Colorado: the American comic book & cool stuff haul

I didn’t go to America recently to buy comic books.  I went to gather with my family and do another layer of saying goodbye to my father.

But…even though it was not my purpose, I did in fact buy some comic books while I was there, because generally in America it’s easier to get such things a bit more cheaply than in Australia, where I normally live.

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49 Forty-Ninth Birthday Blessings

It was recently my birthday!  On the day, I posted some short musings about how it’s okay that I haven’t done everything that I wanted to this year.  Then I did a review of my last year’s “bucket list” and identified what I’ve done and what I didn’t do, and tried to point out how even though there are things I didn’t do, there were other things that I did do that weren’t on the list in the first place.

Now it’s time to look with gratitude at all the cool stuff that I got.  Because really, I have a lot to be grateful for.  And not just the long term stuff, like great kids, a wonderful wife, relatively good health, and a sense of meaning and purpose to life.  I’m talking short-term, often shallow, good ‘ol fashioned stuff!

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49th Year Bucket List

So, point of clarification:  I’m 48 years old currently, having just celebrated my birthday yesterday.  I’m not 49, but that this year is actually my 49th year of living.  When I celebrate my 49th birthday, that means I’m completing my 49th year, not starting it.

And I know, it’s not really a “bucket list” if the deadline isn’t the end of your life…when you “kick the bucket”.  Indeed, maybe it’d be better to call this a “49th Year To-Do List”.  But that’s catchy sounding, don’t you think?

So this is a list of things I’m hoping to have achieved by the time that me being able to say “I’m 48 years old” is cold and buried in the ground.  What do I want to have achieved / completed / accomplished by then?  That’s what we’re looking at here. Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List

Looking Back at Being 47

Today is the end of me being 47 years old.  I’ve been writing all year in one way or the other about how 47 is my favorite number, and now we’re here at the end of the year and all I can wonder is, did I actually do justice to this iconic moment in my life?  After all, I don’t get to go back and do it again.

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Can I, indeed, think of 47 things I did or experienced this year that made the year notable or cool?

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Bridgeport ComiConn 2014 – Non-Buyer’s Remorse

One of the highlights of my trip to New York recently (aside from, you know, family, friends and Niagara Falls) was getting to the Bridgeport ComiConn. I didn’t go because I have any particular connection to Bridgeport or Connecticut, but simply because it was not too far away for me, and I wanted to take the opportunity to go to a comic book / science fiction event of some sort that had more than two comic book people that I am familiar with (which is sort of standard for the events that come to Perth each year). It was good fun, all the more so because I was more-or-less at the last moment accompanied by my friend and former workmate Jane. Continue reading Bridgeport ComiConn 2014 – Non-Buyer’s Remorse

Hocking Hills State Park (Old Man’s Cave & Bone)

I travel a fair bit, which I don’t normally write about that much, but I thought I’d give a quick shout-out to Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. My wife and I were driving from Chicago to New York, visiting friends along the way. I wasn’t seeing anyone in Ohio and was looking for a place to stay. Looking up attractions in Ohio, I came across the Hocking Hills, which has a number of things to see that are well worth it if you have the chance.

After we had made the choice, I found out that I have actually “encountered” one of these attractions before, in a manner of speaking. It was in a comic book, of all places.

One of my favorite non-superhero comics (there are a few that I have enjoyed) is Bone. Continue reading Hocking Hills State Park (Old Man’s Cave & Bone)