Sunday, November 18, 2012

Zombie pumpkin

It's looking like it's time  to chuck the Turk-O-Lantern, though not everyone agrees with me. I hear it makes a rather nice Fall home, if you're into decaying walls and mold. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tis the season (almost)

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. The past couple of months have just flown by,  and at the rate things are going, Christmas will be here the week after next. It's really unfortunate then, that I'm just not feeling it this year. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this time of year I'm usually feeling a bit more relaxed and happy, unless I know we're going to be traveling. Then there is a sense of dread that builds and builds until the actual day of the trip. It's not that I don't want to see people for the holiday, it's that everyone else has the same idea. And they all want to drive like jackasses.

I think I can blame my parents for this one. I can't remember leaving the Shore for Thanksgiving, not one time. Most of the time, dinner was held at my aunt and uncle's house in Exmore. I'm not sure how they ended up becoming the official Thanksgiving destination, but I have a feeling it's because their house was big enough  for all of us to get together, but still avoid someone if we didn't like each other.

My aunt and uncle had a lot of property, so I was always exploring the woods, messing around in my uncle's shop, or playing around on his tractor while I was waiting for dinner to finish up. If the cousins were feeling generous, I was allowed to hang out with them. My cousins were all quite a bit older than me, so I was the usual target for abuse. It was never anything too serious, at least not enough to leave any emotional or physical scars, but  I do remember being the victim of more than a few brutal headlocks. They made up for it though, introducing me to things like Nintendo, archery, and comic books. There may have been a Playboy or two in there as well, but I will neither confirm nor deny that. The cousins also had a kick-ass fort that I would envy for many years. It looked like the sort of thing people would build after the end of the world, but in a good way. It probably didn't hurt that their dad was a contractor. Access to materials and knowledge can really make the difference when it comes to those sorts of things.

It amazes me to think about how many people actually fit into that house. Once you add up all the aunts and uncles, their kids, grandchildren, step-children, co-workers,  etc..there were at least 30 people there for dinner, yet it never really felt crowded. They usually cooked a ton of food for everyone, but you still had to be quick on your feet if there was something particularly good on the table.  By the time I was 10 or 11, I had learned the best strategy was to hover around the table, that way I would have first pick when dinner was officially served. It also meant I got to do a little taste testing beforehand, as long as no one was looking.

Once the leftovers were boxed up and shuffled off to the refrigerator, it was time for dessert. Just about everyone brought a dessert dish, and once all the pies, puddings, cookies, and brownies were laid out on the counter, the kitchen looked like the corner bakery. I used to eat disproportionately for my size, meaning I weighed around 80 lbs but still ate like a pro linebacker. By the time dessert rolled out, I'd already had two or three platefuls of food, as well as an incalculable amount of crackers and cheese. Yet I still had room for a couple servings of each pie, cookie, and cake that were within arm's reach.. I don't remember ever feeling like I had eaten too much. I wish I could say that now, when a single deviled egg can push me over the edge and leave me feeling like I'm going to explode for the next 24 hours.

The drive home was always a surreal experience for me. I would always be in the back seat, worn out from running around outside and stuffing my face. The 15 minute ride home seemed to stretch out for hours, and I would almost always be asleep before we pulled up to the house. By the time I made it up to my bed, Thanksgiving would be a mere memory. My mind would already be shifted into Christmas mode, and I would be preoccupied with Sears Wish Books, egg nog, and wishes for snow.

I'll be away from my computer for a few days next week, but I hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

See you 'round...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Arctic Donatello

That's Arctic Don hamming it up for the camera. It seems he took a wrong turn at the ice cream, and ended up next to the ice trays. This is another one that I picked up at the town yard sale in September, and he's in surprisingly good shape. I don't think I had any of the figures in this wave. By that time, the Turtles were starting to get a bit weird, and I was moving on. In fact, I don't remember having more than a couple variations on the original four. This one didn't come with any accessories, but his paint was in great shape. I just couldn't resist him for just half a dollar. Hopefully Don will get to see some play time soon when he ends up at his new home.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What's in my pockets?

On just about every forum I've joined, there is a thread asking what folks carry as their EDC, or everyday carry. Some people carry a ridiculous number of expensive items on them, while other prefer a more simplified setup. I tend to go simple myself, as I don't want to carry or use something I can't afford to replace, or just can't replace period.

Here's what I had in my pockets today:

From left to right we have:

Keys, with car remote and Lego Boba Fett. I had a Victorinox Classic on there, but it was just plain worn out. Time to get another one.

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm- because it doesn't smell and taste like chemicals.

Victorinox Pioneer-This one was a Christmas gift from Chelsea, and is my most carried pocket knife. I actually tend to use the tools more than the knife, but it doesn't hurt to have an extra edge on me. I have this one on a paracord lanyard that goes around my belt. It makes sure the knife sits vertically in my pocket, rather than sitting horizontally at the bottom. Carrying the knife this way is more comfortable, and it's easier to retrieve as well.

Buck Bucklite- This was a gift from a gentleman on Bladeforums. This particular version is discontinued, though Buck still makes different knives under the Bucklite label. Sturdy, light, and very sharp, it handles most of my day to day cutting tasks.

Coach brown leather wallet- Another gift from the girlfriend, this one carries all the necessary cards, id's, etc. No cash though, unfortunately.

And that's it. I have a bag I keep in the car, and that will usually contain a few other items, along with my cellphone. One of these days I'll post up the contents of my little Bag of Evil as well.

Of course, now I pose the same question to my readers and fellow bloggers alike. What's in your pockets?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Boba Fett? Boba Fett where?

My original post was getting way too long, and was becoming the sort of thing that needs to go through the rough draft phase, so I decided to go with something a bit easier for tonight. And by easier I mean much, much, shorter.

Boba Fett. I know most people pick on the Fett-man, though I can't really blame them. He was accidentally defeated by a blind Han Solo, and ended up in the bottom of a giant,  sandy, toothed vagina in the middle of the desert. That doesn't cause me to like him any less though. From the first time I saw him in Return of the Jedi, he was my favorite character. I really don't know what drew me to Boba Fett, since we don't really get to see him do much during the trilogy. Maybe it was the jetpack. I was always fascinated by jetpacks as a kid. Anyway, by the time I found out there was a Boba Fett action figure, Star Wars toys hadn't been in stores for at least 5 years. There was no Ebay, in fact there was no internet that I knew of. The only thing I had to go by were ads in the toy price guides, when I could find them. Sadly, Boba Fett was always out of my price range, as I couldn't bring myself to spend $20 dollars on an action figure that was probably going to get played with and worn out. 

I actually ended up with several vintage Boba Fett figures the past few years, but they've all been sold or given away. Well, all except one:

Rocket firing Boba Fett! it's really just the mail in version from a couple of years ago. I still love it though. I have to admit, I used to look down on the Star Wars figures. I just didn't like the fact their elbows and knees didn't bend like G.I. Joe's did. Now though, I can definitely appreciate their simplicity and ruggedness. The modern figures feel like they're going to break just by posing them. You could toss the vintage figures off a building, and they probably wouldn't suffer much more than some paint wear. They do have one annoying issue though:

Most of the Star Wars figures I've handled could barely hold on to their weapons. You had to pry G.I. Joe's weapons from their cold, plastic hands, while Boba Fett would hold his blaster like it was a used napkin. 

This figure is pretty close to the original, though I think it was made a bit taller, so it couldn't be passed off as an original Rocket Firing Boba Fett. It comes with two missiles, one that just sits in the launcher, and one that actually launches out of the jetpack

Non-firing version

Firing version
The rocket actually gets some decent range, though I doubt it's really enough to injure someone. I think it actually has a bit less power than the launchers all those Battle Corps G.I. Joes used to come with. I guess it is possible those early 1980's springs had a bit more strength than these wimpy ones we have in the 2000's. 
Still, it's probably not a bad idea to use some common sense and be safe when you're playing with toy rocket launchers. For example, never point them at yourself while your thumb in on the trigg....

Oh crap! Do I take it out or do I leave it in!??

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

That's where I left it..

Oh hi. I was wondering where I left this blog, It was behind the sofa the entire time. I know it's been a few days since I've posted, but between work, weather, and health annoyances, I haven't had the energy or the motivation to make any posts. I'm feeling up to it today though, so keep your eyes open for new material tonight or tomorrow morning. I'm also going to try to get on a semi-regular schedule. I think it will help motivate me if I feel more obligated to post something for everyone to read. So stay tuned, because next time I feel like talking about something that happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away.

Until then, here's a photo of Chelsea and I from this past Halloween. If you can't tell, I went as a Post-Hulk Bruce Banner. It was rather drafty that night.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

How did they get here?

So I'm stealing this idea from Johnny Virgil over at 15 Minute Lunch, mainly because I'm feeling lazy tonight, and this stuff pretty much writes itself. Also, get mad if you want, but Johnny is a lot better at this than I am, so I don't think he'll mind too much.

I was looking through all of my stats through Google Analytics, mainly because I'm trying to see if I'm just talking to myself in front of millions, or if there actually are people out there reading this. Turns out there are a couple of you that come and visit now and then of your own free will, while all the rest end up here because of some horrible Google search accident. Some of the search terms that led folks here were rather baffling, and I just felt the need to share some of them with you.

6 inch ruler actual size-  There's always some guy out there that can't believe the facts, even when he's looking down at them. Sorry, but the 6 inch ruler is just that.

adventure time candy corn rat- This one caught me off guard. I figured someone forgot to delete the previous search terms, and ended up with this oddity. Turns out, it's actual character from the show Adventure Time.

Awww...isn't he cute?

bad reflection- Perhaps it isn't the reflection that's bad, but what's in it.

fancier king kong- Apparently regular ol' King Kong wasn't good enough for this searcher. They like their giant monkeys dressed up. I can actually picture King Kong wearing a brimmed hat and striped suit. Oh, and a monocle, can't forget the monocle.

give me a name-'s kind of hard since I don't know you, but I'll go with Dumpy McFartalot.

hand caught in shredder- Do yourself a favor and don't Google that phrase. It is not pleasant. The weird thing is, there are several other searches for the same thing, just worded a bit differently. After the first search you come up with all the pictures of hands caught in shredders that you need.

how to carve frankenstein into a pumpkin- I'm assuming you meant Frankenstein's Monster, in which case, you'll need strong ropes to keep him in place, and large pumpkin you can stuff him into when you're done carving it.

halloween pumpkin vampire- "Bloody Hell! This pumpkin's been sucked dry!" I know what they were probably looking for, but don't tell me you don't chuckle even a little bit picturing Dracula creeping through a pumpkin patch looking for his next victim.

oncoming car- I'd like to think they did this search while they were driving.

mr. pumpkin ass-

And on that note, I am going to spend the rest of my night trying to isolate and destroy the brain cells that may remember the results of some of these searches.
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