Many people wish they were taller. Me? I wish I was shorter. Perhaps then I would have had a bigger Napoleon complex and accomplished more.
It may only be a coincidence, or it may be an unintended subconscious action, or it just might be that J.K. Rowling knew what she was doing when she wrote Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire presumably in the year or two prior to its release in 2000. In chapter fourteen she used the words “prediction”, “decapitation,” and “what’s in the box” all within two lines. Did she subconsciously start the “What’s in the box” meme referencing 1995’s Seven before the Internet even had such a thing? Time-Life’s Mysteries of the Unknown. Read the book.
My son learned about Alfa Romeos while watching Top Gear. Later that day he saw a small shiny car and said, “Dad. Is that an Alpha Male?” I said, “No son, an alpha male car is a Corvette or Camaro, that right there is a Mini Cooper.”
I always feel like a elite hacker, after spending a few minutes going through all the possibilities of the username/password combination for an account I haven’t used in a while. Anonymous will be recruiting me any minute.
Occasionally, I see patterns in media. So much has been produced there’s bound to be some overlap here and there, such as my previous compilation of “Hey” used in music. For some time now, I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme in some songs, namely the idea that it’s my life, and I’ll live it my way, and no one can tell me how, and I won’t back down etc. etc. Maybe it’s the rebellious nature of Rock and Roll, or maybe it’s just a common human sentiment. Regardless, I cobbled together some examples:
No more leaf splendor.
Commence blowing with my Black and Decker lawn cleanser.
This movie was made in 1989 and the older participants are in their 60s 70s and 80s. Note the clash of pledge versions. One person says “under god” while the rest, particularly the old woman leading it, does not. Because when they learned it as kids, prior to the 50s, it was not part of the Pledge.
My friend Sarah has a 7 year old girl who loves Halloween, and she looks forward to her annual Halloween party more than her birthday. Sadly, they were not able to have the party last year due to an untimely change in residence. The new place had a great barn though, so this year we made up for it by creating a Haunted Barn for her and her guests.
This time of year, some people start getting excited for Christmas, despite not giving Halloween or Thanksgiving the attention it deserves. I’ve always maintained that we shouldn’t celebrate Christmas until we’ve given the holiday in front of us the attention it deserves. It kinda felt like that today when, among the excitement for Star Wars, I bought Back to The Future Marathon tickets for me and the kids.
You know how with dogs it really doesn’t matter what words you use, it’s the tone. You can say mean things in a sweet voice or good things in a mean voice etc. Children are not that much different. Turns out threatening to take away a bedroom door is just as effective as taking away video games or TV.
STOMP STOMP STOMP…
“So help me god, if you slam that door, you won’t have one anymore. I’ll take it right off the hinges.” The child stops, but still stands poised to slam the door.
“I’m going to get my tools right now!”
“No dad nooooo!”