So... here's the wrap-up from today...
Weight Watchers: It was looking to be a great week for me, until this morning... at weigh-in, I'd only lost .8 lbs. Jessi figures it was the air-popped popcorn on Friday night that did me in (the cheese seasoning we use has salt, which could have caused me to retain some water). This week, I'll make sure no popcorn after Wednesday!
Post-Meeting: We walked the dogs, doing three miles ourselves, then home for breakfast. After breakfast, I grabbed a quick shower while Jessi continued reading the book Wicked, which is the story of The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, told from her perspective. After that, we got the dogs put to bed, and headed north to Tacoma, first making a stop at Big Lots, where we picked up some low-point snacks, some bones for the dogs, and a few other items we needed.
Then it was up to Tacoma, to meet my parents at their house. From there, we went to lunch at Jack-In-The-Box, and after lunch, it was over to this new bakery that just opened near there, as well Trader Joe's, which Jessi and I had never been to before. We also looked in at the Big Lots right next to those locations. After that, I dropped my dad off at his house, while Jessi and Mom went out to do some window shopping for flowers for the wedding.
Mom offered to take care of all the floral arrangements, but she still needed to know what Jessi liked... so that's what they went off to do, while I did a few errands around Tacoma. I first went to a Dollar Tree to see if I could find any more of the 8 1/2 x 11 padded envelopes that our local DT had sold out of... and was successful! Then I was off to yet another Big Lots, where I found some 2-point granola bars. Then was the best stop of all...
Some Comic Book Store Owners Are Incredibly Cool: I hadn't been to Comic Book Ink's new location yet, so I figured I'd stop by and check the place out. Fortunately for me, owner John Munn was there, and we did some catching up while I looked at his new location.
Friends, John should be writing a book on how to set up a comic book shop. As impressed as I always was with his original location, his new store is even better... a model of comic book shops! It's amazingly clean, well-organized, bright, and professional-looking. There's nothing slip-shod or tacky about it. Some time soon, I'll get photos of the store and run them here.
As we were talking, something caught my attention... a hardback book with the words "Star Hawks" on the spine. Now, I don't know if you know this or not, but back in the very late 1970s/early 1980s, there was a brilliant science-fiction newspaper strip by that name written by Ron Goulart, with art by Gil Kane. I loved this strip, and later, when I was reading The Comic Reader, and after that, Amazing Heroes, one big reason for my getting those zines was the Star Hawks reprints in them. There had been a few reprints of Star Hawks in the early to mid-80s which I bought, but the only one I had left was the pocket paperback sized volume, which I hadn't read for some time, but still sits on my bookshelf.
So, I saw that, and said to John, "Oh my god, someone did a hardback reprint of Star Hawks?" We went to that shelf, and John pulled it out and let me look at it... the quality of this book was just amazing... the reproduction is crisp and sharp... I wanted this book something awful... and I looked at the back cover and saw the price tag... $49.95.
My heart sunk. I did not have the budget left to spend on this book, and what were the odds that I'd come across a copy again?
That's when John demonstrated that he is one of the coolest people ever. He said, "You know, I won't be able to make it to your wedding. It's yours, an early wedding present."
I feel like I could not possibly come up with the words to express my gratitude. Just saying, "Thank you" was not nearly enough. I mean, yes, I was a customer of the shop when I was still in Tacoma, for about three or four months, but the last time I had bought anything from them was a year or more ago (an issue of Teen Titans Go! that I wanted for Jessi).
I know that Comic Book Ink is doing fairly well in their new location, but they both need and deserve more business. If you happen to find yourself in Tacoma, WA and want to see what a truly great comic book shop is like, head on over to the corner of 72nd and Portland Ave... and even if you're not ever going to be there, check out their web site at www.comicbookink.com, and tell 'em I sent ya, okay?
Post-Comic Book Ink Visit: I called Jessi on the cell phone after leaving CBI, because I couldn't wait to tell her how cool John is, and found she was still shopping. So I headed over to the Tacoma location of Toys R Us just to look around. I had been thinking that I needed some kind of Krypto item to put at my desk at work, and TRU happened to have a new Krypto action figure I didn't have yet (actually, they had a lot that I didn't have, but my budget didn't allow me to get Bat-Hound, Mechani-Kat, or any of the Dog Star Patrol members), which only set me back about $6.00. Then I started to make my way back to my parents' house, getting some gas in the car en route.
As I continued to head back, Jessi called to let me know she was already at the house, and when I got there, she and my mom were chatting. We ended up staying for dinner (thin crust delite pizza from Papa Murphy's), and called our friend Kathy to see if she could let the dogs out to potty... and she offered to take them to her place so they could play with her boxer, Jaeger. We watched this week's Monk episode while eating, and then headed back home, first stopping at Kathy's to get the dogs (and so that Jessi could solve a few sudoku puzzles). Not long after that, Jessi was tired, and went to sleep, but of course, I had to write this blog entry!
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