5/13/02 - Well, it's about time I posted a new entry in the Journal. There's been a lot that's happened, so if I forget something, deal with it. :)

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A few updates. The site I talked about before, MagickPeddler.com came through wonderfully. I ended up with a total of 6 statues. Amon-Re, Horus, Isis, Anubis, Thoth, and Serket. Each piece is a work of art, and Thoth stands proudly over my shoulder as I write. He IS the god of writing, after all! :)

I've gone through most of my site and overhauled it. You may or may not notice it, but there were a few links that had changed, typos here and there, and some major screw-ups in the music section. When I moved the pages over here from the other host, I was restricted on what I could do. I took advantage of the freedom here, and didn't take into account that if I changed a page name, I needed to change the pages that were linking to that page. But that's fixed now. If you encounter any broken links in the site, please e-mail me, so that I can fix it!

There have been some new additions to the site, which you may or may not have noticed. On the front page, you will find a link to the Charity section. This is something put together by Patricia Tallman and the folks at The Galactic Gateway. They are trying to raise money for the Penny Lane and 9/11 charities. I've put up a page with all the information you'll need for it, with a picture, and have been trying to spread the news. It's for a good cause.

It's strange hearing myself say those words "a good cause", but then I realize that I've actually been involved with other charities over the past couple years. Shane's Inspiration is one that was recommended by Maggie Egan. Its goal is to create playgrounds that can be used by all children - not just healthy children, but those with disabilities as well.

There are others, but this one sticks out in my mind, just for what it does, and what it represents. I could mention the salvation army xmas fiasco, but if you're reading this journal, you've already read everything I have to say on that matter.

Another addition is the Message Board. It's super-easy to use, it loads pretty quick, and free. Free is an important thing, ya know? :)

Speaking of cost, I still don't have that Claudia Christian cd, Area 51. I want it a lot (hello? I'm a completist here!), but I'm also kinda cheap. I've tried getting it through CD Warehouse and a few other places here in town. It seems that the only place that can get it in wants to charge me $40. FOR A CD! Forget that! I've broken down and am sending a money order for it to the place over in the UK that is selling them. I'll have to pay international shipping, but it's only a cd, so we're talking maybe 3 bucks. Probably $22 for the whole thing, half what they were wanting to charge me here.

jms has been writing the Amazing Spider-Man title for the past 10 issues - almost a year. I didn't collect it when it first came out; in fact, I didn't until issue 36 came out. That was the 9/11 issue. I've slowly but surely been collecting them all, and I now have the entire run, 30-40 (which just came out). Issue 34 was the hardest one of all to get. The first 4 issues were printed before Marvel had any idea just how popular it was going to be. Keep in mind, they're used to just their regular runs. This brought in all the B5 fans, and it just sold out quickly. They reprinted 30-32 in a collected volume that was like a dollar higher than just one issue (great idea!). With 35, they started printing a lot, and 36 just had massive amounts printed (well think about it - it's a touching story, and the 9/11 story, everything).

Anyway, I've been trying to find this one issue, and much to my delight, Sandy was able to find a copy for me. Now, I can start reading them. The only one I've read is 36, which doesn't tie in to the rest of the series. I am overly familiar with jms's writing style. I know better than to skip ANY issue, to skip even a word, because everything is plotted out well in advance, and will come into play later.

Yes, I saw the movie, and I thought it was really well-done. I would (and have) recommend it to others, regardless of how familiar they are with the story in the comics. This one lays it all out for you in the beginning.

I heard back from one of the companies that's making Mummy merchandise. This one is Bakery Crafts, and they will be having baking supplies (cake toppings, toys, etc) available starting this fall. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them, though it'll be a few months probably.

I also added a page for the Convention, and everything you'd like to know is there. Go on, read it if you haven't already, then come back. I'll wait.

After that convention, Jim and I went to the mini-convention in Des Moines, with Marina Sirtis, Aron Eisenberg, and Richard Gordon. It was Jim's first convention, and he loved it. I had a great time, too ... It's always fun at Slanted Fedora conventions!

For Mother's Day, I got mom an autographed picture from Dennis Franz (he is her current favorite actor. Well, has been for awhile) that she is *so* excited about. That was a cool gift! She also got a HUGE card (3 ft by 2 ft), a teddy bear, pink rose, and a stuffed owl from Harry Potter. Oh yeah, and I had DirecTV installed. This, on top of getting her a ReplayTV just a few weeks ago ... I'm dragging her, kicking and screaming, into the 19th century. I'm working on 20th and 21st! lol

I won a grill from KXVO. They were having a call-in promotion during Charmed (yeah, let's see. An episode which featured Peter Woodward - Galen from Crusade - AND free stuff? I'm SO there! It's a small grill, but it'll do the job!

Other than that, there hasn't been much going on. The job's really been busy lately, but no real complaints there. It's at an even pace (this is good!), so we're not getting slammed, and it's never boring. So home, work, car, they're all doing well.

If you haven't visited the Autograph Section recently, check it out. I've added over 50 new people including Jimmy Darren, Nicole de Boer, Matt Damon, Chase Masterson, and more.

Oh, real quick before I go ... If you haven't played DS9: The Fallen before, try it. It uses the Unreal Tournament engine, the play is nice, it uses the voices of the actors from the series, and incorporates it into the Trek universe. It's more fun than any other Trek game I've seen, and I've seen WAY too many. Most of them are what I call "crap" ... It's junk with the Trek name plastered over it. The Fallen isn't in that category, and you can find it in the discount rack of most software stores. I picked up mine for about 10 bucks, and it's well worth it. Only one downside - it's single player. You can't play against other people, or play it online. But that works with the story.

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