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Still Pokemon GOing

on Jun 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Drawing Trees

on Jun 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Summer is here. The kids are out of school and their new routines are in full effect. I could not be happier to get this year behind us. Scheduling was a nightmare last year. Luckily, next year is already all set. The kids are all signed up for their programs and nobody is on a waiting list. I’ve been getting back into the swing of things too. I went into a bit of a slide for the first quarter of this year, but I’m back to running and drawing. I think I’m going to run a 5k or two this year but we’ll get to that later. I’m working on a new drawing now. It is another one of those things I always wanted to draw but never did…   Bonsai trees are pretty cool right? There is a reason they slip in and out of popularity…   I always feel like something is lost when adding ink. I think it looses the subtle touch and pressure that shows in the graphite....

Tribulation – Podcast Talk

on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I started this podcast over a month ago. It totally scared the crap out of me. It starts with a couple on a roadtrip. They are listening to the radio when they stubble upon a good ol’ fire and brimstone preacher. It starts escalating and getting more frantic and the episode ends. It really rattled me. It consumed my thoughts for a couple days. I actually had to ready myself before continuing. I wanted to binge the whole season but I also didn’t want it to be over. I limited myself to only 2 episodes in a sitting and I made it into an event, adding a little ritual to my listening. I waited until the kids were in bed, all the day’s chores were done and I had returned from my run so I could just focus on the podcast and draw. I’m going to leave the plot vague and avoid spoilers. I could add more details but I went in blind and it has been quite a trip. One of the...

Relic and Reliquary

on Jun 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I have a habit of obsessing on something for a while and then moving on. My goal has been to direct that obsession and use it. It is clearly part of my nature so I’m trying to work with it and figure out how to use it. Recently I’ve found that staying organized helps. A few months ago I was obsessed with stickers. I scanned some drawings, cleaned them up and printed a bunch. Knowing it was a project that I could break up into parts I tried to focus on those parts and keep them organized. What I ended up with was a ton of unfinished stickers all printed multiple-up on full-sized sheets when my attention started to wane. Instead of totally abandoning the stickers I packed them all up and stored them until it was time to pick them back up. Now I’m in a reading phase. My passion for reading comes and goes. I will read 3 or 4 novels in a row and then stop altogether and...

Some More Lunch Bag Art

on May 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A Pirate’s Life for Me

on May 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was just recently reminded of an incident that happened when I was in the 4th grade. As with most of my childhood stories, it starts with me starting at a new school. I was sitting in my new English class and my teacher had just introduced me to the class. He went on to tell me that there was a book report due the following week. He said it was an oral report and not only was it an oral report, but the students had to dress up as a character from their book while delivering their report. With a smile he told me that, because I was new, I could just turn in a paper and not worry about the oral part or dressing up. The first week at a new school was always the hardest. I like to think of it in terms of talking about my wife. When I talk about my wife I hate using the term, “my wife.” It’s like she is a possession or something, like, “my car.” When I first...

New Sticker v1

on May 18, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I haven’t been running. Things seem to keep interfering. Between the kids, my wife and my own colds and various illness, I haven’t been running more than once a week. I did a Warrior Dash though. This last weekend I, along with 11 others, tackled the Warrior Dash. This is the 3rd time I’ve done it. As a runner, it isn’t that difficult. I have a harder time conquering my fear of heights than the actual obstacles. There is usually an obstacle that I really like because it requires a little problem solving to best complete it. This year it was a series of pallets hanging from ropes attached at each corner. I swang across them like George of the Jungle. It was really fun. I thought about doing it twice. The trail was exceptionally muddy. Amazingly muddy. Far, FAR muddier than in past years. Our group did real well and I had a great time. Oh and Dogfish Brewery was a...

Beer Talk – Organika Stowaway

on May 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is Maibock season again and I do love a good Maibock. Last year I dove deep into Maibocks, researching their origins and all that. I just took a six-pack to a D&D night and when another player off-handedly commented on the picture of the goat, I was able to go into a greatly detailed (and boring) explanation. I grabbed a sixer of Lakefront Brewery’s Maibock and it wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had a stowaway. An Organika had been swapped out for one of the Maibocks. At first I was excited because I thought it might be one of their Eazy Teazys, but no, it was a Organika. I love Lakefront Brewery. Their beers are consistently good. They used to make a Scottish Ale called Snake Chaser that ignited my love of craft beers. I have been wanting to try Eazy Teazy but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I was leery when I saw it was a White Ale but I...