Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Geektitude is a Family Affair…

Geektitude is a family affair…

Despite spending the better part of the week in absolute misery with some sort of cold/flu/bronchitis/malaria/bubonic plague-type thing, I was not about to let it ruin my weekend. This past Saturday was “Free Comic Book Day” the nation over. I had been looking forward to this for months – any good excuse to head to the comic shop. I popped a couple hundred milligrams of vitamin C, a shot of NyQuil, got the kids up and dressed, and headed first to Chris’s store, Comics & More.

Liam & Courtney had a ball getting their picture taken with Supergirl, grabbing their 3 free comics, playing the mandatory round of Arch Rivals and soaking up the festive atmosphere. Chris’s small store was packed, but not uncomfortable. There was a decent selection of freebies: Hellboy, Simpsons, X-Men, and a couple good kids’ titles for Liam & Courtney. I bought a few Batman comics I’ve been wanting and bid Chris farewell, leaving him to the ambush of customers that would likely drain him for a good week.

After we left, we decided to try out Detroit Comics to see if they had any superheroes there. I’d been meaning to stop in there to check out Chris’s ‘competition’ and see what the buzz was about. Nice store. Bigger. Cool retro décor. Not much substance to it, though. It’s kind of a cross between a comic store and a Hot Topic, with not enough of either to be worthwhile. Neat kitsch and a few new collectible figurines, but their comic selection left a lot to be desired. Comics & More has about 3 times the comics in 1/3 the space.

Still, their set-up for Free Comic Book Day was fun and festive, with balloons, some free candy for the kids, and a few artists to do free sketches and sign stuff. One of the artists on the free Hellboy comic was there, so I got a sketch & autograph on my copy from him. After Liam got a sketch of Superman and Courtney a sketch of a unicorn, we headed home to count our ‘loot’. Later, I headed to work at the video store, the kids’ grandma picked them up for a visit, and that pretty much ended the day.

Sunday was GORGEOUS. I woke up and headed to Val’s to borrow her lawn mower. Our backyard doesn’t grow very fast, especially since the visits from Jeremy’s dogs have ripped up so much of it, but our front yard was an absolute jungle. I had a great visit with my baby sister for the better part of an hour, then I decided to cut her grass before taking the mower. I’ve pretty much become her groundskeeper, as anytime I need a favor, that’s become by bartering tool.

After finishing her lawn, I loaded up and went to tame my own horticultural wilderness. Aside from having to empty the collection bag every 10 feet or so, it went rather quickly. Being the first real mow of the year, I did my usual once with the mower, edge and trim with the weed-whacker, then again with the mower until it was to my standards. I’m very picky about how my front lawn is maintained. Weeds and crabgrass abound, yes, but when I cut it, I SCULPT it. 4 hours of that and several other yard-related chores went by in a flash.

So, though there was little to really report on my weekend, it was exactly what I needed after being sick as a dog for the better part of last week: filled with geekly hobbies, bonding with my kids, hanging with family, productive housework and sunshine.

A well-balanced, full-course weekend.

1 comment:

Musical Daddy said...

Ah.... getting the Dorklings whipped into shape young is a high priority. "Yes, young padawan... we must make the weekly aaliyah to the comic book store. It's the 11th commandment." David was at the comic book store before he ever came home from the hospital. Priorities, you know?

Unfortunately, the two Free Comic Book Days each year are scheduled on the same weekend as the division contest in May and the MAD district contest in October. But, it's not like we're not there EVERY WEDNESDAY and once or twice more per week, to visit...