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02 December 2015 @ 02:40 pm
Hey, my friends. I started the first Retro-Scans (which is still up) in April 2008. Even before that, I had been writing hundreds of pulp reviews on Usenet (remember Usenet?). When all the space allotted by LiveJournal was filled, this More Retro-Scans took over to carry on. It has been a huge amount of fun but, you know, when a hobby starts to become a chore, it's time to give it a rest. Retro-Scans has thousands of reviews and commentaries and annotations and what not archived here already. There are other activities I want to try while I still can.

Thanks again for all the comments and conversation. I will always be touched and grateful by all the support I received from you guys a few years ago when I spent a week in ICU and couldn't go online for a month after that. Your concern meant a lot to me then and I will always remember it.

Retro-Scans will stay up forever as far as I have anything to say about it. And, inevitably, I will start getting ideas for new topics and reviews and general tomfoolery, and the whole thing will start up again. So I will then send out messages to you all and hope you come back.

As our Lajka reminds us each year, yell out "Merry Christmas" loud and clear to those you love. Give them big hard hugs and tell them how much they mean to you. None of us have forever and we have to be good to each other while we can.

UPDATE DECEMBER 10Just popped by and I am so touched by all your comments. Honestly, I'm all mushy and sentimental reading them. Thanks again, be back soon!


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full_metal_oxfull_metal_ox on December 8th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: mlp re Pronker
Another holiday classic that you might (or might not) be familiar with; my brother used to sing this to his kids when they'd get obstreperous during the holiday season:


And here's an...unforgettable rendition of that perennial favorite of church-choir divas, "O Holy Night":

pronkerpronker on December 8th, 2015 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: mlp re Pronker
Oh gads, F.M.O., this made a dismal Monday ever so much better. Thanks! And that ad for Squatty Potty was hilarious, too, doubtless google-inspired by the 'diddly squat' of the song's title. Nope, I haven't heard of Heywood Banks - I'll bet the brother's kids halfway believed that they'd get nothing.

'O Holy Night' was priceless. Speaking from experience, the song rivals 'Star Spangled Banner' for producing hiatal hernias.
full_metal_oxfull_metal_ox on December 8th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: mlp re Pronker
Another Heywood Banks song has a very special significance here in southwestern Ohio, since it tells the story of an infamous local landmark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWF8_rZnwLA
pronkerpronker on December 9th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: mlp re Pronker
I can imagine. It sounds a stunning thing to encounter on the freeway.

A similar thing voicing *what were they thinking?* happened as we drove to a vacation spot in northern California in 1976. A huge white fence sprung up beside the highway (*google *running fence* 'cause I'm not sure Doc had me cleared for links) and meandered down to the Pacific. It sure got the vacation off to a fantastic start!

I am glad to be introduced to Heywood Banks, may I introduce you to Christine Lavin?
(Anonymous) on December 8th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
mlp Re: mlp re Pronker
We are amused!