So today’s my birthday. Huzzah! I’m not necessarily looking for the obligatory “Happy Birthday” posts, but I thought it might be good to blog about it. I won’t say specifically how old I am, just that I’m a child of the 80’s and obviously, too old to be playing with toys. Don’t worry, just because I’m too old doesn’t mean I’m going to stop.

I was born at 7:11 (the time, not the gas station) many moons ago. I’ve lived through some pretty incredible things and even I am often amazed at the technological advancements I’ve seen in just my time alone. On a more personal note I’m not sure that I’m anywhere near where I thought I would be at this age when I was younger, but I’m not doing too bad overall. I’ve had good times and bad times, but to quote Joe Walsh, “Life’s been good to me so far”…

This website, Infinite Hollywood, coincidentally is marking it’s official one year anniversary this May, as well. Even though I started this website in 2007, it wasn’t until May (actually the end of April) last year that I started updating on an almost daily basis. As this site grows and changes, I couldn’t be more proud of the work done here and I want to thank everyone who takes a little bit of time out of their day to stop by here and whether you leave a comment or not, it means a lot.

On a rather cool note though, I’ve been a lifelong professional wrestling fan and always wanted to be a part of the show in some respect. I’ve done a lot of cool wrestling stuff, but I gave up on the idea of actually being a wrestler years ago. Which meant the chances of ever being involved in wrestling became infinitely more slim. However this past weekend I was able to not only participate, but actually manage a champion wrestler to victory in a major wrestling promotion. It’s a geeky little thing, but a neat highlight for me and something that I’ll always be able to say I did and tick off on my checklist of things I’ve always wanted to do.

I’ve been trying to think of some cool birthday stuff I did as a kid and I’d love to upload some old pictures, but I don’t really have access to that stuff. I had some interesting birthday cakes that I can recall, including a Flintstones cake as well as the typical Batman cake. Probably the oddest birthday cake I can recall was one which had a Gobot on it. Yup, a Gobots birthday cake with Cykill of all people on the top. The Cykill was a pretty cool topper as it was one of those toys where if you pushed the bottom it would collapse.

I doubt many other people had a Gobots birthday cake. Granted, it wasn’t one of my proudest moments, in hindsight. I got lots of cool toys through the years for my birthday. One of my favorites was the Sky Escape Joker figure from Kenner’s old Dark Knight Collection. The best part was that he came with his comically long barreled pistol from Batman the movie. Unfortunately my cousin LOST it in the grass (my birthday parties were always outside, cause May has nice weather) about 5 minutes after I opened him. I’m still a little traumatized.

Another cool birthday gift I got one year was the blue variant of Grimlock. I remember him fondly, even though I was never a huge Transformers fan. That was probably the first clamshell package I ever opened on a toy, as well. I don’t know if I have a “favorite” birthday gift that I’ve ever gotten, but I always made out pretty well. In recent years my girlfriend has done really well by me, with stuff like an awesome experience at Medieval Times and even a Wii when they super hard to get your hands on. She’s pretty awesome.

One final birthday memory. For a couple of years I got to go to Chuck E. Cheese for my birthday. If you grew up in my era, you know how awesome that was. Anyway, since this was an annual tradition for a few years, I would always wear my Chuck E. Cheese birthday shirt every year on my birthday. One year in particular, I was excited to go and the night before, I had a nightmare that the giant animatronic Chuck E. Cheese characters went berserk and tried to kill me and my friends as we played in the cheese holes (which were underneath the freaky giant Chuck E. Cheese robots) and needless to say when my B-Day came I avoided the cheese holes like the plague.

A couple years later I went back to Chuck E. Cheese, fully prepared to enter the cheese holes, evil robots be damned… Only to find out that they had taken down the cheese holes. Not only that, but they had gotten rid of the hidden backroom where the “King” performed, something I had discovered as somewhat of a secret on a previous adventure. Apparently most Chuck E. Cheeses don’t even have the animatronic stage shows anymore. Oh well. Thanks for sharing in these little birthday memories with me, same time next year?

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