Show Biz Part 2: Oh, Rocky!

Last week I wrote about getting a job at a movie theater when I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin many years ago. The theater was an “Art house,” showing foreign films, documentaries, and basically filling a niche that other theaters had ignored at that time. The theater I worked at — the Majestic — was […]

What — and Leave Show Biz? (Part One)

When I first moved to Madison, Wisconsin many years ago, I landed a job working in a movie theater. The theater was an “Art house,” showing foreign films, documentaries, and basically filling a niche that other theaters had ignored. The theater I worked at was technically part of a chain: Landmark Theatres also managed theaters […]

An Unknown Debt

I’ve been thinking lately about encouragement, and how seldom we as a culture are willing to give encouragement to others. I suspect much of that ties into toxic masculinity: the idea that people without sufficient skills or confidence to succeed deserve to suffer isn’t new, but seems popular these days. I’ve been thinking about this […]

Films to Inspire the Halloween Spirit

With halloween only a week away, I’d like to recommend a few films to help inspire the Halloween Spirit. Not all of them are, strictly speaking, scary, but all of them capture aspects of the holiday, and many can be viewed the year ’round. First up on my list is a double-feature based on a […]

Being a Guest at a Convention

As a follow-up to last week’s POST about being invited as the Gaming Guest of Honor for next year’s Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, I wanted to talk a little bit about what being a guest of a convention means to me. In my line of work, there are a fair number of people for whom […]

Exciting News For Next Year!

It’s been over four months since I’ve known about this, but haven’t been able to say anything until the official announcement was made. That announcement happened last night, so I am now free to spill the beans: I will be the Gaming Guest of Honor at Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous, October 4-7, 2018. I’ve never […]

Take A Knee

Once upon a time it would’ve amazed me how many white people are up in arms about athletes taking a knee in peaceful protest over police brutality applied selectively against people of color: not any more. To be succinct: YOU don’t get to tell someone the “right” way to protest. YOU don’t get to decide […]

The Price of Fame

As a youth, I collected autographs of baseball players the couple of times a year we were able to attend pro baseball games. I managed a few good ones too: Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Bob Uecker, better known for his Hall of Fame career as a wisecracking baseball announcer than as a player, Cub […]