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I’m a Failure as a Nerd

Posted in Life, Movies, Toys and Stuff with tags , , , on 05/21/2012 by Papa Nerd

Yes.  Yes I am.  Why?

I have yet to see The Avengers.

You did read that correctly.  This movie has made almost $500,000,000.  Not one of those dollars was mine.  You may be asking yourself, “Why?” You try to go see a movie with a three-year-old who will not sit still for all the money in the world.  I had a lot of bad experiences with babysitters when I was a kid, so I can’t just leave him with someone so my wife and I can go see it.  It looks like I will be waiting for it to come to Blu-Ray.

On another topic, I am also a failure as a nerd because I own a Wii.  Only a Wii.  No X-Box.  No PS3.  Just a lonely Wii.  Well, that is about to change, because, ladies and gentlemen, I will finally be joining 2006 tonight when I purchase an X-Box 360.  Yay for me!  I’ll finally get to play all of the hot new games, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dead Rising.  Maybe even WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010!

Leave me alone.  I love my wrestling games.  I love creating characters in my wrestling games.  So na na, boo boo.

On a totally non-failure topic, I finally got my family out of the spider infested dump we lived in for over two years, and our new place is like heaven.  We are all so much happier here, and thankful we no longer have slumlords for managers.  If we ask them to fix something, we’re treated like, well, people, no as nuisances.  And, no brown recluses!  We can sleep at night without wondering when our son will be bitten by one of those nasty buggers.

Speaking of our son, if you remember, a few months back, I posted a video about how smart he is.  It’s here, if you want to see it.  Anyway, in the last few months, my little super-villain has taught himself to read and write.

He won’t perform for the camera, so I have a hard time getting video of him reading his Curious George book or his Avengers Little Golden book.  But, I did happen to catch this on his Magna-Doodle before he could erase it:

The little man's writing

The word “Batman” doesn’t appear anywhere on his Magna-Doodle.  And to think, kids his age are supposed to be recognizing their letters, not writing them.

Oh, and he can count to 50 by himself.  He can count to 100 with help.  He may just grow up to take over the world.


Lego DC Universe Super Heroes Are Here!

Posted in Toys and Stuff with tags , , , , , , on 02/19/2012 by Papa Nerd

Remember when Legos used to just come as a bunch of overpriced bricks in a box and you could build what you wanted?  Without directions?

I know, I’m old.  They haven’t been packaged like that in a long time.

Anyway, last summer, Lego announced that they will be making sets based on DC and Marvel Super Heroes.  I have to say that the only time in my life I have been excited about Legos was when Mom would buy some for my brother and me, when we were, like, 8 and 5, respectively.  You know, when they were just overpriced little bricks in a box.  We were… well, poor, so we didn’t get Legos very often.  Hell, most of my He-Man figures were second-hand.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not bitching.  I was very happy with my stuff, but Mom and Dad couldn’t afford to buy us a lot of toys.

So when Lego made their announcement about the Super Heroes sets (and Lord of the Rings sets, honestly), I became excited.  As a Superman junkie, I would finally be able to get my hands on some Lego Superman goodness.  And Lego Avengers.  So, a few weeks ago, my family and I were strolling through our local Target, looking for some Hot Wheels for my son, when I happened to see this on a shelf:

Lego Superman

I grabbed one and took it to my wife.  She rolled her eyes and let me get it anyway.  You know, for my son.  Yeah… that’s the ticket.

Actually, she understands and embraces my overall nerdiness, and she was happy I was able to find it, since it appears this is the only Superman set that will be made.  Damn Batman.  Always hogging the spotlight.

I didn’t think it would be fun to put this together.  I mean, there’s no imagination to it.  But, it was fun.  I don’t know why, but I felt like a five-year-old again.  The finished product is very nice.

Lego Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor

Lego Superman set

Lego Superman set

Yeah, I’m a nerd.  I know.  Would it surprise you if I said I’m trying to talk my wife into getting the following set for my birthday?

Lego Two-Face Chase set

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