Comic Books

Recently I’ve been expanding into a new nerd arena. Specifically, I have begun to collect comic books.

A few years ago DC Comics did a big reset of all of their comic titles with an event called the New 52. Every character was set back to square one. Most of the familiar elements, relationships, and villains have been retained, but you can start at issue #1 and know what’s going on, rather than buying issue #438 and feeling like you’re coming aboard in the middle of a story.

So that’s great for me, since I was looking for a “jumping-on point”. It meant that I had a little bit of backlog to catch up with, but not so much that it would be too overwhelming (or expensive).

I picked two titles to start with, The Flash (my favourite superhero) and Batman (because he’s Batman). I’m collecting them as the trade paperbacks come out, because it’s cheaper than getting them one issue at a time, and they’re easier to store on a shelf. So far I have the first three volumes of The Flash and the first two volumes of Batman.

I’m considering branching out into a third title, but I’m not sure what to choose. The options I’m considering are:

  • Justice League (big team-ups are exciting),
  • Action Comics (Superman is another favourite of mine), or
  • Aquaman (well reviewed, a character I’m less familiar with).

I’m leaning towards Action Comics, because I read the first issue and liked it, but we’ll see.

At a recent garage sale I also grabbed half a dozen younger-audience Batman comics to share with Calvin and Victor as they grow up, so that could be fun!

Things to Be Thankful For

I started my new job with the Government of Alberta this week, and I’ve got a lot to be thankful for so far:

  • I’ve got a spacious new office with a massive desk (but no window, unfortunately). It has a nice big whiteboard in it, too, which is awesome because I love whiteboards.
  • Everyone I’m meeting seems really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
  • I got a new shoulder bag so I no longer have to wear a backpack to work and end up with a sweaty back! Check it out:

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I’m so stylish now. Right? Right?

Things are good.

Busy August

Whew. August is turning out to be a busy month.

We just got back home on Sunday after a one-week cruise to Alaska with my family. Now I’m in my final week of my current job, looking forward to starting my new job with the Government of Alberta on Monday.

Not only that, but Larissa and I are doing some upgrades to our basement suite while we search for a new tenant.

So there’s a lot going on, and it’s all pretty exciting. But I’m looking forward to September, which should be a bit more relaxing!

Snow Mining

After two weeks away, I was dreading what we might come back to find in our driveway. Thankfully a neighbour apparently cleared the foot of our driveway after the plow came by, so that saved me from the worst of it.

But the front sidewalk still had to be dealt with. And deal with it I did. What I had to do shouldn’t really be described as “shovelling”; it was more like snow mining.

There were three or four inches of hard-packed snow-coal stretching my section of the sidewalk. I would spend 20 or 30 seconds jamming at it with my special mining shovel, then 10 or 20 seconds bending down to collect the raw ore (with some chunks being a couple square feet in size) and toss the chunks onto the lawn, presumably so they could be collected and processed into some valuable mineral.

I’ll never complain about having to shovel fresh, soft snow again.

Okay, who am I kidding: of course I’ll still complain.