Awesome Con 2018

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a comic book convention that the idea of going and just walking around sounds fun.

Awesome Con 2018 is taking place in Washington DC March 30 through April 1.

I went to the inaugural Awesome Con and had a good time. If I go this year, it will be only for one day on April 1, also known as Easter Sunday. For you heathens out there, it’s the day our Lord and Savior came back from the dead after dying for our sins. He walked out of the tomb with a bunny rabbit under one arm and a duck under the other and asked where he could get his freshly nailed hands on some chocolate. It’s why we celebrate Easter the way we do.

I guess the artist chose not to include the bunny rabbit and the duck.

I would like to go, but the way my health has been lately, it’s hard to make any plans that don’t take place the day of.

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a comic book convention that the idea of going and just walking around sounds fun. Plus, that creepy lunatic Mark Waid isn’t supposed to be there,  so nobody has to worry about their personal safety.  Being that Awesome Con takes place in our nation’s capital, Mark Waid probably doesn’t want to worry about bumping into Donald Trump. That could turn into an awkward experience, not only for Mark Waid but for Donald Trump too.

Writer Magdalene Visaggio is scheduled to be there all three days so it would be great to get her to sign an issue of Eternity Girl #1.

Eternity Girl #1 written by Magdalene Visaggio.

If you don’t like the cover art of Eternity Girl #1, then you don’t like well-crafted covers. Every autographed comic I’ve ever owned is signed by the writer, not the artist. I think that’s because artists are too busy doing commissioned sketches at comic book conventions to sign their names on comics for free.

There’s a reason people hate the New York Yankees

From The Baltimore Sun:

Manny Machado won’t be a free agent until next offseason, but Aaron Judge is already making his pitch to the All-Star shortstop on why he should join the Yankees.
“Adding him to our lineup that we’ve already got would be something special. I told him he’d look good in pinstripes,” Judge said.
Judge said he made his pitch to Machado before Wednesday’s spring training game.
“He just kind of laughed it off and didn’t really say much,” Judge said.

You know who else looks good in pinstripes? Satan.

Personally, I’m looking forward to when Manny Machado is no longer in an Orioles’ uniform, but the reasoning is purely personal. I think he’s a tad bit overrated as a player, but more importantly for me personally, I don’t like Manny Machado as a person. I don’t like how he turned his back on his country, the United States, and played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Manny Machado played for the USA on the 18U National Team.
Manny Machado cosplaying as a citizen of the Dominican Republic.

Manny Machado is not a citizen of the Dominican Republic. Manny Machado is a citizen of the United States. As great as a player he might be, I’d rather not have him on a team I watch and root for. What he did was worse, far worse, then what some NFL players did by kneeling for the National Anthem.

With all that said, Aaron Judge engaged in tampering. That’s cheating. That’s what the Yankees do, they cheat. Worse, they tend to always get away with it.

My hope is the Orioles will be able to trade Manny Machado for pitching prospects, preferably those with high ground-ball rate (GB%). What is GB%?


Ground-ball rate represents the percentage of balls hit into the field of play that are characterized as ground balls. Each ball that is hit into the field of play is characterized as a line drive, a fly ball, a ground ball or a pop-up.
Ground-ball rate can be used as a metric to evaluate both hitters and pitchers, although it’s more frequently used to evaluate pitchers.
With pitchers, ground-ball rate can be very telling. For one thing, it lets us know what type of pitcher we have. Pitchers with high ground-ball rates have a tendency to allow fewer home runs (which result from fly balls and line drives). Obviously, preventing home runs is one of the most important aspects of pitching — as no outcome is more damaging.
Pitchers who possess high ground-ball rates have a tendency to induce a high number of double plays as well, and are generally more successful than pitchers who try to get by with high fly-ball rates.

For a pitcher to be successful in Camden Yards, I believe they have to have the ability to make batters hit ground balls.

Yankees best player to make only $622,300 this season

New York Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Judge, the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year, will make only $622,300 this season. He hit 52 home runs last season, yet he’s not even a millionaire.

He’s his team’s best player, yet he’s one of its lowest paid players. Japanese born pitcher Masahiro Tanaka with a 2017 ERA of 4.74 will make $22.14 million this season. Pitcher CC Sabathia, long past his prime, is slotted to make $10 million this season. How does this not piss Aaron Judge off?

Can you even get a decent apartment in New York City if you don’t make a million a year?

Boogie2988’s ex-wife is his landlord

Steven Williams, the man who plays Boogie2988 on YouTube, admitted on Reddit that he doesn’t own his house. His credit rating is so bad, he couldn’t get a mortgage in his name. The mortgage is in his ex-wife’s name, Desiree Williams.

From Reddit:

Hey guys. Since I got tagged in this thread I saw it so thought I’d help you guys out. Why is my credit at zero? I got very sick as a young adult. I almost died. Lymphedema in my legs went septic. I was in the hospital for almost a month and ran up a few hundred thousand dollars worth of medical bills. In order to get my credit BACK to zero, I paid off all of that debt with the first few years of youtube income.

I am now working on the credit by borrowing money, putting it into an account, and letting it draw off itself. Overall the small loan will cost me about 16 dollars to build credit.

The house is in my wife’s name because, at the time, I wasn’t able to purchase it for myself. However, the wife and I during mediation came to the arrangement that:

  • I can live in the house for 6 months to a year (my choice)
  • i live here rent free
  • she maintains the mortgage from her share of the assets until i’m ready to move or take it over
  • when we sell, we split any equity. if I take over the house the equity can optionally stay mine if I give her a small payment for it.

This is why I keep saying she rocks. She volunteered to do all of that. She wanted me to feel safe. The only reason she didn’t simply transfer the mortgage over to me was the bank wouldn’t allow it because of my credit.

I could potentially finish off this mortgage in one lump payment but I’d have to sell stocks to do it and I have no interest in selling those stocks. So I’m looking for a new home with a pool or hot tub instead.

I might decide to keep this place and take the price to refinance using a mortgage broker but since rates have gone up it seems like it might be better to get a place with more amenities for the same price that was built more recently. Time will tell though.

thanks for the questions!

There’s a lot to digest in what Boogie wrote on Reddit. Considering how difficult it is for him to tell the truth, it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. For example, if Boogie owed $200,000 in medical bills and had no way of paying it, why didn’t he declare personal bankruptcy? That’s what personal bankruptcy is for.

Then there’s the part about him owning stocks. If he owned stocks he could “potentially” sell and pay his wife, why wouldn’t he do that?

His ex-wife is his landlord. Who in their right mind would choose to live that way if they didn’t have to?

Boogie’s ex-wife and landlord, Desiree Williams.

Just because his ex-wife “rocks” this minute doesn’t mean she always will. Wait till she meets someone new and that new guy learns that her 400-pound ex-husband lives in her house rent-free. That can only become a massive obstacle in her new relationship.

If I were Steven, my number one goal would be to get my hands on enough money to pay off my ex-wife so that the home I live in would belong to me and me alone. I would sell whatever I could to get enough money to make this happen. I’d sell all my toys. I’d sell all my Pokémon and Magic The Gathering cards. I’d sell everything.

Once I owned my home outright, then I could think about selling it and buying something else with a pool or a hot tub. If his credit rating is as bad as a says, he’s going to have trouble even renting something halfway decent, let alone buying something.

Donald Trump’s sexual relationship with a porn actress is not news

I fail to see how Donald Trump having a sexual relationship with a porn actress is news. That’s the way CNN is treating it, as though it’s news. We have the cheap plan with Dish so CNN is the only cable news channel we have. The other cable news channels may be ignoring the story, but I wouldn’t know.

It’s embarrassing. I was sitting in the waiting room at my gastroenterologist’s office and CNN was on the TV. The main topic of discussion was porn actress Stormy Daniels and whether he non-disclosure contract with Donald Trump was valid or not because he didn’t sign it.

I don’t care.

Donald Trump's sexual relationship with a porn actress is not news - Bent CornerWe’ve known for a while that Donald Trump was not a good person. He heard him in his own words talk about grabbing women “by the pussy” and getting away with it because he was famous. And this was before the 2016 presidential election. People still voted for him.

Donald Trump is not a good man and he didn’t hide this fact from the voters.

Under normal conditions, the President of the United States having a sexual relationship with a porn actress and a non-disclosure with a porn actress would be a big story if we had a normal human being as president. We don’t have a normal human being for president. We have Donald Trump.

CNN just needs to move on.

Saudi Arabia to build 135,000 seat stadium in Iraq

The king of Saudi Arabia is paying to have a 135,000 seat stadium built in Iraq as a result of a 4-1 friendly soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that saw Iraq as the winner. The game was an upset. Saudi Arabia qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Iraq, like the United States, did not qualify for the World Cup.

The stadium once built will be the largest in the world.

What are they going to do with the stadium once it’s built? The largest soccer stadium currently in Iraq seats a 65,000.