Showing posts from October, 2010


Normally, when you hear that a comic book is being adapted into a movie or a TV show, your mind goes right to the boys who wear their undies on the outside of their pants...Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the like. Though in the Modern Era they certainly update the costumes (Thank You, God of Superhero Movies) when necessary and eliminate most of the cheese and most of the time these days you get some pretty great movies.

But there have been some pretty great movies based on comic books that you might not have even realized started OUT as comic books.

And when I say 'YOU' I mean most of the readers of this blog. Which is composed, I believe, primarily of those parents who have children with 'special needs' issues ranging from Infantile Spasms/Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Leukemia, Autism, PDD-NOS, Fragile-X Syndrome, Stroke and so many other life-altering disorders.

Anybody else who came along for the ride from my 'old days' on the Internet...well, …

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?

That line, spoken by Dan Aykroyd to Albert Brooks in the opening 'teaser' sequence to the 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, is one of the more memorable moments from the mostly forgettable film. Well, forgettable unless you happened to be related to Vic Morrow, Myca Dinh Le or Renee Shin-Yi Chen. I guess that's not really a fair thing to say. It was, after all, an 'accident'.

And truthfully, the film wasn't horrible as far as television-to-film adaptations go, it just wasn't really necessary, as so many of them aren't. Yes, I can admit that the George Miller directed adaptation of the classic episode 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet' that originally starred William Shatner was easily the best of the four segments and very entertaining.

Though I still say, especially since it was 1983...IT SHOULD HAVE RE-CAST CAPTAIN KIRK IN THE SAME ROLE.

And the Spielberg-directed remake of the episode 'Kick the Can' was heart-warming and charming in that way t…

Problems, Solutions & Zombies

Remember a couple of blogs ago, when I mentioned that, over the summer, I had pushed my wife to the point where she was ready to pull the plug on our most perfect union? And remember I told you that I felt that the primary force pushing her to that point was Yours Truly? Well, I wasn't yanking anybody's chain.

I think under any NORMAL circumstances, wives often shake their heads at some of the things their husbands get into. And vice versa.

This is natural.

This is expected.

Women are from Venus and Men are from...I dunno, Hell I guess.

We are vastly different creatures, yet somehow we figure out a way to co-habitate and exist together in relationships, sometimes we even go the distance...until departed by six feet of dirt.

It's work, it's effort, and you have to have some give and take certainly.

Fortunately, Jennifer and I have some very foundational things in common, those things that are most important, which is really the binding agent for us. I'm lucky that way…


This is, officially, Halloween Week, even though Halloween is Sunday, but most of the events and activities (at least in our neck of the woods) are this week, and it is the last week in October. So I decided to Theme Up or Shut Up, and this week focuses on subjects related to everyone's favorite Fright Fest.

Leading up to this week, I've been growing restless and uncomfortable, not because I'm afraid of the dark (OK I am a little), but because I know what's coming. I have to write about something that is very difficult for me, a loss suffered this year that was nearly unbearable. I've held off talking about it because it's taken a long time to figure out exactly what I want to say. But, I also knew I wouldn't, I shouldn't, wait beyond this week. That just wouldn't be right.

You'll understand why when I get there.

In the meantime, how's this for scary? Today's topic is about, essentially, being forced to confront one of your fears, as I had …

Bucket List

As it turns out, I'm guessing that Bennett had some sort of Flu last Thursday and Friday, and since he enjoys drinking out of Daddy's water bottle, guess who spent Saturday and Sunday with a bucket at the ready?

Yeah...that would be me.

I don't get adults though.

Why do some of us try SO hard not to blow chunks?

We hang on to our own vomit like its made of gold. All day Saturday I was about as nauseous as I have ever been in my life and yet I never once threw up. Came close a few times, but I fought it off like I was a Spartan at the Battle of Thermopylae. Even though I KNEW I would probably feel better if I just let it fly.

Finally, in an ironic twist, later that evening I decided to Hell with this, I'm gonna just do it already. I put on some gloves, went to the bathroom and tried to make myself...and I couldn't.

For some reason, I find this to be incredibly funny.

I have ZERO idea why. But I'm also nucking futs.

And's a bit of advice to anybody el…

Get Yer Haz-Mats and Say Hello to Ralph!

How do you know, from your perspective as a parent, that Fall has officially arrived?

It's easy.

You listen to the urgent pleas of your wonderful children at EVERY commercial break as they carefully explain to you why this item is what they want the most for Christmas and if they don't get it there is going to be a lot of trouble.

Yes, the marketing starts THIS early.

You see the fruit of your loins frolic in the leaves as they begin to turn shades of yellow and red and orange (the leaves, not the kids) and you manage somehow to deal with all the extra dirt and crap that they bring into the house with them that isn't as easily sucked up with the vacuum cleaner.

You especially enjoy the sticks shoved into the A/C vents.

You listen to the sweet, almost musical symphony of complaints as summer clothes are switched out for those more suitable for a cooler climate, and you laugh and smile as you feel the reverberations of the stomping of meaningless defiance that cause the walls t…