The Daggy Gallery

OK, so it's a little self indulgent, but hey what do you expect from The Dags! Apologies for the poor quality of some pics as most were scanned from old photos.

Oh and don't panic 'cause there's still more to come...

 

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Who is this blonde dude?

In the late 80s I got some tips for my hair and was instantly hooked on the blonde locks - a fad which lasted for a few years.

On the occasion of this pic I was the Best Man for my mate Russell's wedding in 1992. Since then I've been a Best Man on four different occasions and I still own the tuxedo.

  This V outfit was made in the mid 1980s and after 20+ years the black vinyl vest literally disintegrated with age.

The annoying thing is that I owned this great Shocktrooper suit but never had a helmet nor rifle to complete the look - something I finally addressed in 2009 when I got a completely new outfit.

Believe it or not I wore this costume to a Star Trek convention in 1993 and told everyone as a joke it was from the as yet unreleased Deep Space Nine third episode ... and everyone believe me!

  I was always a fan of the classic old English gentleman's clothing (inspired by Dracula in 1931) which I adapted on this occasion for a Phantom of the Opera costume. The signature element of this outfit is the cloak which was made in 1986 by a girlfriend of mine. As of today this cloak still exists and I have even worn it from time to time at parties and events.

The walking stick was given to me as a 21st birthday gift as a joke and I still have it.

         
   
In 1993 I got to visit the USA which included a fantastic trip to the Walt Disney Studios.

During the visit we got to check out the Disney Archives which had on display the world's first Mickey Mouse watch!

During the visit I got to hold an actual Academy Award (for a film I can't remember). As a budding film maker myself, this is probably the closest I'll ever get to one of these - by the way, they're actually quite heavy so no wonder the winners hold onto them so tightly.

  Before becoming an IT dude in 1995, I used to be a security officer for Toyota. One of my many postings was at the Styling Building where I stayed for a couple of years and as a result I became quite well known to the staff.

At one point I was issued with an Akubra hat as part of my uniform (see a pic of it further down) and some of the staff put together a home made star shaped badge with the slogan "Sheriff of Toyota County" to compliment the look. It was very cute.

  One of my key philosophies in life was never to knock back a party. If ever a party invite was handed out or an event was announced I was always there because I knew that one day all of my friends would get older, settle down, have families, mortgages and as a result the party scene would simply dry up.

Alas that prediction turned out to be 100% true but I'm OK with the quieter scene these days because I know that in my hey day I partied to the max!

         
   
A Dag isn't a Dag unless he's with some dudes and fortunately I've been blessed to have a heap of great mates in my time. Shown here is The Lenny (aka Lennice) and myself. We've known each other since 1984 and even though we had dropped out of contact for 10 years, today we're top mates ... which is kinda handy as I'm going out with his sister, Lynne. : )   Of all my good mates, the top of the foodchain is me old mate Geoffro. Geoffro and I have been hanging out since 1988 and he knows more about my life than anyone else - in fact what he remembers sometimes astounds even me.

Geoffro lives in Ballarat these days so we don't see each other as often, but our strong connection will always be there plus he's been a huge supporter of my Con 9, Con 70 and Con 80 conventions.

  Another good, close mate of mine is MPS. We've been hanging out since 2004 when we were working on a Star Wars fan film together but have since formed a very strong friendship. One of things I enjoy about MPS is his sense of humour which can be quite evil (in a good way) and geez he knows how to crack me up.
         
   
Here's a case of "the boys are back in town!" Now compare the age of us in this pic to the one above it taken 25ish years later.

As you can see we're all decked out ready for some action and based on the <cough> fashion this was probably around 1986. I couldn't remember what the occasion was but Len said we went to see Dragon at Kramers nightclub in Preston. OK my dress sense is REALLY 80s, but honestly I loved this style, especially the white jacket which I loved and my prized white shoes even though they hurt my feet.

  This pic was taken in the early 1990s when my patch jacket was in its early incarnation - as you can tell from the sleeves and upper chest which look totally different to how they appear today.

The car was my old Datsun 1200 which I was forced to drive because all my money was being spent on Batman collectables during this period - as evidenced by the Batman sticker in the back window. Plus you can see my desire for blonde hair was still in vogue at this point.

Apparently the car was a rare one as it was uncommon for the roof AND boot to be covered in vinyl. Ironically every couple of years I'll still see a 1200 on the road, but none with this roof style.

  Ahhh yes my prime years. All in black with the blonde locks, trying to look cool. But there's a story to be told.

In 1989 I moved out of home into a house with my girlfriend, suddenly I discovered the reality of living without my mum who used to do everything for me was harder than I thought.

Needless to say the relationship didn't last and after two years we separated. As I couldn't stay in the house on my own, I moved into a two bedroom unit in Brunswick and from here I discovered independence and learning to fend for myself (except for cooking which I still can't do).

So here's the pic of me as a self supporting Dag. As of 2016, I still own the waistcoat, jeans and the boots.

         
   
Here's one of those funny moments on my mate Robbie's film shoot of Red (which I eventually made into a short film myself in 2012).

You'll note that if there is ever an outdoor picture of myself I'll always have sunglasses on - no matter if it's sunny or overcast, I can't get by without my sunnies (aka cools) because I find natural daylight is too bright for my eyes to handle.

  People who know me know I'm a perpetual talker and if I ever have an opportunity to air my opinions on something I will - especially if it's about science fiction.

In this photo I hosted four panels at the 2010 world science fiction convention held in Melbourne and boy did I have plenty to say. BTW, I got The Thing T-shirt from a collector in Canada and it's a genuine 1982 issue that was still brand new so I was pretty rapt about that.

  One of my absolute favourite hats is my THX cap which I got at Skywalker Ranch in 1993 after doing some work in the THX division for a few hours. These days it's looking a bit weather beaten and worn out but it's my cap of choice.

In this photo I was working on the feature film Damned by Dawn and was the stand-in for the old lady in the bed. It was the first time on the shoot I got to slack off while watching everyone else work hard to set up the scene.

         
   
There's nothing like a crazy moment captured in a photo to remind you how good life can be. I remember this situation where everyone got together for the photo and seeing a shortage of space I just jumped in on the pile. Lotsa fun!

From L to R (using nicknames). Ads, Chezzie, Vivsta, The Vile, me, Darryl, Lady J and Sully. As I mentioned earlier, it was important to accept all invitations to parties especially as they've become less and less common as the years have gone by. This is a good example of why they were all worth it.

  This was the special occasion of MPS and Clare's engagement party and naturally I brought out the top notch clothing.

The Batman shirt I bought in Las Vegas in 1993 and the vest was a Christmas gift back in 1992. Considering both are irreplaceable I rarely wear either of them, however, since MPS is a big Batman fan I just knew this was the best choice for the night - plus I was the best man for his wedding.

What's that? Who's the girl? MPS's sister Suzie.

  More group pikkies. This was for a friend's 21st costume birthday party which ended up being a great night.

From L to R (once again using nicknames). Spankin', Vivsta, Uncle Darth, MPS, Sully, Me, Clare, Lynne and The Robster. It's funny because when you get into your 40s, 21st birthday parties occur so rarely, though what's ironic in this case is that us oldies made up the vast majority of the attendees.

         

 

 
There have been plenty of times when I've performed in front of a crowd as part of a humourous stage act and I wonder how I get talked into these things.

On this occasion it was the Return of the Jedi 20th Anniversary Banquet in 2003 and it was a dance number based on Simply Irresistable where Han Solo sings and dances in front of all these Leias. Although it was really entertaining for the audience I couldn't bare to watch it played back on video.

BTW I actually made the Millennium Falcon guitar which turned out better than I expected.

  Yep, another night another stage act. This time it's 1992 and the event is The Addams Family Gathering banquet - which ended up being a top night considering it wasn't sci-fi related.

Geoffro and I performed a number of live acts in our time and this was one of the more creative ones. We did a choreographed rendition of The Monster Mash with Geoffro as the Scientist and myself as Igor. Following this we did the Thirteen Days of Halloween which was like Twelve Days of Christmas but with a sci-fi theme which I thought was actually pretty good.

Truth be known our live acts were really quite dodgy, but we certainly had fun doing them.

  One of my all time highlights was appearing on Family Feud in a Star Wars vs Star Trek themed episode back in 2008. What made this event memorable is that we were all good friends and having our Star Wars team win at the end was a huge bonus.

The episode turned out so good that it apparently got repeated a number of times, yet what most people don't realise is that we all had to audition for our place in the team, so it wasn't just handed to us. Geez it was a blast of a good time and a stack of fun.

         

 

 

Yep, I'm in stereo as the guy standing next to me is also a Darren and this pic was taken from the roof of our hotel in San Francisco in 1993.

What's funny is I'm wearing a green shirt and that came about because I was invited to a New Years Eve party the year before and the theme was "green". Now I didn't own anything of that colour so I bought the cheapest green shirt I could get my hands on thinking I'd only wear it once, yet as it turned out I ended up wearing it so often it eventually faded and fell apart.

  Earlier on I was talking about parties, well Geoffro and myself have been to heaps and heaps of them due to our connections to the local sci-fi fan community.

What's funny is that in my 20s and 30s parties seemed to happen all the time and now that I'm in my 40s I'm lucky to attend one or two in a year.

Fortunately a couple of the parties from the early 1990s were captured on video camera which makes for great historical viewing (in fact one of the party videos featured myself and I couldn't remember where it occurred or when the video was taken!).

The sad thing about these videos is seeing people on screen who you not only don't see anymore but you don't even know what happened to them.

  Here's another pic from a party with Lavinia and Geoffro. If you think I look a little thin then you're right. Back in the late 90s I was a serious gym junkie and remained that way off and on until 2006. I exercised a lot but when I lose weight it goes from my face which in turn makes me look sunken and gaunt. I never thought this was an issue until I saw a pic of myself taken in 2004 and I looked terrible (see the pic here), even though in actuality I was quite fit and healthy.
         
   
The Lenny and myself on a Sunday morning. He lives in Sydney so we usually only catchup a couple of times a year, though when he's in town he stays with Lynne and myself which is great fun.

If you're wondering what I'm wearing it's a Star Trek 40th Anniversary top that actually lists every single TV episode from each live action show, as well as the movies, on the back. In fact you could easily use it as a viewing checklist. I bought it for $30 and I love it - in fact I'm wearing it now as I type this.

  Vivsta, Spankin' and myself at the Grand Prix of all places ... and boy was it a hot day! I love Formula One car racing but the only reason why I had company this time around is because the rock concert that night was KISS.

Now I admit I wasn't overly keen on attending the concert, being more interested in the race, but I've gotta say it was pretty good. I did hear later it was the exact same concert in terms of layout and style they've always performed. Still if the formula works then why change it. A good fun day all 'round.

  This pic features a bunch of guys who are rarely seen together as a group.

Going from left to right. First off we have "me old mate Kenneth" who I've known since 1984. We were great mates during the 80s and hung out a fair bit in our late teenage years.

Next to Kenneth is George who I've known since high school. George is a nice guy who is a fantastic artist, painter and model maker, but he's also an introvert and home recluse which has only gotten worse with age - in fact just getting him to this event where this pic was taken was a major effort in itself. A very sad story for sure.

Next to George is The Lenny and next to him is Shane. I've known Shane since 1983 and we were best mates for a really long time due to our interest in Star Wars. Shane founded Star Walking Inc. in 1987, and I followed him every step of the way as the club grew. He retired from Star Walking in 1999 but has since returned.

         
   
It might be hard to believe but I'm actually very critical of myself in photos and most pics I see of myself I don't like - in fact the ones you see on this page were the very few I was prepared to show. The exception is this one which I think is one of the better happy snaps of yours truly.   When someone pulls out a camera to take a shot of myself I will invariably throw my arms out, don't ask me why.

It's worth noting I lost a baby tooth in 2002 and the adult tooth behind it never grew through, so I have a gap in my chops. For this reason I taught myself never smile in photos where my teeth are shown (unless I can hide the gap) as evidenced by the pic to the right of this one.

In the end I finally visited the Dentist in October 2015 and had a bridge put in, so that gap is now gonskis! The trouble is I now have to re train myself to smile in photos once more.

  As a big Star Wars fan I've been extremely fortunate to experience some great events through the Star Wars club I helped create back in 1988.

In the Star Wars universe I am a big fan of the Imperial Empire and Star Destroyers are my all time favourite space ship from any sci-fi genre.

         
   
Now here's a bit of history. Way back in 1992 Geoffro opted to make a Ghostbusters fan film called Ghostbastards. For those of us involved in the production, it was a lot of fun to do, even though it wasn't exactly Oscar winning material - yes all the ghosts were just white bed sheets. Still, we jumped into it with gusto and enthusiasm.

My character was called Igor who was the leader of the team. This promo pic features a vacuum cleaner hose and cardboard box from an electric blanket on my back. At some point my black overalls went missing so I had to switch to blue ones, which needless to say created an obvious continuity error, not that we cared about such things.

The film involved a lot of people from Austrek, so it's a great time capsule to how we all looked during this early 1990s era.

  Geoffro and I again, this time it's March 2015. The event was the Discon '70 disco I organised for Con 70.

One of the best things about running these events is seeing how everyone is keen to dress up for the occasion, so when Geoffro turned up looking like this, I just cracked up big time.

Considering he and I had been doing silly dress up gags since at least 1989, this was another fine pic to add to that long list.

Oh and in case you're wondering the clothes weren't mine, yes I hired them.

  The Lenny and I enjoying our own selfie moment. Considering I was holding an actual camera - not a phone - the pic turned out pretty good, especially as it highlights our receding hairlines.

The event was the AMC Expo in 2015 where Star Walking had a dealers table promoting our special Force Awakens premiere screening. Even though I was only there for a day, it was really successful for us and it was also the first time in a long while I enjoyed being on the club table - mainly because Star Wars was starting to become popular again.

I tell you one thing, having pics like this with The Lenny, along with those featuring Geoffro and MPS, just go to remind me how lucky I am to have such great mates with friendships that really will go the distance.

         
   
Apologies for the quality of these pics as they are screen grabs from an old VHS video tape.

In terms of truly great memories with Geoffro and Russell (who's behind the camera), I'd have to say that this was the best of them all.

In around 1995 Russell was making a video for the Doctor Who 30th Anniversary Banquet called Geoff's World, a take off of Wayne's World, and it was the ultimate in pure crazy fun!

  This was actually filmed at Geoffro's place in Moorabbin long before he moved to WA and then back again to Ballarat into the waiting arms of Lavinia.

As was traditional with fan videos of this type, we would receive a dodgy looking script on the day and just went from there. In fact Geoffro had far more dialogue than I did which is why he's reading the script here, honestly I'm amazed we ever got through it.

Ironically I'm not a much of a Doctor Who fan so I didn't get many of the references but that didn't matter as I got to ham it up big time.

  The wig I'm wearing was Geoffro's he used for a Vincent (Beauty and the Beast) costume at a convention in 1990. I remember Russell saying that I had to wear it otherwise I'd look "too cool" which was a nice compliment LOL.

Believe it or not it wasn't until 2011, more than 15 years after this was filmed, when I finally got a copy of Geoff's World including all the raw footage.

"GEOFF'S WORLD, PARTY TIME, EXCELLENT!!!" Mega groovy!

         
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As mentioned earlier, in 1993 I got to visit the USA and naturally we took on some touristy places. Here I am obviously at the Grand Canyon and if you're wondering why I'm crouching down it's because behind me is a sheer cliff! I might look calm and relaxed in this photo but in reality I only stood here for a couple of seconds just long enough to get the pic.

As for the GC itself, honestly it's so big your eyes can't deal with the scale. Funnily enough I took some sunset pics with a panorama camera and all of them made the GC look like a painting.

  When in the US all the things you remember from TV shows and movies suddenly come to life and for me it was Police cars. Whenever I saw a "cop" car I had to take a pikkie of it as they just reminded me of CHiPS, TJ Hooker and a heap of other references to my childhood. The cars we saw were always on the move, however, when in San Francisco we came across two of them parked behind each other. Talk about a perfect Kodak moment!

BTW don't you just love the stonewash jeans, they were my favourites in fact.

     

 

When we went to the US I said to the other three guys that we had to drive a convertible as I see them ALL the time in US TV shows and movies. Sure enough we were able to get one for three days and it was a blast of a good time. You'll note that we have the Aussie flag on the aerial, in fact we ended up going through two of them as they eventually frayed with use and I still have one of them in my garage as a momento of the trip.

As for driving left hand drive cars, it's a weird experience as you have a tendancy to drift to the right hand side of the lane and when on a road by yourself you forget which side you're meant to be on. With that in mind, we were coming home from Skywalker Ranch one night and were driving up a hill by ourselves in San Francisco laughing and having a good time when we heard someone call out "you're on the wrong side of the road!" We then thought "are they talking to us?" just as a whole bunch of headlights came over the hill in our lane. Ooops, lucky I can laugh about it now.

  Ahhh ya gotta love these touristy photos. You'll note I wear this Australia T-shirt in quite a few of the pics. Unlike most foreigners who wear USA shirts when in the US, I did the opposite, ensuring everyone knew where I came from. I also found that when speaking to Americans that I would emphasise my accent.

What caused us the most grief in our trip is that the Aussie dollar was like 50 cents to the US one so everything cost us twice as much which was a pain. In fact one of our guys brought a credit card with him which went over the limit before he'd even used it as the AU dollar dropped whilst we were in the US thus putting him over his allotted threshold! This also meant we didn't tip anyone which didn't make us very popular either.

     
 
The first Dag House ... well flat really, in 1991. This is when I lived by myself for the first time in De Carle St, Brunswick. I originally left home to move in with a girl but that didn't work out so I ended up moving into this 3rd floor, two bedroom flat which was a great way to learn independence and self preservation.

As you can see on the right side my Batman collection was starting to take shape at this time too ... and yes that is a coffin in the picture but don't worry it's a fake one (it's a long story). I still have the hat too.

  Now here's a classic moment in time. It's 1989 at an Austrek (Star Trek fan club) Christmas party which were absolutely fantastic events. The theme was "Pirates in the Caribbean" and Geoffro and myself entered the costume parade as actual pirate ships which I constructed. We "sailed" onto the stage area, then began firing at each other using our cannon party poppers and I was the ship that sunk. Not only was it a blast to do but we won first prize, what a mega top night.
     

 
My first car. Now most people recall their first car with joy and happiness and to be fair that did happen on occasions, but most of the time it was nothing but grief and stress.

In the time I owned my Galant I had to replace the dashboard (I drove around with nothing but wires hanging out), the wipers had to be replaced, the brakes used to go to the floor and needed pumping to work, the tyres once wore down to the steel belts, my indicators used to turn off when I touched the brake pedal, the horn didn't work, I had to remove the grill after a prang, the spare tyre didn't fit and in time both front panels got bashed in (from me kicking them when the thing wouldn't start). I also had to replace the driver's door with one that didn't fit properly when I smashed the window after slamming it in anger - once again when the car wouldn't start ... a common occurence as you can tell. Yep this car spent most time at the repair shop than at home.

The funniest story though is when Carlton were in the grand final in 1987 and I hung these really long blue and white crepe paper streamers from the aerial which looked really great ... until the following morning when I discovered these long blue dye streaks all over the bonnet that couldn't be washed off.

  My last car. Yep, there's a 26 year difference between the two pics. I named this car The Darth and it came into my possession by sheer fluke. I work for Toyota who controlled the distribution of Diahatsu and in 2004 a number of Copens became available for lease because they weren't selling. I opted to grab one as I always wanted a convertible and it was by good fortune that I was allocated a red one. By the time I was halfway up the West Gate bridge driving back from Altona to work with the roof off, I fell in love with it.

When the time came a year later to replace it, I opted to buy it instead, even though my friends constantly made jokes about its small size for years afterwards. I eventually sold The Darth in 2012 and she ended up up in WA - and there's a funny story behind that which I'll share one day.

The SITH number plates were a real "planets in alignment" scenario as I'd seen them on a car years and years ago and then one day to my complete surprise there they were on eBay! Unfortunately the price was WAY too high so I lamented in sorrow that I'd never get them even though they were RIGHT THERE for the taking. Sure enough I checked again some time later and found the price had dropped significantly, so seeing this as an omen, I bought them without any hesitation and they became worth more to me than the car they were attached too.

     

 
And then there's the dream car! Now when first seeing the SITH plates you could be forgiven in thinking this is mine, but alas I had this picture taken to stir up some friends (some of whom really thought the car WAS mine when they saw it). In fact this was a rather special moment for me as I've always been a fan of Ferrari and this was the very first time I ever got to physically touch and sit in one. Even though my friends stirred me a little, it was something I never thought I'd get to do in my entire life so I really wanted to savour it.

Also you have to admit, the SITH plates really DO suit it.

  This pic isn't so much about what the image shows but what it represents.

Sure I'm behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 ... but only because I had just returned from going on a drive. The whole scenario was totally unexpected and I admit I was packing bricks when I was given the opportunity. Driving a Ferrari (and convertible to boot) was beyond just being a magical moment and I was fortunate the car had an Auto mode.

Ironically driving a Ferrari was never on my 'bucket list' simply because I never, ever expected it to become a reality.

     
As you can see from these pics I've had a few costumes in my time. On this particular occasion I was invited to a toga party and I thought what better costume to make than a Batman toga - yep this was during my Batman collecting phase.

Fortunately I've been invited to a few toga parties in my time so this outfit has had repeat value.

Back in the 1980s I made an original design costume called "The Beast of the Imagination". If this outfit looks somewhat complicated it's because I kept refining the design over a number of years by adding and changing bits. This photo was taken on the very last occasion it was worn.

Even though it was only made from cardboard and other assorted oddments it still cost a bit of money to make and most of it was constructed in my bedroom at home.

These days Star Wars costumes are everywhere what with the 501st costume group running around, so this outfit kinda just fits right in. However, this costume was made in 1988 and I still wear it from time to time.

Ironically it can't be approved by the 501st because it's technically the wrong colour, but in our costume promoting days it had Lucasfilm Ltd approval which holds a far higher status. I tell you, nothing is more fun than wearing your favourite Star Wars costume to a big event and being paid for it - and it's all completely legit!

At the top of this page is my original V uniform which effectively died of old age, so shown here with Steph is the brand new replacement suit. Also just to prove the Internet does have its benefits, I was able to get the rifle and helmet through an online V forum I used to be a part of.

The annoying thing is I bought all this gear when the Aussie dollar was only about 70 cents to the US dollar so everything was far more expensive than it should've been - especially the rifle which cost a fortune! Still I was rapt that after 25 years I finally had a complete V shocktrooper costume.

The funny part is that I wore it to a big pop culture expo here in Melbourne and none of my friends knew I had this gear, yet some of them recognised me ... from my jaw line! Can ya believe that!

       
   
Ahhh dear, put a couple of dorks in front of a camera and anything can happen. On this occasion we were celebrating "Spankin's" birthday at a nightclub and someone said "give us the 'Director'!" The idea being that you shape your hands like a 16:9 widescreen image as if framing up a shot.

I remember this night well as we had a lot of fun and it helps Dave really knows how to have a good time.

  Uncle Darth and myself. This was taken at one of our Star Wars club meetings (called Skyforce) a few years ago. On average we've had between four to six Skyforce meetings a year since 1994 and I think I only missed five of them in all that time.

I was on the committee of this club for 23 years before I finally retired at the end of 2011 only to return in 2013 thanks to the Disney take over of Lucasfilm and the announcement of the new Star Wars films.

If you're wondering about my T shirt it says "Werewolf Vodka" with the slogan "you won't remember last night". It was simply worth getting for the image of the wolf.

  Ahhh, good ol' Con 70 from March 2015.

This was taken at our rego desk with Geoffro and myself at the back, with The Vile, Clare and Lynne at the front.

Despite the convention have fewer attendees than Con 9 two years earlier (around 135), the energy and enthusiasm from the attendees was great and I personally loved the fact everyone had such a good time.

Fortunately Con 70 was successful enough for us to mount Con 80 which is scheduled for March 2017.

         
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Behind every great Dag is a great woman and in my life that person is Lynne. These pics were all taken from our 2009 Winter trip to Tasmania hence the reason for the coats and gloves (believe me they were needed).   Lynne loves her coffee, straight black with no sugar which is totally beyond my comprehension.   Lynne's interests are pretty varied: she enjoys line dancing, jewellery and TV shows like Castle and Bones. She supports the Hawthorn footy club, is a fantastic cook and collects teddy bears, which means this place in Tasmania was heaven for her.
         
   
And then there's our nerdy side. The Armageddon Expo 2012 was the first time we attended a sci-fi event in costume together and as someone pointed out it was rather ironic that both our outfits were red and black.

As evidenced from the many pics above, I've been doing the costuming thing since the mid 1980s so this was just another day at the office as far as I was concerned, but it was Lynne's very first time wearing a sci-fi costume anywhere! So not only did she have a great time but she was definitely the best looking Trekker there.

  This pic is a proud moment for us and is quite special. The event is the Armageddon Expo in 2011 and it was the VERY first time we publically promoted our Con 9 From Outer Space convention that was held in July 2012.

This pic was taken after we had set our table up but before the doors opened, so we had absolutely no idea whether we would attract any interest at all or whether we'd just be sitting there for two days twiddling our thumbs. As it turns out we generated a LOT of interest for the con which was hugely encouraging, plus it meant Con 9 did in fact have a chance of succeeding - which it did in spades!

  It's the happy couple photo for sure.

This pic was taken in 2013 on our two week cruise (my first one ever) to New Zealand where one night was classed as a formal occasion which is where this picture was taken.

Being my first cruise (and something I did want to tick off my bucket list), we had a great time and I definitely got the bug to do it again because two years later we set sail once more on another trip.

         
   
Yep I'm a cat lover and the other love of my life besides Lynne is Lulu. She came to us when she was over three years old and has been a great joy in our lives ever since.   Ahhh it's a tough life in our house that's for sure. Quite often we'll walk around the house and see her sleeping like this - all stretched out and lovin' life. On occasions when she's curled up there is so much fluff you don't realise it's a cat until you see a paw sticking out somewhere and sometimes we can't see her head at all!   The great thing about Lulu is that she loves both myself and Lynne equally. These days I'll barely get into my chair and she'll be joining me for a snooze which of course envokes the rule of "ya can't move your four legged one" when she's sleeping on your lap.
         
   
Now before you say anything we didn't put her in this position, she did this herself. She loves sleeping in one of her three beds and this one is atop a scratch post tower, which can get a bit cramped. Honestly you've gotta ask yourself "how on earth can she find this comfortable!"   Next to the scratch post bed is the window seat. Now I can understand the leg hanging over the edge in open space but once again the crooked head has just gotta be awkward - let alone bad for her neck.   Where ever there is an empty box in the house you can bet Lulu will be in it. If you were to put a thought bubble in this picture it would have to say "yeah OK, I know I have box issues!".
         
         

 

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