|Now that's a show I wanna see.|
Well folks, the short lived interconnected relationship between cosmicsparky and facebook is now a thing of the past. For the second time, that horrid website has been fled for the sake of this writers mental well-being and there is no intention of returning. You may be wondering what makes that site such a personal target and there are several factors. First is the main reason anyone joins it to begin with. We all want to stay closer to our friends and family, and yes such sites can make that possible, yet more often than not instead of feeling connected and surrounded by your people, you get reminders of how isolated and forgotten everyone is. A factor that is only multiplied when each individual is reduced to basic blurbs and interests as stand ins for their true personality. Really the only time you receive a benefit from using the site is when you baby sit it, and then you're missing out on actual life. Yet that hardly stacks up to the worst element of facebook. It attempts to make day to day existence into a cheap competition. Sure you may feel like sharing thoughts and feelings with your social circle, but not unlike a lame party you have to fight your way through the crowd, and hope someone notices. Whether people realize it or not, this alters the way they express themselves in order to get noticed in a dirty flood of random thoughts. It's especially sad as you watch someone write a post out of longing for companionship or understanding that would have been better served by something as simple as a phone call. In the end; the biennial or forgettable items win out over anything resembling true emotion which is treated as an inconvenience standing in the way of cat pictures. As an experience it is cruel and heartless, made all the more so by it serving as a lame stand in for proper companionship.
So fuck facebook. Ones outlook on life can be infinitely better without it clogging up the works. From now on it's only fully fledged self expression through the use of actual human interaction, and this place where ideas needing more than a single small paragraph can be fully expressed. If I ever feel the longing for something like a social networking site again, just remind me to send out a mass text. It's much more likely to yield comforting results.
Phew! So that's the updated status on the website for now. believe it or not there could be a full sized post about the bothersome nature of FB. But you fine people didn't show up to hear about how bad things can be. Nay! You wanna have some fun, so let's do just that.
Trailer park Boys season 4
Picking up were we left off. The end of season three put a slight twist on the formula as Julian, Mr. Lahey, and Randy were shipped off to prison leaving Ricky in charge of Sunnyvale. A friend mentioned that this was their favorite season, and seeing as they're an enormous fan I approached it hoping for some top notch stuff. No disappointments here as it contains what are possibly the two greatest episodes of the entire series. First up is “Conky.” This is the sampler platter of storytelling right here. Every key element of the show is on display in a tale about using a twisted old ventriloquist dummy to make Bubbles get a tooth pulled. Usually shows just earn some grins from this viewer but this one actually made me laugh. The following episode, “if you love something, set it free.” Doesn't let up either. In this tale, Bubbles rehabilitates a mountain lion that's hooked on dope. Both eps are just outstanding fun. Very little, if anything negative to say about this season. From a solid story arc to the garbage liquor known as swish, and even the legendary “samsquamch,” this a great, great season of boob tubage.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oreos.
Oh yeah. These are real, and they are spectacular! Let it be known that no one, and I mean no one could ever sue Oreos for false advertising. If you were to take a Reese’s and place it in the center of two standard Oreo cookies it would taste exactly the same. They aced every detail. Right down to the almost captain crunch like resistance to milk. You may actually feel some guilt about the cruel drownings that these bastards endure as you hold them under the white surf in an effort to make them even slightly moist. It's candy wrapped in baked goods. If you have any inclination towards that sort of thing (and who the hell doesn't?) then grab a pack and just make a fat pig of yourself. No judgment here.
Trailer Park Boys season 5
Back to the show. There was a little worry jumping in to round five as this is usually the point where most shows start to get a little stale and lifeless. True to form this one does make a few stumbles but it holds up pretty well. The general storyline for this year is a bit more depressing with all the boys down on their luck living around the burned out husk of a trailer while they try to sell off a hash driveway piece by piece. A key misstep is the extra focus placed on Ricky's dad Ray who up to this point had always been a small time support character. He's played by one of the shows writers/producers and the guy's a good enough actor but Ray just isn't all that funny or interesting to watch. On the other hand, Julian is much improved this season as he trains Cory and Trevor like dogs and threatens mall cops at gunpoint for Bubbles. A major win has to go to season five for having the best finale so far. They successfully wrapped all the threads from previous episodes into a shoot out that featured most everyone banding together in defense of their shitty little trailer park. That's what makes this show work as well as it does. After everyone drives each other crazy, somebody usually bites the bullet for the greater good. It's a surprisingly positive outlook to come out of a show about low rent criminals. Like that picture up top, ya can't help but wonder how something like Game of Thrones would go if everyone climbed out of their ass, had a drink, and hugged it out. Maybe they'd realize nobody wants to sit on a pokey chair.
Strange to think that there's only two short seasons (and a handful of movies/specials) before getting up to speed on this beast. Easy to see why my friend laments the long wait for new content as this has become some true comfort viewing over the past month. Once it's wrapped up there's gonna be a gap for something to provide that same kind of feeling. Any suggestions to fill that gap folks? Maybe something with hot girls? Those are painfully absent in the Summer TV diet. Or how about talking animals that solve crimes? Perhaps we can combine both items. Like She Spies meets Wishbone. The furies will eat it up.