Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines 2018

It’s 2018 and another Wizard World Comic Con has come and gone. It was a great weekend of celebrities and entertainment. You could feel the excitement in Hy-Vee Hall. I ran into many people I knew, which is always fun reconnecting with people who share your passion.

Some of the great Wizard World Comic Con opportunities for those with a dream were the Q&A sessions and the Creative Stage, the latter being one of my favorites. You could see the kids watching the different creations as the artists drew them in front of their eyes, including local talent. The conversations I with others had about how both adults and kids grow up with a dream are always inspiring. It was a great presentation to motivate and encourage kids of all ages to follow their dreams.

It was a mix of national, regional and local acts to keep the electricity high over the weekend. My local friends Marc Von Ahnen and Joel Fry were there to entertain the crowd with their comedy on the main stage. An added bonus was watching Wizard World Comic Con emcee Kato Kaelin engaging the crowd as they arrive.

I was surprised when I saw Dr. Shane Hoffman, owner of Thrive Family Chiropractic. He was there scanning individuals with the NASA approved, state of the art scanning program. It was interesting watching the scanning process and how Dr. Shane can help.

I saw members of the 501st Legion walking around interacting with the crowd, friends from the Justice Corps of Iowa, and many of my cosplay friends enjoying the weekend. It is great when you see a group of people get together to share their inner geek. No matter their walk of life, they are fans enjoying Wizard World Comic Con.

You never know who you will bump into while walking around Wizard World Comic Con. Maybe it was David Tennant heading to the Tardis for photo ops. Or perhaps Jim Beaver standing by the Supernatural Impala replica at the show over the weekend. Or possibly Elijah Wood walking past you and not realizing it until he has already half way down the aisle.

Here are a few of my favorite highlights: the Junkyard Tardis, the Supernatural Impala replica, being able to see Jim Beaver and Lisa Berry from Supernatural, watching the fans interact with David Tennant signing autographs, the T.A.R.D.I.S. replica, the Star Trek fans (or Trekkies) waiting for Nichelle Nichols, and the musical talent of Thomas Ian Nicholas. Wizard World Comic is always a great weekend yourself and be part of something that does not happen every day.

I am looking forward to next year. Maybe I will finally figure out a Jimmy Olsen costume. Though, as I tell anyone who asks, I dress in costume every day.

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2018 Principal Charity Classic June 8-10

Thanks to the Principal Charity Classic and the Wakonda Club for hosting Media Day, I had another opportunity to play golf at the Wakonda club this past week.  Not only did I get to play, I was able to play with a couple great friends: Mike Downer with Iowa Catholic Radio, and Joe Stasi with MediaUSA Skywalk Advertising and the voice of the Iowa Barnstormers.

I always look forward to the Principal Charity Classic every year. I know my golf game leaves a lot to be desired. Though I do not have a talent for the game, it does give me the opportunity to hang out with friends as well as make new friends. I always tell people if I could swap my bowling and golf scores, I would be a pro at both, just like my Uncle Jim.  

Not only am I able to meet people at the Classic, it is always fun to be part of a great event that helps the Des Moines economy, in addition to creating memories which will last a lifetime. I always have to remind myself to get out at mingle with people. For me, this is not an easy thing to do because: a.) I am not huge on crowds, and b.) I am an introvert. I tell people I meet this all the time, yet they do not believe me. They find it difficult to believe considering I have been in the entertainment business throughout most of my life in various forms or being in a position which requires me to be in front of people. It is the truth and a bit ironic, I know. However, I am sure if you were to ever observe me at an event, you would see the awkwardness.  I tend to hold back from the crowd until I find a way to sneak in or find someone to pull me in to a conversation.

That being said, every year it surprises me the number of people I run into while taking part in events at the Classic. These interactions just reinforce my firm belief with regards to networking and branding myself. I believe it is about relationships and building a trust between others to do business, along with a strong network I am able to reach out to for ideas, as well as receiving feedback on my ideas.

On June 8th through 10th, just a few weeks away from now, Des Moines will be invaded by golf pros and fans alike, all for the Principal Charity Classic. I hope you are able to enjoy the event, if you are not a fan of golf. There is a lot to enjoy and gives yet another great opportunity to hang out with family and friends in the community.

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Share the Love in 2018

Another year has passed and it is time for a new chapter. I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. I have been talking to friends and between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s they feel bloated. I am hearing all the comments about getting back on the diet wagon and cleansing after the last couple months.

I am starting the new year with a few changes again. I will be doing taxes again, this time at Block Advisors (a division of H&R Block). I am looking for my annual adventure as I do every year. For new years I hosted trivia for a neighborhood party. It was a fun time and had about twenty teams. I am looking for big things to happen in 2018.

I am still talking with a couple other venues to host trivia. There are still a couple places talking to me about positions. I seem to live in the world of hurry up and wait! I know I am not the only person who feels that way, but everything will happen in time. There is always something testing my patience and it keeps me humble.

Over the past year I have noticed how life is so busy. The unfortunate part of the observation it has started up conversations with people asking if life is that busy or are we just filling our lives to look important. I find it a very interesting question and I apply it to my own life. Am I trying to look busy or am I really fulfilling my life. I have more downtime than most people realize and I use that to try and inspire others. Something I have come to understand over the past few years is how important it is to treat others.

I believe my purpose and I think the purpose for all of us is to build up one another. It is our responsibility to help other be better in their lives. I ask myself every day how I shared a smile, opened a door, or shared kindness daily. It is important to understand that our small act of kindness can mean the world to someone else.

I now for my 2017 has turned my life upside down and I have failed in many areas, but I am still pressing on. I know I will still be picking up pieces in the new year, yet I cannot allow it to hold me back. No matter what happens in my life I will always do my best to share love and kindness to others. Life is not meant to fight and live in a constant argument. Unfortunately, I lived a lot of my life doing just that and realizing that we need to embrace others and lift them up has been a huge chip taken off my shoulder.

I want to thank all the kind words from others sharing with me how I have inspired them and impacted their life through a smile or helping hand. Let us go into 2018 with a smile and a hand ready to help other up when they fall. Do not tear them down because it only makes it worse. I have been there and I remember what it did to me and my emotions.

Make 2018 the year we learn to love each other and challenge ourselves to help other become better people.

Fair Trivia

Hey Friends! I hope you are having a good week. Mine is crazy with different things going on. This past weekend was week two of trivia at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub. We had another good turnout, but you can still join us every Sunday afternoon at 4. I have many friends that making their way to the Iowa State Fair. I was there last week to see For King and Country with Matt Mahr with Life 107.1. I always love meeting listeners and hearing their stories. Thursday was also the annual Des Moines East South Chamber gathering at Jalapeno Pete’s.

Friday was also another good day at the fair as well as preparing for Sunday Trivia. Monday I was hanging out at the KIX 101.1 booth on the triangle, I will be there this Sunday also. This weekend is a full weekend with trivia on Saturday at Snus Winery in Madrid, KIX 101.1 booth Sunday morning from 9-1 at the Iowa State Fair, then trivia Sunday afternoon at Broheim’s Indoor Golf and Pub.

I am thankful for all that are coming out to support the different events I am a part of. I am also working on something special for the Iowa State Fair next year. As many of you know me I am not stopping there either as my role with CISN grows, restarting my podcast with Rooster, and planning a weekly Pub Theology meeting.

I know God has a purpose for me and I am doing my best to make sure I am doing what he wants me to do. I appreciate all the prayers and support from you.