans themselves.

 

It’s little wonder what is happening to us now echoes so many speculative and science-fiction stories. When I get a message with a lewd request I think, “What is this? ‘Logan’s Run?”

 

And this is also why some of us were taught those stories in school: to prepare us. I first read “The War of The Worlds” radio script in my 6th grade text book. (I got a cassette copy a year or two later.) Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio, folks! Similar stunts are done with television and now? “Don’t believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” – Douglas Adams.

 

My Mum mentioned social media reminded her of “The Game” episode on Star Trek: The Next Generation. My friend, Melissa, was reminded of “Invasion of The Body Snatchers”. With the fandom politics trying to assimilate fans to a non-canon pairing? I’ve been reminded of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. And of course with the gas-lighting I heard and read on multiple levels, being told so much that obviously is untrue in real life and fiction? “1984” by George Orwell. Right now science-fiction and reality are blending too close for my own comfort!

 

It shows me how much I have come to truly admire Doctor Julia Hoffman. It isn’t likely she was pushed into becoming a doctor due to parental or peer-pressure. Against the expectations of her time period she became a doctor for herself. Another reason I appreciate Helena, Tiffany and Cassie writing on this web log to me about their longing for the Julia/Barnabas pairing, which is a healthy one in words to the effect of, “I enjoy it for me. It’s not for everyone.” This is what choice is all about and the freedom of that choice. Being different. That’s my own personal love for Doctor Hoffman. ❤

 


 

But for owning up to mistakes? I’m not sure what to advise. Perhaps you might go through old records, messages you’ve sent in a format that no one will distract you from them? Take steps into the last five years of what you’ve been saying or doing. Stop worrying about what everyone else is saying and concern yourself with yourself. That’s one thing this idea of constantly being “connected” ruined for us: Me-Time. Who wouldn’t go crazy starving for that?

 


 

Barnabas Collins was once dearly loved and one reason why is because he was sensitive, self-deprecating, loved his family and friends, turned from villain to anti-hero and then became the hero. A most progressive character. So progressive I can’t think of another that tops him. Like other vampires that came after him, he was aware of his curse, dreading the need to be a life that feeds off of other lives.

 

If that sounds familiar it ought to, because that is what we are. You don’t see cats in a state of remorse over a bird they’ve hunted down. It’s humans who have that remorse. We are the vampires feeding off of animals, but in other ways we also feed off of each other.

 

Why make a social network addictive? Money. Why make tasty food that isn’t nutritious for our fellow man? Profit. Why produce and sell movies interlaced with violence and spite? To catch viewers attention and increase the cash flow.

 


 

So if anyone has felt like a vampire enjoying The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows and hiding that you do? Barnabas Collins is the perfect role-model I can advise. Perhaps we can learn to love him again and not despise him so much. He does enough despising of himself on the show as it is.

Until next time? Play a video game, don’t let a video game play you. Turn off your smartphone, and log-out of your “social” network. Then find a really good game of solitaire and enjoy yourself. 🙂

 

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Instructional Manual (April/May 2018)

aprile 2018 update 2c

 

Basic information for various sites for this series and how to use them to comment on episodes; this is mainly in the direction of the url      https://thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/

Plenty of guidance in how to use these sites. Welcoming if a listener only wants to focus on a single character, fandom or cameo.

Old internet rules for The Pit Crew. What makes me happiest: Commentary. Examples: My reading of Tito’s commentary for “Episode 5: Saving Pop” and Lisa’s commentary for “Episode 15: A Blundering Succubus”. Some examination of Willie and Sarah’s interactions, as well as Maggie merging her memories together.

Discussion of the “Dark Shadows” movie and Lisa’s wonderful reaction to that, and how I altered my offering to introducing more people to the series when it became more easily available. Social media, where it comes from, and how complaining about the people in areas that it comes from is paradoxical to our current social behaviour. (If one hates people on the West Coast, how is it applicable to use the addictive social tools they build to complain about them?)

How critiquing once had socially redeeming value and then degenerated into “bash-culture”, which is, ultimately, bad for your health. Pen pal information for L.W.A. and how Hidden Object and I maintained our friendship. The importance of correspondence. Our natural reactions to light and movement.

My struggle against social media addiction and the rewarding results. Helping a new fan of Dark Shadows and sending DVDs to her of the original series while comparing what she already knew. Consideration of villains and how they blend in to the storytelling. The importance of villains in stories, basic and complicated concepts. News about Auntie, too. How, oddly in this age, letter-writing is managing better than solely using the internet.


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Lyrics for our pen friends in this project:

Celebrate the pale dawn, celebrate the birdsong,
Celebrate, this is your time,
Although we live in the wreckage and on the faultlines.

And everything we own is not everything we are,
With every word we breathe, we live, we live again.

Celebrate, there is no fear now,
There is no fear now for us to feel.
Celebrate, there is no fear now,
There is no fear now for us to feel,
For us to feel.

 

(The London) Suede “Faultlines”

Some April News

A-a-a-a-a-and it’s none of your darned business, but I’m going to tell you anyway…

 
Hi, everyone! Hopefully more good pen friends than not. (I still welcome the old runaways who I miss!)

 
So nothing is perfect, but if y’all heard the February 2018 update podcast, the better life qualities still stand. I had a traumatic accident pressing a link and feeling drowned by all the social media targeting to my brain that, yes, I left a few posts of my traumatized reactions and managed to finally log out of that beastly creation! (FB) I also got the opportunity to vocally explain to (real-life) friends why it happened, and you know something? They had enough information from me to understand the situation completely. (As opposed to having so much *less* information and making up some random falsehoods about me.)

 
I have also decided that I need more “Kipper” shows in my life. I missed that pup! I still have the cerebral stuff (“Connections”, “Sherlock Holmes”,) and The Pit stuff playing, but living life is also nice!

 
I am loving my pen pals and letters and thank you for keeping me company if I haven’t already told you.

 
I’m editing more of Episode 18 “Braving The Waters” and allowing myself to enjoy that creative endeavour in private. I wish I could share more of the Pit show but the commentary for later episodes is not forth-coming so I have to continue to take care of myself and leave it be. (There is plenty to do in the mean time.)

 
I’m also editing chapters for new audio books which are very important. I’m rusty but it’s very good for me and books are so wonderful for simply making observations of life that help in incredible ways.

 

Example:

 

“And who shall say that inanimate things do not answer to our love of them, and diffuse, between our four walls, a certain gracious spirit of kindliness and welcome?” –Myrtle Reed

Isn’t that splendid?


Another portion is we’re soon finishing up “The Hand of Fear” on Doctor Who and I am way bummed because this is the last set with Sarah Jane Smith!

 
It’s really good, the special effects, anyway. Making jokes about this hand crawling around like Thing versus The Hand of Count Petofi. I think we made a joke of “The Hand of Count Peto-Thing”.) But whoever did the special effects on that was really good for their budget! (No bubble-wrap spray-painted green with that one!) Plus Sarah Jane’s oufit is such a twee like anime type thing! I gotta get some pictures!) And it’s got stars on the front which reminds me of a Dr. Suess story…

 
But with Sarah Jane’s departure that means K-9 should arrive soon, so that cheers me up. (I have hired K-9 to help with The Tardis while Barnabas is on board. Don’t worry, it’ll work!)

 


I’m also seeing stats for the podcast are low so that makes me smile a lot! ^_^

 


Helena mentioned finding Kathryn Leigh Scott’s books about Dark Shadows available through e-reader library means, so give that a run if you enjoy those. (I do and I thought most fans did!)

 
Speaking of which… or witch… I saw something big all about “Bewitched” that I’m itching to get. I could sure use a big volume like that. “The Bewitched Continuum: The Ultimate Linear Guide to the Classic TV Series” by Adam-Michael James. (I get lost with Bewitched more than Dark Shadows because Dark Shadows has compartments and Bewitched just keeps going.)

 


Getting a bit of an itch to get to more of Sarah Collins DuPres’ new life as a kid in “Margaret Josette DuPres”. I don’t know; maybe I was worried about her growing up too fast. But it’s hard to work on that novel without chat about it. If I don’t know quite what previous readers enjoyed or were looking forward to than how am I to contemplate where to take it? I get asked for more but that’s all I get asked for “more”. (Would readers like me to write the word “more” 3,000 times as a chapter?)

 


So yes, I’m still working on creative pursuits, cleaning up the house, doing audio books (while I shake my fist at technical problems) and somehow learning how to live with this new layer of PTSD I gleaned from sharing this project when social media schemes were ruining our social skills. (I already had enough trauma from before so now? More therapy for me… *sigh*)

 
Well, if you enjoy the work so far and have any questions I’m here at the web-log, by email, and Google Plus. (That social media site is so delightfully dull!) 🙂

Feel Free To Ask Questions

Hello there, Pit Crew. It is a new month and I decided I should express something very important about living life as human beings: Asking questions. Honest questions, questions about what you have a curiousity for, or what you are wondering about.

 
I believe we have learned through this tragic Morning-of-the-Internet that using a search engine (or “googling”) our questions doesn’t always lead to the answers we are looking for.

 
I get some very interesting statistical hits of people asking their search engine questions such as,

“Was Maggie Evans the reincarnation of Josette duPres?”

and

“Did Dr. Hoffman ever get Barnabas’ love?”

These are problematic questions to ask a machine, aren’t they? They are questions about fictional humans and oddly enough fictional humans are much closer to real humans than computers are. It might be better to ask a living human these things. I just did that today over the telephone with a person who works at a restaurant. I also got the answer to my question from her.

 
I asked a search engine rather recently, “Where are people having conversations?” And the website list I got showed several articles about how today’s’ youth are rather incapable of being able to have a conversation. So, as it turns out, I had the answer and the computer did not.

 
Conversations take place in the physical world between people, whether it’s on public transportation, places of business, eating establishments, places of worship, community centers, libraries. People also have conversations over the telephone, voice calls, and on the written page between letter-writers. (I’d also add saloons but I don’t frequent them. For all I know bars just serve drinks while people stare into their mobile phone screens. I’m not sure of the answer to that one.)

 


 
I recently purchased my first sheet of Mister Rogers postage stamps and I plan to get more. He’s really made me think about how much quality programming on television I actually had in my life and the effect it had on my upbringing which could have been much worse without shows like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”. He was pretty darn good at figuring out what kids needed to know and also what questions they might need to ask of themselves, like how they feel about what they experience, or how they feel about their own feelings. If he were alive today and asked me how I felt about him being on a postage stamp my answer would be, “It’s about time!”

 
I have come to realize I am living in a world where many of those younger than I am did not grow up watching Mister Rogers. They grew up in an internet world, supposedly “sheltered from harm”, but in actuality more expected to criticize everything without much life experience, skill, or even the need to criticize it all. There is also the sudden shock of rather explicit content and fairly “hard core” pornography that is a bit too easy to find. (I saw a ton on tumblr and I sure wasn’t looking for it either! It was rather thrown at me in simply placing my cursor on another users’ icon.)

 

As Mister Rogers might say himself? “MERCY!”

Anyway… I wanted to get back to some basic conversation skills now that I have permeated so much social media website toxins out of my system. I felt this needed to be stated with a log entry, too.

 
Do you have questions for me? I am a person, most of you know this having heard recordings of my voice in which I am at first being very patient, and then losing patience, and nearly losing my own mind.

 

That can sound scary, can’t it? It has certainly scared me, but then again watching basic conversation skills degrade in favour of mobile gadget addiction in companions I’d known for decades was also quite terrifying. It is sad that I went more public to share a series to relieve and help fictional characters and now it definitely seems like I am in the role of helping real living humans to work things out, too. For now, yes, I am here for that.

 

Do you have questions about Dark Shadows? Do you have questions about The Addams Family? Do you have questions about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? Do you have questions about The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows? I can, at least, give answering any of them the old college try. That is what the comment boxes on this wordpress web-log are for. I will try to be patient if the questions sound odd to me, and it will take a little time to find them and answer them when they are asked.

 
So, if there are questions you want to ask in a genuine sense of curiousity, feel free to ask them here or on other log entries. Thank you and you’re welcome.

Just a bit of news…

Hello, everyone.

 
I was going to write up my “Long Road Out of Facebook: Part Two” but I’m putting it off for a little while.

 
If anyone timid was worried about me being a “crazy weirdo”, alas, that came from a ton of the troubles I contended with via social media and fandom politics. I believe Miss Read’s protagonist in her Fairacre series of books was wise to vividly express how entrenched her neighbours could become with making up more diabolical information about her and each other than was true. Humans just have a terrible tendency for that.

 
Be that as it may, I believe some of you want to help. Perhaps it’s only a little, or as Mrs. Rachel Lynde of Avonlea might scoff, “precious little”, but I’d like this log entry to provide helpful pointers now that pen friends and a few good individuals have befriended me in this journey.

 
If you would like to email me… well, I think I’ve advertised that more than necessary. (It’s mainly led to some crude emails from the lost or Losing-it-at-Wyndcliff types as well as a deluge of spam over the years. (((sigh))) Anyway, that option is still available. (It actually used to be my work email, in a sense, and I suppose with The Pit it is again. ❤ )

 
thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com is also available if you want to try the discussion questions. The method of using that web log is that the main page shows the episode number and titles under the big collage. Those titles are actually buttons that reach you to each episode. (I put up some video versions in the comments if you wish to skip the first seven intros. I still like the intros, though. I feel they show the calm, though enthusiastic, style of person I was when I began this project.)

 
The questions are merely guidelines to points of interest. Once upon a time people could compartmentalize their personal highlights on their own, but with social media and smartphones taking over the more adept comprehension skills and turning them into mush, it worked for some to have these key questions available. (It’s helped a couple pen pals as well to go there if they lost their print outs. Yay.)

I know people do love to discuss their favourite shows. The Pit is currently my favourite show, otherwise I would have given up on it years ago. So I’m up to listen if you can’t find anyone else to discuss it with. (I venture to believe that if you’ve tried to talk about it with others you might have gotten drawn in to some hostile gossip instead. Bummer, eh?)

 
Oh, what else might the silent masses wish to know? It’s hard to figure out, isn’t it? (I still marvel at so many Aussies being scared of me. What happened to that Crocodile Hunter/Dundee spirit? Or Midnight Oil? They were all about change for the better. The Church? That’s a cool band too…)

 
I’m currently working on Episode 18 while I await my grassroots team to finish up their chat for Episode 17 in our private ways. It’s gotten slower, I’m afraid, but if someone wants to join the grassroots team I’m welcome to that. (I’ll just need some chat for 16 to make sure you’re really up for it.)

 
Episode 18 is plodding along as I’m editing about twice more than I once did since each characters’ lines are done separately. It takes more meticulous effort to make the show better. I’m happy with Bill Malloy’s ghost, and Captain Gregg, but I wish Samantha Stephens was a little smoother. It’s my first try so I won’t be hard on myself. That’s about as far as I’ve gotten in the editing room.

 
Is anyone feeling like a chump because of social network addiction and bad behaviour coming from it? Hey, I made an example of myself to see if I could kick-the-habit. It was not easy at all! You’re not alone. If you prefer the old 20th Century ways, they still exist. You like old TV shows and movies, right? Me too.

 
As for the novel, I miss creating more. I do believe Maggie would like to chip in at the coffee shop as Sarah matures. It’s just hard to know how the town is orbiting with The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows unfinished. That’s another reason it focuses on love so much. It’s centralized on Maggie and Barnabas at The Old House (or Collins House). And there is a lot of stuff around Sarah’s new life that should be fun. Getting past her eleventh birthday will help a lot someday. Not a big party afterward, just a very grateful one.

 
But with that I still await more discussion from a couple folks. Otherwise I’ll have to keep that private too. Not a big deal since I do that with my original characters stories and always did. It’s just disappointing. All that promise of harmony from the dot-com-boom rather fizzled, didn’t it? So whenever the talk for the chapters comes I’ll be up for sharing more.

 
On the phone with a couple people, we’ve discussed how remarkable the depth of Barnabas’ character actually is. It’s very complicated, as is Josette, of course. In this world of simplification it would make sense a lot of people would be upset by complex characters that go in so many phases with multiple facets. There are less complex and simple shows if that’s what a person needs. They aren’t bad places to go. I enjoy the simple, too.

 
Barnabas and Josette have genuine loving qualities and I’m fond of characters which have that. It’s good to know there are at least four moving-picture and sound representations of them to enjoy in the world. A great love doing all it can to overcome great adversity.

 
That’s about all the news here right now. I wait to hear good things from you. I don’t really expect it considering the intensity of trained lurking that’s come into being, but I wait just the same.

 
Until next time, take care.

 

Daryl

Pit Update: February 2018

2018 Feb Update1a

 


News to pen friends and from pen friends.

Being in touch with “Auntie”. Reasons why DS Fandom went downhill during the onset of social media.

A short-list of online locations that became dead-ends for chat on “The Pit” show.

Uplifting commentary from current pen friends for Pit episodes, as well as great love for The Pit’s Q & A. 🙂

The Generation Gap implosion in recent years.

Sam and Maggie Evans as the best father-daughter combination on television. How there is so much to work with via Maggie and Barnabas’ relationship.

Farcical ideas for a Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows convention. (Idle, dry dreams!)

Descriptions of great pen pals that came forward due to The Pit and for far bigger reasons than any fandom involved.

Awesome stuff with Lisa and Melissa, and new ideas for Pit # 18 and # 19.

Wrapping up this show with a familiar song from podcast # 7 for a wonderful reason.

Theme songs for this show: “Doctorin’ the Tardis [12″]” by The Timelords and “Reach For The Sky” by Social Distortion.

Mail art for this podcast cover-image created by a lovely pen pal named Jason.


 

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Lyrics for our pen friends in this project:

Yesterday is history,
And tomorrow’s a mystery,
But being here right now,
It’s just about you and me.

You can run, you can hide,
Just like Bonnie and Clyde,
Reach for the sky,
Ain’t never gonna die.

And I thank the Lord for the love that I have found,
And hold you tight ’cause tomorrow,
May never come!

Reach for the sky ’cause tomorrow,
May never come,
Reach for the sky ’cause tomorrow,
May never come…