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BenSpark.com is about my life through photography. Each image is a gateway to a story about my daily life. Occasionally funny, inspiring, interesting or creative BenSpark.com is real life in photos. With over 4200 consecutive days and many different cameras BenSpark.com has documented images from the mundane to the amazing.

Drew Meets Longtime Idol

Drew and Optimus Prime at BotCon 2003

Andrew “Transformer” Bennett (yeah I actually signed that in my eighth grade yearbook.) If you didn’t know I was a geek by now then you haven’t been paying attention. This past year I went to the Ultimate in Geekdom Conventions. The Official Transformers Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency.

This year is a special year for Transformers, it marks the 20th anniversary of the line. There are some fantastic things happening in that little shop in Rhode Island. For one thing fans will finally get their ultimate desire. A Masterpiece Optimus Prime. The Masterpiece Optimus Prime is just about the best and most accurately constructed Transformer ever. Optimus comes with his signature plasma rifle, a “Megatron” in gun form, his Energy Ax from season one and the Matrix of Leadership. This year Hasbro is making the Transformers Alternators line which will feature scale model contemporary vehicles with distinctly Generation 1 themes. Already announced have been a Subaru WRX Rally Car (SmokeScreen), a Dodge Viper (Sideswipe), a Jeep Wrangler (Hound) and another Subaru WRX (SilverStreak). If you were ever a Transformers fan or want to tell your children about the greatest series of toys ever, now is the year to get these toys.

We Met Alton Brown!

Allison and I with Alton Brown

Okay, so it was months ago back in September at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington, MA. But hey, we met Alton Brown and we are very excited about it. For those who are not in the know about Alton, listen up. Alton Brown is the host of Food Network’s Good Eats show.

It is on every single night at 11:30pm and early morning at 3:00am. He is also on on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm. The show is a Bill Nye the Science Guys meets Julia Child. Alton is a charismatic and personable guy. His show will entertain and teach you like no other food show you’ve ever seen. Alton is also an author and has two books out in print. I’m Just Here for the Food and Gear for your Kitchen. We got Alton to sign two copies each of the books. One set for us and one set for Tara and Erik’s Wedding Gift. Check out Alton Brown on his website and on the Official Food Network Good Eats site.