monthly diary of current postings and quick train of thought entries
I backed off from
the internet for a bit… Thanos demands your silence kind of
stuff floating all around. So, we’re going to use this entry
today to wrap up April, and then hit the ground running for
May. (If you don’t get the Thanos reference, then there is nothing
going on that you need to be concerned about. If you do, we
managed to get our schedule cleared and see it during the Thursday
night advance showings, so we’re good if you want to talk about
We’re closing in
on the midpoint of Volume 4 for the monthly newsletter, and
it has been a busy run. To give you some kind of idea of how
things are going, the arrival of the June 2019 issue will give
us two batches of eighteen issues. So, for fun, here’s a quick
comparison of the first eighteen months (which created Volumes
1 & 2) and the sixteen months since (Volume 3 total and
Volume 4 to date):
nod to the first batch (Volumes 1 & 2), but there are still
two months left before the total number of issues match for
each group (and eight more before we lock down the base material
for the next collection). No question that the pace for material
is getting stronger. Plus, there’s already MORE
new content debuting on its pages.
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While I remember
seeing many episodes of the original run of The Mickey Mouse
Club, my connection with the effort comes from The
New Mickey Mouse Club around 1977 to 1979.
One of the things
I best recall is the serialized presentation of Toby Tyler.
Great movie… kid runs off to join the circus… based on an old
children’s book and it had a chimpanzee. So… yeah… of course.
If you were young, this was awesome.
grew up with things like this and other weekly shows like The
Wonderful World of Disney.
Funny thing is,
ever since the initial whispers of Disney+, the new streaming
service from Disney set to debut later this year, one of the
things I wondered about the most was Toby Tyler and
The Mickey Mouse Club. With all the attention—and,
deservedly so—given to some of the legendary classic Disney
offerings, groups like Marvel and Pixar that are a part of the
family, the new Fox acquisitions, and on and on, there really
haven’t been any announcements to discuss things like this that
most might consider slightly lower on the list.
Sure… sure… “the
vault” covers a lot of possibilities, and with Disney involved
that vault is huge. So, if everything Disney is being incorporated,
this new streaming service could quickly be a deep goldmine
of treasures. But as of today, I still don’t know if the original
Disney film of Toby Tyler, or The New Mickey Mouse
Club episodes with the serialized run, will be included.
All that said… the
pricing and other announcements came out this week. Start of
efforts for us potential subscribers will be in November. And
the price, at
least to start, is out there at less that
$100 per year (whether you go month-to-month or get the discount
by paying for the full year all at once). The
countdown has begun.
There have been
some pauses in the projects involving Godzilla and King Kong.
Not unplanned or unexpected pauses, but it sure seems like decades
have passed since the release of the first effort. Seriously,
the first movie of the current interconnected run came out in
2014. Remember? It featured Bryan Cranston. Feels like forever
ago though, doesn’t it? But, if you’re enjoying them, fasten
your seat belts. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is
closing in on release. And now, news that the initial work of
has been completed for Godzilla Vs. Kong,
which is set for release next year.
Just an essay today…
bit of a story first…
A lot of In
My Backpack involves experiments and projects in some stage
of development but not quite polished… a testing ground of sorts….
It means some efforts
are begun with the intention of producing quantity. Trying to
overcome fear and doubt and procrastination and more, where
getting stuff written is the featured element in the endeavor,
even if it means writing about grass growing. (Note to self:
Grass growing. Start thinking about that essay. Maybe tie it
in to soggy April days and muddy sneakers.)
It means exploring
efforts that could result in producing new types of content.
Heading out on photo shoots was never expected back in 2003…
then a few media nights came about… and now the adventures have
continued and expanded and developed into a Photo
Gallery. Movie reviews were here in the
early days, and for good reasons they disappeared over time
(along with some other work).
I could go on, but
the basic idea is this: Nothing about this web site was ever
about perfection. It was about writing and sharing material
and interacting with people.
Even with such an
approach, a huge amount of notes and drafts and more end up
getting filed away. Today’s essay was one of those. It got written…
almost made it to a final draft… but something about it didn’t
work, so I stored it. As I point out in a new introduction,
a few random ideas connected with a recent event, and it spun
back into my thoughts, got pulled up, and rejoined the material
actively in the process of editing and re-writes.
The major idea I
want to point at for this particular essay posting is that in
many cases, I’m not looking to complete a journey with my writing.
I don’t want to start with a specific premise and arrive at
a definitive conclusion. In some cases, I just want to explore
a topic. Start a discussion. Exchange ideas.
Here we go… “The
numbers lie again, especially when talking about savings”
Two essays today,
Both of them were
started when I was far, far away from any way of writing something
down. So, there they were, floating around in my thoughts, banging
into things, and seemingly making a degree of sense. And then…
I sat down and began
trying to sort them out. Most writers will tell you about how
when taking a walk and thinking about something it seems wonderful
and eloquent and has a tremendously smooth flow to it, which
promptly disappears into chaos and confusion when the opportunity
to actually write it is presented. That sentiment applies to
In general, I like
them. They avoided the trash. But every time I read them, look
to add and subtract and adjust and edit, I see something new
and feel like each one is missing something. They seem finished,
but far from complete.
always said this site is about experimenting and trying things
out… rough edges and seldom perfection. That in mind, I’m sharing
them, because I think they’re about as far along the road as I
can take them right now. But I have this funny feeling they both
reflect ideas I need to let sit for a while before I revisit them.
have a ton of ground to cover today. Part is the typical first-post-of-the-month
stuff, so let’s dive right in…
the fool? is the theme for this month’s Local
Friends for Local Business challenge. And,
it’s somewhat uniquely self-indulgent for participants…
things away from what may be your initial thoughts a bit and consider:
How often to you run into a “I really shouldn’t” but you do anyway?
might truly be slightly self-indulgent, could be a treat, or perhaps
founded on a necessity. Whatever the inspiration, there’s a nod
in the direction of the naughty, the foolish, involved in the
basic idea is to take what might be considered a bit of a personal
extravagance—could be small like a piece of cake, could be large
like a new lawn mower—and use a neighborhood source to provide
not specifically looking at food or clothing or garden supplies.
It’s just a sweeping, general concept. The challenge is asking
that you take a few moments to do something a step or two away
from the conventional and well-planned. Have a bit of fun. Embrace
the silly… because you’re worth it.
April issue of A
Parkside View has been released. This
month features two essays on its pages.
is a monthly newsletter that features Bob’s writing. It began
in July of 2016… has been released every month since… contains
a minimum of two essays (with one making it’s first-ever-appearance
only in A Parkside View). AND… it’s FREE.
All you need to do is send an e-mail (or a message on our social
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now, a few notes of appreciation are in order… and to that idea,
the month of March, we celebrated sixteen years of this web site.
It wasn’t a massive, fireworks every day type of celebration.
But we did have some promotions running that involved free Kindle
editions of three different books.
people checked out the Kindle releases… adding the free editions
to their library… purchasing some of Bob’s other titles… and reading
several of Bob’s books using the Kindle Unlimited program. A few
people scooped up some paperbacks.
a lot to us. Thank you very much for the support.
month is going to be kind of typical, but there are some surprises
we hope to share. For one, we’ve been working on some interviews.
Problem is, we aren’t absolutely certain of when they’ll be finished
and ready to post. So…
for stopping in. Have fun looking around. More coming soon. Come
back around again.
in on Avengers:
and Oreos. No comments of judgements. Just
thought you might want to know.