Well, the pool won't be officially closed until Tuesday, but the forecast for the next three days is for rain and then high temps only in the very low 60s. So, today was the day for Swimsover 2016, my last lap of the year.
The water was about 68 degrees, air temp about 73, and I was sweated up from a long bicycle ride, so there I went.
Only about six months till First Dunk 2017.
It's been quite a long while since a box arrived at our house with a DC Comics return address, so I got a surprise when I came home from an afternoon bike ride and discovered a fairly sizable one. Inside was a statue of the Bumblebee, one of the series of "DC Bombshells."
I created the Bumblebee as a member of the Teen Titans back in the mid-1970s. She was largely ignored after the series ended, but has become a prime component in DC's Superhero Girls series.
A recent McDonald's Happy Meal promotion included a Bumblebee figure as one of the toys.
She's had a variety of looks over the years, but it is quite a kick to see a character I created as an important component of DC's line four decades later.
I've been named Guest of Honor at Uticon, taking place Sunday. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello.
Meantime, the lectures I gave about the history of comics and graphic novels drew impressive crowds at both the Utica and Rome campuses of Mohawk Valley Community College.
I caught up with my old pal Tony Isabella last week and we had a great evening. Wives Laurie and Barb had a good time together as well, deciding (probably wisely) to take a walk together after dinner and leaving the guys to talk comics and "the old days."
It's been a particularly good week for Tony as his years-long battle with DC over Black Lightning seems to have been settled quite nicely in his favor, including a TV pilot for Fox that is in the works. (Coincidentally, I found out about that the night before via a Google Alert.)
Our paths don't cross often, but I told Tony I'd love to be part of Driveway Con if he decides to have one next summer. Tony held a Driveway Con in the summer of 2014 as part of his garage sale. (Read about it here, here and here.) Something for all you fans of old comics guys to look forward to.