Feb 262012

Today I took Xander to Autorama in Detroit.  We got to see some pretty cool cars, but the real excitement came from meeting Billy the Exterminator. Xander LOVES this show, Billy is very much Xanders childhood hero so making the trek out to the D was completely worth it.  I actually could not believe how long the line was to see Billy, we arrived at about 1:00 and unfortunately found ourselves far beyond the “End of line” sign holder which met we were not guaranteed an autograph.  Fortunately the wait (about 2.5 hours) turned out to be quite entertaining.  We met some nice people, had some fun watching Billy on Netflix, and ate some cookies and icecream.  What more could a kid want… except maybe some classic Detroit Coneys… yum!


Billy was awesome.  I always feel really good when you wait in a long line to see someone who has been signing autographs for hours and are completely happy and appreciative of YOU coming out to see them.  I think its great, he let Xander tell him about his favorite episode and even signed his spikes.  What an awesome time!

After Billy, Dad got to find his hero, the Bumblebee Camaro from Transformers 3.  Love that car!


Finally, a bonus, Spongebob Squarepants.  oh, make no mistake, Xander says Spongebob was cool, but Billy was his favorite.

It was a great day in the D.

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Sep 252011

There were some great artists at the Detroit Fanfare this weekend. These were just a few of what the ones that really stood out.

Kurt Einhaus | http://kurteinhausart.com/fantasy-painting/

Michael Calandra | http://www.calandrastudio.com/Calandra_Studio.html

Dave Aikins | http://daveaikins.com/

Dave is an interesting character, I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Motorcity Comic-con in May, this time I came prepared. Dave does the artwork for both Zombies and for Many of the Nickelodeon books such as Dora, Diego, SpongeBob and Backyardagins. So while I got my Zombies game box personalized with some cool zombie art, Xander got a few of his favorite books signed as well.

Jeremy Bastian | http://jeremybastian.blogspot.com/ Jeremy was one of the Artist for The Guild Tink one shot comic; he did the Tink tall tale story piece. Of course I had him sign the comic for me.

Diana Harlan Stein | http://www.naiadstudios.com/
Diana did a great transformer character for Xander, this is a photo of a copy, but check it out.

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Mar 122011

It was an interesting winter to say the least. Check out the local wildlife after the “Great Blizzard of 2011”.

“Aaaw look, its the Moma and the baby. Timid creatures those At-AT’s.”

Speaking of Blizzard, whats the two biggest reasons I have not been blogging?

Yes, that’s the new baby playing World of Warcraft Cataclysm. What can I say, he loves his Epics.

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Nov 042010

Oliver David; 9 pounds 6 onces, 21 inches long. He’s doing great, so are mommy and Xander.



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Nov 012010

Halloween 2010 was our expectants sons due date.  He is yet to come meet the rest of the family, but he should be here any time.  We still had some fun this Halloween while we waited for Tophers arrival, apple picking, tricker-treating and of course what’s Halloween without Ewoks and Space Invaders? 


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Sep 052010

Xander has a new favorite toy, he sets it up on the window while waiting for me to get home from work and he asks for it before bed. He calls it Daddy, he thinks it’s me.

This is the toy. Im so proud.

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Jun 142010

So really, what more could a dad ask for than to have his son want to be just like him?  Well Xander is only one and a half and he is well on his way to becoming more powerful than I could possibly imagine… 

Point 1. Geek from the Womb,
Midi-chlorian count what?

I could not help myself, i know, its terrible… but it was so frak’n funny… 

Darth Xander “Destroyer of Worlds”.

Point 2.  He really is not going to be all bad, I mean the very first thing he saw when he was born was an autobots logo, that has to count for something.

Point 3.14159265 Night Elf Hunters overpowered?
Just a bit. This kid took out an Orc Rogue at 3 months.

Point 4. You may be to short for a storm trooper, but never to short to be a tiny Lord Vador.

Point 5. Atleast he is well rounded.

Now, I don’t care what people say about him growing up to be a geek, I grew up to be a geek and ended up great.    The bottom line is, he’s my kid, he’s going ot be a total pimp… How could he not with a name like Xander, a smile as cute as this, and mad Night Elf hunter skills. I mean come-on!

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Jun 122010

So this is pretty much exactly how I met and fell in love with my fantastic wife Harmony. This song/video was pretty much written about us. In fact, when people ask, I generally refer them to this video.

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