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UPDATED: Concert List (I got to see @Macklemore & @RyanLewis in Orlando!)

I like music.  I love concerts.  You always get a different level of connection (in my opinion) with an artist if you see him/her/them live.  The energy; the vibe; the whole experience. I dig it. I also have very inconsistent musical tastes.  From rock to pop to hip hip to even the...

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The Sudden Surge of Celebrity Deaths…

What the hell, 2016. It seems that, since New Year’s Day, we’ve been losing one talented entertainer after another.  It’s dizzying how fast it’s been happening.  I’m probably missing someone – but here’s what I recall so far: January 6th – Pat Harrington Jr. (Schneider from the 70s sitcom One Day at...

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Florida Winters: Hoodies, hats, & shorts.

This past weekend was insane.  I drive to Orlando and back not once – but twice.  This week?  Orlando, then Jacksonville, then Orlando again.  For now, though, I’m home in my small beach town in South Florida. I am writing this in a car wash waiting room full of mainly...

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My Current Fascination for Documentaries.

Shannon and I started watching Making a Murderer.  I’m only on the first episode (of ten) but everyone tells me how amazing is, so I have some pretty high hopes. That said, we’ve been on a documentary kick since last summer.  HBO and Netflix seem to be great sources for finding...

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Live from Orlando, it’s #Otronicon!

What do you do when you have “down time” at your booth during a convention?  Why, blog of course!  I was supposed to have a “plus one” helping me out, but car trouble on her part has left me solo. So here I am.  Chillin’ at the Orlando Science Center....

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Elementary or Sherlock?

Both. I like both.  I find it funny that when I talk to other fans at geek events that, for some reason, there seems to be a stigma in liking both.  Allegedly I should like one or the other.  I don’t get it. I like Sherlock.  Each “season” is really three...

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Another #KarmaTheDog Health Update

Another day – another trip to the vet. It’s been a rough few months for Karma.  First the heart issues in September, and then the spinal issues last week. Karma’s still here, though, and (thankfully) she isn’t in any discernible pain.  She is, though, bordering on “junkie” level with the...

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Dear Country Music: Get the hell off of my (rock n’ roll) lawn.

I like all kinds of music.  My iTunes has a selection of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and a variety of other “country” acts intermixed heavily into a library of rock and movie soundtracks. Crossover appeal happens from time to time when a pop song is made from a...

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Hitting the Reset Button

I am writing this from the future. No, really.  I am. You see – this post is dated January 12th – but I’m really writing it on January 16th and backdating it.  It’ll post today (the 16th) and you’re reading it today, but it is (from a narrative point a...

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And then, quite abruptly, David Bowie died.

I didn’t really grow up a David Bowie fan.  While I know a number of songs, I wasn’t “into” his music as deeply as so many others.  That’s not to say I didn’t respect the hell out of him and his accomplishments – I just never dug to deep in...

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I never realized how old Burt Reynolds really is.

I don’t mean that in a mean way; I just never realized (until very recently) that Burt Reynolds was older than I thought.  You see, I’m reading “But Enough About Me” – Burt’s recently release autobiography.  In it, he’s recounting his early days in Hollywood and run ins with the...

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How do you decide when another living being has had enough of life?

Karma the Dog has been an integral part of my family for roughly one third of my life.  Think about that… for 31% of my existence, there has always been Karma. She’s been there to greet me when I get home – whether it is a long trip out of...

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“Nothing Gold Can Stay…” | Update Regarding Karma the Dog

Karma the Dog came into our lives in the summer of 2003.  Prior to our adopting her, she was a puppy that was purchased by a family that just didn’t know what to do with her.  Their solution?  Lock the puppy in a closet and yell at it. We don’t have...