A little over twenty years ago, the Internet did not exist the way it does now. It was a set of BBS dial ups that would disconnect if you had call alert. So the best times to go online was after midnight and before six am. I had many a late night sharing useless info and code. But that’s not my point today.
Nowadays we have YouTube and Facebook to share stupid videos and the strangest things that people do. But years ago, Friday night was spent gathered around my television watching a show titled “Weird TV”. A collection of psychedelic imagery and the strange people of America. Something that was hidden from view only to show up on late Friday night. As I said, nowadays everything is shared instantly. When I first began watching Weird TV, people attending The Burning Man festival were merely a few thousand. That was a good place for the strange and unusual to converge. Now it’s more like a frat party.
The other show I would watch with friends was Mystery Science Theater 3000. Which by the way, I swear was originally called Mystery Science Theater 2000- but I seem to be wrong. I even owned a t-shirt with Crow on it. He’s my favorite of the robots. When I worked at the movie theater, we would do private advanced screenings of films. Some friends and I would sit in the very back row and MST3K the films. We had a blast, and most of the staff also enjoyed our humorous banter. Recently, Netflix started up a re-boot of MST3K with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt. My two favorite celebrity nerds, only one of whom I’ve met and she beat me… at Munchkin.
Here we are on a Friday night, nearly a quarter century later: My plans include watching some Netflix with my wife and children. Probably going to finish another episode of MST3K. I don’t know where the time has gone, but I’m glad I still spend it with people I like.