Dynasty II: The Colbys
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Dynasty II: The Colbys

I’ve been rewatching Dynasty and its spin-off Dynasty II: The Colbys the last few weeks. These two are the soaps I compare all other soaps to (and always find them lacking). I was about 11 or 12 years old when The Colbys aired in the mid-80s, and I loved it even more than Dynasty. I haven’t seen The Colbys since that airing but it has remained my favorite soap in my memories always! 

Dynasty was re-aired here in 2000, but The Colbys have never been re-aired since that original showing.

I capped as many episodes of Dynasty as I could back in 2000 (with Finnish subtitles because that was the only option!) and had a screencap site that was welcomed by Dynasty fans. I got a lot of feedback on that site – apparently I was the first one to cap the series more consistently and Dynasty fans were happy to get full ep screencaps instead of random shots of fave characters, from all seasons. I tried to do at least a handful of episodes from all seasons. I remember that site was hosted by Fortune City, spread over many accounts like I always had to do. Early 2000s was right around when finding free webspace had started to become harder – either the disk space offered was tiny, or the ads were too intrusive and many free webhosts had either shutdown or been eaten by bigger ones and then the free service shut down.

This summer I learned that my local library has all 9 seasons of Dynasty, remembered that season 5 is available in HD, and that The Colbys have actually come out on DVD, the UK release in 2018 which I finally had to buy. So now I’m battling the urge to cap, cap cap! Can’t seriously upload them though unless I delete at least some of the Game Of Thrones UHD screencaps or one of my other sites. Which is lucky I guess – I did decide when I gave up star-trek.info and the other big sites that I wouldn’t have big screencap galleries anymore. Game Of Thrones UHD is the exception and it’s a temporary one. But still – I want to cap, cap, cap!

These caps are from The Colbys episode 1.14 The Trial.

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The Friday Five for 8 October 2021

Picture from Pixabay. Answers to this week’s The Friday Five.

1. What is your favorite carnival ride?

Ferris wheel. I haven’t been to a carnival since I was a teenager (so about 30+ years)! But I always loved the Ferris wheel. It was still exciting but sedate enough for me (couldn’t really do those fast spinning things, or the roller coaster – my head felt unpleasant in those).

2. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

Sitting in a swing at my Mom’s backyard and chat with her, as long as it’s not too warm and if the sun’s out, the swing roof must be so pulled that I’m in shade. That’s the only outdoors thing I like that I’m not immediately wanting to end and go inside.

3. What is your favorite household chore?

I don’t have a favorite houshold chore – does anyone?? The least irritating is watching my Roomba do its thing, and doing a little tidying oftne so that things like dishes don’t pile up in the sink.

4. What is something that you always have with you?

Whenever go out for a longer time than it takes to take out the trash: Lipbalm and sun glasses is the one I always have with me and it’s been the longest (40+ years). But now I also always must have my migraine meds and my diarrhea meds with me and of course, also my phone. I usually also always have the gift card to an art supply store with me (unless I’ve used it up) because otherwise I won’t remember to take it with me when I need it.

5. If you could visit any single city in the world (that you have not visited before), where would you go?

That I haven’t visited? That’s a rather difficult choice! Hmm, I think Paris because then I could go to Louvre. I’d be really tempted by Cairo/Giza too because the pyramids.

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The Friday Five for 1 October 2021: Family

Picture from Pixabay. Answers to this week’s The Friday Five questions.

1. Growing up, what sayings/phrases do you remember your mother using? Your father?

Nothing particular comes to mind except for the typical “How was your day/how was school?”. We’d talk about how each of our day went during dinner.

2. What book/song/other did your parents use to put you to sleep?

I don’t remember. What I remember being a habit since I was kindergarden age is Mom or Dad reading to me in the evenings before I learned to read myself, but I never fell asleep during that – I loved stories too much too to fall asleep! Around the time I started school (so 6 years of age) My Mom and Dad started to teach me to read before school did because what I really wanted was to be read to like for hours each and every evening and obviously they didn’t have time to read to me for four hours on workday evenings. Particularly I remember The Famous Five book by Enid Blyton being read to me (they were my faves!), but also Nancy Drew and The Three Investigators books. Learning to read is one of my earliest clear memories.

3. What did you fight with your siblings over?

I’m only child in my (adopted) family. Technically I have biological brothers and sisters somewhere, but I’ve never met them.

4. Do you and your siblings still fight?

See above reply.

5. What was the worst fight you had with any family member?

The only fight I remember was the one about being forced to go to a hobby gym class once a week. Since I was a baby Mom had been taking me with her to “Mom and baby” exercise classes and when I got older she went back to her own exercise class and signed me up for one of my own toddler/little kid class.

Once school started to I started to resent it. I’d have much rather spent the time reading or with my friends and thought school had enough of it already (two hours a week usually) and we as a family did enough of exercising on the weekends by biking/skiing/walking and things. And we always walked and biked to places such as the library or small shopping trip or my Grandma’s anyway so the extra hobby exercise was on top of all that. I usually got some form of exercise most days even without the extra hobby class. It wasn’t fun to me, just a way to get from point A to point B, or to please other people.

None of my friends had extra hobby gym or hobby sports so I thought it was unfair I had to and a complete waste of time when we already did outdoorsy things (biking etc.) more in our everyday life than any of my friends families did, but my Mom and Dad were very into extra hobby exercise because they thought it was fun(!) (it was always all for fun, not competing in our family) and didn’t believe me when I tried to tell them I didn’t enjoy it and wanted to stop. We fought about it regularly for a couple of years until when I was around 11 or 12 and I simply stopped going – I didn’t go the extra hobby gym but lied to Mom and Dad I did and got away with it for like five months. Then when they found out, they finally got it that I really didn’t want to go and agreed that I didn’t have to. They grounded me for two weeks and took away my weekly allowance for two months as a punishment for lying but I was so happy I didn’t care at all!

I thought (and still do) that because they didn’t listen to what I wanted, what I ended up doing was the logical conclusion because it was just simply useless to talking to them about it – I had tried it many times, over many ears and it got me nowhere. That was the only time I actually lied to my parents, and it was the last resort kind of thing.