Distance learning Is Over.. For now..?

So the other day my little ones finally finished school. With COVID-19 going on, the way of life has changed in number of ways. It started with the with the kids with no school and “Distance Learning” was put into place.  With that going on, I had to make a learning plan for both of my kids that would equal their grade level of education. Plus at the time maintain my normal work schedule. But that was about to change as well, because the following month I was out of work do to COVID-19(I’m a Sous Chef and restaurants took the hardest hit) . Now with the added stress of financial adulting to recover the lost income.

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The up side was, I was able to put all my focus on the kids and their learning plans. It was till after the second week, the public school system finally sent out work books for both kids and was able to work with the teachers for daily assignments. While my youngest was easier to set up, because he only had one teacher. My oldest proved to be a little more difficult at first, do to having multiple teachers and subjects. But once we got Google classroom set up for both kids and they were to video chat with their teachers, things became easier. After 3 months of hard work and we finally made to the end of the school year. I am happy to say that Jackson is now moving to the 6th and Lilly is now moving to the 8th grade!!

I really didn’t see the school year or normal everyday life to be like this. Even tho the kids made it the finish line, there seems to be an element of sadness. Not being with their friends and/or classmates at this time. The kids having to maintain friendships have changed as well. As some parents don’t want others to come or they don’t want to travel. Plus not having some parks or shops closed because of COVID-19 as really put a handicap on their normal life. While things are starting to SLOWLY re-open. It’s interesting to me to see how they have managed to keep their friendships going.  My oldest does a lot of face-time with her friends. They read and act things out, they do art project with each other. Even make video edits back and forth. My youngest has done the same thing as well. Being able to link his face-time and play video games or talk about movies.

When the need to get away from technology we started up a garden in the backyard and they both have a plant that they need to take care of. We managed to go to the beach not that long ago and it was fun to watch them go nuts and run from one place to another lol. But school is now currently done! The following school year is unknown if  it will start off with “Distance Learning ” and then go into normal classroom/school environment. Or start up as normal, the email that was sent from the local school system here, said they did not know at this time. Not till August they will know more and inform everyone. Till then we can relax and enjoy what we can. We do have some family events coming up and some small BBQ, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with 4th of July or other holidays.

But they did it! They finished school and I couldn’t be more happy for them. Some much hard work and personal development over these few months. I think they are amazing, well I am their Father. I think that regardless hahaha.

Ugh… So long old friend. Thanks for all the fish.

So this week my computer went out. Like everything. Right in the middle of writing too….. Ugh.. So now I sit and wait for my new computer to arrive.

Altho I am toying around with the idea of trying reinstall Windows. I fixed the Stata cable and new fans. Maybe, just maybe I could bring it back to life.. The computer is about 10 years old and I’ve been changing out parts as I go. Maybe it’s time to retire this old man. So many hours playing Wow, Eve, podcasts and writing.

I’ll know tomorrow if I want to go down that rabbit hole.

Image Comics & Childhood Memories

In words of Sophia Petrillo (Golden Girls if you don’t know)… Picture it Ojai, California, 1993. I was 10 years old at the time and just starting to really get into comics. I was really into DC and had a nice collection going with the help from my Father. There was a comic book store in town, sadly for the life of me I can not remember the name of it. I just remember it was a hole in the wall , next to a army surplus store in a back ally behind a restate office. I remember going there for a couple of years as it was my first comic shop I have ever been to. I think it was open for about 5 years before he had to move his shop. Do to drama (A story for another time) and he tried to run the business out of his garage. That didn’t work to good and the doors was shut.

 

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61lU8QutzqLBut that not the story I want to tell here. I was starting to get into Marvel when one of my friends show me these trading cards he had. These were the Marvel Universe Series 4 Base set. If you collect all of them you were able to put them together to make one full picture. Of course I remember doing a bunch of yard work to earn enough money to go buy a box set. Back then it was $60.00 and I managed to make a little over 80 dollars. From there I got my box set and then found a number of comics  like X-Force, Jim Lee’s X-Men, Spider-Man, Robocop vs Terminator. There was Batman vs The Predator series I picked up as well, but only got two copies in and stop. It didn’t hold my interest as well.

But I remember that summer there was this buzz going around about a new comic company called Image Comics. Being that young at the time, I didn’t really understand what the big deal was. One of my neighbor’s kids use to come over a lot and one day he asked if I wanted to see his comic collection. Not really thinking much about it I went on. Because we were trading and talking shop about comics…

While we were walking to his house he was talking about Image Comics and a artist name Todd McFarland. He was completely enamored with Todd’s work and wouldn’t stop talking about it. I knew of Todd because of his work on Spirder-Man and Venom. So I could only imagine what this Spawn would look like. I was wrong… What I had pictured in my head was completely wrong and was not ready for the world of Spawn.

SpawnWe get to his room and in his closet he had a number of shelves label with what comic go where and by artist. It was amazing…. He pulled out the an issues of Spawn to see if I would even like it. All black with big bold red letters spelling “SPAWN”. Behind that was this monster or demon looking thing with teeth all over the place and these red bug like eyes. Two big horns or tusks if you will and all the slime and that was it.. As I opened the comic I was blown away by it. I had never seem anything like this before. Nor read anything like this before. I knew my Mom would NOT let me have these at the house or over all. But I knew my Dad was more open about things like that hahaha. I must have read it 5 times while I was at my neighbor’s house. From there he introduced me to Young Blood, Savage Dragon, WildC.A.T.s…. I was in nerdy heaven.. Before I left, my neighbor gave me the Spawn issue number #4 with the Violator on the cover. Wanted nothing in return, he had doubles anyways.

Thanks to him He started a obsession that will continue well into my adult years. My Father was hooked by Spawn, he really fell in love with Jim Lee’s art style. So WildC.A.T.s. and Gen13 (Scott Campbell) was his favorites by far. Through out high school I would copy McFarland art work over and over. Trying to have a better understanding on how to draw. While my Father trained me with the classics of Tex Avery and Chuck Jones style of art. McFarland really kicked open the door to whole new world.

As a kid this was an exciting time and realizing now what was going on shocked me. On Amazon there is a Documentary called “The Image Revolution”.

 In 1992, Marvel Comics was the number-one publisher of comic books in the world, largely due to its dynamic artwork. But as a response to what was believed to be years of mistreatment toward creative talent by the industry’s leading publishers, a small – but influential – group of artists left Marvel Comics at the height of its popularity to form their own company, Image Comics.

In one of my podcast we were talking about some new things we have watched and would share them. Chris Lockhart told us about this Documentary. He was not wrong at all! This brought back some many memories watching this movie. It was interesting to see what was really going on behind the scenes  and not just rumors around the comic shop. I’m happy to be around when that happened, because that change the way comic were forever really.

One of the main reason why I’m writing about this now, was because I was to be on a podcast talking about Image Comics. Sadly I was not able to make that show. I really want to do that one too.. But in the end I think is the best way to make it up. Here is the link to the podcast is you would like to give it a play:

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-p3qkc-dba033

On this episode of ‘The Pop Culture Pub Podcast’ they are discussing Image Comics. Host Chris Lockhart is joined on the episode with Co-Host Kevin Decent.

Image Comics Discussion
We will be talking about Image Comics. Discussion points include:
– history of Image/leaving Marvel
– Our favourite artists
– Our favourite titles
– Heroes Reborn
– Firing Liefeld
– Jim Lee selling Wildstorm to DC
– The Walking Dead & Robert Kirkman
– Modern Image

And we have our ‘Brain Candy’ and ‘Enders’ segments discussing current pop culture news.

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Pop Culture Pub & Podcast: Our Coronavirus Discussion

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With everything going on in the world in regards to the coronavirus we decided to discuss this and how it effects our lives and pop culture as a whole. 

https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-72dxh-d624b5

Hosted by Chris Lockhart with Co-Hosts Jason Roberts and Kevin Decent. 

Also we would like to hear from you: you can contact Chris (who is the Producer of this podcast) by e-mail at chrisloc1701@yahoo.ca
or contact Chris on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @chrisloc1701
Check out Chris’s blog at: www.randomnerdness.com
Check out Jason’s blog at: www.nerdylifeofmine.com
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You can also contact Kevin on facebook.com/maskedlibrary and Twitter.com/maskedlibrary
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Keep calm and the podcast on!

My Star Trek Mask

The beard act as a filter… Yes, I that’s how this works hahaha. People ask if I’m going to shave..? The answer is Nope!

There are times when I feel like I’m going crazy, being at home so much. But when I do leave the house on a loot run. The “lovely” people that are out here gracefully reminds me why I stay home. Ignorance and stupidity have no boundaries..

Again…

It’s been an interesting month so far. With schools being shut down for the year. Now I’ll spending my time being the teacher, while communicating with both Jax and Lilly’s teachers to make sure that their “distant learning” plans are going correctly. On top of that, making sure my financial situation is on it’s game.

There is a lot of other things going on. But I don’t think as of right now I am able to write a or share with any of you. Believe me! I want to write about it. Get it off my chest, so to speak. In a large way, this is the main reason as to why I haven’t been on here much. Most if not all of my focus has been on this events and making sure my family is happy and safe.

Hopefully soon I can write about it. I might have to ask some questions as what I can and can’t say on here or social media for that matter. Another big factor is a change in jobs, last year I was promoted to Sous Chef. That in itself is rather time consuming and yet rewarding(with a dash of heart break, stress and overabundance of WTF moments). So with that being said, might see a shift on this blog. As far as content goes 🙂

A New Podcast Is Coming

Before I explain the new podcast that is about when the launch date is about to happen. I must share a bit of sad news about Geek Fallout’s end. Earlier this month the original owners/creators of Geek Fallout made the move and ended the podcast.

“Me(Mike King) and Richard Rehder are hanging up the Geek Fallout network. My first podcast was with them and still exists, with a new name, Tech Chatr, on the Chatr Nexus. If you don’t like tech talk podcasts, we will have other kinds of shows in the near future so stay tuned. And be sure to like that page and send in stuff you would like us to review, or if you would like to guest on our shows. Can’t wait to hear from you all

I’ve been doing Geek Fallout for a number of years and it was also my first introduction to podcasting as a whole. Because of this podcast I went on to do a number of shows, like: Trek1701, Random Nerdness, Geek Fallout Top 5, Eclectic Mayhem Podcast, Geek Fallout Comic Book Eps. While it is a sad time, it does gives us a change to start anew.

So with this clean slate, Chris Lockhart and I are now starting up a new podcast called The Pop Culture Pub. This is Chris’s brain child and asked if I would be his new co-host for the show! Together we’re working to bring something new to the table and bring in some past podcasting friends. The current link for the show is on Podbean (The Pop Culture Pub ) and there is a iTunes profile being made at the moment. I’ll post that here soon! There is current a few shows posted, that were made by Chris Lockhart explaining the new show and the over all idea behind it.

Nerdy Shenanigans & Other Life Updates

So this year as been rather busy for myself and for all the good reasons. So later this week I’ll been moving in with my girlfriend or at least starting to move stuff. Plus we’ve been trying to have our anniversary trip now for better part of a month now. Kept having to changed the date do to work and or moving. But I think we finally locked a date in haha.

Also while all this is going on, I’ve gotten back into podcasting. The New Geek Fallout and a new podcast called The Pop Culture Hindsight. I’m rather looking forward to this podcast, mostly do to the fact it’s with Chris Lockhart. Plus Lots of Wizard World stories and other media coverage. I’ve also start something new called The Daily Nerdy Life, it’s a news web page that pulls and shares other blogs, posts, etc. from all over. Something to help new bloggers and old. It has everything from comics, movies and video games. As well as all things pop culture.

In addition to all this, I am also working on a new blog call ASTRO BLog GO!! The main focus of this blog is cartoons and artwork of all kinds, and also share my artwork. Which is something I haven’t done in a long, long time. Just something different from Nerdy Life Of Mine and fun. So yeah.. LOTS of new events going on and can’t wait to share it with you all.

Twitter: @iRoberts3

Instagram: @nerdylifeofmine

P.S. I’m also writing my book in between all this, it’s based around my life and all the fun/weird things that have happened to me. I’ll release more information about it as time goes on.

Random Thoughts

I found myself thinking about my Father today, while I was on my way to my son’s Boy Scouts meeting. I think what started it was when I realized that Father’s Day is coming up. For a split second I thought about calling him.. Then the sad cold truth set in again…

I know it’s been it’s been almost three years since my Father passed away. But it really hasn’t felt like it, I still want to call him and telling him things. In that time there have been so many events that have changed everything about me as a person, as well as my life as a whole. Somethings have been hard to deal with, other’s needed to be done for the better. Good or bad, the choices I made are mine and I don’t regret them for one bit. It’s odd tho.. At this point in life things are going rather well, not perfect and that is fine. I don’t want perfect, I just want to live my life and have it drama free as possible. So far I think I’ve done a rather good job of that. Lilly (my oldest) is coming into her own. Finished ballet, reads all the time and over all super nerd. She has so much personality and a strong mind, it blows me away at times. I forgot she is 10 from time to time.

Jackson’s (my youngest) got into Boy Scouts earlier this year and is moving those the ranks fast. He loves it and draws all the time, he himself has become a mid-manner nerd as well. Everything from comics, Star Wars and Trek, Doctor Who, the list goes on and on. I took them both to Comic Con this year and I have to say that they were in their element. Even my personal life has been going rather well, I’ve been dating someone for almost a year now. Words are at a loss for me to explain to you on how happy I am. She is everything to me, and I’ve still in shock that she said yes to a date hahaha. Always thought that she might be out of my league. That is something else I wish I can share with my Dad.

I just wish my Father was still around, I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it really. I know it’s effective a lot of things I do, This blog for example, my art.. I just stand there and look blankly at the board, even the book I started writing. A lot of it has stop or just become rather lackluster. It’s not that I don’t want to do these things, I have the ideas and drive to do it. But once I start, I drift off and lose focus on everything. I know I want to change these things, but getting there is the hard part. Maybe I need to find another challenge like the Star Trek Book Challenge. I know I have a few Comic Con stories I need to finish. Plus a few updates on some pasted stories I’ve written.

Who know what the future will bring. I know I am looking forward to it.

Happy Father’s Day to the Dads out there!! Keep up the good work and keep everyone safe.

~Jason Roberts