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My Starbucks Mug Collection (2016)

“Coffee, coffee.  Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.” -Coffee Bean, Regular Show I’ve made collecting Starbucks mugs a part of my travel archive for some time now.  A couple of years ago, they (Starbucks) phased out the previous collection of larger mugs, so I switched over to the new ones – the...

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In Other News: Today Marks 100 Days of Running (in a row!)

On July 6th, I posted the photo to my left with the caption “Shannon let me follow her this morning. #Running #NikePlus #VeroBeach”.  The next day, I talked myself into doing it again and posted another photo with the comment “Day two of “getting back out there.” #Running #Nikeplus”. I...

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Aftermath: #HurricaneMatthew

Previously, on me blogging and stuff… My last entry had us in Tampa, Florida.  That was Thursday night, and a lot has happened since then.  Sadly, all the issues aren’t resolved yet.  Here’s the skinny: ORLANDO.  After a night of wine and blogging, we got up too late to eat the awesome...

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Hello Internet. I’m Avoiding #HurricaneMatthew by Blogging.

With respect to Mr. Robot… Hello, Friend. I am currently sitting in a Hyatt Place hotel on the west coast of Florida drinking wine and, well, writing this.  Getting here was no small picnic.  Here’s the “good parts” version. AIR CONDITIONING.  The prologue to this crazy tale is, hopefully, not foreshadowing....

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One. Thing. At. A. Time.

Hey Tom!  Your dog died.  You’re still cleaning up the fallout of your father’s suicide a couple of years ago.  Then there’s still the whole lost house fiasco that’s still unresolved.  OH – and then work! WasabiCon, Florida Anime Experience, Talent For Cons, and other unannounced contract and project awesomeness...

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Today We Said Good-bye to Karma the Dog…

Thirteen years and two months. Approximately. You see, we got (rescued) Karma when she was only eight months old.  That was thirteen years and two months ago.  She was around for the highs (getting married) and the lows (the loss of our house).  Throughout all of it, though, her love...

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Thanks Guns ‘N Roses. My 19 Year-Old Self Was Impressed.

There’s nothing quite like the first time you experience something amazing.  Think about it: the first time you saw what became your favorite movie; the first time you ate your now favorite food; the first time you had really, REALLY good sex… not the first time you had sex –...

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That Time I Stopped Blogging & Went to 4 Conventions in 6 Weeks.

Hello dorkness, my old friend… Apologies abound for the lengthy sound of silence.  Truly and sincerely.  The thing is, when you live life in the “geek” industry, unplanned elements are always the plan.  When I started the day to day blogging regiment after my 42nd birthday, I always knew the...

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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...