Wednesday, March 16, 2022

People With The Last Name, "McGee"

When I first started this blog, back in 2005, in my introductory post, I mentioned several possible topics that I might discuss during the course of this blog: music, sports, politics, sex, spirituality, video games, giraffes, The Snorks, the crumb sitting on the coaster in front of me right now, people with the last name McGee, snowmen, cars, and the mysteries of life... 

In the run of this blog, I have discussed the music in my videos. I have discussed Peyton Manning, and a football game being cut off by CBS. I discussed the Obama election, wrote a post about politicians with goofy faces, and got a little political in 2020. I shared a link, in the very beginning, that discussed both sex and spirituality. I talked about a version of PS3 not being backwards compatible, as well as XBox being evil. I've discussed the mysteries of life on numerous occasions. I've even mentioned The Snorks.

Things I have not discussed are giraffes, the crumb that was sitting on the coaster in front of me October 11 2005 at 2:19, people with the last name McGee, snowmen (unless you count my video where I included Frosty the Snowman amongst the top five creepiest Christmas songs), and cars (unless you count discussing flying cars in a video about Marty McFly arriving in 2015).

So, today, I've decided to check "people with the last name McGee" off of that list:


 Tim McGee is a character from the show, NCIS, played by Sean Murray. One time, back when I used to watch the show regularly, I had a dream where I asked him, "Are you little Tim from Jurassic Park, all grown up?" and he replied, "No, I most certainly am not."


Sam McGee is the title character from the poem, "The Cremation of Sam Mcgee", about an old man running a dog sled, who complains to his partner about the cold, and then freezes to death, and gets cremated. His partner then finds him alive and enjoying the warmth of the fire that's cremating him. My class read this in the 4th or 5th grade.

There's also JaVale McGee, who plays for the NBA. He has played for the Cavaliers and the Lakers. My personal experience with JaVale, is finding him in a Google search, for the term "McGee". Also of note, is that both his first name, and his last name have the third letter capitalized. I wonder what his middle name is.

Then, there's celebrity interior designer Shea McGee, also discovered through a Google search. She designs interiors, as her self explanatory job title suggests.

Also of note, is that the name McGee, can be used in conjunction with a person's predominant character trait, turning said trait into a nickname, with McGee functioning as a last name. "There goes old Shoesey McGee, always wearing shoes!"

And, that's all I have to say about people with the last name, "McGee".

Monday, January 03, 2022

2011 - 2021

Ten years ago, 2011 marked the end of the beginning of J-Dubb's Theatre, and the transition into what would become the recognizable J-Dubb's Theatre format. First of all, this was the last year of the classic blog, as noted in a previous post. J-Dubb's Theatre began as a blog. A couple years into the blog, I expanded J-Dubb's Theatre into a YouTube channel. Eventually, the YouTube channel began to take precedence over the blog. 2010 was the last year of Superstar of the Week, and other weekly features. 

In 2011, written posts were sparse in between video posts. By the end of the year, I even ceased posting videos to the blog, and the YouTube channel became the central hub of J-Dubb's Theatre. In 2012, I wrote a post officially recognizing the end of the blog.

 Things changed after I got a retail job in 2011. Before 2011 was the"p-re-JoAnn's" years of J-Dubb'sTheatre, and everything from mid-2011 on marked the"JoAnn's Years". With the new job, and a schedule that changed every week, I found it more difficult to blog and film videos. 

In 2010, I developed the typical vlogging spot. The format of the majority of my videos, from then on, became cemented in 2011. Also, 2011 marked the beginning of my YouTube partnership, which would turn the future of J-Dubb's Theatre into a professional endeavor. At the end of the year, I upgraded from old-school cell phones, to my first iPhone.

The years following 2011 held many familiar traditions. From 2012 onward, I visited VidCon every year, and uploaded a video from the trip. I grew my hair out, and "J-Dubb" became recognizable as having long hair, whereas prior to 2012, I'd always had short hair, and even facial hair. Every Fall, I would make a video complaining about the beginning of the Fall. For Thanksgiving, I would upload a video of one of the J-Dubbles telling the Thanksgiving story in an eccentric manner. For the new year, I would upload a video which would repeat the footage from the 2010 New Year's video, confusing Floyd and Jim, and then go into a montage of the previous year's videos.

2011 was sort of in between the old and the new, where the old-school J-Dubb's Theatre faded away, but the recognizable modern format hadn't quite begun.

One notable thing that  made 2011 unique, was a phase in which I would begin the video in the middle of a skit, and then notice the camera and say "Oh, J-Dubb Here", and go into the video topic. for instance, in one video, I'm confronting my "Tyler Durden" alter ego, ala Fight Club. In another, I'm in the middle of singing along to the Sponge Bob Square Pants theme, setting a trap for the Easter bunny, or absentmindedly trying to unlock my front door with my key fob. I  began this series with a video in which my I'm trying to film a vlog, but my camera goes haywire, shutting off, and unpredictably turning back on unpredictably throughout my day. The implication was, that my camera would turn on in the middle of whatever I was doing, and I would have to film that day's vlog. After starting my retail job, I ceased this, because I decided it made the video too long. (This was before the infamous algorithm, which favors longer run times.)

Another notable thing from 2011, was the clown series. It began the previous year, when I made a video about hating clowns. YouTuber Happy Cabbie, then referred my video to several real-life clowns, who wrote angry comments. I found it funny that of all groups to offend, it would be clowns for me. I then made a Halloween video about scary clowns, and then made an apology to clowns. In 2011, I uploaded a three part series in which the clowns come after me, and I'm abducted. I then uploaded a video in which I've been converted into a clown, and am trying to proselytize being a clown, in parody of
Tom Cruiz's Scientology video. The series ends with Roach hiring a deprogrammer to convert me back, but not before I convert him first. Had the series continued, clowns would have turned out to be a part of a secret society who worship a clown god, and the clown god would turn out to be from a race of aliens. I did post a couple clown related videos in 2012, and one more in 2013.

And, most notable, was the viodeo, Tuesday, a parody of Rebecca Black's Friday, featuring Adam, Jon, and my sister. This was not only the most memorable video of the year, but one of my most memorable of all time.

As for 2021, there's not much to say that I didn't already say in last year's New Year's post. Most notably, we got past the year that we don't mention anymore, and Trump left the White House, while his fan base continued to insist that he remained the true president for half the year, if they aren't still doing it now. Also, I hit a new high in business, which has been pretty exciting.

So, typically, at the end of the New Year's post, I post a video which correlates to whatever video I had posted to the end of the New Year's post from 10 years prior. However, beginning with 2011, there are no more New Year's posts from ten years prior, (and none for 20 year's prior, yet). So, instead, I will post two videos to represent 2011.