I got an award! John at Horror Smorgasbord has bestowed upon me the 7 x 7 Award. Thank you very much John. Like I said on facebook; to quote Ric Flair’s retirement speech, “There’s nothing like the respect of your peers.” He writes a great blog, and all the Cellmates should go check it out. Apparently this award comes with rules. Rules? Aren’t rules made to be broken? Ah, what the hell, I’ll play along this time…
RULE 1: Tell everyone something that no one else knows about you.
You know what? All joking aside, I’m about to get serious here for a minute. I’m going to put something out there that I don't discuss a lot because it's damn embarrassing simply because I’m tired of it being used as a punchline. Unfortunately, I currently live in my mother’s basement. There, I said it. Yep, I fit the stereotype that people like to use to insult horror fans and bloggers in particular. Two years ago, I was living in Savannah, thriving in my career as a tour guide, when I had a serious medical issue suddenly come up, nearly died, had to have emergency surgery, and was laid up for a while. During that time I couldn’t work, ran out of money, needed treatment I couldn’t get there, lost my place to live, and I won’t even go into what my so called girlfriend did. Basically, I had no other choice but to return to Atlanta, stay in my old bedroom in my mom’s basement, and regroup. For about 10 months I was recuperating and under doctors orders not to work. Then, for the past year and a half, I’ve been unable to find steady employment beyond temporary work and odd jobs. It’s not for lack of trying or laziness, there’s just no work. There’s my story, and I didn’t tell you that for sympathy. I said it to point out that not all who live in their mom’s basement have other options. I said it so maybe one of those people that like to make the dismissive “horror fans tend to be___________ who live in their mother’s basements” assumptions would realize that while they may be right, it’s a bitch ass thing to say. Roger Ebert, I heard you say it recently, so up yours asshole. Sorry to go off on a rant there, that’s just been rubbing me the wrong way lately. Rant over. I now return you to your regularly scheduled fun loving Nathan.
RULE 2: Link to one of the posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, & Most Pride-Worthy Piece
Most Beautiful Piece: My Prophecy: Video Stores Will Rise From The Grave
Most beautiful piece? Really? I don’t think I’d describe anything I’ve ever written as exactly beautiful. I guess I’d have to go with this piece from May 2011 where I predict that the video store will rise from the ashes. It’s the only piece I can think of that anyone has actually called beautiful. Then again, my two posts from Women in Horror Month 2011 (Horror’s Unsung Heroines and Women of Italian Horror) might actually beat that one because of all of the pictures of beautiful women.
Most Helpful Piece: Review: Dear God No!