When Monsters…Are Thankful!

Aaron Blog PhotoI have many things in life to be thankful on this Turkey Day, but one I’m most thankful for is the wonderful, beautiful woman that became my wife on October 18th of this year.

You see, this blog would have never existed without her encouraging me to put it up. When I pitched the idea to her and the time it would take to make it successful, she would tell me to go for it. Every time I would get a bit stressed over this blog failing before it ever got started, she would tell me not to worry and work harder. And when it was finally up and running, she said she was proud of me. She is the one that makes the schedules, edits pieces (because I miss stuff the first tim), and now has worked extremely hard in the social media world to get us noticed.

To my dear Shauna: Thank You. Thank you for being a great wife that puts up with all my silliness, my geeky hobbies, and my old man grumpiness. You are the greatest and I love you.

I am also thankful for my fellow Monsters. Each and every one of you are awesome and talented friends, and I couldn’t do this blog without each of you. I am blessed that you have chosen to share your talents with this blog and I am more than thankful for the hard work you put in week in and week out, and it’s an honor to serve you as your Editor-in-Chief.

And I want to thank you the readers for reading, sharing, and commenting. Because without you taking the time out of your day to read about what makes our geeky clocks tick, we would not have a blog to write on. Thank you for your continued support and I promise to continue to publish quality and unique pieces that covers all corners of geekdom on this site, for you to enjoy.

And, of course, I am thankful to be a geek. I am thankful for a family that fed my geekiness. A father and mother that let me play with Ninja Turtles and watch Ghostbusters. A brother (Yeti) that I would spend many hours hunting for new music, playing NCAA Football, and having discussions about movies, sports, and comics. I want to thank all of the creators of the characters that have always stuck with me. Ivan Reitman for his vision of the Ghostbusters, Brian Michael Bendis for helping me rediscover Spider-Man and comics in general, for Yasuhiro Nightow for giving us Trigun, Keniji Inafune for the awesomeness that is Mega Man, Hulk Hogan for being the ultimate babyface for so long, and for Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Ninja Turtles. And I can’t forget Bill Willingham for giving me Fables, Robert Kirkmen for Invincible and the Walking Dead, and Shonda Rhimes for dragging me in to Grey’s Anatomy (don’t knock it till you watch it folks!).

And last, but not least, I would like to thank my wonderful Savior, Jesus. To whom gave me the talent to write and for allowing that to be cultivated by the teachers that were put in my path.

t-ravblogpicThere’s so much I can put in a list of things I am thankful for. I used to be a lot more cynical than I am these days, but as I get older I realize that the more I dwell on the stupid things other people do the worse off I feel. There’s too much good in my life for me to ruin it like that. I could get serious for this, but I won’t get boring by stating the obvious things that I am thankful for, I’ll stick to geeky things.

I am thankful for the creativity of people like Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman, George Lucas, Stan Lee and others who have used their imaginations to spark mine. I’m thankful for all the little things I don’t deserve. Things that aren’t really important, but I enjoy. Like toys and cereal and cartoons. I’m thankful for the chance to occasionally write stuff for Monsters of Geek and I’m thankful that I get to pass on my love for the geeky world to my own kids who I hope never completely grow up.

Joe CollierBlogpicThe holiday season is upon us, the nip in the air, the hustle and bustle, and Santa making appearances everywhere. It’s the season to be thankful for what we have. To be thankful for the family and friends we surround ourselves with this time of year. It may be a lot to handle, but there are people who don’t get to experience the amount of love that I do during this time of year. I am extremely thankful for my family and friends.

For my geeky side, I am thankful for the new World of Warcraft expansion. It has made the game fun again. Thank you for taking my money and allowing me to come home from work and loosen up after a stressful day of working the holidays in retail. Thank you Blizzard.

Reid blog photoI’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for my job. I’m thankful for an optimistic season from the Mets. I’m thankful for Hulu and Netflix making networks up their game to come out with incredible television over the last few years. I’m thankful for the Monsters of Geek blog for giving me a place to vent!

Most importantly I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my awesome little dude who is obsessed with super heroes and Indiana Jones. I’m thankful for my little princess who amazes me more and more everyday. I’m thankful for my incredible wife who understands my quirkiness, and makes me want to be the best I can be.

Jenna selfieI am very thankful for a lot of things in my life: family, friends, the food I consume, and the roof I have over my head. But I am also thankful for one thing that helped me out greatly after the death of my father: Doctor Who.

Yes, I know, it seems quite mundane and childish to be thankful for a television show; however, after my dad died, I tried not to let my depression show outwards, but inside I felt like I was dying.

Fortunately, I had a friend who kept talking about this long-running show about a time-traveling alien who saves the universe at every turn. It really piqued my interest, and I ended up watching the first few episodes on Netflix before getting sucked into a whirlwind fandom leaving me breathless, and giving me subtle lessons in life that allowed me to finally learn to heal.

Doctor Who was really just the start of my introduction with a lot of pop culture, especially that of science fiction and fantasy, but I will never forget how the show helped me through the grieving process; for that I am very thankful.

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