Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Once again it's a post to apologize for not posting for about a month. Pretty much except for linking to videos here and on Shot's Shack I hardly ever think about my blogs. I feel guilty, but most of my friends (the REAL ones) are now over on Facebook and/or Twitter. I find it much easier to go to those sites to toss off a quick comment than to take the extra minutes necessary to blog. Call it digital laziness, I guess. The funny thing is that I will occasionally get an e-mail or message asking me if I still blog.

I think I promised at the beginning of 2010 that I would try to be a more regular poster, but things turned out differently. I am totally addicted to Facebook, especially the various games. Started out with the usual Happy Aquarium stuff and went from there. Now I am mostly into Mafia Wars, Frontierville and several others. I am also 'Friending' just about anybody, but it's still a kick to actually have somebody I personally know add me. There are actually two people with whom I went to high school, but barely spoke to in four years. We're now "friends". C'mon! That is too classic.

One interesting thing is that about a half-dozen of Donna's immediate family are currently on Facebook, so we can keep up with them. Yet, I haven't found a single member of my family on Facebook, but am being followed by two of them on Twitter. Not sure what that says about them or us.

I did ramble a bit, but wanted to let you know that I am still alive and kicking. We are trying to get through this rainy spell, with only the one leak we have discovered so far. A minor leak around one window in the addition, but still annoying. I really feel bad for the birds I normally feed on the patio, since I haven't had a chance to refill one of the feeders. If it holds off for a while I hope to get back there tonight or in the morning.

Oh, before I forget. Donna and I are now on Skype. If you are also and would like to 'chat' please drop me an e-mail. We did our first call to Donna's cousin Charles & his partner John. It was pretty cool, despite some problems with our camera. Donna went out and we have traded up for a better model. Keep an eye out for us, or for me do be doing some more Four-Color Fiend videos for YouTube.

Have a very, Merry Christmas and a safe & sane New Year's.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Hey, even a cynical old unbeliever like me can appreciate this. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Not a whole heck of a lot to report, but I did promise myself I would try and post a bit more frequently.

The house is probably about 80% finished at this point. The last major thing was moving the bedrooms around and switching the beds. Donna decided to keep our older bed and move the newer one into the guestroom or as we call it, The Stoffo Suite. (An inside joke, so don't dwell on it if it makes no sense.)

We have a few minor things to do over the next week or so, as we have family & friends coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. It will be the first gathering we have in our new place and we'd like everything complete by then.

We're getting used to hearing the trains coming by, since most stop by 11:00pm with the exception of a freight train that runs through around 2:00am. After living in Brooklyn and in Connecticut on fairly busy streets it really isn't a big issue with either of us. The thing that bothers us most are the new creaky noises when we turn the heat on. Something else to get used to over time. Pretty minor annoyances when compared to having our own place and so much extra room.

Show of hands. How many of you thought of Donna and me when you heard about the Carnival ship floating without power? LOL! We both thought it was pretty funny, but did sympathize with the passengers going through it.

That's it for now. Hope you all have your change of address notices by now.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


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Friday, October 22, 2010

We're finally moving in to our new place tomorrow. Nobody will be happier than Donna, since she has really done most of the work involved. While I've been at work, most days she had off she was either dealing with movers, flooring folks, buying paint, or working on packing up Chez Chaput for its move. I would show up at night to do what I could or to help Donna, Kristina and Michael with the painting.

The place looks good, although empty. We have a few items the previous owners left (an entertainment unit, bureaus and nightstand) which are good enough for now, since our furniture will certainly not fill up the additional two rooms we'll be getting. Eventually we will have to get some furniture for the living room, since our current stuff will be going into the 'family room'. I think folks coming out to stay will be happy to have a 'guestroom' that doesn't double as office/comics den. :-)

After just watching it for about an hour, I must admit that shows look different on the 40" flatscreen HDTV. Even with only the basic cable hooked up it is strange seeing both old and new shows. They look...not sure how to describe it, but different from the way they appear on our older sets. Can't wait to start watching some films and using our new Blu-ray player. Something we had discussed, but not really planned on getting. However, it was included as a package deal with the TV so why not take advantage. I'm sure my MST-3K and RiffTrax DVDs will look even better and who doesn't want watch NotLD on a big screen with Mike & Co. having fun. Sorry now I didn't take advantage of the Blockbuster 'going out of business' sale a few months ago.

Enjoy your weekend and I'll try to let you in on how things went next Monday.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Well, it started out as a trip to Living Spaces to choose a new bed for the new place. We're moving the old king-sized one to the guestroom and using the sofa sleeper in the family room. We decided, while we were there to look at some lamps,since we wanted something new for the master bedroom. Somehow we took a wrong turn and ended up next door at Phil's Television.

Seriously, we have been having trouble with our livingroom TV and had originally planned on waiting. The store had a good deal on a 40" flatscreen where they would throw in a Blu-Ray player, so we decided to go for it. Can't wait to view RIVER MONSTERS & MONSTERS INSIDE ME on a bigger screen and in HD. :-)

Bottom line is that I don't think we'll be cruising anytime soon and I'm not sure if my 60th b-day present will be quite as cool as I had hoped. Oh well, we all make sacrifices.

By the way, we'll be finally moving this coming Saturday, so I hope many of you already got the change of address.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Everyone: Turk Out The Vote.com!

Makes sense to me! Let us do what we can.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Companies Buying Stocks, Not Employees

Why do I love The Young Turks? This is one of the reasons.

Friday, October 08, 2010

We'll be painting the new place this weekend. Hope to get most of it anyway, since we are having some workers coming in next week to do plumbing, electrical and finally the new carpets and flooring. Those credit cards are wearing thin!

Strange times at work, with schedule changes and people retiring. Not sure what it will look like when the dust settles, but we do what we have to do.

Should Gerry Brown have called Meg Whitman a whore? No, of course not. I would have settled for bitch, but that's just me. :-)

Hope to start getting those change of address/phone number cards in the mail soon, if I haven't already given that info out to you personally. Things are hectic, so please don't take offense if I haven't been in touch lately.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Alan Grayson 'Taliban Dan' Ad

Can we just back my hero, Alan Grayson? He is a 'real' Democrat and the kind of person we need in Congress.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

VoteVets Ad - Brother

Just something to think about!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

We signed the papers for the rental of the mobile home park lot yesterday. Puts us one step closer to being homeowners, which still seems strange to me. The guy who will install our carpeting, and other flooring came by for a walk-through and measured what needed to be. Pretty much everything but the pantry/laundry room and the two bathrooms will be getting new flooring. Donna has yet to decide on the paint colors, but we'll probably be making that decision in the next few days. I trust her totally on this, along with input from Kristina. I can live with anything they decide on, which also goes for the carpeting.

Anybody at all excited about the mid-term elections coming up in a couple months? Anybody else seriously considering third-party candidates, just so they aren't voting for an incumbent of either party? Anybody really think that a dozen wack-jobs from the Tea Party/GOP faction getting into office will make a difference? Didn't think so! Although I'm reading and listening to just as much political stuff as always, I find that I feel at a distance from it all. Intellectually I know that the outcome will effect me, but I just can't work up any emotional feelings (other than disdain) for any of the candidates running for office. I'm sure that when I get into the voting booth I'll punch the button for a few of the Democrats, although my heart really isn't in it anymore.

This is gearing up to be an interesting year for me personally (between the new home and turning sixty), so maybe that is why I feel distracted from other things going on around me. I promise to keep you updated as events occur.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Well, for those of you NOT keeping up with us on Facebook or Twitter, I have a bit of news.

Donna and I are preparing to move again. We're staying in Orange County, but moving a bit north to Lake Forest. It will actually allow me a shorter commute, but increase the time that Donna spends on the road. Still all things considered it should be better for us financially, plus the new place is close to twice the size of our current apartment. In case I haven't mentioned it before, we are buying a mobile home in a gated 'senior' community. When I have a chance I'll try to post some photos of the place.

This is all new to me, since I've never been a 'home-owner' before. Donna has gone through all the documents, credit checks, etc. before so I'm gladly following her lead on this. I'll keep you all updated and contact some of you with our new address and phone number once we have all that set up. Wish us luck!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

With our lease coming up for renewal again, Donna and I are seriously considering moving. It's a combination of finances and just wanting a change. It would be nice to have a bigger place and possibly, with a decent mortgage, a cheaper one. Not only could we do what we wanted with the interior, since most places have very, strict guidelines on what you can do with the exterior, but there wouldn't be somebody above or below us. It sometimes seems the guy upstairs is bowling or lifting weights right above our bedroom. The former tenets below us would be visited by their daughter, who was a heavy smoker and we'd get blow back through the vents and from open windows. I'll keep everyone updated on if or when we do make the move, so you can send those house-warming gifts. :-)

Had to bring my car in for some maintenance this past week. The 'change oil' light kept coming on and initially I thought I was just overdue for the 3,000-mile check. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the pistons. I had to leave the car overnight and got a rental (paid for), but it turned out to be worse than originally thought and it became a two-day affair. Strange driving around in a new car, but Enterprise was pretty good about it and even waved having to pay for used gas, which was really nice of them. Will definitely use them again, as we have in the past. The repair even came in under-estimate so except for having to get up earlier than usual for three straight days (in order to get to work on time), it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Man, where has the year gone? It will be Labor Day in a few weeks, Fran is coming out for another cruise and the birthday I could happily ignore is too rapidly approaching. Hope things are going smoother in your lives!

Monday, August 16, 2010

How Do I Print?

Welcome to my life! Joe, does this seem familiar to you? LOL!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

As I mentioned over on my Facebook page (You have friended me, right?) I seem to have become the statistics guy here at the library. When being hired, I happened to mention that I was comfortable with Excel and now find myself not only doing the stats for Adult Services, but for the entire Main library. They have now handed me responsibility for the annual report to the State Library, as the guy who formerly did it is retiring. Job security, I guess.

Just spent part of the morning trying to make an appointment to have my car serviced. I knew I was overdue, but when the oil light started to blink yesterday I figured I should put it off any longer. Unfortunately, the phone numbers I have for the service center have either been disconnected or they are not picking up. I don't trust their website, where supposedly you can make an appointment, as I don't know when or if they ever look at it.

Donna, Fran (my alternate wife) and I are off on another short cruise in a couple of weeks. We always have fun and sharing the cabin is always an adventure. Have to get a promise that no photos of me climbing into the upper-bunk will be allowed this time. Wasn't funny then...not funny now!

Fingers crossed that Prop.8 will be overturned out here. Sad seeing some good folks denied what they want for no good reason. Hey, I'm a big fan of marriage! I've done it three times already. :-)

Have a good weekend!

Friday, July 30, 2010

I'm going to give you a pretty quick overview of my San Diego Comic-con trip this year. Hope the pictures come out and they shouldn't need a lot of explanation. I'm going to save my raving about two things I did (both movies) for SHOT'S SHACK, so if you're interested those should be posted in the next few days.

This year I took Thursday off, so I could be there for most of the event. It was already too late to get the 4-day reservation that included Preview Night, but I wouldn't have been able to attend that at any rate. I also took the train down this year, hoping to spare myself the additional fee that all SD hotels charge for parking. This, over and above your room rate (plus several state & city taxes), is just ridiculous and little more than gouging, IMHO. To start off I'm not going to recommend the Holiday Inn San Diego Downtown (which, of course, really isn't) at over $280 per night. The place looks in need of a serious renovation, the coffee shop overcharges for everything and three times Dan (a friend from Brooklyn and con-mate the past three years) or I had to go down to the lobby since our room cards did not work. Apparently we kept them either too close to our ATM/credit cards or cellphones. Seriously??? I think next year we will accept Michael's invitation to stay at his place, as we did two years ago.

The train ride from Mission Viejo to San Diego only took about 90 minutes. It would have been more enjoyable if one of the world's most annoying fan boys had not been in the same car. Holy crap! The entire train car had to hear his opinions on not only comics, but movies and politics. Naturally, as it is with this type, he knows everything about anything. He mentioned several times that he was getting into the con as a 'professional' but I'd hate to think he was somebody I actually read. I probably could have moved, as several people did, but turning up the volume on my MP3 player drowned him out enough so I could read.

By the time I got to SD, dropped my luggage off at the hotel (since it was too early to check-in) and went to the convention center it was after noon and there was almost no line for registration. Something to keep in mind for next year and another reminder of how well organized the con is when things are running as they should. I was leafing through the 'freebie' table and down on the Exhibition floor in short order. There were only a couple of items that I had planned on picking up, so I just wandered around for a couple hours. Then went out, grabbed a bite to eat and checked into my room. My only plan for Thursday was to meet up with Dan and get back to the con in time for the showing of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated that night.

It seems that Dan and I had actually been at the con at the same time, but since we didn't text each other (bad planning on both our parts) we didn't know the other had even arrived. Fortunately, when he came back to the hotel, around 5:00pm, I was in the room and they gave him the room key at the desk. We caught up for a bit then walked back to the con, which was about a mile & a half straight down First Ave. Since the closest shuttle stop was at the Doubletree several blocks away, it was generally quicker to walk down to the hall and then take the shuttle back up the hill when we had a haul.

I decided, when we went back, that the smart thing to do was to catch an earlier program that was going to be in the room where NotLD was going to be shown. I've learned from past experience that the staff generally won't clear a room after a program and it sure beats standing or sitting in the hallway for a couple of hours. This may not hold true for some of the big 'star-studded' presentations, but it is something you might consider even at other conventions.

Oh, speaking of "stars" I didn't see any of the Biggies that were there. Most were secreted in via back ways and I wasn't about to stand in the lines snaking around the hall just to catch a trailer. There were enough previews for some of these in the exhibit hall and now most are on YouTube, so why waste my time. I did see Malcolm McDowell (who looks great), Gil Gerard (who looks old) and Noah Wyle (who looks cool in a beard). McDowell & Gerard were there signing autographs, while Wyle was promoting a new Stephen Spielberg television project, FALLING SKIES. I'll have a few comments on that over on SHOT'S SHACK, as well.

I did grab a couple of autographs over the three days I attended. Stan Saki's in a Dark Horse signing book; Max Brooks signed The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks book and told me about his writing G.I Joe at IGN; Randy Reynaldo (who I enjoy chatting with every year) signed a color reprint of one of his B&W ROB HANES books. If you aren't reading Randy's books, do yourself a favor and check them out at his website.

Each year I try to attend the QUICK DRAW! panel, hosted by Mark Evanier, along with artists Sergio Aragones & Scott Shaw! The third artist this year was William Stout, known for his amazing dinosaur covers for books, album covers, etc. It is always fun and often truly laugh out loud funny. Peter David, as usual, along with Len Wein, were good sports trying to guess a word from the drawings by the three artists. Mark's Voice Actor panels are also a treat, with the Saturday event generally right after the QUICK DRAW. Veteran voice actor Chuck McCann was there again this year, along with a half-dozen other performers and it was wonderful as always.

Unlike last year I didn't attend a single panel presentation by either DC or Marvel. There was one on self-publishing that was interesting, even though I have no intention of doing such a thing. It was just fascinating to hear how five people went about getting their creations out there without a major publisher behind them.

The other good things involved the three programs I'll talk about in the other blog. I'll not bore you (if you haven't been already) with other things I did to waste my time on the floor. No getting strapped into an electric chair or photographed for a Village ID this time around. I did sport a pretty cool skull & raven tattoo, promoting THE EXPENDABLES for a week, but who hasn't?

Apologies to Bob Ingersoll, Jeff Gelb, Mark Verheiden and several other folks for not joining them for a breakfast or dinner this time. Completely my fault for not doing the whole e-mail thing before hand. If things go as planned maybe we can try again next time!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Glenn Beck's Crazy Jesus & Jews Comments

Hey, he couldn't say if it wasn't true!

Monday, July 19, 2010

While some folks aren't even doing text on their cellphones, I seem to be way too techie. Love being able to Tweet from my cell and read on my nook. I've now finally accepted the fact, as Donna and others have noted, that I have no sense of direction. This past weekend I was given a belated Father's Day gift of a GPS device. My sister-in-law, Marilyn (who also uses one) showed me how to use it and actually put in several addresses I frequently use. I've since loaded the location of Nuclear Comics and the nearest Barnes & Noble, all by myself. Once I actually figure out how to install the darn thing in my car, I'm sure it will be very, useful.

As I think I've mentioned I'll be heading down to San Diego for Comic-Con International later this week. Each time I tell myself I'm not going to go the following year, since the place exhausts me. Then around November I hear they are beginning to sell tickets and I get a text message from my friend Dan, asking me if I'm going. *sigh* You can pretty much guess my reply at this point. I'll be at the Holiday Inn Downtown this year, which is a lot further than the Manchester, but also much cheaper. We can pick up the Con shuttle, but the hotel is actually within walking distance of the convention center. Doubt I'll see as many con attendees in the lobby as last year, but we'll see.

I may try to post a few things on Twitter or even Facebook if I have a chance, but I promise to try and give a full report here when I get back. Take care, until then!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NMA 2010.06.30 動新聞 神學士恐怖「猴」子 受訓狙殺美軍

We are in pretty deep now! Will this mean that PETA will now side with the Taliban?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rep Alan Grayson Introduces the War Is Making You Poor Act

This is the kind of person we need in Congress. Alan Grayson speaks for many in this country and the Powers That Be are not happy about it. Go to TheWarIsMakingYourPoorAct.com and sign the petition.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We're still waiting to find out what the City Council here will vote on next week. The employees seem to have approved the offered contract overwhelmingly, so it looks like furloughs are just around the corner. At least it appears that we won't be losing hours, which was a concern. A number of other systems around the state are closing and cutting back, so it's not just Orange.

If you glanced at SHOT'S SHACK you'll see that I took in IRON MAN 2 and recommend it, if not highly, than certainly for fans of super-hero movies. Also, think that horror fans might want to check out PARANORMAL ACTIVITY if they haven't already. I'm one of the last among my friends to finally watch.

Unless something changes in the next week or so, Donna and I will be doing the four-night Carnival Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico & Catalina Island again. Just going to take an inside cabin and skip the formal nights. Be nice to relax for a few days.

Hope all is well with all of you. Keep an eye on Facebook, where I tend to drop in more often than I do here.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Once again I've remembered my blogs, so let's have a quick update.

I'm just getting over an upper respiratory infection that had me out for most of last week. Had to stay home from work for three days, but felt good enough to go in on Thursday, since I knew I'd have Friday off to recover. Feel better today, and good enough to join Donna at Bingo tonight. Probably going to take it easy tomorrow, although I might try to head to Nuclear Comics to see what they have left over from Free Comic Book Day. Can you believe that I've had to work on FCBD for the past three years?? What are the odds? Any given year you would have a 50/50 chance of working the first Saturday in May, but three years running?

Have I mentioned that I absolutely love my Nook? Even without the new web browser and games I was certainly enjoying it. I'm picking up e-book versions of some of my favorites, plus downloading free copies of material from Google books. Found a history of my hometown of Norwich, CT written in the late 1800s. how cool is that? Each week Barnes & Noble makes a free download of some new book available. There have been items by James Patterson, Debbie Macomber and others. Last week it was one of L. Ron Hubbard's pulp SF stories.

One of the other things I enjoy is the ability to download a 'sample' of just about any book. Nice to be able to 'browse' something without going into the store. Then if you like the book you can simply download it and have most within a few minutes. Sorry to sound like a commercial, but I really do recommend it if you're thinking about getting a Kindle. Just another option.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Every so often I remember that I have a blog. It's not even laziness, so much as not really having anything of note to post. Those things that to seem vital I tend to put up on Facebook, since that's where both my friends (as opposed to Friends) and family keep up with me. If I put something there I know that Donna, Kristina or her family back in NY will see it in a short time. If I get abducted by aliens or a drug cartel, I'll try to let you know on Facebook. Let the authorities know, okay?

Speaking of Facebook, if you are annoyed by the stuff on my profile, regarding Snowball fights, mystery eggs, hearts, etc. I apologize. I'm going to try cutting back on some of that. Of course, you are welcome to join my mob in Mafia Wars. :-)

Financial worries continue here in Orange, so nobody really knows (or is willing to tell the staff) how that will effect the libraries. I hear that things in NYC are bad, with both my former employers Brooklyn & Queens Public Library talking lay-offs and shortened hours. I remember surviving the ones back in the early '90s, and sympathize with my fellow librarians back there. Hope Joe, Mady, Barb and the rest of you can get through this!

I have my fingers crossed that a couple of reviews I did for CBG will show up in the next issue. Not a big deal, but I love seeing my name in print. I also got my name mentioned in a YouTube video in connection with a comicbook review. That was a nice surprise!

I"m sure I already mentioned, here or maybe in Shot's Shack that I'm going to be going to San Diego again this year. Already have my room (which I'm sharing with Dan again) and plan on being there for Thursday as well. Maybe I'll actually be able to walk around the con floor without getting hit by a stray lightsaber. More on the con as the time grows near.

Good night and write if you get work! :-)

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego - Rockapella

Just a bit of fun from Rockapella. Got to see them in concert back in NYC. The best they are at what they do!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Haven't been posting on either of my blogs for a while, but Facebook will spoil you for that sort of thing. It's easier, even with Facebook blocked on my work PC, to post there or put up a video than to take a few minutes to log on to Blogger.

I apologize for that, but do recommend you check out Facebook and Friend me over there. I have almost 200 "friends" at this point and most I have no clue how they found me. most seem to have clicked on the link provided in the 'mutual friends' thing on the side, which is fine by me. That way I can annoy or bore over a hundred folks at a time, rather than the dozen people who read either of my blogs. No offense!! :-)

On another topic...

Wow! There is a reason why at least once a week I thank Donna (and Kristina) for getting us to move out here. The view of the mountains, palm trees, beaches and In & Out Burger, to name a few. Of course, when I get up in the morning and turn on the television to see what my friends & family are getting in the way of weather!! Yeah, buddy!! um..I mean..awww...what a shame!

Finally: Did anyone really expect the Republicans to come out of the meeting yesterday and go.."Holy shit! We've been wrong all this time. We apologize to the American people for being assholes and will help the Democrats pass actually health care that will work." Nobody reading this is that stupid. Sadly, there are people who are. They are listening to Rush, Glenn or Bill-O at the moment, I'm sure.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Howard Zinn RIP (w/ December Interview)

The man was brilliant and I had the chance to hear him speak back in New York. Just as witty and inspiring as you would imagine. He will be missed and his work will live on.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The rains have finally stopped and things might have a chance to dry out. Well, at least until Monday night through next Wednesday when more storms are predicted. Except for being messy and lousy to drive in the rain hasn't really had much effect here in Ladera Ranch. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for folks living in the burn regions North & South of us.

The horror stories from Haiti continue to push everything to the background, except for the Late Show Wars Part Deux. How can people being saved from the wreckage of their homes compare with what is happening at NBC after 10:00pm? *sigh*

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well, things are nasty out here this week, at least weather-wise. We have had rain on & off since Sunday night. The worst hit areas were those that suffered fires late last year. Currently (2:05pm PST) there is a tornado warning in effect for the area of Laguna Beach, which isn't all that far from where we live. Donna called to tell me not to worry if I can't reach her later, but that doesn't ease my mind, of course.

Christina, one of our house guests over the weekend, left last night with only a short delay of her flight. Her mother, Fran, is scheduled to fly out tonight and her flight is still scheduled to depart on time. We'll see what happens and if she extends her visit.

Folks reading my Facebook posts already know that I attended the Jets/Chargers play-off game on Sunday. Pretty exciting for my very, first NFL game. Almost got in a fight, and I hadn't even had my first beer yet! Who knew that wearing a Brooklyn Cyclones ball cap would set off a drunken Chargers fan? Probably a good thing I didn't have on my Red Sox or Mets cap! I might not have made it out of the men's room in one piece. :-(

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MSF/Doctors without Borders (mirror)

These people are doing good work in the most difficult of circumstances. They need and deserve your support.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year! Figured I should get that out of the way pretty quick. :-)

Sorry I haven't posted recently, but to be honest, since I can get to my blogs from work I tend to post on my breaks. On the other hand, I don't have access to Facebook, Twitter or MySpace on my work PC so I tend to spend my online time at home playing around there. I was off since Christmas Eve so I haven't been around. Did I miss anything?

Donna and I played pretty low-key for the holidays. Spent Christmas Day with Kristina and some friends. Donna talked me into going to Bingo with her four times last week, including a pot-luck/New Year's Eve session at a local high school. As usual Donna did pretty well, although I actually did win one game for $125, which was nice.

I got some nice comics related stuff for Christmas, including a $100 gift certificate for Nuclear Comics, a cool HELLBOY figure (from HELLBOY 2), and a huge book called MARVEL UNIVERSE (a coffee table book that chronicles the history of that company and many of its characters in all media). Most of the gift certificate funds were spent this past weekend.

Finally, in the next day or so, I'm going to be posting over on SHOT'S SHACK my reviews of AVATAR (Must see film of the season!) and the last three David Tennant DOCTOR WHO episodes.