MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Newsflash

Hello. My name is Blue and I'm a comicaholic. ("Hello, Blue.") When I was 12, my penchant for pictures and balloons didn't bother anyone. They all thought it was cute. Now that I'm 47, I'm confronted with faces of polite disbelief and the occasional head shake. That's before I tell them I love dragons, too. 


I'm supposed to be a serious college professor. I can be. But a person's life is not meant to be an enumeration of other people's wishes, predilections and judgments, now is it? And who says reading comics isn't serious business? It can be, and even if it wasn't, how come so many adults think fellow-adults, and college professors in particular, ought to spend their free time doing... college professor stuff. Get your mind IN the gutter for a second and imagine what that means. But I digress and use a clichΓ© in the process. My colleagues would be so proud.

Have you ever attended a Friday afternoon cocktail party, holding a half-filled wine glass in one hand and bullshit in the other? I have. I would smile at a colleague, nod whenever she quoted one of the great ones, and laugh along with everyone else in the room when a pun or allusion was truly witty and insightful. Cocktail party 101: Join the herd and smile. Networking is the old us, people — get your foot in the door and smile your way up. And when someone asks you about your interests, tell them you play golf, even when you cannot afford a membership or would prefer to grab one of those shiny sticks and stick it where no dragon wants to light a fire lest an involuntary fart might cause the whole damn cave to explode. Pardon my Swedish and let's fast forward 'cause that was a long time ago.

Colleague: "And what is it you are interested in besides teaching, Professor Blue? Do you have any hobbies?"
Blue: "I collect comic strips."
Colleague: "You... collect... comic strips?"
Blue: "Yes, Ma'am. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the whole shebang... And I like dragons."

The truth is the new us, or it could be. What say you, fellow-bloggers?

Let's roar.

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83 comments:

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    1. Oh look, your dream of number one
      has now been spun...(haha)
      ok, sorry I just had too
      you didn't say which blog?

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    2. You had to and it was fun
      Beats sitting on a gun lol

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  2. lol let's hope you don't sit on any golf clubs
    Could blow up those slubs
    People like what they like
    What others think can take a hike
    Stick up their butt and then some
    Guess lots of things go up a bum
    No one is going to like what everyone else will
    So they shouldn't act like they are ill
    I'm sure their stick has a story too
    One you'd find ewww
    But that's how it goes
    No need for anyone to strike a hoity toity pose
    Now if you liked collecting used underwear
    Well then, you deserve a stare

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    1. Lots of things get stuck too
      Let's hope that's not where they're hiding my blue shoe

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    2. Would be rather brown
      Making your frown
      But could be weird too
      To win through and through

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    3. A brown suede shoe.... Say it ain't so!

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    4. At the Kitty Cat Show
      Might come with a tail, you know

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  3. What's wrong with collecting dragons? Or comics? I collect music, movies, and guitars. I guess weird is all in one's perspective. Truth is, everyone is weird...

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    1. Why be ordinary? Weird - means to have extraordinary character and Blue that you truly do possess. As Alex says everyone has their own kinks, it makes us unique.

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    2. The Ninja is right, as are you, True, though us bloggers might be slightly biased haha! There's nothing wrong with dragons, or guitars. But The Cat said something about collecting used underwear... YIKES!

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  4. ha - I absolutely love this! A blue dragon indeed.
    There is more to life than holding a half-filled wine glass in one hand and bullshit in the other? I think I've been to a party like that before.

    If someone asked me what my outside interests were I might say I am a dream-weaver, chasing dragons in my blue satin nighty. What would they think? They might say that is too abstract and my head is in the clouds. Well, that is ok as behind every cloud is a sky of blue.

    Don't let others define who you are, You have a wonderful imagination! Don't let anyone take that from you ever. At least comics are tangible.

    You are not alone, I love dragons! Let's roar, let's open our wings, let's fly!

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    1. ps - you look so majestic ;)

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    2. just so you know I would probably be scribbling a poem or song lyrics on a cocktail napkin when no one was watching..lol..

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    3. As if I didn't know. :) Majestic...me? You think so, Dreamweaver? Not borderline twisted?

      Let's roar:
      Hello, Bora Shore!

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    4. Maybe, we are all a bit twisted?

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    5. I'm so twisted I actually make sense to myself. Scary, right?

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    6. I know :) but I won't be answering my email before Wednesday... There's this deadline looming in the dark...

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    7. Thinking of you ..you always have the ability to fly, after all, you are a dragon coloring your world blue (hugs) from afar..,

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    8. Been sleeping more than's good for your average person... No dreams, though.

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  5. Too many dragons (of any colour) would be barely enough. One cocktail party on the other hand is a more than ample sufficiency.
    And I would categorise a golf-playing cocktail party afficionardo as seriously weird.

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  6. I love Dragons too!!!!! And Magical, Mysterious other creatures :-)

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    1. Ah there you are. Still visiting your blue friend.

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    2. I am!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

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  7. I don't collect comics but I like to read some of them and follow along with them. Don't do it so much these days but fond memories of days long past. Dragons are pretty cool unless they are name Eragon, but that's another story for another day.

    betty

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    1. Hello betty! Tell me about Eragon.... The suspense is killing me. Hello? Betty? :D

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  8. I love comics too - it's my secret hobby :)

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  9. I bet, though, that all your comic books cost more than a golf stick and you still could not use them to beat a burglar

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    1. Well, that's because I wouldn't want to damage them. I could use an umbrella, shove it and press "open". :D

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  10. I seek out the strange characters at cocktail parties. In fact, the last one I attended, I made a beeline for the guy with the bow tie and seersucker suit. He was fascinating and I got to feel like I was in Savannah.

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  11. My friend Paul, owner of a very successful (and Eisner Award-winning) comic shop since circa 1980, likes to tell people "I sell funnybooks for a living," purposely using a term offensive to comics purists. "Funnybooks" have made him deservedly wealthy. I worked for him during the eighties, and Paul made good use of my extensive knowledge of comics (comic books and comic strips) history.

    My parents never minded my love of comics. They (comics, not my parents) taught me to read, and how could my parents resent the comics when they sent me to the encyclopedias to read more about Thor and other Asgardians (after reading Marvel's Journey into Mystery comics), Adolf Hitler (after reading Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), and the like?

    I haven't read new comics since James Robinson's Starman series ended in 2001, but I'll never turn my back on those comic books and daily strips that came out when I was a child, and later as an adult... not to mention thousands I encountered years after it had originally been published.

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    1. Thank you for telling me all this, Mr. Silver Fox. I can picture you delving into those encyclopedias eager to learn more about Thor et al. How much does his hammer weigh any...um...way?

      An Eisner Award-winning comic shop... That sure sounds like a shop I'd like to spend the night in! (Month? Year? Decade?)

      But wait... you haven't read anything new since 2001? Are you telling me you haven't devoured the beauty that is The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips? (Click HERE) No, no, no.... that can't be right.

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  12. Nope, never. I clicked on the link, and unlike most of the recent comics that I've seen, it looks like an art-style and format that I'd actually like. And if you're recommending it, I'm assuming the writing is of high caliber as well. I'll seek it out sometime in the near future. Thanks.

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    1. It's top-notch. I couldn't stop reading it, though in the end I had to because.... "the end". So depressing.

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  13. I like dragons, and you look great as a dragon. I'm impressed. I want to see the blue fire come out of your mouth. I hate that cocktail party bullshit. You wouldn't believe the dinner parties I used to give to further X's career. Too much work. Too much bullshit.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hello Janie! You're right... I should've added the blue fire. What was I thinking, right? Anyway, good to hear you hate that cocktail party bullshit, too. How come there's always an infinite supply of bullshit? (Not to mention chickenshit, but that's another story...)

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  14. You look great as a dragon. Also impressive that you managed to type this out with giant claw-filled paws (is it paws? Hands? Feet?).

    I don't think I have to tell you we both collect comics. Anything from funny comics to the serious, serial kind. Pictures and words - so much cooler than real life, amirite?

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    1. You are rrrrrrrright! Much, much cooler.

      As for how I type all of this... I have this magic app that can translate my roars into beautiful English. Spared no expense.

      And your favorite comic book run is....?

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  15. Tell the truth. Who the hell cares what others think. I love dragons too.

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  16. You can ask Azra and me about how much we love dragons after the last G of T episode.
    Don't you just loathe pretentious arseholes like the one's you have narcissistic, networking parties with? I'd rather shit in my hands and clap than go to one of those. What you need, Blue, is a cocktail with me. And you can bring your comics and we will pretend we're superheroes all night long!

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    1. I will ask her. I talk to her all the time but miss her insightful posts so much. That said, yes, I hate pretentious buttholes more than I hate my neighbor. Just thinking about them makes me wanna grab the bottle (and smass it over their head, once it's empty, of course).

      A cocktail with Jules is my idea of Bora. Did I mention you're the best?

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  17. I don't think I could handle attending a cocktail party like that...unless I get to show up in a pair of sweatpants? Maybe with a six pack of Limited Edition Zima in tow too? I mean they are limited edition so that should count as classy, right?

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    1. You bring that sixpack and you can count me in.

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    2. Well, in that case, I'll bring two six packs!

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  18. We all have something about us that others find ridiculous. Ain't no shame in the comic collecting game. Wave that flag freely Blue!

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  19. Weird = A+++ in my books! I love dragons! My older brother loves comic books. I say be you, in every way!! And, always be true to you! Big Hugs!

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  20. I forgot to say, the "Blue Dragon" is wicked cool!

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    1. But... not nearly as good as your fannnnnntastic art! :)

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  21. Love the blue dragon.

    Really liked what MLC said too
    "I say be you, in every way!! And, always be true to you"

    All the best Jan

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  22. Ha! What's wrong with comic strips and dragons? People are so stuffy. Parties are too lossen up and let your hair down. At least, for me they are.

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  23. The world needs people like you, people that read comics and have blue spit and lover dragons and all that sort of stuff. It's funny people like you look at those stuffy, boring dinner party people and think you should grow up and be like them and they are looking at you and wishing they could be totally awesome and carefree like you. Can we ever just be pleased with who we are?

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    1. Excellent comment, Alicia. Thank you. We can be stuffy when we're dead and gone, right? Bring on the dragon in us!

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  24. First just let me say I love that blue dragon:)
    And whenever I think of intellectuals/college profs reading comic books, I think of The Big Bang Theory. So you're in excellent company.
    YOU have a great one.

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  25. Hey Blue,

    Yep, finally, at long last and then some, before I actually do a post myself, or should I say, the dog does an article, I suddenly note I'm doing a sentence that's starting to dragon on and on and on...

    Right then, you my illustrious, transparent friend, are not embarrassed by your likes beyond your profession. I saw a comic strip once. Not a pleasant sight, I tell you!

    Take care, Blue Dragon.

    Your friend,

    Penny's human dad,

    Gary πŸ²πŸ‰

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    1. I just opened my eyes, tired, nay, exhausted, thinking this dragon is a pussy and 'Why can't I fly? Should I lose more weight?' when I notice your comment. I rub my eyes, not my ice, I read it, and all of a sudden life is fun again. Thank you for that. Dragon, Gary. Drag on. Life can be good even when it's not, sir. :)

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  26. I'll be back in a flash with a crash from the stash, not rash but another hornet did sting me. I gotta run right now. Critters await at the gate with abate.....no I won't start that again. See ya later.

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    1. Say it ain't so
      At your critter show
      As you gotta run
      Hope no hornet sting + bun
      Can't be nice
      Might need some ice
      Comes with a price
      Still beats mice
      P.S Blue got stung too
      By a blue sting shoe

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    2. I'm back. Evils of the Green Hornet. Wasn't that a comic book? If so you probably have that edition of dirty old GH stinging old broads under their shorts (How'd he get there?) Outdoor shorts not from Patt's collection of dirty underwear.
      Seriously, I immediately recognized the piercing sting on my thigh as from a bad, bad hornet. I swated at the area but I never actually saw a hornet so I thought, "maybe my imaination" and went on trimming the Monardo. WRONG Within minutes I could feel the poison pulsating into my thigh. This was one of the worst I've had. By afternoon, my thigh was red and hot and hard, (Elevate your mind) it had even traveled down my leg. Perils of a frenzied gardner.

      I like dragons too. I'm usually dragg'n butt.

      I think I'll dub you the "Enchanting Deceiver of Cocktail Bullshit Tales" (or tails). I picture it.....Blue the charmer but all the while thinking about his lost shoe like shoeless Joe Jackson. Salute that
      half-filled cocktail glass to your "blue sting shoe."
      I like it.

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    3. Hey, you're back! Say it with a deep voice and people might think you're a Schwarzenegger! (delete delete)

      How's the piercing sting? Is there some kind of ointment you could apply to ease the pain?

      Dragg'n butt hahaha! Good one. Don't show me the pics. I'll take your word for it.

      The "Enchanting Deceiver of Cocktail Bullshit Tales"... I like the sound of that. Put an A in the mix and you can call me ABCDE. And you know, these days A is for iPhone...

      How's the plant doing?

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  27. I made peace with my nerdy side a long time ago. If people have a problem with it, well, they are the ones missing out.

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  28. I say always go w/the truth. Those who don't like it, are probably not folks you want to hang around outside of work anyway. :) P.S. I hate 'smile and laugh at my jokes' work parties.

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    1. I'm with you, Rosey. There's no doubt about it.

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    2. What a bubble burst. I didn't know there were people who didn't like comics. For real?

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  29. I have been there! I love it-wine glass in one hand and bullshit in the other. When I have to make small talk or talk about my work with a snot, I love to mess with their minds. The looks I get make me very happy indeed:) I think it's great what you collect and hey, Jimmy Stewart loved comic books so much that he did not notice Marlene Dietrich salivating over him. She changed that when she made a life size image of Flash Gordon and had it placed in his dressing room (I think his). Well, let's just say Marlene got her man.

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    1. Messing with their minds... I will try that, too. Jimmy Stewart rocked -- he didn't see what was staring him in the face -- but the man rocked. Smart move, Marlene. Weird, but smart.

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