Sometimes people say, “So you have an online store. What do you sell?” I have a tough time with this question. “Discount Novelties” sounds kind of skeevy. We move a lot of Obama parody money, naked lady tip-and-strip pens, and those retro Family “Who is in the doghouse” plaque sets. It’s really hard to pin down. Here’s a collage of some of our items that I made a while back; you see, it’s a bit of a hodge-podge. What would you do if you were in my shoes? They are size 10 and a half, if that helps.
It does not appear to have been used, however I will wash it repeatedly with chemicals left over from the set of “Breaking Bad” just the same.
The problem with mugs, my wife, instead of reducing her own stuff, she will periodically go through the mugs, and donate most of the ones that she doesn’t personally use. My son’s black “Skull and Crossbone” mug is also at risk.
This makes me wonder, how many times has this “Old Fart” mug cycled through the thrift-store ecosystem? Maybe I should just throw it on the patio cement and put it out of it’s misery.… Read the rest here
I was fascinated by all the little rollers and plastic gears. Electronics just don’t have that smell of industrial lubricant and extruded plastic these days, and I kind of miss it. When my son was little I took apart the VCR we had because an Army Man was keeping the tape carriage from moving, but it just wasn’t the same. Maybe they use different lubricant these days. … Read the rest here
We ate at an old diner in Renton today, I asked the server, “I thought this used to be something else… Maverick? When did that change?” She must get that a lot because she answered right away, “22 years ago.” Way to make me feel old. Having already established that I am an old fart, I didn’t ask any more Maverick related questions.
I am sure that there was a clever logo of a little kid roping a steer on the sign, but the Internet is silent on the subject. Also, the Pacman machine is gone. And what happened to the H.R.Salt fish and chips place next door? Thai food? Who prefers Thai food to English style fish and chips?
I’m not knocking the new management. The food was very good, served fast, no ballgame blaring this time of day- That’s what put us off of Appleby’s, too many competing noises.
One thing I think was a bad idea, there are ads under the glass, seemingly built into the table. Mine was for “The Plumbing Joint”. That’s fine, although sad in a way. I remember when the only plumbers discussed in this place were the Mario Brothers.
Now, I’ve done a little household plumbing in my time, and I know what is causing… Read the rest here
I found this old textbook at a yard sale… It’s sort of reassuring that previous generations also knew how to annoy the librarians.
I think all the entries after Nyla Sperlick and before Fam Ranken are the same kid, a kid who lived in a house with a television I presume… He checked out the book for “Dragnet” in 1954, then “Francis”, I presume he means the talking mule, as his address is “Stall 3 1/2″ (Adding the fraction makes it funnier- this kid is a comedy genius) – Don’t know why the date is 1868 on that one- Then back to 600BC for Tarzan at cave 6D (What did I tell you- picture a cave apartment – maybe Tarzan will bring Jane up to show her his etchings!) Then five years later, Tarzan checks out this book again, but now he’s moved to “Cave 91″.
I sure hope this kid got into advertising or some such lucrative endeavor, rather than getting electroshock therapy.… Read the rest here
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over five years since Robert Baron, the acerbic and droll host of “Music With Moskowitz” most recently on KSER, passed away. His show featured a unique lineup of “weird and wacky” comedy and novelty songs, such as you ain’t never heard, and in an earlier incarnation, another hour or more of really old country music (the good stuff).
When Jimmy Dean passed away recently, I was softly singing “I Won’t Go Hunting With You Jake, But I’ll Go Chasin’ Women” for about 3 days, much to the annoyance of my coworkers.
KSER has a comedy radio show on Saturday mornings that features some of the same, but I an never up from 7-9 on Saturday morning. I salute those stalwart souls.… Read the rest here
Today we salute G. Gochanour, a retired guy from Iowa who attempted to monetize the concept of twiddling your thumbs. He was/is the “Founder and Chairman of the Board” of Twiddler’s Anonymous.
Initially, I thought this was some flavor of 12 step program, but the tagline is “Preserve the art, teach someone to Twiddle”. You could send away for a kit that included a membership card, certificate, s little booklet that is entertaining but it does not explain the odd bit of plastic with two holes in it, I assume it is some some sort of thumb-twiddling appliance, although I cannot fit even a finger in it, let alone a thumb. I have been trying to figure it out in short sessions, because there is a warning;
Avoid over exertion
May Become Habit Forming
Check With Your Doctor
Here is the text of the little booklet that came with this mysterious “twiddler”.
You have no doubt heard the expression "Go twiddle your thumbs." My grandmother used to say it a lot. But have you ever seen a twiddle? The answer is a definite no. There are many twiddlers in this world, you have to observe closely to catch them twiddling.
I am one of those people who went around bothering everyone to watch Breaking Bad, like some kind of twisted evangelist. It’s hard to convince people that they would enjoy a show featuring murdering meth distributors.
Even if the main bad guy is the dad from Malcolm in the Middle.
These days I am trying to sell people on the new FX channel “Fargo” TV series. It doesn’t have the same people in it as the movie, but the elements are there, the milquetoast insurance salesman, the disrespected but sharp lady cop, the unrelenting cold of winter in the Dakotas.
BONUS: Bob Odenkirk plays a deputy in the Fargo series. That should hold us over until the “Better Call Saul” series comes out.… Read the rest here