I know what you were thinking. “Dude…this guy must get a paycheck from Kickstarter. No, not THAT. You were thinking, “I wish I could find a cool Christmas gift on Kickstarter but those things take sooooo long to get delivered.” Well, fear not Merry Nerds of Earth. An outfit out of Los Angeles (my homeboys!) named Trusted Cape is offering a sweet little hardcover (and an eBook version) set to ship just in time for the most wonderful time of the year. Ladies and gents, check out Moving Christmas: A Holiday Adventure.
Yesterday, while killing some time before heading to the theater to see Oz The Great and Powerful, the Nerd Cave Family pulled into the local antique mall. You probably have at least one in your town. The massive steel building crammed from floor to ceiling with junk, treasures, and everything in between. Like most, this particular store is made up of dozens (if not hundreds) of booths belonging to dealers of everything under the sun. If you’ve ever been to one, you know that one person’s definition of “antique” or “collectable” is often much different from yours.
It’s a cold rainy Monday afternoon in November and you’ve got the day off of work. You’ve spent the morning running errands or doing chores around the house. Now it’s time to chill. If you’re like me, the absolute number one way to spend the afternoon is to ensconce yourself in a comfy chair with a big fleece blanket and a pile of books, comics, magazines, or all of the above.
When designing my dream nerd cave, my first priority was a comfortable place to read. However, the room still needs to function as a guest bedroom. The queen-sized bed that we had, while comfortable, took up way too much room. Plus, I’ve had too many reading sessions in bed turn into nap sessions, so I’ve got to stay more or less vertical.
I’m a planner. Sometimes that can be a bad thing. I frequently succumb to what’s known as “paralysis by analysis.” G.I. Joe claims “knowing is half the battle.” For me, knowing I have this problem doesn’t always keep me from falling victim. But in the case of my new Nerd Cave, I made a conscious & disciplined effort to keep that side of me down. It’s not every day a guy’s wife tells him to take a whole room and do with it what he will (except, of course for hanging model airplanes) and I didn’t intend to squander the opportunity.
A couple of weeks after my wife gave me carte blanche, we sold the headboard and mattress. The room was empty. It was time to start making the “making it happen” part happen. I sat down with a pen and paper.