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Title: The Story Behind Falling Behind
Type: production note
Date: May 10th, 2018

We shot ROX #43 just outside Bloomington, near Lake Monroe, at the residence of one Ted Bowie. I don't think I ever met Mr. Bowie, and I believe he passed away just a couple years later. Our friend was housesitting for him.

We chose the location because we thought it would give a good view of the fall foliage, and so it did. Our humble video camera was hardly able to capture the glory beauty of the scene, however; the visuals are less than spectacular. I'm surprised by the backlighting on our main camera angle. It's amateur hour folks! Nevertheless we persisted, and this episode is (very) loosely constructed around a series of autumnal puns.

That brings us to the “falling sickness” and my seizure. As an epileptic, I was denied insurance because of my pre-existing condition, a fact which has always clarified my thoughts regarding the necessity of universal healthcare. What I don't mention is that this particular seizure came just days after my wedding to Xy. I woke up in the hospital feeling extremely disoriented, and for a while I'd even forgotten that we'd gotten married. Fortunately my memories soon returned.

Regarding the discussion of IU's drug and alcohol policies, can you believe I typed all that text by hand? I can hardly believe it myself. How tedious!

Late in the show, there's a brief shot of a lighter igniting some herb in a one-hitter. I think this may be the first actual depiction of smoking cannabis in the series, fully 16 episodes before we did it big in ROX #59. No one made any fuss about this segment. It's actually a clip from my proto-ROX art video “Do Not Become Confused,” and it's followed by a rapid-cut series of images from the same program, a favorite sequence of mine. Those single-frame edits were extremely difficult to execute on a tape-to-tape VHS editor. Again, how tedious, but I love the resulting effect.

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