Given the post-holiday scheduling (sorry for those outside of the US and/or not celebrating Thanksgivvukah), I am having issues getting back into regular gear.  Switching from nights to days has only exacerbated the issue, which left me wide awake at 1 am, knowing I had to work again at 8.  Luckily, my old friend Stevie King came through with a couple of short stories to downshift my brain into sleep gear.  Ever since I found a copy of ‘Night Shift’ in my grandmother’s library as a child, a little King always helps me decompress, which in turn begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you of Frankie’s prophetic advice (and not the one about tribes in conflict), asking: What’s the most relaxing bit of pop culture goodness in your world?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Futurama certainly takes a spot on my list. It can cheer me up when I’m angry or sad, it can help me relax by making me laugh when I’m anxious, panicked or stressed and it is just an overall enjoyable experience.

    Star Wars and various D&D settings (such as Forgotten Realms) novels also take a spot. Just reading in general is something I like to do when I want to relax, but those two have sizable libraries that add flavor to what I enjoy about their core properties, so I’m both decompressing and revisiting a setting I particularly enjoy at the same time.

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