Who are you? I am Polter-Cow! Kneel before me and despair.
No, really, who are you? I am Polter-Cow. Please like me?
One last chance, buddy. I'm a medical writer who's just a little obsessed with television. And movies. And books. And storytelling in general. Also, music. Plus, I have all sorts of wacky adventures and familial angst that I feel compelled to share with the world.
But what's with the name? A long time ago, I used to play games. Toejam and Earl 2: Panic on Funkatron on the Sega Genesis, for one. One of the enemies was this ghostly cow that possessed your character and caused him to have convulsions, making him lose energy. I dubbed it a "Polter-Cow" and thought it'd make a good story. And then, to my surprise, I actually wrote that story. Like I needed to pay attention during driver's ed. It was the first big story I'd written simply for the sake of writing it, because I had a story I wanted to tell. It's a symbol of my beginning as a writer. I am spectralbovine here because I am anal about my hyphen: "poltercow" simply does not look right.
But most of that is old stuff! What are you watching NOW? I'm currently following Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Leverage, How I Met Your Mother, American Horror Story, Don't Trust the B— in Apt. 23, Psych, Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Fringe, The Legend of Korra, and Doctor Who.
I guess you sound like a decent bloke. Why should I read your journal? I am a decent bloke! But don't take my word for it:
latropita: I read this journal because I need constant reminders of what I should be watching. Plus other reasons, but mostly that one.
serrana : Twice, in recent weeks, I have been asked, in my very own living room, if I am familiar with this Polter-Cow person. Both times I have been able to respond that yes, not only am I familiar with him, in his online aspect, but that he has persistently made insinuations about my default icon. I am not sure what this says about me or, indeed, about the gentleman in question (never mind the default icon). I am, however, confident that, should the question arise a third time, I will again answer in the affirmative: yes, we have engaged in conversation, and I will very likely go on to add, "Say hi for me."
bsidetales: I tend to read your journal not only because you are clever and funny and write very good reviews on stuff, but because there is something endlessly thoughtful and true about you, too. You are quite compassionate, and that always captures me.
pixie37373: I read this journal because Sunil is the kind of guy who will buy you a stuffed puppy and let you squeeze all of the feeling out of his hand because you are sad. And I love him.
etherealclarity: Aside from the ridiculously impeccable taste in television, hilarious anecdotes about meeting celebrities and LJers, emotionally moving diatribes about personal experiences, and an extremely intelligent, witty style of writing, what is there to love about reading spectralbovine's journal?
How about the fact that underneath all that internet popularity is a genuinely warm and caring human being who would call someone he's never met before and cheer them up by singing songs?
glasseseater: Have you met Sunil, sweetheart of the internet? This cyberweb darling will woo you in with his magic tales of a land called television! Follow him on his journey to find himself, other people, and sometimes even an entire band! He sings, he dances... into your heart!
I tried Sunil and I lost thirty pounds in two hours! My teeth have never been whiter! Results may vary!
You have strange friends. Yeah, I love 'em.
So can I friend you? Absolutely! I don't mind being friended without asking, although I do like knowing how you came upon me in the first place, just to satisfy my own curiosity. The days when I could just assume you were here for my Veronica Mars posts are gone, after all. I have a sizable friendslist already, so I don't friend back automatically, especially if I have no idea who you are. But I try to make an effort to visit the journals of people who have me friended, and it is not uncommon for me to friend someone back later, after getting to know them a bit better. I don't flock anything, so don't worry, you're not missing anything.
I'm glad we had this talk. Hey, what are you listening to these days? I'm glad you asked.