Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Comic-Con, Preview Night

PREVIEW NIGHT, Wednesday July 22

So preview night is a big event on Wednesday night that you only get to go to if you have the pass for the entire Comic-Con event, which we did. So we got to go to preview night which is exactly what is sounds like. We watched two entire episodes of new TV shows coming out this fall and then we went down to the exhibition hall to check out where stuff is and what there was to see.

"Human Target" -- This is a new show coming out in January that is based on a DC comic book about a man who is contracted to find out who is trying to kill his clients. He literally does this by becoming the target himself or using the client as bait to draw out the hitman. It was a really cool show and we enjoyed episode 1. Come January it will be a show that Amanda and I will watch.

"V" -- Some have already heard about this show or seen the preview for it. It is a remake of an 80's TV show and the premise is that aliens show up (V is for "visitors") in the name of peace. They say that they are trying to get home and need water and minerals and are willing to share their technological advances as a trade mechanism to get them. Not everything is what it seems though and by the end of episode 1 you get a feel of where the lines are going to be drawn. Definitely a GREAT TV show and I will be tuning in weekly to catch the latest. The creator makes the viewer sincerely care about what's going to happen and you get caught up in the story as it progresses. Loved it!

After watching these previews they had episode 1 for a new TV show that's ripping off the Twilight series, naturally many people walked out before the episode started, including us. So we went down to the exhibition hall and checked out what would be going on throughout the week. We still missed some of the stuff that happened (like getting a free R.A. Salvatore book from TOR, sad) but all-in-all I'd say we did pretty well throughout the week and extremely enjoyed ourselves. Preview night is also when we got 3 free District-9 shirts.

Total counts of free stuff (throughout the week)
-T-shirts: 15!
-Books: 3 (Eragon/Eldest Omnibus; The Maze Runner [which doesn't come out until October, we have the entire book, thanks Random House]; and The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson)
-Radio show CD's: 9 total, the entire 6 seasons of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, which I have no idea what it is, but I plan on listening and enjoying the seasons so they got a new fan.
-TPB's (Trade Paperbacks): 2 (not very good ones, but hey, they were free)
-Comics: who the heck knows! we got so many free comics that I don't know how many.
-Posters: see answer for comics
-Tribble's: 2 (you know, the furry balls from the original Star Trek? We got some!)
-Hand Puppets: 2 (from Adult Swim, in the form of Snakes)
-Transformers Seat Cushions: 2
-Star Trek "Live Long & Prosper" foam fingers: 1

Anything else I remember will be added but that's the bulk of the free stuff.

More to come!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Comic-Con update

I still have slow internet, so the pics will be few. But in short, we saw a lot of cool people...I bought 13 graphic novels, Amanda bought a book, and so far we have received 7 free t-shirts, 3 free books, a bunch of posters, and I bought some Todd Lockwood art...

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Quick update, the internet's slow here but here's some cool teaser stuff...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

House Update/Off to Comic-Con

Here's the progress on the Townhouse and we're off to Comic-Con today!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes (Grand Master Editions) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bradbury did it again with this amazing dark fantasy mystery book. I thought that Fahrenheit 451 was my favorite book he wrote, until I was about 30 pages into this one. The prose is beautiful and this will definitely be an oft read book in my collection.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

BIg News...

So Amanda and I have been house shopping on and off for a little over a year now. We started with one of the big auctions out at the Riverside Convention Center, then we would sometimes stop by model homes just to dream, and then a couple weeks ago we met up with two different real estate and saw 15 houses. Every time it was the same thing: the house we liked and wanted either was overpriced with lots of repairs to be done, or we would call to see if we could make an offer and it had "just gone into" Escrow with someone else.

So by one of the houses we went to look at, KB homes was building some new townhouses and Amanda and her dad went to go look at them. She really liked them (I hadn't seen them yet), and so when I got home from work, we went online to see what other builders were building in the area. William Lyon Homes was building a couple new townhouse constructions in the area (they had 3 or 4 in the IE). So we Amanda went again with her Dad while I was at work to check out prices and floor plans and what-not. We found an awesome Townhouse in North Fontana that we really liked and started to think about it and go back various times to show different parents. Each time we went back with different people, we found something that we liked that we hadn't seen before; the place just kept getting better and better!! So needless to say, we were actively involved with the Rep there at the models, asked lots of questions, got pre-qualified, and all that jazz.

So today they released the next phase (that we were interested in, the prior phases were all sold out), we got the call with the pricing and we got first pick of which building and which lot we wanted! There was one person ahead of us on the list but they let us pick first. So we picked this beautiful lot that backed up to the single-family-homes behind the Townhouse complex, and guess what?! It's one of three plans with a backyard in place of the planned courtyard, how awesome! So the backyard is 25 ft deep from the backdoor to the wall, and is almost as wide as the entire building; sweet!

The plan we will be getting (barring any unforeseen events) is the biggest plan as well at 1,711 sq. ft., two stories, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, attached two car garage, and backyard! We like that the floor plan pulls the bedrooms away from the shared wall so that the laundry, stairs, bathrooms and closets are mostly what is shared with the neighbors. Also, right now the lot is just dirt so we'll be posting on the progress of our new place as it's built. Because its new, we also get to pick out all the upgrades that we want (like granite counter-tops, or darker stained cabinets, et al). Here's the address if you want to google.maps it:

14975 South Highland Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336

Also, if anyone is looking to buy this is a great deal!! Let us know...
The floor plans are as follows: