Ho, Tom Bombadil! The Hobbits Meet a Strange Wonder in The Old Forest.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien (Harper Collins 1991) pp. 116-118 I love all the times in The Lord of the Rings when someone enters the story mysteriously, wonderfully and decisively. Think of Gildor Inglorien and his companions appearing on the woodland path upon which Frodo, Sam and Pippin have just encountered the […]

Ho, Tom Bombadil! The Hobbits Meet a Strange Wonder in The Old Forest.

Story Time: Wizard World Comic Con

So this story time take place at Wizard World Portland Comic Con. I believe this is the Feb. 2019 event.. Before the dark times… Now I would like to state this story also shows how great the staff is at Wizard World and the people are a whole.

So just about every year I am hired to do media coverage for the Portland Wizard World Comic Con. The last couple of times I was about to bring my kids along and show them a great time. This last convention and like always I go over the maps with the kids. Where to meet up if we get lost or who should we talk to if we do become lost.

We had been there for a couple of hours already and I had finished with a interview. we were going to take a small break and look around the merchandise and comics. Me and my son were looking at the swords and Funko. At which point my daughter asked me to come over and look at something she wanted. It really wasn’t that far, just right around the corner of the stall. I told my son to follow me and stay close.

Once my daughter and I were done paying for her loot. I looked over to see my son wasn’t there. I wanted back to where we were and he was there. with a small amount of panic, I started walking over to the walls to see if I can find a staff member, this is also where I told the kids to go if something like this happened. It’s away from everyone.

As soon as I turn the corner I see one of the staff ladies walking with my son to the last known where we here. I walked over and see that my son was crying a little bit and worried. The staff member told me what happened. Seems that my son answered me, but really wasn’t watching where I was going. As he was locked in on the swords. When he realized that we where not around anymore, he started walking to the wall and was trying to find a staff member. But he found Deadpool instead and asked he could help him find someone. From there they found the current staff member.

She said he was smart and brave in the way he acted. After a few laughs we said thank you, but not right before we got a picture with Deadpool haha.

Over all it was really good convention and the Wizard World staff was amazing and super helpful. I don’t think they get enough coverage or talked about in most conventions, as most of the spot lights are on the artists and movie icons. I can’t wait for 2021 comic con!

Middle Earth Challenge: Fells Beasts & Update

So while writing out the last remaining installments of this challenge. I figured I’d share a few more of these lore videos by History of Middle Earth. Right now I’m working on the Silmarillion, Return of the King, and a few more history events/icons within’ the Middle Earth. So I am sorry if there was a long pause there. I’ve been reading and writing at the same time at points.

I have to say this has been a rather interesting adventure and I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it in May of 2020. Almost feel kinda sad that I’m nearing the end.

WordPress and Problems

So it seems that WordPress has changed things up again on their posting layout. Their “Block” system, personally I think it’s trash. It takes me a number of times to upload a picture or video for my post. Not to mention editing with this system is atrocious. I find myself writing on my phone through the app or I use Word and then copy and past on to here….

I’ve on here for almost 10 years now and I haven’t been this frustrated in a long time with WordPress. In the past you had an option to change back to the classic form of posting . But now it seems you have to “upgrade” you plan to even get the classic form.

Has anyone else had these problems?

Story Time: September 2

It’s now 2:53am…. Everyone it’s sleep. But me.. Why you ask? The damn cats, well one of them at least. I was laying in bed all snuggling in and right about to fall asleep. Then I hear this heavy thud and run. More banging around.. I was going to try and ignore it, but he did something new. He started scratching at the door in a frantic manner and meowing.

Then more banging. So I get up thinking I’m going to yell at a cat. But I stop at the door before opening it and had a split second thought. A “what if” thought.. So I grab my hunting knife just in case. There was a lot of movement out there and the cat seemed so freaked out. So I open the door and look.

Everything is quite and still.. All silence.. I walked down the hall and see one of the chairs it’s knock over, my bills and papers all over the floor. Trash can knocked over (thank Odin we have a lock in it.) and look over and see the cat. Completely fluffed out and looking down the hall, looking pass me. I see our second cat sit on top of the couch, doing the same thing.

I look over and see nothing. Their eyes were wide and locked down the hall. Again I see nothing, I look in all the rooms, doors are lock, check on the kids. Everyone is asleep…. So I walk back and clean up the mess. I pick up the cats and brush them for a minute. They seem to return to normal, everything is all quite. So I try to go back to sleep… NOPE! With all random action and leaving things in a bewilderment state. I was now wide awake..

So here I am write you this little story, in hopes it’ll make me sleepy. If not, I’ll wait for two hours till my girlfriend gets up for work and make her some breakfast. This whole thing is weird, and unusual for the cats to do. I know my son asked me why the cat was scratching at their door a few nights ago. I thought it was odd, because they don’t do that. But I didn’t think much of it.. At least till tonight Haha. I kinda want to set up cameras and see what goes on at night.

Thank you for reading,

Jason Roberts

Unboxing: Super Friends

*Update: I just found I got my Crates mixed up. It seems Loot Crate system is normally a month behind. This Crate is Super Friends theme. Not Saturday Morning Cartoons… Ugh, so I will change the title of this. August is the Saturday Morning theme. Then the darkness theme.. I just got the next DX Crate today and will post that shortly. Sorry for the mix up! That would explain some of my confusion while opening the Crate. Loot Crate does it again!

We now have the August Crate and the theme is Saturday Morning Cartoons(aka Super Friends)!! At first I was rather meh about the picks for this Crate. Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, Justice League, Pinky and the Brain, The Goodfeathers… While I did watch these as a kids growing up, they weren’t the ones I remember fondly. The ones I really remember were Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, G.I. Joe. BUT! In the Loot Crate fashion, they shocked me with a rather great Crate.

Like I’ve stated in the past, I have this on going love/hate relationship with Loot Crate. So there are times where I don’t hold my breath for most Crates. But I was rather shocked by this month’s Crate.

Both the shirt and pant are quality and super comfortable. I rather enjoy the DC puzzle, might have to frame that later. The little Wonder Woman cards are a nice touch, the Toy Story bandana… I can take it or leave it. I’ll re-gift it to someone later haha. But over all it was not a bad Loot Crate and I just got the email of next month’s Crate:

Lights out! Go into the DARKNESS with premium pop culture collectibles and gear featuring Black Widow, Venom, Fallout and Beetlejuice!

Still waiting on my Skyrim Crate. That is the one I want the most, sadly it an every 3 months Crate.

Life Update & Soapbox Rant

“Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.”-Karl Kraus

I know I haven’t been to active on here as much as normal. Believe me I want to write about certain topics. But do to the advisement of my lawyer, at least for the time being…. I should not…. What I can say is that I’ve been going through a rather LONG custody case for my two kids. With the COVID-19 going on, it’s taken even longer. So with out naming people or relations, I will try and continue with this post.

*spaces out on keyboard* Ugh… I really want to write about this.. But I can’t…

What I can say is… My kids are happy and health. While with the current events are less than ideal, we’ve made do with what we can. In the beginning of all this, the kids and I worked together on their school work. I have to say that was a crash course for me haha, I haven’t had to do algebra in YEARS! But we did it and they finished the school year. Summer has been interesting to say the least. I felt bad for the kids, not being able to see their friends or other family members in the start of summer. They are rather resourceful and found ways to have communication between friends. Towards the end of July we were able to have a small family visit or overnights with Grandma & Grandpa. We even made a few trips to the river & beach.

But with August coming to an end and school is now going to be starting up soon. It’s interesting to see how the local school systems are trying to work out a system. Right now it looks like we are going a online/at home schooling mode again. At least the teachers are going be more active and have set hours through out the day. I know last time my brother(who is a teacher) helped me & the kids with a lot of things. They say in October they are to have a meeting and see where things are at with the COVID-19. To see if going back into the classroom is even an option.

For the last few months I have become a stay at home Father and I have to stay it’s a little weird hahaha. Yet I’m glad things worked out the way it did, I’m able to be here with the kids and make sure they are on track, do their chores or just help them out if needed. Ugh.. I really wish I can write about some of the events that going on. It’s kinda eating at me and is beyond frustrating. I am thankful for the people around me who are helping me work through all this.

Having this time with my kids has shown me on how much they have changed. How their personalities and style have grown. It tripped me out the other day, having a full on conversation with my oldest about that is happening in the world. Realizing that they aren’t babies anymore. Also making me realized I’m getting old hahaha.

This has also made me look at things in a different way. Like with this blog for example.. I do fell I kinda lost my way with the blog and I’m not to sure where it’s going. I’ve had this blog for over 10 years and I originally started it as a venting stage or help single parents with tips and tricks. As well as share in my nerdy fandoms and that evolved into working for Wizard World Comic Con on media coverage, writing reviews on tech gadgets, book reviews, having interviews with icons. This also took me down the path of podcasting and getting into radio. I would have never thought in a million years that this little website would open so many doors for me.

Maybe I do need to change things up a bit on here, just not sure where..? Right now I have two topics that going on, the Unboxing and Middle Earth Challenge. I think another problem I have is I stuck in what I call micro blog, A.K.A. Twitter. I know for sure that has messed things up for my blog. It’s just so easy to fire off a few lines and have conversations with people and/or share things. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestion that would help? I feel like I hit a road block here.

At any rate, thank you for taking the time and reading though this mess hahaha.

-Jason Roberts

Unboxing Loot Crate DX

So after a few months I decided to get the Loot Crate DX. Mostly because it had a Lord of the Rings item within’ the box. For those of you who know, I have a love/hate relationship with Loot Crate. In the process of signing up for another monthly Crate, I found The Skyrim Crate that look rather interesting and got that one as well. but that won’t get here till August-ish..

Now this Crate is from July which I got close to August… I have August’s Crate already and will share that one soon. July’s Crate wasn’t to bad It had:

  • A Shazam enamel pin
  • Lord of the Rings metal “camp style” cup
  • Tetris theme T-shirt
  • Justice League All Stars lunch box
  • A Goonies hat

I have notice that the boxes aren’t as “fun” as they use to be. You use to be able to turn them inside out and a certain theme. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the fact they were bought out by another company. Just another way to save some money I’m guessing.. Over all it was not a bad Crate, I have had better ones in the past. I hope August and Skyrim Crate are better.