Fandom Merchandise and Where to Find It

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​As I look at my Christmas gifts, and my recent birthday gifts before that, I am struck, but not terribly surprised by how much relates to the variety of fandoms and pop culture things I am involved in. Many of these things have stayed with me since my teen years, to the point that I no longer participate, but they still hold an important place in my heart. The one example that comes to mind was my getting a new messenger bag: ThinkGeek’s Bag of Holding. It’s so glorious that I’ll be writing a separate review of it. My son was a little annoyed that I would be getting it – it was a little expensive, but with the thirty percent discount that was offered, it was well worth it. He was still a little annoyed and exclaimed, “You don’t even like Dungeons & Dragons!” I think I may have snorted. I was momentarily speechless.

I don’t like Dungeons & Dragons?! Do you even know me?! I had been playing Dungeons & Dragons since high school. In our school cafeteria, we would use the half-pint milk container as a six-sided die. Every weekend in college, we’d get together in the blue room to play. Dave, our DM (dungeon master) would not let us have any alcohol. We got stupid. We were probably the only group on a Saturday night not drunk. We would play all weekend, talking time only to sleep before the next night’s game.

I met my college roommate in a study hall through a conversation about character sheets.

My oldest son used my original books when he and his friends played Dungeons & Dragons.

Not a fan?! Harumph!

Glancing at The Walking Dead trivia box, the Hufflepuff necklace, the Supernatural zipper bag, the Star Trek 50th anniversary gold ornament with sound, I saw just how many fandom things there are, and I also realized how difficult it was to get some of them.

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The Post Office, Part 1

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Starting at the top, clockwise: Lapel pin of America Responds stamp, Ornament commemorating 100 Years of Letters to Santa through the US Postal Service, America Responds stamp sheet, Harvey Milk stamp sheet, plastic mailbox to hold stamps or Valentine’s. (c)2016

Starting at the Top, clockwise: Baseball Sluggers, Sunday Funnies, Star Wars, Disney Magic, Super Heroes Chapter Two, Animals, Super Heroes Chapter One, Disney Romance, Star Trek. (c)2016

We’re Fools for April

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There is no way to pinpoint precisely when April Fool’s Day began, but it was already a part of life in the mid 1700s. It’s possible that it began in as part of the changeover of the calendar year. With the year ending on March 25th, there was a period of spring gift giving that culminated on April 1st. it might also be in response to the change by keeping a ritual on the first day of April.

It is also suggesting that it may have evolved from the Hindu Feast of the Fools or the Roman holiday of Hilaria.

Read more on the prank filled day’s history from Vox [dot] com’s piece from this morning.

Here are a few others that I saw today that are worth visiting:

Berkeley Breathed revises Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes.

Netflix and John Stamos present John Stamos: A Human. Being.

Kings College Choir finds a way to keep high male voices.

New Han Solo movie will feature a computer generated Han Solo.

Canada releases archival documents regarding Wolverine

Friends with Government Benefits starring George Takei and Cloris Leachman

From 2013, the Mishapocolypse. I participated in this and it was surreal. This gives the best description that I was able to find.

We also convinced my son to apply for a job as a kiosk ambassador for Redbox, and my daughter that her beautiful brown eyes were now blue. (It was 7am so she was a little susceptible to suggestion.)

Enjoy the rest of your April Fool’s, and the irony of the following graphic:

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Taken from George Takei's Facebook page, 4/1/16