I went to go see Black Panther for the second time.

It’s definitely in my top 5 Marvel films, and top 10 superhero films, of all time.

As with second viewings, I managed to hear dialogue I missed the first time around.

My favorite character in the movie is M’Baku.

I said elsewhere that I want to put him in my Marvel buddy film, staring Luis, Korg, Groot, and Ned.  And maybe Darcy.

So begins my birthday week staycation.


After last year’s 50th birthday shindig, I’m not really feeling like doing anything for my 51st, to be honest.

Though if anyone wants to feed me pizza this Friday, I’m all for it.

I tried the Hostess SnoBall ice cream bar today.  Tasted like plastic.  I think that was the vanilla part, which I thought was marshmallow.

Dad didn’t seem impressed with it either.

Wakanda Forever!

Very good movie.

It’s not my new favorite.  In fact, it’s hard to say which, if any, is my favorite Marvel movie.  But this one is definitely a contender for that title.

The cast was great.  Aside from T’Challa, my favorite characters are Okoye and M’Baku.  The entire cast was awesome, truth be told, but there were moments with those two in particular that I liked the most.

I’d say about 95% of a packed audience stayed for the VERY predictable end of credits scene.  Almost everyone watched the mid-credits scene.

Go see it!

Spring Training

If you thought that a 2017 Spring Training cap would be marked down when 2018 Spring Training has begun, you’d be wrong.


I meant to get one last year, for my 50th year of existence, but then I figured that I’d get one when the season was under way, and then when the season was over, thinking that the price would drop at some point.


And then I thought for sure that they would drop the price once the 2018 ST season would begin.


The main reason why I want one is that the year (2017) is on the cap.  Except for All-Star Games and Postseason, no other caps have years on them.

Ah well. Maybe I’ll buckle down and get one now, as I was going to last year anyways.

Update: out of stock in my hat size.  Ah well.

Dinosaur Island

In my continuing quest to play all the games I picked up from Kickstarter, I attempted a solo game of Dinosaur Island.

I got through 3 turns before I decided to abandon the game.

It plays pretty well, I just kept making mistakes and missing steps.

And yes, it does feel like Jurassic Park meets worker placement.

And while solo play is okay, I’d rather try this with a group.

Holiday, continued

Cookies: made
Cookies: broken up over vanilla bean ice cream
Cookies: eaten with ice cream

Pizza: made
Pizza: eaten

As the day goes on…


Haircut: done
Breakfast: done
Errands: done

And it’s not even noon yet.  So what to do now?


I spent a ridiculous amount of time today going though some stacks of old CDs that I had not transferred to my iPod/iPad.

I came across a lot of 90s music that I haven’t listened to since, well, the 90s, of bands that I have no interest in listening to now, nor can I recall any of their songs, like Everclear, Frente, Belly, Big Audio Dynamite, and others.

All this started because I discovered that I did not have the D2: The Mighty Ducks soundtrack in my library.

I ended up adding like 30+ CDs to the library, including some Disney CDs, some MTV Unplugged stuff, all three Austin Powers movies music, and some other movie stuff.

Also, John Williams Olympic music, and the national anthems of 16 countries.

I bought a lot of odd CDs over the years.

A while ago I added the sound effects from Star Trek The Original series.

And how did I also not have Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” in my library?

I must have started doing this at about 10 this morning, and 6 hours later I realized that I was hungry.

I ended up driving out to Five Guys for a burger and fries.

Currently I’m finishing up the day with the Warriors game, and learning how to play Dinosaur Island.

The 20s

I won’t embarrass her with pictures here, but today is my niece Regina’s 20th birthday.


The one memory I’ll share here is one day when she was maybe a year old, and my sister’s family had come by to visit.

I had set up the old Avalon Hill War at Sea game, and Regina sat on my lap as I played a turn.  The British and German navies were attacking each other, and as I rolled the dice, Regina would say, “uh oh” whenever I rolled a ‘5’ (ship damaged/crippled) and exclaimed “oh no!” whenever I rolled a ‘6’ (ship destroyed/sunk).

I hadn’t even explained the rules to her.

In 1999 (I think), my sister called me shortly after the beginning of the Daytona 500.

Maria: What did you teach her?
Me: What do you mean?
Maria: We were watching the start of the race, they waved the green flag, and Regina said, “Go!”
Me (laughing): I didn’t do it.

Regina has always been a smart kid.

Last one:

In 1999, I was babysitting at their place, and Regina was sleeping on the couch.  I left her alone until she woke up, sat up, and vomited all over her onesie.


I quickly scooped her up and removed the puked-on garment, found another one, changed her diaper since she had also peed, and dressed her in the other onesie.

I then held onto her until she fell asleep again, and then her parents came home.

Happy Birthday, Regina!

The 50s

February 9, 1968: premiere date of the Star Trek episode ‘Return to Tomorrow’

Telepathic aliens take control of Kirk and Spock’s bodies with the intention to build new, mechanized bodies for themselves.

One of my favorite episodes, if only for this moment:

As cheesy as Shatner can get, this is my favorite of all of Kirk’s speeches, in all of Star Trek.

I love that they copied it in Free Enterprise.

It’s also cool to see Diana Muldaur in her first appearance on Star Trek:


And of course, smiling Spock:

I’ve found myself in this or a similar pose over the years.  Maybe influenced subconsciously by this episode?