Just some thoughts

June 17, 2008

Got asked the other day why my Myspace page only has pictures of my son on it and none of me. Well, it’s simple – he’s cuter than I am.

Vince McMahon is now paying people to watch Raw. Hey Vince, you do have to pay me to watch Raw. Just make it interesting again. I’m sick of seeing the same storylines and the same people on it. Raw is stagnant and has been that way for years now. Create some new stars and make interesting storylines – then you’ll get me back as a viewer.

It’s sad when in order to watch a good WWE product I have to dive into my DVD collection and watch some of the company’s pre-2005 stuff.

Just got the latest Sandman Mystery Theatre trade. If anyone wants to read some good crime noir, pick up these collections. The series itself only last 70 issues during the 1990s, but DC is finally getting around to collecting the series in trade paperback form. The good thing is every storyline is wrapped up neatly in four issues, while the characters never become stale but instead grow through each storyline. Currently there are six trades available, and I highly encourage everyone to pick up the first — the Tarantula — and give the series a read. You can find the trades on mycomicshop.com or on Barnesandnoble.com.

Read that DC is giving the great series Starman the essential collection treatment by placing it in hardcover editions. There are six of these slated in order to collect the entire 80 issue series. The first just came out. I came late into the series — issue 29 — and stayed until it ended with issue 80. I then went out and bought each of the trades — 10 in all — so I would have the entire storyline. The series was a tremendous read and I highly recommend that people give it a try. By the way, DC, can we get another trade for Starman collecting the remainder of the Times Past issues?

I had a great Father’s Day this weekend thanks to my wife and son.

I have a love of bad movies and I just saw two of the worse over the past couple of days — Body of Evidence, which is just pure crap, and the 1980s slasher film Sleepaway Camp. Sleepaway Camp was one of those early 1980s slasher films that involved teens at camp getting murdered by a mad killer (thanks Friday The 13th). The acting is horrible, the plot is worse, it looks like it was made for $25 and … ugh. It is just a bad movie. But it is one of those that you can’t tear your eyes away from because it is soooooooo bad.

Keep smiling folks:)

Tim Russert died today. He was a person who was part of a dying breed — a journalist who actually cared more about the story than ratings or being controversial. He cared about getting the actual news out to people and was probably one of the last unbiased journalists left in the field today.

He will be sorely missed.

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Got an e-mail from an old acquaintance of mine a couple of days, that included several questions about life in general. I thought some of the questions were interesting so I’m taking the time to answer them here:

How old are you?
Old enough that I have 20-something women calling me “sir.”

What was the last good book you read?
I have three — Coronado by Dennis LeHane; Diablerie by Walter Mosely; and Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis.

What was the last good CD you listened to:
Rockferry by Duffy and The Birth of Cool by Miles Davis

What was the last good movie you saw:
Iron Man.

Are you looking forward to the presidential election?
Yes.

Last good TV show you saw?
Last week’s episode of Battlestar Galactica and the second season premiere of Army Wives.

Favorite male wrestler?
Brian Danielson

Favorite female wrestler?
There’s two here — Mickie James and Rain

Last great wrestling match you saw?
Takeshi Morishima versus Danielson, Manhatten Mayhem II

Favorite comic book?
There’s three here — Green Lantern, Ultimate Spider-Man and All-Star Superman

Favorite addiction?
Pepsi

Who is your best friend?
My wife.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who complain anonymously.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Take my son for a walk through the neighborhood.

Would you describe yourself as a “people person?”
Yes and no. I’m very personable in my job, but outside of work, I have a hard time talking to people. I’m trying to cultivate new friendships now, but I have a hard time with it because I don’t want to be seen as a “pest.” I’m currently working a friendship with a person I’ve known for 16 years now, but I don’t want to push my luck. The person is question is a very nice person and I don’t want to alienate them because I was too much of a “pest.”

What is your favorite radio station?
On my Itunes at work I have a digital radio, and with that, I get a jazz station called KCSM out of San Francisco — which has become my favorite station to listen to during the late night hours when I’m working.

What is your proudest achievement?
Making my wife and son smile and laugh. Those moments are the ones I treasure the most.

Keep smiling everyone:)

To those who actually read this on a regular basis, I apologize for not being more diligent on my postings. It has been rather busy in my little portion of the world.

Anyway, I don’t have much time to pontificate today so I just hit upon some quick notes:

Was anybody else as mildly disappointed in Final Crisis #1 as I was?

Will have an overview on my thoughts on the Shimmer promotion — which will be completely positive because I really enjoy the product — sometime next week. I want to wait until I’ve digested vols. 15 and 16 before posting anything on the promotion.

Saw the Iron Man movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was probably the best comic book movie I’ve seen since Spider-Man 2.

I am currently preparing for my upcoming sixth wedding anniversary with my wife.

Here’s an underrated comic for you — Ms. Marvel. I encourage everyone to go out and pick up the first trade paperback in the current series, just to give the series a try. Brian Reed is making Carol Danvers into one of the more interesting characters in the Marvel universe.

Currently finishing up “Coronado” by Dennis Lehane and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Duff’s “Rockferry” album.

Geoff Johns is continuing his streak of tremendous stories on Green Lantern and his run on Action Comics thus far is classic. I highly encourage every one to pick up his Legion of Super-Heroes storyline in Action and the current issue which focuses on the Toyman. Fantastic stuff:)

That’s all for now. Keep smiling:)