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Bunny, Wookiee, Patric & Alissa
The faces behind the posts:
Alissa (yes that is my REAL name): I’m in my early 30s and the baby of the blog (but not by much!). I’m the “head addict”, in that I started everything you see here (with the help from an old childhood friend). And I strive every day to make it the fun place you know and love!
Born and raised in the “fist bumping” state of New Jersey, where I currently reside with my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, Riley (a.k.a the “Tiny Addict”). I’m a (sometimes) proud graduate of Rutgers University…with a degree in English…and for my “real job””…I know, I have a job besides this blog? Really?! Surprises me too!… I do sales and marketing for a metal manufacturing company.
My husband and I are avid baseball fans, and spend loads of time during baseball season going to games 🙂
Favorite Simpsons Character: I love them all…but like Marge my favorite would have to be good ole’ Homey. Such a lovable oaf!
Favorite Episode: “Homer At Bat”. I giggle every time I watch it, especially now when I see the Simpsonized Cartoons of Donnie Baseball, The Rocket, the Strawman…and others.
Favorite TSTO time of year: Christmas!!!!
Favorite TSTO Character: Duffman…mostly because I love when he says “Duffman is here to refill your beer!”
Favorite TSTO Building: Duff Stadium. How could I not love a baseball stadium?!
Favorite TSTO task: Hank Scorpio’s Test Flame Thrower! It makes me giggle every time!
Aspirations in Life: Take over the world? Does that count? 🙂
Embarrassing Confession: While on my honeymoon in Jamaica a few years ago, I was forced to go “off the grid” (and to keep it that way my husband locked my phone in the safe!), meaning no tapping and no blog! I would literally be on a float in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean, 80 degree weather, drink in my hand and turn to my husband and say “I wonder how the blog is doing…” “I hope they didn’t blow up the blog”
Check out Alissa (and baby Riley) on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/addictsalissa/
More about Alissa (including how Addicts started) can be found here
Real Name: Joey or Joe (or Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo)
Favorite Simpsons Character: Comic Book Guy. I am an uber-geek at heart. Star Wars, comic books, science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, occassional Trek. He is everything that is good with the world (besides the obesity lol).
Favorite Episode: Season 4, Episode 12 (Marge vs. the Monorail)This is arguably the best episode. It was written by Conan O’Brien AND Leonard Nimoy made a cameo!
Favorite TSTO time of year: Halloween
Favorite TSTO Character: The Rich Texan (just his sayings make this an easy one for me. After all, “America’s not a place for seatbelt-wearing cowards.”
Favorite TSTO Building: Abe Lincoln’s Cabin. I’m a huge history buff so having one of the Best. Presidents. Ever. in my town is righteous!
Favorite TSTO task: Without a question, CBG’s 12 hour Cosplay Task. Although not a trekkie, anything that pays homage to my fellow geeks and/or sci-fi has my love.
Aspirations in Life: To write fiction for a living and to someday record an album of my own music. It hopefully is obvious I like to write words but I also really love to sing. If you ever want to know what auditioning for The Voice is like, let me know, I seriously auditioned for it in December 2013. Sang Broken Road by Rascall Flatts (originally by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and was told I sing well but that I wasn’t what they were looking for. Guess I’ll stick to my “day job”.
Embarrassing Confession: I have scheduled my TSTO tasks around my real life AND sometimes prefer the company of other Addicts to family and friends.
Patric (a.k.a Cranky Old Guy): Patric J. Miller has a long, storied background in broadcasting and multimedia production, including writing and arranging the music for the Emmy Award winning Claymation Christmas Celebration for CBS and Atlantic Records. It was there he became enthralled with animated story-telling, as well as meeting Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s brother-in-law, animator Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!, PeeWee’s Playhouse, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train), part of his six-degrees-of separation from Bart Simpson.
Happily married for almost 35 years, with 5 daughters (I’ll let that sink in), and 4 grandkids, Patric continues to explore a rich tapestry of interests and vocations outside of the “Tapping World.”
Favorite Simpsons Character: Marge. She is the glue of the family, and the moral compass of the whole town of Springfield. Her only failing is her greatest asset….loyalty. Oh. And she’s hot. Great bod!
Favorite Episode: Really? One out of 27 years? I like the early ones, because we were just getting to know the Simpsons as a family- and the episodes had more of a “family sit-com” feel. HOWEVER…one of my favorites ever is “Missionary Impossible”- (S11E15) It has EVERYTHING…Guest Stars – Betty White, Fred Rogers, Yo-Yo Ma, the Teletubbies, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Mulder and Scully from The X Files, Hank Hill from King of the Hill and Bender from Futurama and even FOX’s Rupert Murdoch! It has Homer trying to “help a third world jungle village” (sound familiar?) and has one of my favorite catch phrases of all time (that my entire family has adopted),”SAVE ME JEEBUS!” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionary:_Impossible
Favorite TSTO Time of the Year: Christmas. I love seeing our towns in snow. Now if we could get them to be snow at night….I’d be a happy guy.
Favorite TSTO Character: I used to be a Dr. Nick guy…but now, without a doubt, it is “Old Jewish Man.” I have adopted a bunch of his TSTO dialogue in real life (“YOU smell like cobbler!”) and have adopted “no pants Thursdays” as an homage to his “Drop His Pants for a Change” task.
Favorite TSTO Building:Well…I’m going with a “dark horse” here…not the obvious one. I like the Springfield Country Club, because it is the centerpiece for my country club golf course…which is part of the expansive resort/casino area. I love the golf course…because I love golf.
Favorite TSTO Task: Well…judging by how long she has been baking in her bikini…perpetually…I was going to choose Mindy’s “Work on Tan” task. But, my actual favorite continues to be Mona’s “Feed the Birds”…because it is with Grandpa…and I have them situated, so it looks like they are feeding pigeons into a black hole.
Aspirations in Life:At my “advanced age,” my time and inclination for aspirations are narrowing. I have done a lot in my life…and other than “aspire” to writing a best-selling book or two…I guess I would have to aspire to the one thing I wanted to be as a kid…a Pirate-Fireman-Astronaut. There’s time left…
Embarrassing Confession: I once faked an “upset stomach” to escape the morning festivities of my sister’s wedding (which she was having in a state park) so I could drive 20 miles to a grocery store to “get some Pepto Bismol” but actually wanted to use their “free WiFi” to complete an update before the timer ran out. I made it back in time for the wedding, and nobody was the wiser.
A handful of Links to Patric’s Life, And the plethora of side projects and other stuff I do in “my spare time.”
http://www.crankyoldguy.com – Wisdom, Ramblings and Rants from a guy old enough to know better
http://www.friendsofbuyijja.com – the non-profit we started to help a rural school in Buyijja, Uganda
http://www.claymationchristmasmusic.com – A link to the Music and Story behind my work on the Emmy Award Winning CBS Animation Special, Claymation Christmas Celebration. California Raisins anyone?
http://www.dopplegangtheband.com – A link to the music of our old band, put up during our “reunion concert.”
http://www.beyondgodandscience.com – my “WooWoo site, dedicated to explaining my thoughts and research on external consciousness after my NDE in the Mid 90s
Note From Alissa and Wookiee: One question we get asked a lot is “Where’s Bunny?”. Bunny was an integral part of this site form it’s start up until the summer of 2016. Since then Bunny has stepped away from the game (she hasn’t played in over a year) and this site. She has her own reasons for doing this, despite our encouragement for her to write more posts. Once she resumes playing TSTO (it’s hard to write about it if you’re not playing) she’s welcome back on this site at anytime. The door is always open for her.
For now you can occasionally catch her on Family Guy Addicts, although she doesn’t post there all that often.
We wish her all the best and we occasionally see updates from her on our personal Facebook pages.
Bunny: I came from a HUGE family, but left home while still in my teens. Been kinda just me since they didn’t talk to me much more after that. The tomboy in me loves an adrenaline rush and playing hard. (Too many scars and hospital visits to name.) Though…shockingly…I am not good at any sports. (I tried… but no Olympic athlete. Lol.) I love orchids.
I LOVE to tell stories. Something I got from my late Father. I guess that kinda comes in handy with the writing.🙂 I started writing a book when I was 9 years old. Had some interest in it, but never followed through. (I was quite young and didn’t know what possibilities I had.) I am a Geek/ Nerd/ Artist/ Creator/ Crafter/ Tomboy. Is that a mix of enough things?
Real Name: You mean it isn’t Bunny? Hmmmm…well…that is MY lil secret. Shhhhhh. I have to keep SOME things to myself still. Makes me all mysterious like.😉
Favorite Simpsons Character: Shauna & Marge. Shauna for her badass tomboy tough chick attitude. Marge for how she manages to survive the Simpson family and still be an amazingly strong woman.
Favorite Episode: Hmmmm. This is like asking me to pick out my favorite ice cream flavor. There are just TOO many.
Favorite TSTO time of year: Halloween. I always have a blast around the spooky part of the year. I can actually get away with all my tricks.😉
Favorite TSTO Character: Isn’t it obvious? Shauna.
Favorite TSTO Building: Bad Dream House. Love the look of it. Helps that it is all spooky and Halloween-esque. (It also reminds me of one of the haunted houses I worked in as a teen.)
Favorite TSTO task: This one varies. So many to pick from. Wiggle Puppy, Tease the ducks, Get Revenge on Homer, Interrogate Squealer…just to name a few.
Aspirations in Life: To just live, love, and laugh. Too much sadness has been in my life. Time for some happy to take over and grow.🙂
Embarrassing Confession: I get REALLY nervous at times and just…talk. Like a LOT. Like I will not stop talking and start to just go on and on as well as I tend to say the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over. (Just ask poor Alissa.)
More about Bunny (including how she joined Addicts) can be found here
From time to time (or every Thursday…) you’ll see posts from two of our Addicts Contributors, Safi and Totbox. Here’s more info about them…
Safi: I’m a Canadian Addict who is a huge The Simpsons fan. I watch and re-watch every episode, collect the collectibles, comic books, trading cards, puzzles, and most other merchandise. I knew about The Simpsons Tapped Out and was very eager to get it before I started playing, but didn’t have a compatible device. When I got my iPad on July 31st, 2013, Tapped Out was the first app I downloaded. Been frequenting TSTO Addicts since the first week of October 2013 and regularly commenting since December 2013.
Outside of The Simpsons, I’m a huge Batman fan, Wayne Gretzky fan, sports fan (Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, New Orleans Saints), and enjoy watching TV shows (The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Suits, Modern Family, New Girl, etc.).
Favorite Simpsons Character: I’d have to go with Milhouse Van Houten, just barely edging out Ralph Wiggum. “Remember the time he ate my goldfish, and you lied to me and said I never had any goldfish? Then why did I have the bowl Bart? Why did I have the bowl?”
Favorite Episode:“Homer at the Bat” (S03, E17) – As a fan of The Simpsons and baseball, this was a great episode. It featured a couple of future Toronto Blue Jays in Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens, both of whom would later be faces of the ‘steroid era’.
Favorite TSTO Time of the Year: As a predominantly freemium player who only purchases premium characters when they go on sale, my favourite time of year is Black Friday. Love those donut rebates. I tend to save up year round and buy as many characters as I can at Black Friday.
Favorite TSTO Character: Sideshow Mel – He was my second premium purchase and first premium character, purchased during the Black Friday sale in November 2015 (if you’re curious, my first premium purchase was the Canadian Flag for 5 donuts in June 2015).
Favorite TSTO Building: Aesthetically, I’d have to go with Duff Stadium. Who doesn’t love a baseball stadium.
Functionally, I love the feature of sending all characters en masse at the Office of Unemployment.
Favorite TSTO Task: Any of Duffman’s “Party Down at …” tasks. I don’t care if it’s at school, church, Moe’s or the penitentiary. Thumbs Up to Party Down!
Aspirations in Life: To quote one Homer Jay Simpson, “All my life I’ve had one dream: to achieve my many goals”.
Embarrassing Confession: This one time, a website moderator asked me for my most embarrassing confession and I couldn’t think of anything. I must confess, it was so embarrassing.
Totbox: Greetings seekers of unnecessary knowledge, You might know me best from the Totbox’s Throwback Thursdays (and sometimes Tuedays) posts. Creativity is my life force and that is why I enjoy making Musing posts. Hoped you enjoyed and continue to enjoy my posts through the remainder of our/my current space/time :p
Favorite Simpsons Character: (Wise Guy) Raphael. I love his unpredictable appearances and his sarcastic/dry wit which to me outmatches Comic Book Guys.
Favorite Episode: “Who Shot Mr. Burns (part 1)” is my answer if there was a gun to my head. “Homer the Great” (Stonecutter episode) would be close second.
Favorite TSTO time of year: Halloween, Tree House Of Horror, It’s something I look forward to each year. Whether it lives up to my expectations is another story.
Favorite TSTO Character: I’ll have to go with Maggie, flying with her red balloon, plus the Where’s Maggie Game. Got to love that tiny tot. 🙂
Favorite TSTO Building: Office of Unemployment (for it’s functionality). (I bet you thought it was the school for Tots) :p
Favorite TSTO task: No matter where/how-long he’s doing it, Duffman’s partying down dancing.
Aspirations in Life: Find a creative companion, continue making people think and smile, and do nothing that I don’t have to, yet get everything that I neglected done before my last day.
Embarrassing Confession: plenty of moments to choose from (but I’ll bring up one of the happy embarrassing moments). In high school, there was a new substitute teacher named Mrs. Outhouse. She introduced herself and told the class she heard all the jokes and wanted us to get it out of our systems. “So, anyone have something to say, say it now” a silence fell, as the entire class turned to me. Blushing I said “no, I’m ok”.
Well, that’s all the space/time I have to share for now, enjoy your continued journey -Totbox :p
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