Monday, August 30, 2010

Dragon Love

Let me sum up: The goodbye scene in kid's book "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher."

Tiamat stepped forward. Jeremy could feel her slipping away from him. He closed his eyes. Don’t go! he thought desperately. Don’t go!

Jeremy suddenly felt like he was being torn in half. He cried out. As he did, he heard an answering squeal of pain. Opening his eyes he saw an awful sight. Tiamat, half in the circle and half out, was shaking with terrible spasms. Light sparked and flashed around her.

“Something’s holding her!” cried Miss Priest.

Mr. Elives turned to Jeremy. “Let her go, you little fool!” he shouted. “Let her go!”

Miss Priest ran to Jeremy’s side. “Let her go, Hatcher,” she cried. “She’ll die, trapped between two worlds. If you love her, you have to let her go.”

A great sob tore from Jeremy’s throat. Go! he thought. Go home!

And then it was over. Tiamat was gone, and the place where they stood was plunged into darkness.

Let me splain: When I was working my first summer at Disneyland, a fellow cast member revealed that he'd also loved this book growing up, and bawled his eyes out at this scene. That was enough to make me briefly consider the possibility that he was my soul mate.

For many childhood years I thought I had the power to talk to unicorns. So I totally jived with the whole "psychic-link to mythical creature" bit. I've been taking in a lot of John Lithgow lately, and this scene smacks strongly of his goodbye in "Harry and the Hendersons." Letting go of someone you love for their own teh sux0r.

~Geek out

Monday, August 23, 2010

Generosity En Masse

Let me sum up: Buffy's Prom award.

JONATHAN: We have one more award to give out. Is Buffy Summers here tonight? Did she, um...this is actually a new category. First time ever. I guess there were a lot of write-in ballots, and, um, the prom committee asked me to read this. "We're not good friends. Most of us never found the time to get to know you, but that doesn't mean we haven't noticed you. We don't talk about it much, but it's no secret that Sunnydale High isn't really like other high schools. A lot of weird stuff happens here."

Crowd outbursts: Zombies! Hyena people! Snyder! (Laughter).

JONATHAN: "But, whenever there was a problem or something creepy happened, you seemed to show up and stop it. Most of the people here have been saved by you, or helped by you at one time or another. We're proud to say that the Class of '99 has the lowest mortality rate of any graduating class in Sunnydale history. (Applause from the crowd). And we know at least part of that is because of you. So the senior class offers its thanks, and gives you, uh, this. It's from all of us, and it has written here, "Buffy Summers, Class Protector."

Let me splain: Pah, this one don't need splainin.

~Geek out

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bat Tears

Let me sum up/splain:
Here are the top 10 “Batman the Animated Series” episodes most likely to make me cry. Alright, a couple are technically “New Batman Adventures.” And several folks make multiple appearances (I like Baby Doll, dang it). But here they are…

10) Harley and Ivy

“Somehow I don’t feel like my old perky self—somethin's missin.”

9) Love is a Croc

Baby Doll getting smacked by Croc. And then finding out he’s cheating on her.

8) Appointments in Crime Alley

“Good people still live in Crime Alley."

7) Harley’s Holiday

“I’m having a bad day! I’m sick of people trying to shoot me, run me over, or beat me up!”

6) Baby Doll

“I didn’t...mean to.”

5) Heart of Ice

“I failed you. I wish there were another way for me to say it. I cannot. I can only beg your forgiveness and pray you hear me somehow, someplace... someplace where a warm hand waits for mine.”

4) Harlequinade

“Baby, you’re the greatest.”

3) Two Face (Part 1)

Grace. In the hospital corridor. With the roses. Then his scream.

2) Mad as a Hatter

“I’ll cut that cowl off your neck before you take her. I’ve waited my whole lonely life for her!”

“Would not, could not...would not, could not...oh, could not join the dance.”

1) Mad Love (Pretty much the whole episode...I could throw a dozen other moments in here)

“Stop it, you’re making me confused!”

“I finally see that slime for what he is: a murderous, manipulative, irredeemable...

~Geek out

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sullivan Ballou Tears

Let me sum up:
Video of the amazing "Dear Sarah" letter from Ken Burn's "Civil War" documentary. Plus a viewing photo.

Let me splain:

This is for all you history-geeks and romance-geeks. My Dad is a huge Civil War buff and I remember him playing this scene over and over when I was a kiddo. Quite right, Pops. That's some breathtaking letter writing. And some breathtaking violining while we're at it.

I think we have souls that'll last beyond these fleshy shells. If I'm wrong...I'm pretty happy with how I'm spending the time I have. But man...I sure hope Sullivan is right about that eternal after party. In large part because I enjoy spending time with that wacky husband of mine.

~Geek out

Monday, August 2, 2010

WOW Orphan Etiquette

Let me sum up:
Screenshot of World of Warcraft orphan, Salandria, and my undead priest. And text of the thank you letter you get when you complete this quest chain.

Dear Bellal,

Thank you for taking me out during Children's Week. Lady Liadrin, the leader of the Blood Knights, has asked that I be released to her custody for training in Silvermoon City!

I just wanted to thank you for taking me to see my friend, Hch'uu, as well as the Dark Portal, the Throne of the Elements and the Caverns of Time. I like my toy dragon very much!

I'm sure that you're taking good care of my pet. Please tell him that I miss him!



Let me splain:
Note: "Bellal" is a Bela Lugosi thing, and in no way a Twilight thing. For those who do not partake in the WOW--there's a world event called Children's Week. The week includes a series of quests where you can adopt an orphan and take them on maaaaagical adventures. As you might have noticed by now, I'm a GIANT sap. I love these quests. They are chock full of whimsy. And adorable pets as quest rewards don't hurt. It is to be expected that I got a little choked up while completing these quests for the first time last year. What I wasn't expecting was the friggin' thank you note that pops up in your mailbox soon after you complete the quest chain. Thanks to my Mom, I'm a little bit of an etiquette-geek. And yeah, I totally cried when I read the letter. Who knew a little NPC courtesy could wreak such havoc? Please don't use this as a reason ladies shouldn't play video games.

~Geek out