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Man v. Food Adventure Update: El Tepeyac Cafe in #LosAngeles

Another Man v. Food update already?  Yup!  I managed to get to the elusive third MvF location in Los Angeles (after years of visiting the city) when I was in town for Anime Los Angeles a few weeks ago: El Tepeyac. This place was totally East L.A. – and that added...

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Two Weeks Later: #AstridTheDog aka “Princess Floofball”

She’s passed out right now in a small dog bed to the right of my desk. She wouldn’t lay down in it, however, until I put my grey Mickey Mouse sweatshirt in it so it smelled like me.  Astrid (our eleven week old Shih Tzu) weighs a massive four pounds...

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I saw Kenny Rogers earlier this month, PLUS here’s an updated list of all the concerts I’ve been to.

Kenny Rogers is on his “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour – presumably his farewell tour – and Shannon and I went earlier this month.  Now, I’ve been trepidatious about going to see him in concert for some time because (quite frankly) he doesn’t look like the Kenny Rogers I grew up...

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Man v. Food Adventure Update + New Blog Format

There was a stretch after my 42nd birthday where I tried to blog every day in order to keep my writing skills up to speed and keep my addled old brain active.  What I discovered during that stint, however, is that there is only so much I can bullshit about...

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My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK EVENTS 2017

While I don’t blog as much as I used to, some traditions will just never die.  (Mainly because they are linked to my job in some what/shape/form.)  So, without further ado, here is my annual list of geek events in Florida that I’ve found for 2017.  As with last year,...

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Perception Dictates Your Reality: My Personal Lesson from the 2016 Election

When I write a blog post, there’s a section in the web site editor on the right hand of my screen that says Categories where I can select the general topic I am writing about.  These categories are created (by me) from over a decade’s worth of posts about a...

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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...