Parenting: Stop Time!

I’m writing this on the day that the Nola Nerd Baby turns seven months.

STOP TIME! SHE IS GROWING UP TOO FAST!

She has doubled her birth weight plus some. She isn’t crawling yet, but she is sitting up and rolling all over the place.  She can hold her bottle, but she has trouble keeping it in her mouth, mainly because it’s a rounder bottle than most.

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She babbles and coos quite a bit.  She is tall enough to walk in her walker, but she’s still not sure how to do it.

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She sleeps all night and loves to eat her purees. She loves to go out in public and can now sit up in a buggy which makes shopping a lot easier.

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She grabs everything she can. She is great with people, and loves to be the center of attention. She is great at daycare and at home.

I wish it was something we were doing, but I know better.  We just try to discover her needs and work to meet them. However, we are just blessed with a great baby.  And if you know me, using the word blessed is a big deal.  It’s a word that I use sparingly.  In fact, I only have used when I refer to her.

Of course, I want freeze time to see her at this age for a long time.  Yet, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

As a friend says, each milestone is the best milestone ever with your child…until the next one.

StarWars-ing: Teachers in Star Wars

This month, StarWars.com has been running a quiz called WHICH STAR WARS CHARACTER SHOULD BE YOUR TEACHER?  The quiz paired me with Tobias Beckett, a character from Solo.  I have no idea if this is correct because we didn’t get to see Solo in theaters because we could never match up the time we had with a babysitter. The quiz asks better questions than most quizzes of this kind ask.

It did get me thinking about teachers in Star Wars.  This is a subject we are something we of an expert on since it is our day job. Actually, no.  This is just us having fun.

Yoda:  Yoda never really tells you the objective of the lesson.  He is more of discovery learning type of teacher.  He has a well planned lesson but the pupil is responsible for figuring it out. This is great for the motivated, patient student, but the learner who needs lots of redirection could have a problem.

Obi-Wan: Obi is an involved teacher.  He will do the lesson with the student but not do it for the student.  He trusts the student has a team member. This is great, but sometimes students need more discipline.

Palpatine:  He is that professor that doesn’t care about his students at all, only his career.  They do the research and he takes the credit. He forgets who you are as soon as the semester is over, unless other academics start to notice you.  Then he destroys you and your career.

Ashoka: From what we have seen, she is the motivated new teacher.  She technically didn’t have a padawan yet, but she has led a group on a field trip.  She’s resourceful and knows how to think on her feet, which makes up for her lack of planning.

Luke:  His pupils turned on him. Was it a really bad class, or did he lack management skills?

Qui-Gon Jin: He is the rebel teacher that plays fast and loose with the rules.  He doesn’t do anything to get fired, but if he agrees with the administration he will do it his own way. The students love him so they don’t snitch.

Fandom-ing: KISS Army, Sort Of…

The first thing I ever remember purchasing with my own money was Kiss’s album Destroyer at a garage sale. It was a nickel, I bought it.  I’m pretty sure I bought it for two reasons.  The cover was cool, and it contained my favorite song, Beth.

Unfortunately my original copy didn’t make it through the years. I picked this one up at a local record shop and got Mr Kelly to sign it.

I couldn’t wait to get home to listen to it.  It blew my mind. It was dark and mysterious and all the things I knew I shouldn’t be listening to if my parents would have been like other parents.  And this was at four -two years after the album was released. Then I got to Beth.  The song was scratched so bad it was unplayable. 

When I got older, I kept playing it. I would read on the cover about the Kiss Army and wonder what it was like to be in that sort of group.  Like did everyone that show up to meetings had their own face paint set up. I didn’t really understand what a fan club was at the time. I never actually joined the Kiss Army.

Years, later I got to tell the story to Peter Criss, Kiss’s drummer and the singer for Beth.  It was at a small horror con at the Canal Street Sheraton in New Orleans. It was a great one room con.  It had Ron Pearlman, Tommy Flannagan, and Bruce Campbell.  Peter Criss was in a small room signing autographs.  He loved the story especially how I waited in anticipation to hear Beth and I couldn’t.  Mr. Criss is also a breast cancer survivor. He caught it really early and told us to make sure we both check.  He then hugged us. I know I had tears at this point and so did Mrs. Nola Nerd even though she wasn’t a fan.  She loved the fact this man could turn me back into that 4 year old version of me.

We also got to meet Ken Kelly, the man who designed the album cover.  We got the album signed.  When the Nola Nerd Baby is three and a half years old, I’ll take her record shopping and she what she gets.  Then 

Parenting: Parenting Roles

I’ve been reading the DC comic of the Flintsontes from 2016. Its a devestatingly good comic that I’m reading awful slowly just to savor it. Last night I came across this panel.

I have admitted how scared I was about the birth of our daughter. I didn’t know if I was ready to be a father.  

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Our baby was born, and I was still scared.  How do we sleep when she can’t?  How do I be there for my wife and go back to work? 

Then we had to rush my wife to the hospital, not once, but three times. (Please go here if you want to read the complete story).  When my wife was finally admitted, she was told she needed rest. I offered for me and the baby to stay.  My wife said no, she needed rest and the baby needed rest.  I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for her to say, but I do know that was the hardest thing I ever did. 

However, I couldn’t let my wife know that.  She needed to know I was confident enough to do it. And for the first time, I was.  She needed me to be strong because she couldn’t, and the baby needed me to protect her and make sure she survives.  There is no better motivation than that. 

The Nola Nerd Baby sleeping on me while mommy was in the hospital. 

You see, Fred is right.  We only have two roles, but the second one is everything. Let’s face, there are only two things we can’t do: we can’t have the kid and we can’t breastfeed.  However, as dads, we can do everything else.  And with modern technology we can still feed our children. We can change diapers, we can sing songs, we can dress and feed them. We can do everything. And the thing I’ve learned with the Nola Nerd Baby is she wants me to do everything. She wants to be near me. She wants to make me smile, because that’s the real reasons babies smiles. They want to see you smile.  

The Nola Nerd Trio

So I’ve learned that my role is to be a parent. We can put gender roles on things, but at the end of the day and at this point in our child’s life, I can do everything she needs me to do to protect her. So can my wife. 

And you know we will. 

NOLAing: Upcoming Things to Do in New Orleans

Irish Fest New Orleans 2018

The Irish Fest is a celebration of Irish culture. The event will be held at Kingsley House on Constance St in New Orleans. Of course, there will be great food and, probably, Guinness. There will be muic including headliners Lost Bayou Ramblers. Plus, there will be dance lessons and competitions, cooking contest, lectures from local experts (this is the big draw for us), bagpipers, and a kilt runway show.

History on the Lake

If you want to head to Slidell, you can tour PT-305. 

The PT-305 was built in New Orleans by Higgins Industries and was vital to the success in the European theater in WWII. For $12 for adults and $10 for kids 8-17, you can tour this fully, and faithfully, restored patrol-torpedo boat.

Restaurant New Orleans

This weekend is the tail end of the New Orleans Restaurant Week. Check out the restaurant week website and treat yo’ self!

ComicCon-ing: Fandemic Tour Comes to Houston

Sometimes life gets in the way.  Of course we have our day jobs that we love doing. Then there is the matter of finances since this blog is a second job that we pay to do. Then there is time and distance.

If those things wouldn’t be an issue, we would be at Fandemic Houston this weekend.

The Fandemic Tour is a new convention group that will bring fan conventions to different cities. They have already had a show in Sacremento and by all accounts it was a great success.  We except this weekend’s expo to be a great time for all as well.

The Celebrity Guests

This is an action packed con to say the least representing some of the biggest groups in fandom.

  • Walking Dead guests: Norman Reedus, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Pollyanna McIntosh
  • Smallville: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, John Schneider
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan

Plus joining Norman Reedus is his Boondock Saints costars Searn Partick Flanery and DAvid Della Rocco. Plus, crowd favorites Jason David Frank, Dean CAin, and Bruce Campbell will appear in Houston.  Plus, two of my favorite fandoms will be represented by Adam Baldwin (Firefly) and Clare Kramer (Buffy).  This is a great lineup!


Comic Creators and Artists

One of the draws for us is the comic creators and artists that will be at a con. 

  • Phil Ortiz (The Simpson)
  • Clinton Hobart (Disney)
  • Tom Cook (Hanna-Barbera)
  • Guy Gilchrist (Muppets)
  • Rod Thorton (Founder of Angel Comics)

And there will plenty of local artists including our friend Jessica Raney.  If you get a chance checkout her work Oddballs: A Collection of Short Fiction and Dreadful Pennies. Artist Alley is our favorite hangout at the end of each day, so make sure you visit!!!

Again, we wish we could make it.  We do have some friends who attended, and if they have time they might do a write up.  If you attened let us know how the con was on twitter!

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ComicCon-ing: Cons from Across the Country This Weekend

Each week we try to spotlight a few cons from across the country that feature guests from our fandoms. We try to focus on the guests these conventions bring and mainly on our favorite fandoms.  

The IC Collectors Convention: This collectors convention in Tennessee has some great guests considering it is primarily a collecotrs convention. Guests include:

  • Star Trek: William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, John de Lancie
  • Star Wars:  Chris Bunn, Gerald Home, Corey Dee Williams, Stephen Constantino, Julius Lefore, Bern Collaco, David Stone

Plus there will panels led by Steve Sansweet from Rancho Obi-Wan and Jim Searingen from Kenner Toys.  If you love collecting, especially Star Wars collecting, this is the convention for you.

Keystone Comic Con: This Philadelphia convention this is a new con. ReedPOP, the same people that put on Star Wars Celebration, is putting on this con. This con will be September 14-16 at the Philadelpphia Convention Center, which means stop by the Reading Terminal and get some donuts.  You will not be disappointed. Guests include:

  • Buffy/Angel: Amy Acker
  • The Office: Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nunez
  • Doctor Who: Catherine Tate, John Barrowman,
  • Voice Actors: Kevin Conroy, John Barrowman, Phil Lamarr, Rob Paulsen, Troy Baker, Maruice Lamrche, Grey Delisle
  • Star Wars: Ray Park

They also have some great wrestling guests and True Blood actors as well. They will also have some great comic creators appearing such as Chris Claremont (X-Men), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), Fred Van Lente (Comic Book History of Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jonboy Meyers (Teen Titans), Heidi McDonald (founder of The Comics Beat), and Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda).

Cincinnati Comic Expo: The Duke Enegy Convention Center in Cincinnati will host this con.  Celebrity guests include:

  • Game of Thrones: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Arrowverse: Manu Bennett, Katrina Law
  • Star Wars: Paul Blake, Peter Mayhew, Michael Bell,
  • Star Trek: Levar Burton, Karl Urban
  • MCU: Clark Gregg, Benedict Wong
  • Harry Potter: Chris Rankin

Comic creators include Neal Adams (Green Arrow/Green Lantern), J.M. Demaattis (Captain America), and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).