Creature from the Black Lagoon

JPatz_20140810_creaturefromtheblacklagoon_WebToday I had the pleasure of meeting Ricou Browning, the man who played the Creature from the Black Lagoon in all of the underwater scenes (which were filmed not all that far from where I live).  He wore a diving belt to help him stay underwater and had to hold his breath for long periods of time because scuba equipment could not fit in the suit.  He is the only actor to play one of the Universal movie monsters that is still alive and I noticed that he enjoys egg salad sandwiches.

Thanks for the heads up Cindy!

Exercise Data

peh5214I have been tracking my exercise data since I started up again as an adult.  Yesterday I collected all the upper body records and entered them into Excel.  Well, I didn’t enter them all. Continue reading

Alive and Kicking with Photo Reference!


This picture was originally set up to color calibrate my camera. I jumped in at the end when I saw how much of the room I was actually lighting up.

Yes, I’m still alive.  I feel like I’m back in school right now.  Most days I finish feeling like I’ve been studying for a test all day.  Maybe it is more like adjusting to a new job when you hit that stressful place during the week two to six month period.  The new guy grace period is over and everyone is angry because you don’t remember their name, where the bathroom is, and can’t do your job perfectly.  Gosh, I already showed you how to do this at least twice!

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Thank You Readers

It has been a while since I last posted anything and I still have my shoulder to the wheel trying to save up money for the next phase.  It should be around Christmas/New Year’s when you start seeing more regular posts from me again.  Be aware that I do still respond to comments even if I’m not posting new articles and of course there is always spam to be dealt with so I’m around if you want to contact me.  I just don’t have the time right now to put into good quality posts.

The main reason for this little note is to say THANK YOU.  As you may or may not know, the way in which this site is hosted is such that I’m not allowed to run ads to generate revenue.  However, I am allowed to work with Amazon.  So when you follow any of the Amazon links from this site and you buy anything during that visit to Amazon, I get a commission (a teeny tiny commission).  It can be anything – an instant movie, a spatula, a book – not just the stuff I’m linking you to.  Now, this isn’t going to make me rich, but it reinforces that what I’m doing is useful to someone and that is the cool part to me.

I was reminded of this program because, for the first time since I started this site three years ago, I got enough commissions for Amazon issue a payment.  Thanks for your support!

I’m excited about the direction my career will be going in the next year and hopefully it is going to result in cool content that will be beneficial to this site and to you as well.


Hey guys,

Thank you so much for your support.  I love sharing good information with you guys and learning new things from you.  Readership has grown at a steady clip which is encouraging, but recently I started another full-time job that keeps me pretty busy.  I have some great stuff in the hopper but it will require time for picture editing so I don’t expect to be updating the blog on a regular basis for a while.  I have renewed all the domain and hosting stuff so the existing articles that you guys access regularly aren’t going anywhere and there is no way that I’m quitting this blog.  I’ll just be on hiatus while I stockpile a little money for my next big project that I think you’ll all enjoy very much.  Talk to you again in the  not too distant future.