19 January 2015

Dancing in the Car

By now most everyone has seen the dash cam video of the cop dancing to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", but just in case you've missed it, you can see it on You Tube.  Yes, it was staged but it's funny, cute, and a welcome reprieve from negativity for  a few minutes.

Which brings up the subject of singing/dancing in the car. Are you a steering wheel drummer? You know, where you perform the best damn drum solo ever while waiting in the left turn lane? Or do you sing the various harmony parts building up to the crescendo of "Bohemian Rhapsody"?


I love this scene. First, yes, that is a cassette tape cartridge, and secondly, it's almost impossible not to head bang at the appropriate point. Plus, it's Freddie Mercury. Freddie "Freakin' Eight Octave Range" Mercury, may he rest in peace.

But I digress. Sidestepping the safety issue of driving while distracted (we never do that, no, not any of us), singing, drumming, and/or dancing in the car is one way to express a little joy at being alive. Whether it's Taylor Swift or Meghan Taylor, "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Death on Two Legs" (now those are great lyrics when you're pissed off), go ahead. Sing, howl, or punish that steering wheel like you're Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues:


Life is too short not to rock out whenever you can. And if you see me head bopping and slamming those imaginary cymbals at a stop light, feel free to join in.

Happy writing,
~Jude

05 January 2015

Happy 2015!

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Didn't you think we'd all be living like The Jetsons about now, up in the stratosphere with flying cars and robot maids? Or as Yogi Berra said, "The future ain't what it used to be."

Isn't it amazing how so many tools we use today were figments of sci-fi imaginations? That's the great thing about the genre: it has to be based in current science knowledge and then extrapolated onward. You don't have to look too far into the past to see what was once fantasy has already become reality. Just look at old, original Star Trek episodes. "Communicators" became flip cell phones. "On-screen" conversations--even in The Jetsons-- have now become routine with Skype. Computers, microwaves, The Internet...all these ideas have become staples of our present. It's fantastic!

Yes, one could argue that the negatives have also become reality with Orwellian corporations, "Big Brother is watching" surveillance [Good morning, NSA! *waves madly*], and the general populace of the US dumbed-down into mindless sheep happy to feed on a diet of stupid reality television and politicos who tell them what to think, but that's rather depressing. Yet this is also part of fantasy's legacy, realizing the negatives of the present and creating hope for a better world. As another example, in the late 1960s Star Trek depicted a future in which a black woman would not only be an officer but so intelligent and adept in her field that she more than occasionally had to enlighten the men. Two stereotypes combated in one fell swoop! And while we are nowhere near a prejudice-free society, laws prohibiting racial discrimination have made definite headway and laws banning interracial marriage are gone. Attitudes take longer, true, but we can continue to work on that.

Neil Gaiman posted a lovely New Year's wish on Facebook the other day with which I will leave off. Magic and what is considered madness in the present can indeed become reality. We have seen it made so.



Happy writing,

~Jude