Thursday, August 25, 2016

Post 13.1 miles and a game store

Alright. School is back in session and afternoons in our house are chaotic with  all  the drop-offs and pick-ups from various afterschool activities.

A quick recap of our trip to Michigan.


Saturday we chilled out in Cadillac, Michigan. Sunday we hiked a ½ marathon. It was a race to everybody else.

We had great weather we felt great. The trail was fun and optically pleasing. We finished way under the time we thought we would finish. I actually passed ten people by just walking at a descent clip. Hell, I even placed in the to four in my age group with our time. Never thought that would happen.


My trusty hiking hat and the giant ass medal everyone gets for running/walking these things.
I guess big medals are a running/walking a long distance reward type thing?

Plus, there is a nice little after race party. When you finish they have a ton of food, drink and even beer. It is a nice gesture and after 3 hours of hiking one tends create an appetite.

It was a damn fine experience.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Monthly book roundup

A quick hit of the books I read this month.

Arthas : Rise of the Lich King

Well diving back into fantasy I grabbed this little novel. Feels like a 100 years now since I originally played the Lich King/Northrend expansion on World of Warcraft. Looking back I should have read this before playing it. It would have made the events, story, missions and dungeons make a ton more sense to me.

The story of the rise and fall of Arthas Menethil is damn descent. There is a bit about Thrall and the orcs. It touches on the blood elves. There is Sylvanas and the undead. The whole lot about the whys, whats and hows of Northrend. It was a damn fun read!

I would say a must read for any fan of the MMORPG.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bleeding Corwns and 13.3 miles

Last night Volbeat played our local state fair. Why? I have no idea but I'm damn glad they did!
Sure we had to suffer through Black Wizard and Killswitch Engage, but it was worth the wait.
Seriously? Black Wizard? Who are they?

A sweet near full moon over the concert last night.
Made it look pretty sweet.

 Their set list was tight. 
They didn't chat and pander they just played a bunch of awesome music.
The beer was practically water and went down way too easy.
There were no ass hats around us.
It all made for a damn good show.


 Now I am packing for our three day weekend in Michigan.
 I was coaxed into a half marathon this weekend. 
We were up here last year cheering on my lady's brother and sister-in-law.
We talked about it then and it slowly came to pass that we would come back and do this.
I'm not super pumped about it today, but hopefully by Saturday I will be?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Preacher season 1...

.....or the comic book translation continues to disappoint this week.

Well after some time I finally finished watching AMC’s version of Preacher. You know the tale of a holy man who lost his faith and then gets invaded by the offspring of a demon/angel baby; thus giving him the “Word of God.” Throw in his ex-girlfriend, and Irish vampire, a patron Saint of Killers. A clandestine organization set on starting the apocalypse. Then sprinkle in a ton of quirky characters. Have the preacher searching for God to get answers to his questions (which is the main plot of this sorted tale)  and a side story where the preacher becomes a local cop.

No before I started watching the show I pushed through the comic book series again. It was a favorite of mine in the late 90’s-early 2000. It was irreverent, depraved, bigoted, racy, uber violent, blasphemous, at times wildly ridiculous, and bizarre. So yeah, I loved everything about it.

Now after a reread, it is still descent, but it hasn’t aged well. It is a very late 90’s comic. Most of those don’t hold up very well, yet I’ve heard the Authority does…..

However, even though it is not as awesome as I remember it (due my aging and adulthood nonsense) it is still a good series and worth a read if you have then chance.

Now the T.V. show is a completely different animal than the comic. It was said that the source material was going to be deviated from. Well duh. There is a ton of stuff in there that no network, sans HBO, would want. This was already done with The Walking Dead and I was ok with it until season 6. I could accept the changes they would make to the Preacher comic. Right?

Well I was wrong.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Suicide Squad .... facepalm

The posters should have told me what to expect.

Heavy sigh.

Suicide Squad.

Where to start?

Alright for the 7 people unaware of the idea of this film.

Suicide Squad is a movie about a group of DC lesser villains who are rounded up by the government to do black ops missions. They are controlled with a bomb in their neck so they "behave." This is thrown together by a secret agency, Argus, run by Amanda Waller.

Now there is an ancient being opens a portal thing in a city. The military can't stop it. So, send in some lesser villains to stop her.


I'll say this first. I wanted this movie to be good. I had what people call hope.


Well it looked like Dirty Dozen meets Escape From New York with a team of comic book bad guys. This sounded great on paper. Why wouldn't it? All that sounds awesome! Two movies that I love. A great concept.

How did they screw this up? 

Slipknot's face says all you need to know about this movie.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Gen Con 2016 final thoughts....

Hannah in her full Harley Quinn outfit.
Even had Harley Quinn Chucks!
I have taught her well!

Well Gen Con 2016 is over and I have once again shared what I did with anyone willing to look.

My final rando thoughts on the weekend………..

As we left Indiana last Sunday I realized that I completely forgot to check out the painting competition. That is the first time in the dozen plus years I have gone that I didn’t look at all the stuff people painted. My second Gen Con regret this year!

I heard they were expanding the convention floor and if they did then it worked. That or attendance was down from the last couple of years. It just didn’t seem as cramped on Saturday as years prior. Actually for us, Friday felt more crammed than Saturday. That never happens.

Once again Wizards o’ the Coast ditches the show. It is still so wrong to not have a big D&D presence on the convention floor. Looks like they only care about the West Coast now. Guess we boring fly-over states aren’t worth the hassle. Just frustrating.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gen Con 2016 people pics

Well not as many people shots as years prior, but here are a few that stood out for one reason or another.

Lego Superman?

Gotta love a wookie!
Especially a large costume wookie with movie sound effects.