Monthly Archives: December 2012

The long overdue part of the Chicago 2011 trip…Milwaukee

Welcome to another series of stories which missed their deadline by a lot. I had a few queued up well before the server took a dump. My plan was to eek them out as a new successor feature to the … Continue reading

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A Stars’ view from the ice

After my team’s victory over the first-place Charlotte Checkers (3-1), the Cedar Park Center opened the rink (or technically, the sheet) to the public…after signing a waiver. Good move on their part, I fell down which I haven’t done in … Continue reading

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One last trip to Cheapo Discs

Thanks to the outpouring of support, Cheapo’s owner re-opened the store this Friday and Saturday. Sunday was off limits because he wants to watch the Cowboys try to beat the Redskins for a wild card bid. I was so happy … Continue reading

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RIP Gerry Anderson

Gerry isn’t very famous in America but many Sci-Fi fans know him because he was behind numerous puppet-based shows, namely Thunderbirds and the live-action yet quite dull Space: 1999. I’ve always thought there were strong foundations in his material, it just … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Birthday Stan “the Man” Lee!

I may be a DC guy but I respect and admire Stan. He’s one of the great writers who made the Silver Age incredible. He also co-created many characters I grew up with in the Seventies and Eighties. What makes … Continue reading

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2007: The Six Days of Christmas started!

Has it been five whole years since I started that ol’ navel-gazing chestnut? I’m rather bummed about the section not gaining any additional stories from others sharing their past holiday joys with me: those special toys, memories, etc. I know … Continue reading

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Festive enough?

I’m not a big fan of Christmas, especially after 1986 when it became a giant stressfest starring my family and over-consumption, but I have had the shoes for it since the mid Aughts. Somara had to make a visit at … Continue reading

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RIP Jack Klugman & Charles Durning

My childhood during the Seventies and early Eighties wouldn’t be the same with this duo on TV and in some movies. Jack was immortalized as the sitcom version of Oscar on The Odd Couple. He had the right level of … Continue reading

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This year’s Rogues Gallery’s Christmas diorama…

…Transformers duking it out for the holiday.

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Happy Birthday Paul

To my last, longest and favorite roommate in college. Sure it was rough with him being a smoker but I had my own bad habits. Twenty-five years ago we became roomies against all the conventional wisdom…hey, we were 19 then, … Continue reading

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The Hobbit part one: Worth Seeing*

* – This receives a “Worth Seeing” rating if you’re familiar with The Lord of the Rings and a Tolkien diehard like I was from age 12-14, meaning you’ve read The Silmarillion. The average movie-goer might have his/her patience really … Continue reading

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Austin’s Pizza and congrats to our pizzaglieri Lindsay!

When it comes to restaurant pizza (or takeout), local favorite Austin’s Pizza has been our first choice for many years. Mangia is another but they hit the financial skids recently and the location closest to us changed its name to … Continue reading

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Happy Winter Solstice 2012

What is traditionally the “shortest day of the year” oddly coincided with the end-of-the-world bullshit. How nice. One upside with living in Central Texas is that the gap between sunrise and sundown doesn’t get too radical like Alaska or Sweden. … Continue reading

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Eighties Alphabet movie poster

I managed to get 24 out of 26 while going over it with the co-worker who turned me on to this art company’s site. See if you can beat my score. I’ll give you a hint, not all of these … Continue reading

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Six hundred miles this year!

Today I achieved this running milestone for 2012 alone. It also puts this year’s distance 144% over 2011 which was a mere 246 miles. If I can maintain my health and determination, I think I could close out 2012 with … Continue reading

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Name 25, two-word-name cities

This head-scratcher from Mental Floss has a time limit of five minutes. I only nailed a dozen because size seemed to matter. I’m sure someone will do better than me but let me give you a few hints. Spanish counts Hyphenated … Continue reading

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Calendar blues

Of all the things to restore when the server regained its data, my calendars have been the biggest nuisance which is a disappointment. Last year I made the jump to BusyCal because its look and feel had more in common … Continue reading

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