“I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”

The morning is lovely though with a bit of a chill thanks to the ocean, still only 37˚. The sun is squint your eyes bright. I had to stop when I went to get the papers until my eyes adjusted. My plans for the day are simple. The den will get my attention. I’ll dust with a real dust rag, not my sweatshirt sleeve, and then vacuum. My master plan is to clean a room a day then start all over, a sort of Mad Tea Party without the tea or the hats, the March Hare or the Hatter and the sleeping Dormouse. I do have Henry and Jack, and I’ll be Alice cleaning.

I watched late night TV on MeTv until around three. That station has the best old TV. I watched The Night Strangler with Darren McGavin. It is still fun with him, his blue suit. his porkpie hat and his small camera on a strap. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was hokey. I had to remind myself to see it with 1966 eyes. The sub is enormous. Flashes of light from sparklers come out of control boards on the top and bottom sides then the little colored lights on the boards go out. I want to tell the crew not to worry. They’ll be safe.

When I was a kid, I loved the classic monster movies. I have favorite scenes in all the movies. My favorite in Frankenstein, probably one of the best scenes of all those movies, is when the villagers, the men, carrying torches and screaming leave the village to hunt the monster. The women and children cower by the walls. The dogs are barking and straining at their leashes. It is frightening. The Invisible Man when he took off his bandages in front of everybody and is hysterically laughing is amazing and scary. Dracula with his shadow, his cape and those eyes always gives me pause. He is frightening. I am sorry for Renfield and his madness, thanks to the Count. The Wolf Man, the 1941 Wolf Man, makes me sad. He is such a gentle human. His changing from man to wolf always kind of captivated me when I was young. I watched these movies in my bedroom on a small bureau size black and white TV. I got scared sometimes so I turned the light on when I watched.

There is something exciting about being scared but not in any danger. Those scenes got my heart pumping. I knew the monsters weren’t real, but they scared me anyway. I still wait for those scenes. I adhere to a suspension of disbelief. That makes everything is so much more fun and a even bit scary.

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6 Comments on ““I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The startle response that makes scary movies fun is a real thing and has been attributed as a factor in several airplane accidents. One infamous one is Air France 447 which crashed in the South Atlantic on a trip from Rio de Janeiro to Paris France. The response is called a “Limbic highjack”. Unfortunately, there’s no way to train for that response in a flight simulator because the pilots know they are in a simulation. I used to hit the inside wall of the flight simulator with my fist while giving the crew a malfunction to create a bang sound to envoke that startle response. However, just like the scary movie it doesn’t have the same affect as in a real airplane while inflight.

    Today the sun is shining and the temperature might get up to the low 70° range with light winds. A beautiful Sunday and we’re going somewhere to enjoy the day.

    Your cleaning plan sounds like the old adage, “The best made plans of mice and men often go astray”. This should probably be my cleaning motto. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I guess we just scare ourselves. Our imaginations must fill in details which aren’t there. I can’t grasp the fear that was in that plane as it fell from the sky.

      The sun shined all day. It was a bit chilly. I cleaned until my back started hurting again. I thought it was better but it wasn’t today. I did manage two rooms, the hall and the bathroom. I have to do the kitchen and dining room tomorrow. Upstairs will be later in the week.

      If I make plans, I tend to finish most of them. The lists drive me. Upstairs really needs some cleaning, especially the cat room.

      • Bob Says:

        The real story behind AF447, was that the captain took his break first during the only bad weather along the route. He did that because he didn’t get any sleep the day of the flight as was required. Instead, he was out site seeing with his girlfriend who he brought along on the trip.

        The two low time cruise pilots flew into a thunderstorm that iced up their airspeed probe. When the airspeed went to zero, the autopilot and the flight envelope protections disappeared. The pilot in the right seat held the control side stick, similar to a computer joystick, full nose up until the wing stalled. He was startled and the other pilot, who was also probably startled, couldn’t figure out how to take over control. The airplane fell straight down into the ocean. The captain came into the cockpit near the end and was confused as to what was going on. Hopefully, most of the passengers were sleeping when they died.

      • katry Says:

        That is just horrible. First, the captain wasn’t in charge during the storm, not even in the cockpit. He didn’t even notice problems with the aircraft. How did they figure all this out or was it somehow communicated?

        I still say those poor people.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Tarantula is on TV tonight, which drink should I pick?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Drinks with actual insects is becoming popular. I didn’t notice the tarantula among them. Campari is a choice.


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