So where the heck has Darth M been for the past 14 months?
Well, easy answer – Freakin' busy! We left you way back in October of
2014 with the kids in Fall Softball & Baseball, Darth M coming off
another Comic-Con outing (this time the Alamo City Con) and getting
ready for the big holiday season!
|Alex Cosplaying ANY Star
Trek Red Shirt!
||Jess found "some" new
So, we will begin with the Young FUBARians busy with their sports
at the end of the Fall 2015 seasons. Still
acting as primary pitching/catching coach, Alex's team was
knocked out in the early stages of play-offs despite some valiant
effort, the boys just got out-played. Jess' Eagles (where Darth M acts
as development coach) on the other hand were looking solid with an 8-0
record, League Champions, and a sure bet to win the tournament, fell
short in the Championship Game and ended up with 2nd place.
|Alex concentrates on
||Eagles take 2nd Place in
Oh yeah, the end of 2015 also saw Darth M and
Co. head over the Old country for a Nathen & Honor's wedding.
After which the entourage regrouped back in the US...
|Kid dresses up well.
||The little Bunny Princess
||Honor & Nathen
So, the end of 2015 also saw Darth M coaching in a new endeavor –
The FLL (First LEGO League) w/ Alex and 3 of his classmates competing in
the Robotics based competition – themed Trash Trek! The team named
“Axis Of Eagles” (a play on “vectors” and the “school's endorsement”)
had a very late start to their research season but saw Alex put an
immense amount of time into the robot strategy and while the team did
not advance past the initial qualifier round, they did take the 1st
place trophy for the robot game portion of the competition The rest of
2015 was wrapping up school semesters and getting geared up for
|Axis of Eagles - 1st Place
||From left - Alex, Coach
Steve, Sean, Kian, Nick & Coach Dave
So, holidays behind us, the beginning of 2016 was all but
with new scheduling demands in beginning of
2015 - Super-Aviator
Darth M saw more flying than usual and found himself in his hometown -
The Big Apple. Hooking up with none other than the infamous Lou-Man
from “Da Bronx” - The dynamic duo went out on the town including a stop
at the brand new Hooters location near Madison Square Garden. The event
marked the 200th Hooters location for Darth M and Co
|Crazed Lou-Man in Time
The new year (2016) also rang in with new school semesters and
just going through the motions of flying, work and school.
But, before we knew it, it
was Spring and the Dallas Comic-Con (FanExpo) was upon us once again
where Darth M was able to meet comic icon Frank Miller - Not only did he
get to say "Thank You" for all the years of enjoyable work but Darth M
got his limited edition Dark Knight Statue signed (and authenticated) by
the Legend himself!
|Frank Miller -
||Frank & Klaus
signed my Dark Knight Returns Statue!
||Ms. Ireland at DCC! - BTW-
Han Shot First!
And so, with Convention season behind us for the time being, it was time
for the Spring sports cycle which was
upon us again; With Alex
resuming his baseball endeavors and Jess continuing to play Volleyball
and Softball. While Alex's Scrappers days were
numbered - Alex was able to go back to his former team the Spartans -
Under new management, the team had a slow start,
but a much more enjoyable season as they did
manage to pull together a decent record and
make it all the way to the quarterfinals before they were eliminated in
tournament play. Little Dude finished with solid performance at 1st
base and ready for a break!
Jess on the other hand came into Spring softball with a team that
went through some “restructuring” as Darth M was announced as the
official Assistant Coach and more importantly, the Head of Development
for the team. Taking some new “team” centric approaches, the Eagles
finished their season with a 7-2-1 record BUT, Finally won that elusive
Tournament Championship with 3-0 tournament play. In personal news -
Jess continued to improve upon her pitching and fielding work but really
showed her potential with solid plate discipline throughout the season.
More to come on softball later!
|Alex (switch-hitting) puts
one in play...
||Jess continues to find the
So, as the Spring rolled on, we said goodbye
to one of our own - Alex's longtime buddy, his hamster Squeaky, after 3+
years of great companionship finally passed surrounded by family and
friends. Not to be long without companionship, the FUBARHQ
added yet another new addition to the family! Mr. Moose (aka “Big Boy”)
an Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees, came to reside with the family as
Alex's newest buddy! (FWIW, Mr. Moose, at 85
pounds, is basically the polar opposite of a hamster.) Mr. Moose took
to the family and has settled in quite nicely although he can sometimes
forget how big he is and loves to pretend he's a lap-dog! (We need
|Moose & Kids - Day 1!
||We NEED a bigger couch!
||Alex & Moose take a walk.
As the kids rolled into the end of the school year and as May
came, Darth M and Co visited Billy, Annie
along w/ Rachel and Master Thomas in Central Florida for some
Disney Magic and Universal Fun! Purchasing annual passes for Universal
(you'll see why later!), the, now dubbed, “YEAR OF HOGWARTS” began! A
whirlwind tour of central Florida region put the entourage in Disney's
Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and The Magic Kingdom, Universal
Studios and Islands of Adventure Parks, Clearwater and Daytona Beaches
to hook up with Unclae Mark & Aunt Maria!. Needless to say –
busy but loads of fun!
And so, as the dog days of summer hit, there was yet another
comic-con to attend and the obligatory sleep-away camp and wild abandon
that the summer has to offer. Darth M went to Cleveland, OH to take
part (somewhat) in the tomfoolery that the Republican National
Convention had to offer but primarily was there to meet up with Mark A.
and hit Cedar Point to ride extreme roller coasters!
|Darth M & Avo at Cedar
National Convention - Police standing watch!
And As the summer waned and school began - the prospect of
Fall-Ball rapidly approached. Now, of course there wouldn't be central
Texas youth sports without some drama! To start, Alex's Scrappers team
disbanded and without the prospect of a team and the knowledge that
School Spring ball next year should provide an opportunity, Alex decided
to take the Fall season off from baseball and engage in Cross-Country!
Jess's drama on the other hand wasn't so black & white. The head coach
of the Eagles decided to take his daughter “select” and left the helm of
the Eagles in the hands of Darth M. That would've been fine except for
the fact that almost a third of the team also decided to take a break
from the game. However, with some phone calls and putting out the rally
cry, the Eagles started the season with 13 eager players. Ending the
season with a planned 4-4 (Play .500 Ball and Develop All) record the
girls finished 3rd in the league but unfortunately took a
first round elimination loss in the tournament. Jess continued to
improve and really stepped up to become the primary pitcher w/ a season
strike percentage of 36.6% (including a 45.45% in that sole playoff
appearance w/ her longest outing of 55 pitches!)
|Jess finds the plate again
as she continues to improve season over season on the mound!
||Softball Card - 'nuf said!
November came and with it, the arrival of Nathan and Honor. With
a planned traditional “American Roadtrip” the 6 souls set out for the
20+ hour drive to central FL where they would partake in various
activities, not the least of which was a few days utilizing those Annual
Passes at Universal Studios. Also included in the itinerary was
swimming w/ Manatees, Swimming w/ Dolphins, A traditional Thanksgiving
Dinner at Mark and Maria's Numenor Kennels including the BLACK FRIDAY
sales craziness and all that was sandwiched inside trips to the
|Overly bright Mississippi!
||Bachi & Papa John's
||Turkey Day At Numenor
||Hogs Head Red & Butterbeer!
That trip would wrap up all the major events until
the the FLL initial qualifier
round in the beginning of December. As
Fall ball ended back in October, so again we
rolled into the beginning of the FLL robotics
season - With some personnel adjustments, the newly refined Axis of
Eagles were ready to get into the action for the Animal Allies
competition season!And so, with new team
members Francis, Skylar, Kennady &
Jess joined Kian &
Alex and with over 600 hours of time into
their Animal Allies research/practice season, the Axis of Eagles had a
tremendous day of competition. They scored 2nd in
the Robot Game BUT took 1st Place - Grand Champion for the day advancing
them directly to the Regional Qualifier!
|Axis OF Eagles - Gunnin'
For You in 2016!
||Grand Champions - 1st
winners without cake!
Finally, Christmas 2016 rolled around
and of course the Darth M would hook up with the infamous artist and
BevERage drinking buddy Simon “F***ing” Bisley at Stan
Lee's Marvelous Nerds Year's Eve (MNYE) Comic-Con
in Downtown Dallas. In addition to “after-con” shenanigans, Darth
M was able to hangout (thanks to buddy Tim H) with some famous folk,
including Lucasfilm artist and friend - Scott Harben, CLERKS cast, Agents of Shield royalty and none other than
Darryl Dixon's brother Merle from Walking Dead fame! Good times
had by all!
|Stan "The Man" Lee
||Ming-Na Wen (Mulan)
||Scott (Chewlie's), Brian
(Dante) & Marilyn (Veronica)
||Tim & Michael Rooker
|The Biz (aka Gandalf) & Darth M
||Simon "F**ing" Bisley
||Mr. B, Dave, Biz, Scott
Harben & Tim
||Mr B. & Darth M -
|The Legend at Work!
||Jess convinced Simon to
draw her a dragonfly picture!
||"Charity" work for the
Axis Of Eagles
Well, that brings us completely up to date! If you want a "MORE"
detailed idea of what the FUBAR I've been up too, be sure to visit the
Kids Photo Albums and my Avition Adventures albums for loads more pics!
There's ALL NEW pics in
COMPLETELY NEW albums titled KIDS - a combination albums for both
kids! (Click either button below to head over
forget - all FUBARHQ video content
is over on
frankly, they're just a lot more laid back!?
So, any and all new FUBARHQ video content will find itself on VIMEO
read the updates below and the send off.. Talk later
CHEEKY'S "continuing" adventures
now contain 10 albums
and 2100+ captioned photos, be sure to check out
his website -
A gift from the FUBARHQ, FNC and Dave to you - don't forget to check
out the FUBARchives over at the FUBAR News. It's for all of our dedicated
comrades and fans as a small token of thanks for 26 years! - There's so much content
before I forget -
on FACEBOOK -
is on MySpace Music along with free music downloads at
Last.fm (total listens had topped 62,000 before the site's
VIDEO CONTENT UPDATE!!!
ALL FUBARHQ video content
is NOW rockin' on
As always, you
can still (as if you haven't?) READ/DOWNLOAD
(FOR FREE MIND YOU!?) an early draft of the Prologue/Chapter 1 to Rule
of Thirds and the opening scene of Sky
Hunters by <clicking> one of the links below...
Until next time;
"We know you have a choice when it comes to web surfing, thank you for
choosing ME today!" After all I do put the "ME" in AWESOME!?...
|Dave, The Cyber Kid (BTST)
FUBARS (est. 1989)
SwingerMonkey & Outside the Cube ©
PS - Did you know, 5 years of MAXIM Magazines, over 10 years
looked like this on your bookshelf?...
BTST - Been There, Surfed That
OH, and just in case you still don't have this
Since I left you last I was entertaining a
major coffee habit but two years ago I was able
(in about 4 days actually) to go from 5-6 cups a day to one!
While I do still drink 5-6 cups of "coffee" a day only one
of them now actually is caffeinated! So, with this I
felt I needed to update my four cups list! -
There are four cups of coffee consumed in
the morning. Each cup is named/labeled by the
emotional state that it facilitates in the drinker.
The four cups are labeled as follows -
1. :oI - The "Up" Cup (Decaf/Optional
1/2 Caff.); to wake
you... as the smooth aroma entices you and the silky taste
prepares you for -
2. :o) - The "Happy" Cup (The
FULL One w/ Caffeine!); as the neurons
start to fire and the body kicks to life, shifting into
"high" gear, a sense of well-being overcomes...
3. :o[ - The "Angry" Cup;
(Decaf) "well-being" is
cast aside as the desire to choke the living daylights out
of a random stranger for all the problems in the world
ensues... plus you no longer get the rush from the caffeine
so that pretty much bums you out...
4. :o\ - The "Motivation" Cup
(Decaf/Optional 1/2 Caff. cup);
after realizing that violence isn't (necessarily) the answer
and the fact that you've been sitting at the coffee shop for
a few hours, this cup "snaps" you back to the reality that
you actually have "stuff" to do and so, with this refill...
you leave... and either get some stuff done (if you went
with the Caf) or crash on the couch (with the Decaf option!)
There you have it... Now go grab a
cup of mud and indulge a bit...