I guess it must be “Rafia revisits her obsessions” week

This morning, I’ve learned that Stephen Hillenberg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, has been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This is incredibly sad because “ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a rare terminal illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”

But also, Stephen Hillenberg was a facilitator of silliness. I don’t know him personally, but I’ve lived with his works for much of my adolescence and to know that he might not be able to continue writing and animating is very sad. As I wrote in my previous post on Richard Simmons, which you all should read if you have not already, I am a big fan of The Silly.

Knowing that I am deathly afraid of fish, you would be surprised and frankly at wit’s end to discover that I would fall in love with a show that takes place under the sea, which, if you didn’t know, is where fish reside. I always responded in defense that none of the main characters of the show are fish. That is odd, isn’t it? Ask yourself this question. I think deep down inside even the show’s creator had issues with fish, even though he was a marine biologist. (BTW:I don’t consider Patrick Star, who is a starfish, a real fish, because starfish are more like stars than fish.)

I loved SpongeBob so much, the show was the theme of my Sweet 16 birthday party… that was only attended by my immediate family because I had no friends. But I didn’t care, because my sister and mother decorated the entire dining room with Spongebob decor. I even saved the decorations and unused plates and cups for years in my closet. I got a huge SpongeBob stuffed toy, a Patrick pillow, and an inflatable Sandy (Butt)Cheeks that my then 4-year-old nephew (he’s now 18) was so jealous of he made us take a photo of him with her, hoping that February 4th would all of a sudden turn into his birthday. Doesn’t work like that, Medster!

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Me, years later in 2010, with my second nephew, who was more successful at stealing my birthday (his is a day after mine!). Yes, I am sitting on a chair with fish on it. My family, despite my protestations or perhaps BECAUSE of them, LOVES Red Lobster.

I’ve stopped watching SpongeBob, as I did think after it became popular the quality of the writing went downhill. I think this was intentional though. The show in its first few seasons was definitely written for older fans. But somewhere along the line, kids realized it was a cartoon their older brother or sister was watching and wanted in. So I think the writers began catering to a new and more devoted legion of fans. I probably was one of the few 17 year olds buying SpongeBob toys.

But even so, those first few seasons? PURE COMEDY GOLD.

Mr. Rafia thinks SpongeBob is stupid and doesn’t find it funny. Well, the boy got no taste (other than his choice for whom he married ;)

I’ll let you all decide though.

PURE JOY! I can go on and on and on….

9 thoughts on “I guess it must be “Rafia revisits her obsessions” week”

  1. I was too old to get into SpongeBob, but I remember just how popular it was. The world definitely needs wholesome silliness now more than ever. From the few episodes I actually watched, I always enjoyed the emphasis on the friendship between SpongeBob, Patrick, and the squirrel (Sandy?).

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    1. You can always get into the show now! Yes, the squirrel’s name is Sandy Cheeks, but my sister liked/s to call her “Sandy ButtCheeks” because she has a potty humour! Friendship was a big component. Even though there are some not so kind characters on the show, the naivety and innocence of SpongeBob and Patrick was just precious!

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  2. I don’t think I ever realized the lack of actual fish in this show. That kind of blows my mind. I’m really liking visiting your obsessions, gives me a slightly better sense of who you might have been growing up. By the way Ruffs I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. :]

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    1. Well, there are fish in the show, but they’re not main characters. They’re just extras, if you will. And even as cartoons, they’re really ugly. Hehe, this is the first time anyone has said they like my obsessions! Thank you, Suma, for making my day, and thank you for the nomination. I still gotta answer those questions! I will, I promise :)

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  3. I can’t relate to the era of your obsessions – but it’s reminding me of some of my own! I am only recently beginning to realise how much I enjoy(ed) the music/shows/cartoons/movies during my adolescence – Mainstream media is a lot of garbage nowadays. I’m going to be one of those parents who’s completely out of tune with their child’s entertainment. P.S: Love the tee!

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    1. I’m curious to know what your obsessions are!
      Thank you – is it pretentious to wear a shirt that says “nerd” though? I’m not smart enough to be a nerd, haha!

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  4. Hahaha! This line >>> “Well, the boy got no taste (other than his choice for whom he married ;)”

    Spongebob is a good cartoon and I know what you mean about the humor being for older kids. For some reason Spongebob became the very thing my sister uses to tease me with. She named me Spongebob saying he reminded her of me and my mental issues. Needless to say she is EXACTLY Patrick personified as a human being and female!

    ALS is miserable! My friend lost her mother to ALS. It progresses and brings you down little by little until you become a vegetable and eventually your heart and brain fail. Stephen Hawking – the physicist – suffers the same but he has the means to turn into a humanoid robot and keep going!

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    1. What mental issues? I’m curious to know what your sister means. I always say SpongeBob as a bit naive, perhaps, but a very honest and kind-hearted sponge. I’d take it as a compliment if someone called me SpongeBob. Plus, he’s a sharp dresser, too! :)

      I wonder how Hawking was able to do that? That’s really sad to hear about your friend’s mother and all ALS patients, to be honest :(

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  5. Aaargh, why do these sorts of diseases always take the most brilliant, funniest, kindest people??

    That Spongebob party sounds tight, yo. I think awe should all throw you a virtual spongebob party next year for your birthday!

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