Heard Today (and other days)

Me: “Do you need help?”

Customer: “No, I’m just browsing.”

Every day while everyone is supposed to be staying at home.

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Something Cool Today

I know a lot of you are stuck inside with not a lot to do. Binge-watching is reaching new heights during this time of self-isolation. If you want to watch what is arguably one of the best shows ever created for television, watch The Wire. The quick online description:
“This series looks at the narcotics scene in Baltimore through the eyes of law enforcers as well as the drug dealers and users. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media. The show was created by former police reporter David Simon, who also wrote many of the episodes. “

I binged watched this during my illness before the more recent outbreak at the start of the year. While I have a few issues with the final season, this is a great show and worth watching.

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Wayback Machine Part 2

Now the date for these pictures is not going to be quite as exact. It would have been the early 2000’s, probably 2004 or 2005 I think. The goal was to get a picture with as many characters as possible.

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Wayback Machine

I was about to try to figure out when this was exactly from when I just glanced at the picture and realized I didn’t have to think too hard. This is from May 14, 2000, when I took my first and only cruise so far. I know in the last few years cruises have taken more than a few lumps, and rightly so, but I had no issues with my cruise. It was also my first trip to Alaska, which I am happy to say was not the one and only time. I had a good time and fell in love with the state.

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Something Cool Today

I’m going to try something new and I’m going to try to do it every day. Which probably means I’ll end up doing it just a couple of times a day if my pattern in the last year or so keeps up. This is my feeble attempt at helping anyone get through these trying times of self-isolation or having to go to work and worry if you’re sentencing yourself to death. I’m going to list and talk about something cool every day. A song, a book, a comic, a tv show; something I found entertaining and maybe something that help you feel a little better. I can’t do much, but I figured I can at least do my small part.

Today I’m going to talk about podcasts. Up until a year or so ago I really had no clue about podcasts. I had heard of them but really did not know what they were. Somehow I stumbled across them and was hooked. So today I’d like to mention a few of my favorites.

Word Balloon hosted by John Siuntres is a podcast about geek culture, mainly comic books. Each episode John talks with the stars and creators of geek culture as he puts it. These aren’t really interviews so much as conversations. Sometimes long conversations. If Brian Michael Bendis or Tom King is on the conversation can be two hours or more. This is one of my favorite podcasts and I love listening to the talks.

Another favorite is Rolling Stone Music Now with host Brian Hiatt. This podcast features interviews as well as news and anything to do with music. A recent interview was with Jason Isbell, one of my favorite musicians. The episodes are usually around 30 to 40 minutes.

Another is Comic Book Historians hosted by Jim Thompson and Alex Grand. As you can gather from the title this podcast talks about comic book history and interviews some of the great creators. Recently they did a three-part interview with Tom DeFalco.

And finally I’ll mention The West Wing Weekly hosted by
Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina, one of the actors from the show. I talked about this one in my last post, so I won’t say much here, except that it is really good and really funny.

That’s it for today’s segment. There are a lot more cool podcasts. There is probably a podcast for just about any subject you can think of, so if you want to listen to someone talk about something you like, just search. You can download an app from your phone and listen in your car or on your earphones, however, you like.

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THE WEST WING

In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.

Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.

For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.

What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.

Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly

Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.

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LIZARDS

One of the last things I talked about before I took my break was the return of LIZARDS as a new comic book. The first five issues were mostly reprints from the early days, with a few new stories added in. But this issue, Number six, is the first all brand new work in more than a decade. The art is by Roman Gubskii and combines his wonderful talent without ignoring Ron Wilber’s original look. This is the first of a multi-part story-line that departs from the shorter stories that have made up the first five issues. I’m not abandoning the shorter format, I plan to continue stories with whatever amount of pages best fit the work, but I also want to expand out with some longer work and show more of the world the characters inhabit. I’m hoping the next issue will be out before too long.

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President Obama Speaks

Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I post a lot of political posts. I’m not going to stop. Too many of the posts are so negative, because we are in a situation that is so negative. But I want to post something positive. I want to post when we had a President that could speak in complete sentences and had an IQ higher than a turnip. So I think I’m going to post random speeches from President Obama. This one is the speech that brought him to the national stage and set the stage for him to move forward.

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What happened to 2019?

I haven’t realized how long it’s been since I posted here. My last post was from promising how much I was going to post this year and guess what? No posts. I will admit it’s been a busy year. Moving has kept me beyond busy for the last six or seven months. I don’t want to promise something I won’t follow through on, so let’s just say that I’m hoping to try and make this a regular habit of posting. And we’ll leave it at that.

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Goodbye to 2018

Well, I can’t say I’ve done a very good job at keeping this up to date.

2018 was a strange year for me.  It followed the previous year where I was left broken and wondered if I was going to recover.  Like most cases of heartbreak, I managed to go on.   As bad as I thought it was I realized I could and would survive.  Still, this wasn’t an easy thing for me, and even into this year, I was affected.  If I’m honest I have to admit that I still share residues of it.  I know it’s over, but sometimes the thought of her still hovers around my conscious like an unwanted ghost.  It’s hard to explain.  I’m not sitting around wallowing in grief, most of that is finally, at long last gone, but there’s something like an old toothache there, the memory of what might have been and what was that intrudes on my thoughts when I least expect it or want it.

My plans were that this year was going to be a big year for me as far as my writing and publishing.  While I can point to some things getting accomplished it was nowhere near what I was hoping for.  Part of it I can blame for the overall malaise I’ve felt all year long, but some of it was for more practical reasons such as money.  2015 I self-published 12 comics.  I went to at least one convention almost every month.  At the end of the year, I realized I had spent a lot of money.  And unfortunately not brought in a lot from my writing.  Now I have a decent job where I can afford to put a certain amount of money towards my writing without having to worry about an immediate return.  But I realized that this year I would need to be a little more frugal.

I have to say that I am proud and happy to get my Lizards series back in print.  I’m more than thrilled to have three issues printed this year and the fourth just missing being printed by a few days, as it should be done by the end of the first week of the new year.  In addition, I’m started new stories with the characters and plan on continuing the series beyond the five issues of reprinted work.  This is a series that I’ve always been very fond of, so I’m happy that if nothing else this year I’ve managed to get it back in print.

So while I can’t say 2018 was a great year, I won’t list it as a complete wreck of a year.

As I mentioned, there was just a certain malaise I’ve felt hanging over me for most of the year.  I’ve felt like I’ve been in a sort of limbo.  Some of it is me trying to adjust to what I see my future being now, something I’ve always thought and not worried about, until Kayla and I saw a different path, something I’ll write about more in a different post.  The good news is that I’m feeling like I’m coming out of the fog and seeing daylight.  I have big plans for the new year and am going to work my best to accomplish them.

I don’t want to make any promises that I’m going to be updating this on a regular basis, every time I’ve tried that this year I’ve failed miserably, but part of my plans for the coming year does involve more involvement with this site.  This is the site that I’m directing readers or anyone that shows even just the slightest interest in my work, so I need to be more timely with what I write here.

This site isnt’ just a what’s coming out and what I’m writing.  This site is meant to be a look at my life as I continue to create new work, so that means you’ll get posts like this where I moan and crap about my life, but hopefully more posts about what I think is good in my life too.

So here’s to seeing 2018 off and looking forward to a new, much better year in 2019.

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