“Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.”

That pesky sun is still among the missing. Everything is wet so it must have rained during the night. The weather report says sun later in the day, but I’m skeptical because of yesterday when the sun was everywhere but here.

I have been watching black and white science fiction films from YouTube on the TV. They have, thus far, been awful but good awful. I am watching 1951’s Unknown World. Scientists have predicted that the continued detonation of H-bombs will devastate the Earth; instead, scientists are suggesting the building of a Cyclotram, a space ship type machine built to bore through the Earth’s surface so they can find a place where humanity can live and escape the bombs. This movie has it all: the future visionary predicting the end of mankind whom few people believe, government skeptics, a fun loving playboy who has financed the trip as a lark and the pretty female scientist chronicling the trip who didn’t leave home without her hat.

When I was a kid watching these movies, I never noticed the bad acting, the terrible sets or the inaccurate science. It all seemed spectacular and amazing especially the space ships and the trips to Mars. I believed in all the possibilities.

My house is an indoor dust bowl. I could write my name on the surfaces in this room, my cluttered den. I’m in trouble. I see work ahead. When I went to the bathroom, I cleaned and dusted everything, not my intention at all. Now, looking around this room, I know I’m going to end up cleaning today. Luckily, this feeling is rare.

I did all my errands yesterday. The traffic was light so the going was quick. The animal food, though, is still in the trunk. I left bird seed, suet, cans of dog and cat food and cat treats there. It was all so heavy I brought in only what I needed. I’ll make a couple of trips today and clear the trunk.

Okay, the woman scientist just fainted. The playboy saved her. I don’t think there is any doubt as to where this plot is headed.

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6 Comments on ““Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can understand that this movie is a movie for me 🙂 🙂 I do like these old movies but also the new ones that are filmed as if they were a 50’s scifi movie 🙂 I do like Tremors with Kevin Bacon for example and Starship Troopers. My brother never understood that the last one and he think it is horrible in all ways 🙂 🙂

    The sun shone here all day! I had perhaps one hour of sunshine the en´tire weekend but today when I was working it shone as if it never had before 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      You would love this movie. It has everything. YouTube has many similar, enough to while away several afternoons.

      I like Tremors, the first one, not so much the sequels. It is the same with Starship Troopers.

      No sun all day today-it is still ugly, dark and damp. I needed a sweatshirt when I took Gracie outside.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Today’s concluding sentence immediately reminded me of a favorite song (and its introduction, more memorably) by the Mothers of Invention, drawn from their ‘Live At The Roxy’ album. The song — “Cheepnis” (sic) — celebrates Frank Zappa’s love for all under-budgeted monster movies of the ’50s. His spoken introduction to the song takes note of a recurring motif in these films” …and there’s always a girl who falls down and twists her ankle…of course there is…you know how they are, the weaker sex and everything, twisting their ankle on behalf of the little ice cream cone.” (The last bit, a reference to the title star of ‘It Conquered The World.’)

    • katry Says:

      I have a set of plastic B-movie people. It, of course, includes a woman on the ground with her arm in the air as she tries to protect herself, but she needn’t worry. We all know the hero will save her.

      Frank Zappa had great taste in movies,.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sorry, we needed the sun one more day here. Beautiful golden October weather and a bike trip along the river to the Folk Music Monday location to see a young Scottish singer-songwriter.
    Back by ordinary tram, unfortunately no cyclotram here though we should build it, this former coal mining area has enough holes and mine tunnels in the ground the cyclotram could use.

    • katry Says:

      The sun arrived behind the clouds just before sunset. The clouds were so pink and beautiful. The color was even in the air.

      Warm weather will be back in a few days. It will be back into the 70’s. This is a strange fall.

      At the end, they had found a new world with sun and oceans, fish and plants, all in the middle of the Earth.

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