Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lost then found

Last night I was getting my laundry out of the dryer and carrying it upstairs.  I don't use a laundry basket, so I just scoop it all up in my arms and hope I don't drop anything.  When I going up the basement stairs it felt like I dropped something like a sock, but since my arms were full I couldn't really see.  I dumped my laundry on my bed once I was upstairs and went back downstairs to see if actually did drop anything.

Our basement is unfinished and the stairs are open.  I looked down under there to see if I could see anything down under under there.

I found not one, but three different socks and a Subway bag.  Turns out I didn't drop anything this time, but I had previously dropped three different socks down under the stairs.  They have been there for a while judging by how filthy they were.  I shook all the lint, dust bunnies and other miscellaneous material off them before I decided to take this picture.  They are still pretty dirty.  Finding these long lost socks was pretty cool, but I'm pretty sure I'm still missing one.  The Subway bag must be Cody's.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thrift stylin'

It must seem weird that more than four days has gone by without me writing about something I bought at the thrift store.  That doesn't mean I haven't been to the thrift store because I totally have, I just haven't been writing about it.  I've got pictures my phone from almost two months ago that I haven't posted about yet.  One item did make a cameo in the background of certain cat picture.  I did go to a couple thrift stores today and discovered some treasure, so check it out.

The Bibles For Mission on 26th Ave is now my favorite thrift store, it also helps that it is one of the only thrift stores in my area.  I scored this awesome Tom Wopat CD and it's even autographed.

If you can't read the dedication it says;  
To Keith, from one good old boy to another, your pal and cousin-in-spirit, Luke Duke.
- Tom Wopat
Yes, it really says that.  Shut up!  The autographed Tom Wopat CD was my biggest find and premier piece, so feel free to quit reading now.  It goes downhill pretty fast.

I also got this big Sapporo beer glass, not that I drink beer or even drink from glasses.  It's still cool though.

Then I went to the Women in Need (WIN) thrift store and bought this cool Scooby-Doo pail.  You can see Scooby and Shaggy on the reverse side of the bucket looking out the back of the Mystery Machine.  I also bought two Calvin and Hobbes books for Logan and a Big Bang Theory t-shirt for myself.  I don't actually watch that show much, only in syndicated reruns when nothing is else is on TV.  That shows seems to be on a lot now.

Here is something I bought about a month ago and it's been sitting on the floor in the kitchen getting in the way every since.

I got another cassette tape brief case type holder.  Again, it's from Bibles for Mission where I got my Hartzell organizer and my other cassette brief case, that's the Bibles for Mission thrift store for all your cassette storage needs.

Unlike my Hartzell organized which is made in Canada, this case is made in the U.S.A.

It's pretty much empty right now except for a lonely Chili Peppers tape.

When I bought the Tom  Wopat CD and Sapporo glass at the Bibles for Mission they had a sign at the front till on a bunch of DVD cases that said someone had stolen all the discs out of the cases plus 29 others last week and now all discs are kept at the front counter.  What kind of dirtball steals DVD discs from the thrift store?  They only cost like $3 each?  Most of the people that work there are old people who volunteer and all the profits go to charities, not some evil corporation.  This is why we(the human race) can't have nice things.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Watch it

While I didn't get the Plate Buddy when I was Bianca Amor's I did get a new watch, a Transformers Optimus Prime watch.

Only three bucks!

I only wear watches that have a plastic or leather strap.  I can't wear a watch with a metal band because my hair arm gets caught in it.  Curse my hairy forearms!

Wait, what?  The watch comes off of the strap?

And transforms into Optimus Prime?!  No way!

The only reason I bought this is because it reminded me of the old school 80's watches which were like the exact same thing.  Back then they called "Kronoforms" and were even made by Takara, the Japanese company responsible for the Transformers.  Back in the day I even had one although I don't remember whatever happened to it.  Good news is that years later I found one at the thrift store still in the box!   It remains still in the box, although I think it may have been a knock off though.

My robot watch was one of these "Quartz" imitation versions and not the fancy Takara Kronoforms original.

Funny story is that last time I was back in Cranbrook I went to the Salvation Army and was looking at the watches in the display case and they had one of the robot watches in there.  I asked if I could have a look at the "robot watch", but the lady behind the case had no idea what the heck I was talking about because it was just a bunch of watches.  I pointed it out to her and when she passed it to me I removed the robot from the strap and transformed him into robot mode.  She was like, "It is a robot!"  Unfortunately, the robot didn't have a head, so I had to pass on getting it.

I will probably just give my new Optimus Prime watch to Avery or something.  Then he'll lose the robot part and be stuck with just a strap.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Okay, it is a week late, but here is that post about my trip to Bianca Amor's that kept getting bumped.  I hadn't been there for a while and thought I should go check it out.  It was Sunday and I had nothing else to do, so might as well.  It beats sitting around the house.

If you are like me then you are tired of trying to hold your flimsy paper plate of food, a drink and utensils only to have it fall in your lap.  It's a pain and I'm sick of it!  Plate Buddy, as seen on TV, to the rescue!  It safely holds your plate, drink, utensils and napkins so you can relax and enjoy your meal.

And I didn't get one!  They didn't even have a price on them, so I even didn't know how much of a deal they were. I also couldn't understand some of the finer intricacies of the Plate Buddy due to the fact that it was in Italian (help Cara?).

Now I have a Tumblr account that I rarely use and don't post that much on it because nobody reads/looks at any of it.  I noticed a lot of Tumblrs are very focused in what they present, so that is why mine doesn't work as I'm not sure exactly what to do with it.  Anyway, a good idea would be text/pictures/stuff about all the crazy cheesy crap found around Bianca Amor's.  You could go in a take a ton of pictures, maybe buy a couple things for more in depth write ups but you could stockpile a couple months worth of posts in an hour or so.  The stuff ranges from hardware, to kitchen ware, home decor, toys and everything in between.  It sounds like work, but it's a good idea if anyone is interested in it.  Just writing about the idea was too much work for me.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Put up your Dukes of Hazzard

Coy and Vance Dukes were basically  clones of Bo and Luke Duke sent to help Uncle Jesse and Daisy while Bo and Luke were off racing on the Nascar circuit.  Reality was they were there to fill in for Tom Wopat and John Schneider who were holding out for bigger pay checks.  I thought Coy and Vance were good, it was the same fun stories and the usual goofball antics from Roscoe and Boss Hogg.  Speaking of  Boss Hogg...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Monkey Business

The original post from Monday is still postponed due to monkeys!

Say hello to Milo, my awesome new figure.  I don't want to call him an "action figure", so maybe collectible figure.  His name is actually Baby Milo and he's the mascot for the Japanese clothing line, A Bathing Ape (BAPE).  I've never heard of BAPE, but when I saw Milo I knew I should get him.  He was on sale, so he's twice a cool.  Also he's a monkey and looks funny!

Milo is part of the Revoltech line of figures from Japanese toy make, Kaiyodo.  He comes with a bunch of different accessories including three different types of bananas.  Monkeys LOVE bananas.  He has magnets in his appendages to let him hold his accessories.

There is Milo making some new friends.  I will try to post more pictures of Milo with his different accessories, but I will probably forget or get lazy.

PS ~ I know he's an ape and not a monkey, but whatever.  He's a monkey to me!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


If you were looking forward to the post I postponed due to my underwear, then you'll be disappointed as it's been put off again this time due to the Saints.

You are looking at the collector's edition for Saint Row IV!  I believe it is actually called the "Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition", but I'll just stick with collector's edition.  Due to the poor framing of my picture, the box is a lot bigger than it looks.  It's full of all kinds of goodness, so let's have a look.

That is all the goodies inside with the "Commander in Chief" version of the game right on the top.  The Commander in Chief version comes with a code for some USA themed bonus items like an Uncle Sam suit, the 'Merica gun and a Screaming Eagle VTOL jet.

The 8" Johnny Gat memorial statue.

The "button" as in the Dubstep Doomsday Button with key, so you can drop mad bombs.  I tried it out, but the sound quality isn't the best.

A 12" replica of the in game weapon, the Dubstep Gun.  The developer must like dubstep.  I haven't tried this out yet as I was too lazy to put the batteries in it.  It does play music from the game, lights up and has a laser.

This one wasn't in the box, I guess it came with all pre-orders from EB Games, but I also got a Saints Row flag.  Also, for pre-ordering the game I got a couple codes for in game costumes.

I have never actually played the first two Saints Row games, but if you read my blog then you know I played Saints Row The Third after picking it up at the pawn shop on the strip in Cranbrook.  I liked that it was over the top and didn't take itself too seriously.  I have never bought collector's edition of a video game that came with stuff like this before, so I decided to go all out for Saints Row 4.

I had to work today, so when I finished at 3 pm I went home, changed and went down to EB Games at Westbrook Mall and picked it up.  When I was waiting in line there was some 10 or 11 year old kid in front of me buying the game.  Do parents have any idea what kind of games their kids are playing?  Anyway, I came home, took some quick pictures and popped in the game.  After about 15 minutes of playing I finally got to punch a a guy in the nuts.  Took long enough.

Monday, August 19, 2013


The regularly scheduled blog post has been pre-empted by some stuff that I got in the mail today.  A pair of underwear!

I got this pair of Monster Hunters boxer briefs on eBay.   I'm not even sure how I came across these as I don't remember searching "underwear" or "Monsters Hunter".  Monster Hunter is a video game from Capcom and I've never even played it.  Still it's not like I found them, but more like they found me.  I like these because they're pink and they've got little cartoon cat faces on them.  I'm easily impressed.

You know my original post was going to epically suck if it gets beat out my a picture of my underwear.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Breaking news

I was going to do an actual blog post tonight, but I ended up watching Resident Evil: Damnation instead and now it's getting too late to give it the time it deserves.  It is not really that late, but it is when I have to be at work at 6 am tomorrow, so I should attempt to get some sleep.  I'll leave you with this awesome link to a Townsman article, but you may have already read it.  I know you all have subscriptions.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Is it just me or is it greasy in here?

If you are looking at the post title I bet you are expecting something about Jersey Shore Shark Attack.  Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to watching it yet, so no Jersey Shore yet.  But I did eat at Little Ceasars the other night.

I had to work until 6pm and I was supposed to be in the next morning at 6am.  I didn't even have any food at home, not even milk for cereal, so I stopped by Little Caesars on my way home.  I was going to grab a $5 pepperoni or one of the more expensive pizzas with a bunch of meat on it when I saw a poster in the window for the Deep!  Deep! Dish Pizza.  It was $9.99, so pricier than their other pizzas, but their other pizzas are usually good, so I decided to give it a try.  I was pretty hungry so anything looked good.

I don't think I've ever tried deep dish pizza before, but I always thought it had more toppings, hence the deep dish.  The Little Caesars deep dish pizza has the regular amount of toppings as a normal pizza and twice the amount of crust.  Correction, make that twice the amount of grease soaked crust..

I managed to force myself to eat half of it and immediately felt the need to take a three day nap.  It was brutal.  Don't worry though it tastes way better the next day and cold.  Okay, that is a complete lie, it gets much worse.  As I was eating it I could actually feel my arteries clogging.  I think I'll have to eat salads for the next two weeks to make up for it.  Just stick with classic $5 pepperoni, it will still clog your arteries, but at least it tastes good.  The deep dish pizza is plain nasty.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The truth is out there

Does anybody out there remember The X-Files?  Well you'd better or else we can no longer be friends.  I watched every episode of the early seasons usually at Cam's house on Friday night.  I'll admit I quit watching after David Duchovny left the show.  I would still watch it once in a while, but there was lots I missed out on.  I did watch the entire Lone Gunmen series, but it only lasted 12 episodes, so I was pretty easy to keep up.  Anyway The X-Files is back!  Not in as a TV show or movie, but as a comic book.

Joss Whedon and Darkhorse Comics brought Buffy back as a comic series with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 which picks up after the TV series left off.  IDW Comics does the same thing with The X-Files calling it "Season 10" and picking up after the TV series finale.

The first issue introduces Mulder, Scully and Skinner, the second issue has The Lone Gunmen (who were killed off in season nine) and the third issue which just came out this week has The Smoking Man aka Cancerman (who was also killed in season nine).  People don't stay dead very long in comic books.

I picked up The X-Files #3 today at Phoenix Comics, but the X-Files goodness doesn't stop there.  I also bought two packages of X-Files Season 3 trading cards.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the complete set, or a 3D hologram or a paranormals finest insert card.

I am reminded of the time when Willie and I split a case of X-Files Season One cards.  Since neither of us could afford to buy a full case ourselves, I think it cost $70, we decided to go in together and get one from Pages.  We took it back to Cam's to split up the box on neutral ground, so as to make sure no one had anything to complain about later on.  I remember getting a couple of the rarer hologram cards, but didn't get a complete set.  Eventually I did manage to get entire set of the main series, but not the subsets of special cards.  The sad part is you can buy the entire main set of season one cards on eBay for $3.24.  I'm going to cry myself to sleep now.  Goodnight.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bad Dudes

Salacious would be an awesome bro because he'd laugh at all your jokes.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Da fuq?!

I came across a post today regarding the upcoming 20th anniversary release of Nirvana's In Utero, specifically the 3CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Edition which you can read about here.  Then head over to the pre-order page.  I love Nirvana, but I can't really see what about the set justifies that price point, other than corporate greed.  It is super extra limited edition as well?  What is the production cost on that set like $1?  Why not make it affordable so that fans can afford to buy it and then they would sell more copies right?  What do I know, I'm no business jerk.  I do know that the whole thing is exactly the opposite of what Kurt stood for.  He's probably spinning in his grave right now.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Translation needed

Another entry in the photo apps series, but I can't give you much info on this one other than it's Japanese and it's free.  I found the free app while looking at some other Japanese themed photo apps.  The name is in Japanese, so I'm not even sure what it is called.  The app itself doesn't do much at all.  It takes a picture with a speech bubble and randomly generates different sayings.  Of course, I don't know what those saying are because it's in Japanese.  You can flip the speech bubble to the left or right and that is all there is for features.  Very basic and I'm not sure why you would even need this.  It is Japanese, so it's still a little cool by default.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


At work right now my department doesn't have a supervisor which means I get to do all the supervisor work as well as what I usually do.  It pretty much sucks as this week as I had requested off for vacation, but since we have no staff, it didn't really work out.  I get to make the schedule and since I didn't time off I could at least give myself the weekend off.  Usually, I never get Sundays off, so with not having to work today that meant only one thing...flea market!

Before we left we checked the local Shaw Cable channel to see what the weather was going to be like.

 Shaw Cable says it's 14C with some cloud and light showers.

Yeah, that looks about right.  Nice job, Shaw Cable weather!

Cody and I went to the Sunnyside flea market which can be good or disappointing, but lately there is a movie guy that sells brand new sealed blu-rays for like $5 - $15 and 3D blus for $20.  I did get MIB 3 in 3D and the killer bee movie, The Swarm. 

I also got a Hot Wheels Mystery Machine for $3.  I've been looking for one of these for a while now, but the old Johnny Lighting ones can go for $20 - $25 on eBay.  This Hot Wheels one is from 2012, so it's more common and cheaper.  That's good so I can totally open it.

Finally swapped out the Pacer!

There were a few other items that were cool like an old Hulk with a parachute and some guy had bin of mostly 80's random action figures.  The pricing always annoys me as some stuff will be labelled, but the guys always say "Let me know if you are interested in anything and I'll give you good deal."  Dammit, just put the price you want on the stuff, I don't want to have to ask about every single thing I think is interesting.  I don't want to have to haggle about it either, I feel so cheap.

After the flea market we drove up 14th Street and went to CB's and had burgers at 11:30 am.  It's a great way to start the day!  I ordered a double Master Cheese and onion rings which was pretty dumb of me because I completely forgot about their awesome spiced fries.  Damn, now I have to go back.  The weather was still nice, so we sat outside on a table covered in racist graffiti. 

Master Cheese!

We finished our burgers just in time for Cash Converters to open!  Even though I had just bought two movies at the flea market and literally have about five dozen discs at home to still watch I ended up buying even more DVDs.  The good news is that they were only $1 each.

Oh yes, Dave Foley in The Wrong Guy!  I had never even heard of this movie until I caught some of it on Encore Ave.  I didn't know what I was missing!  I seen it on Encore a few times, but I always end up turning it on about a quarter into the movie, so I've never seen the beginning of it.  I almost bought it on eBay once, but decided to hold out as I knew one day I would find it.  My patience paid off this time, $1 well spent.  It sucks it's full frame, but at least I can watch all of it.

I also got Rush Hour 2, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Summer School and Jersey Shore Shark Attack.  According to the quote on the front of the Jersey Shore Shark Attack DVD, which came out last summer, says "Forget 'The Avengers' we have a new contender for best film of the summer."  Hulk who?  This movie is going to be epic.

I've already made everyone copies of it.  Don't worry Cam and Cara, you each get your own copy.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's a record!

I was at Inner Sleeve the other day in Marda Loop and ended up buying a few records. 

The Chemical Brothers "Setting Sun" 12" single!  I like looking through the singles because they're cheap, most of them are around $5 each.  I hate that they put them under the albums, so you have to crouch or kneel down to look through them and my knees can't take too much of that.  I didn't look through them all, but one day if I'm lucky I'll eventually come across a House of Pain single.

The Empire Strikes Back storybook and record set and both the record and the book are in pretty nice shape.  I already have four copies of this, but you can never have too much of a good thing.  Make that six copies if you count the ESB book and cassette tape sets.  Also, that Disneyland 7" picture disc was the most expensive thing I bought.  I couldn't pass it up, it's a picture disc!

This post turned out a lot duller than I was expecting.  Then again, it can't be rabbit videos everyday.  Actually, it probably could as every time I leave the house or come home now I see at least one rabbit, sometimes two and the other day I saw three.  Tonight I went outside to get a CD out of my car and I literally almost tripped over a rabbit sitting of the sidewalk.  The rabbit ran away and then some kids chased after it.  The kids never came back.  I'm beginning to like rabbits.

Friday, August 9, 2013

I'm on the right track

I got this in the mail today and I totally forgot I bought it.  I came home after a long and crappy day at work and thought, "What is this?"  Then I opened it and was like "Hells yeah!"

That is $12 well spent, shipping included!  I'll have to go get the finest picture frame the dollar store carries.   Look out Chuck Norris, Sad Clown and Pig with sunglasses because you just got a new friend.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I'm a disgrace

I was at the thrift store today and bought some Quicksilver shorts for $4, but I'll probably have to wait until next summer to wear them, and I got Borderlands (it's a video game) for $3.  I already have Borderlands for the Xbox 360, but I bought it again because this one is the PC version and I wanted to see how it would look on my new laptop.

Borderlands came out in 2009, so it is a few years old and should be able to run on my laptop.  I read the requirements on the back of the case and my laptop easily meets them.  When I got home I installed and started the game and then thought, "Hey, this looks crappy!".  For some reason it starts all on low settings, so I went in the visual options and turned a bunch of stuff on, set stuff to "High", set the monitor resolution up and damned if it didn't look pretty good.  It plays fine too, smooth and no chugging, so that's a plus.  There were a couple video settings that I had no idea what the hell they were, so I didn't touch them.  Maybe it will look better?  Cam what do they do?!

If you didn't know Borderlands is a FPS/RPG game were you shoot and kill guys/things and take their loot.  After I installed the game I started playing it...with a controller!  That is right, I'm "that guy" who plays a FPS game on a PC with a controller and not a keyboard and mouse.  Millions of PC fanboys are face palming right now.

The game is compatible with the Xbox 360 controller, so I just plugged it into a USB port and started playing.  The controller isn't affecting my playing so far, in fact the game seems a lot easier than the Xbox 360 version.  That might be because I've already played it before, but so far I'm dropping dudes and haven't even been close to getting killed. 

I'm just too dumb to play with a keyboard.  It just feels too weird and I'd spend more time looking at the keyboard than at the game.  I'll stick with my controller because it's what I'm used to, so I'll stick with what I know.  I'd too old and set in my ways to change now.  I think the last games I've put in a lot of time in on the PC were probably Tie Fighter and Doom 2 back in the old days on Cam's computer.  Yep, that long ago.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Story time

I've already posted about the cool 80s/90s posters and the Parkland exit sign I found in a box back in Cranbrook.  Well, that magical box ain't done just yet!  I also found another Parkland relic in the form of an old story that Cody and I had written for English class with Mrs. Leonard.

This story wasn't actually an assignment or anything, it is just something we wrote for fun.  It's a horror/comedy story that is neither scary nor funny called ATTACK OF THE CAMPELL KIDS.  The inspiration is obviously The Campbell Soup kids who were at the height of their popularity back in 1991.  We titled the story "Campell" and not "Campbell", so as to not get into any legal issues the Campbell Soup company.  That or it was just a typo.

There were lots of typos!  We wrote it on a typewriter, yes one of those, in the typing room in our free time.  This was before we had access to actual computers and word processing programs, so once a page was written, it was pretty much set in stone and we weren't going to go back and re-type anything.  Hence, why it is covered in ink!  We fixed any mistakes in pen because that was the easiest way to do it.  Once we finished the first page we decided to change some of the character's names, so we just crossed them out and wrote the new ones in pen.  The rest of the pages have the corrected names typed in.

Mrs. Leonard wasn't too sure what to do with our story and she let us know right on the front page.  Cody said she read it out loud in front of the class, but I have no memory of this happening which is probably a good thing.   I do remember that Darcy was in our class and he said "Butt, sweat and tears."  Classic Darcy.

Sunday, August 4, 2013