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Posted:Jul 18, 2018 5:04 pm
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2018 7:41 pm
One of the things I do in my spare time, besides comics and sci-fi is I like to paint. I paint because my children ask me for something. I paint for gifts. I paint to decorate my house, and I paint to say something.

For instance my youngest wanted Batman so I made him these

Iron Fist is my favorite Comic book Character and I needed something to go with my POP

The Darkside of my bedroom needed some art

The tree turning to birds, and dragon breathing the phoenix have specific meanings

And of course every Jedi master must display the teachings

These are a few of my works. Maybe I'll share more at a later date.

What do you think?
User names
Posted:Jul 17, 2018 2:42 pm
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2018 1:51 am

I have looked at a bunch of user names on this site. Some are pretty straight forward. Others seem like great puzzles or mysteries to try and figure out.

Mine is pretty simple. 18 because I signed up this . jwr are my initials. If you want to know ask (if you are nice I may tell you lol). Stork is my nickname I have had for more than I care to announce . It was high school, I played basketball all the time. I only six foot two inch+ but I have a good reach (and back then could jump). My friends and I were playing a pick-up game and Martinez drove the lane on me. I blocked the shot. A little while longer and he came at me again, in which I blocked his shot. On his fourth or fifth attempt at driving the lane on me, in which I blocked his shot, in frustration he yelled out you F-in Stork boy. As you can see I have been the Stork ever since.

How did you come up with your name?
This past weekend
Posted:Jul 16, 2018 11:23 am
Last Updated:Jul 16, 2018 2:54 pm

So on Saturday went out with some guys for a bachelor's party. Basically the six of us did some pregame drinking, went to eat and then a bar crawl. After eating at the Winking Lizard we walked down to 16-bit bar + arcade. What a nerds dream. The drinks were a little high, but all the arcade games are "free if drinking". Plus they had tv's surrounding the walls, each with something different on them. The tribe of course on one, Coyote Ugly, Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and stuff like that. Lots of 80's themed things around (drink names etc) and the music playing was a blast from my youth. Of course the biggest draw was the arcade games. Nothing like having a drink while playing Rampage and Q bert. It was great. Played some Marvel, Empire Strikes Back, and got my arse handed to me in Mortal Combat. Even played a couple rounds of Tron. After that we went to the Side Quest. Again a nerds dream. With drinks like the Blue Milk, Blue Sonic Screwdriver, Butter Beer, and so on. Plus they have a wall of board games to play. So lots of nerdvana going on. Anyway was geeking out to much to try and pick any ladies up, so I went home alone. But definitely still had a good time.
Great Memories
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 1:12 pm
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2018 7:13 pm
When I was 5 or 6 my father bought me a Coleco Pac Man for my birthday. I thought it was great. Although the first month or so I owned it I didn't get to play it. My father and uncle kept playing each other break the others high record. I remember when I got it back I beat my dads top score within two days. Consequently I "lost" it again for another couple months why they tried to beat me lol.

I had that game well into my teenage years. The second joystick quit working. The top broke off, which I had to glue on to see the game. Such great joy that little game gave me. I found one on Ebay (that worked) in a price range I was willing to pay about a year ago. Once I got it, I called the old man and we laughed for hours on the phone about those memories.

Friday the 13th
Posted:Jul 13, 2018 7:11 am
Last Updated:Jul 13, 2018 12:56 pm

For the superstitious Friday the 13th means doom and gloom. Regardless what you believe I hope you have a save and good day

Here is some thoughts put together on Executive Gay Dating & about the day.

"The phobia, known as friggatriskaidekaphobia, is not uncommon. The word comes from Frigga, the name of the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named, and triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number thirteen. It is also sometimes called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek Paraskevi for Friday, Dekatreis for thirteen and phobia for fear.

The origin of fears surrounding Friday the 13th is unclear. There is reportedly no written evidence of Friday the 13th superstition before the 19th century, but superstitions surrounding the number 13 date back to at least 1700 BC.

In the ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi, dating to about 1772 BC, the number 13 is omitted in the list of laws.

There has also been a longstanding myth that if 13 people dine together, one will die within a year. The myth comes from both the Last Supper, when Jesus dined with the 12 Apostles prior to his death, and a popular Norse myth, in which 11 close friends of the god Odin dine together only to have the 12-person party crashed by a 13th person, Loki, the god of evil and turmoil.

In fact, the number 13 has been considered cursed across the world for thousands of years. The number 12 is historically considered the number of completeness, while its older cousin, 13, has been seen as an outlier. There are 12 months of the year, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, 12 Descendants of Muhammad Imams, among many incidences of the pattern historically.

Thirteen is so disliked that many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue, many high-rise buildings avoid having a 13th floor, some hospitals avoid labeling rooms with the number 13 and many airports will not have a gate 13.

Friday has also long been considered an unlucky day. One theory hypothesizes that Friday has been considered unlucky because Jesus was crucified on a Friday according to Christian Scripture and tradition. Another states that the superstition regarding Friday comes from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, published in the 14th century, where Friday is considered a day of misfortune and ill luck. In numerous publications in the 17th century, Friday the 13th was outlined as an unlucky day to take a trip, to begin a new project or to have a major life change (such as a birth, a marriage, among other events).

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, author of Thirteen: the story of the world's most popular superstition, however, suggests in his book that because references to Friday the 13th were nonexistent before 1907, the popularity of the superstition must come from the publication of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel, Friday, the Thirteenth. In the novel, a stock broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on Friday the 13th.

Wall Street has fostered a fear of Friday the 13th for decades. In Oct. 13, 1989, Wall Street saw, what was at the time, the second largest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in history. The day was nicknamed the Friday-the-13th mini-crash.

Friday the 13th was also discussed in the popular 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code. In the book, a connection is drawn between the slaughtering of the Knights Templar by the Church and Friday the 13th. Historically, the arrest of Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, did occur on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, however the association between Friday the 13th and bad luck is thought to be a modern interpretation of the event.

Whether there is any merit to the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th will remain uncertain, but that will not stop millions of people across the world from worrying about the unlucky day.

There are a number of popular myths and superstitions surrounding the day, most famously:

If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.
If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.
Do not start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune.
If you break a mirror on Friday the 13th, you will have seven years of bad luck.
A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.
Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.
If you walk under a ladder or if a black cat crosses you on Friday the 13th, you will have bad luck."
Saturday Mornings
Posted:Jul 12, 2018 1:07 pm
Last Updated:Jul 12, 2018 5:39 pm

I was recently reading a good comic book, and in the middle was an advertisement for Saturday Morning cartoons. It got me thinking about the world today. My kids will never have that joy or 8 to noon on Saturday's watching cartoons in your PJ's with a bowl of cereal. In between the commercials would be School House Rock, or the more you know. McDonald's with all the characters or toys you wanted or other breakfast foods etc... Now yes I know that they can go to youtube and see them, or go to HULU, Netflix, Amazon or whatever and see whatever cartoon they want when they want to. However, isn't the constant and instant gratification part of the problem now a days?

Don't get me wrong, when a Marvel show comes out on Netflix I'll binge it till its over. In fact I binge a lot of TV, waiting the week sometimes feels like torture. However I miss the fun and excitement of Saturday Mornings. Hell I miss Sunday mornings. Everyone else went to church, but I stayed home with the man watching Johnny Quest and Superman.

I know the joy is still attainable. For awhile MeTV aired the 60's Batman and Star Trek back to back on Saturday nights. My dynamic duo and I would watch it together before they went to bed. They couldn't wait each week. When Batman would start they would run around acting out the intro.

So to the tv stations, stop with the news that doesn't matter, or the things you call entertainment and bring back Saturday Morning Cartoons!!!
Here is a question for everyone?
Posted:Jul 11, 2018 9:06 am
Last Updated:Jul 12, 2018 7:02 am

a married man. My wife and I are have an open/poly relationship. very upfront about it (as my heading suggests) I figure it is best to be honest always, and this is no different. We also have four children that live at home. My wife has two partners her self, and she LARP's. I work a job where essentially alone all day everyday from 9:30 to 6. So meeting people at work is not really an option. With my wife being gone half of most weekends in a month (some more) with the kids. This leaves little time to go "out and about" to meet people.

All of these reasons have left me to resort to the online scene. Now I've tried many different sites, and apps, this one being the latest. I've had no success with any of them so far. I would describe myself as a decent enough looking individual, intelligent, pretty fun to hang out with, normal fun type person lol.

What looking for is essential a friend or friends. I want someone to talk to, chat with, hang out with on occasion, have a good time with etc. If it turns into a with benefits things great. If it turns into a partnership outstanding. Don't get me wrong, not opposed to having sex with someone right away if there is an attraction or what not. I just prefer to get to know the person a little and have a mutual understanding of life. Sex can be so much more when there is that connection.

My question is I going about it all wrong? Does the word open make woman think I just want a quick no strings sex and move on? Should I wait to mention married? Not wear my ring when I go out? These are questions that plague . If I get the chance to talk to someone, and explain the situation I think it may be easier to accept then just reading open/poly.

I also understand that not everyone is into that lifestyle. But there are enough out there, that I shouldn't be completely ignored. I don't know. What do you think?
Wish you were here
Posted:Jul 9, 2018 2:24 pm
Last Updated:Jul 9, 2018 2:27 pm

One of the greatest songs of all time, and Pink Floyd's best one. In fact even though Dark Side of the Moon or the Wall are probably their best known, Wish you were here is one of the best albums of all time. When you listen to the album and know the history you cannot help but appreciate every aspect of it. Shine on your Crazy Diamond written about Syd Barrett, Have a Cigar about all the BS that labels give new bands (even asking which one is Pink), Welcome to the Machine about how label use the bands and squeeze everything out, Wish you were here about how people cope with life. This album from start to finish has so much meaning you get lost in it.

For me this album is only slightly better than Fleetwood Mac's Rumors (another great story) Lyrically, musically emotionally these are the types of albums that I cannot get enough of.

I love good Music stories, how bands were named, story's behind songs, albums etc. How about you?
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Lazy Sunday Binge
Posted:Jul 8, 2018 7:23 am
Last Updated:Jul 8, 2018 2:03 pm

Yesterday I watched the 1981 BBC TV series of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Only six episodes long, but oh what a great campy show. It was outstanding in every way possible. If you have never watched it, DO IT, you'll thank me later Such great classic sci-fi and British to boot. So now I've got a day of Classic Who in store. I need more of that campy sci-fi.

Of course before I start that binge, I have just a couple of modern who to watch, because David Tennant is still my favorite Doctor. Are you a who fan? Do you have a favorite? Let's chat about it.
Overly excited and giddy
Posted:Jul 6, 2018 6:30 am
Last Updated:Jul 6, 2018 4:09 pm

As a big comic nerd (especially in what I collect) overly excited that I finally was able to purchase one of my unicorns last night. Iron Fist #14 has eluded for a long time. 1. because the cost B. because when I found one in a price range I was willing to I would get sniped on ebay lol. Of course this is a coverless copy, but I don't care. a reader in my collections. Besides it completely finishes my Iron Fist run. Now I have Marvel Premiere 15-25 and once this shows up Iron Fist 1-15. Put that with my Power Man 48 & 49 and Power Man & Iron Fist 50-125 I have the complete run of Iron Fist from his first appearance on. I even have the team-up books with him to fill in the story gaps. So yes overly giddy.

Why would #14 be so hard to get? Well since Netflix did an Iron Fist show all the books went up. Plus this book is the first appearance of Sabertooth. Yes the traditionally X-Men villain was first introduced with Iron Fist. My Nerdy Heart is so overjoyed right now...
Something to think about in today's world
Posted:Jul 4, 2018 7:34 am
Last Updated:Jul 4, 2018 7:41 am

Just a reminder of why we celebrate today😉

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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What do you like? What are you into?
Posted:Jul 2, 2018 1:42 pm
Last Updated:Jul 3, 2018 5:17 am

Two innocent enough questions, but they get misinterpreted all the time. I was having a conversation with someone going through all the regular questions. Marital status, kids, what exactly are you looking for etc and it arrived to the normal spot where I asked what do you like, things you are into. What I meant (and I probably should have been more specific) was hobbies, collections, music, movies or the like. What I was given, was a run down of sexual acts, positions, etc... Now don't get me wrong, this moved the conversation along quite rapidly and it was not a bad thing. However, it could have come off more forward than anticipated. I'm not looking for just sex. If that is what someone else wants, and we find each other attractive or otherwise compatible, then I'm all for it. Its just not my motivating factor. Maybe I'm reading too much into it.

Anyway do you have any that's not what I meant moments?
What's your best first date plan?
Posted:Jul 1, 2018 11:53 am
Last Updated:Jul 2, 2018 12:27 pm

Going out on a first date is always interesting. You can do the safe late lunch/coffee where if things dont go well you still have the rest of the day. You can do a movie (plenty of people), but as fun as movies are it's hard to get to know someone. Hang out at eithers place, although potentially risky depending on how you met.

For me the ideal would be to go out for a bite to eat (somewhere reasonable) maybe have a drink or two with dinner. Then (as long as the conversation facilitated more) going putt putt, or to an arcade, or activity similar. Basically you get to have a conversation over food, and then have some fun. Get past the jitters and what not. Of course everything is negotiable, depending on the people involved. Now after that first date, subsequent ones could be the movies, park, playing games with friends (cards or board), museums and a whole plethora of other things.

What do you like to do?

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