Monday, November 13, 2017


I was getting gas at Petro Canada a few weeks ago and as I went inside to pay I noticed a big banner over the front window promoting a Reese's/NHL t-shirt giveaway.  I'm all for free shirts especially if they have peanut butter cups on them.  I paid for my gas and got a package of peanut butter cups.  I bought a package with an NHL logo on it and figured that was one of the ones to try and win a free shirt.  I opened it expecting to find a PIN code inside the label or something, but there was nothing.  I was mad I didn't have a chance to win a free shirt, but consoled myself with some delicious peanut butter cups.

I did some "research" and it turns out this is an online contest where you buy and two Reese's products and go to and then enclose a picture of your receipt for a chance to win a shirt.  I gave it a try and...


I'm not sure how they can figure out that you bought two Reese's products just by uploading a picture of a receipt.  Maybe they go through the winners and if there is any funny stuff you get disqualified. 

I went through the whole process on my phone because that's what I used to take a picture of my receipt.  There are three different t-shirt designs to choose from and you get to pick a 1st choice and 2nd choice.  After I submitted all my info for my free shirt I realized that nowhere did it ask me what size shirt I wanted.  Maybe I missed it?  Maybe they are all the same size?  I imagine they will probably all be L or XL, but I guess only time will tell.

If you want to try and win a shirt then you'd better get on it because there only a limited amount to be won.  My recommendation would be to hit up Dollarama and get two packs of Reese's Pieces or Peanut Butter Cups because it's cheaper than 7-11 or where you buy candy.  Also, have a calculator ready to answer the mathematical skill testing question.  But I totally didn't need one.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bonus disc

So last week I mentioned I went to the thrift stores and Phoenix comics and got a bunch of stuff I never mentioned what CDs I got from the thrift store.  I meant to, but then I forgot which is fine because then I can drag it out into an entire post.

I got those four CDs for $1.00 as part of the bizarre pricing structure at WINs.   I can't believe I didn't already own that Smashing Pumpkins CD or maybe I do and just forgot about it.  I'm pretty sure I don't though...probably.  Also you can never have too many Selena Gomez CDs.  The Ice Cube album is currently playing in my car and is pretty good.  It's more of an EP though with only seven tracks.  Turns out there was also an unadvertised bonus inside the case.

The Ice Cube case also had this "Dance/Rap May/02" disc stacked on top of it.  At thrift stores you always gotta check the cases to make sure it has the proper disc inside it and sometimes you'll get lucky and get an extra disc.  At the same thrift store a while back I bought the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince CD that also came with an extra disc inside it.

I popped the CD in my computer to see what was on it and while it holds 14 tracks, they don't come up with any artist or song names.  Most of the songs are from that 2002 era rap/hip hop stuff, but then out of nowhere is older stuff like Young MC, Tone Loc and then the one song that is completely out of place is Lust for Life.  I guess someone saw Trainspotting.

Forget going and buying brand new CDs when I can go buy four CDs for a $1.00 at the thrift store.  It's way cheaper and nice to catch up on albums I missed out on.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Late to the party

Well I finally got on the hype train and watched Stranger Things.  I liked it, I really liked it.  Despite hearing nothing but good things about it upon it's initial release on Netflix, I still had no interest in seeing it.  I read positive things online and had people tell me face to face what a good show it was.  When I heard they did a Season 2 that would be released the end of October I just said I would watch the first season right before the second season came out.  And then I didn't it.

Cody had watched Season 1 when it was released and then watched Season 2.  He asked if I had seen it and of course I didn't bother.  On Thursday night we watched the first two episodes of season 1 because Cody wanted to rewatch it after seeing season 2.  After those first two episodes I was like, okay I'm digging it.  Friday night we watched two more episodes and then I was like "Screw it" and I binge watched the remaining four episodes.  Cody couldn't keep up, so I watched second half of the first season without him.

I'm looking forward to watching Season 2 now, but I might wait a bit before watching it.  I need to let Season 1 digest first.  I'm also thinking about making a trip down to Chinatown because they had it there on bootleg DVD.  I'd prefer to watch it on DVD because I still hate streaming.

I didn't make it through a single episode with out some kind of freezing, buffering or picture quality switching from 1080p to 180p while the feed catches up.  It's incredibly annoying and really takes enjoyment away from whatever you are watching.  I had the same problem watching the Defenders which was a lot worse.  I swear one episode was in HD for 5 minutes while the rest was like watching a second generation VHS tape.   What are we paying Shaw cable for it we can't even stream a movie on Netflix without it looking like garbage? 

Maybe if I could figure out a way to rig up Netflix on my little Free Soup TV the lack of being able to constant stream HD wouldn't be a problem.  Hey Cam, is it possible??

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Today's new...Part 377

I haven't been out and about hitting up my regular spots in a while, so I had the afternoon off today and went to the thrift store, Phoenix, the other thrift store and then got lunch to go at the Vietnamese place by the "other thrift store".

That is my haul from today!

The first thrift store I went to I got the Transformer DVDs and the three pack of die cast cars(by the Scoobs).  I only bought the cars because there is an old beat up A-Team van in the bag, the others will be going back to the thrift store.  DVDs are 2 for $2 on Tuesday, so I got those two Transformers even though it's technically three discs.  One case has the complete season one on two discs and the other case has the third disc of special features.  Best part of the special features is the vintage Hasbro commercials and a PSA.   I do own the original Rhino release, but I'll probably watch a bit of it and then pass it on to Mike and Eli.

At Phoenix I went in looking for the Wildstorm 25th Anniversary hardcover, but they didn't have it.  I still ended up leaving with a Funko Pop Scooby-Doo, the smaller loose Scooby-Doo as well as DVDs for Dirty Pair Flash and Strange Days.

Then at the other thrift store I got some CDs, a blu-ray and a t-shirt.  They sell CDs/DVDs for $1 each or 4/$1.00 which is some really weird math.  It's crazy cheap though, so you always get at least four.  Of course, it was really  busy and it was hard to look, so I grabbed the four CDs and a fifth movie that I ended up paying $1.00 for but it's only a dollar, so no big deal.  

The movie is the FIFA 2010 World Cup Film and I only bought it because it's in 3D.  Specs on the back says it's 720p, why isn't it 1080p?  I'll check it out and see what it's like.

When I was browsing the CDs this younger 20-ish guy was looking at CDs too and he reached for a copy of Sloan "Twice Removed" and I told him that it was a good album.  He said he had only heard one of their songs on the radio, but wasn't familiar with the band.  Then we just talked about how it's only 25 cents a CD, that it's just so cheap and easy to get bands you haven't heard before.  Then I also recommended Garbage and Metric to him and he said he hadn't heard of any of those bands.  I thought it was a bit weird like, what rock did this guy just crawl out from under?  When I left he said, "Thank you sir for your recommendations." and I was like I gon slap this foo.  He wasn't being rude, he just so polite and seemed a bit naive it's not something you expect from "kids" today.  He was probably religious or raised in cult or something like that, I dunno.

The shirt with the knives on it is actually a Metric shirt, but it's only a medium.  I got it for Logan who also probably doesn't know who Metric are, but that's because he's an ignorant kid.  I'm sure he'll still wear it because it's got knives on it.

And tonight was Halloween and Cody had to work, so I was giving out candy.  It was rainy, but I still had a few kids show up.  I gave a kid and his brother some candy and they said thank you and I said you're welcome then when they were leaving he told me to "Have a good trick or treat." and I replied "You too."  A bit later another little guy came to the door and said "I want candy." and his dad who was standing back a bit down the walk said "You are supposed to say trick or treat."  I said, "That's close enough!" and gave him his candy.  I should've gave him extra candy.

Monday, October 23, 2017

No soup for you!

I just thought I'd let you know that I'm back in Cranbrook, but I'm leaving tomorrow.  I was originally hoping to come back to Cranbrook this coming weekend and stay for a bit longer, but due to stupid stuff at work I was only able to come back for four days, Saturday the 21st to Tuesday the 24th.

I wish I could've stayed a bit longer, but I said hi to everyone and got my winter tires on which is major bonus.  If it had snowed and I didn't have my tires then I would've been walking for the rest of the winter.

This afternoon Willie and I hit up our usual spots, in fact some spots we went to twice!   That's because we saw something we wanted, but didn't get it and then caved in later on and went back to get it.  Willie was too cheap to pay $3.00 for a mug, but he found out it was half price, so he went back and bought it. 

I saw a TV/VCR combo at Bibles For Mission, but decided to keep looking because the Salvation Army usually has decent selection as well.  Salvation Army did have two small TVs and one was $5.00, but I ended up going back to Bibles and getting the other TV because it was $5.00 as well, but now I can watch VHS tapes on it.  Plus it has the added bonus of custom artwork on it.

Yes, it does say "FREE SOUP!" on it.  I'm mostly hoping to hook up my old PS1 to it and play some games, so the VHS capability is a plus.  It doesn't have a remote, so I'm really hoping it "knows" which input is selected and will change accordingly because there is not a button on the front to select video source.  There is a "Picture" button on the front, but that is just for settings like colour, brightness, contrast, etc.

I did dig out an old anime VHS tape out of a box and watched it and it worked fine.  I'll have to wait until I get back to Calgary to hook up my PS1 and try it out though.  Bummer it only has a mono audio input, but I have an adapter for that.

We also went to Aabco which you already know if you saw my Instagram because I put up a cat picture.  They are way off on their electronics pricing as they had a TV the same size as the one I got but for $39 which is nuts since it wasn't even a good brand.   Salvation Army is usually the best, but this time I got lucky at Bibles.  Finally, I can watch Nukie and The Double O Kid.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Clown Harder

Above is a picture of a "sad clown" painting that I bought years ago at the thrift store.  I'm pretty sure I wrote about here or maybe on MySpace back when that was a thing.  Now, I can't remember which thrift store it was at, maybe Good Will I think.  They actually had three different sad clown paintings, but since I didn't want to be greedy and take all the sad clown paintings for myself I just got the one above and left the others.  It has had graced the walls of our various domiciles since I brought it home.

I recently got the Die Hard blu-ray boxset and last week Cody and I watched Die Hard 2: Die Harder.  After we watched the movie I checked out some of the specials features which included four deleted scenes.  One of the deleted scenes was an extended scene where McClane meets Marvin the janitor.  In the scene McClane discovers Marvin has been living in airport basement and goes into his room.  Cody spied something on the wall in Marvin's room.

I didn't see it at first and had to pause and rewind to see it.  It's like the same face, but with no background.  It's still pretty cool, but now I'll never get rid of that sad clown painting.  Not like I was ever going to anyway!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

HK Imports

Last post I mentioned I ordered some movies from Hong Kong and they actually arrived last Tuesday!   It took only six business days to show up which is pretty awesome compared to three months not that long ago.

Starting in the top left corner and going clockwise we have the blu-rays of; Lupid the 3rd, From Beijing With Love, Ghost in the Shell S.A.C Solid State Society 3D and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 3D.  GOTG 2 was why I mainly did an order, I just picked up the other movies because they were cheap and since I was making an order might as well throw in some extras.

Lupid the 3rd is a Japanese movie based on manga which was originally published in 1967.  It was also a bunch of animated TV series, specials and movies.  I've heard of it because it's fairly famous in anime circles, but I've only seen two of the animated movies.  This live action version was kind of "meh", lots of style of substance but all that style was Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine.

Then is From Beijing With Love which is an upgrade from my DVD which was an upgrade of a VHS bootleg I made.  I actually first saw this movie when I rented it from Video Update,  the Video Update that is now Little's Caesar's.  Of course this was forever ago when I was still living in Cranbrook and I couldn't believe they had this for rent.  I rented it and it was funny, so I made a copy of it.  From Beijing With Love if you can't tell by the cover art or title is a 007 spoof and it is funny.  It stars Stephen Chow of Shoalin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle fame, so you know you are in for something just as wacky.

Next is the Ghost in the Shell 3D movie which is based around the TV series.  This movie was originally released in 2006 on TV, but then again in 2011 in theaters after a 3D conversion.  The movie mixed traditional animation with 3D animation and and the 3D effect wasn't too bad.  I wish there had been more action though!

The 3D in GOTG Vol. 2 was way better than GITS though.  GOTG was the reason I ordered from Hong Kong because for whatever stupid reason, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 never received a 3D blu-ray release in North America.  It was released in the UK, Europe and Asia, so importing it was my only option as the HK release was a multi-region disc.  No bootlegs this time!

I should be good for a while or until I have to order the Terminator 2 3D blu-ray from HK since once again North America isn't getting a release.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Comin' At Ya!

Sorry the posts here haven't been as frequent, but lately (the past 42 years actually) I haven't been doing anything interesting.  I went and bought a pile of movies for myself online.  I did an order from Hong Kong which should be in by the end of week next, but in the mean time I got two movies that I ordered from Amazon.

First up, who the hell delivers the Amazon packages?  I'm pretty sure it's not Canada Post.  Cody ordered stuff from there for his new computer and some random guy delivers it to the house where I have to sign for it on his iPhone screen.  I actually signed "Cody Brown" just because when he asked if I was Cody Brown I said yes, so I had to keep the charade going.  When my movies came, the doorbell rang and it was after 6pm and I open the door and nobody is there, but a car is pulling out of the parking lot.  I look in mailbox and my movies are in there.  Amazon must use some weird delivery company.

Anyway, the package has these movies in it...

I've had that Mosquito movie on my Amazon wishlist forever and finally pulled the trigger on it.  Can't wait to watch it, but I may put it on hold at least until October when I start to watch the horror movies in my "to watch" pile.

We did watch Comin' At Ya! which is a 3D western from 1981.  I actually thought it was from the 70's, but IMDB says I'm wrong.  I bought it just because it was an older 3D movie and those are harder to find.  The 3D is all straight up gimmicky 3D shots with lots stuff being shoved in the camera like, guns, knives, falling coins and a baby's ass!  I really could've gone without the last one.  But I guess stuff like darts and spears flying at you is why the movie is called Comin' At Ya!  I don't mind some gimmicky 3D shots, but they do over do a bit here and it's straining on your poor eyeballs.

The movie wasn't bad, it had some funny parts in it (some unintentional) and I did like how they mixed B&W footage in with color footage and the inventive opening credits sequence, overall it was a fun watch.