Hello again my friends. Been a wild ride these past couple months and July is only half over… then things really take off. The biggest thing was as I had mentioned last month. My father, three brothers, and two of my nephews went over to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasions at Normandy. It was a fantastic trip for them all, and really gave them a perspective on things Dad has only been able to tell us about. On top of it all, Dad was one of the four soldiers featured in the Return to Normandy special on NBC (Hosted by Brian Williams). The producers told me over six million people saw it. If you were in that number, "Doctor Tommy" is my dad
The only drawback to the trip was someone needed to stay and look after the household and farm and such, so I volunteered. I knew Dad would have far less anxiety and worry if I stayed home and took care of what was needed. Yah I wish I could have gone, but this was more important. On the bright side, at the end of June I sold some calves at market and they got an insanely good price… enough that as of right now, not only can I take a trip of my own, but it's already paid for Every year if we can, a few friends of mine and I like to get to Gen Con in Indianapolis. Didn't make it last year, but this year we're going. It's going to be a fun time to be sure, but that's not my trip… only part of it Going to spend the four days at Gen Con, then when we're ready to head home my friends and I part ways. They drop me off at a hotel by the airport and I stay an extra night. The next morning I board a plane and fly down to Orlando Florida for five days of fun and sun at Universal Studios, specifically at both of the Harry Potter resorts Got a package that gets me into their cool 50s/60s mad-men style Cabana hotel at the park then exploring Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and the rest of the Potter parks (getting in an hour before the park opens to dodge all the lines and all). When it's all done I'll fly to Kansas City (cheapest destination and only three hours away) and I'll either rent a car for the last bit home or friends will come get me. If I time right I should get home about 30 minutes before the season premiere of Doctor Who True, it's not France, but should be a great time. I've never been to Universal Studios and I've never taken a vacation even remotely this involved by myself.
So, if any of you, my good friends, are going to Gen Con as well ( Aug. 13-17) or by chance will be down in Orlando the following week, let me know. Would be cool to see just how awesome a trip I can make it, and seeing some of you face to face would be a nice bit o' icing on the cake
With Dad coming home from his trip (and taking care of him due to the usual after traveling sick spell), getting calves ready for sale, general work, (least of which is my 80s arcade celebrated it's 9-year anniversary last week, but that's a whole other story ) I haven't had the presence here of late that I've wanted, and many things have gotten away from me. For the last several months I've resigned myself to thanking you all en masse for the interest and support you give my works through your Watches and Favoritisms, but now it seems I'm reaching critical mass with those I keep track of as well. The various groups and individuals I Watch are coming at a flood's pace. At present I have nearly 6,000 deviations in my watch notifications waiting for my review. As more come in every day I fear I won't be able to give these the attention they deserve, so to all my friends whom I watch and Favorite works. If you've posted several that I have seem to have ignored it is certainly not my intention. I would love to address each and every one, but I fear this go around I must give them a superficial look and purge the mounting list. If there's something, though, you think I'd have particularly liked and missed, please let me know
Now for the Thanks to all of you who have shown such support to my works My appreciation has not diminished and I do thank you all so very much This go around these were the most popular pics of mine, though I do apologize I haven't had time to make more
(In no particular order)
Likewise, thank you who have given me a herd of Llamas. Your Llamantations did not go unnoticed
Thanks most of all to those of you who felt my humble works were worth keeping an eye on so I do very much appreciate the artistic voyeurism of all my new Watchers Thank you very much my friends