Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sausage Fest!

While in Indianapolis for Gen Con, I picked up a local entertainment magazine to get a handle on the events going on downtown. One of the things I noticed was a Sausage Fest at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

It was nice to know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any women there.


Well, At Least They're Honest.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I Joined The Cast Of The Halleluja Girls

I was pleasant surprised to hear from the director of a local production of "The Halleluja Girls" telling me that I had gotten the part of Bobby Dwayne. "The Halleluja Girls" is a bright little comedy set in Georgia. It tells the tale of a group of feisty females who shake up their lives. Hilarity ensues when Sugar Lee's old high school flame, Bobby Dwayne, shows up to help the ladies turn an abandoned church into a spa. And Sugar Lee's arch rival is detarmined to steal the spa away for herself.

The play, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten reads like an episode of The Golden Girls yet skewed a little younger. It's a pretty funny script and I'm thrilled to have some great one liners to deliver. There are a lot of challenges ahead for me with this production. The production company is one that I had not been involved with before. This means that I'll be interacting with a somewhat unfamiliar cast of actors. I will also be acting in front of larger audiences It will, however, be a quite welcome change to do pure comedy for once.

Rehearsals start next week, but, looking at the script, I'm already saying "Halleluja!".

Friday, August 24, 2012

Vipre Antivirus

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I first encountered the folks from Vipre Antivirus at a Microsoft Tech Ed event several years ago. I had always thought that they had an interesting, innovative product, but had thought they ony marketed to corporate clients. It turns out, that's not the case, as I had recently had the opportunity to test out Vipre Antivirus on my home PC.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to install. It's a smooth, quick, no-fuss installation which is quite a welcome change from other packages I've used in the past such as McAfee and Symantec.
A Quick And Easy Install!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scottish Rite Cathedral

We took a break from out GenCon activities over the weekend to take a tour of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is a historic building designed by architect George F. Schreiber and was constructed between 1927 and 1929. The Cathedral is one of the largest Masonic buildings, and is considered by many as the finest example of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United States. It is also the most popular historic building in Indianapolis. Check out some of the pictures below.

Monday, August 20, 2012

GenCon 2012 Pictures

Yet another GenCon has come and gone and yet another good time was had by everyone in my group. We only had a trio this year, but we still managed to have a lot of fun and accomplish a lot.

One of the best things about GenCon, aside from the non-stop gaming is the costumes that certain gamers wear throughout the convention. Have a look at the slideshow below and see what they came up with this year.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

GenCon 2012

Greetings from GenCon 2012!

Jason and Gene roused me out of my sick bed late last night to head to GenCon 2012 in Indianapolis. We had planned to have a few great days running around the convention center and causing havoc amidst the Indianapolis nightlife, so my health issues would have to take a backseat to the plans we had made.

The first thing I did was film a an effects-laden video starring myself as a Tony Stark type figure imbued with a glowing arc reactor and repulsor blasts. In only five takes, we had the sequence down. Now, we just have to wait a week or two for the effects to process.

Most of today was spent walking around with the three of us dressed up as Star Trek characters. Jason went as Kirk, I was Spock and Gene was Scotty. It was a lot of fun being approached by various con-attendees and being asked to pose for pictures with them. I felt like more of a celebrity than usual. Just before leaving the con for the evening, Jason and I played a few rounds of Dance Dance Revolution as Kirk and Spock, much to the delight of various onlookers. It was murder on my knees, though.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wal-Mart Masks

I've developed the habit of haunting the toy aisle of my local Wal-Mart whenever I have my daughter with me. It's a nice distraction in the middle of grocery shopping and we usually make a toy aisle run just before shopping for cold and frozen stuff. For some reason, I started taking pictures of myself wearing various superhero or cartoon masks that Wal-Mart sells. Here's a compilation of them:


Monday, August 13, 2012

Grand Canyon University Calls

Clovis has been looking for a Christian University to attend, so he was incredibly happy a when Grand Canyon University called. Some of the things Clovis did:
  • Told the rep that he wants to be an exorcist
  • Said he can "get anything you want" for $50 when asked if he had a high school diploma
  • Insisted he was born in America when asked if he was a Native American
  • When asked if he was an Indian, replied "Would that be dot or feather?"

Friday, August 10, 2012

Oops! Wrong Turn!

I stopped at a Starbuck's for an iced caramel frappucino last week. Those things are basically liquid desserts. Anyway, the location I stopped at was unique in that it was raised a good six feet above the adjacent parking lot. Drive-through customers had to curve to the left after getting their order, yet the forward view is obstructed by hedges, so drives cannot see out into the street.

When I got there, a woman had misunderstood everything and tried driving off directly to the right rather than the left. This made her wedge her car on the curb between the two parking lots. They had to temporarily close the drive-through while the woman and her husband and some onlookers pushed the car back.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pushing Up Against The Big 40.

"I'm one year away from a prostate exam."

That's what I thought when I woke up Monday morning. My birthday. I'm 39 years old now. I didn't like having the spotlight focused on me when I was not in control of the situation, so I stopped having birthday parties when I was 10. In my later adult years, event went so far as to remove my birthday from a company intranet database so that it would not ever be displayed in the "upcoming birthdays" portal. I didn't want the acknowledgement from co-workers, worse, I didn't want to be surprised with a small party or something similar. It would just make me too uncomfortable.

I've been slowly changing my attitude about this whole birthday thing over the past few years. The previous two years boasted epic out-of-town birthday celebrations. This year was no exception, although I spent it in town. There was birthday cake, presents, and, most importantly, celebratory drinks among several close friends. I even went so far as to allow Facebook to show my birthday and I was thrilled to received kudos from old friends. The most unexpected birthday wish came from the guy that I bought my Mustang convertible from. He sent a card that said "Happy Birthday! I didn't think that when you bought the convertible that you could have the top down EVERY day". And it felt good to cruise around on my birthday with the top down and the music up.

My mother remarked to me that this sort of open acknowledgement of my birthday and celebratory reverie is extremely out-of-character for me. "What's that all about?", she asked.

"Progress", I said. For, despite my age, I feel like I'm still growing up. I have a lot more to learn and experience. I have a lot of living to do and I'm not planning on growing up just yet. Maybe next year.

Monday, August 6, 2012

American Intercontinental University Online

The fine folks at American Intercontinental University Online called me recently looking for Clovis. I purposely misunderstood the name as American Incontinental University and pretended to be happy that someone was going to teach me how to handle my bladder's low shutter speed. The rep tried several times to end the conversation after that, but I managed to keep him on the phone for another two minutes talking about Clovis' bowel and bladder difficulties.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Foxy!

Early last week, I stepped out onto my porch to let my dogs out and noticed two foxes sitting on my lawn staring at me. When I say "fox", I'm not talking about the Megan variety, I mean I saw two Vulpes vulpeses, or, as they are more commonly known: red foxes. I wasn't completely surprised, as I had been seeing indications of their handiwork for the past month. The neighborhood had been attracting the attention of some turkey vultures due to a sudden increase in the number of rabbit carcasses. I knew SOMETHING was keeping the rabbit population down and I had heard some more distant neighbors mention fleeting sightings of foxes, but that didn't prepare me for seeing two of them on my lawn.

And these foxes are quite large. I would have expected to see a pair of ankle-biters, but the foxes I saw would easily measure up to my knees. The pair of them stared at me possibly expecting me to throw them some scraps of food. It wasn't until my dogs barked at them that they sprinted off of my lawn and into a ditch two houses over.

Red foxes are increasingly found in populated areas mainly due to the availability of food. It even appears that these urban foxes are evolving away from their rural counterparts to develop a taste for man-made food, an awareness of busy streets and a reduced fear of humans. I'm also told that it somehow results in urban foxes growing larger than rural ones.

I managed to snap a somewhat blurry picture of one of the foxes last night. So far, they haven't been a disruption and have been quite the curious spectacle in the neighborhood.