It's like with diaries. I wish I would have wrote one but I always thought, "I'm not doing anything interesting." That's true. But, for example, it would have been interesting if I did a diary of cases that I heard at the court in London. Now I've just forgotten all of them. I also had audio recordings of all of those cases. I should have saved them too. Those would have been of some historic interest.
I was working on some Lego building to pass the time. They don't have alternative build suggestions on the box any more. That's disappointing. As a kid, the box would have examples of other things you can build with the set. There were no instructions and I was never able to build any of them (except for some really small sets) but it was still cool.
There's a site Rebrickable where people upload alternative builds with instructions but there are surprisingly few. Perhaps part of the problem is that the Lego sets today have such specialised parts so there's less you can do with them.
I'm trying to watch some American Gladiators.
This is the classic version, not the awful, over-produced 2000s version with Hulk Hogan.
It's tough viewing. It's just boring.
The show really lost something after the first season. The first season was gritty and the gladiators would taunt the competitors and clearly want to win.
But in the second season, the sets all changed and suddenly the gladiators were friendly folk who always congratulated the competitors on a job well done. It was obviously done to help market the show and sell toys and video games to kids.
This episode that I linked to was about season 3 or 4. I think there were six seasons total.
There's a gladiator called Cyclone in this episode. Don't remember him. Seems he was injured and didn't return.
But this episode features that Maze. That was one of my favourite events but sadly, it wasn't long for this world.
I think it was introduced along with Atlas Sphere. Atlas Sphere really became popular but I never dug it.
Watching the Maze now, I see why it didn't last long. It's a bit stupid. But all of the events are stupid in retrospect.
Also, Siren is prominent in this episode. They made a huge deal about her. She's deaf. Hurrah for overcoming adversity.
Wow. She killed herself in 2008. She was 40 or 41. No children or husband, apparently.
That's what happens when your standards are too high. I mean, she could have found somebody. She was one of the more atttractive gladiators. She was muscular but some guys are into that. And she wasn't so muscular that she completely lost her breasts.
Speaking of which, Diamond and Zap really did it for me as a kid. They both clearly had implants. So that's an option that a lot of female bodybuilder types go for.
On the other end of the spectrum, this episode on Youtube features Storm, who has no breasts. According to Wikipedia, Storm was homeless for two years by 2011 along with her then 10 year old son. Some black talk show host paid for her rent for 6 months. Don't know what happened after that.
So even Storm, who was black and looked like a man, was able to procreate. Although, it says that she was fleeing domestic abuse. But that's not necessarily an indication of her standards being too low. Many women like abusive men.
I'll say this about American Gladiators, at least they weren't afraid of having manly-looking female gladiators. I believe that all of the female gladiators were genuinely muscular, body-builder types with the exception of Lace, who appeared in seasons 1-3. She never did anything for me, she was just a slim woman, but she was brought in as something for the men at home to enjoy and she later posed for Playboy so whatever. Different strokes for different folks.
Looking at this Wikipedia article, there was also a kids' version of the show called Gladiators 2000. I only vaguely remember that this show existed. I'm watching an episode on Youtube now.
It's painful. They took American Gladiators and tried to make it educational. And they don't even compete against the gladiators. The gladiators are only there for dumb "educational" skits and to be the "team leaders" to cheer the kids on.
I want to see the kids get steamrolled by Nitro in Breakthrough and Conquer. Or what about having child gladiators? Just get some big kids. Or have the kids be older. Maybe there are insurance problems.
A much better children's version of American Gladiators was Guts. I remember that one much more than Gladiators 2000.
But what always amused me is that they had three contestants comprising of either 1 boy and 2 girls or 2 girls and 1 boy. And they competed against each other. And in the three year (or whatever) history of the show, a girl might have won once.
It was hilarious. So if you were luck enough to be the boy in a 1 boy, 2 girls episode, congratulations on your victory.
Holy crap. The first hit on Youtube has a girl winning against two guys. How humiliating for thoae guys.
Oh yeah. And that awful English referee. I remember hating her. I still do. Get that glass cutting shit accent off of my television. This is why Americans don't like English people. They think that they all sound like this.
But generally, the girls did awful and it was funny to watch. I remember commenting about this and my sister disagreed. But then my mother said that I'm right and the girls don't just commpete as hard as the boys. It's true. Women don't have the same sense of competitiveness that men have.
So even in this pre-pubescent show where, arguably, boys shouldn't have a physical advantage over girls, they have a psychological advantage.
It obviously should have been divided by gender but an attempt at political correctness and denying the obvious.
Let's say that you're a guy and you win against two girls. So what? You're not going to boast about that. "You see Guts last night? I really beat the crap out of those two girls."
And if you lose, it's the ultimate humiliation and you can ever show your face on the playground again.
So a no-win situation.
Also, this really annoyed me as a kid, it doesn't matter how well you do in the events. All that matters is that you win the final event (the Agro Crag).
Let's see if I'm right.
In the first four events, you get 100 points for third place, 200 for second, and 300 for first place.
So let's say you lost all four events. That's 400 points. And let's say your opponents each got first place twice. That's 1000 for each of them.
The final event is worth 725 for first place, 550 for second, 375 for third.
So if you win, that's 725 plus 400 for 1125 points. Your opponents would get 1550 and 1375. So I was wrong.
Let's say you only win one of the first four events and then win the Agro Crag. That would give you...1325. Your opponents were split...no. Even then, you'll only get second place.
Anyway, the girls all got curb stomped except for this one episode on Youtube.
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