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2013 is here and I wanted to show off my favorite three Christmas gifts from my mom and dad — I think they’ve come to accept I’m a grown man-child.

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1) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD Box Set — Man, I really, really wanted this but didn’t have the dough to put down on it. At San Diego Comic-Con this year, I went to the SHOUT! Factory booth to purchase the Con exclusive set, but they were sold out by Sunday afternoon. Suck! Thankfully, mom and dad delivered and I felt like an 8 year old at 28.Yes, many of the episodes are horrendous, but it’s a time capsule thing for me, and the fight scenes aren’t that bad. Plus, the little one gives it her attention.

2) Turtles Forever DVD — I hadn’t seen the entire thing online, waiting for a DVD release. This is a must-see for every kind of TMNT fan. So well done.

3) Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Season 1 DVD — Don’t judge me, but yes I asked for this. I’ve heard it’s one of the worst shows in all of geek culture, let alone the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I had to find out for myself. It does look terrible, though.

This is all stuff I really, really wanted but couldn’t shell out the cash for. I lucked out and received other cool stuff, like new shoes and clothes, but these were the fun presents! Thanks mom and dad, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

While riding the Los Angeles Red Line earlier this week, I happened upon this brochure — someone crossed out the word “Holiday” and replaced it with a hand written “Christmas,” which actually makes sense in context.

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Unfortunately, the ongoing battle of “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” never seems to go away.

I don’t care what you call it — “Christmas,” “Holiday” or “Leopard Tights Day.” I say, “Happy Holidays” because not everyone celebrates Christmas. On Christmas Day, I’ll say “Merry Christmas” because, well, it’s Christmas. The point is this: However you personally refer to this time of year does not change what it means to me or anyone else. On December 25th, I’m not obligated to work, so I can spend time with those I hold closest within my physical proximity, and I can call those who are too far away for a personal visit. It’s a time of year to remember we’re all human beings living together on this planet, and when it comes down to it, none of us are really all that different from one another. What matters is how we treat each other as people — both those we know and total strangers. Everything else is superfluous. To trivialize this season over a proper noun is silly and clouds the message of coming together as humans.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and… whatever else!

If this makes you upset for any reason, what the heck, dude — it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

As previously stated, fall and winter are my favorite times of year for beer — I love all the seasonal selections, from breweries both big and small. Picked up the Samuel Adams seasonal 12 pack as well as the Pyramid line-up recently. Loved all the Sam Adams beers, especially “Old Fezziwig” & “White Christmas,” but aside from “Snow Cap,” it became as difficult as beer drinking can get to finish off the Pyramid brews. That “Chai” beer was atrocious and tasted like cigarette water.

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It’s been way too long since the last Boon Monster post, so there may be a bunch in the next few days beginning with this one — photos of the 2012 Christmas Parade in Hollywood. The Mom and I took E earlier this week and it was the first time she’s ever seen balloon floats in person. She thought most of them were pretty cool, and below are my favorite three Monster reaction shots. More photos can be found on the Boon Monster tumblr.

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Non-Monster related, here are three more shots (click to enlarge) of both the intersection we were at, Hollywood/Vine, and of a bunch of the LAPD dog piling some guy. I’m grateful they were there to do it, too — this dude ran from out of nowhere and was about to charge through our group. I don’t know what his intentions were, but he would have knocked a bunch of people to the ground, myself and E included, had the cops not gotten to him a moment before. The cop you can see in the Vine shot led the charge.