Saturday, March 16, 2013

What was in my pockets?

I posed the question on EDC forums a couple months ago, what would your 8 year old self have had in their pockets? Here's a pic of the sort of things you might find if I were to empty my pockets as a kid:

Going roughly from left to right:

1. Lip balm. I know there wasn't such a thing as Jolly Rancher lip balm when I was 8, but this is the only one I had at picture time. I seem to remember Chap Stik being the only option, and that came in two flavors, Regular and Cherry. Why do they make lip balms in different flavors anyway? It says right on the package that you're not supposed to eat it. Maybe it's to entice us to keep licking our lips, ultimately requiring us to use more lip balm. Those Chap Stik folks, they're smarter than you think.

2. Candy. In this case, a pack of Wrigley's DoubleMint gum. I almost always preferred gum to most other candies. It was always a tossup between Bubble Yum and Bubblicious, but they were pretty much equals in my eyes. The flavor never really lasted that long, but at least I could entertain myself by blowing bubbles. The great thing about those two gums is that they weren't particularly sticky, so if the bubble popped, it wouldn't take off half your face when you tried to pull the gum free. Sometimes I would choose Bazooka Joe, but that was only if I couldn't afford the other two. At least Bazooka got a little easier to chew after riding around in a warm pocket for a while.

3. Change. I was lucky enough to get an allowance for doing chores around the house. I could usually get $3-5 a week by helping to vacuum, wash the dishes, mow the lawn, etc..Eventually I started saving up my lunch money too, so by the end of the week I might have 6 or 7 dollars to buy myself something on our weekly shopping trips. That something usually ended up being a G.I. Joe or TMNT figure, unless I managed to save up for a couple of weeks, then I might get myself something bigger, like a vehicle or a Lego set. Course, now I wish I had just saved it all up and paid my way through school. Just one of the things to include in the note to my 8 year old self when they figure out how to send mail back in time.

4. Random keys. I don't know why, but I had this fascination with having a key ring. I would find random keys in our junk drawers,put them all on the same key ring and carry them around with me. Sometimes, when nobody was looking, I would try them in a lock, just to see if they worked. Fortunately, they never did.

5. Random gumball machine prizes. When I was in 3rd and 4th grade, my mom would take me to school and pick me up in the afternoons. On the way home, we would always stop at the A&P, and she would give me a couple of quarters to use in the gumball machines there. Most of the time I would get some random, cheap piece of jewelry, or a crappy sticker. Sometimes though, I'd get lucky enough to find a small plastic spaceship, or a knockoff M.U.S.C.L.E. (which will just be MUSCLE from now on) figure. At least I thought they were knockoffs. It seems I happened to find the only vending machine in existence that was stock with actual, real as can be MUSCLE guys. Purple mech and Possible Godzilla/Ultraman villain here would have thrilled me as a kid, and I would have carried them everywhere.

6. Paperclips. Along with random keys, I would always keep a paperclip with me. This was about the time I was first exposed to MacGuyver and his ingenuity with common household objects fascinated me. I wasn't old enough for a Swiss Army Knife at that point, but I had no trouble getting my hands on paperclips. All I needed was a rubber band and some toothpicks, and could make a tiny bow and arrow. Or, if I had just seen a spy movie, I would try my luck with making a lockpick. I think I managed to actually open one lock, though it was one of those cheesy padlocks on a tin full of chocolate. Still, I got me some of that chocolate.

7. G.I Joe figures. I always had a favorite G.I. Joe figure. Most of the time it was Snake Eyes, but every now and then, someone else would edge him out. Some days it would be Freefall, Big Ben, or before I lost him, Tunnel Rat. I would always leave their weapons at home, for fear of losing them. Thanks to those guys, I never had a dull moment at the grocery store, or at my grandmother's house. We would always find some sort of trouble adventures to get in to.

So that's the sort of stuff 8 year old Chris would have carried. What about all you other folks?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I'm sending out an S.O.S

Here's the deal. I'm trying to find the name of a toy I used to have in the late 80's early 90's. It was basically a rubber pizza, about 12" around, and it had toppings printed on it. The premise was you could toss it like real dough and perform tricks with it. I was under the impression that it was called Throw Dough, which happens to be a product endorsed by the U.S. Pizza Team (!?) It was developed around the right time, but it doesn't seem like Throw Dough was ever marketed as a toy.

I've scoured the web for even a mention of it, just part of a picture of a picture, but have had no luck. That's why I've turned to you folks for assistance, because I know someone else out there has to have seen this thing or heard of it. If you have any info, just leave me a message in the comments, or shoot me an email.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Marvel Mega Blocks Figures

I picked up Captain America and Venom here while Chelsea and I were on our little mini vacation. They're actually rather detailed for their size, especially Cap's uniform. Venom of course doesn't have much in the way of detail on his costume as it is, but I think they did a good job on the face. I almost feel like they could have had a tongue hanging out there though. As odd as it sounds, Venom's tongue is iconic, and is as much a part of the character as his white spider emblem. Venom's also quite a bit bigger than Cap, another nice little detail.

As you can see, Captain America comes with a nicely scaled shield

while Venom comes with...two whips?

I get what they were trying to do, but I think it would have worked better if they were able to clip to his wrists. In the end though, I think I still prefer the Lego Minifigs. I think it all comes down to simplicity. I feel like a broken record these days, but I'm really starting to appreciate the simpler things. As someone I talked to a couple days ago said, "There's just something about 5 points of articulation". In other words, they're cool figures, but just not for me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hey baby..--

"Hey Rogue, you're looking mighty nice today. How'd you like to do some swingin'?"

"I guess I should told her I meant "web-swinging"".

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time to Bossk in his glory!

Ol' Bossk here is part of my haul from Amazon last month. He's been one of my favorite bounty hunters since I first saw him standing on the bridge of the Executioner in The Empire Strikes back. Other than Boba Fett, he's the only other bounty hunter that had a speaking role in that scene. Well, it was more like a growling role, than speaking, but you get my poi---*OOF*

Darth Vader: "You fool! He will not survive if you leave him in the bubble!"

Boba Fett: "I say he'll be fine. He's been in there for 15 years already. What's a couple more going to hurt? Besides, do you know what a 7 foot tall humanoid lizard smells like?"

Darth Vader: "No, I don't."

Boba Fett: "I don't either, but I know it's awful"

Vader: "It doesn't matter now, it is done."

Bossk: "Hey Boba, Darth. 'Sup? Did I miss anything?"

Anyway..this is definitely an improvement over the original Bossk. There's a lot more detail in the scales and the flightsuit, and he just looks so much more intimidating. He doesn't have that odd smile found on the visage of the vintage figure. He also comes with a blaster pistol and an updated version of his original rifle. Unfortunately, he can't really hold the rifle and it only really works when it's slung over his shoulder. It still looks pretty cool though. The only thing that bugs me about Bossk is his uniform. The man must be thrifty, because I find it hard to believe he couldn't find a flightsuit in the entire galaxy to fit him.

I like to think that after turning over Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt, the next stop on his journey would be to a galactic tailor. I know some folks tend to hand down their shirts and pants to their younger siblings, but it looks like Bossk beat up his younger brother and stole his clothes. Still, I guess it beats a naked lizard man cavorting all over the galaxy.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It was time for a change

And boy did I make a change.



I promise I had the idea before I started drinking the wine.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Random stuff

Here's a random shot of Don in the snow. I took a pic of him in the freezer a while back, but I think I like this one more. The vegetation almost looks like it's to scale.

Here I am relaxing on the couch with Kirby the Wondermutt. One of these days, I need to dedicate a post to him. He's absolutely the best dog I've ever had.

Jell-O shot "watermelons". Chelsea made these when we went on vacation with some friends of ours. I'm not sure how she did it, but it must have involved magic.

Ah yes, Bob's trying to figure out how he's going to fit my new knife in his pocket. The joke's on him, he doesn't have pockets.

This weekend we're going on a little excursion, so I'm hoping to have lots of photos to share when we get home. Stay tuned..
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