Sunday, June 3, 2018

Spy Stuff


From an early age I have been fascinated by spies. The idea that you can privately be someone very different than your public persona resonates in me. Perhaps you can guess why...  :-)

Plus I grew up during the Cold War when espionage was everywhere in entertainment (e.g., James Bond movies). The subject captured my young mind to the point where I asked my parents for toy spy gear. My wishes were granted one Christmas when I got "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." toy kit. It contained a (plastic) briefcase that shot (plastic) bullets out of a hole in its side, using a trigger in the handle. It included secret listening devices, invisible ink and special spy paper that dissolved in water. My imagination went wild as I embarked on top-secret missions that saved the world from destruction. You're welcome.  :-)

The appeal of this stuff never disappeared. Recently one of the best shows in the history of television -- "The Americans" -- just ended a long run. I saw every episode from the beginning and was thrilled that the main character, a life-long spy, is a woman! Played by the amazing Keri Russell (remember her from "Felicity" or "Waitress"?), Elizabeth Jennings wear dozens of convincing disguises and is capable of brutal violence. She is the flip-side of me. I'm forced to act tough in society when in private, I'm a marshmallow. That's the nature of spying: creating a false public front.

You probably aren't aware of many spy tricks used by my colleagues so this week I'm going to post some explanations that I promise will be interesting. The techniques are real and drawn from our history going back to the Revolutionary War. Also I just discovered there's  spy museum in Washington, DC that I must visit soon.

Stay tuned!


21 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting show. I will look out for it.
    Waiting with baited breath for your future revelations.
    xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. You will LOVE this show. It's great drama.

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  2. I love the spy museum in Washington, DC!

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  3. This is really amazing. I love everything that is mysterious and such. Like spies. :D

    I actually would love to know more about the mysterious, crime related shows that you watch :D

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  4. I also love this series. It is hard to say goodbye to a long running series that you become attached to. I can understand how you feel, all of us have to present false fronts to some extent, but you certainly more than most .
    Now do tell!
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    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com

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  5. That spy kit must have been so much fun! And obviously you'll have to take a trip to the spy museum! xxx

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  6. I love spies! I've been to the Spy Museum in DC a couple of times and it's always a lot of fun. It's dark and mysterious in there, so you feel like a spy when you're touring it!

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  7. there's a spy museum in NYC as well! i think it's relatively new but i've been seeing ads for it in the subway. it's called Spyscape!

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    1. Oh, wow! Thanks for the lead. I'll check it out.

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  8. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss, I can't wait for this!
    I was OBSESSED with the Man From UNCLE when I was about 9-11. I watched the reruns religiously on a Friday night and was totally in love with David Macallum! I loved the fact that his dad was a famous musician!

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  9. I am an avid tv series watcher and will check out this one! I am obsessed with Peaky Blinders at the moment, but I am going to finish it soon ;) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

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    1. I heard about Peaky Blinders and will check it out.

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  10. Hi ya! Miss you. Cant get into my day2day email account. When are you coming to Victoria???? :)

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    1. Hi Jodi. I miss you, too. I'm sorry we didn't get to see each other when I visited Victoria in March. I e-mailed you ahead of that trip but never heard back. I'll return soon and definitely include you in my plans. Happy Summer!

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  11. I had never heard of this show until now, and that's awesome! I sometimes like spy stuff!Excited to see what's up your sleeve :)

    -Sara

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  12. We grew up in the spy era. I loved the Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    If you deny having a crush on Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the Avengers I may have to call you a liar.

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    1. Skin-tight leather outfit?! Who wouldn't have a crush on her?!

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  13. Did you ever have a copy of this book? (Not sure I can make it a clickable link.) That it was one of my childhood favorites might have influenced my interest in studying Russian many years ago!

    https://www.amazon.com/Codes-Secret-Writing-Authorized-Abridgment/dp/B00454SUD6

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    1. Cool! I never read that book but read many similar titles on the subject. Learning about cryptography opens our minds; glad to see it led to you exploring a new language.

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  14. I loved Keri Russell in Felicity. The Americans was shown here in South Africa but I didn't watch it. If they re-run it I will definitely watch it on your suggestion.

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