April 4, 2017

My Starter Pack

As time goes on, I like to recommend more and more items to people. This could be due to age, social circles of various areas expanding, or the openness of geekdom within the past 5-10 years; [compared to, well, ever.] where cons have been popping up more and more often, and more and more people attend them.

I also somewhat got the idea from the famed TV, one of the few early ones, that made geeky 'cool' - The OC. Not for sake of being cool, mind you, but the fact that it shows you don't have to, or should, change who you are. I am of course referring to Seth Cohen. In particular, come the Holidays "Chrismukkah", to be precise) Seth finds himself dating two girls at once. It's been a while since I've watched, so I forget which 'stage' of the relationship he's at with each woman. Because of the fact he can't [immediately] choose, he gifts them both the exact thing: "The Seth Cohen Starter Pack.".

Now, my situation is vastly different from Seth's, but that idea has always stuck with me: "starter Pack." Where you gift people with things that you love, in hopes that they will enjoy them as well, no matter who they are.

So now comes the "Jeffrey Hawboldt Starter Pack".


THE HOBBIT by J.R.R Tolkien. ISBN: 9780007458424

First, and definitely foremost, is Tolkien's timeless tale [for children, adults, and everyone in between alike] of adventure and fantasy.

Tolkien had other myths and legends at work that occur in the same in the world before The Hobbit chronologically, however, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." was the start of the whole thing. It was the first published book to take place in Middle-earth.

People say that The Lord of the Rings changed fantasy. While that may be true, if it weren't for The Hobbit, then The Lord of the Rings may not have existed.

The edition I've selected for my 'gift giving purposes' is a great paperback. It's dimensions match other Tolkien paperbacks, should you wish to pursue them, expand your Tolkien library, or have a look at them here: 
https://www.bookdepository.com/account/wishlist?wishlistId=1489286 . Aside from the fact it'll line up with other Tolkien books on your shelf in terms of size dimensions, as well as most paperbacks' it also features awesome opening chapter ink drawings, and incredible cover art. Quite precious indeed.


Now this one may be a bit trickier, as it depends on who lives where, and what they like to 'drink.' You know, know your audience. Here, I will provide some great tasting drinks to try out:

Ontario Craft Beer:

- Beau's Lugtread Lager
- Muskoka Detour
- Great Lakes Cannuck Pale Ale

Imported Beer:

- Innis & Gunn Original
- Fuller's London Pride or London Porter
- St Bernardus Abt 12
- Kilkenny Irish Ale


- Crown Royal Whiskey, Crown Royal Black, or Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
- Bailey's Original Irish Cream



I do enjoy a nice cup of tea! Thanks to infusers and tea mugs sold at place like David's Tea and Teavana, It's quick and easy to have one. Of course, these are 'to taste' so I'll list off some of my faves here [sold by David's Tea]:

- Blueberry Jam
- Mint Chocolate Roobios
- Cream of Earl Grey
- Mother's Little Helper
- Alpine Punch
- Ginger Pear
- Bear Trap
- Irish Breakfast
- English Breakfast
- Green Roobios
- Glitter and Gold
- Spiced Apple

HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY BOXED SET by Philip Pullman. ISBN: 9780375823367
(consists of: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass)

These books are some of the best I've ever read. I won't say that much about them, other than that you need to read them. The edition I've selected is a complete trilogy boxed set, and each book contains bonuses at the end.


GAME OF THRONES: Season 1 Blu-Ray

One of TV's best shows; regardless of which books from the series on which is based, A Song of Ice and Fire, are or aren't published. Some seasons have been better than others, but, as a TV show first and an adaptation second, Thrones is one of the best TV shows that's been consistently good since it started.

Now that the show is nearing its end [season 8, the final season, airs next year] this is a great time to begin watching, or if you don't own the blu-rays yet, to start getting them so that you can enjoy the show in all its HD glory.

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