Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Conflict Resolution Is A Real Pain In The @$$


Remember the beginning to 2001? Hear that music in your head




Do you ever feel so tired that you can't possibly function, let alone write a blog, and yet you find yourself at work cranking out whatever it is you do, or pouring out your thoughts onto digital paper and don't even bother with correct spelling? Yeah that's my day today. So far I don't see any red squiggles on this thing, but that isn't to say I'm not using the complete wrong word. I am wiped out.





Well this weekend we played host to our MST3k Meetup group. Usually this is a highlight of our month, but the last couple times it's been pretty stressful and irritating, and this last time took the cake. It's not that we're falling out of love with MST3k or Rifftrax, but that our group has gotten a bit out of hand. And it all comes down to just a few people. They have recently gotten so loud and obnoxious that it's ruining the event not only for us, the hosts, but for our friends who come each and every time looking forward to some shared hilarity. Seriously we have people talking(and when I say talking I mean yelling) over the movie! Some even have a familiarity with the episode or Rifftrax movie, so they're riffing ahead of the movie to sound clever and thus ruin the joke. And to top it off, many, many of the jokes are so off color and so uncomfortable, that they can't be described as anything but tasteless. We were hoping this would solve itself, after all when no one else is laughing at what you say, it's a clue to stop talking - so now I have to deal with this. I would have liked to deal with it in the moment, but then we would have to endure the awkwardness of stopping the movies, standing in front of the group to chastise only a few people. And then we didn't know if we were the only ones bothered, it's hard to read a group of 15 other people sometimes. Thankfully, our closest friends and frequent visitors let us know they were bothered by this behavior too.

I don't want to be mean spirited, that's not my nature, but to say I'm irritated is an understatement. I don't want to put it on the shoulders of a few, after all as a group organizer I am partly to blame, but damn, it is amazing how the behavior of a couple can ruin it for so many. Being the pragmatist that I am, I am trying to address the situation as calmly and as even handed as I can, when all I want to do is make sure some people never show up to an event again. I don't want to do that, I know they didn't mean any harm, but damn... life would be simpler taking the easy way out sometimes. Tough act to balance, but I'm doing my best.

Another area where what happened Saturday was so disruptive was in our Sunday. My wife and I were and still are in some respects, completely wiped out - physically and mentally. I got my latest kick ass Hot Toys action figure of the classic Adam West Batman and it is truly incredible - the best figure they've released so far in my opinion and was hardly able to enjoy it. Here is the first pic I was able to snag:
Adam West 1966 Batman
I wanted to get more pictures taken of this guy, including a series for the rest of my collection, but like I said, I was wiped out Sunday so they'll be saved for a later time. It was so bad Sunday we hardly moved and I got no editing time in for my latest Epic Trailer. It's finished now - having spent most of yesterday doing it. I wanted it done earlier, but, it's finished and it is amazing. So in the end, it isn't all a complete shit storm! So, without further ado, I give you Home Alone Epic Trailer:


Hope everyone enjoyed! This was a lot of fun to put together. I have many more ideas in the works, and I hope to get back onto a weekly release schedule going forward. I also have several more goofy videos in the works that will be coming out shortly! Take care and enjoy everything life brings you, good and bad, you'll never know what you learn about yourself.
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