Jefferson is a single dad of two great kids, a Coug, a fan of live anything over recorded anything, a former blonde, ex-rock magazine editor, Sounders supporter, licensed flagger, marathon runner, black belt in both Tae Kwon Do and Thai Kickboxing, soccer fan/player/coach, published novelist, Frosted Flakes fan, two step and swing dancer, Kurosawa movie buff, future cask aged microbrew owner, future punk band singer, the founder of Keeper Studios, and a failed guitarist that keeps playing anyways ...
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They are knocking down and rebuilding my elementary school on the same site. My junior high and high schools both have had the same fate. So, all three buildings I attended no longer exist, although there are - or will be - schools still functioning on the same site.
This is not a retcon, Cerebus remains very dead. However, he also is in Hell.
I decided to wait and post this until after Emerald City Comic Con when I would have a first chance to meet Gerhard, which was cool.
I also decided to wait until I got all five issues, zero through four equals five.
When I look at this as a collection of strips as opposed to a story it makes more sense, because the story really is the title. beyond that, the jokes are mostly funny, if not in a lot of cases basically the same joke told over and over.
Given that Dave has faced a serious health issue with his hand, coming up with this project was a good way to get the material out and into print. I hope he does get a full recovery and can go back to doing other projects again and variant covers, and because I hope the man gets healthy.
It was a month ago yesterday that I finally went to the doctor's office.
It was a good three weeks earlier that I banged my clavicle, apparently fracturing it, leaving a lot of bruising and swelling in my shoulder.
The problem was not the clavicle by the time the doctor saw me. I had not been able to get the swelling and bruising to go away, it was burning, and I was getting sick. One evening, it appeared that the bruising was seeping and I did my best to try and clean it up, but it became clear that a doctor visit was necessary.
It did not take more than a quick glance before the doc had me move to the procedure room, was trying to get the area numb, and informed me that although they normally lance these sorts of things, "I am going to cut you now." Two slices, five attempts at numbing the area with shots, and about 35 minutes later, I was a wreck with a huge packed wound bigger than a golf ball.
It is not clear whether an earlier visit of even a few days would have done much to avoid the abscess procedure by very much since it was so hidden by the swelling, but I feel like it would have been a lot easier on me physically and cheaper on my pocket book.
It has taken me a good week now to get to writing this. Gonzaga played for the national title in men's basketball this past Monday against North Carolina, losing late after leading in stretches. It was a brutal outcome. However, it is also an amazing accomplishment for the little Jesuit school from Spokane that is no longer a surprising success.
26 years ago I sat in the old Kennel as a student watching the Zags play Eastern Washington. The GU coach was talking about NCAA tourney appearances, and with the field being 64 with automatic bids it all seemed plausible. By plausible, I mean that it would be plausible for GU to contend for that automatic bid and get crushed annually as a 14 seed.
Within a few years GU did get to the tourney, and now it is a mainstay with multiple Sweet 16 appearances and the 2017 Final Four and championship game appearance.
I don't talk much about that year at GU for reasons. I loved the school, but how that year played out still sometimes causes me to pause and reflect.
Deep down I will always be a Coug first. I played and coached soccer against the Zags. When WSU hosted GU in Pullman for a first round NIT match I was very much a Cougar. Ambition and consistency are not something that mid major programs can easily juggle. But, how the Zags have approached their program is something larger conference teams just don't seem to realize would work anywhere in the power conferences.
So, GU now has the chance to build on this success, even as players move on. Few has seemed to have no problem in recruiting, and now even a childhood friend of my daughter's has signed on to be a freshman next season.
It was surprising to me just how emotional this game made me. Even though I am a Coug first, clearly my brief time at GU did in fact have a profound affect on me.
Nine years ago I penned an open letter to Adrian Hanauer.
I was optimistic about the MLS Sounders launch, but had a few thoughts, issues, and suggestions.
Now, it is 2017 and almost a decade later. The club has won 4 US Open Cups (with a fifth final appearance). The club has won a Supporters Shield. The club has grabbed two Cascadia Cups. The club has made the playoffs all 8 seasons. The club has made it to the semis of the regional champions league. Average attendance of 40k per game is a regular thing. The upper bowl is filled on occasion and has season ticket options. And, the club is defending MLS Cup champions.
So, Adrian, you and the club have exceeded literally any expectations.
2016 was a year. No middle ground. 2016 was only a year of highs and lows.
As always, the Ephemera lists are about me being able to look stuff up later and are a bit ridiculous in their nature. I know.
Seattle Reign FC & NWSL:
4-10 4-1 UW
4-17 1-2 SBFC
5-01 1-0 FCKC
5-14 1-1 PTFC
5-22 1-2 CRS
5-26 1-1 ARSE
6-12 1-0 HOU
7-02 2-0 BOS
7-16 1-1 WNY
7-23 5-2 ORL
8-27 3-1 PTFC
9-11 2-0 WAS
10-2 NWSL Semi PDX 3 WNY 4 (AET)
(3-20 training @ Memorial Stadium / 4-7 Kit unveil @ Hard Rock Cafe / 5-24 Arsenal Ladies training @Memorial Stadium)
Sounders 1-23 Starfire 1st training
SSFC 0 LAG 1 7-9 CLink MLS Regular Season
SSFC 0 HOU 0 10-12 CLink MLS Regular Season
ProstAmerika.com book release @ The Atlantic Crossing 11-13-16 @6pm w/American Outlaws
Mariners 1 Rangers 2 (11) AL West Regular Season 6-11 @ Safeco Field
Movies on the big screen:
Finding October (Premiere 1-10 SCC) (SIFF 5-30/6-2)(NW Filmaker's Forum 11-11)
The Martian (2nd)
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War (2)
Love & Friendship
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
Star Trek Beyond
Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Mad Max: Fury Road (Back and Chrome Edition)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
AC2 - 1-16 @ Paramount
The Swains - 1-22, 3-9, 3-25, 9-17 @ LRH
The Great Ball 2-13 (The Swains & Sabrina RockArena)
Pax South 1/29-31* - The Doubleclicks (1-30)
Kirby Krackle - 2-27 @ Subspace Comics
Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Delain - 3-7 @ Showbox Sodo
Loreena McKennitt - 3-26 @ Paramount
ECCC - 4-7/10 @ WSCTC
Kracklefest - 4-8 @ Hard Rock Cafe (Kirby Krackle/Death*Star)
Iron Maiden - 4-11 @ Tacoma Dome (The Raven Age)
AngelHack - 4-17
STEM & Wine - 4-22 @ PacSci
Rat City Rollergirls Hitditch Cup 5-7 @ The Rat's Nest
Andrea Bocelli - 6-1 @ Key Arena
10 Minutes in the Forest - 6-10 @ The Slate Theater
UofO commencement - 6-13
Welcome to Night Vale: Ghost Stories - 7-22 @ Benaroya Hall
Flogging Molly - 8-1 @ Showbox Sodo
Kickstarter 52 Geek Pickup & 52 Jock Pickup release party - 8-20 @ Subspace Comics
Slipknot & Marilyn Manson - 8-11 @ White River Amphitheatre
KISW Pain in the Grass (Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin, etc) - 8-21 @ White River Amphitheatre
PAX Dev & West 8/31-9/5 WSCTC + set up and tear down days (Geek Owned Business Panel Moderator @ Chipmunk Theatre 9-3)
Colonel Chris Hadfield - 9-13 @ Town Hall Seattle
Neil deGrasse Tyson - 9-22 @ Paramount
Hedda Gabler - 10-1 @ Black Box Theater
NYCC - 10-6/9 @ Javits Center
Sam Maggs & Bonnie Burton - 10-18 @ Third Place Books
Bob's Corn Maze - 10-29
Jet City Comic Show - 11-(4)5/6 @ Tacoma Convention Center
Postmodern Jukebox - 11-18 @ Paramount
The Pretty Reckless - 12-2 @ Showbox Sodo
Odd regular things:
STKD Thai Kickboxing
Subspace Comics Book Club 5-23/6-29/7-27/8-31/9-28/10-26/11-30
Fremont Sunday Market
I haven't written in a while Clay. It felt like bad timing and taste to comment when the other major half of the ownership group passed. It felt like it was too soon when your team landed in the finals a few years ago. It was shocking when KD signed an extension at one point. It was kind of piling on when your team had an epic collapse this year. But, KD leaving is what I always predicted would happen.
He is still in the prime years of an NBA career and that will not be in OKC.
In the NBA, teams recover eventually, but it takes a long time. It will be a dark decade there before another free agent of any class looks at OKC and thinks anything other than KD left because that team is not set up for a run at a title.
So, Clay. This is what I long have expected would happen if and when KD really hit the open market. He would leave.
OKC fans don't deserve this. They are not at fault. If anything, it appears that they have done nothing but embrace the team. KD had a near decade in OKC and is choosing a different path. He is also doing it the right way, from all indications. Leaving a franchise is something that it is totally okay for a player to do when they sit and mull over multiple offers. OKC fans will likely never view this rationally that way, but it really is the case.
Seattle will now be as likely to win a title as OKC, and we still don't have a team after a decade. Let the hopeless decade begin in OKC.
Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2016
We had our two screening at SIFF. At both, there was a good turnout of film fans that just wanted to see the film and were not otherwise connected to us.
Also, we were brought up after the screenings to q&a with a moderator and the audience.
I work with actors at cons. They have people coming up to them all the time. They take questions on stage. They pose for pics on the red carpet in front of banners. On a smaller scale than dealing with a franchise of fans i have now experienced the other side of that. The experience will definitely affect how I work those situations in the future. Amazing to experience this.