I completely missed out on #6on6 (Green) in May, largely in part to a hurricane of life. At work, May was Commencement and a two massive orientation sessions, and after an illness put me down for the first week, I spent the rest of the month playing catch up. It is still jarring that we’re already plugging into June. Before I know it, summer will be over, and my 37th birthday will be here! 2016, I love what we’re accomplishing together, but could you kindly slowdown a bit? More boxes unpacked has lead to unearthing some of my favorite things!
I love my tweedy study bag well before I met the 11th Doctor!
One: Popular Culture BAMFs
In the insanely popular world of Funko Pops, there are few human characters of natural color (humanoids, aliens, and animal-hybrids nonwithstanding). I really wanted to showcase and celebrate two of my favorite BAMFs (Bad Ass Mutha F*****) because often diversity isn’t always equally represented in popular culture. Samuel L. Jackson’s hitman, Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction) has some of the best quotes in the entire film. He was also one of the first pops I ever bought. When Danai Gurira took The Walking Dead by storm as the katana-wielding Michonne, I knew that I would be adding her to my collection as well. These accomplished American actors consistently I would love to add more diversity to my funko collection!
Two: Nerdy Wrestling Shirts
As previously mentioned, I am a huge wrestling nerd, and slowly my collection of wrestling-inspired clothes is rapidly growing. Zelda is modeling my VaudeVillains’ “Olde Fashioned Way” t-shirt (brown, beige, and steel blue), and battling my “Rock, Paper, Scissor Hold” lucha libre-inspired shirt. When I lived in Japan (another place where pro wrestling is HUGE), Rock-Paper-Scissors (or janken) was used to decide just about everything, so it makes me wax nostalgic. I tend to wear these shirts while working out or watching wrestling.
Three: Muchkin Mayhem
I have several version of Muchkin, including the Steampunk expansion, but I really have to learn how to play it well. I learned of this card game from my friends in Gainesvile, and got hooked! I may need to schedule a geeky game night where we can roll up our sleeves and battle it out before advancing to Cards Against Humanity. I also look at it as a DnD lite for those curious about RPG/card games, but not ready to drive headlong into the realm completely.
Four: Beer Flight Notebook
This was a glorious present I received, but I have yet to use it. I love beer, but my social drinking budget has shrinked considerably since I bought my home. Over the last few years, I’ve started to learn which styles of beer I prefer, which brewers I adore, and –most importantly– when I’ve been served a bad beer. I would like to take a proper class or course on beer tasting and serving. This darling beer “flight plan” tasting notebook by Wit & Delight is stylized to be like a pilots flight book, and it was given to me just as I stopped being a flight attendant. There are so many great craft beer parlors, brewers, and shops in and around central Florida. I just have to pick the perfect place to start!
Five: Nerdy Beer Bottles
I have yet to figure out the best way to display or upcycle my empty Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones and Stone Brewing Company’s w00t Stout collaboration bottles! I still dream of going to HopCon, one of the many concurrent nerd events going on in San Diego during San Diego Comic Con! Of the GoT beers1, the Take the Black Stout and Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat are my favorites. I didn’t care much for the Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison or the Fire and Blood Red Ale. I’m still trying to find the Iron Throne Blonde Ale and Valar Morghulis Dubble Ale, so I can give them a proper taste test. I loved both releases of w00t Stout (2.0 & 3.0). I managed to get 2.0 thanks to a beer-loving friend out in California, but scored 3.0 at my local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits! I can’t wait to see what this year’s release list will include, as I am still gutted that they didn’t bottle Aisha Tyler’s Stone Cold Fox Chocolate-Orange Black IPA last summer.
Six: Mechanical Kingdom
For the longest time, I wanted only one member of the steampunk-inspired Mechanical Kingdom Statues of the main Disney characters: Daisy Duck. Of the Mouses, the Ducks, and the Goof– she has by far the best combination of styling and vehicle. At a close second would be Goofy with his locomotive engine. While her rocket is more bronze than brown, I felt it was a far better fit under this theme instead of gold later in the year. A beloved DisNerd friend found her on sale and decided I needed it, so she picked it up for me. It means a bunch to me because I met her when I was a sky goddess and we worked together and now we DisNerd together!
Answer Me, These Questions Three
- What items do you collect and you nerd out over?
- How do you display your collectibles in a house with pets or children?
- Should I go back and complete May’s Theme of Green? I sort of want to fill the gap!
- I do a two bottle trial of these rare releases to ensure I really like them and to share with fell beer nerds. The only one I’ve had three of is the Fire and Blood Red Ale because I wanted to collect ALL 3 of Dany’s dragons. The third bottle is in storage at my parents’ house.