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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...

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Everyone has “that movie” that, when it comes on, you can’t turn off.

You know the situation. There’s nothing new on television that you plan on watching.  You’re not in the mood to commit to a full movie, so you just start flipping the remote to see what’s on.  Channel surfing.  Watching tidbits of random shows seeing if anything catches your fancy. AND...

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So, an old chum of mine emailed me to tell me he/she is transgender.

And you thought your Monday was exciting.  I have to skirt some of the details in this blog post because he hasn’t gone public yet.  Per his communication, he will fully be “she” by mid-summer. The email he sent was long, in depth, and very touching in regards to the...

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Our WDW Annual Passholder Adventure 2016: DAY 01

For Christmas this year, Shannon’s parents opted to buy her (and her sister) an annual pass to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida.  Shannon, in turn, decided to buy one for me – too – so that I can tag along from time to time (schedule permitting.)  I...

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My Tower of Terror (Excellent) Adventures!

I first rode the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida back when the location was “The Disney-MGM Studios” in 1995 when I started working there part time.  Since I had free access to the park with my employee badge, I rode most of the...

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

I recently got Shannon into watching documentaries and I’ve enjoyed seeing which ones she enjoys more than others.  CNN has been running ads for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (which is airing tomorrow night) and she said she really wanted to see it. I pointed out that the same...