Will he or won’t he?

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Is Joe Biden going to run? He is keeping everyone guessing

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7 of my favorite Etsy comics-related items

I’ve been finding some very cool comics related items on Etsy these days. As you know, I collect vintage comics and comic-related items and most are these are new, but they are pretty cool. Here are some of my favorites.

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Superman, Batman and Spider-man cuff links! On sale now, too!  On sale for $16.14 each with $4.00 shipping. At FabuStuff Store.

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A full 131-page screenplay of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 movie, Oscar 2019 Best Animated Feature Film winner, with pre-printed autographs of cast members including Stan Lee. Note, the autographs are pre-printed. $19.95 plus shipping from Singapore. From Autograph101 Shop.

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A Captail Marvel mask from My Cosplay Props.  $150.00 Free shipping.

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A intage 1994 Archie Comics Big Face White Promo T-Shirt. $44.00. Free shipping from cTwetnyTwo shop.

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Retro Inspired Comic Strip Skater Dress from VintageGaleria. $35.00, $4.95 shipping.

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Vintage Set of Walt Kellys Comic Strip Pogo Figures. $49.00 plus $8.20 shipping from PutFamilyFirst.

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Dick Tracy Wall Clock by Fun Around the Clock.  $21.99 plus $6.95 shipping

Just attending a lot of art things

Sorry I haven’t posted here lately, there’s really not much going on. Just living my life.

Been to a bunch of art festivals we have during the winter here in Miami. There was one today, Saturday, a block party called the French Quarter Block Party and there were all New Orleans-themed things like a crawfish boil, beignets, jambalaya, and things like that. With live music, drinks, ice cream and all. The whole town came out. We had a few block parties this winter. I live in a small village in the Miami area.

It was lots of fun. I cover the news for my town, so I have that here in the Coconut Grove Grapevine. Along with a bunch of other art happenings I attended this winter. I interviewed a bunch of artists who participated in the arts festivals in town and also attended shows in Miami starting with the Art Basel events in December. I think I posted some of it here in the Tomversation blog. It’s also all in the Grapevine.

In my own little bubble

I posted a video to Instagram of a boat coming into shore in our little lagoon where I live in Miami, in February. Someone sent me a message telling me that it’s 17 degrees where they are and that I was being cruel and teasing them. He was kidding about the cruel part, but it made me think. When I post things I’m sort of thinking of my own little world. I told him I’m in my own little bubble and not realizing there are others our there seeing the images or even reading this blog post.

I know people from all over the world read me. Once I was stopped walking down the street and a guy asked me, “Are you Tom Falco?” When I told him I was, he introduced himself and said he was a reader and follower of mine from Liechtenstein! That’s a country near Switzerland!

When I’m in New York City, which is often, I don’t think about home. I took photos of the snow this past November and posted photos on social media, but I never though, “Hmm, what is the weather back home in Miami as I am here in the snow in New York?” Am I the only one who does or doesn’t do this? Is it selfish to just be in our own little bubbles?

On the other hand, I have the weather on my phone from different cities I like and I look at that often, I wonder what the weather is like today in Albuquerque for instance, but if I’m out in the snow in New York or on a boat in Miami, I’m not thinking of Albuquerque at the moment.

I guess we are living in an Instagram world, which is a selfish bubble world.

The butcher the baker and the candlestick maker

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In 1896, Alice Austen traveled around New York City taking photos of everything. Most images were of people working – police, city employees, mailmen, etc.

These were the people who made the city run daily. This is a photo of a bicycle messenger and there are photos of various other workers like a shoe-string peddler and a sponge peddler and a knife sharpener. Could you make a living doing these tings? Remember the scotch tape store that was a recurring skit on Saturday Night Live? It was a store in the mall that just sold scotch tape. That’s it.

The cost of living is so high these days that it makes you wonder how people survived by selling shoe-lace strings. But when most things cost a nickle or less (like wasn’t a newspaper a penny or two?) I guess it was possible.

Alice’s photos were donated to the Library of Congress. There are many shown here at Mashable. Check them out, they are really enjoyable to see.

My experience with ESP

I used to will things, you know, manifest, but not on purpose, I did this way before “The Secret” came out, I would just say or think something and it would happen. Often, not every time.

I also used to have a very good ESP. And this weekend I had a really good one. What I mean is that I was at Starbucks and as the girl was making my drink I noticed my friend Hank sitting outside. He hadn’t come in, he was just sitting at a table. I was thinking to myself, “Oh, there’s Hank, I have to stop by and say hello.”

As I am thinking this, the girl is putting my drink down and she calls out, “Hank?” And knowing that was my coffee, I asked, “Hank?” And she said, “Oh sorry, I mean’t Tom.”

How about that? She read my mind.

In the past more than once at a drive-thru place like Wendy’s or KFC or something I’ve looked at the menu from my car and thought that I would love to have something but changed the order when I got to the window. And when I got the order, it was the original thing I had thought of but never ordered. This has happened maybe four or five times over the years. Interesting, no?