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Throwback Thursday: MST3K’s 1993 riffing of “Santa Claus” (Season 5).

Here’s a weird, wonderful, possibly offensive clip from the classic days of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  This is from the show’s fifth season; it originally aired in 1993.  The movie that Mike and the bots are riffing is 1959’s “Santa Claus.”  [I am linking below to MsHandsanitizer’s channel on Youtube.]

Knickknack paddy wack, give a box to Nolan.

So my super-cool best friend sent me a big box of knickknacks as an early Christmas present, and its contents easily double as inspirations or writing prompts.

What you see up front in the first two photos is petrified wood, an obsidian arrowhead (dragonglass for defeating white walkers!!) and selenite crystal.  The selenite will come in handy, as it promotes peace and calm — my 2022 New Year’s resolution is to chill the #@$% out before this world finally drives me to full on supervillainy.  (I started picking out a costume on Friday after doomscrolling Twitter.)

The pottery she made herself.  And the cigar box corral with its contestants is perfect for plotting out my planned western epic.  Dammit, I hope I’m not giving away too many plot points here.  (You’ve heard the expression, “Not my first rodeo?”  It WAS the center guy’s first rodeo.)



quill and cup


Dancin’ with the Star.

I am endlessly trying to get juuuuuust the right photo of St. John’s Episcopal Church with the Mill Mountain Star in the background.  I’ll probably never get there, but sometimes the results are fun.

As I’ve noted in the past, this is at the corner of Elm Avenue and Jefferson Street in Roanoke, Virginia.


Walnut Avenue Bridge in Roanoke, VA, November 2021

I am not an excellent photographer by any means, but I’d like to think I got lucky with this set of pictures.  I set out for a nice, long walk on a temperate Autumn Friday — and decided to cross Walnut Avenue Bridge for the first time.  I was lucky, because the setting sun seemed to set Mill Mountain’s trees ablaze.  (And I didn’t even realize I’d be treated to a great view of the Roanoke River beside it.)  What a nice and unexpected turn of events at the end of a November day.

I’m sorry, as always, for the shaky-cam! (The bridge was shaking too.)