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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...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 14: End of #Evangelion World & into the park… 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 14: End of #Evangelion World & into the park…

Picking up from last month. So after walking around awestruck in Evangelion World for about hour, we started winding things up.  There are only so many life size mech heads that one can take in over such a short period of time, you know? One of the final parts of...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 4: The Mount Fuji Visitors Center 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 4: The Mount Fuji Visitors Center

And we drove.  The distance from our hotel to north end of Mount Fuji was about 75 miles away; roughly about an hour and a half.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the drive was worth every minute we spent in the for the spectacular views of Japan. That,...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 2: American Culture, Cherry Blossoms, & WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD! 1

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 2: American Culture, Cherry Blossoms, & WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!

If there’s a skill that Shannon and I are masters of it’s sleep.  Sure, middle of the night was middle of the day according to our bodies, but DAMMIT – we can nap with the best of ’em.  So after a fairly successful night of rest in our closet (er, hotel...

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 1: Flying, Shrimp Burgers, & Japanese Porn. 0

Adventures in Japan 2013 Part 1: Flying, Shrimp Burgers, & Japanese Porn.

I took my first trip to Japan in March of 2012 and did my best to blog about everything I saw there.  From this geek’s point of view, it was an amazing adventure filled some non-stop stories (most of which I now tell during conventions at the “Wasabi Anime Goes...

The Adventures of #Duffy and #ShellyMay at #Tokyo #DisneySEA last month. 0

The Adventures of #Duffy and #ShellyMay at #Tokyo #DisneySEA last month.

I’m sure at some point in the next month I’ll force myself to write the dozen or so backlogged blog posts from our travels thus far this year (San Francisco, Tokyo, etc.) – but this particular tale seemed pretty easy to hammer out this morning.  So here goes: Last month,...

TEN YEARS LATER. Yes, I’ve been blogging that long (as of last Friday.) 2

TEN YEARS LATER. Yes, I’ve been blogging that long (as of last Friday.)

I made my first “blog” post on March 29, 2003… ten years ago last Friday: http://www.tomcroom.com/archives/4620 Since then, I’ve written about travel, life, anime fandom, movies, and a myriad of semi-interesting things that I always figured that only my family and close friends were reading about.  (Google Analytics has since informed...

The Year in Review or “WTF HAPPENED IN 2012?” 0

The Year in Review or “WTF HAPPENED IN 2012?”

This is that time of year when folks begin posting about how this year they’re planning on changing a zillion things and making thinks different somehow.  For me, though, I’m not looking forward to changing… I’m looking forward to continuing. 2012 was a hard year, but that’s not a bad thing....

Japan Day 4: Shibuya Station and SO MANY PEOPLE! 2

Japan Day 4: Shibuya Station and SO MANY PEOPLE!

Things have been busy, but I’m picking up where I left off on my post back on April 9th. When we were last reading about my zany adventures in Japan, I had just left the Imperial Palace with Rob and Jason and the three of us were on our way...

Japan Day 4: The Giant Gundam & The Imperial Palace 1

Japan Day 4: The Giant Gundam & The Imperial Palace

Day four in Japan started the same way most of the mornings in Japan started for me (once I made that special discovery in Shinagawa Station.) After that, Rob, Jason and I caught the train and went in search of BIG EFFIN’ ROBOTS!  We found our way to Diver City...

Japan Day 3: Orange Juice, More Tokyo Anime Fair and KARAOKE! 1

Japan Day 3: Orange Juice, More Tokyo Anime Fair and KARAOKE!

Picking up where I left off on this post. We took the train from Akihabara back to Shinigawa Station because Rob had to change clothes before we headed off to the Tokyo Anime Fair. During the brief layover at the hotel I decided to embark on a small and possibly...

A note regarding the Maid Cafes I went to in #Japan: 0

A note regarding the Maid Cafes I went to in #Japan:

If you recall from my earlier blog posts, I went to not just one but two – TWO – Maid Cafes while I was in Japan.  There I discovered amazing things such as this Engrish menu: Photo courtesy of the lovely and talented Courtney Kraft. Well, I was hitting up...

Like Cup Noodles? Check out this STRANGE game we found in an arcade in #Japan! 0

Like Cup Noodles? Check out this STRANGE game we found in an arcade in #Japan!

I mentioned that during my second day in Japan that Jason and I spent some time in a Japanese arcade in a place called Aqua City.  Here are some of the highlights. This is what we walked into.  Most of the games were prize related (crane machines, etc.) but there...

Japan Day 3: Akihabara aka “Geek Heaven in Japan” 3

Japan Day 3: Akihabara aka “Geek Heaven in Japan”

Our adventure in Akihabara continued after the Maid Cafe as we further explored the area.  While perusing the shops full of anime, manga, electronics, and toys we came upon a prime example of the Japanese fascination with certain elements of American culture.  In this case, Kentucy Fried Chicken.  Have you...