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UPDATED: My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2016

This is a continuation of my original post from January 1st.  Normally, I just update that post – but with the influx of info that’s now sitting in my inbox/desktop/text messages – I figured it was just easier to create a second follow up post.  Most of the data is the...

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Hello Internet! How have you been?

Work. So… much… work. Thus, in the interest of full disclosure, that’s where I’ve been: working.  The Green Mustard team had an event last weekend which – more or less – kicked off the “season” for us.  Since then (and just prior) I have been working my ass off. Next...

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Our WDW Annual Passholder Adventure 2016: DAY 02 & DAY 03

Last month, Shannon and I activated our annual passes for the Walt Disney World Resort.  Since then, she’s found time to swing by the park a few times – but getting both of us there at the same time to to ride rides can be tricky. Saturday I met up...

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The Stereotyping of Fans & Pop Culture Conventions

My name is Tom Croom. I started going to fan conventions as a teenager in the early 1990s. I grew up in a world infused with the excitement of sharing passion for popular culture that carried over to my professional career working for Universal Studios and the Walt Disney World...

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Back to “normal”.

Everyone hates getting sick – and I’m no different from “everyone” in that regard.  The past couple of weeks have been a living hell for be since I’m used to running at 110% all the time.  Feeling my energy being tapped away due to illness is, like, the harshest form...

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Batman v. Superman “isn’t what Warner Bros. had been hoping for thus far”? NO SHIT, FOLKS.

So I just read this article: http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/report-batman-v-superman-response-could-lead-to-major-shifts-in-dc-films-plans Man of Steel was, at best, underwhelming.  I could dissect everything wrong with the film, but that would derail this whole post.  The most basic way to convey the sins of MoS is by pointing out what it isn’t. It isn’t Captain America: The...

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My Wife’s Epic Hard Rock Cafe Teddy Bear Collection

About fifteen/sixteen years ago, I bought my then girlfriend-now wife a teddy bear from the Hard Rock Cafe.  It was a seemingly inexpensive gift that would make a cute “keep it as a memory” sort of thing.  As the years went by, and we began traveling together more and more,...

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That Time I Walked in a Lunar New Year Parade #YearOfTheMonkey

Fun fact: I’m half Polish.  My mother was not born in the United States and, for part of my youth, I actually spoke and understood a decent amount of that particular language. (Now I just remember key swear words.) Traditions from my heritage weren’t that big a deal in my...

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Deadpool and Zoolander 2: I watched both this weekend.

Shannon loves Zoolander.  LOVES IT.  I think it’s okay, but it’s never been super impactful as a comedy for me.  I, mean, I laughed… but LAUGHED. Except once. The gas station scene. Flash forward to now.  Zoolander 2 and Deadpool both came out this weekend.  I don’t often see two...

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I collect #StarbucksMugs. (Currently, the “You Are Here” series)

When Green Mustard Entertainment kicked into gear to the point that I started traveling a lot, I started drinking more coffee.  The side effect of these two things is that I got into collecting Starbucks mugs from places I had been to.  It was fun, inexpensive, and a quirky way...

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The Further Adventures of #KarmaTheDog

I am still -14 Gym Hours (counting today) since I managed to squeeze in a workout over the past two days.  My blog, however, is current.  My health seems to have returned, so I can start catching up on exercise today. I hope. In other news: Karma has completed her acupuncture therapy....

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I finished #Transformers Devastation

One of the upsides of being sick (if there can honestly be such a thing) is that, when forced to stay home, you can get caught up on movies, TV, and video games.  During my self-imposed exile to the indoors due the HORRIBLE cold I caught last week, I took...