When I was a kid I enjoyed watching a show called Spectreman. Each episode involves some space gorillas causing mayhem to take control of the planet. Spectreman then shows up to save the day. The plot was basically an excuse for a fight scene between Spectreman and and someone in a giant rubber monster costume. It was an amazing mixture of bad kung fu movies and Godzilla. I think the best part of the show was the theme song. It’s been around 30 years since I’ve watched it but that song is still playing in my head.
Archive for February, 2011
When we had our son I found it endlessly entertaining when I noticed that the question “How old is he?” was almost always followed up with a prediction of my son’s skills and abilities. I decided that whatever prediction they made I would just multiply by rediculous.
“Oh he must be walking now.”
“Walking? He got his driving permit last week.”
“Oh he must be talking all the time now.”
“He doesn’t really have time for conversation while he’s working on his third novel.”
We had a tree in our front yard where I grew up that was a champion of leaf shedding. One day it would decide to hold its breath and over the course of the week all the leaves would turn a bright yellow. Then one morning it would finally exhale and all the leaves would drop in the span of a few hours. It was always really neat to see if you happened to catch it that morning.
Sometimes I’ll be out with a group of people and wind up at a restaurant I’ve never been to before. The first time I go through the menu nothing really catches my eye. The second time I go through it I start to get worried. “Oh no, I don’t want anything they have here.” I start to scavenge through the appetizers section to see if I can cobble something together. I hear the other people at the table excitedly discussing their choices. With no time left I choose one of the cheapest items available so I can go out and get something else later on my way home.
I think there’s a lot of stuff that I eat that really just tastes like salt or sugar. Waxy, powdery weak sugar. It doesn’t stop me from eating all of it though. Usually at a speed where I’ve eaten it faster than my body can tell me to stop. “Ugh, why do I feel like I’m going to burst? Oh yeah… probably shouldn’t have opened that second bag.”
I’m always fascinated when I come across a tree that had something attached to it many years ago and is in the process of swallowing it. At more than a few parks I’ve seen trees with little embedded plaques on them describing what kind of tree it is you are looking at. A tree growing through a chain-link fence can look like a freeze frame of liquid wood being squirted through it. One day as a kid I was walking around with the post from a garage sale sign pretending it was a sword. I sliced it into the crotch of a two-legged tree and left it there. I was quite surprised to come across that tree years later to find the ends of my sword poking out of either side of the tree trunk that had nearly swallowed it whole.
I was kind of excited a few years back when I got my first printer that had a built in fax machine. No longer will I have to go to the local fax machinery and pay 10 bucks to send some sort of important document across the country. I think I used it one whole time. That was now 3 printers ago. The amazing world of home fax machines never really turned out like it was in my dreams.
When we had our son and first used a baby monitor it would always wind up scaring me. I would turn it up really loud because I couldn’t hear anything. Then after 45 minutes of silence… “WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” I would jump up from whatever I was doing and run into the baby’s room to find him back to sleep. So I would quietly go back to sit down and listen to my heart beat.
I grew up and still live in an area that gets all 4 seasons. All the ice cream specialty shops close up and all the ice cream trucks stop driving during the winter. I wonder if that’s unique to this area though. Surely the parts of the world that have warm weather year round have ice cream shops open year round. Wouldn’t that be true in the cold parts as well? If you open an ice cream store in a cold weather are I’m guessing it stays open year round as well.
Maximumble began when I got a new little sketchbook for Xmas 2010. I started filling it up with pages of little stick figure people. I liked how some of them looked and decided to see what they were like in multiple panels. Here’s some of those first ones: