Monthly Archives: November 2018

Oh what Fun I had!

Birmingham UK Comic Con 2018, what FANTASTIC costumes!

Thanks Laura McCrum, Danny, Dayle and your entire TEAM MCM ReedPop Birmingham for making me feel so welcome!

I’m looking forward to my family panel tomorrow afternoon!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Birmingham UK Day 1: What should I do while waiting for my laundry to finish at the Launderette? How about a hair cut….and a beard trim!! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

This was a GREAT DAY!

What an ADVENTURE today! Without my trustee German Friend to guide me, I had to actually THINK. I told Eric, it’s still fun for me to explore Vienna alone, it’s just a completely different kind of experience. Austrian Beer, Schnitzel, and backgammon in numerous very cool cafe’s and pubs. I hope we don’t wait 17 years until we meet again my friend! Check out my FUN day of “Mark The Explorer!”.

Schunnbran Castle, 1,654 rooms, Mario so wants to come VACUUM this place (yes I snuck a few FaceTimes with Mo). Lunch at the castle cafe was delicious Beef Goulash and beer. Stumbled upon a charming Strudel Show in the basement! Loved it! Yes, the Strudel was beyond words.

Uber back to my little quint Airbnb neighborhood. I discovered yet another tiny delightful cafe …something “Feminee’” didn’t realize the name, but I did realize after a half an hour that it was all pink (one of my favorite colors) and I was the only man with a dozen business woman scattered around on laptops. Lol

I walked a block to my comfy Airbnb for a WONDERFUL hour nap. Then braved the map to walk the half hour to the Palais Auersperg for a 8:15pm Mozart Concert. A VERY cold walk, but I bought some winter gloves from a shop stall from a man who looks more like a Texan Cowboy than I do! See photo!

The concerts about to start. The staff was so nice, moved me to the very front so I’d be able to hear. I’m looking forward to this!

Come see me tomorrow!

Exciting day at Texas Renaissance Festival School Days! My 3rd year as a featured guest artist, I LOVE THIS! I taught 4 family workshops today, “How To Draw YOUR DRAGONS!”, so much FUN! Don’t worry if you missed it! One more day! Come tomorrow! 8:30am-4pm, it’s only $10! I’m in the Polish Pub! That’s right! Mr. Pencil Power has taken over a 16th Century Polish Pub! My program times have been changed from the online program pictured below. The correct times are 9:30, 10,30, 11:30, and 1:00pm. I hope you take a “Family Day” from work, school, home school….and come have an unforgettable experience here at Texas Renaissance Festival SCHOOL DAYS! Thank you Brandy Almendarez Clark for your EXTRAORDINARY HELP all day in 83 degrees 169% humidity! Thank you Kim Bryant for inviting me back for 3 years running!

How was your Halloween?

Happy Holloweeen! Mario and I did our Halloween LIVE WEBCAST, then headed south to his friends Halloween Party! Pulled over at a fire station for a Tornado Watch SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY blaring on my cell. Currently we are sitting in our mini-van on offramp 8/290, 5 feet of water blocking our left turn. We have been sitting for 30 minutes watching Lassie! Woof woof!

Tribe, I need your help!

I need your help my fine FB tribe. Please read this unanswered letter I was compelled to send last week. I edited out the business name as it it not my intention to shame anyone, I just want to find a place that will CELEBRATE my 16-year olds special gifts.


As you know my special needs 16 year old son has deeply enjoyed helping you and your staff sweep and clean your wonderful (name of business edited out) after his (edit ) a few hours into a paid $30 3-hour (edit) package. You where even kind enough to let him come in free for an afternoon to (edit) and help your crew clean because he did such a wonderful job.

I brought him last afternoon around 3:30pm, purchased the 3-hours, confirmed that he would be able to sweep with the push broom for a little bit at the end of his session. When I picked him up he told me he wasn’t allowed to sweep. I was disappointed as this was the ENTIRE reason why I paid $30.

I figured it was just a staff misunderstanding, why would you not allow a very effective skilled special needs 16 year old boy not to sweep when you have on many other occasions? However I just paid another $30 to have your manager tell me that Mario was no longer going to be able to do any cleaning, because the staff does it.

Id like to request you and your husband reconsider your decision regarding my special needs son.

I will sign any waiver releasing you of any liability.

I will happily engage my 40,000 social media fans AND my contacts at all the local television and newspapers to share this story of your wonderful compassionate business that had so generously invited a very special needs 16-year old boy to join their team as an “Honorary Team Member”!

Better yet maybe you will consider hiring him for 4 hours a month? I’d be DELIGHTED to pay you back double what you pay him.

This would be an EXTRAORDINARY boost for his self esteem, his life experience, and his joy.

You personally KNOW how great he is and how hard he works all the times that you have allowed him to clean in the past.

This abrupt cutoff is heart breaking to both of us.

Thank you for your consideration!

Mark Kistler

Re-reading that as I prepare this post instantly raises my blood pressure, I’m so tired of people cutting off or limiting contact with us because we are different and therefore “uncomfortable”.

Here’s my hope: One of you in my FB tribe knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone who manages a church campus, a car sales business, a car wash, a hotel, a grocery store, a retail shop, a cool place in NW Houston with cool people who would LOVE to explore the POSSIBILITY of hiring Mario to join their cleaning crew for a few hours once or twice a month?


Thanks for your support!