WEIRD USA: King Kong vs Prairie Dogzilla!

Day two of our WEIRD family vacation was spent at Omaha’s amazing Henry Doorly Zoo – a place that definitely lived up to its reputation as being one of the world’s biggest and best! It signaled a vast improvement from our previous day and the kids seemed a lot happier which is what I was mostly concerned about. Right next to the zoo was a hamburger joint named “King Kong” that featured a loose interpretation of the “8th wonder of the world” on top of it! I really wanted to eat there (just because) but we opted to wait until we arrived in Sioux Falls for a classier dinner.  Being the lone adult traveling with three teens made things rather costly come meal time, but we’d all had it with fast food. We ended up eating at a place called the Roll’n Pin Cafe’ & Grill which was the best food we’d had since the trip began.

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Countdown to MASK-FEST: Raiders of the Lost Argh!!!

With just a couple of weeks before MASK-FEST 2017 hits Indianapolis, we want to share another group of photos from last year’s show. Now for those of you misguided souls out there who think all masks are created equal and you can get a decent one at Wal-Mart or Target, let these pictures set the record straight! Do you want to make a splash at this year’s Halloween party? Then come on out to MASK-FEST and grab yourself a one-of-a-kind, collectible mask!

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WEIRD Nebraska and Boring Iowa!

Since we Daves met up in Pennsylvania last March, and then again for his birthday in New England in May, there were no epic road trips planned for us together this year. I did have several potential ones in mind for 2017 before retooling one a bit to do with my kids instead.  It involved us driving through South Dakota, going as far west as the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Since my eldest son, Alex, is stationed at a military base in North Dakota, we’d also make a point to go and visit him as well. Ever since my marriage crumbled about five years ago and we Daves decided to incorporate a few Ohio zoos in addition to a Horrorhound Weekend, road trips have become rather sacred to me. It’s an opportunity to escape the mundane acts of real life and remind ourselves that there’s a big, beautuful world out there. The kids had never gone on a big road trip before and certainly not one designed by me. So hop on in the passenger seat, folks, and let’s relive this WEIRD solo Dave adventure together…

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Celebrating Halloween (months ago) at Elgin’s “Monster-Mash Up!”

Bear with me, folks, I’ve had this story sitting in a draft folder since May and apologize for discussing the “Halfway to Halloween” mark when we’re closing in on the big day itself. Regardless, it was too cool an event to pass up and I’m pretty sure I speak for most of us when I say Halloween is a lifestyle and not just some date on the calendar anyway. So let’s get to it…

It all happened on May 5th when I returned from work and found my two youngest kids (both teens) lounging in the living room and staring at their phones. Since February, this single dad’s been working two jobs/seven days a week so the scene didn’t so much annoy me as make me feel guilty for my short-comings. I’ve always prided myself as being a “fun” dad but it seemed like this year I could do very little outside business hours, including weekends. Despite being tired and wanting to zone out in front of my own electronics,  I was determined to make this Friday night different. I’d accomplish this by taking them to Elgin, Illinois for the city’s fifth annual (and our first) Monster-Mash Up. Needless to say, when I asked them to put on their shoes and join me, they weren’t exactly jumping for joy over it. So I sat down and explained that after our seeing the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 the night before, I was reminded of how long it had been since we’d done anything fun together. Even if the event proved a bust and they wanted to glare at me all night long, at least we’d be together. Apparently my locker room speech paid off because they both got up without an argument and prepared for the hour’s journey to Elgin.

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Countdown to MASK-FEST 2017: The Halloween Season is Near!

We’re now officially kicking off our annual countdown to the 2017 MASK-FEST convention taking place alongside Horrorhound Weekend in Indianapolis! When Halloween masks get the spotlight, you know that Halloween can’t be far behind. In that regard, this event serves as pre-game for our favorite season as it looms ever closer. Imagine a large ballroom filled with artists and their latest spine-tingling monsters, slashers, and zombies. Some depict those on the Silver Screen while others from their own warped imaginations. I’ve been attending these for several years now and they keep getting better and better. So hopefully these next few Fridays will inspire you to come out and see the newest batch for yourself!

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