Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage

We had unexpected surprise visitors the other day. Dean Mijka and Todd Lajoie were pals of mine 25 years ago when we all worked at the Mott's Shop Rite in Westfield. We hung around and became good friends. Dean went off to serve Uncle Sam, Todd went to college and I was just finishing college. We all have our own lives now, but while Dean was in town the boys swung by and said hi and delighted my wife with the embarassing stories of our youth. Here we are 25 years ago and now. It's definately the mileage and we won't go into the 1980's stripper shorts on Todd and Dean.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dog Friends

After I had locked in my two core Greyhounds, DeNiro and Posie, I fostered for quite a few years. Don't ask me how many dogs, but there were a lot. Buddy came to me as a 8 1/2 yr old retiree who had been kept at his breeders Tewksbury kennel after he was retired. The State made him surrender a few Greys so we took in Buddy and he came my way. He was scruffy, needed a few extra pounds put on him and also needed to learn manners. After a couple weeks the boy was shining and he was adopted by Gary and Rachel from CT. Rachel just wrote me that the Budd'ster had celebrated his 16th birthday in December. 16 is awesome for a Grey. He's having some mobility issues and he lost an eye a few years back, but the Budd'ster is still hanging on.

Barb and Mark Draa where the first few people who welcomed me to Greyhound Options and they were the proud parents of Pandora. She was a sleek shiny little grey female with amazing eyes. She was a member of the Girl Pack. 4 female greys that roamed the play area together and ruled with an iron paw and even scared a few people too. They didn't let the boys get in their face. I found out today that Pandora had passed. She was the last of the girls; Ivy, my Posie, Jennie and Pandora. Give your furry ones a rub behind the ear today for all of our survivors and those we've lost.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Upcoming Movies

I'm a movie geek and I do like my comic books. This year has got two comic book movies coming out that I'll be first in line for. The first is The Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons ultimate graphic novel. When the individual issues were being released I was buying two copies, one to read, one to store away. I also bought the Watchmen watch, the softcover graphic novel, the special HC graphic novel and I even have a couple of the French graphic novels. Wolverine was always one of my favorite X-Men going back to my first new X-Men issue 111 by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin. This issue blew me away and I stuck with the X-Men for a long time throughout different creative teams.
Enjoy this image I cobbled together from the Watchmen one=sheets and also this new image of Wolverine and his gang; Deadpool, Gambit, Sabretooth and Silver Fox.


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Darryl in 4C

Here's the finished piece of Darryl, glorious in all his hues.


Monday, January 05, 2009

Darryl and the beginnings of color

Coming together rather quick.

Here's Darryl inked up and ready for color.