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Daniel’s Family Visits: The Final Day

Today was the last day that Daniel’s mother and sister were here.  Daniel only worked this morning, and spent the afternoon with them.  I think they played more Heroscape.  After I got home and had my (now daily) appletini, we went to dinner at Veneto on East Avenue.  Daniel and I shared a mushroom pizza, while Daniel’s sister had a large plate of angel hair with various flavors associated with it.  Daniel’s mother got some cod on a bed of spinach.  It was a tasty dinner at one of my favorite restaurants.

I hope that they enjoyed themselves while they were here.  It was a pleasure having them, and Daniel made the comment that moms are the only kind of guests that leave your house with more food in the fridge and less dirt on the floor.  It’s so true.

George and Nicole.


Daniel’s Family Visits (Continued)

I believe tonight is the last night that Daniel’s family will be in town.  I will be sad to see them go.  It’s nice having other people to play games with, talk to, et cetera.

Speaking of games, Nicole loves Heroscape.  This is awesome because Daniel has found someone that enjoys the game almost as much as he does.  I played tonight, and I actually won.  For someone who loves the game so much, Daniel doesn’t win it too often.  But the best games are the ones you can still have fun playing, even if you don’t win every time.

High Falls.

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.


So tonight was Game Night at Park Avenue Comics and Games.  Now, originally I was not going to attend.  I was pretty tired when I came home this afternoon, and in fact ended up collapsing on the couch and sleeping for almost two hours.  But after eating some dinner, I felt a little better and followed Daniel to the comic store.

He’s been so excited about the game Heroscape.  He bought the game about two weeks ago and tries to get me to play it as often as he can.  Last week he also purchased some new figures, like Moltenclaw the dragon and Quasatch Hunters, which are weird little ape-like creatures.  Anyway, tonight he was so excited to take his new figures to the store to play a giant game of Heroscape with Matt and Mark.  We didn’t get very far; the store has a huge collection of Heroscape figures and board pieces and the game could have gone on for hours.  I was lucky enough to get first pick in drafting our armies, and I chose Marvel’s Silver Surfer.  Yes, there is a special Heroscape set with Marvel characters like Spider-Man, the Silver Surfer, Captain America, and many others.

The game consists of getting close enough to another player’s army figures to attack them.  You roll some dice to attack, they roll some dice to defend.  If all goes well for you, you will do lots of damage to their character, and they won’t be able to defend against it.  There are also campaigns or missions you can play.  But Daniel and I have found that it is most fun if you are just drafting armies and having a free-for-all.

What’s great about this game is that you can add dozens of different types of characters to your army and you can build a giant board with lots of customization capabilities.  For example, tonight we built a castle in the middle of the board, but we could have just built swamps or mountains, etc.

It’s a great game and I hope we play it again at the comic store soon.  It’s more fun with more people.


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