Monday, May 26, 2008

memorial monday!


happy memorial day all!
hope you're going to a parade or are in a parade or are doing something fun with your family!
because today is jake's birthday, i used to take him to our home town parade and tell him that the parade was for him 'cause he's so special...
at 15, now he just likes to sleep in on his birthday.
me too.

later sharon and i will have my dad, my brother and my niece and nephew out for a bar-b-que and there will be a huge water balloon fight and then i think we're all gonna watch cloverfield on the big screen.

today is the day to remember our fallen heroes and friends and those who have served our country.


as i posted in the comments section the other day, apparently, for reasons none of us can understand, diamond split the perhapanauts orders last week and so, while some of your local comics shops got them last wednesday, others won't be getting theirs until this wednesday.

like i said, who knows why.

but out of respect for those of you who haven't gotten theirs yet, we won't have our review and discussion until next monday...okay...?

side note: we are also being told that, while orders have actually gone up slightly on issue 3, many people feel that the PERHAPANAUTS is still being grossly under ordered. hopefully we'll be able to reach those retailers and make sure that they get the comics they want...!


as i've said before, my uncle jack forwards me close to 7,000 e-mails a day. i don't know if he actually looks at them himself, but i love him dearly and so look at each one as if it were a private, personal message from a loving relative to his favorite nephew. some of them are funny, some not so much, some are political.
and some are those incredibly poignant, emotional ones that, though you promise yourself you're not going to tear up, you do anyway, cursing yourself for the sentimental sap you are.

this is one of those...

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.

Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed his stupid ass against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.

This is for all of my friends who send me all those stupid-ass, heart-warming stories.


here's something else someone sent me in an e-mail that i thought was kinda interesting.
almost like a hidden treasure...

I've been using aluminum foil for more years than I care to remember. Great stuff, but sometimes it can be a pain. You know, like when you are in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.

Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. Written on the end it said, “Press here to lock end”. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there?

I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can't count the number of times the Saran warp roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.

I hope I am not the only person that didn't know about this.


"five for friday"

1. who was the creative team that originally created the wolverine?

len wein and herb trimpe, though john romita sr. did the original basic design for the costume.

2. in what comic did he first appear?

the incredible hulk #180

3. in the line-up of the all-new, all-different uncanny x-men there were TWO brash, rebellious, loose cannon types and it was decided that one of them would bite it. who lost the coin toss?


4. before hugh jackman was cast as logan, who did fox want in the role?

keanu reeves

dougray scott had the role, but was injured while filming mission impossible 2. aaron eckhart, russell crowe, mel gibson, and edward norton were also considered, but fox really wanted keanu.

5. what was the line-up of the all-new, all-different uncanny x-men?

banshee, colossus, cyclops, nightcrawler, storm, thunderbird, wolverine
(the rest of the original x-men, including havok and polaris, and sunfire opted not to join the new team)

happy memorial day!
smell ya later!


Brian said...

Oh my gawd, that elephant story made me laugh out loud. It is too funny.

Thanks for sharing and your personal set up for it really helped to sell it.

renecarol said...

Happy birthday Jake. Hope you all (Todd & Sharon as well as everyone else reading this) had a wonderful and lazy day today. Lexie and I slept a lot and watched movies after we got back from the rink this morning. I almost forgot it was a weekday.

alison said...

but, but, but... if only it WAS the right elephant - they never forget... (photo insert is what got me going along. such a suh-kah. :-)

Happy Birthday - again - Jake, and hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day. Parades? B-B-q?

I had to keep reminding myself what day it was as I was immersed in a book about wolves descending on the northern states to feed and satiate their 50 year mating cycle. Oh, and that would all be with humans as the target of both activities. Yeah, just a little light read...

Also, there really aren't parades and such here as we know them in the States, otherwise I would have been at one. I am really looking forward to being in the States for the 4th of July. whoo hooo - fireworks!!! picnic!!!! parade - um not sure if they have those in Sturgeon Bay, but if they do, whoo hooo!!!.