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Hi, I’m Dusty. This is my blog! For most people, there are aging bits of pop culture and history gathering dust somewhere in the back corners of their brains. In my experience, when you do eventually run into one of those cobweb covered brain wrinkles, it usually goes one of two ways:

“I haven’t heard that song in 30 years… and yet I know all the words. How is that possible? Why did my brain preserve this as though I might need it in case of emergency? Am I in an emergency and failing to realize it?”

Or, alternatively, “daggoneit, what was the name of that actress who was on the TV show where… you know… the thing…” as you trail off and inwardly tremble while grasping at your thoughts like they are a puff of smoke. Either of those things can be disconcerting.

As you can see, it is important to keep our brains organized and tidy. Revisiting the past is important. Surprises await if you do not. I spend my time spraying a (metaphorical, probably) aerosol can of isoparrafin, dimethicone, sorbitan oleate, water, glycerin, and fun lemony scented fragrance, directly onto my brain’s reviewable recollections, and I rub the dust and grime away. Daily. I take those clean memories, inventory them, label them, organize them by importance, place them in tubs, and then stack them on shelves in my brain garage. This blog is my brain garage. I promise you do not want to see the storage unit or the attic.

I decided I should turn that time into a public service and write about it here. Maybe this will help you, too.

“Was Jessica Fletcher the most prolific serial killer in all of television in the 1980s as I’ve heard a lot of people speculate lately? Or was she the hero Cabot Cove needed in a time of madness as I remember?”

“How many people, exactly, did Indiana Jones murder? Did that archaeological find *really* belong in a museum?”

“In the context of what I have learned about history since middle school, was Lewis and Clark’s expedition the first step toward Manifest Destiny? Or was it a surreptitious mission directed by Freemasons within the U.S. government to locate and cover up evidence of an antediluvian super-civilization on the North American continent?”

“What would happen if Mumm-Ra visited Adventure Bay and encountered the Paw Patrol? He was basically a demon, right? Why did 80s cartoons have so many demonic antagonists? Even the Care Bears had one, if I am remembering correctly.”

Follow along with me and we will do the important work of sorting this out together.

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“So this is pretty much just a blog of you writing book, TV, and movie reports? Like the kind of thing little kids do when they’re learning to read?” Well, yes. “What makes your 4th grader blog special?” For one thing, thoroughness. I will give you more detail than you want. If you read my blog, you will feel like you were present when these things were written. Second… you make this special. If a few of us go through these books, shows, and movies together, then it’s a club. If a lot of us do it, then I will create a DustyReviews version of the BookIt pin and disseminate them to the world. You want that, right? Of course you do. Tell your friends.