It’s been about a year since my life started falling apart and people started dying and then my job at the time booted me out because I was out for 4 days dealing with funerals.
I’m happy to say that I am feeling a bit better. Normally I bounce back pretty fast, but shit just did not stop. First, I had something pretty bad that I don’t want to talk about happen last August. Then in November I lost 4 people in my life and my job. Then I had to pull my shit together super fast and make (Re)Generation Who happen under terribly stressful personal circumstances. I can still find bright spots under extreme stress.
Those tears you saw from us and our crew on stage during (Re)Generation Who closing ceremonies were real. Why?
Because we were all working in honor of our loved ones who had passed – most who would have been at the con. Should have been at the con. My friend’s widow came up to me and told me that I would have made him proud right before closing ceremonies. If you were in the audience you couldn’t have necessarily heard what was said – but that was why we were a few minutes late getting the final closing ceremony started.
Somehow we did it. Somehow we not only survived, but we raised the bar on what it’s like to run cons. Again. We did it. Under terrible personal stress – we did it.
I don’t know how I survived the last 12 months.
I thank all of my friends for having my back. I couldn’t have done it without you. Not only am I taking care of myself but I am also taking care of Harknell, who has suffered pretty badly with the loss of his Mom. My Mom is also in poor health and can no longer recognize me.
Collecting vinyl has been a big deal for us. Studying guitar has been huge for me. I practice for at least 30 minutes to 3 hours a day. These are true bright spots in an otherwise super busy life. I now have a new job that I like a lot.
I know I’m feeling a bit better because I had stopped doing kettlebell last August.
I just started doing that again today.
I hope to see some of you at Intervention in MD this year. I’ll be focusing on teaching some good classes and taking the time to really get to know some of you guys more. It’s in just over a month, so register now and I hope to see you there. :)
Harknell and I had the opportunity to go to visit Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, NJ this past weekend. This shop is a great vintage toy store with an extensive selection of vinyl records and CDs.
I am not originally from New Jersey so a lot of the local scene is still a mystery to me even though I have lived here for over 15 years. My life had been very busy during college and when I started working after college I had even less time. It’s only just about now that I have any ability to do anything in my home state.
Randy Now’s Man Cave is a can’t miss for anyone looking for a great selection of music and vintage toys. It’s not corporate in just the right amounts and run well in just the right amounts. I saw that everyone who came into the shop was legitimately welcomed. It really seemed like it was a center of culture for the area. We got the opportunity to talk to Randy on our way out and he was super friendly. I consider friendliness to be a huge deal in local shops because I like to shop local but I don’t like being treated like an asshole.
We spent at least 3 hours shopping in here and scored this gem on laserdisc:
I am now only missing the original Star Wars movie on laserdisc. These were the last releases before they re-edited the films.
We will be coming back here quite often. I highly recommend this shop to anyone into cool stuff. The selection of vinyl is wide with a good split between vintage and reissues. There’s a lot of random vintage stuff that you may not find at other vinyl shops.
Apologies that I do not have more photos – I didn’t want to photograph any customers who may not want to end up on this blog. :)
Well, I never exactly left. I’ve been posting here, posting daily on Facebook, and working hard on Intervention and (Re)Generation Who, but as I said in my previous post my iPhone camera was no longer doing the job. It made it hard to get good photographs of anything so it detracted from my ability to really show you things and write about them.
I just left a contract that was about to expire and took a huge promotion. My present for this new chapter in my career was a Sony RX100 IV digital camera so that I could more easily bring you better images of whats going on in my adventures. The photo in this post was just a quick snap with it over this past weekend.
I’ll post a personal update and a review of this camera as soon as I use it a bit more. So far it’s FABULOUS. It transfers images right to my iPhone via wifi so that I can put them on social media without any fuss.
What else is new? Oh yes! For anyone following me on Facebook, you already know that I am studying metal guitar and I am an avid vinyl collector. Music has always been a huge thing for me, I just never had the opportunity to do much with it until now.
You’ll be hearing a lot about this since here because when I am not reviewing haunted houses I am on a Vinyl Quest and having other bizarre adventures these days while I seek out cool stuff that doesn’t suck. I have a srs bznzz mission statement which you may have noticed in the new graphic up top, “CEO your life so it doesn’t suck. Geek out. Make art. Rock on.”
I basically believe in being the best at what I do and using that so that I can have as much fun finding weird shit as possible. I’ll be sharing that (as well as tips on how you can do some of the cool stuff that I do) here. I’m also teaching Marketing for bloggers and indie creatives at Intervention this August in MD, so get your butt to that if you’d like to learn some game-changing advice that you can apply to anything-even your day job career. Unlike a lot of people on the internet, I give it to you straight and will not set you up with unrealistic and unachievable expectations. I believe only in results.
In the meantime, I have about 8 blog posts that I need to start writing. :)