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Soapbox: Be Your Own Fan

Jedi Mickey

This is a soapbox with the Star Wars fandom as the theme. Honestly, this can easily apply to any other fandom (i.e. Marvel, DC, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc). Do not let the Mike Zeroh’s and Star Wars Theory’s influence the kind of fan you are. Be Your Own Fan! The guys at Rebel Force Radio said that on one of their podcasts a couple of weeks ago and it really resonates with me.

I saw a meme once that said (I’m paraphrasing) Star Wars is like a new restaurant, you don’t have to like everything on the menu. I want to expand on that and add that you shouldn’t insult the things that people do like. My eight-year-old can understand that concept so an adult shouldn’t have any problem with it. Personally, Star Wars is like Portillo’s, I love everything on the menu.

Ode to a Neighbor

Randy Webb
Lt Randy Webb (1957-2023) RIP

We still live in the first house we bought together. Therefore my next-door neighbor is my first, conventional, neighbor. Randy served his community and the city of Cincinnati as a police officer for 27 years and retired in 2018. He was my neighbor for 13 years.

10 days ago he passed away from a sudden heart attack while getting his oil changed.

Randy immortalized in this Build-a-Bear Timeless Teddy

He is the gold standard of neighbors now. He was always willing to lend a hand, offer advice or just chat. His favorite pastime was chatting. I lost countless hours of time I should have been doing yard work just shooting the breeze with him. He and my daughter called each other their “favorite neighbor”, she was equally as devastated. We often felt like he treated her like he would a granddaughter. She now has a Build-a-Bear Timeless Teddy, wearing a policeman’s uniform, named Randy. He is always by her side.

It didn’t matter if it was 90 degrees, 20 degrees, raining, or snowing, he was always sitting on his back patio, reading Yahoo and smoking a cigarette. He’d offer a wave and/or a quip about the weather, his wife, or current events.

It still stings when I let the dogs out. When I return from an errand or from walking my daughter to school. Or when I simply go outside for the mail or the trash.

It’s not the same without you, old man. Thanks for everything. RIP.

“Hands where I can see them!”

Randy’s obituary can be seen at the Cincinnati Police Historical Society.

Christmas 2022 Recap

Merry Christmas!

I get so excited for the Christmas season. Sadly it’s always over as quickly as it arrives. As I begin to take down the decorations it feels like I was just putting them up yesterday. However, it is a good excuse to clean and, perhaps, rearrange if the mood suits me. Be that as it may, here is a quick Christmas 2022 recap.

This year we had Christmas in Connecticut (haha) with my in-laws. We made the drive with 3 humans, two dogs, and gifts for 14 people. The weather on the way there was pretty bad. There were three weather-related accidents that caused a backup. Our 10-11 hour drive took us 14 hours, but that was the worst of it.

While I had to work for a little bit during our visit, it was still a fun time. My in-laws know how to serve some delicious food and create a great Christmas atmosphere.

My one regret was that I did not have enough time to put out all of the lights that I wanted to, but there’s always next year 🙂

It was truly a blessed and wonderful Christmas. I hope yours was as well.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

MTFBWY

Merry Christmas (2022)

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas (or insert whatever holiday you observe)! I hope your season/day is fantastic and I hope your 2023 is equally as amazing!

MTFBWY

Halloween 2022

Taking a moment to wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween. I typically don’t do much for Halloween, it’s not really my favorite holiday. It barely makes the top 5. Yes it’s fun, but there are several other holiday’s that I enjoy more. Granted, aside from Christmas, it is the only other holiday where I put up decorations (although not quite to the same extent as Christmas).

I don’t dress up and I don’t go to any parties. I will hand out candy to the neighborhood kids and take my own out trick-or-treating. After that, Halloween essentially ends for me; then it’s a test of will power not to eat any of the left over candy.

In Need of More Ideas

In need of more ideas

I’m at that point again where I am running out of blog ideas. I know I am behind on a couple of my parodical posts (i.e. HMDYK) but I am in need of more ideas. Last year I did a monthly “Top 5” of something related to the movies and perhaps that’s something worth revisiting.

Maybe I should try to write more movie reviews. As part of my Monthly Movie Theme I try to watch something new (usually part of a streaming service). Perhaps, regardless of how recent the movie is, I should still write some kind of post about it? I know there are some great movies available on Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Max (I no longer have Netflix, their content isn’t worth the price anymore).

Write What You Know

This is an old piece of writing advice authors often hear when struggling to write. The problem is I feel like what I know is a bunch of minute and not enough substance. I probably know too much about the Star Wars universe and that only appeals to a limited audience (not that I have an extensive audience). I do plan to continue writing about Star Wars but I need to expand my list of topics.

Honestly, I wish I could write more tech related topics. I work in software development, I’ve been a software engineer since I finished college. However I often feel like I’m more of a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none; meaning I feel like I don’t have an “expert level” understanding of something to write about.

I’d love to figure out how to grow my audience, so if you happen to come here frequently, please leave me a comment on which posts you enjoy and any suggestions you have of new/more topics. Remember, if you are leaving a comment for the first time, it must be approved before it appears.

Thanks.

/cheers

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