The Blog of that "Tom Croom" guy.

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Worst Year Ever, but who cares? Also: Thank Yous galore.

I remember when I was a teenager and I would act full of angst and suffering – I grew up when grunge rock was cool – and I’d get upset about things that seemed (at least to me at the time) like the world was ending.  My dad would, from time to...

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Running Down A Dream

Yeah runnin’ down a dream That never would come to me Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads Runnin’ down a dream I feel awesome today – and it’s all thanks to my amazing wife.  You see, over the past few years she’s become one of those running addicts....

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Wedding Anniversary Tradition PART SEVEN is a go!

Back in 2007, I got married at the Disney’s Vero Beach resort to my best friend.  In striving to keep our lives less than normal, we established a tradition that, no matter what, we’d celebrate our anniversary together by going to a city we had never been to before together....

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Weight for it… weight for it…

Last week concluded the five conventions in four states in six weeks for me.  It was a new level of convention geek insanity – one that was both amazing and exhausting.  Working on the road so much, though, makes for a lot of sitting: sitting in cars, on planes, etc.  Operating...

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The Ever Expanding World of Green Mustard Entertainment

I spent tonight cleaning up a Facebook page that was created to differentiate Green Mustard Entertainment from Wasabi Anime because each now serves a distinctly different function.  It’s odd, though, because the new structure turns the parent into the child (similar to how JACON became more relevant than JACO back...

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Hey @DragonConMedia. I owe you this. #DragonCon2014

PROLOGUE Over eleven years ago I started sharing my thoughts on the Internet for fellow geeks to read.  Fan conventions, food, and frivolity were the primary topics of my online ramblings and after years of typing and hundreds of posts, I developed a pretty healthy following thanks to my pop culture...

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The lengths we go through for a bad joke.

I was in Orlando this past weekend celebrating a belated birthday for my sister-in-law.  Her requested itinerary of choice?  To hit up as many free things as we could around International Drive.  She had free mini-golf passes, free bowling passes, and she wanted grab lunch at Red Robin (there’s a...

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4 States for 5 Conventions in 6 Weeks (is almost over!)

This, ladies and gentlemen, has been an insanely busy summer.  Seriously. I mean, my car is DIRTY and my house needs cleaning.  Those of you close to my life in the real world know that THIS NEVER HAPPENS!  I just haven’t had time.  I’ve barely had time to sleep.  The...

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Why Robin Williams mattered (to me).

In the late 1980s, my dad saw an HBO special and subsequently bought the audio tape version of Robin Williams “A Night at the Met“.  Comedy albums had become kind of a thing back then, and my dad loved listening to these tapes with me.  You see, around my sophomore...

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Trying to add me on Facebook? You should read this first.

#FirstWorldProblems After I appear at a bunch of fan conventions (usually over the summer) I tend to get a small flood of Facebook friend requests.  It’s seriously flattering that there’s so many people out there who, after I connect with them on person, want to keep up with me online....

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Today would have been my dad’s 64th Birthday.

As a few of you picked up on, today was a rough day thanks to the miracle of Google Now.  You see, I’ve worked so hard to keep all the information in and around my life organized that sometimes I forget some of that info… hence why I use reminders...