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Ryan Pfeil

This is a blog for southern Oregonians to check in on all things geek. Sci-fi, history, comics, movies, video/photo and anything else that would have gotten you shut in a locker in high school. Have fun.

I may own the Batcave, but that doesn’t mean I built it

Here’s a basic story premise for you, one I’m sure you could tie to a number of books or movies: “A family moves into a new house and begins to discover things about it.” You’ve already thought of one or two I’m sure. “Poltergeist” is probably in there. “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,” [...]

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Origin Story: Noticeable vacancy

This is the eighth installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child.  Dear Bethany, Running clears my head, especially when I can do it close to the ocean. Especially when it’s morning. The lazy hiss of the saltwater flushes out the usual clogs of to-do lists and what-if treatises. The [...]

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Origin Story: Read, kid

This is the seventh installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child. Dear Bethany, Your great-grandma thought your grandma was crazy. I was the crux of it — newborn, helpless, unable to escape her grasp as she read me Beatrix Potter stories about a young rabbit who doesn’t do what [...]

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Grandfather box

The Rubbermaid tote makes my small home office all the more cramped. It’s heavy, too, a sturdy block of plastic weighed down by contents that could be a door stop for iron gates. I’ve scanned through them a few times: worn letters, photographs, a few sketches, a lunch menu, sheets of 6-cent stamps, newspapers. It’s [...]

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Origin Story: Superparenting

This is the sixth installment in a series of entries about the arrival of my first child. Dear Bethany, Congratulations: You’ve just set the record for the youngest child ever to be grounded. Take a bow. And don’t think I can’t see you rolling your eyes either, kid. The “What To Expect” app says you [...]

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Origin Story: Mom tidings

This is one in an occasional series of columns as I document the impending arrival of my first child. Other installments in the series can be viewed on this blog. Dear Bethany, It’s only fair that I tell you about what’s on the other side of your lifeline. I know you’re probably curious. Yes, it’s [...]

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Origin Story: Secret identities

Dear Bethany, Take a knee, kid. It’s time for a little advice. I’m going to take advantage of moments like this for as long as I can, when I know you can’t roll your eyes or run away from my sage tidings. Which, by the way, I have in spades. Just ask your mom. You’re [...]

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You can’t spell ‘Winter Soldier’ without ‘win’

My patriotism is documented, hieroglyphs embedded in the worn tape of a VHS video. It shows a Christmas morning. It’s 1987 in Colorado Springs. Robe-clad and mussy-haired, I reach into my stocking and pull out two comic books. The excitement is palpable as the pages flap and crackle in my tight fist. Side note: Little [...]

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Origin Story: Great powerlessness

Dear Bethany, The first time your mom felt you move happened on April Fools Day. No joke. We sat in a Mexican restaurant finishing our food when she fell into her trance, what looked like one anyway. Someday you’ll learn about the phrase: “1,000-yard stare.” It means that your eyeballs look like they’re frozen and [...]

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Origin Story: First contact

This is the second entry in a series on first-time fatherhood. Read the first entry here. Dear Bethany: I want to tell you about the first time I heard your heart beat, how it made me think of submarines and how I didn’t believe it was real. It was February. Your mom and I sat [...]

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