Yes I am weird. Weird is good. Normal is overrated.

This is the first officially sanctioned blog post of this web site. It may or may not be updated with any regularity. I hope so, but often times any free time I have is spent creating new art. I’ll probably add some fishing tales. Maybe a hunting story or two. I’d love to start including software tutorials or videos on how I create some of this stuff. Who knows.

I’m not anti-social. I’d just rather be fishing than talking to people.
– Brian Bentz

I like to write and/or rant. At one time, I actually considered writing as a profession. Had won a couple short story awards in high school and college. I really would like to add a couple of blog posts in the future with just some good ol’ fashioned rants. I have plenty of ’em.

A couple of quick irrelevant facts about my history:

I lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for almost five years. I also lived south of the Mason-Dixon line in Virginia Beach, VA for nearly 3 years. I kinda caught the local accents of both places, and it sometimes comes out in normal conversations
– like, holy wah y’all.

I grew up as a weekend hobby farmer. My grandparents had a working farm 45 min away in Ludington, MI. My father leased their field and grew green beans for Stokley’s canning operation, while my grandfather kept 10 acres of strawberries. I spent my formative years hauling 50lb bags of seed and fertilizer during planting time and had many painful sunburns from long hours in the field picking strawberries.

I was actually a pretty o.k. athlete. I had played many years of organized youth soccer and was pretty good at it, but football was always my younger self’s passion. My neighborhood friends would play football with me and my brother in our backyard almost every day while growing up. We would literally rake yard lines during the fall. I started for varsity my junior and senior years at (what was at the time) the local powerhouse program of Reeths Puffer H.S. I made the all seaway conference  first team, the Muskegon all-area 1st team, and also pulled in a Muskegon Chronicle Athlete-of-the-week award.

Jan 2nd, 2020

Me and Dad on senior night at Gale Bolthouse Stadium.
Looks like me and my cheesey little mustache are
trying to out-mean-mug my old man.