on Aug 27, 2014
So I guess we’re talking about the 90’s today. Earlier we were talking about my DOOM 2 mods. And now in this episode we talked about the 10,000 Maniacs concert I went to in 1992, and the time I went to see Stargate in theaters. (1994.)
In 1992, 10,000 maniacs were touring to go with the release of their album Our Time in Eden. They played at Slippery Rock, the college my girlfriend Heather attended Also, both of my parents went to Slippery Rock, and that’s how they met. Both of Heather’s parents went there, and met there. Also my sister went there, although she didn’t find her husband. During the concert – right in the middle of their set – this guy screams out at the top of his lungs, “GOD LOVES YOU NATALIE!” (Meaning lead singer Natalie Merchant.)
“What?” she shouted back. She was about to launch into her next song, but apparently she felt like she needed to sort this guy out first.
“GOD LOVES YOU!”
There was this long silence. She looked at her fellow band members. She still wasn’t hearing him. Finally she took a guess, “Can I juggle?” She shrugged. “Not really.”
There was a pause. The guy in the back didn’t have anymore theological advice for her to misinterpret, so they started playing the next song.
That’s the largest group of people I’ve ever shared a really awkward moment with.
You know how I’m always analyzing plots and nitpicking and demanding that storytellers know what they’re trying to say? Obviously I wasn’t like that as a kid. If I saw a movie and it had lasers in it, then it was awesome. I think Stargate is the turning point. It’s the first time I walked out of a theater and I knew why I didn’t like a movie.
(Can’t remember any of it now, of course. I guess I thought the bit where James Spader figured out how to speak ancient Egyptian in the space of ten minutes was pretty dumb.)
In any case, I think it’s clear we are completely out of things to say about Marlow Briggs and the Whatever of Bullshit Thing.
 Also, both of my parents went to Slippery Rock, and that’s how they met. Both of Heather’s parents went there, and met there. Also my sister went there, although she didn’t find her husband.