Sunday, April 23, 2017

The real life Norman and Norma Bates..........

Psycho is a suspense novel written by Robert Bloch in 1959 which Alfred Hitchcock release a film adaptation of Psycho one year later which is clearly his greatest work and one of the most famous thriller/horror films to date and was the basis for my favorite show on TV, The Bates Motel.  Yes, I admit it, The Bates Motel is my favorite even topping The Walking Dead (Gasp!) bet you never saw that coming.  The fact that tonight will be the series finale is literally making me psycho.......On a side note, it is also thought that Silence of the Lambs and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacres is also based on Ed Gein.

Augusta Gein
It is a frightening to think a person could be so vile but it does make for a great novel, film, and television series.

So what is Psycho all about?  Robert Bloch's inspiration for the main character, Norman Bates, was "loosely" inspired by Ed Gein, son of George and Augusta Gein and Wisconsin's most notorious cannibal, grave-robber, and serial killer.

Basically, a real life boogeyman.

Gein's father was an alcoholic and abusive, and his mother was extremely religious, domineering, and controlling. Gein's and his mother had a nontraditional relationship.

Even though she controlled him and belittled him, he was obsessed with her.  Their relationship did not go unnoticed.  His older brother, Henry, confronted them about it several times.  Interestingly, Henry died in a mysterious fire on the family's farm in 1944.  This close relationship with his mother is said to be the harbinger to his crimes which escalated after her death in 1945.

Gein busied himself committing crimes around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin (an isolated rural area in Wisconsin) earning him the name The Mad Butcher of Plainfield.  During a ten year span, Gein murdered two women and exhumed and defiled at least a 20 bodies from various cemeteries around Plainfield.

With no family left, Gein was alone at the farmhouse and his morbid past time of defiling bodies increased.  He turned one of the rooms in to a shrine for his mother which he kept sealed off.  He kept her body there.

In 1957, Bernice Worden, local hardware store owner, went missing.  Witnesses reported seeing Gein with her before her disappearance.  Police paid a visit to Gein's farm at which point not only did they find Mrs. Worden's body but they found the body of local tavern owner, Mary Hogan, who disappeared in 1954.

Her head was found in a paper bag.  The police also found socks made from human flesh, a belt made from several human nipples, a vest made from the skin of a woman's torso, a ceiling light pull crafted from human lips, human skulls mounted on the corner posts of his bed, human skin lampshade, chair seats upholstered with human skin, human skullcaps used as soup bowls, and a human heart in a pan on the stove.  His entire house was decorated from various items made from the skin and bones of the dead.

He said he killed the two women because they resembled his mother. He did plead guilty to killing the women and was found guilty but legally insane.  He was sent to the Mendota Mental Health Institute and resided there until his death at age 77 due to complications of cancer.

Ironically, he is buried beside his family at the Plainfield Cemetery.  It is said that people would visit the cemetery, find Ed Gein's gravestone, and chip pieces of it to take as a souvenir.  The entire gravestone was stolen in 2000 and recovered in 2001.  The gravestone is kept in storage, his grave remains unmarked. Seems fitting to me.

So that is, in a nutshell, what the novel Psycho is about.

The TV series The Bates Motel's Norman Bates is loosely based on Ed Gein and his obsession with his mother.

Momma's boy going manic.

If you have not watched The Bates Motel, go check in now.  This is the best show on TV, and the actors and writers have done an incredible job.  Realizing that tonight is the last episode ever is harder to deal with than getting divorced.  Me and my kiddos were lucky to get to see Nestor Carbonell and Max Thieriot at Walker Stalker Atl two years ago.  They were incredibly nice and so darn good looking!  Sad to see it end!

Bates Motel Marathon Monday starts at 7 a.m. and leads up to the series finale..............

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You have got to be kidding me.........

I just found this recipe for Banana upside down cake.

I love anything banana.

I am going to give this a try with a few minor tweaks to the original recipe just to make it as vegan as possible.

I know it will be amazing!

Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts  is where I found this masterpiece!

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4.5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
About 3 bananas sliced into 1/4­1/3 inch rounds
1/3 cup unsalted butter­softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs (I will use an egg substitute)
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream (we will use Tofutti sour cream, it is seriously delicious!)
1 cup mashed overripe bananas
1 cup all ­purpose flour  (may go GF if I have enough)
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Cannot wait to give this a try.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Overnight shoot tomorrow and Thursday.......

Call time 4 p.m.
This will mean wrapping up with be after 4 a.m., most likely until 5:30.  Long, long night!

Advice is defined as.......

guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.

When you give advice you are unqualified to give, you look as dumb as a can of paint.  

For example, if you have never gone to college, you are probably not the right person to give advice to a person who is about to go to college.  That should make perfect sense, you did not go to college, you have no advice on the matter.  Silence!

If you have been to college, lived in dorms, and actually graduated, I think you could have some advice that might be worth sharing with new college goers; oh, unless, of course, after going to college, living in a dorm, and graduating college you end up living with your parents and you are more than 45 years old.  That screams that living in a college dorm did nothing for you and going to college did not really prepare you to live an independent life because if it did, why are you living with mommy and daddy?  You have no advice to offer a new college goer, things did not end well for you.  Shut your piehole. 

If you have gone from state-to-state-to-state and back saying you were going to attend college but ended up failing and dropping out every semester, moving again, attending another college, dropping out again.  Then you move back in with your parents so they can figure out what to do with you.  They end up spending a pretty penny buying you a certificate so that you could actually get a job and make money because college was not your thing, obviously.  You are not qualified to give advice to new college goers.  

See that is what I mean about giving advice to people.  None of the people in the above scenarios should legit be giving out advice for a new college goer.  Make sure you are actually a good source of information on the advice you want to share or don't share it.
Thanks for horsing around with me. You really never know what you will get when you read my blog so thanks for stopping by.