Celebrating a milestone

This year is going to be a big year for me. This Friday, just a few short days away, I will be making the last payment on my home. I will be a home owner for the first time in my life. Oh sure we could get into the specifics of it being just an RV but I will have my own piece of land to park it on with a yard and it will be mine. A nice little place to call my own.

One thing I always wanted to do at some point in my life was to host my own barbecue at my house. This fourth of July I am making preliminary plans to make that a reality. I suppose it won’t be a very big deal, just a couple of people over for hamburgers and potato chips most likely. But it will be the first time I have the option to be the host for this type of thing.

It’s nothing too major but this will probably be my first chance. Of course I am hoping that finally owning my own home and having a yard will give me plenty of these types of opportunities in the future. Still, it’s a major milestone for me and something I can cross off my list of things to do before I die.

Watching X-Men Dark Phoenix.

The day has finally arrived. When I was 12 years old I remember watching The Dark Phoenix Saga as part of the popular Fox Kids X-Men animated series that was popular in the 90s.

Even before I watched my first episode of the show I was familiar with the characters.

I started out collecting Fleer Ultra and Topps trading cards. Marvel Girl was immediately my favorite character. Once I witnessed the gut-wrenching descent of her character into destruction, she further solidified her place in my pantheon of superheroes.

I was so fascinated by this character, and of course her lover Scott, I was giddy when the wedding issue came out. It was such a fantastic special everyone in my family bought their own copy.

In 2006 I was mesmerized by the conclusion to the original X-Men film franchise. Sure, I was disappointed in the films depiction of my beloved character, yet as a fan of Jean more so than the Wolverine, well I can say the movie still captured my heart and brought a flood of human emotions to the forefront of my being. As much as it gets a bad rep, I still went back to see it two more times.

It would be an understatement to say I am beyond hyped for this film. That is all show is about to start, check the podcast for unfiltered thoughts.

Putting the Dark in the Dark Web Podcast

I am adding a new dark stories segment as part of The Dark Web Podcast starting this week. My intention is to take my favorite happy, upbeat sitcoms, kids shows, videos games, etc., and turn them inside out. The premise is simple. I will take a look at a favorite story from my childhood and find the dark side hidden beneath the surface. What that entails will vary from episode to episode. I am thinking something like what if Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World was secretly a serial killer or pervert? What if Saved by the Bell was really a hallucination and Zach Morris was really on drugs the whole time?

I am going to keep it playful and fun but at the same time open myself up to contemplating how dark could some of the eccentric characters really be in all of these. I am planning to go really dark here, the likes of which I have not dabbled on my show yet. I am mostly attracting an audience that finds these things more appealing and since my twisted mind often contemplates the sicker things in life I figured it was high time I pulled back the curtain to unveil the inner psychopath which has been running the show this entire time.

When I sat out to do this podcast my intention was to keep it dark. I wanted it to fit in with the tone of the website. I have strayed at times but not any more.

Here is a sampling of what is to come. Freddy Krueger is one of my heroes. I am going to to be presenting a case as to why he is a tragic figure and not the monster he has been made out to be. I am going to, within the context of the show, look into the soul of the man behind the demon to determine where the line between humanity and monster was crossed, if it was.

My hope is to provide a more entertaining portion of the podcast that will open people up to contemplating darker things. Maybe get people seeing the world in a different perspective. I would not consider myself goth by any stretch but I am certainly drawn to death. I work for a newspaper, death is a part of my daily routine in some respects.

Life is not always drawn in categories of black and white. Sometimes things that are perceived as black might really be the good while things thought of as good might be the true evil.

I am not preparing to do this lightly. I am truly expecting to put some thought into these topics. I don’t expect I will have, nor take, the time to devote to researching much. My intention is to make it a more entertaining segment with a dark focus. Consider it a contemplative analysis of TV shows. It might be better to define it as an attempt to ask questions people might not think to ask. I am not sure if it will gain much traction. I am hoping if I do it well there would be an audience. If not, or if I lose interest, well that’s often how it goes. It’s hard to produce a show with so little feedback from the audience.

I am not sure how dark I intend to go but I am going to dig into this Mr. Feeny scumbag for the first segment at the very least.