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Mr Magic
Something good must've happened.

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A day is like a dollar. It can be spent wisely or foolishly.


   
Rick Ace Rhodes
2018 was a fairly decent year for me. I graduated from college, started getting back in shape, I got my first post-college job, quit my first post-college job and I am finally nearing to getting my drivers license.
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Vaporman87
As with most years, there have been ups and downs.

Some ups...

- Business (propane) has been good
- Our house is FINALLY done
- We got an indoor dog


Some downs...

- Business (frozen yogurt) has been bad
- I'm a year older and getting more white hairs, wrinkles, and aches & pains
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Rick Ace Rhodes
Vaporman87 wrote :
- I'm a year older and getting more white hairs, wrinkles, and aches & pains
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At least you have hair. At the rate I'm going I will be completely horseshoe bald by the time I'm thirty.
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Vaporman87
Rick Ace Rhodes wrote :

Vaporman87 wrote :
- I'm a year older and getting more white hairs, wrinkles, and aches & pains
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At least you have hair. At the rate I'm going I will be completely horseshoe bald by the time I'm thirty.
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Even so, when they start showing up in your beard and on your arms, that's a whole new level.
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Mr Magic
Vaporman87 wrote :

As with most years, there have been ups and downs.

Some ups...

- Business (propane) has been good
- Our house is FINALLY done
- We got an indoor dog


Some downs...

- Business (frozen yogurt) has been bad
- I'm a year older and getting more white hairs, wrinkles, and aches & pains
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What happened to the yogurt business?
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vkimo
Sorry to hear about the Yogurt place. Seasonal shops like that must be tough, I know Rita's is open only in the summer. Frozen yogurt was so popular in California, you could go to 4 different ones in a 10 minute drive. 


2018 wasn't bad. As I get older I've come to appreciate "boring" - No drama, no life shattering events..but also same job dead end job, still living with in laws, etc.

Watching my daughter grow is definitely the most radically awesome phenomena in my life. Always looking forward to another year of daddying. Hopefully I can get us into a house next year, my wife can get a decent job and I can go back to being a trophy husband..
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Benjanime
2018 started horribly, but got better by the second half of the year. reason being is because my grandma (who's experiencing dementia) was living with me for the longest time and harassing me and my parents over ridiculous things, such as having pets being in the living room, not rearranging furniture in the house to how she sees fit, among other crap. she even threatened to have me arrested thinking i put a hole in one of the bedroom doors when i was the one pointing it out being one of the few things wrong with the house when i moved into it.

i know it sounds cold, but i'm ready for her to kick the bucket. she's the reason why my family members have been torn from each other because she gossips and lies about them. and also another reason why i'm staying with my parents, i'm having constant fear that something could happen to them without me being there to support them.
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Vaporman87
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Sorry to hear about the Yogurt place. 
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Well, I can't say it wasn't an outcome that we expected. It was definitely a good possibility going into it that it would die off quickly. It just sucks that the support from the community has been so weak. Those that have stopped in have loved it tremendously. But it's not enough. We won't be opening back up this Spring.
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2018 started horribly, but got better by the second half of the year.
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Sorry to hear that Ben. Here's to 2019 being the year that things only get better for you and your family life.
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Benjanime wrote :

2018 started horribly, but got better by the second half of the year. reason being is because my grandma (who's experiencing dementia) was living with me for the longest time and harassing me and my parents over ridiculous things, such as having pets being in the living room, not rearranging furniture in the house to how she sees fit, among other crap. she even threatened to have me arrested thinking i put a hole in one of the bedroom doors when i was the one pointing it out being one of the few things wrong with the house when i moved into it.

i know it sounds cold, but i'm ready for her to kick the bucket. she's the reason why my family members have been torn from each other because she gossips and lies about them. and also another reason why i'm staying with my parents, i'm having constant fear that something could happen to them without me being there to support them.
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I pray for less family drama in the coming year.

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Caps 2.0
2018 was, for the most part, a good year for me.

To get the bad stuff out of the way, I made a few slips of the tongue at my retail job and was treated by the managers as though the slips were made purposely, despite my protests to the contrary. On the home front, I had a very vicious argument in April with my brother about our memories of my late mother. Put briefly, I suffered mental, emotional and occasional physical abuse at her hands, but my brother refused to believe that most of it happened, and the stuff he did believe happened, he said I bought it upon myself and had it coming for being a jerk to her, which I never was on purpose. It's just that Asperger's Syndrome made life difficult for me and my mom didn't understand it at all, leading to a lot of vicious arguments and...

Enough with the bad stuff. Let's get to the highlights of the year. 

I attended the Chiller Theatre convention in Parsippany, NJ in both April and October for the first time. Normally, I just go to the October show, but I decided to attend the April one as well, and had fun. I met a lot of wonderful stars at both the April and October shows, including some Facebook friends and previous interview subjects. It was really a lot of fun.

On the writing front, I reached my 100th article for Pop Geeks this year, and not only that, but I broke the 100 interview mark as well. I've kept track of all the interviews I've done between RetroJunk from 2006 through 2013, the Adam F. Goldberg interview I did for this website (which earned me some negative feedback from one of Retro-Daze's users that led me to relapse into some old behaviors before I texted some of my entertainment industry friends for advice on how to deal with negative criticism), and the dozens I've done for Pop Geeks. 

I interviewed a lot of wonderful talents this year, including Lisa Wilcox from "A Nightmare On Elm Street 4", Dee Wallace from "E.T", adult film veterans Sheila Marie and Julie "Gina Carrera" Winchester, Barbie Wilde of "Death Wish 3" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" fame, multi-talented Pleasant Gehman, Oscar-winning visual effects artist Robert Short (who took home a Best Makeup Oscar for "Beetlejuice"), actress and director Deborah Voorhees of "Friday The 13th: Part V", Jennifer Rubin from "A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" and "Bad Dreams", Tom Ruegger (the creator of "Animaniacs", "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and "Histeria!"), Ami Dolenz (of "She's Out Of Control" and "Miracle Beach" fame who currently is a painter), Sherri Stoner (writer for "Animaniacs" and "Tiny Toon Adventures", model for Disney Princesses Ariel and Belle, and the woman who has been my biggest influence as a writer), Donald F. Glut (Legendary independent filmmaker, comic book artist and horror aficionado), and Loretta Swit of "MASH" fame. When the Hoboken International Film Festival returned to my hometown of Greenwood Lake, New York for the second year of the town's contract with the festival, I also wrote an article with red carpet interview from the festival's closing night. I interviewed, among others, Joyce DeWitt from "Three's Company", "Legally Blonde" screenwriter Karen McCullah, Playboy veteran and current comedienne Julie McCullough, and Tia Carrere from the "Wayne's World" movies. I'm currently waiting to hear feedback on the transcript of an interview I did with Asian-American actor actor and activist Aki Aleong (how's that for alliteration?), and that will be either the last interview I publish in 2018 or the first interview I publish in 2019.

My autograph collection has continued to grow, and so has my DVD collection. One of the non-interview articles I wrote for Pop Geeks this year celebrated the home entertainment label Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and when I shared it to their wall, they promoted on both the Studio Classics and regular Kino Lorber Facebook pages.

All in all, as 2018 draws to a close, I'm very happy with my life and what's going on in it, and I'm already planning some big things for 2019.
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