The Blog of that "Tom Croom" guy.

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Who the hell is Brian Newsome?

In 1994, I was living in South Florida with my family.  My days were spent working as a manager for a small movie theater and taking classes at the local community college.  Near the end of that year, my father informed me that he and my sister were moving to...

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The End of the Ending or “Holy Shit, it’s March?”

107 days. It’s been a long few months and a lot of my life, soul, and brain function has been dedicated to finding answers.  Dad took his own life 107 days ago and I’ve been slowly and steadily trying to clean up the wreckage. It’s been rough.  It’s been burdensome....

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My ANNUAL LIST of FLORIDA GEEK CONVENTIONS 2014 (59 so far!)

About once a year I write a post outlining the expansive growth and oversaturation of the fan convention market in Florida.  By all accounts, 2014 is on track to be just as bad.  For example, this past weekend there were five (FIVE!) different conventions in Florida at the same time....

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Revisiting old goals: Watching Academy Award winners of Best Picture

I often come up with entertainment projects designed to expand my pop culture savvy.  This usually results in me binging on some TV series I missed out on or need to refresh my memory about.  (For example, I’ve been watching the original Star Trek again lately: https://twitter.com/TomCroom/status/418089593972731905) A few years back...

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Obligatory New Year’s Post! 2013 was amazing & horrible.

I’m pretty proud of the fact that I live my life like an adventure.  Each step I’ve taken on this meandering quest to not be normal has led me through a series of ups and down.  2013 really tops the charts for activity, though.  This past year I drove a...

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New Blog? Yup. New Blog.

Yesterday some of you may have noticed that the ol’ blog looks a bit different.  In setting up for 2014, I decided to take some time to upgrade my personal website to look a little more – I dunno – modern?  Advanced?  Bloggy? In any case, I wanted it to...

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The Holiday in the House of Croom

Yesterday was Christmas and, for those of you keeping track, it was my first Christmas without my father.  It’s not like I saw him every Christmas, but hearing from him on the holidays was something I always looked forward to.  Talking to my dad on Christmas usually resulted in sharing...

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My AWSOMELY Embarrassing New Hobby: Childhood Photos

After Dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, I took possession of a couple of boxes of old photos.  REALLY old photos.  What’s amazing about some of them (to me) is that many of them are of ME – and I have never seen before.  Going through them is...

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I uninstalled @GetGlue today – BECAUSE I CAN NO LONGER GET “GLUE”

I love social media.  I’m mean, let’s face it: I’m a social networking whore.  Practically anything that shows up with even the slightest bit of home of being a viable social network tool gets me as a user with the name “TomCroom”. facebook.com/TomCroom twitter.com/TomCroom flicker.com/TomCroom etc. Being a film nerd and...

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So now what?

That’s a great question: so now what? The past couple of weeks have been so overwhelming and so much of a blur that my usual knack for “just do this” hasn’t completely kicked in yet.  Thus, I’ve decided to fall back on old reliable habits – in this case, make a...