The passing of the torch

by on Aug.29, 2016, under Creativity, Family, Humor, Musings


My son Joaquin had just moved back to the UIW dorms a week back but he came back last Thursday night to do some laundry, eat dinner, update his new XBOX S1(?) and just catch up with Liz and I on his first week of school. After hooking up his XBox S1 to our TV and Wifi to update it, he began to tell us of his school week and classes. Then he told me, “Oh and we’re gonna start our D&D game tomorrow night at John’s place.”

Wait Wut?! Did he say, Dungeons and Dragons?

He and his buddies wanted to start playing the official D&D role playing game (sans the computer) – old school.

He meant me…

See most of you know how nerdy I was back then and I have fond memories of spending countless hours with my buddies playing this incredible role playing game. We’d gather on a Saturday afternoon, in a back room, lay out the books, figurines (they had to be painted to be used) graph paper and dice. We’d crank up the battle music (Conan Soundtrack, Carmina Burana, O Fortuna) and any other music that suited our needs. Hours would fly by until we noticed it was morning. We were exhausted from battle…ur…role playing.

I loved those days. 

So then he asks if I still had my dice. “hmmm, lemme check” I said as I scratched my goatee THEN bolted to the garage and found them (along with my figurines) in a box I stored. Liz just smiled and shook her head as I placed both boxes on the table. It was as if I had found a chest full of gold as I feverishly began to dig thought the box. I don’t know how much time elapsed before I noticed the look on everyone’s faces as they watched me dig with both hands. I wiped the stupid grin from my face and then proudly showed (presented) my dice to my son.

But I was missing the most crucial of all dice – the 20 sided one! I couldn’t find it anywhere! But then Joaquin smiled and showed me something amazing. He went to his room and brought out some old D&D packets I had gotten him when  he was about 11 years old? He’s going on 21. Inside the packet was a 20 sided die. And no, that’s not a typo – “The singular of dice—a plural noun referring to the small cubes used in games of chance—is die. Because the irregular plural is more common than the singular, many writers forget to use the singular at all.” Look it up

“Dad, I remember you bought me this along time ago when you wanted to get me into D&D.”

I almost lost it…but I kept it together. 

He placed the 20 sided die into his little bag but then I told him, “Wait, take the character figurine I used, my hafling thief, his name is Thumbs. Maybe he’ll bring you luck.”

He gave me that toothy grin of his and we walked him out.

Here’s hoping the spirt of Thumbs (hafling thief), Nagul (human berserker warrior), Derek (the Knight) and Aldamir (our Magican) brings you luck Mijo.



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I RUN – Behind the scenes and Gag reel

by on Nov.04, 2015, under Creativity, Film making, Humor, Movies, Sony A6000

It just kinda “edited” itself.

We filmed this project almost over 8 months. You can see some of the BTS and Gag reel below.

You can find the finished film here:

I RUN video


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The Walking Dead Season 6 Parody poster

by on Oct.10, 2015, under Creativity, Humor, TV


Most of you know that I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead. The past couple of years, I’ve been doing a “parody poster” for the season premieres. You can find the other ones – here and here. I even did TV teasers for Fear The Walking Dead just recently, you can view those here.

This year, I ran out of time but I had seen a web banner I really liked. It is simple so I created it last night and then with the help of Elizabeth, I shot some photos of my self then incorporated one into the design.

Below was my inspiration.


Thanks for letting me share.


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The “Eyes” have it.

by on Aug.12, 2015, under Creativity, Family, Humor, Misc., Musings


I wanted to share a story that most people with a “significant other” would most definitely associate and appreciate. I also set up a new category that has other stories I’ve written if you’d like to read them Just click on this link, MUSINGS.

Now onto our story…

Our son Joaquin is beginning his Sophomore year at UIW and has decided he wants to live on campus. He was initially denied housing since he was a “local commuter” and out-of-town students have priority. But was put on a waiting list and told housing would email people each Friday in July if any openings came up. He was bummed but both Elizabeth and I told him to stay positive – there are 5 Fridays in July.

So each Friday he’d somberly tell us he didn’t get in. By Thurs 7/30, he’d given up. He and Elizabeth decided to begin the process of returning the extra Student loan monies they had procured when on the very last Friday of July (7/31) he got the call. They had an apartment for him. He was elated, as were we.

Told you…

It’s been a mad dash to get him what he needs and prepare for the move this weekend. Momma Bear quickly created a shopping list and has already procured almost everything her Cub needs. This Friday, he’ll go to the Housing office, turn in paperwork, get his key and begin the move. School starts on Monday 8/17/2015.

This past Monday, while we were both sitting on the sofa enjoying some TV after a delicious dinner, I looked over at my beloved and asked,  “So, what do you expect from me during Joaquin’s move?”

“It was a honest question and I wanted to know what was expected.”

She straightened up, looked at me and replied, “I’m taking this Friday off from work to help him…” and then just stared at me, remaining motionless.

(continue reading…)

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