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Trick or Treat!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 11:36
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Lady Galadriel handed out candy at my house for Halloween! (I’ll add a pic of my wife as she normally looks too.)





The Ultimate Warrior

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 20:33
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It was good to see WWE mend its fences with the Ultimate Warrior and put him in its Hall of Fame; how surprising that days after his Hall of Fame speech, he would die. Anyway, here are my top five favorite Ultimate Warrior matches, most of which I watched live on pay per view:

5. Warrior v. Hogan Wrestlemania VI
4. Warrior v. Savage Summerslam 92
3. Warrior v. Rick Rude Summerslam 89
2. Warrior v. Honky Tonk Man Summerslam 88
1: Warrior v. Savage, Wrestlemania VII

The Big Spring Giveaway

Thursday, April 18, 2013 13:54
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Those of you who have seen my segment on know that I have been giving away prizes for the last couple of years. Now it’s time for a larger contest: The Big Spring Giveaway (or Autumn or Summer if you’re from New Zealand or Hawaii or wherever). I’ll be formally announcing this contest in the next installment of the bookshelf, but you can enter anytime, and here are all the details just for you!

For this giveaway, you can win one of three different prize packages:

A: The Lord of the Rings Collection

Prize 1

This package includes all three Lord of the Rings movies (theatrical editions, region 1) on Blu-ray as well as The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee.

B: The Hobbit Chronicles Package

Prize 2

This package includes The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design as well its sequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II – Characters and Creatures – both in their original plastic wrap.

C: The Official Hobbit Movie Guide

Prize 3

The last prize is new edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide.

Here’s all you need to do to enter: get my book, The Lord of the Films, and e-mail a photo of yourself with it to On June 18, three names of all those who enter will be drawn at random. First place will have first choice of whatever prize package he or she wants, second place will have second choice, and third place will get whatever’s left. I’ll announce all the contest winners here and in my bookshelf segment at So good luck!

Contest Winner From March

Previous contest winner Michael of Sydney, Australia

Sad News

Monday, January 28, 2013 9:03
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My father-in-law died unexpectedly yesterday while on vacation. Keely and I are still in a bit of shock, especially since yesterday was her birthday and she had just talked to him. Fortunately, Keely’s parents were with longtime friends, and they’re helping Keely’s mother out. My father-in-law and I shared a lot of interests, and it’s still sinking in that the last decade was the end of our time together rather than the beginning. Keely and I are preparing to attend the funeral in Oregon, with arrangements still being made.

At a baseball game

Prank Call

Friday, December 28, 2012 7:12
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A guy orders a wrestling pay per view, his wife gets mad at him, and then he sets up a prank phone call:

I’m guessing, at best, he’s now sleeping on the couch.

(Then again, the phone call was probably as fake as wrestling.)

Meeting Hillbilly Jim

Sunday, September 30, 2012 13:52
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The website has been posting stories from fans who have met professional wrestlers who have varying degrees of fame. They’re really fun to read, because wrestlers are so goofy anyway and when meeting fans they try to somewhat be in character but also somewhat try to be normal, and then you have the wrestling fans who often lack social skills. So anyway, here’s my contribution that I just wrote:

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Military Experience

Sunday, September 16, 2012 20:33

I was thinking about something today regarding military service. Starting in 1948, the candidate for U.S. President with more military experience usually did better in elections than his adversary: Truman defeated Dewey, Ike defeated Stevenson (twice), Kennedy defeated Nixon, Nixon defeated Humphrey, Carter defeated Ford, Reagan defeated Mondale, and the elder Bush defeated Dukakis. The exceptions: Johnson defeated World War II pilot Goldwater, Nixon defeated bomber pilot McGovern, and Reagan defeated Naval Academy graduate Jimmy Carter. (And yet at least Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan all had some military experience.) Then in 1992, everything changed. Clinton (no experience) defeated the elder Bush, then defeated combat veteran Dole. The younger Bush (virtually no experience) sort of defeated Vietnam veteran Gore, and then defeated Vietnam combat veteran Kerry. Obama (no experience) defeated McCain (Navy pilot, POW).

So what happened? Well, perhaps World Wars I and II created so many voters with military experience that in the 1950s – 1980s the public thought it important for the Commander in Chief to be one of them. Then in 1990, we started losing so many of the veterans, and the younger generation had far fewer veterans to replace them. Then again, you’ll note that the period I covered before everything changed perfectly coincides with the Cold War. Perhaps when that ended, we no longer thought it important for the President to have served in the military. But here’s where I’m going with all this: notice something about the election this year? Zero military experience. It’s interesting that with all the military action the nation has had the last ten years that even the Republican party has abandoned the notion that military experience is important. (When’s the last time they ran someone with none? 1948.) Anyway, I’m not trying to say whether it’s right or wrong, I’m just pointing out that it’s fascinating for me to see the first election in my lifetime – and my parents’ lifetime – involving two candidates with no military record.

Mitt Picks My Congressman

Saturday, August 11, 2012 6:53
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Mitt Romney just picked my Congressman to be his VP candidate. Paul Ryan is quite the conservative, that’s for sure. He believes fully in the Bush tax cuts and also wants to eliminate the deficit and reduce the debt, which is sort of like being a heavy smoker and being against cancer. One thing that you can count on: he’s no Sarah Palin.

Wisconsin Recall Election

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:35
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I’ve been busy with work and summer projects, thus the lack of posts. Today I’m voting for Tom Barrett and against Governor Walker in the Wisconsin Recall Election. I still expect Walker to win. He’s spent $25 million compared to Barrett’s $3 million. I do hope as many people in Wisconsin as possible vote, so the result isn’t due to an angry minority seeking its own agenda (like usual).

Governer Walker

Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:10
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There are two downsides to my state of Wisconsin having a Governor who dropped out of school. One is that he’s killing our educational system. Two is that he can’t spell his own title properly.


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