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...

Season of Snot

on May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wooo hooo for allergies! The season has finally changed and the snow has finally melted and now the dried up remains of last year’s garden is driving my allergies crazy. I’ve always had allergies but that used to mean I was just a snotty-nosed little kid but every year my allergies get worse. Add to that I was fighting a mild cold and suddenly I am nearly out of commission. I felt terrible for the better part of the week. I just got some new running shoes but unfortunately they have been just sitting in their box. For once I actually followed through on what I’ve always claimed was the purpose for this site. Instead of going to bed early and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to revisit the drawing I started a month or two ago. As you can see, things have kind of gotten out of hand. It has been interesting and meditative drawing all those little dots while the NyQuil...

Lunch Bag Art – Anime

on Apr 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beer Talk – Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout

on Apr 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

¬† I love synchronicities. I love learning a new idea or concept and then have it appear everywhere. Chekhov’s gun is a good example. Chekhov’s gun is a beautiful illustration of how to tell a story. It is simple enough in concept that it can be easily applied to many situations therefore lending itself to¬†synchronicity. I have been listening to the Mysterious Universe podcast for years. It was one of the first podcasts I listened to. It is well produced and always was. Unfortunately it ran into a bit of a rough patch where the host, Benjamin Grundy, slowed production and eventually stopped releasing episodes all together. He restructured, hired a co-host and relaunched the podcast. I love the podcast because he deals with high strangeness but unlike most podcasts dealing with the same subjects the podcast sounds amazing. If you like the X-Files this is the podcast for you....