If you live in America, you should know I got my start in comedy long before my parents got a divorce,. Their divorce is a scar that cannot be seen but it does hurt because when they divorced I still wanted to be a good son to both of them. As I’ve gotten older the struggle to talk about things like tokusatsu, anime, movies etc was never a burden with my dad. He also was impressed with how I’ve become a really good cook at 25 which is basically the equivalent of a driver’s license for me.
Meanwhile in Australia there’s a young man by the name of Lex. Lex also enjoys anime, super sentai, kamen rider, movies and yes baby boomers we even discuss power rangers with the last good season being RPM. There will be a fact VS stereotype blog soon. In college a former friend used to reference the 1978 Superman
Lex wasn’t jealous that I went to go off to Israel, I also met him before I taught Nelson about Kamen Rider and Super Sentai. He might be allergic to Chinese but as his best friend on Facebook, we definitely have each other’s backs. For those of you who don’t know how this blog got off the ground, it was because I hated my college director and wanted to resort to swearing because I was so angry.
After my breakup with my ex girlfriend, 95% of the people sided with my ex and because both sides of my family are Jewish, I found Jewish students who don’t even know what Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur are. I hate to use this scene from the potter verse because it promotes transphobia but this is what it was like explaining Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur to people of my own faith:
For those of you who don’t know me, I stood up to Rowling through this blog because of her transphobic comments on June 6th. June is pride month for the LGBT community and I’ve identified as Bi but suppressed it but after my last girlfriend wanted sex, I realized I needed to tell my parents the truth and also get them to acknowledge my online community after their divorce.
Lex and I agree that this character from Sentai is a good depiction of Asperger’s/Autism:
Katie probably agrees with me because we talk all the time albeit through messenger and skype. Giving her son my collection was probably one of the hardest sacrifices I’ve made since I started living on my own but even my cousins who are older are impressed with what I can do! So what the hell are Kamen Rider and Super Sentai?
On April 3, 1971 the first season of Kamen Rider was released. The two times it crossed over to American shores it got mixed results. The first time was with Saban Entertainment and we got Saban’s Masked Rider! The 2nd time was with Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. I’ve never seen Dragon Knight but I know people who have. On August 28th, 1993, baby boomers that’s when power rangers premiered.
So why is Gai my favorite character from Super Sentai? Well let’s address that in a bit. But let’s watch him kick ass with a power up mode since Lex and I are practically Siamese triplets with Nelson!
There aren’t many people I can talk about Super Sentai and Kamen Rider with. The only person here in America is Nelson. The other 2 are Katie and Lex. I love my parents and I’m luckily to have strong will power because even though I had to deal with a lot of crap in college and that comment about Autism is one of the things that lead to this blog. For lex, here’s some high school standup
At 16, I more or less won a comedy talent show at high school and now at 31, The Carona Virus has left me unemployed and with a job coach who’s on her final strike. Strike 1 was seeing me as the autistic guy who is obsessed with Harry Potter albeit this is before Lex and I knew she was Transphobic. Mild irritation but it did define grade school, middle school and Deathly Hallows was senior year. My volunteer site’s bully, I won’t reveal his name but I will out his behaviors that make him “the bully”.
If you read an earlier blog, I’ve abstained from swearing and this impressed one of the staff. As the time’s of this blog is published, the bully is 52 and acts like a stereotype and he’s clearly jealous since I’m more than 20 years his junior. He thinks he’s funny by screaming at the top of his lungs and so far I’ve been successful at ignoring him. My strategy is not to take him seriously and ignore him when he talks in a high pitched voice and uses his catch phrase of “you’re fired”
Here’s my philosophy, when you’re under the age of 18 and you connect with someone on social media you have to maintain certain boundaries. Find things you have in common and grow from there.
With Lex, his parents are very protective of him when really I’m just 4 years older and we like the same stuff…
Lex, Nelson and I all agree that what happened to David Yost was wrong even if Nelson and I disagree politically. Nelson was the friend that Fuzzy wanted me to find in college. When Fuzzy was still alive my journey to tokusatsu was just beginning. I had a falling out with someone in state because that’s all he would talk about and that’s all he gave a damn about. When my podcast with Tony gets started it will be fun. Lex is invested as I am in Tokusatsu. To conclude, here’s a song from Toku in Thailand and some encouraging words for Mr. Louw…
Lex, my facebook bro. All your life people are going to judge you. I’ve been out about having Asperger’s starting at 16. I was bullied for it. We both know that being autistic we’re not robots. The Carona Virus has shown the world its true colors. Let’s be thankful that Doug Walker’s surfaced before the pandemic.
Lex, telling my parents I’m bi and my online community was one of my biggest struggles and even though my sexual orientation is now known by my family. It doesn’t matter that you live in Australia or that Nelson’s parents hate me. The day I lost someone to suicide, Nelson came over immediately and gave me a hug. The 3 of us are joined by our but cheeks and even though you have yet to come to Seattle, we are brothers and we always will be!