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Panama Cruise - 2019

I meant to write this post earlier, but now is better than never. The week before Thanksgiving I headed down to Florida with my parents for a cruise that we'd been planning for awhile. Arrived in the Miami airport then had to take a shuttle to Fort Lauderdale (which was the most iffy part of our journey, with our scheduled flight arrival we had roughly three hours to make it to the ship before it left, so we really hoped there were no flight delays... and thankfully, there weren't).

This Holland America cruise stopped at Halfmoon Cay, then Aruba, Curacao, Panama, and then Costa Rica. My father has been wanting to go to the Panama Canal for years so we finally made it happen.

Can't say much for Halfmoon Cay (private island owned by the cruise line) I remember stopping there a few years back on a different cruise, though this time we skipped the excursions and just enjoyed the beach. Was a very good idea to bring our own masks and snorkels, though not a lot to see.

Aruba as well do not have much to talk about, the ship arrived relatively late (around noon) and since this trip there weren't a lot of chances for swimming excursions I decided to do one here. Our boat took us near a beach area and then a sunken ship for snorkeling. Honestly, not that impressive compared to some of the other snorkeling trips I've been on - but this is the first time I've snorkeled around a sunken ship so that was different at least. Not a lot of time left on the island after we returned, I decided to walk around town for a little while just the same. Most stores at this point were closed, I did manage to find a small casino and spent a little time there.

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NY Comic Con 2019

Meant to make this post last weekend, but just as a recap I attended NYC Comic Con 2019 this past sunday. Got a late start in attending, job required being on a call in the morning... which wasn't completely awful since it meant I missed standing in line and I ultimately didn't stay until closing time so I think I pretty much got all I wanted out this year.

Convention... I don't know if it was just my state of mind or I've attended too many times, did not enjoy it as much I used to. And perhaps it was just because it was a sunday (usually known as the family day of the con, a lot of people with strollers) but didn't see as many costumes as I normally have - which meant fewer pictures (posted what I did take to facebook already).

Didn't buy much, bought a sketchbook from James Silvani (he's done a lot of Disney comics, including Darkwing Duck - a collection I bought I think last year or the year before when he attended). Also bought a cute comic Petals (saw this for sale during my weekly comic shopping at Midtown Comics earlier this year or late last year, glad I decided against picking it up at that time because I was able to get this copy autographed by the creator), and lastly just a bunch of older comics I bought on the cheap - some I may have already owned but I felt like getting something more this year and picked out some various issues I thought I might enjoy.

But what really stood out was running into mightyomnivore, haven't seen him in years (I think I last saw him was at another comic book event, MOCCANY, like... the better part of a decade back at least). Was walking past him and I looked at him like... is that Boomer? Luckily he recognized me and said something or I might have kept walking just thinking it weird I saw someone who looked familar :P
Chatted for a bit and caught up, he sounds like he's doing well but like a lot of the NY furs I used to know, have drifted their away and really don't interact with each other anymore.

So I'm feeling a bit jaded about the convention at this point, wondering if I should attend next year. I'll probably make an effort to attend again, at the very least it breaks up the routine and can have some surprises.
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Con-Roster Meme (October 11, 2019)

There was a gap of updating this list between 2013 and 2016 so... I might be missing some stuff, tried to update it as best as I could remember and am going to try and update this as I attend new conventions/years. Attendance can blur year over year which is why I'm trying to keep at least a somewhat accurate list :P

AnimeNext: 2003
Anthrocon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Chiller Theater: 2006
FA United: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
FurFright: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Furpocalypse: 2014, 2016, 2018
Further Confusion: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016
HELIOsphere: 2018
Horrorfind: 2003, 2004, 2005
I-Con: 2005
Lunacon: 2004, 2014
Mephit FurMeet: 2003, 2004
Midwest FurFest: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2013
NY ComicCon: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
PAX East: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, , 2019
Rock and Shock: 2011
Special Edition NYC: 2014, 2015
What The Fur: 2011

FEDGE: 2005
Furryball: 2009
Furry Picnic: 2019
FoxMAS: 2008, 2010, 2016
MoCCA: 2003(?), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Pandaguy Picnic: 2004
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Show status

Television shows - Last Season Watched
??? = Either reminder of show I'm interested in seeing or don't have a season completed yet
This is more of a note to myself, mostly shows I've been purchasing or borrowing from the library.

Agents of SHIELD - season 1
American Horror Story - season 7
Angry Birds Toons - season1/volume 1
Archer - season 9
Arrow - season 6

Better Call Saul - season 4
Better Off Ted - season 2 / complete
Big Bang Theory - season 11
Black Dynamite - season 1
Boardwalk Empire - season 5 / complete
Bob's Burgers - season 4
Bojack Horseman - ???
Bored to Death - season 3 / complete
Breaking Bad - season 5 / complete
Bump in the Night - season 2 / complete
Burn Notice - ???

Castle - ???
Community - season 6 / complete

Desperate Housewives - season 1
Dexter - season 1

Fear the Walking Dead - season 4
Flash, The - season 4
Fresh Off the Boat - season 4 (missed season 3)

Game of Thrones - season 7
Gotham - season 5 / complete
Gravity Falls - ???

House of Cards - season 6 / complete
How I Met Your Mother - ???

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - season 12
iZombie - season 3

Justified - season 6 / complete

Larry Sanders Show, The - season 6 / complete
League, The - season 7 / complete
Lilyhammer - season 1
Limitless - season 1 / complete

Middleman, The - season 1 / complete
Mike Tyson Mysteries - season 1
Modern Family - season 9
Monk - ???

Once Upon a Time - season 7 / complete
Orange is the New Black - season 4
Over the Garden Wall - season 1 / complete

Parks and Recreation - season 7 / complete
Penny Dreadful - season 3 / complete
Portlandia - season 8 / complete
Psych - season 1

Rick and Morty - season 3

Samurai Jack: season 5 / complete
Silicon Valley - season 4
Sons of Anarchy- season 7 / complete
Sopranos, The - season 1
Space Dandy - season 2 / complete
Super Mansion - season 1
Superstore - season 2

Teen Titans Go! - ???
Terror, The - season 1
Titans - season 1
True Blood - season 7 / complete
Turbo Fast - season 1
Tyrant - season 1

Veep - season 6
Venture Brothers, The - season 7
Vice Principals - season 2 / complete

Walking Dead, The - season 8
Wayward Pines - season 1
We Bare Bears - ???
White Collar - season 6 / complete
Workaholics - season 7 / complete
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Repairman Jack

Back in 2016 I felt a craving to read a horror story taking place in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. I did a bit of a search and one anthology caught my eye: The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson. I hadn't read this author before, though I did find myself enjoying the stories. Then I got to one of the stories which came with a forward mentioning that the character in the next story was someone a lot of his fans had pleaded for more stories of, so the author wrote a short story... and then found himself writing a whole series with the character as the protagonist. I read the short story and it definitely peaked my interest, I was curious to read more. I found that the character originally appeared in book two of the author's grand series (The Adversary Cycle) and his fate was kinda up in the air by the end of that book but because of his popularity he was brought back and had his own series which ended up paralleling the final three years of The Adversary Cycle. And I don't know how much the final book of that series (Nightworld) was revised to accommodate that change but wiki says it was "heavily revised" in the 2012 edition.
Just to give you an idea, the first book with the Repairman Jack was in 1984, then the short story where he reappeared was in 1998 - however the final book in the Adversary Cycle (where Jack appears as one of the major characters) was written in 1992... so I'm kinda curious what differences the two versions have.

Anyways I had found myself a new book series to read - The Repairman Jack series, and book fifteen ends just a few months before the events of Nightworld; on my commute home from work today I finally finished book fifteen - The Dark at the End. Now I just need to go back and finish the final four books of The Adversary Cycle (I ended up reading Jack's first book/AC's second book The Tomb, then completed the first book in the Adversary Cycle titled The Keep - which takes place about sixty years before Jack's story)... this may be a little tougher series to complete because the library I've been using doesn't seem to have any copies of the remaining books in the series.

Definitely recommend this series - it's sorta a hodge-podge of mystery, fantasy, and scifi with an increasing horror element that takes more center stage as the final book approaches. The main character is someone who will grow on you, a mercenary who uses brains and brawn. I haven't read the series outside one of the short stories but I've gotten the sense it's a little bit like the Dark Tower series from Stephen King.
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Furry Picnic 2019

Attended the Furry Picnic this past weekend with happypup, Parker, and Soron. First time I've been able to attend, looks like it's the sixth year this event has happened. Was a lot of fun and tasty food; also managed to chat with coyoty while there.
Day before I stopped by the CT Diner Meet, I think the last time I attended was the year before... and the time before that was, I think after seeing Iron Man 2? ^.^;;;

Wandered around the park after filling up on food, lots of nice gardens of different styles. Also managed to wander around the small aviary they had there. Hopefully I'll be able to attend again next year though might have to skip it, this was the same weekend as my college reunion - this year was an off year so it was an easy decision to side with attending the event where I'd catch up with friends I haven't seen in awhile. However next year will be a milestone, twenty-year reunion so I'll likely attend that if the weekends overlap again; I haven't been to my college since my fifteen year, there is also some family from my dad's side that lives in that area that I've visited in the past so gotta go with that hopefully next year.

On drive home I decided to take a detour and visit a brewery that a friend recommended in New Paltz, the Gilded Otter. Had a couple of their local beers, was tasty; I plan to revisit that place again when I'm not fully so I can also try their menu ;)
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PAX East / MoCCA Fest 2019

Thought I’d jot down a quick entry for both these conventions.

Attended Pax this past weekend, another year of seeing a large selection of games. I haven't been playing board games too often these days but did manage to pick up a couple (Trash Pandas and a battle game involving samurai - though the name escapes me at the moment). Met up with banditkir and his friend, grabbed lunch at a nearby restaurant and caught up a bit; later met for drinks and dinner after the convention. Played a number of indie games, including Feral Frontier which is something I've been following on twitter for awhile.
Because I didn't know my schedule in advance for this weekend, when I bought the tickets for PAX back in November I decided to go for both Saturday and Sunday - in hindsight was a bit of a mistake. Because of quarter close at my job I couldn't take monday off so I decided to leave early on sunday, and I had mostly seen everything that interested me in general anyways. I did manage to play Brawhalla, they had it set up so challengers could face one of the creators. Guy was an excellent player, he barely got any losses against all challengers. I had played this game once before at the previous year's PAX so I knew I wasn't going to beat him but tried anyways, as a goof I decided to play Rayman with the demonic skin, he played the frog guy from that same game with a similar skin. It was mostly me smashing buttons but I did manage to knock him out once which entitled me to win a pin. That was pretty much the highlight for sunday, ended up leaving hours early so I could make it back to NY for another grueling week at work.

The following weekend I attended MOCCA Fest, an indie comic book festival. Ran into mister_f who I haven't seen in a long time and chatted for a bit. Nothing really stuck out for me comic book wise but I found myself doing my usual thing of not seeing anything at all that I wanted the first go around but then picking up a number of books the second time walking around both floors. I've been pretty much burned out on the mainstream comics these days, always looking for something new that clicks with me. As mentioned there was nothing that really sparked joy-joy feelings but I did pick up some books that looked interesting enough. I neglected to list the pick-ups the past year or so but have them set aside as I write this post so I don't do that again this year ;)
Of the stuff I picked up, A Lone Deer At the End of the World (very little dialogue but pretty art, a deer walking around an dilapidated but futuristic mall after the end), Above the Timberline (great looking book, what caught my eye was the creator was there so I saw decided to pick up a copy and get it autographed. It's mostly a novel with illustrations on most pages, makes me think of a cross of Dinotopia and the Golden Compass). Vincent Book One - Guide to Love, Magic and RPG (cute book with anthro characters, I think the author described it as sorta 'How I Met Your Mother' type storyline, I haven't gone through it yet to confirm or not). The Circus (short comic about a circus that uses people transformed into animals). Also bought a 2018 special issue release of Regular Show, couldn't remember if I had already owned it or not. And lastly, bought some stickers and birthday cards I'll probably use for upcoming birthdays of friends and family. Because I didn't see a whole lot to buy I decided not to return for a second day, that and the entrance fee this year seemed like it had increased from last year.
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I've begun creating my 2019 list of books read, adding the eleventh book of the Repairman Jack series to it - getting close to finishing that series (assuming my library carries all the remaining books). But it got my curious about all the other unfinished book series that I've begun so I went back through my yearly lists of books read. Funny thing is I started keeping track of which books I've read over the year about ten years ago - my first list beginning in 2009.

Quite a few series I can spot along the years where I have unfinished business... I think the Dexter series stands out the most but there's also some like the Mollisan Town Quartet and the Grimm trilogy where I'm just one book shy of finishing their respective series. Still haven't gotten around to reading This Book is Fully of Spiders, which is the sequel to John Dies at the End. The Star Wars Republic Commando series I think I only got tow or three books in, I remember enjoying it... must've gotten sidetracked. The Bas-Lag trilogy I only got one book in, it was weird but great though the other two I think are less direct sequels and more set in the same world. And the Alvin Maker series was off to a great start... just I never followed up finding the second book. I'd almost forgotten about the Anonymous Rex trilogy (only got one book into that as well). There are probably a few more I didn't name... and that's only going by the lists of books I started to keep track of, who knows what series I started prior to that that I've completely forgotten about - not to mention stuff that is currently ongoing (such as the Destroyermen and the Caeli-Amur series) ^.^;;;

I guess this post is more a reminder to me that I have a lot of reading left to do.
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Year in Review: 2018

Once again, Happy New Year! ... And now for one last look to this year passed :)

I'm keeping the format from the previous review, so if it looks a little deja-vu - it's because I'm overwriting the old stuff with updates.

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So there's my year in summary, sucks I know... I kinda half-assed this one but I may want to a sketchy outline of what was going on in my life someday to look back on ;)

Hope everyone else had better 2018's... and hopefully all of us have a better 2019.

One last thing, resolutions!
So off the top of my head I didn't really accomplish anything. However I did put together a photo album which I gave to my parents, added it to the pictures displayed during their Christms Party. Not the usual type of album thing, more of a standing photo album, it took something like sixty photos so I'm still gonna count this as a completed resolution!

For this new year... let's just say the usual: lose weight, exercise more, write more, travel more, etc. And make at least a passing attempt to getting a bucket list item done (like skydiving or a really awesome trip or something...). Keep it simple and vague and you have a better shot of doing something which qualifies as a win I'd say ;)
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Books 2018

1. The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack book 6) by F. Paul Wilson
2. Backbeard: Pirate for Hire by Matthew McElligott
3. Night Animals by Gianna Marino
4. Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
5. Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
6. Strange Objects by Gary Crew
7. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
8. Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley
9. Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner
10. Gateways (Repairman Jack book 7) by F. Paul Wilson
11. More Bloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz
12. Night Visions: 6 edited by Paul Mikol
13. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain
14. Zootopia Read Along adapted by Vickie Saxxon
15. Doctor De Soto by William Steig
16. The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Clifford Stoll
17. Crisscross (Repairman Jack book 8) by F. Paul Wilson
18. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
19. River of Bones (Destroyermen book 13) by Taylor Anderson
20. Infernal (Repairman Jack book 9) by F. Paul Wilson
21. Harbingers (Repairman Jack book 10) by F. Paul Wilson
22. Fox 8 by George Saunders