December, 2022: 25 posts.
New Bot Day! Jet Jaguar (ジェットジャガー) is from Godzilla vs Megalon (1973). Jet is a mecha created based on a fan contest by Toho to create a new hero. Mazinger and Ultraman were popular at the time! This robot has evolved, gained sentience, and is friendly. This is the Cherry Blossom edition, a 2022 San Diego Comic Con MONDO special edition my pal Andrea scored for me. Long time no bot!
I took the day off today and it was a chance to introspect my feelings, fears, angers. Knowing precisely or at least closely how I feel is always step 1 of sorting out what to do next. Also scored sweet shells. And I always consider dolphin sightings an auspicious omen. Despite my rational brain rejecting that as, of course, ridiculous. Onward.
The most important thing that happened to me was to become, at age 7, an expatriate kid. I was only that for a few years, but the learning stuck. I retain this point of view even decades later. Here’s 5 lessons.
1. I know that the things taken for granted are often arbitrary.
2. I learned to be a minority.
3. I learned to ask questions about the unfamiliar in respectful ways.
4. I learned what class, wealth, and poverty were.
5. There’s very little of the planet untouched by colonialism.
New Bot Day! B2EMO is a hard working scavenger droid and a trusted part of the Andor family. And every day is a good day to quote Maarva Andor, who relied on Bee especially as she took sick. From her own eulogy: “The Empire is a disease that thrives in darkness, it is never more alive than when we asleep. It’s easy for the dead to tell you to fight, and maybe it’s true, maybe fighting is useless. Perhaps it’s too late. But I’ll tell you this, if I could do it again, I’d wake up early and be fighting those bastards from the start!”
“Tell me, why do we require a trip to Mount Everest in order to be able to perceive one moment of reality? I mean… I mean, is Mount Everest more “real” than New York? I mean, isn’t New York “real”? I mean, you see, I think if you could become fully aware of what existed in the cigar store next door to this restaurant, I think it would just blow your brains out! I mean… I mean, isn’t there just as much “reality” to be perceived in the cigar store as there is on Mount Everest?”
— My Dinner with Andre (1981)