Huzzah! If anyone gets the reference, then you are part of the secret 80s kid club.
It’s been far too long since I’ve done a tag post. I’ve talked about my love of tag posts before. They are like getting a handshake across the vast darkness that is the Internet.
If you don’t believe it’s a vast darkness, then I have some Facebook posts to introduce you to. I used to believe in humanity in general, now I just believe in humans in particular.
That’s why when I saw the Super Happy Love Blog Award make its debut, I thought that is a good idea. Let’s all talk about the things that we love. That is so much better than talking about the things that we hate.
I appreciate that Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast Inskime decided to reach out of her Inskihole to shake my hand across the universe. I’m just glad there is someone who appreciates the finer things in life — like the fact that I know all of the words to Eldorado.
But really Inskidee is a better writer than I am, and I’m grateful that she took the time to swing by here and tag me.
Oh, and by the way, did you know that it’s suspected that Edgar Allan Poe died from voter fraud? Yes, that is true, but it is a little oversimplified. It’s suspected that he might have died because of his treatment after he was kidnapped to commit voter fraud. If you ever thought that this is the weirdest point in American history, trust me there are weirder.
As with all things, there are rules.
1. Thank the one who tagged you and if at all please tag the original post as well. This is my first blog tag and a bit of a passion project so I would like to see where it spreads! Oh and use Super-Happy-Love as a tag!
2. Display the Super Happy Love Logo in your post! Share the rules!
3. Choose a minimum of 2 out of these 6 prompts to answer in this blog! More is always allowed!
4. You are actively encouraged not to bring negativity into this tag.
5. Tag 6 bloggers you love so they can take on this challenge as well.
6. Everyone who comments something lovely about your post ALSO gets nominated. (Should they so choose)
Talk about a person I love
This can be a friend, partner but also a celebrity or even YouTuber who means a lot to you. As long as they once took a breath on this earthly realm you are allowed to pick them… Tell us why you love them.
Here’s the thing, I’m obligated to talk about my wife here. It’s not that I don’t want to talk about my wife here, but I know I get tired when guys gush about how great their significant other is. So fair warning.
I’m not a great person to get along with. I don’t like going out. I’m not particularly social. I’m the type of person who generally gets lost on the wall and kind of blends in. I’m also not exceptionally neat. The long and short is that I’m far from the ideal person to spend the rest of your life with.
What I found in my wife is someone who can put up with my faults and is willing to ride with me on this weird thing we call life. We work well together. Not always perfect, but I don’t think it ever is.
Although I remember wanting to marry her when I found out that The Princess Bride was her favorite movie. So there are perks.
I’m lucky to have her.
OK. Enough of the mushy stuff.
Write Something About a Fandom or Franchise you Love
It can be your favorite game series or about just about anything that is bigger than just a single product! Tell us why you love this so much!
Man, this is a tough question in a lot of ways because there are a lot of things that I like, but I don’t know how many I feel strongly enough to say that I love. Though I think I have an answer here.
I’ve never been a big believer in brand loyalty. I don’t care what kind of phone I use, as long as it works. I don’t care what kind of shoes I’m wearing as long as my feet don’t hurt.
Except when it comes to video game consoles. I love my Xbox, and really it has more to do with the worst version of the best roleplaying game ever — The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
The version that came out on the Xbox was the reason I bought the console, and it’s the reason that I’ve bought every version of the Xbox since. But to understand my love for Morrowind, you have to understand that I love fantasy novels.
But I love fantasy novels in the same way that an English teacher might love early 20th century literature. They might love Hemingway, Faulkner or Fitzgerald, but I can guarantee that they don’t love them all, and they might actively dislike some.
I’ve read enough fantasy that I’m tired of Norse elves and dwarves, and if I never see another chosen one sent on a heroes journey, it will be too soon. The stuff was old when Eddings used it in the 80s.
All of this is to say that when I stepped into the stranger stretches of Morrowind and saw the strange cliff racers or the almost alien-looking Dunmer, I was in. This is fantasy in the way that I wanted it. There was literally adventure from the moment you stepped off the boat in Seyda Neen.
When I finally got a chance to play Oblivion, I was equally hooked. Though it was less alien, everything was so much bigger. The stakes seemed so much higher and around any corner, you could run into another gate to Oblivion.
This is why I’ve loved the world of Tamriel ever since, in all of its iterations. I’ve even tried ESO just so I could step into the strange world of Somerset.
I just want Elder Scrolls 6 so bad. Please Besthesda.
Tell us Something About a Character you Love
Do you have a Waifu, a Husbando, maybe a mentor or someone who taught you a valuable lesson? Tell us why you love them.
I’m going to admit something that is probably pretty horrible. I don’t fall in love with many characters, and the ones that I do find myself drawn to are not the ones I should be having a relationship with. Let’s face it. I have a crush on Maho from Beck and Kyouko from March Comes in Like a Lion, but I really shouldn’t.
I know you could be asking yourself, “Then why did you answer this question?”
Well, that’s because I like thinking about pivotal character moments. The one that always sticks with me is the moment when Guts hears Griffith make the comment that he can’t respect anyone who would follow him. (I can’t remember what the line actually is, but I remember it was something like that.
What I liked about that moment was that it made me think about whether that is a valid idea. Should and really can everyone forge their own path free from the guidance of others? Would that society even hold together? And are we already heading there?
That’s what I love about fiction. The questions it lets you ask.
Tell us Something about a Piece of Music you Love
Does an anime intro mean a lot to you? Did you have a special memory of a pop song, like your first dance at your wedding? Maybe a piece of video game music? If you love it, you should tell us why!
I have so many answers to this question. Everything from The Gambler by Kenny Rogers to Grapevine Fires by Deathcab For Cutie.
If there is one that has stuck with me for years, it’s a song by a Counting Crows-clone band that came out of the 1990s called Dog’s Eye View. I loved this band, but this was one of my first times experiencing the “band you know that no one else does” syndrome. And trust me, I might be one of the few people who liked Dog’s Eye View.
That said, there is a verse in their song Bulletproof and Bleeding that hs stuck with me for more than two decades. It goes:
Everyone loves a man on a cliff
Some hope for heroes
Most of beg for blood
We all stay to see if he falls,
But no one stays to pick him up.
Much too busy for his rapture
We can catch it on the news tonight instead, yea
Just a mild warning about the lyrics.
Show us Why you Love a Piece of Media so Much!
A Book, A Game, A Anime, A Movie maybe even a random piece of fan art, you are free to pick as long as you can show us why you love it.
So I’m going to leave this here in case you want to answer it. I don’t have a good answer.
Other than Caramelldansen. Because old memes are the best memes.
Write Something About Yourself that you Love
For those who like a challenge, there is a hard mode in this blog prompt as well. Tell us why you love a certain aspect of yourself.
One of the drawbacks of having studied psychology is that I know that no matter what answer I give for this, I’m either underestimating or overestimating myself. So I will share a trait that I like about myself that frustrates everyone else to an exponential degree.
I’m very good at seeing the sense in nearly anyone’s point. Most people are about as smart as I am because that’s the way that averages work. Most people are decent people because otherwise, society would fall apart. So if you remember those two things, it’s pretty easy to realize that everyone is worthy of your respect, even if you don’t agree with them.
In fact, outside of child molesters, rapists and wife beaters, I am pretty capable of understanding most things.
I think I’m empathetic, though I know there are people who will disagree with me.
So what do I know?
As always, thanks for reading.