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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 130: Reality…

Sometimes the harshest mistress is reality itself. She is real and inescapable. Trust me, I’ve been running from her for months. Well, she has caught up with me and it’s finally time to do what I need to do. You know what? It feels good. I think we can rationalize just about anything to ourselves. [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 129: Doomed to Repeat It…

Every year about this time I really regret not doing something more elaborate for Halloween. More elaborate decorations, more elaborate costume, just a more elaborate Halloween in general. After all, it is my second favorite time of year. For my first favorite, Christmas, I go crazy. Mrs. McFavorite loves Halloween too. It’s probably her favorite [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 128: TFCon DC 2017…

Fuckers fuckers fuckers! Yeah, that’s right, you heard me. I don’t even like using profanity when I write, but in this instance, it serves two purposes. The first goes along with what I was saying in my last post. The sense of community was insane at TFCon and just like Stifler’s little brother we were [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 127: Community…

So this was supposed to be up about a week ago, but in retrospect I’m glad it wasn’t. Why? Simply because what I witnessed this weekend was perhaps the greatest proof of why this so important. We have been meaning to start / promote our new Open Your Toys Group. The Realm of Collectors (ROC) [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 126: Why the Hell are These So Long…

We have had a record-breaking lack of news for the last couple of shows. Even in light of some big cons, there just really hasn’t been that much out there. So how the hell are we still at 3+ hours? Because we love this shit. I mean, LOVE IT! Even though the show has gone [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 125: In Harms Way…

When a storm was approaching Houston, a place where I have friends not too far away, I thought, “How bad could it be?” Then came the pictures and videos. Literally post-apocalyptic kind of stuff. Similar to Katrina, but what seemed to be in wide open spaces, like interstates. Now Irma is on her way. We [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 124: Expectations vs. Reality…

So this is a little bit of an experiment. I am writing this first part just before we head out to view the great total eclipse of 2017. There are so many expectations. We have been planning this for months. It’s our first full-on family trip with wife, daughter, father-in-law, and cousin in-tow, headed to [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 123: I try so hard…

In this episode, we learn that I got laid off last month. Now while for a lot of reasons, this isn’t the worst thing that could happen. However, it still is a little hit to my ego and starts a whole concern about money thing. It’s slowed the toy buying thing, but not completely. I [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 122: Insane in the Membrane…

Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we should be back to a more regular schedule after this episode. The bad news is that’s because I was laid off last week. Yup, after ten years with my company we simply didn’t have enough work to sustain my [...]

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 121: Andale, andale, arriba, arriba…

Here we go, hurry up, hurry up, let’s go, let’s go. It’s summer time and it’s time to hurry. There is lotsa stuff going on so not a lot of time to muse. I’ve brought it up before, but I think I need to harp on this. Empathy, please learn it, love it, live it! [...]

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