Once, long ago, I posted on the internet as Studicus, an in-joke nickname related to a skit from high school. When I first started blogging, I called my year-end entries "Studicus Selects." The tradition has continued since 2005...although I skipped 2006 for some unknown reason.
You'll find past entries here (scroll down for the 2020 picks):
Studicus Selects 2019
Studicus Selects 2017
Studicus Selects 2016
Studicus Selects 2015
Studicus Selects 2014
Studicus Selects 2013
Studicus Selects 2012
Studicus Selects 2011
Studicus Selects 2010
Studicus Selects 2009
Studicus Selects 2008
Studicus Selects 2007
Studicus Selects 2005
|We keep a cover on the couch now, but this is what it looks like in its natural state.|
|Just a really great family!|
|We're as enchanted by her as she is by the Christmas tree!|
|The paper goods aisle--cleaned out|
|Not much going on here in the frozen goods section because everyone dined on frozen pizza!|
If you found wipes or toilet paper in those days, you really did feel like you'd won the lottery. But if you came across a bounty of such items, it didn't matter--stores limited you to one item per transaction.
|How it feels to find the last container of Clorox wipes at the store...|
Unexpected Money, El Presidente Stimulus Category. When the pandemic runs its course (and with these vaccines on the way, I believe it will), we should all get t-shirts saying, "I survived the pandemic and all I got was this lousy $1,200 check."
|Signature or cardiogram? You decide|
Our Year at the Movies, Truncated Theatrical Engagements Category. Typically, the Studicus Selects columns have a ton of movie recaps because Anne and I go to the theater a lot.
Peyton's Places. I've always loved Peyton Manning. However, we don't have ESPN Plus, so we couldn't watch his show. When the pandemic hit and sports were canceled for a bit, ESPN aired the show and we set a series recording. Like football? Like Peyton? It's great stuff.
|Please give me all the cuddles, Mommy!|
|What day is it? Who are these people? How do I tell them I have no inner monologue?|
|It's very hard to get a good picture of him in a bandana, so this will have to do|
|The classic blue "Adidog" sweatsuit keeps his tummy warm|
|It's just Howard in a harness, you know, behind the wheel at the Dairy Queen drive-thru|
|This is the green Adidog sweatsuit, the second of three|
|I call this the "Hamburglar" outfit|
|The "Bert and Ernie" look|
|The third Adidog sweatsuit is yellow|
|Howard's Santa outfit, which he wore precisely long enough for me to snap a few pictures|
|"I am ready for my closeup"|
|Willy on a walkabout outside; we let him romp when we can|
|You can see his mouth is a bit open here|
|More basking turtle!|
|We call this "full tuck"--and it's hard to snap a picture of him because he usually wakes up before you can get one|
|Willy loves being held!|
|Sometimes it looks like he just doesn't want anyone to bother him!|
|Out of the tank on a walkabout in the house|
|One of the great all-time Willy photos!|
|Lenny on his moist hide|
|"Does this look heroic enough, Dad?"|
|"This isn't really my good side, but I'll let you take the picture"|
|Lenny likes to squeeze himself in the strangest places sometimes|
|"Listen, can I get a drink of water without having my picture taken?"|
|He looks like he's surveying enemy forces in this one...|
|Lenny gets out a couple times a week and likes to find a warm, safe spot|
|He looks pretty content in this one!|
|A look at the control deck, with has two joysticks with six-button layouts, a pair of spinners, and a trackball that's great for bowling games|
|It's got a light-up marquee, which is a nice touch|
|Sometimes big purchases are fun...like an arcade machine...and sometimes they're just practical...like a dryer|
|Microsoft did a nice job with packaging|
|Best Buy was an absolute madhouse on pickup day, but we got it!|
|I used a gift card to buy this 2018 game and I absolutely love it!|
Here's the summary:
No one thought Brock Calhoun’s three-decade run at the box office would ever end.
Until it did.
The roles dried up. Sure-fire hits flopped. His wife left him for an underwear model.
Now in forced retirement, he hits the convention circuit in a desperate attempt to relive his glory days. He counts his little dog Angie as his only true friend.
When costumed intruders break into his home, Brock mistakes them for overenthusiastic cosplayers from one of his blockbusters. In truth, they’re trained killers sent by Dr. Thelonius Rickard, a movie-villain-made-flesh determined to make Brock pay for the cinematic sins of one of his iconic characters.
But action heroes from Brock’s extensive filmography arrive just in time. These fictional characters now exist in the real world, too—and they need help from the man whose face they share.
With loyal Angie in tow, Brock will traverse cinematic worlds made real—from the windswept plains of the Realm of the Blood Sword to the rainbow-colored Land of Candy and Sugar—in a race against Rickard, a beguiling rogue whose obsession with the actor will either grant him control over reality or prove his undoing.
With the fate of the universe and his Hollywood legacy at stake, Brock must become the ultimate leading man—no script, no stuntman, and no reshoots allowed.
I like the book. But then again, I wrote it.
I worked on some editing for other projects. The only other real writing I did was a short story called Gary, the Sith Eternal, which is about a guy stuck on the Sith planet from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Speaking of Star Wars...
|"I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you."|
|"They're not saying 'boo,' they're saying LUUUUUUUUUKE!"|