So, based upon the contents of my humble blog, one might think that all I do is sit around painting Space Marines, watching Blu-Rays with my feet propped up on stacks of comics and board games while I jam mass quantities of crackers and Cheez-Whiz into my piehole as I surf Kickstarter for new projects to back. And while that does accurately describe many of my weekends, I do have to work for a living to help support my family and my nerdtastic lifestyle. So that means driving home. And THAT means road rage.
What up nerds? A big part of Operation Get Off Your Butt is about getting organized. That’s something I’m usually all over, but lately…not so much. Years ago, my uncle, referring to someone I’ve long forgotten, said, “He needs to get his fragmented <stuff> together.” Except he didn’t say “stuff.” That’s one of those sayings that has stayed with me over the years and I use it frequently. It describes exactly what I’m trying to accomplish in my own life.
You’d think someone who lost everything in a house fire two years ago wouldn’t have had much opportunity to get out of control as far as organization goes. I mean, Dude…you started from scratch. How bad could it be? Well, I figured out a way to do it, so I’m going to have to spend a good part of fall 2013 getting stuff in order. The good news is that I enjoy the work.
One of the many mini-projects within that effort highlights my particular brand of nerdy O.C.D. And yes, I realize I’m probably reaching a bit here on the definition of Obessive Compulsive Disorder. But the title was too good to pass up. Anyway, what am I talking about and what am I up to?
If you’ve been reading my ramblings for awhile, you know I like to get introspective from time to time. OK…alot. I even have a post category called “Navel Gazing.” Years ago, during an argument with my lovely wife, I referred to myself as “deep.” That was one I wanted to get back as soon as I said it. But still, I often find myself looking in the mirror and saying, “Self…what are you doing with your life?” And often the answer is, “Waiting.” As Tom Petty once sang, “The waiting is the hardest part.” I don’t know if it’s the hardest part but it sure can be annoying.
Buying My Comics Follow-Up
Back in June, I wrote a post about how I was ending my twenty-four year relationship with Westfield Comics and switching to Discount Comic Book Service as the supplier of my new comics and related swag. Three months later, I’ve received my first two shipments from DCBS and thought I’d share some first impressions.
OK, this one falls well into the category of “First World Problems.” Even so, I’ve got a minor dilemma I’ve been going back and forth on and thought I’d share it with you guys in a “thinking out loud” kinda way.
So, this post isn’t about a particularly nerdy topic but I thought the title was too good not to use. Since I’m here, maybe my situation can serve as a cautionary tale for you youngsters out there.
Greetings nerds of Earth! I’m back from vacation and gearing up for a fall season chock full of nerdy goodness. July was a bit busy with various stuff, so I thought I’d jump on here to drop some random thoughts on you…
Grog • nard (noun) 1. An old soldier 2. Someone who enjoys playing board wargames, particularly the counter-heavy strategy games from the 1970’s & 80’s.
I’ve probably mentioned before how my son has embraced the gaming hobby full force. He’s all about military stuff and thus, war games are right up his alley. He’s been tearing up the iTunes App Store looking for strategy games for his iPod Touch. I honestly think I could break out Advanced Squad Leader and he’d be, “OK Dad, infantry and armor is great, but when do we get to the Off Board Artillery rules?”
Living in Alabama, with no lottery, the only hope I have for striking it rich, outside of parlaying this blog into a multi-media empire, is the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. I usually tear these things up and chuck them in the trash, but the recent Powerball Lotto jackpot got me thinking. If money were no object, what would my ultimate nerd cave look like?