Chasing the dragon

I had another email from Supershadow over the weekend.

At this stage I am used to being castigated for my evil lifestyle and how bad I am for seeing the world the way I do, but this email was different.  Maybe all the previous emails were just bluff [and guff] but SS seems to have undergone a transformation and is being nice and friendly for a change.

Good day

And a very good day to you Sir,

I noticed your travails setting up your new broadband with great interest. I have seen other bloggers have the
same issues but are not as persistent as you without giving up and sticking with what they have.
This is clearly your passion.

Well, no.  My passion is to enjoy life but that's beside the point.  I was persistent because I like challenges, and also confess to a desire to beat the odds that life [and broadband providers] chuck in my path.  Some might call it pig-headedness.

There are two reasons why I wanted to change broadband.  One was to save some cash and the other was that the neighbour's trees were starting to block my signal.  I think that's more a case of practicality over passion?

Recently we have had the unfortunate task of having a vote to expel one of our members, because methods
used to realize the fruits of his passion were deemed too extreme.

The vote will take place next week and in many ways you have influenced how I intend to vote.
In order to explain I will have to give you the back story:-

Now this is a turnip for the books [as my old aunt used to say].  I am flattered.

Jedi daoku vorkuss is a passionate star war fan who resides with his elderly mother and his 2 dogs near
Redondo Beach Los Angeles County.
Being 52 years old hes of the first generation of star wars fans. i.e. he saw the original film in the cinema, more precisely the Regal Cinema back in 1977. Like all more passionate star wars fan's he has spent his life trying to experience the exact emotions, feelings and experiences he felt that day ..the smell of popcorn, the rolling text, the john Williams music, the seats, the fashions , the hairstyles, even the sound system.

Hmmmmm.  A jedi aged 52 who lives with his mother [and 2 dogs]?  A picture is beginning to form in my mind here.  However I can understand that feeling of trying to capture The Moment.  It’s like chain-smoking cigarettes in the desperate hope that the next one will taste like that first glorious inhale at the back of the bike shed.  I’m still waiting in the hopes that my next pint of stout will taste like the first [or that’s my excuse, anyway].

Think back grandad to when you first heard your favorite song on an LP. some time later you may change
the playback speed from 33 to 45 and suddenly the change in pitch makes it sound like a whole new song
again – at least for a while.

Strangely enough, I never tried deliberately listening to my records at different speeds.  Maybe I missed out on a whole alternative way of listening to music?  I did sometimes forget to change the speed of the record player though but that didn't exactly enhance things.  Should I try drinking my Guinness more quickly or slowly to recapture the moment?  Should I regurgitate it in the desperate hope that it will taste better?

daoku began watching star wars at different playback rates in order to do this but again it only lasted a
while.
He then purchased the exact cinema seats that were there in 1977 and placed them in his living room.He purchased 40 shop floor dummies, dressed them in 1970's clothes, placed them on the seats and watched star wars until the small hours.

It was all good, but again..only for a while.

Ah here now!  That's just a little shade over the top?  I think we're beginning to enter the realms of Professional Help here?

daoku then tried to source  the exact sound system used in the cinema in 1977. He was unable to source the amplifier but he was able to purchase the original Altec a7 Surround Loudspeakers from eBay.

Again he he was back in 1977 …but only for a while.

But he wasn't.  He had replicated everything but his age [and innocence?]  Maybe he is hoping to reverse time as the next phase?

He then did what most people (even hardcore star wars fans would consider extreme) – He began watching
the movie in reverse.

Yes.  Definitely.  Call the nice men in the white coats.  I'm sure they have a nice comfy little room with nice soft walls all waiting for him?

2 weeks ago his elderly mother tripped and fell over a shop floor dummy daoku had left on the floor.
There have also been complaints from neighbors about the noise. (not surprising as large bass reflex
Altecs will make a lot of noise, especially in the confines of a small living room)

daoku's siblings have told him to get out of the house.

What surprises me about this is not that they want him out of the place, but how long it took them to realise that he was a complete and utter fruitcake.  They should really have copped on when he started filling the place with dummies. 

This is the background grandad and many of the council at coruscant want him expelled.
however next weeks vote is expected to be close.

The question is how will I vote?. Lets be honest this is all about passion and the extremes we will go
too to achieve our dreams.

I think you know the answer to that, SS?  He is way beyond delusional and lost in La La Land.  He has as much chance of recapturing that moment as he has of recapturing his virginity.  I think the time has come for him to move to that nice little Home for the Terminally Bewildered?  Don't you?  Or has the council considered euthenasia?  It would be kinder in the long run.

Look at your own situation. your passion is your website and the broadband speed you need to keep it
going.
Prior to your current system you put a bigger mast on your roof to compete with growing trees.
A man of advancing years  risking life and limb climbing on to a roof to realize his passion.

Meh.  I would call it more of a hobby than a passion.  And standing on a flat roof twiddling a few nuts and bolts is hardly risking life and limb?  But thanks for taking my welfare into consideration.  No one else did.

At least daoku is not risking his life. are you really any different from daoku vorkus? Are the people
who jump out of planes to parachute for the trill any different?

Am I really any different?  Are you serious?  And comparing an insane quest to go back in time with just a spot of recreation is really an extreme case of chalk and Camembert. 

There's nothing that compares to the emotional effect on the Jedi just before the movie starts. The trickle of panic through the chest, the seed of happiness blooming inside, the pressure behind the eyes before they fill with tears as the star wars logo appears on screen. It's a wonder how some people like yourself  can take a deep breath and push this away while others have no choice but to succumb.

Ah yes!  That moment when I plonk my arse on the bar stool and give Pullit the nod.  Watching the liquid foam into the glass.  The delicious anticipation of watching the pint settle before he fills it to the brim.  The wait.  Stroking the condensation off the glass to watch the bubbles rise to form the perfect head.  Happy days.

Either way grandad, at this stage of your life even you realize you cannot make and omelette without breaking a few eggs.

I learned that a long time ago.

Take Care,
Supershadow

And take care yourself, SS.  We must meet up for a pint sometime?

Grandad

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Chasing the dragon — 23 Comments

  1. Re : Star wars
    it is easy for me to remember the last time I went to the cinema.
    My local was reshowing the original alongside the newly released ‘Empire Strikes Back’
    Don’t know offhand what year that was but my daughter was a toddler (3 ish?)
    and is now the mother of a ten year old.Makes me feel old just to think of it.
    Nowadays I watch films in comfort at home.

    • I'm fairly sure I saw it in a cinema rather than television, but I can't remember where or when.  Not a bad film for its time but not quite good enough for me to rush out and watch all those sequels.  A while back, Sky had an entire channel devoted to the genre but I didn't bother watching any. 

      At that time, the daughter wasn't even a twinkle in my eye, and now she has four kids including a 15 year old!  Makes you think?

  2. "He has as much chance of recapturing that moment as he has of recapturing his virginity"

    You're making a massive assumption there….

  3. I worked in the capital cinema in cork as a teenager before it shut down. Those old Altecs pack some bass. Its a wonder his house did not fall down 😉

    • Maybe it did and that was the final straw for the family?  Maybe then they realised that he ws not – how shall we say? – quite all there?

  4. I remember going to see the first Star Wars ( Whores? ) at Marble Arch in London, the Odeon I think. It was in '77 and I was just out of my teens by a few months. I had broken up with my girl friend a few weeks earlier and remember the film cheered me up no end.( Well, I was young ). I remember being more down than usual before the film because my bike, an old Royal Enfield 700 had terminally blown up 3 weeks before. When I got home I listened Cream's last album, GoodBye.

    • Don't ask me what I was doing back in '77!  In all likelihood I was spending all my spare time installing central heating in the house I had just bought [which, incidentally worked first time with only one tiny leak].  I know I saw the film at some stage but I'm not even certain it was in a cinema.  That goes to show the impact the film had on me?

  5. So the poor chap was 13 years old when he saw his first Star Wars.

    And he's managed to acquire 40 seats from the cinema and installed them in "a small living room".

    Plus a sound system.

    Even allowing for a certain exaggeration there is no way anyone can squeeze a quart into a pint pot.

    I'd say your Superb Shadow's spinning you a piss poor yarn.

    He's probably not even close to the ruling council and will never have to face up to the responsibility of expelling someone from anything. Certainly never face to face. That demands certain qualities Magnificence doesn't have.

    Thankfully.

    • I think it's far more likely someone has been spinning SS a yarn.  After all, if you live your entire life on the basis of a film then surely the word 'gullible' springs to mind?

  6. Ah Super Shadow, I do enjoy his letters and your shared thoughts on response, being up at balls o'clock early for an unknown reason the laugh relaxed me, off to sleep again.

  7. I saw the original Star Wars movie in the theater in the early summer of 1977 myself. I was 18 at the time. Considering that all the special effects technology almost literally had to be invented from scratch, it was really something to watch back then (Industrial Lights and Magic came into being from making that movie).

    I'm certainly no Jedi, not even close, although I'll admit that I wouldn't mind owning my own working light saber as I can think of a few good uses for it. I've just always enjoyed reading/watching sci-fi if it was done decently.

    But I have to admit that I was suddenly struck with a little bit of nostalgia/amazement/awe (for lack of a really proper term) when, at the beginning of the latest installment of Star Wars, the text started scrolling up from the bottom of the screen to the music of the original Star Wars opening score. I almost expected to see that introductory text wobbling a bit from side to side like it did in the original.

    39 years later and I'm still watching new Star Wars movies. And they still amaze me a bit even now.

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