Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stranger Than Fiction

Once upon a midnight dreary....

While I pondered weak and weary....

About my previous post that included this Topps Total card of Pat Strange.

I had explained how this one put a smile on my face because earlier in the week, I was going through some of my boxed cards to try and see what stood out. It turned out that I had found a few cards in which the players gloves looked abnormally large due to it being closer to the camera, and then Nick from Dime Boxes sent this guy over without knowing what I had been up to.

After that post, I started noticing more about this particular card.

In August, I wrote up a post about Plants And Baseball Cards in which all cards featured some type of foliage or other greenery from the botany world. That's strange Pat, you would fit right in there as well.

So now, Pat has 3 different places that could wind up being his home...

The Plants page.

The Ridiculously over-sized glove page.

Or my Mets Team Binder.

All that in a baseball card? Wait, there's more.

I was trying to come up with a title for the post I am writing now and without much thought "Stranger Than Fiction," popped right into my head. Why this is a good title for today's post has yet to be seen.

If you have seen the film starring Will Farrell of the same title of this post then you will certainly be able to understand my explanation much better. If you haven't seen it before, I highly recommend it as it's one of my favorite movies and I would think any writer of any kind would find some enjoyment in it.

The story line goes like this :

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick(Will Farrell) is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day this all changes when Harold begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late.

Here is a nice trailer for your reference:

I would like to draw particular attention to the following part explaining a little more about "Little Did He Know"...

Harold listens to her conclusion without giving importance to it. When he asks what she would advise if it were not schizophrenia, the psychiatrist suggests Harold turn to a literary expert. Harold visits Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), a university professor, and relates his story. Jules first comes to the same conclusion as the psychiatrist, as Harold's dull life is not something commonly seen in novels. However, Jules then recognizes aspects of a literary work in Harold's story ("little did he know"), and encourages him to help identify the author, first by determining if the work is a comedy or a tragedy.

That "Little did he know," part was another inspiration to another blog title of mine aptly named, Little Did He Know.

All of that from a single baseball card. 3 post ideas, 3 sections in which the card may be placed and all somehow wraps into a movie in which I'm very keen on.

Man I love this hobby!

And that's all I got to say about that : )

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