Saturday, August 29, 2015

Aldi Opens In Jacksonville!

A new grocery store has come to Jacksonville, on Southside Blvd (next to Target). With locations in St. Augustine and Middleburg, Aldi opens up in Jax. They have just opened, and I checked out the store this morning. I think this was day two of being open...

Aldi is a German-based store chain. It is no-frills, carrying mostly store brand items. There were a few name products in the store, but I didn't see many. The store is small... about a third (or less) of the size of the Publix I'm used to shopping at. There was also a decent crowd of people in that small space... I don't do well with lots of people in small spaces, so I did not linger. 

I did check out several aisles. Aldi does not seem to have the widest selection of products, but there was still a decent amount there. For example, I picked up some frozen french bread pizzas. Most places have at least 4 or 5 varieties, but Aldi only had 2. That said, I picked up three items during my visit, and only paid $8. I would have paid at least $12 elsewhere.

You do have to pay for the bags they supply, and shopping cart rental is a quarter. You get your quarter back when you return the cart.

I liked the store, and will check it out again. It's too far to be a primary store for shopping, but I can see supplementing my regular shopping with the odd trip to Aldi. If there's one near you, it's worth checking out!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Directionless



My latest painting is called "Directionless", and it is available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245767568/directionless-8x10-abstract-painting?ref=shop_home_active_1

"Directionless" is an abstract expressionist piece, painted in acrylic, on 8"x10" canvas board. 

This started out as a piece for an art contest. Unfortunately, no matter what I did, I was not happy with it. I missed the deadline. I've heard several times, keep painting until you like it. So, I kept working on this. For a while, I thought it might be called "Four Directions", but towards the end, I knew it was "Directionless". I feel that in starting a painting, just to enter a contest, I lost my direction. It took missing a deadline to learn what direction to take.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

About this blog, Hapy Birthday to me, and Hi-NRG DJ Mix!


So, I've been at this blogging thing for a little while now. I started this off with the idea that I would blog about traveling and adventures (like going to an art festival, for example). The trouble is, I don't do as much of that as I'd like. This blog has turned into a hodge podge about my life a bit. If I cook something new, I'll post the recipe, or where I found it. I'll post about the things I go do, and I post about my art. It's a mix of stuff about me and my life.

I am an artist and photographer, living in Florida. I draw comic book stuff, I paint abstracts, I take photos of things and people. A lot of my photography falls under the "beefcake" label, and is not for everyone. I find many men interesting and sexy, and I try to convey that in my work. My models are not just muscle hunks, but men of all looks, ages, body types, etc... That said, I do not wish to offend anyone, so I try not to post about it all that much. Instead, I focus on other photography, where I've taken photos at a park, in some city somewhere, etc... I do post from time to time about new t-shirts I've created, or other products that are available. Of course, there are links you can check out. (Please do so... if you like what you see, please consider making a purchase. Us "starving" artists have to make it somehow.) I am a working artist - this is not a "hobby", but how I earn my money.

Other things about my life: I'm a bit of an introvert. I like to read - a LOT! Comics and books... I read. And I read a variety of fiction... not just the sci-fi and fantasy one expects of a comic geek. I love drag queens, and I'm totally addicted to RuPaul's Drag Race. My favourite quote comes from Ru: "What other people think of me ain't none of my business!" I like movies, and I watch a little too much tv... beyond the usual programming, I'm often watching shows off Food Network, DIY, Travel Channel, HGTV, etc... I help out my parents a good bit, doing things around the house and driving Mom around when she needs to get out. Mom has MS, and gave up driving a couple of years ago... It was getting difficult, and she gave it up before her doctors told her she would have to. My brother and nephew live in town. I often do things with my nephew... go to the movies, or go to a comic convention. My oldest brother passed away last year. I get to see my sister-in-law and niece a few times a year, as they live in NC. This past year I spent several days down in Disneyworld with them, and hope to do so again next year. We went for my niece's birthday.

My grandfather was a politician. I've been scanning a lot of old family photos in order to preserve them digitially. A lot of these photos so far deal with Papa's time in office, and I have shared a few of those.

So, today is my 46th birthday. Not too much to say about that... Did birthday cake a few days ago with the family at Sunday lunch. Sorry, I didn't take photos. The family tradition is also to go out to dinner on (or around) someone's birthday, and we're doing that tomorrow. Nothing fancy - just going for fried shrimp! Yummy!

Earlier, I posted about buying a bunch of cds for myself as my present to myself. I like to treat myself a bit around my birthday. Yesterday, I was able to do a larger treat... and I got myself a dj mixing program called Mixmeister. The program does a good bit of the work for you in creating a mix, though you still have to make sure it sounds right. Anyway, here is the first mix I did! This mix is for promotional purposes only! If you like the music, you can find a good bit of it on iTunes or at www.almightyrecords.com.

DJ Kor - Feel The NRG Mix 8-2015

https://www.hulkshare.com/djkor/dj-kor-feel-the-nrg-8-2015

*Crazy For You (Radio) - Blonde Ambition
*Happenin’ All Over (Again) (Wayne G Heaven Anthem Mix) - Lonnie Gordon
*Planet Earth (Supernova Remix) - Massive Ego
*Club Tropicana - Jason Prince
*Beds Are Burning (Extended) - Novaspace
*Moving On (Radio) - Obsession
*Star Wars - Almighty Allstars
*Hot Beat (E39 Shake That Thang Radio) - Ernest Kohl
*Thank You For Being A Friend (12”) - Golden Girls
*Blue Monday (Head Horny’s Mix) - DJ Space’C
*Bring Me To Life (Clone Zone Mix) - Rochelle
*Colors Of The Wind (Radio) - Harajuku
*Love Is A Battlefield - Rochelle
*Spinner - Déjà Vu f/ Tasmin
*Domino Dancing - West End Girls
*Time After Time (Mike Coppock Mix) - Paul Parker
*You Raise Me Up (Definitive Radio) - Déjà Vu f/ Tasmin


That wraps things up for now. Take Care, Everyone! I'll be back soon with more stuff to talk about, share, etc... 

#hi-nrg #djmix #birthday 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

t-shirts, action figures, and birthday freebies...

So, today I'm wearing a new t-shirt... it's one of my designs: Bokeh 7518. The shirt is an all-over design, and it turned out really well. I'm very pleased with it. As the site warned, there are a couple of flaws (due to the printing process) around the arms. Not a biggie. I think they kind of blend into this design.




I had lunch today with my friend Susan. With my birthday coming up, I decided to use some of my birthday freebies. We ate at Golden Corral and I had a coupon for a free buffet. Yummy lunch! We both like Golden Corral, and it's become our "go to" place since our favourite buffet closed down last year.

Afterwards, I went to Mythical Mountain and picked up an action figure - Earth 2 Wonder Woman. This is a nice little comic and toy shop, and it's not too far from me. I had a nice chat with the owner while I was there. I don't pick up too many new comics these days, but I plan to head back for more toys!



Lastly, I went to Krispy Kreme to use another birthday freebie... coupon for a free doughnut and small drink. I got a couple of extra doughnuts, and I'm gonna have them tonight as a treat! I love doughnuts! 

If you're looking for birthday freebies, many places offer them! Usually a coupon is emailed to you. Check out this list: http://www.heyitsfree.net/birthday-freebies
 
It's back to work now. Have a Groovy Weekend everybody!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Indian Chicken Stew

The other day, I got out the slow cooker and made an Indian Chicken Stew. I found the recipe here: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/chicken/slow-cooker-indian-chicken-stew/
All afternoon, the enticing aroma of the stew filled the house! When it was finally time to serve it up, I fixed some couscous (instead of the suggested rice), and enjoyed this delicious dish! Amazing flavor. It was spicy, but only enough for flavor - the spice did not overpower or burn, which sometimes happens in Indian dishes. I enjoyed this stew very much, and can see where if you swap out some spices/herbs and an ingredient here or there, you could adapt this stew to other styles.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Klone Records

So, in my last post, I mentioned that not much happened last week. Well, I got a bunch of cds last week, and more today. All from Klone Records  - a hi-nrg label from the UK.



First off, I will start this by saying it's my birthday in just over a week. For the last 10 or 15 years, I've been able to go down to DisneyWorld for the day (and once for a week). It's not quite every year, but it's been most years. I wanted to go down to Orlando again this year, but the cash just wasn't there for me. It's been a slow summer sales wise, tho I'm still keeping fingers crossed that I might find a way down. Anyway, I had looked up the Klone label's discography online, and looking up the cds on both Amazon and eBay, putting what I found on my watch-list. Most of them have been reasonably priced, and everything I've bought has been $10 or less with the shipping costs included. I figured if I couldn't hit Orlando, I'd indulge in some cd buying as a Happy Birthday to me.


I've included a couple of the covers here, but most of the cds are compilations. They run a generic beefcake cover on most of those. If it's an artist, like the Jason Prince Collection, they run the artist photo. It's a fun company, mostly dance cover versions, similar (but not quite the same as) Almighty Records. 



So, here's the rundown on what I've received...

Kloned! 2
Kloned! 3
The Jason Prince Collection
Mad About The Boy 2
Gayfest 2000
Massive Ego v Miss Dusty 'O' - My Heart Goes Bang (cd single)
Extreme Anthems 2
Under The Covers
Klone Ikons 5
NRG Makeovers 1
NRG Makeovers 4
Gayfest 2003
Sex, Swords, & Sandals 2

I've also scored a few Gayfest and Mad About The Boy compilations off iTunes.Quite a score of music to listen to. I think it's time to turn on the mirror ball and start dancin'!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Slow Week & Beefcake Photos

Yep. It's been a slow week this past week. Not a lot has been going on, other than listing photos on eBay! The photos are "beefcake" (ie, sexy men with shirts off or in underwear!), and I realize it's not everyone's scene. If you want to check it out - http://myworld.ebay.com/korokstudios
 
I also have quite a few sketch cards up there as well.
 
I don't have much planned for this weekend outside of using up my free listings on eBay, and maybe working on some art. Here's hoping that I can have more to post next week.

Take care!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fantastic Four movie review

So, I saw Fantastic Four today with my nephew. Wasn't the worst movie I ever saw, but it wasn't great either. First of all - it's not as bad as the internet would have you believe. The first half felt like it was mostly lifted from the Ultimate Fantastic Four series. In 2000, Marvel Comics started the Ultimate line, which was a fresh take on their heroes, set on an alternate earth. It was the idea that these origins are happening now, instead 40-50 years ago. There have been some really good stories told in the Ultimate line. 
 
Second half... that felt rushed - especially the (anti) climatic fight scene with Doom. Doom was probably the worst thing about this movie. Before getting powers, he really didn't serve a purpose. After powers, he behaved like Annihilus with Blastarr's power set. The action part of this movie just really didn't seem to fit the Fantastic Four, though the ending was fine. There was no after-credits scene (a Marvel movie staple), which was a let-down.
 
There were other little things that bothered me as well - Thing not wearing pants, for example. The casting was fine - none of these actors will be THE definitive version of the characters they portrayed, but I didn't feel let down by them either. 
 
Here's the real trouble... I do go into a movie (or tv adaptation) with the idea that it's an alternate version... It's not the main comic versions, but their "Earth-TV" counterparts, if you will. X-Men showed us how good comic book movies could be! X-Men, the first Spider-Man movie, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers, and even Ant-Man... while they may have strayed some from the source material, they remained true to the spirit of it. To do Fantastic Four justice, you have to dial into Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's version of them! That is the definitive Fantastic Four! The movie failed to do that. 
 
I'm not sorry that I saw the movie. My nephew (who had the same "meh" reaction I did) and I had a good time! I just wish this had been done by Marvel Studios... they would have hit a home run instead of striking out.
 
 
 
BTW: We saw FF on a Sunday, at a similar time-slot to when we saw Ant-Man a few weeks ago. There wasn't even 25% of the crowd there for FF as there was for Ant-Man.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lunch In The Park




So, I often drive my Mother around. She's 74 and has MS. A couple of years ago she decided to give up driving before a doctor told her she had to. So, I drive her a lot. Today she had a lunch date with a friend over in Riverside. I dropped her off and headed over to Fresh Market where I picked up lunch. The parking lot was a nightmare! If a car wasn't blocking my way to a parking spot, it was trying to run me down in an attempt to get from point A to point B! This area of Riverside, also known as Brooklyn, is getting built up with condos and apartments. Fresh Market is right in the midst of that. But, it's a treat to get something from there, so...



After getting lunch (a chicken salad croissant, a cookie, and cream soda), I headed over to Stinson Park, which is at the foot of the Ortega Bridge. It's also at the other border of Riverside. The day was cloudy, and there was a nice breeze, so eating outside was actually pleasant. It's a nice, calm place with some people fishing and a few kids playing. Not a lot of traffic here. 



I was sitting in front of this beautiful oak tree. After my lunch, I took a turn around the park (it's small) and across the street to walk by Baker Point Park. Lovely views of the river, boats, and even (in the distance) downtown Jacksonville. After that, it was time to go pick Mom back up and head for home.