Pulse Nightclub – 1 Year ago Today

  I copied this from wiki:

Pulse was a gay bar, dance club, and nightclub in Orlando, Florida, founded in 2004 by Barbara Poma and Ron Legler. On June 12, 2016, the club gained international attention as it was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured. There are plans to convert the premises into a memorial dedicated to the victims.

I want to honor those who lost their lives to this senseless violence. It was such a horrible thing to do to innocent people. I have always publically supported the gay community and will never stop getting their messages of love and hope out. They were just having a good time at the club. It makes no sense why someone thinks they can do so much harm. What reason does anyone have to hurt this many people?

I prayed for all of them and their families. May God bless their souls. We all love you and miss you. I’m sorry for their loss.

RIP #Batman

  My wife called me and told me the news. I was eating somewhere and I stepped outside to take the call. She sounded serious so I told her to hold on a second I would walk out. I asked my friends to watch my boys. I said okay, what is it. She said Honey I have bad news. My heart sank thinking we lost our baby. She said Adam West just died. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! That was the 2nd worst thing she could have said to me. I started crying and couldn’t speak. She read to me an article that had just been posted. She said I wanted to tell you before you saw it online.

So here’s the story. When I was a very young kid my mom bought me my first Batman. I still have that toy to this day. It’s all mangled up because he went through a lot of things while I played with him but he’s still in once piece Lol From then on I just wanted everything Batman. I think I was 4. He was the very first celebrity I ever met. I met Adam probably over 100 times during his lifetime. On average I would see him 3 or 4 times a year at different events. He basically watched me grow up and after my later teens began to recognize me for my height. He was always very gracious and funny. I would drag up whatever new Batman thing I had found for him to sign, we would spend a few minutes talking and then off I went. He really was one of my personal heroes. He was also the first famous person I ever heard of with Leukemia. I wouldn’t say we were friends, we were friendly. I supported everything he ever did in his career. If he said donate to whatever, I donated. If he said go buy this, go try this, I did. I wanted to help him live a great life like he had taught me to live. I learned so many lessons watching that ridiculous Batman tv show. He was everything I ever wanted to be. Tall, funny, a good guy, and very helpful. He saved the world. Him and his best friend Robin were a great team and worked together to get rid of bad people. That’s all I remembered from the shows when I was a kid.

I have several photos of Adam and I at different  Comic Cons or other events that I put on Facebook. I was shocked to see just how many we have taken over the years. I posted the first one when I met him at age 6. He put me on his lap like he was Santa and I’m holding up my little Batman coloring book. He signed the inside cover and told me to be a Good Batboy Lol  I still have that too. I have an entire case full of Batman stuff that I will never get rid of. I told my wife if there’s a fire I’m grabbing my kids, my dog, my wife, and my Batman figurine from 1966 that’s Priceless Lol She just rolled her eyes at me.

Thank you Adam West’s family for loaning him to all of us for so many years. He really got out and among his fans. I loved that about him. I have done book signings now and I can’t stand sitting there for the hour I’m booked. I hate every minute of it until one of my fans says something funny and loosens it all up for me. That was Adam. He loved al of it. In all of the years my friends and I have been going to see him we never had a bad experience. No one did. The guy was our James Bond or I guess our Michael Jordan.

I will miss you Mr. West. You will always be the one and only Batman to me. The rest of the actors that try to fill your shoes will never do it right. I loved you like a hero and I will teach my kids all that I know about you. God bless you and I pray I see you again someday in Heaven. I loved you very much. I told you that several times and you would just laugh. The last time I saw you was November of 2016 and I told you Look I finally got married. You told me it was about time now go make some babies and get out of here Lol Well we did.

If he’s a boy I already told my wife I’m naming him Adam. She said good she thought I’d name him Batman. That would be a very cool middle name but I know she would never do that.

Thanks for all the messages. Everyone that knows me knows how hard that hit me. I cried. I went back into the restaurant and I told my friends what happened. Some of them got teared up too. My only regret is never taking my boys to see him. I really wanted to but I wasn’t ready to take them to a Comic Con yet. I wish I had.

Long Live Batman! The good thing is Adam West knew how much I admired him. Not the character he played for a few short years. But for the man he turned into. He really was a good guy. I pray everyday to be just like him.

I will miss you. Thank God you knew how much you really meant to me my entire life.

Weekend with the boys

My friends from Nebraska came into town Friday morning. We spent most of the day trying to figure out what places we wanted to visit on this trip. Some of them had some pretty strong opinions of what they didn’t want to do but we all agreed, Cubs games all weekend! After the Friday game we went to a few bars in Wrigleyville. That was a lot of fun. Most of the time we just go home so it was different for me to hang out a little amongst all of the fans. Everyone in Cub Nation is very nice. As long as you support the Cubs. You say anything wrong and that’s it. Conversation over.

Saturday we spent all morning playing with my boys and taking them swimming. Everyone loved that. My boys really enjoy having more men to hang with. They went up to all of them at one point and it was nice to see my favorite people on the planet interact with my kids. Drew even said we all waited a long time for these 2 to come around. I said I know I know. I really do have the most loyal group of dudes. They defend me without thinking twice, they pick on me like I’m the older brother and they love my kids with all they have. Very true friends. Saturday’s Cubs game was not so great but still a lot of fun. After that game we went and picked up my boys and took them out again. This time my wife stayed home. She said she wanted a break. She’s also not feeling that great thanks to the bun in the oven we created. With the heat wave hitting Chicago she decided air conditioning was what she wanted over having a great time hanging out with us. We dropped the boys off and went out to dinner than went out for the night. I was finally able to show them into the club we invested in. It’s been fixed up now and it’s doing very well financially. It’s been a lot of fun being one of the owners. Free drinks for my buddies, orange juice or water for me. And a safe ride home for all.

Sunday we got up for Church, went to Mass together, ate brunch then went to the last Cubs game of the weekend. Now that game was hooooott! And a great game. At the end of my boys weekend I hated having to drop everyone off at the airport. Big man hugs all around and my 6 best friends from back home headed out. I really miss all of them. They are all at different phases in their lives. Some divorced. Some married. Some unhappily married. Then there’s me. So in love with my wife I can’t think straight. So excited for our new baby to get here as soon as possible. More ready for kids than I have ever been. I really thinking having twins the first time prepares you for everything. I think when our new baby comes next year I will think it’s too easy or something. By then my boys will almost be 2 years old and I think that will be the perfect age difference. Especially if my boys turn into holy terrors in school Lol The teachers will all ask are your brothers Heston and Alex? Yes, then a quiet Oh Sh*t Lol

I’m glad we finally got together. It’s been a while and I needed it. My wife said she loves seeing me so happy and laughing. My friends make me laugh constantly and the stories they tell about me are some how funnier now. I love all of my friends and really appreciate them coming to see me. We all had a great time. We all want to make that a yearly trip. I think I’m going to need it.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend. I have several more posts coming up to stay tuned.