In the TV show ‘The Incredible Hulk’, which ran from 1978 to 1982, Bill Bixby who played Bruce Banner refused to be on set while his alter ego The Hulk, played by Lou Ferrigno, was also on set. This was because in the Incredible Hulk mythology Bruce Banner never has any recollection of anything he did as the Hulk. Having knowledge of what Lou Ferrigno did would break the space time continuum. Which is the sort of commitment only Daniel Day Lewis would dream of, especially when the low budget TV show was only aimed at children under 10. One other interesting fact about the show is that Bill Bixby, still the man who played Bruce Banner, studied Nuclear Physics at Harvard to prepare for the role*.
I’ll tell you something, I don’t know if I am the real Hulk, but then again, how would I? Bruce Banner never remembers. I have looked around my apartment for clues, theres no green body paint on the furniture and there are no wholes in any of the doors, and I certainly didn’t see ‘goons’ shouting ‘we gotta get outta here!’.
So what evidence do we have here? Well my surname is Green, and the Hulk is green. So far so HULK SMASH. I personally don’t possess super human strength, but neither did Bruce Banner, he was a genius scientist though… I only managed to get a double award level C for Science at high school. OK, lets call that a minor set back.
Major points for irritability though, I’m not sure irritability counts as extreme emotional stress but then again in one episode Bruce Banner turned into the Hulk because a boy whipped him with a towel 3 times, so I’d say yes. The irritability I have today is all coming at the wrong time though, it has been 30+ degrees every day for a weak – unbearably hot, but today it is nice a cool. So why the sudden irritability I hear you ask, well hold on a moment and I’ll tell you, just calm down OK, don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
Well the truth is, I don’t know. I did meet friends today and had a nice late breakfast into lunch, also known as ‘Brunch’. No qualms to be had, returning home though I stagnated more than the careers of every cast member in the Breakfast Club. Productivity was halted, and barring a couple of Dunkin Donuts, the afternoon was uneventful. This is just speculation of course, I’m not entirely sure why I felt so irritable. I just know I do, and did.
It is interesting though, because as a thought experiment I tried to do what all the cool kids call ‘mindfulness’ or at least what I imagine mindfulness is from the name. I thought about the process, accepted that I was irritable and focused on not letting it boil over – wouldn’t want an Incredible Hulk on our hands would we? I think it worked, as there have been no tediously long, overly dramatic final battles causing exceptionally unnecessary collateral damage, strangely mimicking every United States war strategy of the last 30 years.
It is still bubbling though, under the surface and I am sure any little thing will set me off. I’ve managed to keep it under wraps and avoid any triggers – something Bruce Banner was terrible at. It is almost as if he had to put himself in those situations every episode to ensure the Hulk turns up. Otherwise I suppose they’d just have to name the show ‘Rather Clever Science Man’, or in my case ‘Skinny Irritable Bad Teacher Man’. Catchy!
*That is not true.