A Clock On Every WallIf I were to build a house
I’d build it in a minute –
It’d have a clock on every wall
And I would keep you in it.
We’d eat pastoral foodstuffs
And make love every night,
Resolve our issues peacefully
And never need to fight.
A million sirens pierce the air
The wind an afterblast
Five million men cry in the day
The present turns the past.
Nobody understands it
For nobody’s left to know.
Nobody saw it coming
And nobody saw it go.
And in the crimson skies above
Beneath the clouds of ash
Among the things that lay destroyed
Resultants of a clash –
A little house lies on a hill
Now but a pile of wood,
And in that vast destruction-scape
The clocks have stopped for good.
My Diecast Times, or how I beat Mattel and moreMy Diecast Experience (or how I beat Mattel and a few corrupt moderators
This is just a summary of sorts about my interaction with various aspects of the diecast community.
Joe's Diecast Shack: The very first diecast forum I registered on, in early 2008. To put it in perspective, I still have a private message in which 13-year-old me angrily asked Gary (DU Down Under) why he burnt Treasure Hunts. I also remember "the other Gary" (gazzr1100) on the forums before he passed away.
I've mostly left this place for a myriad of reasons:
the knowledge base on brands outside of major diecast companies is nearly nil,
the member age seems older on average,
the community is much less active,
the members tend to be clique-ish,
moderators seem to be somewhat out of work,
and ESPECIALLY because the former owner and administrator disappeared without explanation about two years ago, and any questions about him go unanswered by staff.
Matchbox Community Collectors' Hall:
This works best if you read it out loud."Pinkie, you're out of control! You can't stay here any longer!" Rainbow Dash was furious. Pinkie Pie had broken her favorite shotglass.
"I'm super sorry, Dashie!" wailed Pinkie. "I just got out of control for a minute, and-"
"And what?" shouted Rainbow Dash. "This was your last chance. Get OUT! Now!" She forcefully escorted Pinkie Pie to the front door, and kicked her onto the stoop.
Pinkie Pie sat there stunned for a few moments, then began crying a bit. Dash, however, was fully enjoying the solitude again, as she placed a DVD of "Colts and the Foals Who Love Them 2". In a few minutes' time, she heard a gentle rapping at the door.
"What?" she sighed annoyedly.
"It's starting to rain, Dashie. I want to come in," sniveled Pinkie.
" 'I want to come in'..." sighed Rainbow Dash.