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My Thoughts on The Fate of the Furious (SPOILERS)

Prologue: Work is still stupid busy: and I am running a half marathon this coming weekend that I am horribly unprepared for.  In my post from April 5th I stated that I owe posts for March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and April 3rd: five total.  I have posted two posts since then,...

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#AstridTheDog’s First Day at a Dog Park

(The events of this blog post took place March 20, 2017.) On a Monday a few weeks back, I took Astrid to a vet appointment to get an “all clear” on the puppy cold she had been battling, and finally get her last round of shots.  All went well, so I...

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That Time I Met Luke Skywalker

Prologue: Work has been stupid busy.  Based on going in and out of town, and inbox of over 100 emails, and a stack of mail a mile high… well, I’m behind.  My last post was on March 1st (for the one due on February 27th).  That means I owe posts...

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Starbucks Mug Collection Update

Sorry I missed the blog post on Monday.  I was in Canada last week, and immediately after getting back I went to Orlando for a couple of days to get inventory started for Green Mustard Entertainment as we go into “convention season”.  The result of doing so much travel and...

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Four Weeks Later: #AstridTheDog Keeps Growing

When we got Astrid a few weeks back, she weighed in at 3.2 pounds.  Her most recent vet visit put her at 4.4 pounds.  Today, in the most unscientific measurement event – I put her on our scale at home.  Her size? 5.6 pounds. Based on the photos I post,...

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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...