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A Woman Loses Her House in a Fire, Then Hits the Lottery for $150,000

Well this couldn’t have come at a better time!

A woman in eastern Arkansas named LeAndra Clay lost her house in a fire about a month ago.  And she’s been living in a shed without any electricity since then.

But last week, she came forward after hitting the lottery for 150 GRAND.

She matched four out of five numbers in the Powerball drawing, plus the Powerball number.  Which would have been $50,000.  But she paid $1 extra for a Power Play, which multiplied her winnings by three.

She says her first thought when she found out was God really showed up “on time” for her.

She’s planning to donate some of her winnings to her church.  And she’ll use the rest of it to buy a new house, and a new car.

A $65,000 Table Has Wood from the “Shawshank Redemption” Tree

Remember how the 200-year-old oak tree from “The Shawshank Redemption” had to be cut down two years ago after being damaged in a storm?  Well, now the WOOD from that tree is being turned into some high-end furniture.

Several tables are being made, and there’s already one potential buyer who’s a HUGE fan of the movie.  He’s reportedly agreed to pay $65,000 for a big table, and has already dropped $24,000 on two other smaller ones from the same tree.

The centerpiece table includes stills from the movie . . . including shots of Andy and Red . . . and has an inscription that says, “Crafted from The Shawshank Oak Tree.” 

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.