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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I'll Be Back

This will be the lone post for the week, because the next five days are going to be a little hectic.  It's nothing life threatening... just your average run of the mill... middle aged teacher problems.  Essentially... the focus of my attention will be on the following:

#1:  Game of Thrones

The Season 6 premiere is this Sunday... and I need to watch fifteen more episodes by then.

Game of Thrones rules.  Great character development, tons of action, and a story line that always seems to keep me coming back for more makes this one of my all-time favorite shows.

Last August, the Staten Island Yankees changed their name to the Staten Island Direwolves for one evening and gave away special hats to the first 2,500 fans.  One of the attendants was George R. R. Martin... author of the Game of Thrones series.

I targeted these hats and monitored their sale prices for a couple of months.  Then in December, I found a signed version on eBay for $35 and determined the price was worth the risk.  Thankfully, I had my buddy submit the hat to PSA/DNA at the Tristar Show a few weeks ago and they authenticated it.  It's a nice addition to my autographed hat collection... as well as the first piece in my Game of Thrones collection.

#2:  Sharks Playoff Hockey

The San Jose Sharks are back in the playoffs a year after missing them for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.

I honestly don't have very high expectations for them, but that doesn't mean I won't cheer them on.

I recently went to one of their practices and was excited to get Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Martin Jones, and Evgeni Nabokov to sign pucks.  Unfortunately Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Logan Couture weren't in the mood to sign.  Oh well... maybe next season.

#3:  Garage Door Repairs

This morning I backed my car out of the garage and was about to pull away... when I noticed that my garage door didn't descend.  It took me twenty minutes, but I was finally able to bring it down.  I've gotta get this fixed and the sooner, the better.

#4:  Birthday Parties

I'm not really a fan of kid's birthday parties... but I've got a pair of them to attend this Saturday.  Honestly... one of them I'll just make an appearance and sneak out.  But the other one, I'll be there for the long haul.

#5:  Moving Classrooms

This is the thing I'm least looking forward to.  My school is going through a huge transition and I'm moving to another classroom across campus.  The good news is I'll be in a state of the art classroom with tons of extra storage.  The bad news is I'll slowly packing up years worth of stuff over the next two months.

So that's what I'll be focusing on over the next few days.  I should be back to my regular schedule by Monday.  I know that a few of you have sent me packages.  It might be another week until I can get to them, but at least I have something to look forward to.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!


  1. 1. Game of Thrones never interested me. I'm sure it's fantastic, but I can't get into fantasy shows. I know, I know, I'm the only card blogger that doesn't like that stuff. I need reality. Sorry.

    2. Rooting for the Sharks because the one Kings fan I know is the most annoying fan I know.

    3. Never had a garage door opener, probably for this reason.

    4. Very glad I'm out of the kids' birthday parties stage for a long time.

    5. You've got a cool classroom set up. And desk.

    6. See you in a week!

  2. We will be here when you come back in a week!

  3. Nice hat. I remember hearing from a few of my fellow autograph collectors at SI that they made their money back by selling the hat (without an autograph).

    I got to see Martin (far away obviously) that day. He was also doing a charity event to help people recognize that wolves aren't like dogs and can't be pets.

  4. Got to games 3 and 4 at the tank this week; happy to see one victory.....they've had such a poor record at home this yr. Would be great to have a Friday night clincher!

  5. Looking forward to when you get back. Best of luck this week.

  6. brad - thanks! i was really happy to add that one to my collection

    night owl - i totally understand... fantasy isn't for everyone. and thanks for supporting the sharks. just be prepared to be disappointed ;)

    chop keeper - appreciate you guys sticking around

    zippy - i actually though about you when i started looking for that hat and wondered if you attended that game.

    daniel wilson - it was crazy. still haven't fixed the garage door (my poor acura has been trapped for a week)... but i did manage to catch up on GOT and watch the sharks!

    mr. haverkamp - wow... that's awesome that you were there. it's crazy to think they were under .500 at home this season. they were so dominant at the tank two seasons ago. hopefully they figure things out in the 2nd round.

    r laughton - thanks... appreciate you taking the time to read the blog and i'm looking forward to catching up on reading everyone's posts