Fan Vid: Fabulous Beekman Boys: Spying On Hope

So, I made this fanvid. It took around 9 months to make because I couldn’t find the source I wanted (and I never found the source I wanted), but mostly because Windows Movie Maker is the most hellish video making software ever. Let me assure you that this would be a better fan video if I didn’t have to listen to the song from the beginning every time I made a change or tweak, because otherwise the music didn’t line up. Truthfully, there are still many things I’d change about the final product, but I can’t hear the song again. Not for awhile, anyway. One day I might move on from the wretched, evil WMM and buy some proper video making software, but I’m not sure when I’ll do such a thing, since spending money on video making products isn’t really in my budget, especially when I do it so rarely and can’t ever seem to find source.

Wow. Don’t you want to watch this now? Hah. Anyway, it’s a fanvid about The Fabulous Beekman Boys.

Spying On Hope

And, no, I have no idea why it runs on for 2 minutes longer than the music. Uh, I’m pretty sure this is why I’m not a vidder. I’d be unwilling to put a story or book out in this shape, but when it comes to vids I’m all, “GOOD ENOUGH.” And done. 😛

Watching: Spying on Fabulous Hope


So, not too long ago, I posted about Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s book The Bucolic Plague in a post titled Spying On Hope, because that is how the book made me feel, like I was spying on hope. Needless to say, spying on hope is very inspirational, and it feels amazing, and you don’t really want to stop spying on it. Ever.

Well, guess what? Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Brent Ridge, are allowing us to spy on their hope ever so much more! They have a show called The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which is essentially like one big, long, delicious hope-spying romp of fun and joy that even the kvetching and bickering can’t cut down. There are two seasons of it available and I’ve greedily watched them both – uh, more than once. The first season is great and introduces you to Josh and Brent, and it fills you in on their situation and their struggles. But the second season is the real winner for me, because there are moments in it that just absolutely twisted my heart up – in the good way.

I suppose what I like best about the show is how real their relationship feels to me. They’ve been together over ten years. They don’t have a show to put on for each other anymore, and the shine has been clearly worn off the relationship long ago, replaced by comfort, trust, annoyance, and dedication to each other and to the life they’re building together. They are also clearly very in love, even when they’re fighting.

So, what’s the deal with Josh and Brent? They bought this farm in upstate New York, along with a gorgeous house, and (if you read The Bucolic Plague you’ll see the full story there) ended up with Farmer John and hundreds of goats, a cheese and soap business, and a lot of dreams that are never quite fulfilled.

While for some unknown reason Josh is my favorite, I often really feel for Brent who clearly adores Josh with all of his being, and there are moments when you can see that Josh’s words have really cut him to the quick, even though he doesn’t say anything. But they always make up, and in very healthy ways. In fact, there’s a scene at the end of Season 2 that I think people could model classes on communication after. It’s just that well done. And there are baby goats in that scene, too! A lot of baby goats!! It’s hope-tastic with goats!

Where you can spy on some Josh and Brent and Beekman Boys hope:

1. Netflix Instant is currently hosting Season 1 of The Fabulous Beekman Boys
2. Amazon currently has both seasons and the cheesetastic Christmas Special on sale. It’s worth the price!
3. I’ve heard iTunes has them, too!
4. They are awesome with social media. Check out their Facebook. They also have twitters that are active.
5. Their website is something to aspire to! It’s gorgeous!
6. Goats, Goats, Goats – one of my favorite YouTube videos from outtakes of the show.

Right now they are currently looking for a network to take them on after Planet Green called it quits this past year. I hope they find something, because I have to say, while their YouTube channel allows me to spy on hope off and on, I need something more regular and longer lasting. I need the show back!

So, to sum up: spy on hope by watching this show. Tell me below about other shows that feel like spying on hope, por favor? Or maybe tell me about watching shows that feel like spying on despair and how you’ve had enough of it? Or tell me how you eat despair for breakfast with a side of bones and gristle? Just tell me something, okee dokee? I love to hear from you!

Reading Memoirs: Spying on Hope


Recently, I read a couple of memoirs that I absolutely loved. The first was I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, and the second was his follow-up memoir, depicting his eventual happily-ever-after-(so-far), called The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir. I really recommend them both so that you have a greater scope of just who Josh Kilmer-Purcell was/is/wants to be/will always be, but if you only read one, I, personally, recommend the second over the first. That’s probably the first time you’ll see someone say that, but here’s why:

I Am Not Myself These Days is a beautifully written love story about how love isn’t always healthy even when it’s got good intentions, and love doesn’t always last, even when it’s something special that will never live on this earth again. It’s about how fairytales, modern varieties at least, don’t always last. The Bucolic Plague, however, is about a real relationship that weathers storms, that trembles on the edge of destruction by forces from within, and manages to right itself because, heck, it might not be the most ‘romantic’ thing in the world, but these people have built a life together, an entire world together, and it isn’t right without the other one in it. There were points in The Bucolic Plague where my chest ached with sadness and empathy for the struggles Brent and Josh were going through together (and apart). Having been with my spouse for over twenty years, I can attest to similar gut-wrenching seasons myself. And the fairytale isn’t in the dream, but in the way you pull through the nightmare, and come back to life together, loving the small things you’ve created as a team, and loving even the things you hate in the other person.

Brent and Josh’s story reminds me of a song lyric:

Watching you go is like spying on hope,
ever onward with more to burn.

– Dar Williams

Reading The Bucolic Plague was truly like spying on hope, the kind of hope we all want to have, and can have if we dig deep. It’s such a joy to read about that kind of hope, pressing onward, never running out of steam, and during the bleak time when it looked like their hope might have been at an end, they pushed onward, and found more to burn. Again, I highly recommend the book.

Does anyone in your life remind you of spying on hope? How do they inspire you?