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Daily Dracula, September 2 (malpractice)
I'm having a hard time determining if part of the horror is how awful the medical professionals are.
Holmwood: I trust Dr. Seward to treat my most beloved.
(Seward uses his position as a doctor to choloroform himself, plays mind games with mentally ill patients)
Seward: I'm great, but you know who is an even better doctor than me? Van Helsing.
Van Helsing: Lol, remember that time you treated me for a cut I let become gangrenous? Good times, good times.
Daily Dracula, September 2
Did anyone else read Van Helsing's "that time you suck from my wound so swiftly the poison of the gangrene from that knife that our other friend, too nervous, let slip" as being similar to Robert Liston's operation with the 300% fatality rate? Ah, 19th century surgery. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/time-me-gentlemen-the-fastest-surgeon-of-the-19th-century/264065/
Kiddo has been watching her favourite episode of Garfield over and over (one about the rodeo), and it has someone singing "Home on the Range" which reminds me of a corny math teacher I had in high school. He taught us to remember that the range in a graph is the Y-axis by singing
Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope fall off
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
Because everyone just falls off
Okay, not so much a freak occurrence; someone in Bellevue was selling Atlas moth cocoons on eBay: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-us-sighting-of-massive-atlas-moth-confirmed-180980617/
An Atlas moth was seen in the wild in Washington state, and I'm a whirl of mixed feelings about it. Bellevue definitely isn't a "dry, tropical forest" so it's probably a freak occurrence, but is the climate changing enough to support them? And I'd love to see an Atlas moth (once) IRL, but if they started flying around up here on the reg, I'd be panicked as hell because my depth perception isn't great and anything that flies nearish to my face startles me.
It's that Advil joke, but skincare vloggers are like, "Welcome to your mid-twenties, you should have purse retinol, car retinol, and bedside retinol."
Dracula Daily, August 19
Poor Mina, she needs a vacation from her vacations. (Staying up all night to supervise a sleepwalker, going to a nunnery to pick up her traumatized fiancé.)
A while ago I called Seward the protagonist of a lost Decemberists song, but even the Decemberists aren't going to touch the level of old time maudlin that "chloroforming myself to forget being dumped" reaches.
Luis Guzman looks old enough to be my dad, because he is older than my Dad. When you're creepy and kooky/mysterious and spooky, age doesn't matter so much; but the timeline of this is causing me to spin out on my own aging and mortality.
(Gomez and Morticia in 1997 Hot Topic would be a vibe, though.)
Oh, and Gomez and Morticia were supposed to be at this school 25 years ago? (According to some press, Wednesday solves a mystery at her boarding school that took place then, and her parents were involved.) This makes zero sense to me unless the Addamses were teachers and not students, because I was in highschool then and Luis Guzman looks almost old enough to be my dad.
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