Voices Inside His Head

Years ago, Nate was so compulsive about The Simpsons DVD box sets that it distracted him from school and drove him to wild extremes. His frustration lead to tantrums and serious outbursts. After another day came and went without a release date announcement, Nate kicked a giant crack in our computer room wall.

He even took to lying and creating false press releases from Fox Television. (Can you imagine fake “news” with the Fox imprimatur? Inconceivable, right?). Trouble was, he would post these as truth on fan sites such as NoHomers.net, which ultimately resulted in Nate’s expulsion by the web moderators.

Over time, Nate has come up with a foolproof solution; he makes up his own faux-web pages with comments from different users. Nate has the tendency to talk to himself, a habit I’d hoped he’d grow out of but, nearing 21 years old, it’s still a major feature that sets him apart. However, when written down, its funny and quite interesting and imaginative.

I walked by Nate at the computer as he was finishing up this discussion on something called “Johnny Test-Root Beer Clip.” (Remember, all the names and comments are made up).

mrcoolguy starts off, one month ago: “I like that scene…”

TheChampster011  answered 3 weeks ago: “Probably the best Johnny Test moment of this year.”

“clugehead” had a question: “what episode is this from?”

4 days ago, johnnybandibad answered: “It’s ‘Radio Johnny.’ You should watch this episode!!”

So far, there’s a give and take that is so logically laid out that it’s hard for me to believe that Nate’s mind works in such an orderly fashion. Then it derails a bit into Nate oddities.

killzoneism said “johnny should’ve been in his diaper during this clip.” Nate’s obsession with diapers is constant and strange. Not sure why exactly he thinks of cartoon characters as diaper wearers, but I do know he didn’t like when we had more babies after he was born. Perhaps that has something to do with it.

“This montage kinda pisses me out,” replied Panic726. Not “pisses me off;” typical Nate-speak.

“This and ‘Johnny in the Plastic Bubble’ could be my least favorite JT episodes.” (GGOLDVP) Bubbles are another fixation of Nate’s and appear in most of his cartoon documents, characters floating or stationary trapped in their bubble cage. I have no idea why this is, but it’s a signature Nate image. Let the art critics figure it out.

JTmiracle: “Homer Simpson would have made it more obvious but with Duff Beer instead.”

“my favorite diapered part of JOHNNY TEST!!!!!!!!!!” megatechfreak clearly liked this!

All the posters that Nate devised, and their individual comments, come together nicely at the end. MoneyB500 brings all the voices in Nate’s head together: “I agree with that,” he writes.

And that ends the discussion and a long peek into what courses through Nate’s noggin.



About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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