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Monday, December 8th, 2003 10:15 am

The mighty Executive Tank rocks!

Sea Monkey Tank Status: The Sea Monkeys are swimming quite sadly with the news of their creator’s passing. Nothing to update.

If you read earlier, you’ll know that Dave Gerry of City Tv News in Vancouver, B.C., visited my house last week. We did about an hour and a bit of video taping, and they showed it on Thursday night. I have to admit I didn’t think it was going to be that short. But it was fun. One criticism: I am a little tired of being the weird girl. Yes, I am weird and yes, I know that loving Sea Monkeys is weird and yes, I know that being the Sea Monkey Lady is weird, but do we have to emphasize that point? I think it’s interesting how I came to be the Sea Monkey Lady, how I came to write the book, and how I came to love Sea Monkeys, but everyone just wants to gloss over it and talk about how weird I am. I am weird, yes, but I am pretty normal for the most part, I just have a weird interest. Every single one of us has something that makes us unusual. Whether we train spot or collect troll dolls or make statues out of steamed yams we each have something that makes us stand out from the crowd. Why can’t we celebrate those differences, notice them for the unique things they are, instead of mocking it? Now, I would like to say that Mr. Gerry did not mock me, but he did think I was weird.

I guess I’m defensive about it because of the interview I did on the Las Vegas radio station. I had been talking to the producer for ages and he seemed like a really nice guy. I figured it would be a pretty cool interview and couldn’t wait to do it…and then I actually talked to the shock jocks who ran the show and it was a different story. First, never do an interview with three people on the air. Never. I mean this. Seriously. Two is okay, but with three there is always the guy who asks the questions, the guy who makes comments, and the third guy who makes fun of you. This always happens. It’s true. The third guy in this situation took it upon himself to call me a name on the air…how do you react to that? I am not accustomed to hostility when talking about Sea Monkeys. Wow, that whole thing was surreal and put me off doing interviews for a while. It makes me question the nature of entertainment if people really get off on mocking others and swearing at them.

So there it is…I like attention. I admit it…and I enjoyed the interview I did with Dave Gerry, but I’m not weird. Seriously. I’m just a person with a strange interest…not an obsession, an interest. So make fun of me if you like but remember, there’s something you do that others won’t understand…

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