Monday, October 29, 2012

Totally geeked out at my third Austin Comic Con

Last year, I decided to attend the Austin Comic Con alone, after a unpleasant experience with a six year old and his mother who aren't into comics or sci-fi--they quickly got bored. So, my 2011 Austin Comic Con experience was awesome. I was alone and free to sit in on seminars and Q&As. I spent the whole day walking down aisles, meeting people, and even took pictures with cosplayers and even film stars. You can read that experience HERE.

Me and Patrick Stewart
Austin Comic Con, 2012
This year was no different, except for a little picture with Patrick Stewart. Oh My God! What am I saying? It was freaking AWESOME!!! I got to take a picture with the guy I grew up watching on TV. He was a role model to me. This person taught me to always follow orders, and to always remember the prime directive.

And what did I say when I saw Sir Patrick Stewart? Well, I totally geeked out and forgot what I was going to say-- Sir, thank you for being a great role model and everything you've done in film. Corny, I know, but it sounded great in my head hours leading to the photo op.

Instead, I said something like, "Thank you for everything you have done." Snap.


I could only imagine what he was thinking.

I hope he didn't hear me.

I do much better when I shake hands--we were directed to not shake his hands due to his arthritis. I've been telling myself this over and over again to give myself comfort.

Regardless of my goof, it was an awesome experience meeting the man who I've grown to admire and love. He is absolutely amazing and can't wait to spend a day on the couch and watch all the Star Trek TNG movies.

To be continued...


Friday, October 26, 2012

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Preggo Creeper

Yes, I went there.

Where exactly?

How about staring at a pregnant belly, while working out at the gym.

Okay, so in the past I had noticed a pregnant lady lifting weights at the gym. To be honest, this concerned me a bit. I was a bit uncomfortable.

"Should a pregnant woman be placing this much stress to her body?" I thought to myself.

Well, during this particular time, as I slowly opened my eyes from having them shut as I struggled to curl 50 pounds, my focus happened to be on the pregnant lady's belly. My focus quickly turned away towards the TV screens to my far left after my stare was caught by this mom-to-be.

It got worse.

While I moved on to another circuit machine, she happened to move to the machine in front of me. So my focus was again on her belly--all creeper-like. I moved on and attempted to keep my distance from her before she reported me.

After confessing my experience to the wife before she receives any call from the gym, I searched the web for answers to my concerns.

According to several website, weight training throughout all three trimesters can be beneficial for a mom-to-be. Weight training can help in labor duration and speedy recovery after delivery.

Pregnancy Fitness lists several exercises pregnant women should consider such as bicep exercise to increase upper body strength, kegel exercise that strengths the pelvic floor, and leg lifts and squats to work out the lower body.

Finally, offers exercise routine programs for moms-to-be to use, which includes weights, cardio, and yoga.

So, there you go. It's okay for a pregnant woman to be at the gym.



Saturday, October 20, 2012

F1 comes to Austin

Fernando Alonso - Ferrari
Photo by Ryosuke Yagi
I will be the first to admit that I knew absolutely nothing about racing until Cars came out in 2006. I recognized the different types of cars, but never knew that NASCAR was different from Formula 1.

I have less than a month to learn the ins-and-outs of F1 before Austin hosts the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on November 18, 2012 at the Circuit of the Americas.

To help, Austin Man Magazine has a great article for beginners to F1 racing, which can be read HERE.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Binders full of women"

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Terry Mosher (Aislin), The Montreal Gazette
After the Presidential debate, I was reminded of a funny but true personal story.

Before I met my wife, I tried all sorts of ways to meet girls. Yahoo provided personals. was fairly new, but offered girls who didn't fit my criteria--many were nerdy or obese.

Off HWY 183 (Research Blvd) in north Austin, at the Burnet exit, there was a dating service. After many failed dates, I decided to visit It's Just Lunch and give it a try.

I probably spent two hours speaking with a dating representative about what I was seeking in a woman. He video taped the whole interview. I was then given binders full of woman and shown their profiles. Many of them were not my type. A few did fit my criteria.

I remember selecting a few of them and watching their interviews. There were a couple that I could narrow down from that binder full of women. One was extremely attractive and smart. The other was perky and fun.

But before I could get some way of contacting them, I was given a pricing schedule, which was beyond what I could afford. How bad? I think it was about $500--it could have been more.

I told the dating representative that I couldn't make that payment. He said that the company took all sorts of credit cards. I stood up, got my stuff, and made my way out his office.

Good thing I did. A few months later, I met this extremely beautiful girl at the most unexpected time and situation. We've been together for almost 12 years.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Robot, Monster and General

One of my son's doodles.

c. 2012


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb Part 17


It's been a while since I've blogged about going to the gym. I still go. Unfortunately, the summer limited my gym-activity. Plus, my infected tooth limited how much I can lift and press and how long I could do cardio. 

So, how does one get back into fitness? This is a question performance coach Jill Sharp and personal trainer Margaret Polser addressed in an article I came across in the Summer/Fall issue of Moxie.

1. Change your routine
2. Download some new tunes
3. Find a partner
4. Change the scenery or get a new workout DVD
5. Set a goal
6. Get a personal trainer

You can read the complete article and list HERE.

Source: "Put the Fun Back in Fitness," Moxie Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012, Pg. 12

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy Birthday CARTOON NETWORK!!!


You're probably my age if you remember waking up at the wee hours of the morning during weekdays or stayed home on Sundays instead of going to church and watching cartoons on TBS.

After media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner acquired a huge library of MGM, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, to name a few, a cable network channel devoted to cartoons was launched on October 1, 1992.

via BlooMac

Monday, October 1, 2012

Watching a suicide on Fox News

Last Friday, while I was multitasking at work, my attention turn to a car chase Fox News was covering.

I've seen these types of chases before on the news and many times the event ends with the perpetrator surrendering to police. This one was different.

After about twenty minutes or so, the chase ended like nothing I have ever witnessed.

Let's back up. About an hour before this car chase, Fox News and other cable news channels were covering another car chase in California that ended with the guy dropping to his knees and surrendering to police. This is a common theme--the perp tries to out run the police and when the perp either hit a car or a barrier wall or run out of gas, he surrenders to police.

This was different and for a moment it felt like watching a movie. What perhaps made it almost surreal was listening to Shepard Smith narrating the events as it unfolded. At one point after he mentioned police might use spikes to slow him down, the driver went off the road and onto a dirt road.

Smith then speculated that perhaps the driver was listening to Fox News through an AM station. After a few more minutes, the vehicle stopped. Smith became nervous as the perpetrator exited the vehicle and began to run.

When the man stopped and lifted his gun, Smith yelled to the network producer to "Get off," but it was too late. The suicide was live on air.

I felt sick to my stomach after watching this event unveil. I couldn't stop thinking about how the guy just dropped straight forward after pulling the trigger--nothing like the movies.

Smith came back on air and profusely apologized for the gaff. Less than an hour later, The Daily News covered Fox News mistake. You can read the article at the link below: