Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Warning: Graphic Content

I made it back to Calgary late this afternoon.  I went the north way again despite all the road work.  I was also ready for that damn bump again and it didn't get me a second time.  Willie is now in Calgary, but he went the south way.  Hopefully, it wasn't too windy, it was supposed to be pretty crazy on there yesterday.

I had been meaning on writing something on here since Sunday, but just kept forgetting.  I'm not sure how because it wasn't like I was busy or anything.  Turns out I did absolutely nothing for Sam Steele Days.  I skipped the parade, didn't even go into town really at all on Saturday.  My mom was actually in Toronto and was supposed to fly in on Saturday, but the weather was bad and they had a storm warning in Toronto, so her plane didn't leave on time.  It sat on the tarmac for an hour and a half before it was allowed to leave.  She missed her connecting flight from Calgary to Cranbrook, so she had to stay the night in Calgary.

I picked my mom at the airport Sunday morning.  Then we got groceries and went back home.  Once again I just hung out at home and did nothing.  Well not nothing, I spent the whole time going through boxes and trying to get rid of stuff.  I did manage to shave off four boxes of stuff from my pile in the basement.  In addition to the stuff I got rid of on Friday, I took another few bags of stuff to the thrift again on Tuesday.  I brought some toys back with me in hopes of taking it to Phoenix in hopes of cash, but will probably just get store credit.  I also dropped a bag of toys off for Eli.

On Monday, I met Willie for lunch.  I had to get him to test a VHS tape I found that had no label on it.  I was hoping it had an actual working copy of Psycho Killer Hermit Guy on it, but all it had was some kung fu movies I taped from Video Update rentals.  I dropped Willie off for work and still had a lot of time left so I went out to the Fish Hatchery, but you already knew that if you follow me on Instagram.  The mosquitoes almost killed me, but I survived...barely.

Tuesday I didn't do much again.  I met my mom for lunch then made another thrift store run and dropped off some more bags.  I only spent $1.50 on my way out!

Going back and forth into town from was kind of a pain because they are paving the roads up there.  The had started on Gold Creek Road and had done of the main artery roads and Monday they started paving 38th Ave which is the big long road.  Yeah, it's a short term pain, but the roads up there really needed it, so it will nice once it gets done.

When I at the Trout Hatchery I walked over to the fishing pond which in the trees and when I came out I was literally covered in mosquitoes.  I had like a big black swarm just following me around.  Of course a few got in car.  I got this one, but it looks like he got me first.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Gettin' paid

Today in the morning I went through more boxes, but I wasn't having as much as luck getting rid of stuff as I did yesterday.  After not finding much to get rid of I decided it was time to head up to Kimberley.

I went to Old Koots Vintage which is just off the backside of the Platzl opposite Burrito Grill and the Kimberley Thrift Store.  I had called a head to make sure it was okay to show up with a bunch of stuff and they said it was all good.

I showed up and had three boxes of stuff, one medium size box and two smaller boxes.  They looked through it a bit and asked what I was looking to get for it all.  I honestly wasn't even sure because I didn't know what stuff they wanted if any of it.  They asked what I wanted before even checking it all out, I just said "Sixty??" and the lady said okay and then I got paid.  I might have under sold myself, but the stuff is gone and I got some extra cash.

Since I was there I walked around the store a bit and got this Gremlins book and record set.

It's hard to see, but there is tiny $10.00 tag on the bottom right hand side.  That price seems a bit high to me, but they only charged me $2.50 for it, so that more like it.

Since the thrift store is right across the street I had to go in and have a look and ended up spending $1.50 there.  First up, I got this German Bruce Le VHS tape.  Looks kinda neat, but that's about it.

I also got this bag of toys for $1.00.

The toys are pretty much all crap toys, all stuff from fast food kids meals.  For whatever dumb reason there are even empty Kinder Surprise toy capsules in there.

Also, there was this ear piece mixed in the toys, but that is what every kids wants and needs.

I'm sure you are wondering why I even bought that bag of junk toys.  Well, I bought it just for this dirty old scuffed up Star Wars dude.  He was worth the $1.00 and the rest of the stuff is now headed straight back to the thrift store.

Even though I got $60 from my junk at Old Koots, I'm down to less than $20 and I'll probably just end up spending that tomorrow was the Farmer's Market.   Easy come, easy go.

I also went to AABCO once I got back to Cranbrook because I'm looking for a VHS/DVD recorder combo unit.  I already have a VCR and a DVD recorder, but it would be a lot easier if they were in one unit instead of two separate units.  It's just less work and less wires.

As I went to go inside I noticed they had a big "No Smoking" on the front of the door and I thought, "Damn, it's about time".  But soon as I went inside, it still reeks of cigarette smoke.  They got a new cat working there and every time you walk by him or he walks by you, he meows at you.  He's cute, but probably smells like smoke like the rest of the time.  While I looking at DVDs I saw some lady who was working there just light up and smoke a cigarette.  I guess the "No Smoking" sign only applied to customers.  I ended up buying a few movies and then left to go straight home and scrub the filth from my hands.  Whenever I come out of the place I feel like I need a shower.

I'm sure what's happening Saturday.  Maybe the parade and the Farmer's Market and possibly the burrito truck.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The story so far...

On Wednesday I worked a half day in the morning and was finished work by 11 am, so I decided I might as well drive back to Cranbrook.  The weather was pretty crappy, overcast with some rain, so perfect driving weather since my car doesn't have A/C.  I drove the north route through the park.

They are still doing road work in Kootenay National Park and it's pretty annoying.  The started on it last year and it's still not done.  Worst of all, it's a huge long stretch of construction zone with very little construction happening.   They have all these small areas of work all spread out, some areas have a couple guys working on them and some have nobody there at all.  Why not just have everyone just work on one section, get it finished and then move onto to the next area of work?  Seems more productive than having a bunch of construction areas with little or no work getting done.

Also on my drive through the park I hit this huge bump, it was more like a frost heave speed bump, that busted my exhaust.  The bump wasn't marked on the side of the road with a red flag like they usually do, so I just came up on it a full speed and my car bounced over it.  I must've cracked a joint weldor did something to put a hole in my exhaust because it was pretty loud after that.  I pulled over at the nearest rest stop to have a look.  Everything was there and nothing was visibly broken or hanging off,  but it was louder.  My car sounds totally badass (but mostly broken) now.  I had to crank up the stereo a bit because it was harder to hear over the exhaust.

Once I got to Cranbrook I had to hit up Safeway and buy some groceries because my mom is in Toronto and there is no food at the house.  I got some of the good mushy cat food for that barn cat guy.  He's getting pretty fat for a barn cat.

This morning I dug through some boxes and as always found looks of cool stuff.  I also found some stuff to get rid of!  I took four bags of books to Pages and dropped off an overflowing box to The Cellar.  I still have box of "good" stuff to take up to Kimberley to see if I can sell it at Old Koots Vintage.  I'll be going through more boxes since I'll be here until next week, so I'll probably be making another trip to the thrift store.

I stopped by Scarff HQ to both drop off some goodies and pick up some goodies.  Thanks Cam and Cara for the Disneyland loot.  I will wear my X-Wing pin every time I get behind the wheel of my car.  I'm also assuming the glasses are 3D glasses?  What movie did you see or what ride are they from?

That's about it up until Thursday night except just now I was just replying to an @ultracam2.0 message on Instagram when I got this other message come through.

I told he him could, so my feed is gonna blow up as soon as he does!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017


I'm taking some time off next week to go back to Cranbrook for a few days and the best part is that I'll be there for Sam Steele Days!  Woohoo! Maybe I'll enter the Wicked Weenies eating contest, but really I'll probably do nothing.  I might go to the taco truck and/or crepe truck, but that is about it.

I'm planning on going back next Thursday, possible Wednesday as I only work a half day in the morning that day.  It depends on the weather, if it's not too hot I'll go back Wednesday.  The thing is that my mom is out of town until Saturday night, so I got the house to myself.  The best part about going home is having to eat real food, but since my mom's gone it looks like I'll have to buy my own groceries.  I'll make sure she buys steaks when she gets back, like a few days worth of steaks.

I'll have to e-mail Willie and see what he's up to up.  He'll probably be busy with Sam Steele stuff plus its the end of the school year, so lots of lame school stuff at the theatre.  I'll be sure to ask him how the Smashmouth concert was.

Monday, June 5, 2017


I've been slowing going through my basement boxes and very slowly getting rid of some stuff.  Like I took one marble out of box type "getting rid of stuff", but it's a start.  Today I looked in a couple boxes while I was in the basement putting some laundry in.  I pulled out a couple scraps of paper to throw away and I found a random DVD.

I found this "Spidey Bonus Disk" which is obviously a burned copy.  I got it as a bonus (duh!) when I bought something off eBay.  I don't remember what I bought to get this bonus disc, but that wasn't the only other bonus disc.  I also got a burned disc of the Nick Fury TV movie starring David Hasselhoff.  The weird thing is I just watched that Nick Fury disc not that long ago.  I brought the Spidey disc upstairs to check what was on it.

There are fourteen files on the disc, twelve of the them are Spidey related and two are not.  There are ten episodes of the 70's Japanese Spider-Man TV show.  This is the one where he gets his powers from an alien bracelet, has a flying car and a giant ship that transforms into a giant robot.  Yep, it's awesome!  Marvel has released every episode online with subtitles, but I'm not sure if it's still available.   I'm surprised there hasn't been an official DVD release of this yet.  These batch of episodes appear to have subtitles as well.

There are also two Spider-Man 70's movies or I think they are movies.  I actually watched the first one today and it's the first movie where Peter Parker gets his spider powers.  I'm not sure what the second one is as when I started it had like an episode title with Part 1 on it, so maybe it's just some TV episodes edited into a movie.

Then for whatever reason there is the audio book of Ready Player One , in two parts, as read by Wil Wheaton.  Sure, why not.

 The Spidey Bonus Disk was a neat find, I'll be watching all the Spider-Man videos soon.  It's burned as a data disk, but my blu-ray player plays all the video formats so I can watch them on my TV.  Bonus!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I had been planning on going down to Chinatown for a while, but finally got around to doing it.  I never go downtown (or even outside) anymore, so I needed some fresh air.  I didn't really look around, I just went to my usual movie store and the candy store right beside it and then left.

The movie place had lots more "Hollywood" bootlegs than normal including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. and Fast and Furious 8.  I was kinda surprised to see those there as they are still in the theaters!  I passed on them and will just wait for the official legit releases.  I usually only pick up movies I can't get or can't find here.  Then I usually just upgrade to a legit version once it becomes available or I find one.

I picked up Hard Target 2 which can't really compare to the original as the original had more style in the opening scene that this one has in the entire movie.  It's still better than a lot of direct to video action movies though.  I remember seeing this at Wal-Mart when it was first released then it disappeared never to be restocked.  I keep looking for it though.

Boone: The Bounty Hunter starring Johnny Mundo from Lucha Underground.  Surprised to see this one as well as it was recently released, but only as a digital release.  I look forward to a physical copy coming soon.

This is a North American release, but I've never seen it in stores and by stores I mean Wal-Mart or Best Buy.  It doesn't look like something they'd stock anyway.  It's  minutes of nothing but old school kung fu trailers.  Also, a straight up rip of the official blu-ray so quality is spot on, Hard Target 2 was as well.

I did buy a couple Asian movies, but I really dropped the ball and just assumed they had English subtitles when of course they didn't!  I thought Operation Mekong would for sure.  

The other movie is a Japanese horror movie called Sadako Vs Kayako which is bascially like a Japanese version of Freddy Vs Jason.  It's pits creepy girl Sadako from Ringu(The Ring) against that other creepy girl, Kayako from Ju-On(The Grudge).  But doesn't look like I'll get to see either one.

Candies with candy inside them!  I've shown these before, I usually get some Hi-Chew, but they didn't have any exciting flavors.  Plus these guys have gummy bits inside them!

Looks like I'll be making another trip down to Chinatown very soon, but only because I need to exchange those two movies without subtitles.  More sun and exercise, I hope this doesn't become a regular thing.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This stuff happened today....

This first part didn't happen today, but a little while.  I was organized the mess on my shelf into piles and found a gift card I got from my mom last year for my birthday.  It was a food gift card known as the Ultimate Dining Card.  It's good at Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, Milestones, Montana's, Kelsey's, East Side Mario's and a couple places I haven't even heard of.  I always make her take me to Swiss Chalet, so she probably bought the card because she think I eat there all the time.  I only eat there when she comes to town and pays for dinner.

Since I haven't eaten a burger forever, I decided I was going to go to Harvey's and use my giftcard.  There aren't that many Harvey's around anymore, but I know there is one off Crowchild Trail in the Brentwood Village Mall.  I haven't been since like I don't know, 15 years ago!!  Maybe more.  I drive by there all the time, but don't ever go in.  Today was finally the day I went in and got my Harvey's.  It wasn't bad, only good because I used the gift card and didn't have to pay.  I shopped at the smallest Safeway I've every seen, the aisles were only like 15 feet long.  While I was there I discovered a crazy new store!

I saw a sign on the outside that looked old and trashy and said "CD Trader".  The mall itself is tiny, and once I went in I wasn't even sure if the store existed because the sign looked so old.  I thought maybe they closed and the sign was left up.  I found it though, and while the store is more like stall it was packed pretty tight with lots of CDs, DVDs, and blu-rays.

This is both a good thing and a bad thing.  It's bad because it makes it hard to look through stuff.  The DVDs are stored standing up, so you have to flip through the cases.  It would've been a lot nicer if they were somehow stored on the sides with spines up making it easier to see what they have.  Also, if there is four people in the store, it's too crowed to look at stuff.  I gave the place a quick look, but again there were a few people in there, so I didn't get a chance to really go digging.  I'll have to make another trip and go in the morning when hopefully it is quieter.  A quarter of the store isn't even in the store, but bins outside is the mall walkway.  They do have a website, check it out HERE.

I just thought of this, but from this moment onward we will refer to East Side Mario's as Grease Side Mario's.  Classic!

Monday, May 22, 2017

DVD of the Day II

I bet you didn't think there would be another installment of "DVD of the Day" so soon.  Don't worry like everything I start I'll do it four or five times and then forget about it and you'll never see it again.  Until then, here we go!

I was bored the other night and wanted something to watch, so I went down in the basement and opened one of my movie boxes and dug this out.  It's ADV Films "Special Edition" of the Japanese anime film Spriggan.

It's "special" because it includes the DVD and a CD soundtrack from the film all in a fancy pants box.

The disc itself is double sided with one side containing the English dub and the reverse side having 
the original Japanese version with English subtitles.  The Japanese side also includes commentaries and trailers for other ADV releases.  There are two commentaries, the first with the ADR director and engineer and the second with the actors who did the English dub.  I guess this is better than nothing, but I'd rather see something from the original Japanese production staff who actually made the film.  Just my preference.

The CD features the exact same artwork on the front as the DVD, just sized slightly different.  This is the back of the case with track listing.

I really liked the movie and even before I owned this version I had a bootleg version I bought in Chinatown.  I didn't have English subtitles, so I didn't know exactly what was going on.  The kick ass action scenes didn't really need subtitles though.  

Spriggan the movie was released in 1998 and it based on a manga series of the same name.  The manga ran for eleven volumes and adapts the Noah's Ark storyline .  Viz Communications released three of those volumes here in North America, but under the named Striker.  

I tracked down these three volumes and really like them, I was bummed they didn't didn't release anymore.  I'm also surprised with all the manga coming out now, that another publisher hasn't picked up the rights and done the complete series.

If you haven't seen this movie, then you should!