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My First Vlog (Because I’ve Been Really Lazy About Blogging!)

So below is my first vlog (awkward word!) video.  The quality is not good because I just used my computer’s camera.  I probably should have saved myself some trouble and just uploaded a voice post, but I did want people to be able to see me since I have family and friends in faraway lands like Unadilla and Rochester that don’t see me very often.  Also, you should know that I’m a couple of glasses of wine into this post, so there may be a few typos that I didn’t catch.  (The video was pre-wine Stine.)  I’m really going to make an effort to post more often about what’s going on in my life here in Durham.

I was serious about the cat anxiety thing.  I know nothing about it, so inform me!  Also, I may end up doing the haul video regardless.  It looks like so much fun.  Cue Daniel making fun of me relentlessly.  I know they’re silly but they look fun to film.  I might wait to do it until I do a serious shopping trip at Old Navy and Forever 21 on Monday or Tuesday.  We will see if that actually materializes.

I just want to point out that I really did enjoy going to see Titanic in theaters.  It’s a stupid movie.  The script is ridiculous.  I hate what James Cameron does to movies (and by that, I mean ruin them).  But, it’s a pretty good story and I happen to really like Kate Winslet.  To me, it was worth it for free dollars.

Forgive Me, Readers, For I Have Sinned

It has been 3 days since my last update.  I’m going through a bit of a weird time right now.  I did not discuss my last Saturday night, so I will do that now.

On Saturday, after Roc Con, we went to Matt’s house for food, drinks, and poker.  I was ecstatic to hear that he was ordering pizza because Daniel and I haven’t had pizza in forever.  Salvatore’s is delicious, I recommend their business.  I will just throw that out there.  It was a pretty good turnout, considering that, for a few weeks, it was just me and Daniel showing up to their house and eating their food.  Jess’s brother Sean was there; we haven’t seen him since probably Park Ave Fest.  He is fun to hang around, so that was awesome.  Dan and Karen didn’t show up until later.  We haven’t seen them since Park Ave Fest either.  They don’t seem to come around the store as often now that they have moved out of the neighborhood, which is such a bummer.  But I want to give my very official congratulations to them because they recently got engaged!  He proposed while they were on vacation in Disney World.  It sounded amazing.  I’m so happy for them; they are two of the nicest people you could ever meet.  Also, Daniel and Dan get along really well because they can both nerd out together about comic books, more so than anyone else I know.

It was a great night, and I almost won the poker game.  Daniel pulled ahead in the end.  I’m so proud because I taught him everything he knows.

Tonight was Taco Tuesday which is always a pleasure.  I actually worked at the comic store this afternoon, but because it was a Tuesday, business was slow.  After Daniel finished his shift and closed up the store, we headed over to their house for tacos and a few rounds of poker.  Daniel won again!  Just another sign of Armageddon.  That, and the fact the Bills are 3-0.  I think I’m starting to believe that the world might end next year, especially if the Bills miraculously make it to the Super Bowl.  God help us if they win.

I’ll try to resume my regular updates again.  My life has been boring lately, so I haven’t had much to write about.  I hope that changes soon!

Yes, I miss when my life was like this every day.

This picture was taken literally moments before I dumped that glass of wine all over my Fantastic Four shirt and my newest bathing suit underneath it.  Awesome.

Park Ave Fest Day 1

Today kicks off the 35th Annual Park Avenue Festival.  We woke up shortly before 10am this morning, and left the apartment around 10:30am.  We walked to Alexander Street, which is at one end of the festival, and then made our way to Culver Street in the opposite direction, which is the other end of the festival.  There are so many booths with interesting crafts.  Kelly bought a little plastic star to fill with colorful sand (as part of a church’s fundraiser) and then she bought a bamboo plant.

Kelly and her star.

Dillon bought some fudge from Stever’s for his family.  Yes, there is quite a variety of goods here, and we haven’t even gotten to the festival food yet.  For lunch, Daniel had fried calamari, Kelly had coconut shrimp and fries, and Dillon had nachos with a cheeseburger.  I opted to find something at the apartment that was NOT fried.  For dessert, Kelly and I bought some Abbott’s custard.  It was phenomenal.

Daniel went to work at the comic store dressed as (wait for it!) The Thing from the Fantastic Four.

It's unsettling.

Matt was dressed as Captain America.  I helped him accessorize by finding a shield.  He attracted a lot of attention.  Tonight we will go to his house to play poker and drink.  It’s been a good festival so far.  I think Kelly and Dillon have enjoyed it, but they are currently splayed out on our apartment floor, exhausted.

This was all Kelly could get when I tried to take a picture with Matt. Her hilarious inability to use a digital camera still amazes me.

Daniel’s (Early) Birthday Celebration

In exactly 2 weeks, Daniel will finally be 21.  But we celebrated a little early.  Daniel’s mother and sister surprised him by decorating the apartment with some streamers, baking a lovely 2-layer cake, and making stuffed shells for dinner.  I enjoyed the meal with an appletini in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  The food was delicious and it was so nice to come home to everything just ready.

Daniel opened up a few gifts from his family, including The Amazing Spider-Man #49 and Fantastic Four #78.  He also got some new figures for his Heroscape game.  He convinced me and Nicole to play a game of that a few hours ago; Nicole won.  I’ll have to remember to knock her out early next time.

It was a fun evening after a long day.

Don't be fooled...he devoured that cake.

“What I Want For My Birthday” By Daniel

As some of you may or may not know (shame on those of you who don’t) my birthday is fast approaching.  Yes!  I, Daniel, will join the ranks of men…who can drink alcohol legally.  To celebrate this monumental occasion I have compiled a list of the five ideal birthday gifts that I would like to receive.  I will expect you all to have these gifts to me no later than 6pm on the day of my birthday, July 11th.  Thank you for your time, attention, and cooperation in this.  And remember “it’s the thought, not the gift, that really counts” is something that people who buy shitty presents say.

#5 New Heroscape stuff:

I don’t know if you know this, but I am a huge dork.  And it is only getting worse as I get older.  I recently discovered a game called Heroscape which Christine has even mentioned before.  It is a minatures game which, on the dork spectrum, is only slightly below LARPing.  But, for a minatures game, it is surprisingly easy to play (no D4, 10, 12, 20, or beyond) and has a vast array of cool characters such as robots, gorrillas, and even Marvel heroes, not just sissy elves.  And the best thing about it is that you get to build the board out of interlocking plastic hexagons.  When you think about it, it’s no wonder I love this game.  It combines three of my favorite things: lego-like building, (tiny) action figures, and epic battles.  It’s a good thing that I didn’t discover this game until much later in my life because 11 year-old me probably would have had an aneurism at how freakin’ cool it is.  Oh! and did I mention the best thing for you?  There are a plethora of items to purchase!  I only own the second master set, so you can buy me any of the other master sets or large expansions sets or small expansion sets…I WON’T COMPLAIN.

#4 Graphic novels, DVD comic collections, and pretty much any comics:

Hi, have we met?  I like comics.  I like comics more than zombies like turtles.  And here’s the joke.  I like them all…pretty much.  I am not going to argue with you if you  want to give me comics.  I am not even being picky about what form they are in.  I like graphic novels and am currently in the market for some classics such as The Dark Knight Returns, A Contract With God, and Bone, but I would take collections or trade paper backs.  I like the DVD collections that you can find online, I currently own the Amazing Spider-Man one but would love the Fantastic Four, Uncanny X-Men, or Civil War.  This is a great way to get a hold of really old/rare comics to read, advertisements and all.  And, in case you didn’t know, advertisements from the 1960’s were freakin’ hilarious…and may have advocated violence.  But seriously, even if you just want to give me your junky old stack of comics I WON’T COMPLAIN.  That being said I am always in the market for The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Hellboy.  Please email me for my complete list so that you don’t send me anything that I already have because that would be like drinking a glass of water in front of a man dying of thirst, dick!

#3 Synthesizers:

Remember how earlier I said that I have been getting progressively dorkier as I get older?  Behold, the greatest dork instrument of them all, the synthesizer.  Chances are, if you didn’t know any better, you might think that all that stuff was lab equipment because that is how dorky synths are.  Now admittedly you might recognize some synths, and even know that they are instruments.  You probably have heard synths on popular songs.  I am not into the types of synths used on contemporary pop music which are largely digital and/or sampling keyboards.  I am into analog gear right now, which on the whole sounds great, costs an arm and a leg, and is mega-dorky.  Because, you see, analog synthesizers are not acoustic instruments made by people who make beautiful music, they are made by people who understand electronics and physics and look like this.  And while one can make beautiful music using an analog synth, chances are you are just going to make a lot of bleeps and bloops, or whatever.  I am currently really interested in the Korg Monotribe, big brother to the Monotron, which I own.  But if you want to spend more on me I WON’T COMPLAIN because I deserve it.

#2 Vintage and rare comics:

As previously discussed, I love comics, but far be it from me to leave you with the idea that all comics are created equal, which justifies the inclusion of a separate section for this request.  For whatever reason, I absolutely love vintage comics.  I find them to be culturally and historically significant, I love the unassuming art, the naive writing, and did I mention, I absolutely love old comics.  Now, I am of course partial to a few specific titles, namely The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by the Fantastic Four.  I have been lucky enough to have accrued a few of these titles from loved ones and my own wallet.  Though if any of you want to splurge on more vintage comics for me I WON’T COMPLAIN because I can sell the crappy ones you get me and buy ones that I want.  Now before you dust off your old copies of Micronauts to send to me I want to make something clear, when I am talking vintage, I mean V-I-N-T-A-G-E.  Silver Age and before, 10-20 cent covers.  Anything newer than that goes under #4 on this list and means that you will get a smaller piece of my birthday cake.  Unless it’s a rare comic that I have been searching for.  Y’know what?  Just ask me for my list of wanted comics.

#1 Stuffed Shells, cake, and alcohol…copious amounts of alcohol:

What I really want for my birthday not many of you can give me.  It doesn’t cost a lot and it isn’t hard to find but you still probably can’t get it for me and it’s not because you are incompetent…this time.  What I really want is to be able to sit down and have my traditional birthday dinner, stuffed shells with a meat sauce, surrounded by the friends and family that I love so dearly and miss so much.  I want to eat cake.  I want to laugh and joke.  And I want to drink deeply.  And I promise you I WON’T COMPLAIN.

It was okay, I guess...

This was taken at my 20th birthday. Christine got me The Amazing Spider-Man #40. I think I burst a blood vessel in my eye I was so excited.

Saturday Night Poker

I must give a recap of last night’s poker game.  We didn’t get started until almost 10:30pm.  Dennis couldn’t make it because he had friends from out of town.  Patrick was there, with his girlfriend Peggy, but they left before we got started.  Sean was there with his girlfriend Val, who also works at the shop.  Dan and Karen (you may recall this couple from Free Comic Book Day) showed up a little after 10:30pm, and we dealt them in as they ate dinner.  Daniel, Matt, Sean, Karen, Dan and I all ended up playing.  Neither Dan nor Karen were too familiar with the game, but that didn’t stop Dan from taking a ridiculous lead early on.  My luck finally started to turn around when I got a full house, and I became the chip leader.  Unfortunately, I also ended up knocking Daniel out during this round.

Overall, I ended up coming in second.  To celebrate the one year anniversary of the store, they had selected a prize for each player, but you only got to choose the prize based on how many chips you had at the end of the game.  If you had the most chips, you chose last, but had the option of stealing a prize from someone else.  I ended up just behind the chip leader, so since there were 6 of us, I was the fifth to choose a prize.  Daniel and I walked away with an X-Men coffee mug and a Fantastic Four tumbler.  This was convenient, since Daniel and I both break a lot of cups.

It was a fun night, and I look forward to getting to know Karen and Dan better.

Dan and Karen. I've used this image before, but let me reiterate: he's playing a banana maraca.