Geekstuff: The Birthday Rundown

Well, I’ve been thirty-four years old for a week now and I’ve gotta say I’m liking it so far. There are times when being an adult is all about socks and shirts and ties, oil changes and mortgage payments, but I’m happy to say that my family and friends know that I’m still all about the books, comics, toys and games. Apart from a very nice polo shirt from my mother-in-law, most of my birthday bounty would have been eagerly received by seventeen-year-old me.

  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy for the Xbox, from my young apprentice. Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
  • The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, from Laura.
  • A Boba Fett t-shirt, also from Laura.
  • The Ultimate Fantastic Four trade paperbacks volumes 1-5, from Miscellaneous G™.
  • Three Hellboy comics signed by Mike Mignola, from Chris.
  • A green FlyTech Dragonfly, from my sister-in-law and her family. A remote-controlled ornithopter! How cool is that?
  • A musical Batman card from my elder, bigger little sister.
  • Filthy lucre from my parents, mother-in-law and grandparents-in-law, which I used to buy:
    • 18 by Moby (CD)
    • Play by Moby (CD)
    • Hellboy: Sword of Storms (DVD)
    • Dune: Extended Edition (DVD)
    • Blade Runner: Director’s Cut (DVD)
    • Pan’s Labyrinth (DVD)
  • Last but not least, pumpkin pie from my grandparents-in-law. Yes, it’s more of a fall pie. I don’t care. I will eat it now and then, I will eat it anywhen!

[EDIT: I forgot a couple of things!]

  • Police Squad! The Complete Series on DVD, from the Wiitalas. Police Squad! didn’t succeed as a television series (a shame, because it’s hilarious), but it eventually evolved into three Naked Gun movies.
  • Spamalot Original Cast Recording, also from the Wiitalas. Laura and I saw Spamalot last year, and it was fantastic. My favorite song is probably “The Song That Goes Like This”, but they’re all good.
  • The first season of Arrested Development on DVD, from my sister and her boyfriend. Despite several people telling me I should have been watching this show when it was originally on the air, I’ve never seen it. I’m probably directly responsible for its cancellation.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, also from my sister and her boyfriend. I’m not sure, but I think this book has something to do with that “fourth meal” I’ve been hearing about at Taco Bell.

Are my friends and family not awesome? Yes. Yes they are. They made me a very happy birthday boy.

13 thoughts on “Geekstuff: The Birthday Rundown”

  1. All the cool kids are getting these star wars tee shirts. I particularly like the one of the AT-AT in the head-cone.

    Those are might spiffy tees! I like AT-AT chasing Artoo, myself.

    I’m going to take a cue from Misfit Monkey Master Mick Bradley and start posting a different t-shirt picture each week, most likely starting with my new Boba Fett tee. I think I’ve got enough t-shirts for several months worth of posts, and it’ll be a nice way to preserve my Greedo t-shirt for posterity before Laura tosses it in the trash.

  2. Andy and I just started playing LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy after I mentioned to him that you got it for your bday and he got inspired to go get it. That game rocks!

    Just wanted to let you know you brought a bit of gamer joy my way. Thanks! 🙂

    I wish I got that much nifty cool stuff for my bday. I’m jealous.

  3. Wait, wait, wait. You JUST turned 34?! Holy crap! You mean, I’m older than you! Damn!

    How the hell old did you think I was?

  4. Andy and I just started playing LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy after I mentioned to him that you got it for your bday and he got inspired to go get it. That game rocks!

    Just wanted to let you know you brought a bit of gamer joy my way. Thanks! 🙂

    I wish I got that much nifty cool stuff for my bday. I’m jealous.

    I’m always happy to spread the gamer joy!

  5. I think I’ve got enough t-shirts for several months worth of posts, and it’ll be a nice way to preserve my Greedo t-shirt for posterity before Laura tosses it in the trash.

    For the record, the Greedo shirt has a hole in each armpit as well as several holes in the neckband. The neckband is actually split right in front. C’mon, we have loved this shirt for over 12 years, I would guess. It’s time to let go …!

    Not to mention that the t-shirt drawer is so jampacked and the laundress is running out of closet space in which to stuff the excess geekwear. I’m just saying.

  6. Not to mention that the t-shirt drawer is so jampacked and the laundress is running out of closet space in which to stuff the excess geekwear. I’m just saying.

    I am getting the same thing from my wife……my sports shirts as well as my geek shirts……I only need how many VOLUNTEER WoTC shirts?

  7. I guess I did the block quote thing wrong. First 3 lines of previous post are Kris.

    Fixed!

    As for the Greedo shirt, I agree that its time has come. It will be given a proper burial in the new future, and Jabba will undoubtedly chide me for frying poor Greedo.

  8. You also scored with Police Squad! The Complete Series and Spamalot.

    I knew I was forgetting something! I’ll edit to add that and a couple of other things.

  9. I shouldn’t be so nitpicky; I’m glad you enjoyed them and the Amazon wish list makes it easy to look for your b-day rather than anonymous Barnes & Noble gift cards I got into the habit of sending you (Amazon is truly a blessing). And, it’s always good to feel young and be reminded of youth. Keeps us all around for a long time.

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