I have a very large collection of blind bag ponies. Why, you ask – well, okay. You’re probably not asking me that. You’re assuming that I’m some raging My Little Pony Friendship is Magic fan that can’t stay away from the blind bag pony bin at Target. And maybe… maybe you’re right.
But in a weird sense you’re wrong, because you see I didn’t START out a fan. I just saw that everyone was on this pony ride, and I thought… hrm… and started to watch the show. Then I thought hrm!!! Potential for new hobby! And I started to buy the blind pony bags. But dammit, I couldn’t seem to get my hands on a male pony and my evil hobby scheme required a male pony. It REQUIRED it.
So like some gambler lost in the Cherokee Nation’s rather loud casino, I kept buying bag after bag until finally I got one male pony. And it wasn’t enough, it was too small of a jackpot, and I bought more and more and more until I had a herd so large I could easily suit them up, hand them weapons, and take over half of North America.
Even through watching all of the seasons I remained the aloof interested viewer. Being told He Who Played Q was Discord’s voice was only enough to lure me into liking Discord even more than I already did. I even waited until Season 4 was long over before bothering to catch up and watch it. No, what made me a fan was… the fandom.
To be precise, I was poking at Youtube looking for something entirely different when I came across one of the many Brony shows. And this one? It had the most spectacular theory about how Discord was really What’s-his-fuck the Bearded (Starswirl the Bearded for those who have no idea who I’m talking about, and if you still don’t know it’s not important to this post.). And I was like.. whoah. I stopped to listen to the theory and I realized, wait a damn minute. I always knew MLP was NOT for kids – YOU CAN’T CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE! THE BENNY HILL SEQUENCE IS ALL THE PROOF I NEED!!! – but this stuff gets pretty deep – admittedly it’s the fans getting that deep and over-thinking things by a lot, but the fact that the characters are that well thought out when normally the cut and paste kid shows don’t bother was impressive. So I started to pay attention.
Okay I admit. Figuring out that MLP had a bunch of arcane symbolism in it hidden in various places and other stuff that could be tied to conspiracy craziness had a lot to do with me accidentally finding the Brony sequence, etc. etc.
Anyway. The fact that I have enough ponies to feed the starving children of an entire blind bag nation has everything to do with Super Mario 2 and Princess Peach right now. It does. They’re very linked, almost by fate. Because of my office.
Due to the fact that my husband hasn’t found a job yet, we’ve had to put finishing the front door on hold. (Alas, my beautiful red door…) In the meantime, there are boxes to unpack and an office to put back together.
Anecdote: An army doctor once said to me, “You do comic books? So you’re still living in your mother’s basement and drawing pictures?” To which I replied, “No, I work in my OWN basement. Thank you very much….” And it was true back then. My office was in the basement.
The new office that I am typing to you now in is located in the upper floor of the house, in my daughter’s old bedroom. And I like it in here. There’s sunshine in here. The room is smaller than the basement office, but I’m okay with this. But don’t ask me why it is that I’m a billion years old and finally am getting to put a room together the way I want it, complete with colors and decorations. I just don’t know.
The office is mostly pink. I’m not sure how that happened either – okay, I confess. It’s my fault. There was this pink office chair back when I needed a new desk chair, and I fell in love with it. It was the display chair, the only one left, and my husband jumped through hoops to get it so I could buy it. Ever since, anything that lands in my office has usually been pink. And where I once wanted a black and gloomy, evil office the place just has gotten pinker and pinker by the minute.
If it weren’t for my Megamind fandom I think I’d be drowning in cotton candy right now.
Part of putting an office together that not only functions as an office should but looks purty in the process means doing things like putting up shelves and… stuff. With organization and… stuff. And more stuff. Much of which is either black or pink in this case. And the bit we were able to put up today was a three shadow box set we found on clearance at Walmart for like $5.
Happy day! I finally have a place to put the herd up to wait, trapped miles above the ground, as they must wait for me to pick them off one by one for my nefarious hobby!! Mwahahahaha!!
While putting them up it occurred to me: boxes in the sky!
And this is how Princess Peach enters the picture. Because they’re boxes… floating… and… they just really needed Princess Peach (in pink) hopping. I would have added a fire flower or maybe a life figure if I had them. Well maybe someday.
Oh… what is my hobby? I’m going to REPAINT them of course! Mwahahahaha.