The Blog of that "Tom Croom" guy.

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YouTube Cleanup: The Daytona 500 in 2008

WARNING: Turn the volume down for these videos. The audio is horrible and the crowd and cars are loud. In 2008, my friend Ken worked for a company that was connected to NASCAR (indirectly) and one of the perks was getting tickets to the Daytona 500.  In previous years, he...

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YouTube Cleanup: That Time I Got Married in 2007

Over seven years ago, I found myself at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort next to my best friend telling her I’d spend the rest of my life with her.  Add one year for the engagement prior and knowing each other for seven years before that, and we’ve been hanging around together...

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YouTube Cleanup: The Firefighter’s Fair in #VeroBeach 2007

In 2006, I joined YouTube in order to upload videos for Wasabi Anime – more precisely, the Wasabi Animusical (posted February 22, 2006.)  As handheld cameras and cell phones became more and more advanced, the motivation to post personal videos finally kicked in and, in 2007, I started my own YouTube channel...

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A Challenge for @TentacleChris!

Back in 2010, I helped a friend of mine get into blogging.  Like most of us who write our random thoughts on the Internet, Chris “Tentacle Chris” Duplis eventually found his stride regarding what content to produce.  His usual fare: haikus and reviews of western films and televisions shows. Not “west”...

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Dyslexic Fourteen (Happy Birthday to Me)

So yesterday was the anniversary of my birth and I TRIED to do nothing.  I’m just not very good at that: doing nothing.  Since I’m always doing SOMETHING, I thought, “Hey!  Plan to do NOTHING on your birthday.  It could be fun!” I was wrong.  It isn’t fun and (seemingly)...

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Free stuff on my birthday – where should I go?

Early next week I will be, yet again, celebrating the anniversary of my birth.  Starbucks decided to remind me yesterday with a reminder on my iPhone app: That’s right: FREE COFFEE, BITCHES!  This got me thinking – where else can I score free stuff by merely getting older? The other...

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Christmas and Birthday gifts in 2014

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.  Anyone else remember that song?  No?  Really?  Damn – I a *am* old. Anyway, I got a couple of “what do you want for your birthday?” questions recently (with my celebration of old age coming on December 1st.)  The thing...

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So I decided to start some crazy #Postcard Project.

Here’s the sitch: my old high school friend (and talented artist) Dave DeRosa posted a rant on his Facebook this week about how much time he spends on social media.  Using a calculator, he crunched some numbers and – much to his dismay – it’s a solid chunk of hours each...

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OPEN INVITE to BirthdayCon 2014: Geeks In Spaaaaaace

In 2010, I started a tradition of spending my birthday at Florida tourist attractions that I had never been to before (or hadn’t been to in years). Year one was Dinosaur World: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/7189 Year two (2011) was spent at Gatorland: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/8441 Year three (2012) got diverted into a surprise party...

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Thus ends the Worst Year Ever.

Growing up, my mom would regularly throw around the phrase “remember: someone always has it worse!”  She was right, you know, someone DOES always have it worse.  My mother, though, lived in a world of extremes when drawing her comparisons.  You know the old adage about “walking uphill both ways...

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Sometimes all you need is a good extension cord.

In the past eleven months I’ve lost my father to suicide, my grandmother to time, my house to dreadful laws regarding homeowner’s associations in my state.  It’s been a banner year boys and girls. You know what, though?  Sometimes you need extremes in one direction to make the other direction...

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I saw my grandmother today – probably for the last time.

I grew up knowing three of my grandparents: Grandma and Tata (mom’s side) and Mommer (dad’s side).  My grandfather on my dad’s side passed away when I was very young, so I have no memory of him to speak of. Mommer was a grand southern lady.  She passed away when...