Thursday, March 21, 2013

Guiltiest pleasures

I finally decided to take join up with the League of Extraordinary Bloggers, and boy did I pick a good week to do it. The topic for this week's assignment was "Guilty Pleasures".  It wasn't until I started trying to figure out what I was going to write for this post that I realized I have a ton of guilty pleasures. The hardest part is going to be narrowing down the list for you.

Saved By The Bell- It's awful, it's cheesy, and if I manage to catch it while I'm flipping through the channels, I  have to stop and watch it. I actually resembled "Screech" when I was younger, so of course I had to hear that all through high school. Since some of those folks ended up choosing a life of crime, I also got to hear it when I worked at the local jail. Nothing like doing your rounds and having someone yell out "Screech!". Fun times..

Pics from Check'em out, they're awesome!

G.I. Joe Star Brigade/Mega Marines- I know these two lines get a lot of hate from most, but I can't help but love them. I loved the armored versions of the Joes introduced by the Star Brigade line, even if there was rampant parts re-usage. Robo-Joe up there was probably the most "Extreme" out of all of them, with his bright orange paint scheme, and he also happened to be my favorite. And the Mega Marines, how could you not like them? They mixed G.I. Joe and Playdoh! Sure, they suffered from the early 90's "Neon Syndrome", but that's what made them MEGA! They were so badass, they didn't need to blend in with their surroundings. I used to love Bio-Viper up there, mainly because I liked the concept of Cobra Eel troops being mutated into undersea monsters. I also loved the odd baked in smell that came with every Bio-Viper.

Street Fighter:The Movie!- Jean Claude Van Damme playing an American Colonel with a heavy French accent? Check. Raul Julia playing the charismatic M. Bison while wearing a leather muscle suit? Check. Boxers, sumos, ninjas, and stealth boats? Check. Seriously, how can anyone not enjoy this movie? You know what, while we're at it, go ahead and add Double Dragon and the first Mortal Kombat movie to the list as well.

Catalogs- I absolutely love catalogs. Even if they don't have anything I would ever think about buying, I will still sit there and pore over every page. I blame it on Sears and their Wishbooks. I would spend hours thumbing through one of those, picking out what I wanted for Christmas that year. You could tell I spent all my time looking at the toy sections. I looked at those pages so much I swear I wore the pictures out. Eventually the pages would fall out, and I would have to wait for the next one to come. I still sign up for catalogs wherever I can. The internet has been bullying paper catalogs out of existence, but there are still some companies that put out printed books showcasing their wares.

Reality TV- I think I have a secret addiction to reality TV programs. I love to sit on the couch and yell at people on Hoarding when they refuse to throw away a yogurt cup because they could use it to hold change. I can't help but enjoy it when a behemoth of a chef yells at restaurant owners because they've forgotten to clean their kitchen since 1985. And I loved watching King of the Nerds, because it actually made a nerd competition show look pretty cool. I mean, most of their down time was spent drinking and partying. Who said nerds don't know how to live it up?

Random Trivia- This one brings me so much pleasure, and so much ire at the same time. I love trivia, especially movie trivia. It drives my girlfriend crazy, because I'll spend more time reading trivia about a movie, than I do actually watching the movie. I can't help that I enjoy knowing little tidbits of information from behind the scenes. It's not just movie trivia that peaks my interest though. Science, history, video games, toys, literature..if there's trivia about it, I want to read it. I like to think that if benevolent aliens held a trivia competition for the fate of the planet, I would be able to save the world.

I'm glad I'm not the only one with odd guilty pleasures. Here's what some of the other folks in the blogosphere enjoy.

The Goodwill Geek and I should have a movie night.

Jaime of shezcrafti saw the signs and became Ace of the Base. Egads that came out horribly..

Shawn from Branded in the 80's would have made a great mom from the 80's.


  1. Welcome to the League!

    I had that Mega Marines Bio-Viper that Reis had sent me years ago. Neither of us knew what the hell he was for the longest time! I finally got rid of him (I believe) and later learned he was a GI-Joe toy.

    1. If you didn't have the package, I can definitely understand that. There's really nothing on him identifying him as a GI Joe toy. It kinda makes me wonder if he was going to be part of another toy line that got shelved, and Hasbro shoehorned him into the Mega Marines subset.