Waxing On, Waxing Off With Madame Tussaud

I've spent my entire life in New York. Not in the crazy crowded city of Manhattan itself, but in the suburbs. Close enough to visit, but far enough away to be considered living "upstate" from most Mannhattanites. So when we visit NYC, I don't really consider us tourists. Except for last weekend. On Sunday, my family headed down to the Big Apple to meet some family friends and go to Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum. I've never had any desire to go to it. I've seen wax museums in various cities across the country (Shout out to San Francisco!), but never gave the establishment more than a quick glance and a snicker. ...

London Calling

After college, I did the proverbial backpacking-through-Europe trip with my roommate Dave. (We tried like to mad to get our other buddy Keith to join us, but he came up with every lame excuse in the book, despite leading us on all year. And no, we're not bitter or anything.) I loved it. It was one of the greatest things I've ever done in my life, especially since I doubt I'll ever have a chance to do anything like it again. When you've got a wife, two kids, and a regular job, it's kind of hard to take five or six weeks off to go hopping around the world. We started in ...

Go Crazy With Gogo’s Crazy Bones

Ryan's one of those kids that just loves playing with action figures. Doesn't matter if they're Star Wars, Super Hero Squad, or Lego mini-figs. He just loves grabbing a bunch of guys and having them go on adventures and fight.  He's even been known to grab my keychain (I've got a Mario figure on it) and start acting out a video game level with it. Needless to say, his room is chock full of various types of little collectibles. One of his favorites recently are the wave of characters being sold in "blind boxes." Based on the Japanese style of selling some toys, these are small collectible little items that come ...

It’s A Awesome! Our Visit to the Nintendo World Store

We spent the day in Manhattan today with some family friends and had an absolute blast. I won't bore you with every sordid detail, though I will be doing a follow-up post on our crazy fun trip to Madam Tussauds wax museum. So stay tuned for that one.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of New York City. Not that I'm a country boy by any means (though I do love me some Dukes of Hazzard!), but growing up in the suburbs, I've always liked an occasional visit to the city, but that's it. It's just not that convenient to get to from where we live (unless you drive, which can take forever ...

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card in the Nivea For Men Giveaway

  On a regular basis, I spend my lunch hour over at the gym. It's right down the road (a 3 minute drive) at a place called Retro Fitness. Pretty cheap gym, tons of great machines, and some of the best power shakes you'll ever drink. I can't get enough of their Pomtini shakes (pomegranate and cherry)! Anyways, since I'm heading back to the office, I always hit the showers first. Don't want to offend any co-workers, right? The gym showers aren't the nicest ones around. They're pretty much bare bones in that they provide a door, a shower head, water, and if you're lucky, some foamy soap. That's it. So I ...