Friday, January 20, 2006

Musings: Origin of me-cies

Some people ask me where I get my ideas and why I’m not like everybody else.

It could be that I’m a INTJ, and according to the studies constitutes only 2.9% of the population, the second smallest group of individuals around. It’s not short form for Integer, though I am good, or used to be, at math. I did manage to bluff my way through an Engineering Degree after all, even though I never, ever cared about it.

I was assured it was a means to a great stable income - and to some degree that has been true. But it has also been the means to a great, stable, dull, and meaningless job that I never, ever cared about

I’ve always been pretty good at getting done whatever people expected me to get done, at work or at home. It’s been a long journey of "doing" because I’m supposed to. I guess I had enough intelligence to get by, even when I didn’t care.

Bt these are merely by-products, not formatives. For formatives we must delve into the dark recesses of my childhood mind and pry loose the stones there and take a peek underneath. Messy work even with rubber gloves and a respirator.

- lifts up large, stuck rock and looks beneath -

I spent a great deal of my childhood glued to the television. Maybe this was a product of the age when large, wood-cabinet, , vacuum tube, color TVs (We had a 32 inch) were the rage and it was the thing to do as a family. My mother always had the TV on, even when nobody was in the living room. I guess "living" meant watching TV.

I watched everything from Romper Room, to Sesame Street, H.R.Pufnstuf, to Captain Kangaroo with eager anticipation. During Christmas, when the specials came out, I was overjoyed - it was pure magic. Frosty lived again, Rudolph saved the day, Charlie picked the perfect Christmas tree, and the Grinch found the true meaning of Christmas. And we all know Bumbles bounce!

Then came British humor into my life. I particularly recall sitting with my supper, mostly ignored, on a TV tray watching "The Goodies". My juvenile mind was the perfect age to gag on my food while laughing at their crazy antics.

Later in life I watched Black Adder and Fawlty Towers, two absolute powerhouses of mirth. I still re-watch them today. I can’t actually think of two better written comedies - for me that is.

And during my mid schooling years I watched countless hours of Charlie’s Angels, Kojak, Murder She Wrote, The Night Stalker, Bewitched, All In The Family, The Avengers, Gilligan’s Island, Columbo, Barnaby Jones, Hart to Hart, and I could go on and on and on - and on, but I"ll stop. You get the picture. (sorry for the pun.)

And, of course, there were the Science Fiction shows like Land of the Lost, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Space 1999 to round out my significant viewing hours.

Another little secret about my mind - I never read a book until grade 12. Well, that’s not entirely true, I do think I read a couple of horror ones like "The Prophecy" and "Nightwing", but mostly I was into sports and TV. Books to be read for English class consisted of Coles notes or talking with those who had read the book right before the exams.

No, during those formative years, it was always TV. It wasn’t until after grade 13 that I went on a reading frenzy, consuming as many Fantasy and Science Fiction and horror books as I could get my hands on.

So, is it really surprising that now, later in life, I love quality TV shows like BTVS, Firefly, X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, and on and on? I don’t have cable or satellite, but found that DVDs have rekindled that love of TV that was nurtured in my young soul.

It fits now that as I think to the future my mind wanders towards scripts, creating quality moments others can watch on TV. How cool would it be to have somebody watch an episode of a show that you wrote - even quoting some of your best material?

I wish I had listened to my mind all those many years ago, stuck to what I felt I should do instead of what others convinced me I should do. But the Catch 22 is just this - if I had I may not be on the path I am now. Live is a process of changes and options and it is never too late. TV is an undeniable part of my make-up. So I stand on the shore and look to the waves.

New TV shows arrive in the harbor every year.

One year I hope to be a part of one.

- places rock back down -

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