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Being a Grown Up in a Geek Universe or “It’s Not for the Baby.”

It seems that there is a lot of hoopla in my close circle of friends regarding one of their friends that I stopped actively keeping a relationship with a while ago. The individual in question isn’t a bad person per se, but she has never (in my opinion) fully understood...

How the @CrownPlaza Anaheim completely failed during my stay there. Twice. 0

How the @CrownPlaza Anaheim completely failed during my stay there. Twice.

I’m sitting on Virgin Airlines flight 312 from LAX to MCO after an insanely productive weekend in Los Angeles.  Seriously insanely totally mega productive. It was great. The low point, though, is sticking in my brain and annoying the hell out of me –  so here I am writing about...

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UPDATED List of Concerts I’ve Been To (including seeing #TomPetty last week!)

Last Thursday night, I got to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  That was something a LONG TIME coming.  You see, Full Moon Fever remains, to this day, one of my all time favorite albums.  Somehow, though, I never got the chance...

Dave & Tom’s Excellent Adventure (Stuart, Florida circa 1992) 0

Dave & Tom’s Excellent Adventure (Stuart, Florida circa 1992)

You know that fear that wells up inside when your parents dig up embarrassing old photos and videos of you and shows them to your friends?  I have found a way to combat that fear. I show them to the Internet before they can. In 1991, my friend Dave DeRosa...

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...

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Rest In Peace, Sharon Croom

Walt Disney was a lying sack of shit. Allow me to explain. About seventeen years ago, my father got remarried to a woman named Sharon.  At that point in my life, though, I was fully grown and had moved out on my own so he, she and I never lived...

So #Hipster It Hurts & I’M (almost) ON A BOAT! 1

So #Hipster It Hurts & I’M (almost) ON A BOAT!

Good morning Internet!  I am writing you a short note to let you know that I will miss you for the next few days.  You see, I am getting on a boat for the Bahamas to see some guy and some girl get hitched. This means two things: 1. I...

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Phil’s BBQ in San Diego, California…

[In “The Count” voice] Seventeen! Seventeen MAN V. FOOD locations! AH! AH! AH! AH! Philippe the Original in Los Angeles, California Orochon Ramen in Los Angeles, California Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream in Indianapolis, Indiana Al’s #1 Italian Beef in Chicago, Illinois Edward’s Drive-In in Indianapolis, Indiana Big Pie in...

Adventures with Food in California 0

Adventures with Food in California

Before leaving for Japan in March, I took another trip to Los Angeles to attend meetings for Project Anime.  While there, I fit in a couple of exciting meals local to the area.  First was an insanely unique Asian pastry place called the 85°C Bakery Cafe (http://www.85cafe.us/).  We went there...

Review: The Bloom County Library, Vol. 5: 1987-1989 0

Review: The Bloom County Library, Vol. 5: 1987-1989

The Bloom County Library, Vol. 5: 1987-1989 by Berkeley Breathed My rating: 5 of 5 stars In late elementary school and middle school I suffered from an overabundance of intelligence made worse by my insatiable addiction to reading. Unlike most of my peers in the geek industry, I wasn’t really...

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...

Friday night I bought the last Gladys & Ron’s Chicken and Waffle’s t-shirt in Atlanta – ever. 0

Friday night I bought the last Gladys & Ron’s Chicken and Waffle’s t-shirt in Atlanta – ever.

After doing a sight tour for a potential upcoming event with the Cosplay Deviants team, Troy and I decided to grab dinner at a popular local restaurant (and MvF location.) Now, this sign was a little confusing to me.  The last time I visited, the restaurant was called “Gladys Knight...

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...

QUESTION: How long can a company keep your credit card info? RE: Mossimo’s Pizza in Vero Beach 0

QUESTION: How long can a company keep your credit card info? RE: Mossimo’s Pizza in Vero Beach

Methinks it may be time to pick up a phone and call the Better Business Bureau.  Before I left for Japan last month, I ordered pizza from a Mossimo’s Pizza in Vero Beach, Florida (formerly Vitorrio’s II) and experienced one of the worst customer service experiences ever. You can read...